Learn the Law: A 5 Hour Fast Track Masterclass Summary

A unique and fast track summary of the complete First Year in Law, targeting all LL.B syllabuses!
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  • Lectures 87
  • Length 13 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

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Learn the Law: A 5 Hour Fast Track Masterclass Summary!

Hi, My name is Shaveen Bandaranayake and I am your instructor for this Masterclass course in First Year Law!

Who is this course for?

The simplified approach of this Masterclass means that, whether you are an LL.B student who's just begun your degree, a student who's about to sit for your very first examination or someone who wants to get a head-start in learning the Law - this is a great resource.

This course is an essential guide to get a bird's eye overview of the 4 mandatory subjects of all First Year LL.B syllabuses.

What do I get with this course?

  • 5.5 Hours of High Quality Video Lectures to guide you and provide you with a bird's eye overview of each individual subject
  • 200+ Pages of Case Summaries, outline over 150+ essential cases
  • Spider Graphs to help you get understand each topic easily

The four courses compiled and covered in this course are:

  • The English Legal System
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract Law

This course is a great supplement for LL.B students who have just begun their degrees, in order to understand the subject matter ahead of their degree. It is also a great way to recap your material prior to your examinations.

This Masterclass incorporates the complete set of tools which I developed and utilized to successfully complete my LL.B degree.

Thank you for your interest in this Masterclass

Looking forward to seeing you in the course!

What are the requirements?

  • A basic understanding of legal principles

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get a complete overview of the 4 essential subjects in the First Year of a Law Degree
  • Understand the legal principles of Contract Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and the English Legal System
  • Develop the necessary skills to identify key points of Law and create you own Spider Graphs
  • Get essential recap and preparation for an LL.B examination

Who is the target audience?

  • First Year Law Students
  • Anyone interested in learning the Law

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome!

Welcome to the Masterclass!

Hi, my name is Shaveen Bandaranayake. Welcome to the Law Simplified Masterclass: First Year Law. Throughout the next 5.5 Hours, I will guide you through an overview of the 4 essential subjects in the First Year of Law, accompanied by the requisite Case Summaries and Spider Graphs. Let's begin!

Section 2: The English Legal System

English Legal System - Introduction

The English Legal System course focuses primarily on the procedural aspect of Law, rather than its substantive components. In this lesson, we will look at the syllabus and the topics we will be covering throughout this course.


Role of Courts

The UK's Court System is one which has developed over several centuries. Over this period of time, it's respective roles within the legal framework have also evolved. In this lesson, we briefly look at the these roles.


Organisation of Courts

From the lowest level Court, which is the Magistrates Court, to the newly established and highest Court of Law, the Supreme Court; this lesson identifies the various types of Courts in effect within the UK and their respective jurisdictions.


Statutory Interpretation - Part I

In order to determine cases, judges employ a myriad of techniques of interpretation of legislature. In this lesson, we begin our discussion on Statutory Interpretation by considering the rationale/basis for such interpretation as well as defining the primary modes of interpretation.


Statutory Interpretation - Part II

We continue our discussion on Statutory Interpretation by looking at the various secondary forms of interpretation utilized by Judges.

Statutory Interpretation - Case Summaries
15 pages
Statutory Interpretation - Spider Graph
1 page


Being an integral part of the legal system, Judges play an important role in discharging justice within any jurisdiction. In this lesson we briefly discuss the roles of Judges within the English Legal System.

Judges - Spider Graph
1 page

Article 6 & The Due Process

With UK's ascension into the EU, European legislation and practices have become somewhat incorporated within the UK's legal framework. In this lesson, we will look at one such incorporation.

Article 6 & The Due Process - Case Summaries
23 pages
Article 6 & The Due Process - Spider Graphs
1 page

Criminal Justice Process

In this lesson, we will outline the Criminal Justice Process of the UK by identifying the path that a case takes through the Courts of Law.

Criminal Justice Process - Case Summaries
5 pages
Criminal Justice Process - Spider Graph
1 page

Human Rights Act 1998

What could be considered as the main remit of UK being a signatory of the ECHR and being part of the EU, is the enactment of the Human Rights Act of 1998. In this lesson, we briefly look at what impact this has had on the UK.

63 pages

For quick reference of the lecture material, please refer to the PDF.

Section 3: Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law - Introduction

In this lesson, we will briefly look at the syllabus that will be covered in this course and how best to approach your studies.


Definition of a Constitution

In this lesson, we will begin our discussion on the Constitution of the UK by analysing the various types of Constitutions in effect around the world.


Characteristics of a Constitution

Each type of Constitution has its own merits and demerits. In this lesson we take a brief look at these characteristics, with special emphasis on the UK's largely "unwritten" Constitution.


Sources of the Constitution

The UK has a largely "unwritten" Constitution. Thus, while not found in one specific document much like other countries, the UK's Constitution is made up of several different sources both Legal and Non-Legal. In this lesson, we take a look at how the UK's Constitution is formed.



We take a round-up of the lesson and outline several key opinions by eminent Jurists and legal personalities.

Constitution - Case Summaries
5 pages
Constitution - Spider Graphs
1 page

Separation of Powers

The concept of 3 arms of State, their independence from each other as well as their respective interdependence of each other is pivotal to the functioning of a Country. In this lesson, we discuss how this affects the functioning of a Country.

Seperation of Powers - Case Summaries
21 pages
Seperation of Powers - Spider Graphs
1 page

Royal Prerogative

One of the most unique characteristics of UK's Constitution and its overall governance, is its incorporation of the residual powers vested with the Crown - The Royal Prerogative. In this lesson, we consider how the Royal Prerogative is incorporated as well as its merits and demerits.

Royal Prerogative - Case Summaries
11 pages
Royal Prerogative - Spider Graphs
1 page

Rule of Law

The concept of the Rule of Law is one which has been debated greatly over centuries. In this lesson, we take a look at the exposition of the eminent A.V. Dicey.

Rule of Law - Case Summaries
13 pages
Rule of Law - Spider Graphs
1 page

Parliamentary Sovereignty

We briefly assess the concept of Parliamentary Sovereignty and recent judicial and extra-judicial decisions that have questioned whether UK remains Sovereign in the same capacity.

Parliamentary Sovereignty - Case Summaries
8 pages
Parliamentary Sovereignty - Spider Graphs
1 page
Parliamentary Sovereignty - Case Summaries
4 pages

House of Commons

The lower chamber of the bi-cameral Parliament and the elected House; in this lesson we delve into the composition and functions of the House of Commons.


House of Lords

The appointed of the two Houses of Parliament, this lesson discusses its importance, the criticisms levelled against it and proposed reforms.



We briefly review the proceeding lessons and consider the impact of a bi-cameral Parliament within the UK.

Parliament - Spider Graphs
1 page

Human Rights Act 1998

What could be considered as the main remit of UK being a signatory of the ECHR and being part of the EU, is the enactment of the Human Rights Act of 1998. In this lesson, we briefly look at what impact this has had on the UK.

Human Rights Act 1998 - Case Summaries
18 pages
Human Rights Act 1998 - Spider Graphs
1 page
Constitutional Law - Presentation Slides
114 pages
Section 4: Criminal Law

Criminal Law - Introduction

This lesson will outline the syllabus that will be covered in relation to the Criminal Law subject.


Elements of an Offence

In order for a defendant to be found guilty, he/she must have fulfilled the requisite physical and mental elements of the crime. This lesson, briefly outlines these requisites and how they apply to different types of offences.



Where a defendant has acted without intention and with no control of his physical self, there may have been automatism in effect. This lesson aims to discuss the effect of such involuntary acts by the defendant.


Effects of Prior Fault

A defendants prior faults may lead to compounding of sentence or complete acquittal. This lesson aims to identify these faults and its effect on the defendant's ultimate conviction.



While there is no positive duty to act, in certain cases where a duty is imposed, a defendant may be found guilty for "failing to act". This lesson briefly discusses the effect of these Omissions.



A defendant must be the direct or substantial cause of the crime in order to him to found guilty of an offence. In this lesson, we discuss how the causal link becomes applicable.


Mens Rea

In order to be found guilty of a crime, a defendant must not only have committed the crime but should have done so willings and with intent. In this lesson, we discuss the more complex component of a crime, which is the mental element or Mens Rea.



In this lesson, we look at the defences available to a myriad of crimes.



In some occasions, where there is more than merely preparatory acts done in pursuance of committing a crime, a defendant may be found guilty of an attempted crime. In this lesson, we consider the effect of such inchoate offences.


Parties to a Crime

In this lesson, we consider situations where a party is an accessory to a crime.



One of the most heinous crimes, be it voluntary (Murder) or involuntary (Manslaughter) is Homicide. In this lesson we take a look at the various aspects of Homicide.

Homicide - Case Summaries
12 pages
Homicide - Spider Graphs
1 page

Common Assault

In this lesson, we outline the basic principles of Common Assault.

Common Assualt - Case Summaries
9 pages
Common Assualt - Spider Graphs
1 page

Aggravated Assault

In this lesson, we outline the basic principles of Aggrevated Assault.

Aggrevated Assault - Case Summaries
10 pages
Aggrevated Assault - Spider Graphs
1 page

Sexual Offences

In this lesson we outline sexual offences against the person, with primary emphasis on the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Sexual Offences - Case Summaries
7 pages
Sexual Offences - Spider Graphs
1 page


In this lesson, we outline the basic principles of Theft.

Theft - Case Summaries
12 pages
Theft - Spider Graphs
1 page
Section 5: Contract Law


In order for a contract to be in place, one party must make an "offer" which is unconditionally "accepted" by another. In this lesson, we consider these two requisites which is collectively called an Agreement.

Agreement - Case Summaries
24 pages
Agreement - Spider Graphs
1 page


In order for a contract to receive it's "badge of enforceability" as McKendrick refers to it, there must be some form of Consideration, monetary or otherwise. In this lesson, we discuss the applicability and norms surrounding this requisite.

Consideration - Case Summaries
17 pages
Consideration - Spider Graph
1 page

Formative Requirements

Besides the Agreement and Consideration being in place, in this lesson we will discuss certain other Formative Requirements which must be fulfilled in order for a Contract to be enforceable,

Formative Requirements - Case Summaries
12 pages
Formative Requirements - Spider Graphs
1 page


When a breach has occurred by one party, the remedy applicable to the aggrieved party can be determined by looking at the terms which the parties agreed upon. In this lesson, we will outline the 3 main types of terms and the consequence of a respective breach.

Terms - Case Summaries
11 pages
Terms - Spider Graphs
1 page


There may have been false statements or indications, unincorporated within the Contract, yet mentioned prior to entering into one; which in turn induced a party to Contract. In this lesson, we will consider the effect of such Misrepresentations.

Misrepresentation - Case Summaries
19 pages
Misrepresentation - Spider Graphs
1 page
Thank You
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Shaveen Bandaranayake, LL.B graduate from the University of London

Hi, I'm Shaveen Bandaranayake from Sri Lanka. I'm a LL.B (Hons) graduate from the University of London, a First Class Honours Computing (Multimedia) graduate from the Staffordshire University, UK and a M.A. Film graduate from Staffordshire University, UK.

I own an advertising agency in Sri Lanka and part of my career revolves around engaging with new and exciting concepts of communicating with different audiences. I studied for my LL.B almost a year ago and in order to effectively complete it, while having numerous work commitments, I developed a unique set of spider graphs to help me get an overview of my subjects. It became a great asset and thus, I thought I should share it with the world! :)

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