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Undergraduate Course: Commercial Leases (LAWS10177)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to consider fundamental concepts in the law of commercial leases in Scots law. The course will explore both the common law of commercial leases and the main provisions encountered in commercial lease documents. The course also allows students to consider the law of contract as it applies to the lease agreement between landlord and tenant.
Course description In teaching the course use will be made of a style commercial lease. This will allow reflection on the difficulties and limitations of the common law of leases and gain an understanding of how the landlord and tenant relationship is regulated by the lease agreement entered into between the parties.

Important provisions of commercial leases will be considered in their historic and commercial contexts. The course will examine how these provisions have been developed by the courts. Remedies available to the landlord and tenant will be discussed. Current problems encountered in the law of leases will also be explored.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127) OR Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08094)) AND ( Property Law (Ordinary) (LAWS08133) OR Property Law Ordinary 1 (LAWS08087) AND Property Law Ordinary 2 (LAWS08088))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.

**Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.**
Priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Law department, and it is highly unlikely that there will be additional spaces for general exchange students & independent study abroad students to enrol; we will look into this on a case-by-case basis in September/January. Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space.

These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Students must have passed Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127) AND Property Law Ordinary (LAWS08133) or equivalent courses at their home institution.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. 20% class participation (assessed from weeks 2-11, to allow students to "bed in" to the class and the topic in week 1);
2. 80% essay of 4,000 words
Feedback Students will be able to complete a formative essay. Feedback will be provided in week 9 to allow students to make use of feedback in advance of submitting the assessed element and take-home essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the concepts that apply to the landlord/ tenant relationship and the fundamental factors that shape this relationship, together with a critical understanding of important aspects of the law of leases.
  2. Be able to critically analyse source materials and use them to present a structured argument, and be able to plan and draft a piece of independent research.
  3. Be able to assemble information derived from a number of different sources, distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant, and create a coherent synthesis, and be able to make a reasoned choice between rival positions on legal questions.
  4. Have developed their ability to work independently under fixed deadlines, and an ability to present the outcome of independent research in a clear written and oral form.
  5. Have developed the ability to participate effectively in seminars and discussions.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsCommercial Leases
Course organiserMiss Lorna Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5563
Course secretaryMiss Emma Hughes
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
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