It’s time to test my study plan for the QLTS. I’ll be reviewing and studying the first outcome of the SRA Syllabus, and if it works I’ll go on with the second, the third and so on.
First topic of the Day One Outcome:
A1 Knowledge of the jurisdiction, authority and procedures of the legal institutions and professions that initiate, develop, interpret and apply the law of England and Wales and the European Union
Luckily I’m European and the second part of the outcome shouldn’t be a problem, but the first bit of needs some attention.
- The Legal System of England and Wales: sources of substantive law; principles of and approaches to statutory interpretation; hierarchy and jurisdiction of the courts; appeal system; doctrine of precedent; development of statute and common law
- Institutions of the European Union: roles of the Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union
- Sources of European Union (EU) law: treaties; secondary legislation (regulations, directives and decisions); decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union
- The Relationship between EU law and national law and remedies at European and national level for breaches of EU law:
- Direct Actions in the Court of Justice: articles 258 – 260 TFEU; articles 263 – 265 TFEU – annulment of EU measures
- EU Law and national courts: supremacy; direct effect; indirect effect; member state liability; remedies in national courts
- Preliminary references: article 267 TFEU: discretionary references; mandatory references; attitude of the Court of Justice and national courts; misuse of article 267 TFEU
The Internal market of the European Union:
- Free Movement of goods: customs duties and charges having equivalent effect (Articles 28 – 30 TFEU); discriminatory taxation: direct and indirect discrimination; objective justification (Article 110 TFEU); non-tariff barriers to trade: quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect; selling arrangements and derogation.
- Free movement of persons: rights of European Union citizens (workers, the self-employed, the economically inactive and their families); equal treatment and access to employment; restriction of entry, residence and access to employment.
- Competition law: article 101 TFEU; article 102 TFEU; competition law and enforcement.
There’s definitely a lot to study.
After a number of discussion with successful candidates, I have decided to prepare the test on my own. But I don’t have the time to study massive books on the principles of the English Legal System, or the Internal market of the EU.
I have been suggested to take a look at the Oxford University Press (OUP) Concentrate Books, that should cover all the outcomes listed in the Syllabus.
The plan is to buy the 2 books that cover the 1st outcome (A1) and see how I feel.
If they offer a decent preparation, I’ll go on with them. If not, I will need a plan-b (that I don’t have, at the moment).
The first two books I’m going to buy from Amazon are:
I had a quick look at the table of contents on Amazon (I love Amazon!!) and they appear to cover everything I need, but I’ll be more specific when I’ll have the books in hand.
They are both about 200 pages long – duable.
Let’s see how it works!