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LLB (Honours) Law

Learn the law, gain practical experience and enhance your career prospects.

This course scored 91% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS M100 Course code

Course description

What you study

This fully qualifying law degree is designed and developed in consultation with professional law firms. It satisfies the standards of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council for academic legal training.

You can choose from a variety of law options to match your specific areas of interest with the opportunity to study legal areas including • criminal law • personal injury • medical negligence • corporate law • state powers • human rights • civil liberties • family law • employment law • property law • sports law.

Real client work

We are home to the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice (HKC) where many areas of legal study involves real client work. All our work based legal professional practice areas give you valuable experience that improves your legal skills and impresses future employers. Under the umbrella of our various ‘Legal Professional Practice’ modules, there are four legal departments where you can gain practical, graduate skills and experience. Those legal departments are:

• Business and Commercial
• Litigation
• Property and Private Client
• Professional Voluntary Work and Human Rights

HKC law clinic

The law clinic is a law firm in the University. You can apply to work within the law clinic on real cases, with real clients, all under the supervision of qualified lawyers. It gives you an insight into the pressures and demands of the legal profession.

Law in practice placement

You can apply to spend one day each week with a legal service provider to gain experience in a professional setting. Law in practice is often in a solicitor’s office working on real civil or criminal law cases. You are supported by staff at the placement provider and a University tutor.

HKC criminal appeals clinic

You can apply to work on a real case of an alleged miscarriage of justice. You gain a unique insight into the criminal justice system, which many do not experience until they are working in practice.

Human rights clinic

You work with an organisation on an issue of human rights or equality law, such as a local authority or charity. This is a research, training and development opportunity.

Prison clinic

You work on real life cases in collaboration with an external firm of solicitors providing advice on prison law issues. Examples include advice and representation on re-categorisation and applications for judicial review.

Street law/Urban Lawyers

Working largely in partnership with schools and other community groups, you work in a team to research and deliver advice and guidance about particular areas of law. This develops your legal research and presentation skills.

Advocacy and mooting

Being able to advocate is an essential part of a barrister’s or solicitor’s career. In our Legal Professional Practice areas, you can represent fictitious clients in an appeal before the Court of Appeal and/or The Supreme Court, in our on-campus moot court. This gives you experience in court etiquette and making a reasoned argument while also enhancing your legal research, presenting and time management skills, as well as your powers of persuasion.

Our Mooting and Debating Society members take part in internal and national competitions and we have enjoyed considerable success. We have previously won the prestigious national BPP/Oxford University Press Mooting Competition and in 2017 we were again finalists.

Law in practice placement (international)

To gain a greater understanding of law in practice in an international setting, you can apply to spend the summer working at law firms across the USA on criminal law cases. Typical placements involve working in a public defender's office.

Combined court helpdesk

You can apply to work at the local combined courts to gain supervised experience - offering legal guidance and support to people who don’t have representation. It is a great opportunity to gain real-life experience of civil or family law, in a court setting, in order to prepare you for legal practice.

Study overseas

You may also be able to study overseas in the second year. We have links with

Anadolu University, Turkey (some taught in English)
University of Toulouse, France (taught in English)
Carleton University, Canada (taught in English)
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (taught in English)
Université Paris XII Val de Marne, Paris (taught in French)
Georgia Southern University, USA (taught in English)
• Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Holland (taught in English)
• Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic (taught in English)

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

This qualifying law degree exempts you from the Common Professional Examination of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

Professional recognition

This qualifying law degree exempts you from the Common Professional Examination of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept up to two AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in reading and writing and with a minimum score of 5.5 in all other skills.

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

2018 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept up to two AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in reading and writing and with a minimum score of 5.5 in all other skills.

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• introduction to law and practice • UK constitutional law and practice • criminal law and practice • dispute resolution in contract

Year two core modules

• dispute resolution in tort • land, property law and practice • trusts and equitable wrongs (including wills and administration of estates) • legal professional practice development (see grid below for practice areas)

Year two options

Two from • commercial law • international human rights • law and medicine • sports law • foreign language

Year three core modules

• legal professional practice (contentious) • legal professional practice (non-contentious) • (see grid below for practice areas)

Year three options

In year 3, you can select two options from the list of modules below (subject to availability)

• commercial law and practice • dissertation • employment law and practice • family law, policy and practice • immigration law and practice • international human rights • law and medicine • law of business organisations • sports law and practice • foreign language

Legal professional practice departments

Business and Commercial Department

Advising SMEs
Business start ups
Placements in businesses

Property/Private Client Department

Domestic property disputes
Leasehold and freehold transactions
Wills and probate

Litigation Department

Advocacy and mooting
County court representation
Court Help Desk - Civil
Court Help Desk - Family
Small claims
Fast Track Claims
Insolvency
Personal Injury

Pro Bono/Human Rights Department

Criminal Appeals Clinic
Human Rights Clinic
Placements in legal practice – UK and International
Prison Clinic
Refugee Advice Clinic
StreetLaw/Urban Lawyers

These legal practice areas are indicative and are subject to change dependent upon client demand.

Assessment
  • advocacy/moots
  • coursework
  • dissertations
  • examinations
  • group assessments
  • live client work
  • multiple choice tests
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • reflective reports
  • vivas

Employability

Your degree can be the first step towards a legal, business or public sector career. With a law degree, you will also be in the top 25% of those who secure graduate jobs in the wider commercial and business sector.

The practical and work-based learning you take part in gives you a range of transferable skills that you can use to secure a career in numerous other areas such as • financial services • management and commerce • teaching • civil service • local government • the police • Crown Prosecution Service • Trading Standards.

The course has career development embedded and includes a series of careers talks and workshops with external speakers and alumni to prepare you for a graduate career in the legal and commercial sectors and beyond.

Further careers information is available from
• The Law Society at www.lawsociety.org.uk
• The Bar Council at www.barcouncil.org.uk/becoming-a-barrister
• The Solicitor's Regulatory Authority at www.sra.org.uk

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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