Learn the law, gain practical experience and enhance your career prospects.
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 of the modules involving real client work take place. All our work based modules give you valuable experience that improves your legal skills and impresses future employers. Each of the following are modules which count towards your final degree.
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.
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.
Law in practice
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 project (subject to confirmation)
You have the choice of which organisation to work with on an issue of human rights or equality law, such as a local authority or charity. This is a research, training and development opportunity.
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.
Advocacy and mooting
Being able to advocate is an essential part of a barrister’s or solicitor’s career. On this module you represent fictitious clients in an appeal before the Court of Appeal and/or The Supreme Court, in our new 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 2014 we were semi-finalists in the DAC Beachcroft Mooting Shield and finalists in the CEDR National Negotiation Competition.
Law in practice (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.
You may also be able to study overseas in the second year. Overseas study counts towards your final degree. 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.
Combined court helpdesk
As an extra-curricular activity you have the opportunity to gain supervised experience of working in the courts offering legal guidance and support to people who don’t have representation. It is a great opportunity to gain real-life experience in a court to prepare you for legal practice.
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.
• 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.
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.
Three years full-time
Typical modules may include
|Year one core modules||
• constitutional law and human rights • criminal law • English legal system • law of contract • practical legal educations • researching current legal issues
|Year two core modules||
• equity and trusts • law of the European Union • law of torts • simulated law clinic
|Year two options||
Two from • commercial law • international human rights • law and medicine • sports law • foreign language
|Year three core modules||
• administrative law and social justice • land law
|Year three options||
In year 3, you can select four options from the list of modules below (subject to availability)
• advocacy and mooting • company law • dissertation • employment law • law of evidence • family law and policy • foreign language • HKC criminal appeals clinic • HKC law clinic • human rights project • immigration law • intellectual property law • law in practice • law in practice (international) • legal perspectives on criminal justice • prison clinic • street law
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
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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.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,250 a year
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.
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