If you’re interested in learning law from an academic and practical perspective, this LLB (Hons) Law degree course gives you skills, knowledge and experience that are valuable in legal and non-legal careers.
The course is a qualifying law degree (QLD), which means it gives you the core legal knowledge to progress to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister. In your final year, you can also choose to take the CILEx Graduate fast-track diploma. This allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive following further professional experience.
As well as core legal subjects, you can choose from various optional modules to suit your own interests. Optional modules currently include Commercial Law, Family and Child Law and White Collar Crime.
After the course, you could continue your legal training or take up employment in areas such as finance, commerce, recruitment or the public sector. You could also continue your studies on a Master’s degree.
What you'll experience
On this course, you can:
- Bring what you learn to life in mock trials in our replica of a crown court, complete with dock, witness box, public gallery, jury room and interview room
- Use your skills advising members of the public on a variety of aspects of the law, by working in one of our community settings
- Opt for the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice) in your final year, which allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer when you get further experience after the course
- Join our student law society and take part in team competitions such as negotiation and mooting
Work experience and career planning
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience to boost your career prospects further.
We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.
What you'll study
The English Legal System – 20 credits
This module introduces you to the legal principles of the English legal system.
Contract Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll get introduced to the legal principles that underpin contract law.
Criminal Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll look at the legal principles of criminal law.
Public Law – 20 credits
This module develops your knowledge of legal rules, as well as principles of constitutional and administrative law in the UK.
The Art of Persuasion – 20 credits
In this module you'll develop your confidence and skill in presenting arguments, in academic, legal or other real-life contexts.
Tort – 20 credits
On this module you'll discuss the principles and rules of the law of tort.
Land Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll look at the foundational legal principles of land and property law.
Tort (Level 5) – 20 credits
On this module you'll discuss the principles and rules of the law of tort.
Legal Writing and Research – 20 credits
On this module you'll develop your legal writing and research skills.
Equity and Trusts (Level 5) – 20 credits
This module outlines the principles and rules of equity and the law of trusts, their application, current issues and contentious areas.
European Union Law – 20 credits
In this module, you'll analyse and apply the law of the European Union.
Equality And Human Rights Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll develop your understanding of human rights and equality principles and practices, and how they apply in UK law.
Company Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll develop your understanding of company law, focusing on its formation and consequences, corporate personality and lifting the veil, company constitution, the balance of power, and position of directors and their duties.
Family And Child Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll discuss issues around family and child law and look at the application of the law to problem situations.
Intellectual Property Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll explore intellectual property law, looking into what it actually is and how UK law protects it.
CILEx Level 6 Practice – 20 credits
This is a practice module accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
Community Lawyer – 40 credits
On this module you'll take part in a competitive recruitment process and complete level 5 training to work with one of our external partners, where you'll apply academic legal knowledge in a practical way to assist clients.
Advocacy, Practice and Theory – 20 credits
On this module you'll get an experiential approach to the development of legal advocacy skills, and an understanding of the theoretical, professional and ethical aspects of advocacy.
Law In Practice – 40 credits
On this module, you'll get the practical skills you'll need in the workplace, through working in our in-house general legal advice clinic.
Public International Law – 20 credits
On this module you'll get an insight to, and understanding of, Public International Law (PIL), and its role domestically, in the international community and in international relations.
Employment Law – 20 credits
This module, with some roots in Contract law, provides an understanding of the free-standing subject of Employment Law.
Jurisprudence And Ethics – 20 credits
The module will be delivered by one two-hour workshop per week, which may include formal lectures, student presentations, and critical discussion of set texts.
Medical Law (Level 6) – 20 credits
On this module you'll discuss academic theory, judgements, journal articles and case studies relating to medical law.
White Collar Crime (Level 6) – 20 credits
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of offences in the the field of white collar crime and of the key issues of corporate criminal responsibility.
Dissertation – 40 credits
On this module, you'll carry out independent research, including arranging meetings with your supervisor.
Commercial Law – 20 credits
This module will introduce you to important aspects of commercial law such as the relevant types of contract, sale of goods and consumer legislation.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- clinical legal training
- practical learning in our mock court
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- coursework essays
- participation in mock trials
- written moot arguments
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 35% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 60% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 32% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 66% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 52% by written exams and 48% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
After the course, you could progress to a graduate training scheme, go straight into employment in the private, public or voluntary sector, or continue your studies.
If you chose a career in law, you can do the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC), which are the traditional routes to becoming a barrister or solicitor.
If you take the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma module in your final year, you can work as legal executive or paralegal when you graduate and become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer following 3 years of qualifying employment. This gives you similar career opportunities to barristers and solicitors.
What jobs can you do with a Law degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- legal executive
- insurance analyst
- chartered company secretary
- recruitment consultant
- local housing authority manager
- operations manager
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.