With a Portsmouth law degree you really can change the world, fight for what you believe in and make a difference to people's lives. This Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a fully accredited law degree that gives you the choice to go on to study for your solicitor exams or your Bar exams after you graduate.
If you take our Law in Practice module you'll gain 3 months work experience that can count towards your qualifying work experience for the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). You'll also have the option of a paid work placement between years 2 and 3 that will increase your employability.
All our law courses also offer you another route to qualifying as a lawyer. If you take the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma module in your final year, you'll be able to apply for work immediately when you graduate as a paralegal or trainee legal executive. You can then complete your training to become a Chartered Legal Executive whilst you work.
What you'll experience
On this LLB (Hons) Law degree course, you can:
- Get lots of practice at the type of assessment used in the first part of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
- Cover in-depth all the foundations of legal knowledge you need to go on and take your Bar exams
- Take our advocacy module, which prepares you to put a case in both criminal and civil courts
- Apply your learning in our community settings, gaining real-world legal practice skills
- Benefit from teaching that's shaped by expert staff who have been practicing lawyers and who understand how the legal landscape is changing
- Enrich your learning through our research expertise in areas such as data protection, legal education and international business law
- Benefit from expert guest lecturers
Work experience and career planning
Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
You can boost your employability even more by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3.
Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:
- Verisona Law
- Opus 2 International
- GE Capital
- Rolls Royce Motor Cars
Whatever your career ambitions, our placements team will be there to help and guide you and you'll maintain contact with your tutors throughout the year.
The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £16,500. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.
You could also choose to set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.
The majority of your timetabled teaching (around 80%) will be face-to-face and will include:
- practical sessions
To learn more about how our teaching and learning have evolved visit our Covid information pages.
We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. You'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.
The way you qualify as a solicitor has changed and we want to make sure that we prepare you as much as possible for the new SQE exams. The SQE exams are multiple choice, so we're adapting our assessment methods so that you're confident with this method of assessment.
Your assessment will depend on which modules you take, but it's likely to include:
- problem scenarios
- written reports and essays
- practical projects
Law is an incredibly flexible degree. If you don't believe us, take a look at our blog about the 7 reasons to study law.
When you graduate you'll be ready to take your next step to train as a solicitor, a barrister or a Chartered Legal Executive. It's worth noting that Chartered Legal Executives can now become judges, coroners, advocates and partners in law firms.
Some of our graduates go on to secure training contracts, but others choose to go into different professions. Law degrees are in the top 10 degrees for employability, as you'll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that will make you very employable across a range of other sectors.
Previous graduates of this course have got jobs in companies such as:
- Eversheds Sutherland
- Churchers Solicitors
- Gammon Bell & Co
- Downs Solicitors LLP
- Coffin Mew LLP
- Shoosmith Solicitors
- National Assembly Wales
- Ministry of Defence
Doing a law degree gives you a wide range of career options.
Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:
- trainee solicitor
- trainee barrister
- financial consultant
- intellectual brand protection analyst
- letting negotiator
- human resources manager
- recruitment consultant
- international project manager
- senior researcher
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.