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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your LLB studies with the compulsory 60-credit module Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law (W100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q05-1,module,W100,,1. An essential foundation to the subject of law, it will develop your study skills while engaging with broad and absorbing topics such as:

  • the nature and function of rules and law
  • the distinctiveness of legal reasoning
  • how law responds to social, economic and technological change.

To complete Stage 1, you’ll study a further 60 credits at Level 1 in any subject you choose. We particularly recommend the following modules, all of which will consolidate your critical and analytical skills and prepare you for study at Level 2:

  • An introduction to business studies (B120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q05-1,module,B120,,1 (30 credits) explores the question ‘What is a business?’ and the context in which a business operates. It examines the common aims and characteristics of business, and what makes them different. You’ll identify business structures, cultures and functions – such as human resource management, marketing, accounting and finance – and explore the political, social, economic, technological and ethical considerations that affect business. B120 will also help you put your legal studies in a business context
  • English for academic purposes online (L185)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q05-1,module,L185,,1 (30 credits) is an online course that develops the communication skills you need for successful academic study. You’ll explore ways of reading, writing and thinking about a wide range of academic texts; learn how to make useful notes and write assignments that ‘answer the question’; and develop your academic listening and speaking skills
  • Introducing the social sciences (DD102)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q05-1,module,DD102,,1 (60 credits) provides a broad, fascinating overview of psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology.

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the LLB covers three of the seven ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’. As you study, you’ll continue developing your critical thinking and analysis skills with these two 60-credit modules.

You’ll begin with Understanding law (W200)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q05-1,module,W200,,1 which asks ‘What is the law?’ and you’ll discover how to find, read, interpret and apply the law. You’ll also be introduced to the techniques of practical legal research. After a brief overview of constitutional principles, criminal law, human rights, and the law of contract and tort, you’ll go on to study the terminology and sources of law, legal research and the workings of the EU in depth.

In the second module, Law: the individual and the state (W201)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q05-1,module,W201,,1, you’ll explore public law and criminal law. Public law considers the relationship between citizen and state; the structure of state institutions; how government action may be challenged (judicial review); the legal values that determine a citizen’s rights and duties; and an outline of civil liberties law. Criminal law considers criminal liability in the context of particular criminal offences; the requirements of specific defences; areas where criminal law is considered flawed; and proposals for reform.

Stage 3

Stage 3 of the LLB covers the remaining four ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’, starting with the 60-credit module Law: agreements, rights and responsibilities (W300)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q05-1,module,W300,,1 which focuses on the two covered by the Law of Obligations: Contract and Tort. Here you’ll consider:

  • the legal requirements for the formation of a contract together with its content
  • the basis of tortious liability and specific torts such as negligence, nuisance and trespass.
  • the law of restitution.

Finally, in Law: ownership and trusteeship: rights and responsibilities (W301)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q05-1,module,W301,,1 (60 credits), you’ll examine land law, equity and trusts, including the legal definition of land; the meaning of land ownership; how title to land is proved; and rules relating to trusts of land. You’ll also explore co-ownership and rights that can be acquired by third parties over land, including easements, covenants and mortgages. Under equity and trusts you’ll consider ownership and transfer of property; the creation of trusts over property; rules relating to specific trusts including charities; discretionary and implied trusts; and the powers, duties and roles of trustees and fiduciaries.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

There are strict time limits set by the professional legal bodies if you want to gain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and pursue a career in the legal profession. You can take between three and six years to complete this degree if you want it to be recognised as a QLD. Otherwise you can take up to 16 years. 


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