|Attendance||UCAS code||Year of entry|
|3 years full time||M130||2017|
|4 years full time with study exchange||M132||2017|
This qualifying law degree is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority. It adds an international focus to your legal studies. If you aim to become a barrister or solicitor, your qualifying law degree lets you progress to the vocational stage of legal training. A Kingston Law School degree is also a foundation for careers in other fields such as business, industry and administration.
This course combines academic studies with two opportunities to undertake a professional internship of up to three months, either in the UK or overseas, or a period of study abroad, or a professional module.
Kingston Law School's law degrees offer content specifically designed to give you an advantage in the workplace. Today's employers are seeking graduates who are work-ready as well as academically qualified. Our Professional Readiness Programme aims to enable you to undertake an internship option with confidence – and prepare you for the real world of work. The four-term programme includes key skills such as:
You also explore topics such as understanding personality traits, developing your individual strengths to their full potential, resilience and interpreting and learning from appraisals. You will develop IT, communication and personal branding skills and learn to produce brilliant presentations along the way.
You have a choice of options in areas you might like to discover in more depth, such as negotiation and mediation skills; and leadership. There are also specialist options in law that complement your degree such as understanding and working within a legal business, an "Alternative Legal Careers" panel, "A day in the life of..." sessions with law alumni or employers; and dedicated placement preparation for lawyers.
During the four terms, you also prepare for your placement which includes:
Although these internships are very competitive, our Business and Professional Experience team will work with you every step of the way. Alternative professional activities are available for students, including modules such as Professional Practice and Ethics; Mediation; and Dealing with and Managing Change. There is also the option to spend an additional year studying abroad at one of Kingston's partner institutions located all over the world.
You will study the essential seven foundations of legal knowledge – public law, criminal law, law of tort, law of contract, land law, EU law and equity and the law of trusts. You will also practise valuable legal skills (eg mooting and negotiating). This course has an international focus to your studies.
In Year 1 you will study how to access and use legal materials in the English Legal System and Method module. The Public Law module deals with the UK's constitutional structure and rules governing relationships between individuals and the state. On the Law of Tort module you will study civil wrongs (eg negligence, nuisance and occupier's liability); while on the Law of Contract module you will explore rules surrounding binding agreements and situations where they are breached. At the end of Year 1, you may choose to transfer to Year 2 of our Law LLB(Hons) with professional experience programme.
After these modules you can choose between a professional internship or a professional module (eg Professional Practice and Ethics).
In Year 2, the Land Law module covers ownership, use and rights attached to property. Criminal Law covers murder, theft and sexual offences. The Criminal Law module deals with murder, theft and sexual offences; while on the EU Law module you will study the institutions and rules of the single market. The International and Comparative Law module specialises in aspects of international law. After completing Year 2 modules, you will have a similar choice to Year 1 (eg a professional internship or professional module).
In Year 3, the Equity and Trusts module considers wills, charitable trusts and trustee's roles. You will choose a ‘capstone' module (Jurisprudence, Law Reform Project or Remedies and Restitution) and two option modules with an international focus.
For Years 1 and 2, we have extended the teaching time so your summer terms last until mid-July, rather than June. This allows you to undertake your professional internships or professional modules during the summer term. You will graduate at the same time as students who choose a traditional degree – and you will have gained practical experience.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
This module provides you with sufficient understanding of the English legal system (ELS) – courts, procedure and sources of law – to make sense of your legal studies. It also gives you a toolkit of legal method – skills for legal research and writing that will be useful to other academic legal studies and legal practice. Many of these skills, such as research, report organisation and effective writing, are also transferable employability skills. Successful completion of the module requires group work, which is not only an employability skill but also a requirement for the academic stage of the professional legal education needed to become a barrister or solicitor.
The law of contract is the law of legally enforceable agreements and is at the heart of the English common law. It is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge and invariably forms part of any degree with an overt legal content. It describes the rules which govern commercial activity, allowing businesses and consumers to maintain stable, consistent relationships over time and over distance. These rules, for example, encompass the complex multi-party arrangements for the construction of a stadium, the employment of the cleaners and the star players, as well as the purchase of a hot dog from a stall outside.
This is a core module on the LLB degree and is one of the 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a 'qualifying law degree'.
You will be introduced to the constitutional and administrative law of the United Kingdom through a study of the core constitutional principles present within the UK system and the control of executive action by the courts. Lectures will introduce you to the core elements of the subject while tutorials will be used to explore these ideas in greater depth based on assigned reading (and the lecture material itself). The module gives you an essential introduction to the study of law, since the validity of any particular law is a function of a constitutional rule which establishes manner, form and necessary pedigree for what is to 'qualify' as a valid particular or occasional law.
Tort can be described as the area of civil law which provides a remedy for a party who has suffered the breach of a protected interest. This module focuses on the wide range of activity to which tort law applies and examines the remedies it provides for many different types of loss or harm. Tort is also one of the 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a 'qualifying law degree' for those seeking entry to the legal profession.
If you do not take an internship, the following short courses are available:
The subject matter of this module is the substantive criminal law – the general principles of criminal liability, definitions of what constitutes particular crimes and how that law affects particular circumstances. This module covers both the general principles of criminal liability and a number of specific offences. You will examine not only the law but also the way it is applied, using hypothetical factual situations. As part of this module, you are required to research a topic that does not form part of the taught syllabus and to provide legal advice in relation to a given situation. Criminal law is one of the 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a 'qualifying law degree'.
European Union (EU) law has been an integral part of the applicable law in the United Kingdom since 1 January 1973. The law stemming from the treaties has had an increasing impact in all the member states as the competences of the EU have expanded and the effectiveness of enforcement of EU law has increased. This module covers the core curriculum and falls into two parts.
The first part of the module describes and analyses the constitutional/institutional law of the EU. This includes the legal principles developed by the European Court of Justice to ensure the uniformity and effectiveness of EU law and the general principles of EU law. The second part examines the most important areas of substantive law adopted to ensure the completion of the internal market.
Land law is one of the seven 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a 'qualifying law degree'. You will be introduced to the substantive topics covered, including some of the history of land law. You will then consider the current legislative and case structure in areas such as: the concept of ownership; registration of title; the working of statutory trusts and implied trusts; the legal framework of adverse possession, licences and leases, and the third party areas of easement, restrictive covenants and mortgages.
This module provides you with an understanding of how globalisation affects our lives, through a specific analysis of public international law and comparative law. The first part of the module introduces you to the legal systems of France, Germany and the United States, and then focuses on the comparative aspects of these three legal systems. In the second part of the module, you will learn about public international law as a globalised legal system regulating the relations between states. You will focus first on the relevant institutions, the sources of international law as well as the concept of international legal personality and statehood. You will then consider the use of force, the title to territory, the right to self-determination the law of the sea.
If you do not take an internship, the following short courses are available:
This module examines the idea of conscience in English law. It looks at how, historically equity developed from the authority of the King in order to ameliorate the problems caused by an increasingly inflexible common law, at a time when Parliament met infrequently. The concept of the trust where ownership is divided between legal and beneficial is examined looking at the conscience inspired constructive trust. The use of the trust in many contexts including charity law and the administration of trusts are investigated.
Compulsory option choices (choose one):
Remedies and Restitution
This is a 'capstone' module which draws together strands from the first two years of the law degree and integrates them with final-year studies. You will consider the response of English law to a range of different wrongs and adopt a critical stance, questioning the effectiveness of the range of remedies available. This module complements the study of contract, tort, equity and public law by placing them within a single coherent whole.
Law Reform Project
This is a 'capstone' module which draws together strands from the first two years of the law degree and integrates them with final year studies. You will consider the response of English law to a range of different wrongs and adopt a critical stance, questioning the effectiveness of the range of remedies available. This module complements the study of contract, tort, equity and public law by placing them within a single coherent whole.
Through the Jurisprudence module you will take an analytical step back. You will address issues that may have been presupposed, or simply left unspoken, during your degree up to this point. Jurisprudence builds upon the black-letter subjects you have studied and places you in a theoretical and social context. It is a meta-analysis of law which pulls together themes from the areas you have previously studied.
In some respects this module may be regarded as an 'advanced legal method' course. It returns (at a level appropriate to your final year of study) to the very first things you will have been taught during your degree It asks you to question the most basic knowledge you were taught early on when you learned that law is to be found in statutes and case law (which was entirely appropriate at the starting point of your study of English law).
Here are some of the modules that may be available for you to choose from. The choice varies from year to year.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
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