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Law LLB(Hons) with professional experience

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time M100 2017
4 years full time with study exchange M103 2017

Why choose this course?

More than a degree

This qualifying law degree is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority. 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 great 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.

Professional Readiness Programme

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:

  • building and maintaining a career-enhancing professional network;
  • self-management – developing a personal plan for success;
  • time management and delivering to deadlines;
  • the professional and business etiquette that gains respect in the workplace; and
  • working as a team – and organising an effective team.

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:

  • the application process including researching and targeting your internship;
  • writing your CV and cover letters and getting ready for interviews;
  • using your internship option to benefit your future career; and
  • developing the skills your internship organisation expects.

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.

What you will study

Law degree programme schedule


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).

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.

After these modules, you may 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. 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. You will also choose an option module. 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 trustees' roles. You will choose a 'capstone' module (Jurisprudence, Law Reform Project or Remedies and Restitution) and two option modules.

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.

Module listing

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.

If you undertake and pass the final-year mediation module (Dispute Resolution), you may qualify for an additional qualification – the National Certificate in Mediation Theory and Practice award. This module provides an opportunity to evaluate methods for resolving conflicts and to gain practical knowledge of mediation. Conflict management skills are increasingly important for dealing with workplace disputes.

Year 1

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • If you do not take an internship, the following short courses are available:

    • This module consists of up to 44 weeks of professional and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their internship and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible internship, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation. During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development. Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Professional Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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    • This module addresses theoretical and practical perspectives of dealing with change in the work place, as well as the wider social context.  Students will evaluate contemporary concepts of leadership alongside current practices of leading change in contemporary organisations faced with complex and uncertain environments. Students will reflect on their response to change and their leadership capacity and skills in initiating and leading change in different contexts.

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    • This module will provide students with an opportunity to evaluate the various methods available for resolving conflicts and gain a theoretical and practical knowledge of mediation as a means of dispute resolution. This module makes use of role-plays in order to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics underlying conflicts and the process of dispute resolution. The role-plays will be based on a number of scenarios, including the workplace.

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Year 2

  • 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'.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Here are some of the modules available for you to choose from. The choice does vary from year to year.

    • 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.

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    • The module focuses on how the law impacts on the provision of healthcare in England and Wales and the ethical implications of healthcare decision making. The module initially focuses on issues such as consent and refusal of treatment, capacity to make healthcare choices and confidentiality.The module then goes on to consider the legal and ethical issues arising at the beginning and end of life, particular challenges and development of the law. In the second semester topics such as mental health and organ donation will be covered. Medical law is very topical and a focus of this module is to relate the learning to issues reported in the press, encouraging discussion of recent case law and professional issues.

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    • This module has a focus on the sale and supply of goods, considering the legal framework within which such transactions occur. It also considers the law relating to consumer credit and the protections provided to the consumer by the law. It takes a critical approach to these matters and enables students to research particular areas, which forms a part of the assessment for the module.

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    • This module will develop the range of professional skills needed by a solicitor in dealing with a client, both in writing and face-to-face. These include general interpersonal skills, ethical and professional standards, research and drafting skills and an ability to advise a client accurately and competently on both legal and non-legal matters. The module will challenge the students' understanding of some core areas of law and require them to synthesise this knowledge with related specialised topics. It will develop in the students an ability to think on their feet, to solve problems, to carry out research and to deliver accurate legal advice under pressure.

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  • If you do not take an internship, the following short courses are available:

    • This module consists of up to 22 weeks of professional and personal skills training, which follow on from the Level 4 module and is designed to prepare students for their internship and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible internship, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

      During their training, they will further build on their on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Professional Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas in law.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module addresses theoretical and practical perspectives of dealing with change in the work place, as well as the wider social context.  Students will evaluate contemporary concepts of leadership alongside current practices of leading change in contemporary organisations faced with complex and uncertain environments. Students will reflect on their response to change and their leadership capacity and skills in initiating and leading change in different contexts.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module will provide students with an opportunity to evaluate the various methods available for resolving conflicts and gain a theoretical and practical knowledge of mediation as a means of dispute resolution. This module makes use of role-plays in order to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics underlying conflicts and the process of dispute resolution. The role-plays will be based on a number of scenarios, including the workplace.

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Year 3

  • 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.

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  • Compulsory option choices (choose one):

    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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).

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  • Here are some of the modules that may be available for you to choose from. The choice varies from year to year.

    • The dispute resolution module makes extensive use of role play in order to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics underlying conflicts and the process of dispute resolution. Comparisons are made with litigation and with other adversarial and quasi-judicial mechanisms so as to place mediation and negotiation in a proper context. Themes are identified and discussed, often in light of role plays designed to bring these themes into focus, and the social and psychological aspects are considered. The module also incorporates theories of conflict and conflict management, as well as the landscape of dispute resolution.

       

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    • This module examines the most common juristic person, the company (limited by shares or guarantee and both public and private limited companies). The cornerstones of the module include critical evaluation of the role of the company as a separate legal juristic person, directors and their duties, shareholders and their legal remedies, employees and their position apropos the Companies Act 2006. Close examination is undertaken of the policy and reform process leading up to the enactment of the Companies Act 2006. Primary sources (statute and case law) and secondary sources (academic comment, reform discussion) are used at length during the module.

       

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    • This module is an option module at level 6. The focus of this module is the legal framework surrounding the employment relationship in its formation, operation and termination. The statutory and common law context of employment, including EU aspects, is considered, along with the now extensive law on discrimination. The main features of the module are the contract of employment, remedies for termination, including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and redundancy, and equality law. The module is designed for students who are interested in discovering the practical problems concerning law at work in a modern flexible labour market. Employment law is of practical significance for all persons involved in the world of work.

       

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    • This module explores the legal protection given to intellectual property and considers the particular types of such property, such as copyright and patents. It puts this law into the increasingly influential international context and also draws on comparative study of the protection afforded in other jurisdictions. It enables students to pursue research in individual areas of intellectual property law.

       

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    • International trade is an elective which would be of interest to students wishing to be employed in the commercial field in both the UK and overseas. It examines the various contracts that are essential components of the international trade transaction, such as international sales contracts, the contract of carriage and the insurance contract.

       

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    • International Crime and Human Rights
    • This module provides an introduction to environmental law. It outlines the different sectors of environmental law as well as providing an insight and understanding of the principles and concepts upon which environmental law is based. It also analyses the ways in which particular issues are addressed and, where appropriate, places these in their international context. It introduces students to the role that international environmental law has within the development of national environmental law.

       

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    • The module focuses on how the law impacts on the provision of healthcare in England and Wales and the ethical implications of healthcare decision making. The module initially focuses on issues such as consent and refusal of treatment, capacity to make healthcare choices and confidentiality.The module then goes on to consider the legal and ethical issues arising at the beginning and end of life, particular challenges and development of the law. In the second semester topics such as mental health and organ donation will be covered. Medical law is very topical and a focus of this module is to relate the learning to issues reported in the press, encouraging discussion of recent case law and professional issues.

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    • This module will be of interest to students who wish to study how the law regulate family life and how effective it is in doing so. The main features of this module are coverage of the formation and termination of marriage and civil partnership;  how occupation and ownership of the family home is regulated and how effective these remedies are in cases of domestic violence;  the law's approach to finance and property division on divorce and maintenance for children comparing this approach with the regulation of cohabitation. The module then goes on to consider legal parentage and parenthood, parental responsibility and the regulation of disputes between parents about their children. Finally, local authority provision for vulnerable children and those who are experiencing harm in their families is considered and  adoption as a solution for children who cannot live with their birth families will be covered. This module aims to consider the law in context of social policy as a means to encourage desired types of family behaviour.

       

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    • This module is a final-year option at level 6 for students taking the LLB(Hons) degree. The module allows students to study in depth a specific area of the law or a single legal issue over two teaching blocks.

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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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