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Law LLB(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time M100 2016 and 2017
4 years full time with study exchange M103 2016 and 2017

Why choose this course?

More than a degree

This integrated programme includes your degree plus the opportunity of taking a professional qualification plus professional experience or a period of study abroad – all in three years, and for the same fee as a traditional degree. This combination gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience that employers look for, enhancing your career prospects.

This qualifying law degree will also provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required by the legal professions. A combination of research-led and skills-embedded teaching will enable you to gain valuable legal skills, such as mooting and negotiating, alongside your academic studies.

This course also offers you the option to take a period of study overseas as an alternative to the professional experience element in Years 1 or 2.

What you will study

In Year 1 you will study the English legal system and method and learn how to access and use legal materials. The Public Law module deals with the constitutional structure of the UK and the rules that govern the relationship between the individual and the state. Law of Tort is the study of civil wrongs such as negligence, nuisance and occupier's liability; while Law of Contract explores the rules surrounding binding agreements and what happens when they are breached. You will also learn skills such as case reading and research, together with how to use law libraries and IT.

After completing these modules in Year 1, you will have the choice between a work placement, study overseas, undertaking a professional qualification towards (for example) recognition as a para-legal or taking a course in professional practice and ethics. During the course of Year 1, you will have undertaken personal and professional development to prepare you for this experience.

In Year 2, you will study Land Law, which covers the ownership, use and rights attached to real property. You will examine crimes such as murder, theft and sexual offences in the Criminal Law module. The EU Law module considers the institutions and detailed rules of the single market. You will also have a choice of option modules in this year.

On completion of your Year 2 modules, you will be offered a similar choice to the above to extend your professional experience. Again personal and professional development is integrated into the programme of study during Year 2.

In Year 3 you will study Equity and Trusts, which considers wills, charitable trusts and the roles of trustees. You will also choose one of the three compulsory 'capstone' modules (Jurisprudence, Law Reform Project or Remedies and Restitution), and will choose from a range of option modules.

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 first-year 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 provides a toolkit of legal method, meaning skills for legal research and writing in your other academic legal studies and in legal practice. Many of these skills, such as research, report organisation and effective writing, are also transferable employability skills. Successful completion of the module also requires group work, which is not only an employability skill but also a requirement for the academic stage of professional legal education for 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 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 module 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'

    The module introduces you 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 seminars will be used to explore these ideas in greater depth based on assigned reading (and the lecture material itself). The module provides 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. The 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.

     

Year 2

  • The subject matter of this module is the substantive criminal law; that is, the general principles of criminal liability, definitions of what constitutes particular crimes and how that law affects particular circumstances. The module covers both the general principles of criminal liability and a number of specific offences. This involves not only an examination of the law but also, using hypothetical factual situations, the way in which it is applied. As part of the module, you are required to research a topic that does not form part of the taught syllabus and to provide 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 European Union have expanded and the effectiveness of enforcement of European Union (EU) law has increased. This course covers the core curriculum and falls into two parts.

    The material covered in the first semester describes and analyses the constitutional/institutional law of the European Union. 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 half of the course 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'There is a period of introduction to the substantive topics that will be covered. The course covers some of the history of land law before considering 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.

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

    • This module aims to provide an understanding of how globalisation affects our lives, through a specific analysis of public international law and comparative law. The first part introduces you to the legal systems of France, Germany and the United States, and subsequently focuses on the comparative aspects of these three legal systems. The second part teaches you about public international law as a globalised legal system regulating the relations between states. It focuses first on the relevant institutions, the sources of international law as well as the concept of international legal personality and statehood. The substantive part consists mainly of the use of force, the title to territory, the right to self-determination as well as the law of the sea.

       
    • Administration of Justice
    • Crime and Punishment
    • Medical Law and Ethics
    • Trial by Jury
    • Commercial Law
     

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.

     
  • 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. It considers the response of English law to a range of different wrongs and adopts a critical stance, encouraging you to question the effectiveness of the range of remedies available. It complements the study of contract, tort, equity and public law by placing them within a single coherent whole.

    Law Reform Project
    The Law Reform Project enables you to apply your intellectual skills and knowledge to identify a legal or policy problem and in finding a reform agenda. You will also be required to develop employment related skills in relation to project management skills, innovative and strategic visioning, clear articulation of reports, engaging in cost/benefit analysis of your ideas, learning how to overcome risks and challenges involved in change, as well as a wider understanding of the impact of law in society and the formulation of legal solutions to real world problems. You are encouraged, where appropriate, to engage with local community groups, pressure groups, practitioners, your placement employers or the Law School's community clinic or mediation unit in developing your proposals and identifying a viable reform agenda.

    Jurisprudence
    Jurisprudence causes you to take an analytical step back to address issues that may have been presupposed, or simply left unspoken, during your degree. 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 all of the areas you will have studied hitherto.

    In some respects the Jurisprudence module may be regarded as an 'advanced legal method' course in the sense that it returns (at a level appropriate to the final year of study on the programme) to the very first things you would have been taught on your degree. It asks you to problematise the most 'basic' knowledge: you will learn early on that law is to be found in statutes and case law (and this is 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 does vary 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.

Study abroad as part if your degreeMost of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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