Law with professional experience LLB (Hons)

Why choose this course?

We recognise that in the competitive legal world, graduates need to be more rounded than ever. Our LLB with Professional Experience delivers all the benefits of a conventional Law degree, and a lot more.

If you are considering a legal career, this course is ideal. It gives you a foundation in the English legal system and legal method. It also offers hands-on experience and prepares you to progress to the vocational stage of legal training.

Over the course of this degree, you may lead mock trials and cross-examine forensic experts and witnesses in court. You might work alongside a solicitor at our Legal Advice Centre, giving legal advice in domestic and consumer disputes.

You'll graduate with legal knowledge, applied skills, and relevant work experience that is highly valued by employers. To help you secure a job after you graduate, this degree offers valuable experience, such as a professional internship in a law firm or in a law related field.

We are able to offer one fully-funded (100% of fees) scholarship for a student enrolling on this course course for 2020/2021. Find out more about the Isola Scholarship in the Fees and Funding section below.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time M100 2021
4 years full time with study exchange M103 2021
Location Penrhyn Road

2020 entry

If you are planning to join this course in September 2020, please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2020/21 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2020/21. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and fulfils the academic requirements set by the Bar Standards Board.
  • 100% of students from this course are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
  • Practical modules mean you'll develop and practise the legal skills to successfully progress towards Stage 1 of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Studying law at Kingston University

What our graduates say

There were lots of things I liked about the Law LLB(Hons) at Kingston – especially the huge choice of modules and the practical skills elements such as advice and negotiation. I also enjoyed the extra-curricular activities on offer, such as mooting, which enhance your CV and provide you with the opportunity to meet key players in the legal field. Plus, the campus is great and the teaching staff are excellent - they really take an interest in your development, even after you leave.

Salma Yousef, Law LLB (Hons), Senior Crown Prosecutor (CPS)

After graduating I was awarded the Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize for best final-year student and the Jean Monnet Prize for the top student in European Union Law. These achievements, coupled with a strong academic record, resulted in me receiving offers from the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge for postgraduate study.

Dionne Moody, Law LLB (Hons)

What you will study

Take a look at some of the content and modules that you may have the opportunity to study on this course:

Year 1

Year 2

Optional year

Final year

Year 1 introduces the English Legal System and Method, including access and use of legal materials. Public Law covers the UK's constitution and relationships between individuals and state. Law of Tort considers civil wrongs such as negligence, nuisance and  occupier's liability. Law of Contract explores binding agreements and breaches. In the summer term you will undertake your chosen professional experience module. 

Core modules

English Legal System and Methods

30 credits

This first-year module provides the incoming student with sufficient understanding of the English legal system (ELS) - courts, procedure and sources of law - in order to make sense of their legal studies. It also provides a toolkit of legal method, meaning skills for legal research and writing in their 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. 

Law of Contract

30 credits

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, and the employment of the cleaners and the star players, as well as the purchase of a hot dog from a stall outside.

Public Law

30 credits

The module introduces students 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. 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.

Law of Tort

30 credits

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.

Law Professional Readiness and Skills (Stage 1)

Pass fail module 0 credits

This module consists of professional and personal skills training, designed to prepare you for your internship and to improve your employability after graduation. You will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance your skills, ensure you make the most of your potential, gain the best possible internship, and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. You will work with the module leader, employability professionals, faculty staff, including your personal tutor, to identify your skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas in law.

It is a core part of the 'Professional Experience' part of the LLB with Professional Experience.

Year 1 Professional Experience Modules

Internship

Pass fail module 0 credits

The internship, of a minimum duration of two weeks, will enable students to apply and develop in real organisations, in the legal sector as well as in other professional sectors, the knowledge and skills they have learnt in the classroom. It will prepare them to excel in the final year of their studies, as well as enhancing the skills and attributes employers expect new recruits to possess. This module is delivered during Teaching Block 3.

Professional Practice and Ethics

Pass fail module 0 credits

This module will consider the ethical dimension in professional environments, whether legal or non legal ones. It will enable students to acquire knowledge of key ethical topics as well as an understanding of the variety of enforcement mechanisms in place.

In Year 2, your Land Law module will cover property ownership, use and rights. In the Criminal Law module you will study murder, theft and sexual crimes. EU Law considers the single market (informed by recent politics). You will also have the opportunity to follow your own interest through an option module. In the summer term you will undertake your chosen professional experience module. 

Core modules

Land Law

30 credits

Land law studies the nature of land, the history of the current legislative structure and third party interests in, on or over private land in England and Wales. It introduces the concepts behind ownership and use of private land, considering also how the law operates concerning topics such as freehold, leasehold, rights of way and squatters' rights.

Criminal Law

30 credits

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 a critical examination of the law, but also, using hypothetical factual situations, its detailed application. 

EU Law

30 credits

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 EU law has increased. 

The module analyses key principles, mechanisms and substantive law, reflecting also on how the UK's relationship with the EU may change after ‘Brexit'.

Law Professional Readiness and Skills (Stage 2)

Pass fail module 0 credits

This module consists of professional and personal skills training, which follow on from the level 4 module and is designed to further prepare you for your internship and to improve your employability after graduation. You will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance your skills, ensure you make the most of your potential, gain the best possible internship, and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. You will further work with the module leader, employability professionals and faculty staff, including your personal tutor, to identify your skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas in law.

Optional modules

International and Comparative Law

30 credits

This module aims to provide an understanding of how globalisation affects our lives, though a specific analysis of public international law, and the French, German and American legal systems.

The module introduces you to the legal systems of France, Germany and the United States. The first part is spent on the legal history and sources of law of the legal systems. The second part covers the constitutional aspects as well as the court system in France, Germany and the US. This module consists of feedback/feedforward sessions and workshops. Workshops will focus on the comparative aspects of the legal systems.

It then introduces you to 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.

Commercial Law

30 credits

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 you to research particular areas, which forms a part of the assessment for the module.

Year 2 Professional Experience Modules

Internship

Pass fail module 0 credits

The internship, of a minimum duration of two weeks, will enable students to apply and develop in real organisations, in the legal sector as well as in other professional sectors, the knowledge and skills they have learnt in the classroom. It will prepare them to excel in the final year of their studies, as well as enhancing the skills and attributes employers expect new recruits to possess. This module is delivered during Teaching Block 3. 

Mediation

Pass fail module 0 credits

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.

Optional Study Abroad Year 

You will also have the opportunity to spend a year abroad on work placement or studying at one of our partner institutions in North America, Europe, Australia or Asia. 

In the Final Year, everyone will study Equity and Trusts which considers wills, charitable trusts, and trustees. For the rest of your study you will be able to shape your degree around what interests you the most. You will select one capstone module and two optional modules. 

Core modules

Equity and Trusts

30 credits

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.

Optional Modules (choose 2)

International Trade Law

30 credits

International trade would be of interest to students wishing to be employed in the commercial field in both the UK and overseas. This module covers the international legal and institutional framework for regulating international trade. The module helps you to understand different aspects of international law and be able to apply them to business and management problems arising in a global economy. The module examines the legal, economic, political and institutional underpinnings of the world trade regime, the core principles and legal rules governing international trade in goods, and services. A key focus will be the World Trade Organization (WTO), which began to work in 1995 as a general umbrella organisation coordinating laws affecting trade, but is also having a much wider impact on the regulation of international business activities. The module also examines the various contracts that are essential components of international trade transactions, such as international sales contracts, the contract of carriage and the insurance contract. In addition, legal issues arising from international trade and dispute settlement will be explored in the class.

Company Law

30 credits

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.

Employment Law

30 credits

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 and wrongful dismissal, equality law and law relating to trade unions. 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. 

Dispute Resolution

30 credits

The dispute resolution module makes extensive use made 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 play, 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.

International Criminal and Human Rights Law

30 credits

This module introduces you to the criminal law responsibility of private individuals (ICL) and their human rights protection (IHR) under international law.

The first part aims to focus on essential aspects of ICL: the mechanisms of international criminal justice as well as substantive aspects. This will be achieved by exploring the sources as well as the fundamental principles of ICL, institutional aspects of ICL from the Nuremberg Tribunals to the international Criminal Court (ICC) as well as established international crimes (Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes). 

The second part aims to focus on essential aspects of IHR: it will contextualise the topic by examining the main international instruments which provide protection for human rights, substantive established human rights, the importance of the distinction between global and regional protection of human rights with a special focus on the European Convention of Human Rights as well as the mechanisms in place to protect and enforce these rights.

The final part will provide a particular focus on a number of crimes analysed both from an ICL and IHR perspective, such as the crime of torture.

Intellectual Property Law

30 credits

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 you to pursue research in individual areas of intellectual property law.

Capstone optional modules (choose 1)

Jurisprudence

30 credits

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 them 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.

Law Reform Project

30 credits

The "Law Reform Project" enables students to apply their intellectual skills and knowledge to identifying a legal or policy problem and in finding a reform agenda. They 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 their 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. Students are encouraged, where appropriate, to engage with local community groups, pressure groups, practitioners, their placement employers or the Department of Law's community clinic or mediation unit in developing their proposals and identifying a viable reform agenda.

Remedies and Restitution

30 credits

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.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Law competitions

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition

Our students have regularly taken part as bailiffs in the oldest and most prestigious moot court competition in the world. It is a great opportunity to observe proceedings of the International Court of Justice and to develop administration and clerical skills.

Client interviewing competition

Client interviewing competition

In 2018 and 2019 our students participated in this competition that promotes development of the essential skills involved with client interviewing. It is an excellent opportunity for students who are likely to have a direct contact with clients in the legal profession (e.g. as solicitors).

National Student Negotiation competition

National Student Negotiation competition

Our law student participated in the Regional Finals in 2018. This annual competition which aims to develop excellent negotiation skills is organised annually by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London.

International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court competition

International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court competition

Our students with an interest in Public International Law, International Criminal Law, and those those who wish to continue their career as barristers often come together to compete annually in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Space Law Moot Court competition

Space Law Moot Court competition

Law students from Kingston University participated in the European Rounds of this Competition in Lisbon, Portugal in 2018 and in Paris, France in 2019. The Competition, organised annually by the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), is recommended for students who would like to work in the fields of aviation, space or telecommunications law.

Accreditation

Kingston University's law LLB courses are recognised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as qualifying law degrees. Once you have successfully completed your LLB, you can progress to the vocational stage of your legal training.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the professional governing body for solicitors.

The Bar Standards Board is the professional governing body for barristers.

Professional Readiness Programme

This course features the unique Professional Readiness Programme that runs across Year 1 and 2. It is designed to help you develop your professional skills in preparation for an internship(s) and future employment.

You will undertake a range of practical workshops that will forge and nurture your soft-skills as well as build your industry knowledge.  Workshops may focus on:

  • networking techniques aimed at building contacts and creating opportunities
  • building your personal brand to maximise your potential
  • understanding the legal sector and career paths 
Professional Readiness Programme

With Professional Experience

This degree comes with Professional Experience, which will place you in the real world. It will enable you to acquire the relevant work experience and develop critical skills. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Undertake up to two professional internships in a law firm or in a law-related field 

or 

  • take professional modules in Mediation and/or Professional Practice and Ethics 

This professional experience will help you gain valuable experience in preparation for securing a job role after you graduate.

With Professional Experience

Entry requirements

Typical offer 2020

  • 120 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications)
  • BTEC Lvl3 National: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM).
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Entry requirements 2021

UCAS tariff points: 120.

Additional requirements

  • Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

International

  • We welcome applications from International Applicants. Please view our standard entry requirements from your country
  • All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5

Teaching and assessment

Timetabled teaching and learning on this course includes lectures and seminars.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 264 hours
  • Guided independent study: 936 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 264 hours
  • Guided independent study: 936 hours
Final year
  • Scheduled teaching: 264 hours
  • Guided independent study: 936 hours

 

  • Year 1 - 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 2 -  22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Final year -  22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Coursework: 75%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam: 25%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 63%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam: 37%
Final year
  • Coursework: 50%
  • Practical: 3%
  • Exam: 47%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 80 students and lecture sizes are normally 60-100. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.  

The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.  

 

Course fees and funding

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2021/22): £13,500 
Year 2 (2022/23): £13,900
Year 3 (2023/24): £14,300

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £13,100 
Year 2 (2021/22): £13,500
Year 3 (2022/23): £13,900

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Isola Scholarship

Through the generous support of Kingston alumnus Peter Isola (LLB Law, 1981) we are able to offer one fully-funded (100% of fees) scholarship for a student enrolling on the undergraduate Law with professional experience LLB (Hons) course for 2020/2021.

Priority for this scholarship will be given to students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are the ­first generation in your family to progress to higher education (ie. your parents have not been to university; but if a brother or sister has, you are still eligible).
  • You are a mature student (aged 21 or over on 1 September before you start your course) who does not currently hold a bachelor's degree.
  • Your family household income is less than £25,000 per year.
  • You identify yourself as being disabled or having a specifi­c learning difference.
  • You are under the age of 25 and have spent time in care in the UK, been placed in care or are estranged from your family. Read more about the support available for care leavers at Kingston University.
  • You are recognised by social services as a young adult carer.
  • You are in receipt of the Sanctuary Scholarship.
  • You are entering Higher Education with a BTEC as your main quali­fication.
  • You identify yourself a member of an ethnic minority.

The deadline for applications for the Isola scholarship is 2 September. To find out more, please email development@kingston.ac.uk. To apply for the scholarship straight away, you can access an online application form.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence.

Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Law in Action

Our students actively participate in a wide range of practical activities linked to the curriculum and the legal industry.

After you graduate

Many graduates become solicitors or barristers. Other graduates work in law-related positions within business, government and non-profit organisations. Some also progress to study at masters level.

Our Law graduates have secured the following jobs:

  • Barrister
  • Associate
  • Junior analyst
  • Legal assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Account development executive
  • Insolvency practitioner
  • Financial consultant
  • Court clerk

Graduates from the Department of Law have secured jobs in the following companies:

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Lyons Davidson Solicitors
  • Fredrickson International
  • BM Advisory (formerly Atherton Bailey Chartered Accountants)
  • Hudson Advisors
  • Gill Solicitors
  • Stuart & Co Solicitors (formally Stuart Karatas Solicitors)

Changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19

Changes detailed here are for students who will be starting the course in September 2020.

Course information (changes for 2020 entry)

Composition of the course

We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.

In order to safeguard our students' health and safety and to minimise the risk of disruption to their studies, the University has postponed all Study Abroad programmes for outgoing students in the first teaching block of 2020/21. The University will review this decision before the second teaching block and will take into account relevant government advice at that time.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Modules

We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.

If the current pandemic situation continues into the next academic year and beyond, the University may be unable to offer suitable placements which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will provide students with appropriate alternative options and ensure that support will be available to them so that they are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2020 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.

Teaching (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.

While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.

Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2020) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.

Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Staff (changes for 2020 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2020 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.

The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2020 entry)

Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, or to a different year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.

One module (English Legal System and Methods) entails a visit to a court as part of the assessment strategy. This is unlikely to be possible under social distancing restrictions, but may be replaced by a virtual alternative.

Optional mooting activities organised by external organisations may take place online or may be cancelled. Students will be informed about this by the Mooting Coordinators. Where possible, field trips and placements will take place virtually or may be replaced by other activities.

 

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2020 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Accreditation

During the pandemic, the University has been working closely with all its associated professional bodies to establish where flexibility/changes can be applied without undermining their professional standards. This will ensure that any changes made to courses which have professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation do not negatively impact the accreditation status.

In the very exceptional circumstance that professional bodies do not agree with changes proposed, it may be necessary to defer relevant modules until those modules can be delivered as required. Students will be informed of this during the induction period and appropriately supported so that they can consider all options available to them.

Additional (changes for 2020 entry)

International students

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

Students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities

The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students best interest, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.

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