LLB (Hons) Law (3 Year)

This 3-year LLB provides a pathway to a career in law. It covers the key aspects of legal theory and practice at degree level. It equips graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position in a wide range of areas requiring a law qualification.

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Professional Body recognitionCILEx

The course is recognised by the legal professional bodies as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) exempting graduates from the Academic Stage of Training for students seeking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.

Students who complete the Civil Litigation and Client Care module, plus one of the other four practice-based modules, are eligible for admission as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). This opportunity saves graduates one year of additional study. With CILEx Graduate Member status, our students will be able to use the designatory letters: GCILEx (therefore they would be LLB (Hons), GCILEx).

Upon graduation our students who opt for CILEx Graduate Member status could immediately work in a law firm in roles such as a Trainee CILEx Lawyer, Paralegal or Legal Clerk. After completing 3 years of qualifying employment in a law firm, they will be admitted as a Fellow of CILEx (FCILEx) and a Chartered Legal Executive. Fellows can represent clients in court if they qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate. They can also dual qualify as a Solicitor, without having to complete a two-year training contract.

Our LLB is one of only a handful in England and Wales which provides students with this option. Usually membership takes an additional year of study. So our LLB students who decide to pursue a career as a chartered legal executive can benefit from this very unique advantage!


Employment

This degree is clearly a natural choice for applicants considering a career as a solicitor, barrister, chartered legal executive or paralegal. Our Law graduates will hone a number of invaluable employability skills, such as: intellectual independence; reflective self-management; awareness of principles and values of law, justice and ethics; an understanding of legal theories that can be applied globally; problem-solving; excellent written and oral communication.  Therefore there is a diverse array of employment opportunities for Law graduates in areas such as education, journalism, public relations, business and enterprise, or across the public sector.


Key information

We have September start dates for this course. There are two semesters each year. Students complete 2 x 30 credit modules each semester, enabling students to concentrate on fewer modules at a time. Modules are assessed in different ways, e.g. essays, problem questions, case studies, reports, moots, presentations and examinations.
 

Duration:

3 years full-time

Campus:

Bloomsbury

Start dates:

September 

Awarding body:

The University of Northampton

 

Fees

UK/EU 2017/18*: £6,150 per year
Total course fee: £18,450

EEA and Swiss nationals 2017/18*: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £36,000

International 2017/18: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £36,000

Please note that international students, who require a Tier 4 VISA will not be permitted to work during their studies.

* Scholarships are available

UK/EU - http://www.lsbm.ac.uk/scholarships
EEA - http://www.lsbm.ac.uk/eea-scholarships

 

Entry requirements

  • Applicants normally require UCAS tariff points as below:
     
    Entry in Sep 2017: 112 UCAS tariff points
     
  • Please note, the UCAS Tariff Points system has changed for 16-17. For more info about the new system, click here.
  • Applicants also require a GCSE Grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent).

    If a candidate meets the UCAS points requirements (but does not have GCSE English Language at Grade C or above), then they will also be required to pass our own internal English Language test (test and interview) in order to meet our entry requirements. (This only applies to UK, EU and EEA applicants. International applicants WILL require GCSE English Language at Grade C or above, or equivalent).

    Note: From 2017, English and Maths GCSEs will be graded from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. All other GCSE subjects will follow with the new grading system in 2019. A current grade 'C' in the new system will be considered to be a '4'. Click here for a quick explanation of the new GCSE grading system from our blog.
  • Applicants must have completed Year 11 (Key Stage 4) Secondary School, or equivalent, at least 2 years prior to the start of the course.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language require IELTS at 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each category).

 

Modules
 

Level/Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 4
Year 1
Legal Method
and Systems
(30 credits)
Contract Law
(30 credits)
Professional and
Legal Skills
(30 credits)
Criminal Law
(30 credits)
Level 5
Year 2
Public Law
(30 credits)
Law of Tort
(30 credits)
European Union
Law
(30 credits)
Principles of
Land Law
(30 credits)
Level 6
Year 3
Option
(30 credits)
Equity and
Trusts
(30 credits)
Option
(30 credits)
Dissertation
(30 credits)


Students complete two of the following Level 6 option modules:

  • Aspects of International Law
  • Civil Litigation and Client Care **
  • Criminal Litigation *
  • Company and Partnership Law and Practice *
  • Employment Law and Practice *
  • Family Law and Practice *
  • Legal Internship

** Compulsory module for graduates who wish to be admitted to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) as a Graduate Member.

* One of these four modules must be taken in conjunction with Civil Litigation and Client Care in order for graduates to be admitted to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) as a Graduate member.


Featured Modules

Public Law is a compulsory module at Level 5 that covers UK constitutional and administrative law. It explores the nature, functions and fundamental principles of the UK’s constitution, and the impact of EU Law and the European Convention on Human Rights (and Human Rights Act 1998) on the UK’s constitution. This is followed by an analysis of how the Human Rights 1998 has been applied by UK courts. The module concludes with a detailed study of how judicial review can be used to challenge the decision-making duties and powers of public bodies.

Company and Partnership Law and Practice is an optional Level 6 module that requires a systematic understanding of the following key aspects of the legal system:

  • financial and fiscal implications in choice of business medium
  • formation, management and termination of a partnership
  • formation of a limited company and implications of incorporation
  • convening and conducting of shareholder meetings
  • role and responsibilities of directors and other company officers
  • amending a company’s constitution
  • issuing share capital and company borrowing
  • company administration and disclosure requirements
  • corporate insolvency

This module examines the above key aspects of company and partnership law, to enable students to critically discuss the issues and to provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.


Degree classification

Upon graduation your degree will be classified as follows:

1st Class Honours
Upper Second Class Honours (2.1)
Lower Second Class Honours (2.2)
Third Class Honours

In calculating your degree classification, modules at Level 4 is ignored. Your degree classification is based upon your performance in modules at Levels 5 and 6.


University of Northampton Academic Regulations

The LLB (Hons) Law is awarded by the University of Northampton, and is governed by the University's Academic Regulations. Most of the University’s degrees are made up of 20-credit modules and therefore some of the Regulations apply differently to the LLB because it consists of 30-credit modules:

1. Accumulated Failure (Regulation 3.7.2)

If, after exhausting all opportunities for reassessment, you fail modules to the value of 90 credits, you will be withdrawn from further study.

2. Condonement (Regulation 3.7.12)

You must pass every module in order to successfully complete your degree.

3. Maximum number of credits that can be studied in each academic year (Regulation 3.3.2)

If, after exhausting all opportunities for reassessment, you fail a module your studies will continue into an additional academic year.

You can find the University's Academic Regulations here. The University's Student Handbook provides an explanation of the Regulations.


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