LLB Law (graduate programme)
This Information is for 2017 entry only - to see the information for 2016 entry please see this page
This two-year course is for you if you already have an undergraduate degree in a non-law subject.
The course provides you with the opportunity to learn about the law, both in the traditional sense of ‘thinking like a lawyer’ and in the broader sense of law as a social institution. This is a Qualifying Law Degree which enables you to progress directly to the vocational stage of legal education should you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. It’s also recognised in a number of other jurisdictions.
You’ll cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge and develop your legal research skills. A wide range of optional modules will also enable you to follow your interests in specialist legal areas such as company or employment law, human rights law, environmental law and family law. You could also explore topics in criminal justice and criminology, such as policing or youth crime.
This programme leads to a Qualifying Law Degree, which allows you to obtain maximum exemption from the academic stage of training of both the Bar Council and the Law Society of England and Wales. This allows you to progress directly to the vocational stage of training.
In your first year you’ll take a set of compulsory modules that develop your knowledge of key aspects of law, such as contract and criminal law. The Foundations of Law module is an intensive, front-loaded module designed to prepare you for the demands of studying law at undergraduate level, and includes substantive content as well as practical skills such as group work and mooting.
You’ll continue to study compulsory modules in the following year, expanding your knowledge and focusing on topics such as EU law and equity and trusts. At the same time, you’ll select from optional modules giving you the chance to focus on topics that suit your own interests and career plans. This could mean you choose to focus on family law, human rights, company law or the legal systems of different European countries among others.
To demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained throughout the course, you’ll also have the option to complete a dissertation - an independent piece of research on a legal topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Contract Law 30 credits
- Foundations of Law 30 credits
- Constitutional and Administrative Law 30 credits
- Criminal Law 30 credits
- European Union Law 20 credits
- Equity and Trusts 20 credits
- Land Law 20 credits
- Torts 20 credits
- Banking and Financial Services Law 20 credits
- Company Law 20 credits
- Criminology: Theories and Concepts 20 credits
- International Law 20 credits
- Employment Law 20 credits
- Family Law 20 credits
- Law and the Environment I: Pollution Control 10 credits
- Policing 20 credits
- Media Freedom 20 credits
- Mass Atrocities and Criminal Justice 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
One of the key aims of this course is to teach you to “think like a lawyer”, but we also help you develop the transferable skills that allow you to use and apply the law in different situations.
You’ll learn through traditional methods such as lectures, tutorials and seminars, supported by materials and exercises provided online through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In your first year, the Foundations of Law module will prepare you for the study of law and allow you to gain practical skills such as group working and mooting.
However, this is a demanding course geared towards self-motivated and independent learners, and you’ll spend most of your time in independent study doing research and preparatory reading. We have excellent library resources with over 50,000 volumes in the Law Library that is held within the Brotherton Library, in addition to extensive electronic access to legal materials and journals.
To help you develop the variety of skills you will need in your future career, we assess modules using a range of different methods. These include seen and unseen exams, coursework, group work and oral participation e.g. in discussion groups.
The LLB Law (graduate programme) provides students with the foundation to go on and qualify as a lawyer in England and Wales and gain transferable skills which are recognised in a number of jurisdictions.
International graduates wishing to practise in their home country may need to attain some further country-specific training.