Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law


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This Qualifying Law Degree allows you to learn about the law, both in the sense of ‘thinking like a lawyer’ and seeing law as a social institution.

You’ll gain expertise in analysis, research, logical argument and more as you gain an understanding of key topics within law and the legal sector. In addition to areas like contract law and criminal law, you’ll examine the broader context of the law and its relationship with society.

We offer a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to develop 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.

Throughout the course, you’ll gain diverse skills that will be valuable to you as a citizen, as well as in your professional career – whether you choose to enter the legal profession or not.


All our LLB courses are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Council.


Our LLB Law is a Qualifying Law Degree. This status means that graduation from the programme exempts you from the Common Professional Examination: the initial stage of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister for both the Law Society of England and Wales, and the Bar Council. This shortens your professional training, should you wish to practise in England and Wales, by one year.

Year 1 provides you with a firm foundation in key aspects of law such as contract, criminal and constitutional law. You’ll also complete our Foundations of Law module, which equips you with the skills to study law at undergraduate level and gives you the chance to practice mooting.

In the following year you’ll build on your knowledge and skills with an in-depth understanding of European law as well as key facets of English law such as land law and torts. Additional core modules will help you to develop your research skills and understand how new insights into the law are developed, as well as examining the broader relationship between law, the legal system and wider society. Optional modules will allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans, such as financial services law, employment law and issues related to the victims of crime.

Your final year will give you the chance to apply the research skills you’ve gained in previous years to an independent dissertation on a topic of your choice, which you’ll work on with your supervisor. At the same time you’ll study equity and trusts. A final choice of optional modules will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in areas like war crimes, discrimination law or penology.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Contract Law 30 credits
  • Foundations of Law 30 credits
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law 30 credits
  • Criminal Law 30 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • European Union Law 20 credits
  • Land Law 20 credits
  • Torts 20 credits
  • Law and Society 10 credits
  • Researching Law 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Banking and Financial Services Law 20 credits
  • Company Law 20 credits
  • Criminology: Theories and Concepts 20 credits
  • Transnational and Comparative Criminology 20 credits
  • French Law 20 credits
  • International Human Rights Law 20 credits
  • International Law 20 credits
  • Employment Law 20 credits
  • Lawyers, Ethics and Society 20 credits
  • Family Law 20 credits
  • Victims, Crime and Justice 20 credits
  • Youth Crime and Justice 20 credits
  • Competition Law 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Equity and Trusts 20 credits
  • Long Dissertation 40 credits

Optional modules

  • Child Law 20 credits
  • Cyberlaw: Regulation of Information Society 10 credits
  • Cyberlaw: Law and the Regulation of the Information Society 20 credits
  • Discrimination Law 20 credits
  • Disability Law 20 credits
  • Evidence 20 credits
  • Gender and the Law 10 credits
  • Concepts of Law 20 credits
  • Health Care Law 20 credits
  • Law and the Environment I: Pollution Control 10 credits
  • Law and the Environment II: Development and Nature Conservation 10 credits
  • Penology 20 credits
  • Policing 20 credits
  • Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective 20 credits
  • Media Freedom 20 credits
  • Insolvency Law 20 credits
  • Intellectual Property Law 20 credits
  • Commercial Law: Commercial and Consumer Sales 20 credits
  • Private International Law 20 credits
  • Mass Atrocities and Criminal Justice 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Law LLB in programme catalogue

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, presentations, poster presentations and oral participation e.g. in discussion groups.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

GCSE: We expect applicants to have a substantial number of GCSE passes at a high standard. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language will also need a grade B in GCSE English language, or another appropriate English language qualification, see below.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Complete 60 credits with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction Grade.



Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (6,6,5 higher).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)


Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAB overall (AA at advanced level).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Pathways to Law

Pathways to Law provides opportunities for students from state schools in England who are interests in a career in law and who will be the first generation of their family to go to university.

It offers support to students from under-represented backgrounds throughout years 12 and 13 and into university.

Find out more about Pathways to Law


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Law Undergraduate Admissions Team.

International foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Law Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £16,000 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. Although the basis of future fee increases is not guaranteed, we expect the government to allow fees to increase in line with inflation. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the governments forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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