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Law LLB (Hons)

This programme expertly combines the foundations of legal knowledge, academic study and practice-informed skills to prepare you for success in a variety of professions or postgraduate study.

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You deserve a positive teaching and learning experience, where you feel part of a supportive and nurturing community. That鈥檚 why most students will enjoy an innovative approach to learning using block teaching, where you will study one module at a time. You鈥檒l benefit from regular assessments - rather than lots of exams at the end of the year - and a simple timetable that allows you to engage with your subject and enjoy other aspects of university life such as sports, societies, meeting friends and discovering your new city. By studying with the same peers and tutor for each block, you鈥檒l build friendships and a sense of belonging.

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Overview

Learn about the key benefits of studying Law LLB at DMU.

 

This course has been designed by legal experts to give you a solid grounding in law, whilst enabling you to tailor your learning to an area of law that interests you most with the choice of six pathways.

In your first year, you will cover core modules in Constitutional and Administrative law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, and English and European Legal Systems. You will enjoy a range of delivery and assessment styles such as presentations, discursive essays and problem-solving questions to fully prepare you for subsequent years of study and the workplace.

The focus on foundational legal knowledge and skills will continue in the second and third year with modules on Land Law, Law of Tort, and Equity and Trusts, also developing your functional awareness through Inter-Professional Legal Skills.

After your first year you will also enjoy the opportunity to focus your studies by selecting from a chosen pathway in one of the following areas: Business Law, Criminal Justice, Human Rights and Social Justice, Socio-legal Studies and International Law. Alternatively, you can opt to continue the Common Law pathway.

Law LLB course pathways

  1. Business Law

    This pathway will teach you core concepts, enabling you to take your first steps into the commercial world. You will learn how businesses are organised and regulated, the relationship of parties in commercial contracts, how the law protects consumers, and consider other relevant areas such as employment law and discrimination.

  2. Criminal Justice

    Are you interested in working in the criminal justice system? Or have you always been curious about the debates around police powers following national and international events? If so, then this pathway is for you. You will examine how the law regulates each stage of the criminal justice process, including police stop and search powers, public order powers, and the rules of evidence in criminal cases. You will also explore advanced criminal law areas, criminology and some of the wider academic debates about the purpose and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

  3. Human Rights and Social Justice

    This pathway will open your mind to some of the major human rights issues and areas of social injustice facing the modern world. You will focus on the legal protections that prevent abuses of power and provide rights to individuals, examining areas such as social housing law, human rights law in a regional context and international-enforcement mechanisms. You will gain a deeper understanding of current debates in the key area of asylum and immigration law and learn to critically evaluate how far border controls can and should operate.

  4. Socio-Legal

    On this pathway, you will learn about the role of law in society. You will have the opportunity to explore concepts and ideas from different social science disciplines, and learn more about specific areas of law. Through topics such as freedom of religion and religious discrimination, you will explore the interaction between law and religion, and also learn about the role of law in the construction, reinforcement and breakdown of gendered inequalities. You will also explore different theories of criminality and punishment, examining how the criminal justice system responds to law-breaking.

  5. International Law

    This pathway will focus on the core concepts of international law and policy, proviing a deep insight into the working of law on a global scale. You will explore the sources of international law and the ways in which states interact at an international level. You will also explore the institutional and procedural law of the European Union, looking at the institutions and their powers, concentrating on the powers of the Court of Justice.

  6. Common Law

    This pathway provides you with a broad spectrum in which to apply your knowledge. You will learn the law that regulates and affects the modern family in Family Law. In Law and Medicine, you will focus on issues such as consent to treatment, medical negligence, infertility procedures, the termination of a pregnancy, the meaning of death, withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging treatment, assisted suicide, euthanasia and organ transplantation. In Intellectual Property you will study how the law protects products of the mind such as Patents, Designs, Copyright and Trademarks.

    By taking our law degree, you will be equipped with the confidence, skills and knowledge to achieve success in a variety of real-world areas. Previous graduates from our law course have gone on to enjoy many wide-ranging roles in different work sectors and legal roles such as judges, barristers, paralegals, legal assistants and solicitors in globally renowned organisations such as Pinsent Masons, D Young & Co and Gowling WLG.

Key features

  • Previous graduates have gone on to enjoy a wide range of roles in different sectors such as judges, barristers, paralegals, legal assistants and solicitors in globally renowned organisations such as Pinsent Masons, D Young & Co and Gowling WLG.
  • Benefit from the knowledge of legal experts who have a wealth of experience. Our teaching team includes barristers, solicitors, professors and practitioners from the international legal arena.
  • Bring learning to life with activities in our dedicated law environment, including a mock courtroom and client interviewing room. Participation is a central feature of this course, and teaching of law modules is augmented by a range of employability and placement activities.
  • Our award-winning Careers Team will help you gain the skills and qualities that today’s employers are looking for through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Students form this course have worked at Disney, Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitor, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Shoosmiths.
  • Enhance your learning with Oxford Law Trove and other specialist Law databases.  Oxford Law Trove contains more than 200 law textbooks relevant to the core and optional modules within the Law LLB course.
  • Boost your CV at AV大平台Street Law, or DMU’s Law and Mooting Society. These extra-curricular activities present opportunities to take part in mooting, presentations, mock trials and interviewing.
  • Broaden your horizons with our international experience programme, AV大平台Global. Students on this course have visited the Italian Consumer Protection Summer School in Udine, and enhanced their knowledge of international law in the Hague.
  • Benefit from block teaching, where most students study one subject at a time. A simple timetable will allow you to really engage with your learning, receive regular feedback and assessments, get to know your course mates and enjoy a better study-life balance.

 

Scholarships

AV大平台offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

International student scholarships

Find out about available international scholarships or visit our fees and funding page for more information.

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: M100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: M100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding:

2024/25 tuition fees for international students: £15,750.

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A typical offer is 120 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A Level or equivalent (e.g. BTEC)

T Levels

  • Merit

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE overall 120 UCAS tariff  with at least 30 L3 credits at Merit.
  • English and Maths GCSE required as separate qualification. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course. 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

 

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Contextual offer 

To make sure you get fair and equal access to higher education, when looking at your application, we consider more than just your grades. So if you are eligible, you may receive a contextual offer. Find our more about contextual offers.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Accreditation

 

Year one

Block 1: English and European Legal Systems

Block 2: Criminal Law

Block 3: Contract Law

Block 4: Constitutional and Administrative Law

Year two

Block 1: Law of Tort

Block 2: Land Law

Block 3: Inter-Professional Legal Skills

Block 4: On your selected pathway you will undertake a module such as:

    • Law: Family Law
    • Business Law: Companies and Other Business Entities
    • Socio-Legal: Law and Religion
    • Human Rights and Social Justice: Human Rights Law
    • Criminal Justice: Police Powers and Public Order
    • International Law: International Law

Year three

Block 1: Equity and Trusts

Block 2: On your selected pathway you will undertake a module such as:

    • Law: Law and Medicine
    • Business Law: Commercial and Consumer Contracting
    • Socio-Legal: Law and Gender
    • Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Justice in Law
    • Criminal Justice: Criminal Evidence
    • International Law: EU Law

Block 3: On your selected pathway you will undertake a module such as:

    • Law: Intellectual Property
    • Business Law: Employment Law
    • Socio-Legal: Penology and Criminology
    • Human Rights and Social Justice: Immigration and Refugee Law
    • Criminal Justice Pathway: Advanced Criminal Law
    • International Law: International Child Law

Block 4: Legal Project OR SQE Preparation

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, simulation of client interviewing and advocacy, case study analysis and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

  • 100% portfolio

These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session. 

Contact hours

This is a full-time course. Each module is worth 30 credits. It is expected that student will spend a total of 300 hours of study for each module. You should be prepared to devote approximately 10 contact hours a week to your studies and additional independent hours of study in order to succeed. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.

Other: In addition, each module provides a two-hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.

Accreditations

This course meets the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, which means that you will graduate with full exemptions from the academic stage of the professional qualification for solicitors and barristers.

 

Facilities and features

Facilities and features

You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work, and high-spec IT labs installed with professional software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

 

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our , e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including the Virtual Learning Environment, Collaborate Ultra, AV大平台Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live , online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our , and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘AV大平台Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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AV大平台Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through AV大平台Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

LLB Law students have visited key institutions in New York to gain valuable insights into the American justice system this involved a tour of the iconic Supreme Civil Court.  

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Placements

As part of this course, you will have the option to complete a paid placement year which offers invaluable professional experience.

Our award-winning Careers Team can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.

Current and previous students have benefitted from placements with blue-chip companies such as Warner Brothers and Toyota, as well as stand-alone placements with major law firms, such as Shoosmiths and Gateleys.

We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.

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Graduate careers

Leicester De Montfort Law School provides a unique programme for final year students who wish to pursue a research or academic career to work as paid researchers supporting major research projects and to develop their own research expertise.

All years have the opportunity to hone their legal skills by engaging with our Legal Advice Centre, which provides advice to businesses, organisations and individuals, with the opportunity to claim Qualifying Work Experience to speed your way to qualification as a Solicitor.

In addition, our award-winning Street Law project enables you to engage in campaigning and education in the promotion of legal rights for individuals and communities.

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