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About this course

Entry year:
2016/17
Course code:
M100
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
300
Department:
Bristol Law School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years, four years sandwich.
Delivery:
Full-time, sandwich.
Programme leader:
Kathy Brown for Year 1, Dr Zainab Khan for Years 2 and 3
Key fact:
Practice skills to set you in good stead for your career in law with regular sessions in state-of-the-art mock court rooms which provide opportunities to practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court.

Page last updated 8 August 2016

Introduction

Why LLB Law?

Law is an incredibly varied and multi-faceted subject which affects every part of human life, from the air we breathe, our relationships both with each other, the state and internationally, whether it be about our education, our employment, travel, property, human rights or health.

The law industry is dynamic and competitive and changes in line with social needs.  A law degree offers diverse career pathways and provides you with a skillset to succeed in almost any career.

Why study our course?
This course offers a practical and contemporary Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), recognised by employers and delivered by leading experts in one of the largest law schools in the country.

Should you choose a legal career, the solid grounding in law, emphasis on skills development and practical real-world insight gained through employer partnerships and pro bono work ensures you graduate ready for the next step of your legal training.

Students value the wide range of optional modules and the opportunity to specialise and hone interests in the second and third year. Research informs teaching at every level and you will investigate and develop core legal knowledge in subjects spanning commercial law, criminal justice, environmental law, human rights and family law.

Real world experience

You will have a wealth of opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience and vital skills during this course. Mooting competitions, guest speakers, field trips, Pro Bono work, placements, and a practical 'Law in Action' module give you insightful knowledge of real life cases and access to UWE's local law network. In addition to this, state of the art mock courtrooms provide regular opportunities to practice legal submissions and gain experience of the court while law simulations allow you to practice key case working skills.

Where it can take you

Our LLB degree provides you with the core legal knowledge to progress to either the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course to become a Solicitor or Barrister. Alternatively you may want to start your legal career immediately or pursue a different career pathway entirely. Law graduates have a broad skillset and are highly valued by employers your options are truly limitless.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

Year 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Foundations for Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law*
  • Law of Contract*
  • Criminal Law*

In Years 2 and 3 you are able to design the course to fit your particular interests and career ambitions. Full-time students will typically take modules totalling 120 credits in each year. If you are aiming  to become a solicitor or a barrister you will need to obtain a QLD. With the wide choice of options available, you can specialise in many different aspects of law, either choosing to study a group of subjects to form a theme (e.g. Criminal Justice or Commercial Law) or studying the subjects that you find most attractive.

Year 2

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Law of Torts*
  • Three other modules from the list below:

Other modules

  • Land Law*
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Trade
  • Dispute Resolution Skills
  • Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses
  • Penology
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Civil Liberties
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Public International Law
  • Sports Law

Final Year

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • European Union Law*
  • Three other modules from the list below (if you have completed Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year, select one less module)

Other modules

  • Equity and Trusts*
  • Criminal Justice
  • Law of Evidence
  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Cyber Law
  • Company Law in Context
  • The Law of International Trade
  • Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • European Human Rights
  • Family Breakdown
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Education and the Law
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Legal Process
  • Dissertation
  • Law in Action

* You must take these modules for a QLD

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We offer a student centered learning experience supporting you to develop the skills you will need to study law and to continue to have a successful career based on your legal studies. Our modules offer different approaches to learning which allow you to choose modules which best support your learning style.

You will be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you in your academic studies throughout your degree.

Study time

During each year of your taught degree you will have 12 hours of teaching each week with a lecturer.  If you undertake a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you will receive nine hours of contact in a classroom setting, as well as further individual contact with the member of staff supervising the module. 

In years 1 and 2 you will receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week.  All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and to arrange one-to-one sessions with tutors.

Assessment

Assessments vary across the course, including: problem and essay questions, examinations, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submission and presentations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

You are encouraged to do a 40-week paid work placement in Year 3 supported by an award-winning placement team. You will gain valuable real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

In addition to this you can study the final year 'Law in Action' module where you will gain experience in a local law firm or voluntary organisation for one day a week. Students have worked with Bristol Law Centre, Watkins Solicitors, Red Cross, Death Row, Citizens Advice and local schools.

Fieldwork

Field trips form an invaluable part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln's Inn where you will dine in court with Barristers and Judges and learn more about this exciting career.

Other study visits include the Houses of Parliament, the European Court of Justice, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.

Study facilities

Law students benefit from high quality study facilities: an excellent library, with dedicated Law Librarians, and access to academic journals, industry databases and reports.

State-of-the-art mock courtrooms provide opportunities to practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court. This brings learning to life and allows you to apply the skills that have been developed during your studies to a practical setting.

Pro Bono Unit

You will have a valuable opportunity to engage in Pro Bono through your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community. Supervised by academics and practitioners, you will work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as: The Innocence Project, Elderlaw, the UWE Street Law Programme and schools mentoring scheme.

Societies and Forums

As a UWE Bristol Law student you are able to become a member of the following societies:

UWE Law Society

The lively society runs an active programme of events and talks including trips to the Supreme Court in London, the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Court in Luxembourg. Students also participate in competitions and attend regular socials including the annual dinner. 

UWE Mooting Society

Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the UWE Mooting Society runs regular moots and competitions.

The Society is valued and recognised by the local law network as judges of the moots include members of local barristers' chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.

African Law Students Forum

Founded in 2013, the African Law Students Forum now works with top London Solicitor Freshfields to run unique events solely for the forum. Members include students from Nigeria, The Gambia, South Africa, Burundi, Poland, Malaysia, Equatorial Guinea and a few white British.

Women's Law Forum

An active group running events and workshops tackling women's issues such as female genital mutilation, online violence and gender and austerity. 

Careers

Careers / Further study

Law students are highly valued by employers due to the broad skillset gained from studying the subject. Whilst many students pursue a legal career as Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Advisor, Legal Executive or Paralegal there is also scope to enter a wide range of careers in HR, finance, teaching, advice and charity work and in the Public Sector.

Past graduates have secured roles in a range of settings including law firms, chambers, city councils, banks, estate agents, Citizens Advice, higher education, accountancy and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Many students progress to train as a Barrister or Solicitor through the BPTC or LPC or undertake further study relevant to a specialism with an LLM in Commercial Law, Human Rights and International Law.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Watch Ashley's video about how a visit to London's Lincoln Inn inspired her to become a barrister.

Read Clifford's story about how he is now helping people appeal against injustice.


Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in law

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
International - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1125

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee7875
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1125
Offshore-Sandwich Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee7875
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1125

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years900
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Students starting this course in September 2016 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at admissions@uwe.ac.uk so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 300
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

    Our preferred tests are International English Language Tests (IELTS), however we will consider applicants with alternative English language qualifications.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DDM from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; achievement of 30 L3 credits at merit; achievement of Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language and Mathematics
  • Baccalaureate IB: 26 points

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements. We welcome applications from students whether or not they have studied law prior to University entry.

The University is committed to ensuring that no student with the potential to meet our entry requirements is deterred from applying. This is why the University welcomes applications from appropriately qualified students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are considered and evaluated on the basis of individual potential, such as relevant experience, which in some cases may be deemed equivalent to formal qualifications.

We would also accept a pass in the CILEX Professional Diploma as suitable for entry onto the programme.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

For further information

  • E-mail: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333

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