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About this course

  • Entry year: 2015/16
  • 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, Zainab Khan for Year 2 and Kirsten Scammell for Combined Awards.
  • Key fact: 91 per cent of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course – testament to our strong teaching by experienced law practitioners and academics, cutting-edge modules and rich learning environment.


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 and education to our work, travel, property and 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 the skillset to succeed in almost any career.

Why study our course?
This course offers a practical and contemporary Qualifying Law Degree, 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 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, 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.

Discover more about Law at UWE through this inspiring short video featuring current UWE students talking about their own experiences and highlights

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>> Structure

Student's view

Find out how being President of the UWE cricket helped law student, Stefan to develop his career prospects.



The following modules are indicative of the course structure.

Year 1

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Methods
  • Legal and Professional Skills

Years 2 and 3

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

Students seeking a QLD should take the following modules:

  • Legal and Professional Development
  • European Union Law
  • Land Law I
  • Law of Torts I
  • Two optional modules from the list below:

Optional modules

  • Civil Liberties
  • Company Law
  • Critical and Legal Reasoning
  • Dispute Resolution Skills
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Legal Research Project
  • International Trade
  • Law, Film and Literature
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Penology
  • Public International Law
  • Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses
  • Sports Law
  • Policing and Prisons

Students not seeking a QLD should take Professional Development and select modules to the value of 105 credits from the Year two list above.

Year 3

Students seeking a QLD should take:

  • Legal, Professional and Ethical Futures OR Law in Action
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Optional modules from the list below according to credit requirements (if you have completed Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year, select one to two less modules):

Optional modules

  • Advanced European Union Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyberlaw
  • Dissertation
  • Education and the Law
  • European Human Rights
  • Law of Evidence
  • Family Breakdown
  • Gender and the Law
  • Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law in Action
  • Legal, Professional and Ethical Futures
  • Law Project
  • Legal Process
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Law of Torts II
  • Company Law in Context
  • The Law of International Trade

Please note that whilst the vast majority of optional modules do run in each academic year, these modules are offered subject to sufficient student demand and staff availability.

Learning and teaching

Our modules offer different approaches to learning which allow you to choose modules which best support your learning style.

In your first week you will meet your personal academic tutor who will support you in your academic studies throughout your degree. We see engagement with learning as a key feature of your success and we want you to succeed. The role of the personal academic tutor in supporting your academic aspirations is a key feature of the course. This support continues throughout your degree through three core modules which aim to support your personal development.


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.

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Special Features


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.


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, European Union, 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. 

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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 graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Be inspired

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

Read how Clifford, who joined UWE at the age of 51, is now helping people appeal against injustice.

Read how UWE's mentoring programme helped Catherine find her first job at the Bank of Ireland.

Read how volunteering helped make Faheem a good fit for a firm of solicitors.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in law

>> Fees


Full Time Course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11250
International-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1406
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year fee7875
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1125
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1125
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich 15 Credit Module Fee1125
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year fee7875
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-15 Credit Module Fee1125

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

>> Entry


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 Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.

    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.
  • 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

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.

How to apply

UCAS Extra We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 2 July 2015. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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