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About this course


This is one of six law undergraduate courses offered at UWE, Bristol. The others are LLB(Hons)Commercial Law, LLB(Hons) European and International Law, LLB(Hons) Law with Psychology, BA(Hons) Business and Law and BA(Hons) Criminology and Law.

The LLB(Hons) Law degree is designed to enable you to shape your future. There is an emphasis on maximising your employment prospects, providing you with a huge range of options which will enable you to focus on those areas of law which interest you most and which best fit with your career aspirations.

Many students use the degree as a route into the legal profession. If you wish to become a solicitor or a barrister you should take the qualifying law degree (QLD) modules as indicated under the content section. These must be passed if you wish to progress straight onto the professional stage of training for the legal profession. However, there are a huge number of careers open to law graduates - there is no need to limit your ambitions by simply considering becoming a solicitor or a barrister.

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The following modules are indicative of the course structure.

Year 1

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract Law
  • 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 (15 credits)
  • European Union Law (15 credits)
  • Land Law (15 credits)
  • Torts (15 credits)

In addition students seeking a QLD should take two modules from the following list below (all modules below are 30 credits each):

  • Company Law
  • Critical and Legal Reasoning
  • Dispute Resolution Skills
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Forensic Science
  • Legal Research Project
  • International Trade Law
  • Law, Film and Literature
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Penology
  • Public International Law
  • Sexual Offences and Offending
  • Sports Law

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 (15 credits)
  • Equity and Trusts (30 credits)

In addition students seeking a QLD should take 75 credits from the following list of Year 3 options as indicated from the lists below.

One of the following:

  • Advanced European Union Law (prerequisite European Union Law) (15 credits)
  • Land Law 2 (prerequisite Land Law) (15 credits)
  • Torts 2 (prerequisite Torts) (15 credits)

Plus two of the following:

  • Commercial Law (30 credits)
  • Comparative Constitutional Law (30 credits)
  • Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • Cyberlaw (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Education and the Law (30 credits)
  • European Human Rights (30 credits)
  • Evidence (30 credits)
  • Family Breakdown (30 credits)
  • Company Law in Context (30 credits)
  • Gender and the Law (30 credits)
  • Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources (30 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (30 credits)
  • Law in Action (30 credits)
  • Legal Process (30 credits)
  • Media and Entertainment Law (30 credits)
  • Medicine and the Law (prerequisite Torts) (30 credits)
  • Sexuality and the Law (30 credits)
  • Law of International Trade (30 credits)

Please note that we cannot guarantee that every module will run each year.

Students not seeking a QLD should take Legal, Professional and Ethical Futures and select modules to the value of 105 credits from the Year three list above.

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied over a longer period and the structure will differ.

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.

>> Features

Special Features


The skills you gain in studying law can be combined in a placement to develop the commercial awareness that employers are looking for. We offer placements in a range of organisations which significantly increases your ability to gain a professional and/ or managerial role in a legal or wider setting.  If you take a sandwich year it is expected that you will do a placement year as it could have such a positive impact on your career. Comprehensive support is provided to help you gain your placement. 

Study facilities

Study facilities for Law students include mock courtrooms and a Law library.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.


We understand that as you develop through study, work and life experiences what you want to do at the end of your studies may change. It may also be that the political or economic circumstances of the country change whilst you are studying. We aim to help you to make successful choices in terms of study options and work experiences. This will help you to make the right choices during and at the end of your programme of studies to achieve your career aspirations.

Our Pro Bono opportunities allow you to gain experience in working with legal professionals and use that experience to build and shape your future plans. We have student societies such as the Law Division, the Law and Debating Society and a branch of the European Law Students' Association (which provides and supports students in networking activities). We support our students in developing new initiatives be they with lawyers, other professions, industry or local and national charities.

The Peer Assisted Learning scheme provides further support and encouragement. We help you to gain important skills that you will need to emerge as confident graduates able to take your place in society. You might like to work with us through Street Law which encourages young people from traditionally low participation neighbourhoods to go to University. Street Law runs mock trials in one of our three state of the art courtrooms in which future students participate.

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Careers/further study


We offer a supportive environment for you to grow and succeed as an undergraduate. For every year of study there is a supporting core module which helps you to develop the skills you will need to succeed in your future career. We encourage you to develop a profile of work experience including pro bono work, volunteering and developing contacts with employers which will enable you to move seamlessly into your chosen career. Our alumni work with us to provide mentoring support which helps you to understand how to achieve your preferred future.

Studying the subjects required for exemption from the academic stage of training allows you to apply directly to either the Legal Practice Course (LPC full-time or LPC part-time) (if you want to become a solicitor) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC full-time or BPTC part-time) (if you want to become a barrister).

We offer a range of Masters' courses and PhD opportunities.

A law degree opens a huge variety of careers to you, everything from business and management to public service in addition to more traditional law careers. Regional, national and international employers are keen to employ law undergraduates in a whole variety of industries. Our personal skills development programmes support you in choosing and reflecting on the academic and work experience/volunteering/pro bono choices you have made to help you to achieve your personal goals and ambitions.

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.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

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.

Be inspired

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

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Useful links

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The UWE careers service provides guidance and support throughout your studies in addition to useful resources, CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies.

>> Fees


FeeCost (£) / per year
Full-time home / EU9,000
Full-time home ( ELQ )9,000
Full-time home / EU placement1,125
Part-time home / EU (per 15 credits)1,125
Full-time offshore9,000
Full-time offshore placement1,125
Part-time offshore (per 15 credits)1,125
Full-time International10,750
Full-time International (per 15 credits)1,344

Supplementary fee information

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

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Joining instructions

For students starting this course in September 2014, view your joining instructions. For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 320
  • 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.
    Further details of our English Language requirements can be found here.
  • 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: 27 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.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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