students acting out court scene in the mock courtroom

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
M100
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Bristol Law School
Campus:
Frenchay OR
Year one: University Centre Weston and Year two to three: Frenchay
Duration:
Three years, four years sandwich.
Delivery:
Full-time, sandwich.
Programme leader:
Year one: Kathy Brown; Year two: Shilan Shah; Final year: Andy Kok
Key fact:
Stand out to employers by gaining professional experience through pro bono volunteering and developing your skills through creative assessments.

Page last updated 21 September 2017

Introduction

Why study law?

Law is an incredibly varied subject that affects every aspect of human life, right down to the air we breathe.

It affects our relationships with each other, the state and other countries. It affects our education, employment, travel, property, health and human rights.

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

Why UWE Bristol?
LLB(Hons) Law is a practical and contemporary degree, recognised by employers and delivered by leading experts in one of the largest law schools in the country.

If you choose a legal career when you graduate, you'll have a solid grounding in law and enough experience from placements and pro bono work to ensure you succeed in your legal training.

Our students value the range of optional modules and opportunity to specialise according to their interests in the second and third year.

Research informs teaching at every level and you'll develop core legal knowledge in subjects spanning commercial law, criminal justice, environmental law, human rights and family law.

You'll gain valuable insight and vital skills during this course. Mooting competitions, guest speakers, field trips, Pro Bono work, placements, and a practical Law in Action module let you explore cases and build your network.

You'll have regular opportunities to practice legal submissionsin our modern mock courtrooms, while law simulations allow you to test your case working abilities.

Where can it take me?

This is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), which provides you with the core legal knowledge to progress to an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister. 

You could start your legal career immediately, or pursue a different career pathway entirely. Law graduates' broad skillset makes them very attractive to employers.

Our students have secured roles in law firms, chambers, city councils, banks, estate agents, higher education, accountancy, Citizens Advice and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Law of Torts*

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Land Law*
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Dispute Resolution Skills
  • Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Public International Law
  • Sports Law
  • Criminal Procedure and Punishment
  • Commercial Law
  • Information Technology Law.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.The second year modules will help you secure your place.

You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • European Union Law*

Plus three optional modules (two if you've completed a placement year) from:

  • Equity and Trusts*
  • Law of Evidence
  • Law of Financial Crime and Regulation
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Company Law in Context
  • The Law of International Trade
  • Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources
  • European Human Rights
  • Family Law
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Organised Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Dissertation
  • Law in Action
  • Work Integrated Learning.

* If you are aiming to become a solicitor or a barrister, you must take these modules to get a Qualifying Law Degree (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

Our approach to learning is student-centered, supporting you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.

In year two and your final year, you can design the course to fit your interests and career ambitions.

You can specialise in many different aspects of law, either choosing to study subjects grouped to form a theme (for example criminal justice or commercial law) or studying subjects you find attractive.

Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.

You'll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you throughout your degree.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
125%75%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
324%76%0%100%

Study time

You can study your whole course with UWE Bristol at Frenchay campus or you can study your first year at University College Weston, and complete the final two years at Frenchay.

You will need final UWE Bristol approval for the latter.

Frenchay campus delivery

During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week. 

If you choose to do a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you'll get a further nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module. 

In years one and two, you will also receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week. 

All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and one-to-one sessions with tutors.

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
152%48%0%100%
290%10%0%100%
340%47%13%100%

Features

Placements

Work placements

We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after your second year of study. It can be in the UK or abroad.

Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.

You'll get help to find all placement and support throughout from your department and the careers service.

Final year work experience

If you choose the final year Law in Action module, you'll spend one day a week working in a local law firm or voluntary organisation. Past students have secured placements with Bristol Law CentreWatkins SolicitorsRed Cross, Death Row, Citizens Advice and local schools.

Pro Bono Unit

You'll have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono workthrough your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community.

Supervised by academics and practitioners, you'll work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as Legal Advocacy Support Project, Elderlaw, the UWE Street Law Programme and Bristol Musicians Advice Service.  

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

Fieldwork

Field trips are an important part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln's Inn where you'll dine in court with barristers and judges and learn more about this exciting career.

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

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

Study facilities

In the new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to modern learning spaces, including a dedicated law resource room.

Mock courtrooms help you practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court.

In our specialist library, you'll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research.

The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. 

You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

UWE Bristol Law Society

Our Law 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.

Members also participate in competitions and attend regular socials, including the

UWE Bristol Mooting Committee

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

It's valued and recognised by the local law network. Judges of the moots include members of local barristers' chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.

Students have recently had the opportunity to moot in the Supreme Court in London. 

Careers

Careers / Further study

Law students are valuable to employers because of the broad skillset you gain from studying this subject.

You could pursue a legal career as solicitor, barrister, legal adviser, legal executive or paralegal, but you can also go into a career in HR, teaching, charity work and the public sector.

Our graduates have secured roles with law firms such as Osbourne Clarke, Burgess Salmon, Clarke Wilmott as well as Guildhall Chambers and Invictus Chambers.

A number of graduates establish careers within the banking and finance sector, accountancy, Citizens Advice and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Many students train as a barrister or solicitor through the BPTC or LPC, or undertake an LLM in Commercial Law orInternational Law.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in law

 

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375

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

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We don't accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English isn't your first language, you'll need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students who have not studied law before applying to us.

If you do not think you will be able to meet the entry requirements for entry into Year 1 of this course, you can consider applying for Foundation Year of this or related degree courses.

If you have completed your qualifications and do not meet the normal entry requirements, but you can show us that you have relevant experience and capabilities that make you suited to this course, we will be pleased to consider your application. For example, we accept a pass in the CILEX Professional Diploma as suitable for entry onto this course. Please make sure your application form includes details of your experience and the capabilities you have developed. If you would like to discuss this before formally applying, please talk to us at an open day or contact the course leader (details above).

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College    

If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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

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