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Law  LLB (Hons)

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Our undergraduate Law LLB degree provides you with the essential legal and academic skills to be successful in law as well as a range of transferable skills sought after in many other sectors.

Overview

City's undergraduate Law LLB degree gives you a foundation in the essential skills and knowledge needed to be successful in law, no matter if you are interested in pursuing a career as a barrister or lawyer, within governmental bodies, international NGOs, the Civil Service or within the European Union.

Our LLB degree also gives you a range of transferable skills to go on to be successful in other areas. Our law graduates are highly desired on the graduate training programmes offered by many prestigious employers in finance, business, publishing, media, government and commerce.

Why study LLB (Hons) at City?

  • Explore a range of foundation and specialist law subjects. We offer you a broad range of elective subjects rarely offered at undergraduate level to give you the opportunity to learn every aspect of the law.
  • If you are an aspiring solicitor or barrister, our LLB degree provides you with the core legal knowledge to go on to either the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or an LLM masters degree. LLB graduates are guaranteed a place on our LPC and LLM (subject to meeting entry requirements), and strongly encouraged to apply for our BPTC (The Bar Standards Board does not let providers guarantee places on this course).
  • Enhance your skills in mooting, legal research and debating
  • Benefit from studying abroad in France and Australia or taking free language classes
  • Take part in our pro bono programme or get involved with Start Ed for hands-on experience in the field
  • Study at a Top 10 University for graduate starting salaries*

(The Sunday Times University Guide 2012)

A law degree and much more...

At City we offer a range of opportunities to grow your legal potential outside of the course. 

Mooting

Many undergraduate students take part in the School's mooting (legal debating) competitions. You will have numerous opportunities to take part in mooting in both internal and at national competitions. Mooting helps you to master important legal skills, such as research and analysis, whilst also gaining experience of public speaking and argument. 

Pro Bono

Now in its eleventh year, our Pro Bono programme gives you the opportunity to work with real-life clients. You can interview and provide written advice to a range of clients. We have a number of partnership programmes at local, national and international level, including Amnesty International Letter, the Innocence Project and the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV).

Start Ed

At The City Law School you will have the opportunity to volunteer at the Start Ed - a free walk-in centre offering assistance for small businesses and technology start-ups.

The service is run by law students and supervised by local professionals and experienced start-up owners. It provides advice on a range of business and legal matters and is a unique way for you to put your legal skills and knowledge directly into practice. 

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points, typically gained from ABB or BBB at 'A' Level with an 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered
  • IB: 29 points, including 6 in Standard Level English Language
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
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Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:

M100

Entry Requirements

'A' Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB plus one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics are also required. 
  • Functional Skills and Key Skills are not accepted
  • A Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted

International Baccalaureate (IB)

29 points, including 6 in Standard Level English Language

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 21 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Other UK qualifications:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDM required. Business or business-related subject preferred)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Scottish Advanced Highers

International

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.

International Foundation Programme

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

We also accept students from other foundation programmes on a case-by-case basis. The entry requirements for applicants applying having completed such programmes varies in relation to the specific programme completed. Typically, we would ask for applicants to have achieved at least 65%-70% in a programme verified by the university.

If you have any queries about international entry requirements, please contact the International Team.


Pre-requisites

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent).

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Duration:
3 years

Course Content

Our undergraduate LLB degree provides you with the core legal knowledge to go on to either the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course. If law isn't the career for you, our LLB gives you a range of transferable skills to go on to be successful in your chosen career.

On the course you will explore the foundation law subjects as well as a broad range of specialist subjects. You will be able enhance your legal skills by taking part in extra-curricular mooting and pro-bono activities. At City, you will have the unique opportunity to study abroad in France, Australia, Poland, Russia or Spain.

Course Structure

Year one and year two

In years one and two there is a focus on the core legal subjects and an emphasis on professional skills, including legal techniques. You choose from a wide range of elective modules rarely offered at an undergraduate level, with the opportunity to specialise in a particular field. You benefit from the range of research expertise among academic staff teaching the different modules.

  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Contract law
  • Criminal law
  • Employability and the graduate market
  • English legal system
  • Equity and trusts
  • EU law
  • Land law
  • Legal method
  • Tort.

Year three

In their final year, students can choose from a wide range of elective subjects that allow them to study in a specialised field and gain important professional skills for their future career. The range of elective subjects offered, which is subject to availability and demand, includes several electives rarely offered at undergraduate level:

  • Aviation law and regulation
  • Banking law
  • Canadian constitutional law
  • Canadian corporate law
  • Commercial and agency law
  • Commercial property law
  • Company law
  • Competition law
  • Constitutional law of the USA
  • Criminal justice
  • Employment law
  • Family and child law
  • Forensic science
  • Human rights law
  • Immigration law
  • Intellectual property law
  • International commercial arbitration
  • International criminal law
  • International economic law
  • Islamic law
  • Justice, law and history
  • Law of evidence
  • Legal ethics and professional responsibility
  • Legal skills
  • Maritime law
  • Media law
  • Public international law.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials are the main teaching methods on the course. You will learn about law as part of a larger groups in lectures alongside your fellow students. Regular tutorials allow you to meet with your subject tutor as part of a small group to analyse problems and selected topics. Seminars enable you to discuss assigned materials as part of a larger group.

We also encourage our students to take part in activities such as debating and mooting (a legal debate). Combined with your legal studies these activities help you to develop a broad range of skills and build your self-confidence. 

Research-active academics

Academic staff at the School are engaged in research in all major areas of law, including criminal law and criminal justice; commercial law and contract law; European law; public international law; media law; maritime law and transport and professional practice. In addition, research centres, groups and institutes within the School provide a space for interdisciplinary collaboration and cutting-edge research into some of the most pressing contemporary legal issues.

Academic staff affiliated with the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, for example, work with colleagues from City's Departments of Journalism and Sociology to explore themes including legal restraints on the media, journalistic objectivity and impartiality in international war crimes trials and legal safeguards against violence directed at journalists.

The School's Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice (CSLPP) analyses current developments in the legal professions. It regularly hosts external speakers and recently has organised two international conferences. The Centre includes various specialist forums focusing on advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, civil litigation, criminal litigation, evidence and proof and legal ethics.

The School's commitment to research is demonstrated by our results in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, where 65 per cent of the School's research was recognised as either 'world-leading' (4-star) or 'internationally excellent' (3-star).

Assessment

Students are assessed by written examinations held at the end of each module with an optional dissertation in year three. Formative assessments and mock examinations and feedback are given throughout the year to prepare for examinations.

The School recognises the importance of prompt and helpful feedback to its students. Academic staff highlight the learning outcomes at the start of each module, ensure that core skills are developed and refined as part of the course and provide students with effective feedback on individual and group assignments.

The final degree classification is based on the results gained by students in the second and third years of study.

Further opportunities

Mooting is a key part of life at The City Law School and we believe it's one of the quickest and most effective ways for you to develop the competencies you need to be a successful lawyer. Mooting helps you to master important legal skills, such as research and analysis, whilst also gaining experience of public speaking and argument. 

You can also partake in our popular Pro Bono Unit which give you the opportunity to advise real clients on legal matters in a range of different areas of law. We have a number of partnership programmes at local, national and international level, including Amnesty International Letter, the Innocence Project and the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV).

You also have the opportunity to volunteer at Start Ed - a free walk-in centre offering assistance for small businesses and technology start-ups, or at the Free Representation Unit, which represents clients in tribunals where the clients have no means of funding their own legal representation.

Study Abroad

The School has established student exchange programmes, for example with universities in Australia, France, Poland, Russia and Spain.The programmes provide the opportunity to spend half of your third year studying at one of these universities.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships

The City Law School offers individual scholarships to LLB students. Find out more about our School Scholarships.

Career Prospects

The LLB (Hons) qualifies students to progress directly to the professional stage of their legal training - the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for aspiring solicitors and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for those wishing to practise at the Bar.

Graduates are guaranteed a place on City's LPC (subject to meeting entry requirements) and are strongly encouraged to apply for City's BPTC (although the Bar Standards Board does not allow providers to guarantee places on this course).

Upon graduation, our LLB students are also guaranteed a place on our LLM masters degrees (subject to meeting entry requirements).

Law

UCAS code: M100


Applications for degree courses must be made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468
For callers with hearing difficulties:
  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.
You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).