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Undergraduate courses at The City Law School

LLB (Hons)

Extensive, rigorous and taught by experts

Despite being the largest LLB programme in the UK, we offer an intimate, friendly, and stimulating environment for you to study in. We encourage our students to take part in all areas of the law outside of everyday teaching. We run annual mooting competitions and offer you opportunities to volunteer to take part in pro bono work.

Our LLB (Hons) is academically rigorous and taught by experts in their fields. It will provide you with a sound grounding in law whilst at the same time allowing you develop your own areas of special interest through a wide ranging choice of modules and pathways in:

LLB Law with Commercial Law
LLB Law with International Law
LLB Law with Human Rights
LLB Law with Professional Practice

Our focus is to make you highly employable and equipped with transferrable skills to pursue a successful career in or outside the legal profession.

Supporting your career choice

Our relationship with leading academics give students access to the best legal minds available today. We involve practitioners directly in the delivery and development of our courses and many of our academic staff remain active in the profession, ensuring that you leave us with the skills and knowledge relevant to today’s legal world.

By completing the LLB (Hons) with us you acquire analytical, communications and other transferrable skills that allow to confidently apply for jobs in law and legal services, but also in diverse areas like banking and finance, government, politics, charity and NGOs, or academia. You may also decide to continue your studies and become a fully-qualified solicitor or barrister.

Routes after the LLB

Our LLB (Hons) is recognised by the Law Society of England and Wales, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Council/Bar Standards Board as satisfying the initial academic stage of legal training. This means that once you complete your degree you can directly go on to either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you want to become a solicitor and the Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) if you want to embark on a career at the Bar.

For more information visit our Law Careers pages

Becoming a solicitor

Solicitors offer legal advice and act on behalf of their clients. To become a solicitor you need a qualifying university law degree (like an LLB) before completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Non-law graduates can become solicitors but need to take a conversion course known as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) before they can embark on the LPC.

After graduation and to fully-qualify as a solicitor, you need to complete a competitive two-year training contract, or period of recognised training during which you will be expected to pass the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

Becoming a barrister

Barristers offer legal advice but also represent their clients and solicitors in tribunals or in court, including the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

There are three stages to complete to become a barrister in the UK:

  • Academic: You will need a qualifying university law degree (like an LLB). Non-law graduates would need to take a conversion course known as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
  • Vocational: After your LLB or GDL you must complete the vocational component of training, which is a compulsory skills based course required to be eligible for Call to the Bar of England & Wales. At City this is called the Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) programme. We offer a suite of 3 different practical courses which will develop your skills in advocacy, opinion writing, legal research and drafting.
  • Practical: The final stage to be completed before becoming a barrister is pupillage. This training, taken under the supervision of a qualified barrister, lasts 12 months. For pupillages starting in September 2021 or later this will include compulsory courses in Negotiation and Advocacy and an assessment in Professional Ethics.

New dedicated facilities

This is an exciting time to enrol at The City Law School as from October 2020 you will be joining us in our brand new, dedicated seven-storey facilities designed specifically for law education.

The new City Law School building will bring together students from all stages of their law education to develop a diverse, supportive and stimulating student community.

Students will benefit from in-house legal clinics to gain experience advising real clients and a mock court room complete with witness boxes. Facilities have been designed to reflect developments in the sector, with the addition of digital technology in courtrooms and the use of artificial intelligence.