Graduate Entry Law (GE LLB) LLB Course overview
Benefits of this course
This programme covers the foundational principles of law, introducing you to core legal subjects such as contract law, tort law, criminal law, public law, and more. The curriculum is condensed but comprehensive.
Alongside fundamental legal knowledge, you will develop essential legal skills such as legal research, analysis, problem-solving and advocacy.
After successfully completing the GE LLB (Hons), you can progress to the next stage of legal training, which typically will be the Solicitors’ Practice Programme (SPP) for aspiring solicitors or the Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) for aspiring barristers.
Law conversion courses are an excellent option if you have an interest in law and wish to transition into the legal profession.
We also offer you the chance to participate in mooting competitions which can further hone your legal and debating skills and gain valuable experience with real-clients and placements via our Law IRL programme.
You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.
- Graduate Entry LLB Law (LLB)
Who is this course for?
If you have a proven academic track record and an undergraduate degree in another discipline or from another country and want a highly respected qualification in law, this programme is ideal.
You may have studied anywhere in the world. Our Graduate Entry LLB programme is especially attractive to Canadians, who will be advanced in satisfying Canadian NCA requirements upon completion of this degree.
If you intend to practise law in the UK, this programme includes the foundations of legal practice which make up the required academic stage of training as a barrister in England and Wales.
The course will also be useful to anyone without a UK law degree wanting to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Graduate Entry LLB Law (LLB)
- Full-time: 2 years
Some modules may be subject to change depending on student numbers, tutor availability, or course updates. This may affect the overall number of modules.
Year 1 is made up of four core modules (120 credits): Constitutional and Administrative Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law and Tort Law
In addition, you will also be required to study and pass a test in the English Legal System (15 credits).
Year 2 is made up of:
- 3 Core modules: Equity and Trusts (30 credits), EU Law (15 credits) and Land Law (30 credits)
- 90 credits worth of Elective modules (this will normally involve taking six 15-credit modules).
Please note the list of available electives is subject to change due to lecturer availability and student numbers.
The programme specification is valid for academic year 2023/24, but may be subject to change in future years.
English Legal System (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to ensure that you have a sufficient understanding of the English legal system. Some of the topics you will explore include sources of law, law making and legislation, the court structure, dispute resolution, and appeals.
Constitutional and Administrative law (30 credits)
This module considers the essential elements of UK public law, taking an historical and theoretical approach. It analyses how governmental power is allocated in the modern constitution, and assesses the extent to which that allocation meets contemporary understandings of democratic governance.
Contract Law (30 credits)
In this module you will learn about the process of legal reasoning and analysis regarding contract formation and enforcement. You will acquire legal skills in understanding, interpreting and applying sources of information including statutes, case law and academic commentary.
Criminal Law (30 credits)
In this module you will move beyond a superficial, journalistic understanding of the criminal law, and develop an in depth knowledge of how the law is actually applied in the courts. This includes the core offences and defences in criminal law.
Tort Law (30 credits)
This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding the substantive law of tort and the wider policy issues surrounding the development, history and reform of tort law.
Equity and Trusts (30 credits)
In this module you will study the fundamental principles of Equity as a system of law and its relationship with the Common Law and learn to appreciate the relevance of Equity in a modern context.
European Union Law (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of aspects of EU substantive law. You will gain knowledge of EU political institutions, and the Court of Justice and its jurisdiction, as well as the relationship between EU Law and National Law.
Land Law (30 credits)
This module will cover the general principles of land law, including an understanding of the main problems and issues in contemporary land law. You will cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to, freehold and leasehold estates, mortgages, co-ownership, and conveyancing.
Please note the list of available electives is subject to change due to lecturer availability and student numbers.
Not all modules will run each year and students will be asked to select modules from a cluster of complimentary modules, rather than being able to select unlimited combinations.
Advanced Issues in International Law (15 credits)
This module focuses on a number of issues in the context of public international law. You will develop a deep and critical understanding of the rules and principles of the international legal system, along with their complex relationship with international politics.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (15 credits)
In this module you will explore Canada’s 1982 Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. You will study several thematic issues arising from the Charter; notably the questions of proportionality review and the separation of powers between the courts and the legislatures.
Canadian Law of Business Organisations (15 credits)
This module will examine the core concepts of Canadian corporate law. In addition, you will gain a conceptual overview of business associations, and explore the rights and responsibilities of stakeholders, directors and officers.
Canadian Constitutional Law – Foundational Principles (15 credits)
This module explores some of the major issues in Canadian constitutional law. The module addresses the creation of Canada as a nation in 1867, examines the terms of the original constitutional settlement and analyses the radical changes made to the constitution in 1982.
Child Law (15 credits)
In this module you will gain a thorough understanding of the core legal principles and policy considerations governing child law in England and Wales. This includes topics such as legal parenthood, adoption, private disputes over children and removal of neglected children.
Commercial Sales Law (15 Credits)
In this module, you will learn about the rights and obligations of buyers and sellers, acting as businesses and consumers, in transactions involving the sale and supply of goods, services and digital content.
Competition Law (15 credits)
In this module you will explore EU and UK competition law and how it affects business life. You learn about oversight of coordination between businesses; control of unilateral abuses by dominant market actors, and assessing the impact of mergers between firms.
Cross Border Commercial Law (15 credits)
The module will examine how commercial legal concepts are described and applied in specific areas of commercial transactions.
Global Issues in Corporate Law (15 credits)
This module explores selected key topics in corporate law that arise from the significant role of large companies as international actors in global markets. The module provides an overview of the economic and institutional dynamics that influence the use and control of decision-making power in large (typically, publicly traded) companies.
Human Rights Law in the UK (15 credits)
This module facilitates the understanding of the reach and limitations of human rights law, as well as providing cross-subject expertise necessary in every area of legal practice.
International Banking Law (15 credits)
In this module you will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of many of the important transactions and clauses in International banking law. You will also learn about the litigation (case law) connected with entering into such transactions.
International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to give you a detailed understanding of the practice and normative framework of international commercial arbitration (ICA) and its roots in national and international law as well as in international business customs.
International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
This module will provide you with a thorough grounding and critical appreciation of the relationship between international, regional and national IP law and allied rights in key jurisdictions.
International Criminal Law (15 credits)
This module looks at how we deal with the worst atrocities on the international scale. You will explore the main institutions of international criminal law, especially the International Criminal Court, and the core international crimes, especially genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
International Economic Law (15 credits)
This module is intended to discuss key legal themes and issues in International Economic Law, which is the public and private international law governing the relations between states and companies with respect to economic issues, namely international trade, investment, monetary policy and development.
International Human Rights Law (15 credits)
This module offers an introduction to international human rights law in a legal and political context. It provides an overview of various international human rights standards and of the international and regional mechanisms that work to implement them.
Introduction to the Solicitor’s Professional Qualification (15 credits)
This module will provide you with a foundation of practice-based knowledge required as preparation for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), Part 1. Areas covered include, ethics, dispute resolution, property, commercial and corporate law, wills and administration of estates and criminal practice.
Justice Law and History (15 credits)
This module examines significant events in legal history. You are encouraged you to think critically about important issues raised by historical phenomena. Topics include witchcraft trials in medieval Europe, the Nuremberg trials, Brown v Board of Education, and Korematsu v United States.
Labour Law (15 credits)
Through reading and writing an essay you will develop your understanding of some of the theoretical debates in this area. You will also learn how to solve topical Labour Law problems.
Law of Evidence - The Evidential Implications of Criminal Investigation (15 credits)
This module should provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the evidential implications of criminal investigation, including confession evidence, the right to silence, and illegally obtained evidence.
Law of Evidence: Safeguarding Reliability and Protecting Witnesses (15 credits)
This module will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of principles of the law of evidence that are concerned with ensuring the reliability of evidence and protecting witnesses. This will include examination-in-chief and cross-examination, sexual history evidence, hearsay, and character evidence.
Law, Race and Colonialism (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to examine the complex relationships between colonialism, race and law. Based on the premise that law is central to the constitution of social life, political meaning, cultural and economic relations, the module will explore the role law has played in producing histories of violence and present situations of social inequality.
Maritime Law (15 credits)
The aim of the module is to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the field of maritime law. This includes the jurisdiction and security powers of the court, limitation of liability, collision and salvage principles, ownership and registration of ships, and shipbuilding contracts.
Media Law (15 credits)
This module offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specialised area of legal study, media law.
Medical Law and Bioethics (15 credits)
This module looks at the regulation of medical practice in England and around the world- in its ethical, legal and sociological context. Bioethics are also extensively discussed to address complex issues and to appraise solutions, particularly regarding the beginning and the end of life of human beings and health care rationing measures, which go beyond the traditional doctor-patient relationship.
Movement of Products and People into and within the EU (15 credits)
This module covers some of the legal principles and rules adopted by the European Union institutions to achieve the internal market, secure labour migration, and set regulatory standards to protect consumers and other interests in that market.
Dissertation (30 credits)
This module is only open to students who have achieved a minimum average mark of 60% across their core modules.
It involves completing an independent research project of 10,000 words drawing from the knowledge gained from the Law programme and elsewhere.
You will be guided by your supervisor on how best to extend and apply this knowledge.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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Teaching and assessment
You will learn core subjects as part of the Graduate Entry LLB cohort and elective modules in your second year with LLB third year students.
You will learn through a combination of lectures, workshops and tutorials, which in total consist of around 10 hours contact each week in year one, increasing to about 13 hours each week in year two.
In addition, you are expected to engage in private reading for up to 8 hours per week, per subject, to support your learning and prepare for tutorials.
We will instruct you in the use of legal materials, legal writing, mooting and legal research.
In your second year you choose six subjects from an extensive list, according to your own personal interests. You can also write a 10,000-word dissertation instead of two of the taught electives.
You will be assessed through a mix of written coursework, portfolios, multiple choice question tests, oral and written examinations, as well as project work and team activities.
Fees and funding
Fees for academic year 2024/25
Graduate Entry LLB Law
Full-time per year
Where applicable, tuition fees for City's programmes will be subject to inflationary increases in each year of study. Our policy for these increases is set out in our terms and conditions of study.
The City Law School Scholarships
The City Law School is firmly committed to a generous programme of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Our scholarships range in value and include both partial and full fee waiver awards.
- The City Law School Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence
- The City Law School Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Graduate Loyalty Discount
We offer City students a loyalty discount upon enrolling on a second course at The City Law School. All you need to do is meet the entry requirements for your second course (postgraduate level) and we will automatically take 10% off of your tuition fees.
This can be received in addition to receiving a scholarship and will be applied to the second round of payments due.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
After graduating from this programme, you can advance towards qualification as a practising lawyer.
In the UK that means either taking the Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) programme to become a barrister, or, if you wish to become a solicitor, undertaking the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, in which case you may wish to take a preparation programme such as our Solicitors’ Practice Programme (SPP).
If you intend to practise in Canada, you have to take examinations set by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).
You may alternatively choose to progress to an LLM programme at City or another UK university if you wish to develop expertise in a particular area of law or plan on an academic career, or at any university that can satisfy the country requirements where you wish to practise.
Our graduates have also pursued careers in finance, banking and the civil service.
You will have the opportunity to participate in skills enhancing extra-curricular activity such as mooting or pro bono work via our LawIRL (in real life) programme.
How to apply
To apply for this degree, you will need one of the following:
- A degree (in any subject), of at least a second-class honours standard, conferred by an institution in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards.
- A Canadian Bachelor degree with GPA 3.0 or above
- A US Bachelor degree with GPA 3.2 or above
- An approved degree conferred by an institution outside the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and a very good knowledge of the English language.
English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should hold the following qualifications:
- IELTS: 7 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in all components
- TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 95 overall with no less than 24 in Writing and Reading, 22 in Listening and 25 in Speaking
- LanguageCert ESOL International online: C1 Expert Pass (combined written and oral test)
- PTE Academic: 65 or better
Applications for the Graduate Entry LLB must be made online through UCAS.
You can apply online at www.ucas.com
UCAS code: M110
September 2024 entry
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