Benefits of this course
You will gain vital skills and knowledge in the core legal subjects and learn about specialist areas of law.
We also offer you the chance to participate in mooting competitions which can further hone your legal and debating skills.
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 want a highly respected qualification in law, this programme is ideal.
You may have studied anywhere in the world. Our 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, you can obtain an exemption from the academic stage of training over two years. This allows you to select specialist legal subjects and take work placements.
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.
You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, which in total consist of around 10 hours contact each week in year one, increasing to about 12 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.
Year 1 is made up of 4 Core modules (120 credits).
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 (75 credits)
- 6 Elective modules (90 credits).
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 2021/22, 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.
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.
Aviation Law (15 credits)
In this module you will study how aviation is regulated at domestic, EU and international levels, including socio-economic regulation, antitrust, safety and security, and environmental regulation.
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.
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.
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 Property Law (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge of the legislation, case law and practice concerning the leasing of commercial property. You will examine the difference between leases and licences, content and termination of leases, and repairing obligations.
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.
Constitutional Law of the USA – Foundational Principles (15 credits)
This module looks at American history, the role of the US Supreme Court, and US jurisprudence. You will explore various landmark events in US constitutional history of the US and better understand how ‘law’ must be studied within historical and political contexts.
Constitutional Law of the USA – Modern Controversies (15 credits)
This module will further explore areas of constitutional law in the US, including: civil rights, freedom of speech, criminal procedure, cruel and unusual punishment, and privacy and abortion rights before and after Roe v Wade.
Criminal Justice (15 credits)
This module focuses on the process through which those who are alleged to have committed a criminal offence are dealt with. You will also gain a good understanding of what human sciences (especially socio-legal studies) can tell us about the law in action.
Discrimination Law (15 credits)
This module will provide you with detailed knowledge of discrimination law and the Equality Act 2010, which is a specialised area with a particular emphasis of discrimination within the workplace.
Employment Law (15 credits)
In this module you will learn about an area of law which is highly sensitive to politics, economics, and changes to technology and business models. Subjects covered include employment status, collective labour rights, employment contracts, whistleblowing, redundancy, and unfair dismissal.
EU Law and the Global Legal Order (15 credits)
This module analyses the relationship between the internal EU legal order and the global legal order, with a view to understanding the constitutional foundations of the EU’s place in the global legal order.
Forensic Science and the Legal Process (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to some of the issues raised by science in the courtroom. It will focus on the uneasy relationship between law and science, the approach of the law to expert evidence and to new scientific evidence.
Foundations of Commercial Law (15 credits)
In this module, you will learn about the rights, obligations and contractual relationships of buyers and sellers, acting as businesses and consumers and in transactions involving the sale and supply of goods, services and digital content.
Free Movement of Goods, Persons and Services in the Internal Market (15 credits)
In this module you will learn about the free movement of goods, persons and services in the European Union. You will explore how the law has been developed and its implications for the division of competence between Member States and the EU.
Further Issues in Commercial Law (15 credits)
In this module develop a detailed and critical understanding of the contract-based relationships between parties to different types of commercial arrangements. You will gain insight into how business think commercially and gain skills needed to advise parties in a dispute.
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 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.
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 relating to Public Companies (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide you with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fundamental rules and principles governing the operation and regulation of companies.
Legal Skills (15 credits)
This module exposes you to the practical skills of a lawyer’s role. You will learn what makes a good letter and a good draft document and why, the methods and techniques for interviewing a client, conducting a negotiation, and ethics and professional conduct.
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.
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.
Comparative Constitutional Law (15 credits)
This module involves a comparative exploration of constitutions across the world. We will take a thematic approach to the subject, looking in detail at the way in which fundamental constitutional structures, institutions and principles are provided and catered for across the world.
Dissertation (30 credits)
This is a piece of independent work 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.
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
Our range of extracurricular activities include mooting and client interviewing, while The City Law School also runs a pro bono programme. We hold a fair at the beginning of the year to show you the options.
You will be assessed through 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 2022/23
Graduate Entry LLB Law
Full-time per year
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of two percent. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
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
Future Finance Loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the Future Finance website.
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 taking either the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor or taking Bar Vocational Studies to become a barrister.
If you intend to practise in Canada, you have to take examinations set by the National Committee on Accreditation.
You may progress to an LLM programme at another UK university, or at a university overseas that can satisfy the country requirements where you wish to practise.
Our graduates have also pursued careers in finance, banking and the civil service.
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 2022 entry
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