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Law LLB (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 years: M100
    Foundation: M102

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 Years
    Full Time with Foundation: 4 Years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 Years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


You may have heard that legal education is changing. Our LLB course has been redesigned to meet those changes and will provide you with an excellent grounding as you take your first steps towards a legal career. The LLB course at the University of Northampton covers the seven foundations of legal knowledge required to meet the core academic requirements required by the Bar Standard Board for entry onto the Bar Training Course. For students who aspire to become solicitors, our LLB course has been designed to help you prepare for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) as alongside the traditional foundations of legal knowledge there are additional optional modules covering SQE topics such as civil litigation, property law and practice, business law and criminal litigation. A law degree is not just for those who wish to pursue a legal career; it equips you with a great many skills which are desired by the graduate jobs market. We know that not all our students will wish to enter the legal profession and we have designed our course programme to offer flexibility so that you can choose options which match your interests and will help you to achieve your goals.

The Law Team are passionate about social justice and making a difference within our communities. In 2019 we won the award for ‘University of Northampton Changemaker Team of the Year’. We received this award for our work in giving students as many opportunities as possible to make a difference in a range of communities such as volunteering, our Street Law Project, the Pro Bono Clinic, setting up charities and much more. We were commended for our ‘…commitment and passion to all their activities which provide law students with valuable exposure to real life experiences and situations and in no small way ensures that people without access to legal aid can gain justice’.

Updated 25/11/2020

Highlights


  • Flexible pathways to cater for academic interest and different career goals
  • Opportunities to participate in pro bono activities
  • Integrated SQE preparation subject to module selection
  • Purpose built Moot Room
  • Optional work placement year
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course. Terms and conditions apply.

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Course Content


  • If you choose to study Law with us you will benefit from a varied and imaginative modular scheme that is designed to offer you a wide range of options in addition to the foundation subjects that are required by legal professional bodies. Our approach to teaching and learning is centred around you, we ensure that we teach Law in its social, political, and economic context across all three stages of the course.

    We offer a wide range of additional activities such as court visits, mooting and client interviewing.  There is also the opportunity for you to engage in local community projects or join the Student Law Society, which organises social and professional activities that help to prepare you for a legal career. Our Law team has links with organisations such as Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council and Citizens Advice, allowing you to make valuable contacts and learn from their experiences.

    Our Law team has strong links with the local legal profession and visiting law firms and barristers provide students with career advice.

    You will find strong support for your studies from a dedicated team of well qualified staff. A number of our Law team have published books and journal articles and some regularly deliver papers at conferences both at home and abroad.

    Several staff members are external examiners or reviewers at other educational institutions; one is an Assistant Coroner and sits on professional body disciplinary panels and some are on committees examining national or international issues relating to Law. Our teaching team includes solicitors and barristers.  Our Law tutors hold Doctorate, Masters or professional qualifications and most are actively involved in legal research.  Many also take part in voluntary activities outside of work and will support you in your voluntary roles.

    Take a look at the blogs written by staff and students in the Law Division and check out what our Law students have achieved after graduation on our law case studies page.

    Modules

    Information about the modules on this course can be found on the award map:

    LLB modules

    Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC. An Access Course must include 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above.

    We welcome international applicants and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

    For more information on how to make an application please visit our How to Apply pages for Home and EU, and International students.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £13,000
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Your reading materials are accessible from our library however, you may choose to purchase your own copy of the textbooks. New law textbooks cost in the region of £30-40 but you can often buy recent secondhand ones for much less.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK/EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK/EU Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £12,900
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • Optional Placement Year: £1,000
    Additional costs

    Your reading materials are accessible from our library however, you may choose to purchase your own copy of the textbooks. New law textbooks cost in the region of £30-40 but you can often buy recent secondhand ones for much less.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

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  • Currently, if you want to a solicitor in England and Wales you can take a Qualifying Law Degree (usually three years), followed by the Legal Practice Course (one year), followed by a training contract (on the job training secured through a law firm, two years).

    Taking our Qualifying Law Degree enables you to gain an exemption from the current qualification process.

    From 2021 the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are implementing changes to the current qualification process by introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

    The Faculty of Business and Law continues to monitor these developments closely with a view to advising students about law career routes. We have also reviewed our curriculum to ensure that our legal education provision continues to prepare students effectively for legal practice and or professional careers more widely.

    Information from the SRA

    What is the SQE?

    The SQE is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination which will be introduced on 1 September 2021, subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board.  In the future, all those wishing to qualify as a solicitor will need to pass the SQE, as well as holding a degree or equivalent qualification or experience, complete a two-year period of qualifying work experience and meet our suitability requirements. SQE1 primarily tests candidates’ functioning legal knowledge, while SQE2 tests practical legal skills.

    Do you need a law degree to sit SQE1 and/or SQE2?

    No. However, to be admitted as a solicitor, you will need a degree (in any subject) or equivalent in addition to passing the SQE. ‘Equivalent’ means a qualification equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree, such as:

    • a level 6 or 7 apprenticeship
    • a level 6 or 7 professional qualification

    If you don’t have an equivalent qualification, we may be able to count experience in the workplace as equivalent.

    How much will the SQE exam cost?

    The estimated cost of the two stages of assessment is between £3,000 – £4,500.

    SQE1 will primarily test the application of legal knowledge. The fees range estimate is £1,100 – £1,650. SQE2 will test practical legal skills. The fee range estimate is £1,900 – £2,850.

    The costs are based on an estimated 35 hours of assessment, including written tests, computer-based assessments and simulations such as mock client interviews. These costs are indicative, as we continue our work with Kaplan to develop and test the assessments.

    For more information please visit the SRA website.

  • Our LLB course covers the seven foundations of legal knowledge which are required for the academic component of Bar training. On successful completion of the degree programme (with a 2:2 or above) students can progress to vocational component of Bar training.

    For more information please visit the BSB website.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Law we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Law programme which includes a Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

    Please see our Integrated Foundation Year page for more details.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • Francesca’s Story

    Mature student Francesca has been awarded two scholarships, supporting her on the road to becoming a barrister. Francesca is the recipient of the Max Engel Memorial Bursary and the University Law Scholarship. Both awards will support Francesca as she continues her career in Law. Francesca spoke about her experiences on the course and offered some great advice for new students when she chatted to our News team.

    Read Francesca’s story here.

    Kerry’s Story

    Kerry, a mature student from Northampton had dreams of becoming a Barrister, and joined the University of Northampton to study the Law LLB intensive programme. Kerry has landed a position with Guernica 37 Chambers Academy, a top legal Chambers’, specialising exclusively in international criminal and human rights law. Kerry has said that the ‘support from the Faculty and other peers was evident from the beginning of my studies.’

    Read more about Kerry’s student experience here.

    UON Law Graduate Kerry Cox

    Toby’s Story

    Since graduating from the University of Northampton in 2009 after studying his Master of Laws (LLM), Toby has gone on to become an internationally recognised law specialist in the area of war crimes, extradition and human rights law.

    Following on from his success in this field, in November 2016, Toby set up his own Chambers, “Guernica 37”, which specialises in international justice.

    Read more about Toby’s experience of studying Law with us on our Case Study pages.

    Toby Cadman Law LLB Alumni

    Similoluwa’s Story

    Signing up for a law degree at the University of Northampton is a decision which set Similoluwa on the way to achieving a new ambition – to become one of the leading legal practitioners in his Nigerian homeland.

    Find out how studying law at The University of Northampton has changed Similoluwa’s ambitions.

    Similoluwa Fashanu - Law LLB

  • What are the methods of learning and assessments for this course?

    Our teaching includes a variety of methods underpinned by active learning. This ranges from lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line learning, self-directed or collaborative study, experiential and problem-based learning. You, as the student, are at the heart of what we do. Through your participation you will engage with your peers and lectures in an interactive setting whereby you can critically engage with the syllabus.

    You can expect to put in 200 hours of work on each module that you study. You will normally have two hours of contact time, which could be online or face to face, per week with your tutor for each module.

    The University of Northampton Law Degree offers you a wide range of assessments to help you develop a diverse set of academic and professional skills.  Assessments have been carefully designed to help you build the skills you will need for the future. The skills you will acquire will not only help with preparation for entry to the legal profession but will also be highly desirable to graduate recruiters in a variety of sectors. Our mission is to produce high quality, adaptive and socially responsible graduates equipped to pursue successful careers in a variety of contexts. The assessment strategy is a combination of formative and summative assignments designed to enable you to learn and develop key academic and employability skills. These are the range of assessments that you can expect across your modules:

    • Client interviews
    • Essays
    • Advocacy
    • Commentaries on current legal issues both in a national and global context
    • A range of presentations individually and in groups
    • Multiple choice questions/exams/time constrained assignments

    Are there any extracurricular activities for this course?

    • Mooting, negotiating and client interviewing competitions
    • Use of purpose-built Moot Room to practice and develop advocacy skill
    • Street Law Projects
    • Opportunities to conduct research projects as student researchers to develop your academic skills which will also be useful for if you are considering other professions
    • Guest lectures from national and international speakers such as Judges and human rights advocates.
    • A thriving Student Law Society which organises social and professional activities.

    What is the learning and teaching like on the Law course?

    At the University of Northampton we are committed to your learning and use this to shape our teaching of Law in the following ways:

    • We appreciate that many areas of Law need context for them to be fully understood and so have shaped our course to reflect this. Our programmes are underpinned by social justice issues and we actively encourage you to explore Law in its wider context whether this is historic, social, moral or commercial.
    • Our Law team prides itself on its commitment to students. Tutors are available to support you throughout your academic studies. You can get further academic support through the Learning Development Team. You will also meet with your personal tutor on a regular basis where you can discuss your academic progress and get advice on future career prospects.
    • We are firmly committed to listening to students through regular drop ins, the Course Advocate system and through our termly Staff – Student Liaison Committees.

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Careers and Employability


By the time you graduate you will have developed a range of skills which will enhance your employability, whether in the legal profession or in another career.

We work closely with the University Centre for Employability and Engagement (UCEE), who will support you with your career planning.

You will also have the opportunity to attend the annual Law Careers Fair and University Careers Fair which offers the opportunity to meet with potential future employers.