Law (two-year intensive) LLB (Hons)
Full Time: 2 Years (Intensive)
Full Time: £9,250
Full Time: £14,000
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Our LLB Law (two-year intensive) course has been designed to provide students with the grounding they need to pursue a successful legal career. This LLB course will teach you the seven foundations of legal knowledge, which meets the Bar Standard Board’s core academic requirements for entry onto the Bar Training Course. This two-year intensive option is ideal for those seeking faster progression of a career in law, allowing you to complete your law degree in two years rather than the standard three.
- Accelerating your legal career by entering the job market earlier than your peers
- The ability to complete the LLB degree in two years, with the associated intensity of study and time management skills, will be attractive to employers
- Change your career where you have the experience but need the qualification in a quicker time
- HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students.*
- Purpose built Moot room.
- Integrated SQE preparation subject to module selection
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The two year intensive LLB (Hons) provides an alternative to the three year qualification, allowing you to graduate and fast track your career and move onto the next stage. The intensive degree enables you to complete your degree in two years by extending the academic year into the normal vacation periods. You will need a strong academic ability and time management skills in order to be able to cope with the demands of this course.
With links to organisations like the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council and Citizen’s Advice, as well as the local legal profession and visiting law firms, our Law team can provide students with career guidance, experience and valuable contacts. Our well qualified and experienced staff also have published books and journal articles, with some delivering papers at conferences regularly. Several members of our staff are also external examiners or reviewers at other educational institutions. This includes an Assistant Coroner who sits on professional body disciplinary panels, and some who are on committees which examine national and international issues.
Our Law Team has a real passion for social justice causes and supporting communities, winning the ‘University of Northampton Changemaker Team of the Year’ award in 2019. This was in recognition of the many great opportunities our students benefit from, including volunteering, our Pro Bono Clinic, Street Law Project, establishing charities and more. We received praise 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”.
Check out what our Law students have achieved after graduating from the University on our Law case studies page.
Learning the Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW1020Status: CompulsoryThe module provides a basic introduction to the legal system and key skills to encourage criticality and reflection. Specifically the module will introduce students? to the nature of law how it is made and applied (both statute and case law) and the courts and legal professionals involved in those processes.
UK and EU Constitutional Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW1021Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the United Kingdom (Uk)'s constitution key institutions theories and rules; an understanding of the European Union (EU)'s key institutions and law and the relationship between UK and EU law and the relationship between UK and EU law. This module will benefit students working towards the SQE.
Law of Contract (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW1022Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the practical and commercial nature and application of the law of contract which prepares them for the world of practice and further legal studies. The module will benefit students who are working towards the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.
Criminal Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW1023Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the general principles which underpin criminal liability before progressing to consider specific crimal offences and defences. The module will benefit students working towards the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.
Ethics, Discrimination and Human Rights (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW1024Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to give students an understanding of basic principles relating to human rights discrimination and ethical behaviour. This will be of benefit to all students as these principles are pervasive throughout their legal studies.
Current Legal Issues and Jurisprudence (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW1025Status: CompulsoryThis module provides students with an accessible introduction to jurisprudence and legal theory. It aims to develop a theoretically informed introduction to some of the key theories that inform the development and application of law from classical theories such as Natural Law Theory to more mdern critical approaches such as critical legal theory and feminism.
- Learning the Law (20 Credits)
Practical Placement Preparation (WBL) (20 Credits)
Module code: HRM2054Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of the placement year labour market and the knowledge and skills of recruitment and selection processes so that learners can become effective in the placement year search and recruitment process.
Law of Tort (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2009Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the main principles of tort and to develop an ability to analyse some of those principles.
Law in Action (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2031Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide an opportunity for students to volunteer in a community based legal project where they can have a positve social impact. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in a structured way and will be able to reflect on their performance and development.
Judicial Protection Under UK and EU Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2032Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the United Kingdom (UK)'s and European Union (EU)'s administrative law and practice to assess their effectiveness as a means of controlling public authorities and protecting individual rights. The module helps with preparation for SQE.
Criminal Litigation (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2033Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the rules and processes that govern the conduct of criminal litigation in England and Wales. The module will equip students with the necessary knowledge that can be applied to situations encoutered in criminal practice. The module will benefit students who are working towards the SQE.
Child and Family Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2034Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide an understanding of the socio-cultural context for child and family law and to analyse current legal issues impacting on child and family relationships. The module will consider the changing nature of children and families and proposals for law reform.
Biosphere Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2035Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to allow students to develop an awareness and understanding of the underpinning philosophies behind environmental laws on land and at sea as well as of the ways in which environmental policy is implemented and enforced through legal measures.
Organised Transnational Crime (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2036Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the nature and impact of organised transnational criminal behaviour and their interrelationship with law enforcement investigation and prosecution.
Intellectual Property Rights in Commerce (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2037Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to enable students to examine and analyse the main intellectual property rights which protect and enforce rights regarding the use of creations of the mind within everyday commerce.
Medical Law and Ethics (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW2038Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to enable students to gain an understanding of the main principles of medical law and ethics and to develop an ability to analyse some of those principles.
- Practical Placement Preparation (WBL) (20 Credits)
Employment Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW3004Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to give students a broad understanding of the law relating to areas of individual employment law. This will be of particular use to those who are thinking of working in an advice setting such as a trade union in human resources the legal profession or a charity as well as those looking to employ staff or those wanting to know about their rights in the workplace.
Medical Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW3013Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to enable students to gain an understanding of the main principles of medical law and to develop an ability to analyse some of those principles.
Sentencing and Prisons (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW3017Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to explore sentencing procedure and aspects of imprisonment. Students will gain an understanding of how sentencing is conducted within the English Legal System and how this can be influenced by political financial and social factors. Various aspects of the prison system are analysed and students are encouraged to explore links between the sentencing framework and penal policy.
Land Law (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW3018Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to promote an understanding of the idea of property in relation to land and the rights which people have in or over it.
Module code: LAW3021Status: Designate
Practical Legal Skills (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW3025Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to give students the opportunity to learn and apply the practical skills they will need in a future legal career in a professional context. It will also be of use to those considering a career in general commerial or business environments.
Equity and Trusts (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW3026Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is explain and analyse the principles and workings of equity and trusts law including the application of those principles to factual circumstances; the manner in which they affect people in their everyday lives; how these principles can be reconciled with those governing the creation of express trusts and the imposition of trusts by law; and to understand how other legal models challenge the traditional understanding of equity.
Dissertation (40 Credits)
Module code: LAW4001Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop practice and exhibit their skills as an independent learner through the researching and writing of a dissertation in a chosen legal topic and to demonstrate coherent detailed and analytical knowledge of that topic.
Dissertation (20 Credits)
Module code: LAW4002Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop practice and exhibit their skills as an independent learner through the researching and writing of a dissertation in a chosen legal topic and to demonstrate coherent detailed and analytical knowledge of that topic.
- Employment Law (20 Credits)
Information about the modules on this course can be found on the award map: LLB Two Year Intensive modules
Students studying Law with us will benefit from a varied modular scheme, designed to deliver the foundation subjects required by legal professional bodies alongside a wide variety of options. We focus on teaching Law in its political, social and economic context throughout the intensive LLB course. You can also engage in a wide range of additional activities to gain valuable Law work experience, including mooting, client interviewing and court visits. Our Student Law Society and other local community project opportunities provide the chance to further prepare for your legal career.
At the University of Northampton, our Law LLB course includes additional optional modules alongside the traditional foundations of legal knowledge. These cover Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) topics, such as property law and practice, civil litigation, business law and criminal litigation, making it the ideal choice for students aspiring to take the SQE and qualify as solicitors. This course is also ideal for those who may not be considering a law career, as it offers flexibility to help you achieve your goals and equips you with desirable skills to stand out to employers.
How does the two-year intensive LLB work?
The intensive degree allows you to complete your degree in two years by extending the academic year into the normal vacation periods. In year one of the degree, a two-year LLB student will follow a similar course as a three-year degree student, taking 120 credits (six modules) plus one module from level 5 amounting to 20 credits.
At the end of term three of year one, subject to satisfactory progress, a two-year student will continue on the accelerated pathway, taking 40 credits worth of modules over the summer period. In year two of the intensive degree, you will study modules alongside students from years two and three of the three-year degree (taking 140 credits/seven modules), but, again, will take 40 credits of additional modules in the summer vacation in order to complete your degree at the end of two years.
You must pass all nine modules to be able to continue onto the second year of the Intensive LLB. If you do not meet this requirement you will be transferred to the traditional LLB route.
A typical offer would be BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications which meet our Law entry requirements.
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.
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
- International Full Time: £14,000
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
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
- International Full Time: £13,900
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
Currently, if you want to be 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.
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 legal 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.
Accepting a place on the LLB by 21 September 2021?
If you are looking to become a solicitor and accept our offer by 21 September to start this academic year (2021), then the SRA transitional arrangements will allow you to take either the existing Legal Practice Course or the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination to complete the next stage of training. If you accept the offer after that then you will only be able to take the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination.
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 LLB law degree programme (with a 2:2 or above), students can progress to the vocational component of Bar training.
For more information please visit the BSB website.
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.
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.
What does LLB stand for?
LLB is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘Legum Baccalaureus. This translates to Bachelor of Laws degree and is a qualifying Law degree which typically takes three years to complete. With our intensive two-year programme though, aspiring law graduates can pursue career opportunities faster than they would be able to on the standard three-year course.
How will I learn and be assessed?
Our teaching includes a variety of methods underpinned by active learning. This ranges from lectures, tutorials, workshops, online 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 law 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
- 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 extra-curricular activities?
As a law student at The University of Northampton you can engage in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including:
- Mooting, negotiation and client-interviewing competitions
- Use of purpose-built Moot Room to practice and develop advocacy skills
- 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.
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 where you can meet with potential future employers.
As a Law graduate on this two-year intensive course, you will receive support as you transition into new roles, apply for postgraduate study or require access to ongoing opportunities in your professional development.
Kerry CoxKerry, 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.'