Law (two-year intensive) LLB (Hons)
Full Time: 2 Years (Intensive)
Full Time: £9,250
Full Time: £15,000
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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.
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.
- 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.
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’.
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.
The Law Team at the University of Northampton engage in a wide variety of activities beyond the classroom. For example, several staff members are external examiners or reviewers at other educational institutions. Some of our staff are on committees examining national or international issues relating to Law, such as the UN Committee on Firearms. Our teaching team includes members of the legal profession who are qualified solicitors and barristers. Other members hold Doctorate, Masters or professional qualifications and most are actively involved in legal research including environmental law and medical law underpinned by social justice. Many also take part in voluntary activities outside of work and will support you in your voluntary roles.
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.
22/23 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK Full Time: £9,250
- International Full Time: £15,000
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships 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.
From September 2021 onwards the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have implemented changes to the qualification process by introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SQE replaces the postgraduate qualification gained through completion of the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Please see below for more information.
What is the SQE?
The SQE is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination which was introduced in September 2021. In 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 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.'