Full-time: Two years; Part-time: Three years
Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time
M102; Short form: LLB/SS2
Preston (Campus code: U)
September for the campus course. September and January for the distance learning course
If you have a non-law degree and would like to be a solicitor or barrister, this two-year course, which you can also study partly online, will provide you with the academic training you need to move on to the professional training stage of a legal education. It is particularly appropriate for those overseas students whose home professional bodies require a traditional LLB. You’ll graduate with a broad range of transferable legal and academic skills and an understanding of the principal institutions, processes and doctrines of English law.
2:2 Hons Degree in any discipline
Relevant English Language level 2 qualification. eg. GCSE English grade C, IELTS grade 6.5 with no subscore lower than 6.0.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
N.B. This is indicative only and those students starting in January will have an altered programme of study.
The LLB (Hons) Senior Status allows you to undertake a professionally accredited law degree in just two years.
You have the opportunity to complete the course on campus or by distance learning. If you are taking the distance learning option then online support is provided by UCLan's innovative and highly commended online teaching team.
Legal skills and knowledge are developed at a level of application appropriate to those who have already obtained study skills through a previous degree or equivalent qualification. If you have already gained a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), you will be given accreditation for prior learning.
You will study foundation legal subjects, which are compulsory for a qualifying law degree, and can also choose from a range of optional modules offered by Lancashire Law School. You will undertake four options of your choice, including a research module where you can follow your interests.
Our lecturers are from both academic and professional backgrounds ensuring our commitment to research informed teaching is maximised.
Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, meaning the responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on student initiative in self-managing the programme of study. This process is facilitated by staff providing appropriate learning materials and support such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and online materials.
You will be part of a cohort of both domestic and international students and will be taught by leading academics including Professor Richard Taylor, who is one of the editors for Blackstones Criminal Law- the leading criminal practitioners’ guide. You will also benefit from the teaching of staff who are professionally qualified solicitors and barristers.
Using our network of alumni, who work in large North West organisations, we will help you find legal placements and you will have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond for e.g. the National Courts of Justice and many of the European Institutions i.e. the European Union, including the Commission, Council of Ministers, European Parliament and the European Court of Justice during a week-long study tour in Brussels.
Lancashire Law School is at the cutting edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe and International War Crimes.
You will be supported both academically and pastorally through this process by academic staff responsible for the modules studied and also by a personal tutor, who is an academic member of staff with special responsibility for looking after you throughout your education at UCLan.
Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by a range of employers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to County Councils and Solicitors firms.
There are opportunities for students to contribute to research projects through intern schemes.
You can join the Student Law Society, which is run by students for students, and arranges events such as trips to London to visit the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, an annual Law Ball and numerous guest speakers.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £6,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,000 per 20 credit module
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
Lancashire Law School has strong links with the legal profession and with a range of other professional employers. This ensures that the skills which our undergraduates develop are directly relevant to those required by employers.
Our courses are validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that they are qualifying law degrees. Our LLB provides the academic stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.
This is a unique course which has been highly commended by the professions for its innovate approach to teaching. The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. All our lecture theatres across campus and small teaching rooms are modern and are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual support and presentation facilities to enhance and support the learning experience.
As you would expect from a Law School committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates, there are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the School itself. There is also an impressive moot court room which looks just like a real court and provides students with an invaluable real-life educational experience. The moot court room is also used extensively for extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, advocacy training and visiting speakers. Our Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a plethora of textbooks, law reports and journals, and provides a quiet space for students to study both individually and as part of a group. The Law School’s extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from the UK and beyond and is available to students anywhere with access to a PC.
There is a dedicated Blackboard page for each module which provides extensive online support, from module handbooks and lecture outlines, to self-test quizzes and interactive revision materials.
The distance learning course is delivered using the latest in teaching technology with interactive text, audio and video file workbooks as well as self-test questions. Interaction with tutors and fellow students is done using both synchronous and a-synchronous discussion boards and video links.
Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways:
I chose to study law at UCLan mainly for its wide career opportunities and its prestigious studying atmosphere. I have improved my power of reasoning, clarity of thought and ability to analyse and express various ideas. I have also gained a solid foundation for any career and intend to become a diplomat in the future.
Vincent Utchay, full-time student 2011
You can take up a wealth of opportunities for real life work experience and personal skills development, for example, taking part in numerous national mooting competitions, negotiating and mediation, undertaking work placements, mini-pupillages and attending Summer Schools. Our students are valued highly by employers due to their aptitude and skills profile. They have an impressive track record of gaining graduate level jobs or professional training contracts.
Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, business leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and business owners, senior public servants (i.e. civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers), senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.
Students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied Law at UCLan rated with 90% for a overall student satisfaction.