Law LLB (Hons)

Please note: This course is currently under review; the course structure is subject to change.

The UCLan Law degree provides the essential training – delivered by professionally qualified academics - that you need to go on and become a successful solicitor or barrister - and it’s truly fascinating. You’ll learn about ground-breaking research topics like war crimes trials and women in prison from leading academics – and because of their experience in the field, you’ll also get a good practical grounding in how the law operates and how legal practices work. Weekly seminar support and regular catch-ups with your dedicated academic advisor will ease you into university-level study - we’ll give you all the support you need to become a highly employable, knowledgeable legal professional.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years (four years with sandwich year); Part-time: usually four years or five years with honours.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    LLB (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September / January

  • Law at UCLan is 4th in the North West for overall student satisfaction - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Employability is central to our LLB (Hons) Law course. Throughout your degree you will be presented with support and opportunities to maximise personal development and career prospects.
  • The School of Law and Social Science has excellent industry links. External speakers from the legal profession are often invited to talk to students.
  • Opportunities for international study and visits are available. Recent trips include to the European Commission in Brussels, the European Parliament and the European Commission in Luxembourg.

Course Overview

Law Pathways

Please note: This course is currently under review; modules are subject to change.

  • Professional-Legal
  • Professional-Academic 
  • Business
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • International

We recognise that every student’s journey is a unique one and with this in mind we have designed our course to be as flexible as possible to enable students to tailor their degree towards subjects and pathways that interest them.

The pathways are guidance for students, to show which particular modules complement particular interests. If a pathway is chosen in year 2, this does not prevent a student deciding to take a different pathway in year 3.

In fact, we recognise that whilst some students want guidance on which modules are most suited to their ultimate career area, some students do not want to follow any one particular pathway, and that is fine, the flexibility of our course allows them to make completely free choices of modules from any of the pathways.

Full guidance is provided to each student during the first year of study, before any decisions are made about whether to follow a pathway or which pathway to follow.

Year 1

Professional-Legal pathway

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Method
  • Public Law


Options (Choose FOUR)

Professional-Legal pathway

  • Land Law
  • Tort Law     
  • EU Single Market Law  

 Professional-Academic pathway                                  

  • Family Law 
  • Human Rights
  • Research Methods

Business Pathway              

  • Consumer and Commercial Law
  • Employment Law         

 Crime and Criminal Justice pathway        

  • Criminal Justice Practice & Procedure          
  • Criminology 

International pathway                        

  • EU Single Market Law          
  • International Criminal Law
  • Public International Law 

Year 3

Options (Choose FOUR)

Professional-Legal pathway

  • Equity and Trusts in Life and Death

Professional-Academic pathway                                  

  • Dissertation
  • Jurisprudence           
  • Professionalism & Work Based Learning
  • Medicine and the Law

 Business Pathway         

  • Dispute Resolution      
  • Company and Corporate Law
  • Law for Entrepreneurs

Crime and Criminal Justice pathway        

  • Policing                 
  • Sex and Violence  

International pathway                        

  • Transnational Commercial Law
  • Private International Law

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE: with 106 - 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma including 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects.
IELTS: grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Further Information

We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include interactive online sessions, e-learn activities, workshops, reflective clinical legal education, group work, research exercises, presentations, mooting and debating as well as the more traditional seminars and lectures. You will have more structured class contact in year one of your law programme to support your transition to Higher Education.

The Law degree comprises a wide range of modules which provide students with an understanding of various areas of the law as well as, at UCLan, a skills spine which is embedded throughout your three years. This spine ensures that you obtain key transferable and employability skills which are then consolidated in core and optional modules. You will also have a vibrant international flavour to lectures due to discussion from a variety of student personalities – you may well be in class with students from a number of other countries..

The approach to teaching and learning is 'student-centred': this means responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on student initiative in self-managing your own programme of study.

Staff facilitate this process by providing appropriate learning materials and support, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and on-line student support, you will be encouraged to adopt an independent approach to learning through effective use of private study time in researching information and responding to tasks and questions. You will be supported both academically and pastorally through this process by academic staff responsible for the modules studied and also by a academic advisor, who is an academic member of staff with special responsibility for looking after you throughout your education at UCLan.

Our lecturers are from both academic and professional backgrounds ensuring our commitment to research informed teaching is maximised. You will be taught by leading academics and by staff who are professionally qualified as solicitors and barristers hence giving you a sound understanding of substantive law and its practical application.

Our Professors usually teach on the course so students get to hear first-hand about ground-breaking research topics such as war crimes trials, women in prison and criminal law. You will will also benefit from the professional experience of staff and from the School’s commitment to research informed teaching. The School of Law and Social Science is at the cutting edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Over 50% of research is classed as internationally significant or world leading. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe and International War Crimes. There are opportunities for students to contribute to research projects through intern schemes.

"I initially studied Law through the foundation path, because I had never been confident in my writing ability. The course offered me an insight into the legal world whist boosting my confidence both personally and academically. I would never have had the confidence to run for Law School President without it!"

Stephanie Lomas, current final year LLB student.

Law students

Law students

You can join the Student Law Society, which is run by students for students, and have arranged events such as trips to London to visit the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, a Law Ball and numerous guest speakers.

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.

You will be supported in finding legal placements and have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond. During this course you are able to visit many of the European Institutions during a week-long study tour in Brussels.

We also have a network of alumni working in large North West organisations that offer placements to our graduates.

Industry Links

The Law School has superb links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.

UCLan Leaders in Residence: Amanda Webster

Amanda Webster from Harrison Drury Solicitors talks about what skills she thinks students need, and how UCLan's Leaders in Residence programme benefits students, businesses and the university.

Also hear from our Leader in Residence Mark Alexander from law firm BLM

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Our aim is to provide you with a superlative student experience and this is what our students say which makes us stand out from the crowd:

  • The range of optional modules available
  • The friendliness and accessibility of academic advisors - you know your advisors and your advisors know you!

  • The feedback you obtain from your academic advisors, which ensures you reach your potential
  • The IT support in place for each module via Blackboard
  • The embedded skills spine which helps you to build your employability skills, your legal and transferable skills and so to become more confident.

Take a look at First Year Law student, Matthew Knights' trip to Jersey after being award the International Travel Bursary

"I graduated from Lancashire Law School with an LLB in 2008 and went on to postgraduate study at numerous different establishments in order to further my career. After my postgraduate legal studies, I returned to Athens where I commenced my training as a Greek lawyer at a commercial law firm and I became a member of the Athens Bar Association. After two years of professional training, I was lucky enough to be accepted for one of the hard fought for and prestigious traineeships with the European Commission’s Competition Law Directorate-General in Brussels. After completing the traineeship, I have now been appointed as in-house Legal Advisor with the Cyprus Competition Authority in Nicosia. I feel very honoured to have been offered such a high profile position especially since I am one of the youngest lawyers ever to have been appointed to work at this level. I firmly believe that I could not have achieved at such a high level without the help, support and motivation from some of the academic staff in Lancashire Law School, who gave me all of the foundations for a successful career in law. I would say to anyone thinking of studying there, you will not regret it. You will be exposed to academic staff who not only have the legal expertise but, and this is important, are also excellent teachers. In short, they have academic staff who care."

Konstantinos Karathymios

"I found studying Law at UCLan intense and challenging at times, but also stimulating and enjoyable. Many of the academic staff are excellent teachers, brimming with enthusiasm for their subjects, and this motivates students to stay determined and focused. More importantly, my time with Lancashire Law School has taken me on a journey of personal discovery, growth and development. I have acquired so many useful skills from the course, in particular oral communication skills. Seminar discussions, oral presentations, interviewing and negotiation, mooting and debating are used heavily across all modules on the law course and, although a bit scary at first, theses learning methods really helped to build my confidence."

Mandhlase Mwanza
Mandhlase enrolled with the University as a mature student in September 2008 and at the end of the first year, she won the Lancashire Law School prize for best academic performance. From there, she went on to achieve excellent marks on the degree, culminating in her well deserved award of a first class degree.

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. We make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. All small group teaching rooms, contain state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment 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. The Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a plethora of textbooks, law reports and journals as well as providing 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 not just when they are on-campus but whenever they are sitting in front of 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.

Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways, from the traditional unseen exam, to seen examinations; end of module and in-course formative coursework assessments; e-quizzes; e-case studies; group and individual presentations; portfolios; personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates and oral performance in seminars. 

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360° virtual tour of the Moot Court Room

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Professional Accreditation

The courses are validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that they are qualifying law degrees. Our LLB provides the first stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.

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Final year undergraduate and postgraduate law students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular law firm or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded.  All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations.  To find out more about cJAM: Law, see the video and read the press release.

Course Enquiries

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Danielle McLoughlin

Danielle McLoughlin

LLB (Hons) Law

Danielle always felt destined to pursue a career in law. "Looking back, even from a young age, I would weigh up the numerous factors and possible outcomes when making a decision on anything."

Judge Jonathan Rose

Judge Jonathan Rose

Judge, alumni and honorary fellow Jonathan Rose talks to our UCLan law students!

Judge Jonathan Ross talks to our Law students about life as a judge and sentencing and shares some of his top advocacy tips.

Mark Fenning

Mark Fenning

LLB (Hons) Law, 2004; LLM Legal Practice Course, 2005

Mark Fenning has gone from Law graduate at the University of Central Lancashire to a Senior Associate at Stephensons Solicitors LLP in just seven years; and in 2016 Mark was appointed a Partner.

“After I graduated from UCLan in LLB (Hons) Law I went to Lancashire Law School to do the LLM Legal Practice Course, graduating in 2005. 

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Law and Social Science

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.