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.
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. 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.
A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.
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:
The traditional unseen exam (a professional requirement for all of the core foundation modules) and seen examinations
End of module and in-course formative coursework assessments
E-assessments: e-quizzes; e-case studies
Group and individual presentations
Portfolios; pod casts
Personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates and
Oral performance in seminars.
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.
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.
You have an opportunity to study or work abroad, through the Erasmus scheme or via international exchanges and placements, and visit the European Commission in Brussels, the European Parliament and the European Commission in Luxembourg.
Successful completion of the LLB (Hons) enables you to go on to the professional element of legal training either as a solicitor (the Legal Practice Course) or as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course).
Further academic study can be pursued by way of a Masters in Law (LLM), or a doctorate, PhD.
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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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.
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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.