LLB (Hons) Law
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Why study law?
Are you looking for an intellectually stimulating role that helps you fulfil your potential? This LLB (Hons) Law degree gives you the knowledge, tools and experience that will ready you for a rewarding career as a legal professional.
Your studies will focus on the law in action and will be led by experts in law and legal practice.
Work experience placements will help you understand the issues currently facing the profession. We offer a number of opportunities to put your new legal knowledge into practice. These opportunities include providing legal counsel to the community, local and national law advice services and law centres, marshalling with judges and shadowing lawyers.
As you work towards attaining your LLB degree, you will develop a thorough understanding of the complexities of the legal system. You will also develop key skills to help you navigate your new career.
This law degree is recognised by the Bar and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which means you can pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister once you graduate.
Award: LLB (Hons) degree
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2022
Tuition fees: £9,250 per year (UK students)
Location: Ruskin College
This law degree lets you focus on applying knowledge in practice, using real-world legal scenarios. All modules are taught with reference to current legal practice, in order to keep you up to date with ongoing changes in the profession.
We aim to give you a well-rounded education in all aspects of the law, so you will experience:
- close interaction with teaching staff
- pre-course support to help you prepare for your studies
- field trips to locations such as the European Court of Human Rights, Supreme Court, Old Bailey, Inns of Court
- regular mooting competitions – your chance to practice your skills in a simulated courtroom scene
- the opportunity to compete for student prizes.
In addition, you will have the chance to learn from the wisdom and experience of leading guest speakers, including academics, barristers, judges and solicitors. Their expertise will raise your awareness of how the law operates in the real world.
During your final year, you will be able to gain work experience that allows you to put what you have learned into context in a professional work environment. You could work with an agency, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau or the Free Representation Network, Ealing Law Centre, West London Equality Centre and several other local and national services.
Year 1 – Level 4
You will study all the following modules:
Criminal Law – Concepts and Foundations of Criminal Law
The first aim of this module is to enable you to understand certain key aspects of criminal law, such as the criminal process, actus reus, mens rea, legal capacity and the main offences against the person and to consider possible reforms in the law. The second aim of the module is to further develop problem-solving techniques, including the identification and application of relevant law to factual situations.
This module is designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the key principles and core concepts underpinning constitutional law. The aims of the module are as follows:
1) Understand what a constitution is and why it is necessary
2) Understand the key characteristics of constitutions
3) Understand the importance of constitutional principles
4) Develop an understanding of the different sources of constitutional law
5) Develop an understanding of the constitutional sources of the powers available to different governing institutions.
English Legal System
This module is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the English Legal System. The aims of the module are as follows:
1) Understand the basic structure of the English Legal System
2) Understand the different sources of law within the English Legal System
3) Understand the various roles performed by key institutions and people within the English Legal System
4) Develop an understanding of the criminal trial process, including the roles of the police and judges with respect to sentencing
5) Develop an understanding of the civil justice system.
The module examines the key areas of contract law including; formation of contract, consideration, terms of contracts, exemption clauses, vitiating factors, misrepresentation and remedies for breach. It aims to develop skills in the areas of legal problem solving and communication of this in a clear and professional manner.
Criminal Law – Fraud, Offences against Property and Defences
The first aim of this module is to enable you to understand certain key aspects of the criminal offences of fraud, theft, criminal damage, robbery, burglary and handling plus the main related defences available to defendants, and to consider possible reforms in the law. The second aim of the module is to further develop problem-solving techniques, including the identification and application of relevant law to factual situations.
This module is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of public law. The aims of the module are as follows:
1) Understand the main institutions involved in government
2) Understand the linkage between constitutional law and administrative law
3) Understand the sources of public law
4) Develop an understanding of the main principles of public law such as the rule of law (including the principle of legality and due process), the separation of powers, Parliamentary sovereignty, Parliamentary accountability of the Executive, representative democracy and responsible government
5) Develop an understanding of the key mechanisms available under administrative justice
6) Develop an understanding of Judicial Review – the various hurdles, the procedure and the grounds for Judicial Review.
Year 2 – Level 5
You will study five compulsory modules plus a choice of one optional module.
Equity and Trusts
This module includes the study of both Equity and the law of Trusts in English Law. It introduces the concept of equity and explores the creation of equitable interests and the rules applicable to their transfer. It provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the trust mechanism and the rules which apply to its creation and operation. This module enables you to identify and analyse the different types of trust, examining the distinctions between express and implied trusts and the circumstances in which are expressly created and the circumstances in which implied trusts arise, together with the importance of such trusts and their application.
European Union (EU) Law
This module is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the English and European Legal Systems. The aims of the module are as follows:
1) Understand the basic structure of the European Union
2) Develop an understanding of the sources of law in Europe
3) Understand the various roles performed by key law-making institutions in Europe
4) Understand the key principles of EU law, including supremacy, direct effect, indirect effect and state liability
5) Understand the Court of Justice of the EU and references under Art 267 TFEU
6) Understand EU law relating to freedom of movement of goods and of workers.
This module will deal with the main principles of Land Law. Land law deals with the rights to use, alienate, or exclude others from land. You will focus on the creation and determination of leases, encumbrances over land, in particular easements, the law of mortgages and the creation and passing of freehold restrictive covenants.
The aims of the module are to:
(a) equip you with appropriate and relevant substantive and contextual knowledge of the rules, principles and policy factors underpinning the development and application of Tort Law in England and Wales
(b) enable you to conduct research using appropriate information technology (IT), including statistics and other numerical data, in order to resolve problems caused by breaches of Tort related obligations and to maintain and update your expertise
(c) help you develop an understanding of how interpersonal interests are affected and protected by the Law of Torts
(d) facilitate the active development of skills in order to be able to make use of the process by which disputes involving Tort law are resolved.
Property law is the area of law that focuses on the various forms of ownership in real property (land) and personal property. Thus, property refers to legally protected claims to land and personal property. This module explores the respective concepts of property law in English Law, including Equity. You will explore and critically consider the way in which people – often several at the same time – acquire rights over land, and how disputes over these rights can be avoided, and if not, avoided then resolved. The principles of the Land Registration Act 2002 will be a key part of the module.
Legal Practice, Ethics and Regulation
This module focuses on legal practice, ethics and regulations which will enable you to undertake effective undergraduate study of law whilst instilling you with the skills required for a law or law-related career, including basics such as advocacy, presenting, legal research, debating, critical thinking and group work. This module will look at how legal services are organised, provided and regulated in England and Wales, aspects of employability in the legal work environment and professional ethics. You will be provided with opportunities to become familiar with a range of research methods, writing styles and legal documentation. You will be encouraged to participate and undertake active student practitioner refection.
Mooting and Advocacy
The module aims to enable you to undertake effective undergraduate study of law whilst instilling them with the skills required in the areas of oral presentation skills, advocacy and mooting. You will be provided with opportunities to become familiar with a range of legal research skills and drafting skills in the context of advocacy and mooting.
Year 3 – Level 6
You will choose six modules from the following:
Civil Litigation and Practice
This module enables you to understand the most common actions and procedures in civil litigation and practice (i.e. it provides context to the law already studied on the degree and complements the study of law, process and procedure covered in other modules on the LLB such as Contract Law, and Tort).
• To enable you to understand the way in which the law and procedure underpin legal practice
• To encourage critical awareness of the development of the legal system and its changing nature
• To further develop your problem-solving techniques including identification of the relevant legal issues and procedures
• To further develop your legal skills such as interviewing, drafting, writing, advocacy and negotiation.
• You will be encouraged to participate in the Community Advice Project run by the School of Law and Criminology.
Commercial and Consumer Law
The object of this module is to introduce you to the law relating to commercial and consumer law, an area that affects us all. The aim of this module is to enable you to fully understand and contextualise the legal principles relating to selected commercial and consumer transactions and how these impact businesses and consumers.
This module develops a critical understanding of the legal framework in which modern companies operate and in particular, it examines the nature, formation, constitution, capital structure, internal affairs, management and insolvency of different companies in the context of modern business practice.
Community Legal Advice
The module provides an innovative approach to learning legal skills and culture by involving you in the practical legal and non-legal sectors within the community and the practical legal world generally. The module is both experience-based and academic; you will learn by engaging in practical learning activities. Your learning will be supported by competent supervision, guided reflection on learning, and classroom learning activities. The module culminates in the production of a full research project.
The first aim of this module is to enable you to understand certain key aspects of employment law, including the employment protection given to individuals and what remedies are available if these provisions are not complied with. The second aim of the module is to build on the knowledge of contract law that you will have studied at level one and to apply this knowledge in a practical context. The final aim of the module is to further develop the problem-solving techniques, including the identification and application of relevant law, which you have been introduced to whilst studying modules at levels 4 and 5.
The module is a study of substantive principles and underlying theories of the Law of Evidence. The first aim of this module is to enable you to:
(a) to have a working understanding of the rules of evidence in civil and criminal proceedings.
(b) to appreciate the effect of evidential rules on procedures and outcomes in litigation.
(c) to understand (in outline) the historical factors that have contributed to current evidential rules, and to appreciate the context for modern adaptations including the political and social pressures.
(d) to appreciate the rationale for the rules.
(e) to critically analyse the application of the rules.
The second aim of the module is to further develop problem-solving techniques, including the identification and application of relevant law, to factual situations.
The module is a study of key concepts and academic views of Family law. The first aim of the module is to enable you to understand certain key aspects of family law, including understanding the nature of a familial relationship with particular emphasis on the concept of marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation. The second aim of the module is to build on the knowledge of family law and apply the same to the breakdown of a marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation with particular emphasis on domestic violence, financial provision for the parties and the welfare of any children. The third aim of the module is to further develop an understanding of certain family law concepts and the distinction between private family law and public family law, through case law and legislation. The final aim of the module is to develop the ability to identify and apply the relevant law to factual situations.
International Human Rights
This module will explore how human rights theory has developed (both up to and since) the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The expansion of rights-based arguments from Thomas Paine through to contemporary theory will be discussed, as well as the expansion in the international law of rights such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and other international human rights treaties. Further issues include the rights of indigenous peoples and issues around global development and social justice. By the end of the module, you will have explored the specific philosophical and theoretical literature on human rights and have acquired an understanding of the historical development of rights-based arguments. You will have learned to evaluate a broad range of issues and contexts related to the national, regional and international human rights doctrines, their tensions and their application, to contextualise the issues of politics and morality to a given human rights question.
Intellectual Property Law
The module will introduce you to the key areas in the law relating to Intellectual Property, including copyright, patents and trademarks.
Aim 1 – The study of Immigration Law as an option in the final year of the LLB will provide a foundation for the further study of this complex and fast-changing area of law which is political, socio-economic and discriminatory. You will understand the rules which apply to a wide cross-section of the public and businesses in navigating a safe passage through the complexities of the ever-changing immigration system, for the purposes of leaving a country of origin, entering and staying in the UK, visiting, working, marrying, settling and acquiring citizenship or refugee status plus family relocation.
Aim 2 – This course will provide a foundation from which you will be able to understand the rules and principles which apply to working in the UK, fulfilling personal and family immigration aims, e.g. to visit or study, to work or invest, or to make the UK their home and become British Citizens. The module will also explore the rules which regulate the decisions of the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration Service within the systems established by the government for the control and administration of immigration to the UK.
Aim 3 – You will come to understand how the entire immigration system is set up both in the UK and overseas posts and will be introduced to the specialist skills required to deal with the unique circumstances in which immigrants apply for asylum and protection from a breach of their human rights.
Aim 4 – You will study the law and immigration rules as they relate to all non-British Citizens and EU citizens and will learn about the workings of the administrative machinery for dealing with immigration problems in the UK and overseas. You will become familiar with government websites dealing with immigration applications and will consider the many routes to finding a remedy for the problems facing the clients as well as familiarity with a wide range of online resources.
Public International Law
This module is a study of Public International Law in the contemporary world. International Law is the normative system or body of legally binding rules that govern states in their relationships with each other, as well as other subject entities such as international organisations, and exceptionally, individuals.
International Environment Law
The module is designed to explore, examine and evaluate the core legal principles and concepts underpinning international environmental law, policy and its regulatory structure. This will be undertaken in the context of the wider political, ecological and economic issues. In particular, the core sources of international law (including EU Law) relevant to environmental protection, the international institutions engaged in its development, alongside the respective legal issues involved with implementation and enforcement of environmental crime will be explored.
The UK context will be included, alongside the relationship between human rights and the environment, and concepts such as environmental crime. It will be of special benefit if you wish to practice as a lawyer in private practice who will increasingly encounter oil, gas or energy legal issues connected to the protection of the environment, especially through the mechanism of environmental impact assessments.
You will also be able to attend a series of lectures given not only by academics but also by practitioners in the Energy sector. This will further enable you to network with speakers from Law firms and energy organisations such as Exxon, British Gas, Shell and EDF energy company who it is intended to invite to address students.
This module aims to introduce you to the twenty-first-century offence of cybercrime and the theoretical suppositions underpinning it. It explores the definition, regulation, typologies, methods, categories and patterns of victimisation. It also critically examines law enforcement, regulation and legal issues in digital forensic acquisition.
The module examines many key areas of sports law including; the meaning of ‘sports law’, the role of the sports governing bodies, employment law in a sporting context including unfair dismissal and discrimination, negligence in a sporting context, criminal law in relation to sports, anti-doping provisions and the impact of EU Law in relation to sport.
112-128 UCAS points from Level 3 qualifications. These can include:
- A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
- BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to HE Diploma
You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* – C) or Level 2 equivalents.
Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.
Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.
Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
Tuition fees and funding
UK tuition fees: £9,250 per year
The fee above is the cost per year of your course.
If your course runs for two years or more, you will need to pay the fee for each academic year at the start of that year. If your course runs for less than two years, the cost above is for your full course and you will need to pay the full fee upfront.
Government regulation does affect tuition fees and the fees listed for courses starting in the 2023/24 academic year are subject to change.
Study and career progression
You could go on to work as a:
- chartered legal executive (England and Wales)
If you discover an area of special interest, you could further your studies with a postgraduate course.
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