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LLB (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course LLB1 or LLB2 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

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LLB (Hons) Law
School/s
Bath Business School
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC preferred. Applicants will need to demonstrate a strong interest in Law in their personal statement.

View 'typical offers' for more information.

Our Law degree develops your practical and vocational skills alongside your knowledge of legal theory.

  • Put your legal knowledge into practice while you develop career-enhancing skills.
  • Designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the legal sector.
  • Meets the requirements of Bar Standards Board and prepares you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

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Designed to provide you with many of the skills required to complete the practice elements of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), Law at Bath Spa develops your legal knowledge, research and writing skills.

This innovative Law degree is informed by the new regulatory framework for the training of solicitors and barristers, and meets the requirements of the Bar Standards Board. 

Optional modules in areas such as marketing and creativity will enable you not only to be a better lawyer when you graduate, but will also provide you with better employment prospects if you choose not to follow a career in law.

"Having a knowledge of legal concepts is invaluable within organisations and general life... Being able to practise debating, analyse and be concise in talking and writing is really useful. My favorite topic is employment law as I want to pursue a career in Human Resources."

Maisy Ward, final year Law module

What you'll learn

Overview

The LLB Law degree covers the ‘foundation law subjects’ required by the Bar Standards Board, including tort, contract, criminal, and property law. It also introduces practical skills such as case analysis, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, drafting, interviewing and mooting.

You'll develop the ability to understand connections between legal topics; this replicates legal and paralegal practice, where problems are rarely neatly packaged. You'll also be supported to develop your professional practice and employability skills throughout the degree.

You'll select from a range of interdisciplinary options including business, criminology and sociology, as well as law options such as corporate law, employment law or entertainment, media and intellectual property law. This will enable you not only to be a better lawyer – due to your experiences outside of a legal education framework – but will also provide you with better employment prospects if you choose not to follow a career in law.

We'll encourage you to undertake a work placement, and the law clinic in the third year is an experiential learning option that will give you the opportunity to provide legal advice to clients.

Course structure

Year one
Gain a broad understanding of English legal systems, the British Constitution, and criminal law. Contextualise your learning and develop your professional identity and employability skills. Develop skills of case analysis, and understand legal research methods.

Year two
Focus on extending your legal understanding to include subjects such as contract law, EU and international law, and settlements. Develop skills of negotiation, advocacy and drafting.

Continue to contextualise your learning and extend your employability skills. Select from a range of law, business, criminology and sociology options such as employment law, marketing, entrepreneurship and exploring violence. You'll also be supported and encouraged to take a work placement.

Year three
Hone your practice skills in our law clinic, or undertake a law project. Explore property law and litigation while developing skills of drafting and mooting. Select from an interdisciplinary range of options, such as entertainment, media and intellectual property law, leadership and cybercrime.

How will I be assessed?

The course will include a range of practice based assessments such as drafting, negotiating and mooting. It will also include a limited number of exams to prepare you for the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Exam).

How will I be taught?

Lectures, seminars and workshops will be combined with practical exercises and court visits. Your learning will be supported by our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

You'll be supported and encouraged to complete a short work placement during the second year, or you could take a ten-month placement between the second and third year by selecting the LLB (Hons) Law (Professional Placement) version of the course.

Careers

The combination of legal knowledge with practical skills is a distinctive feature of this course; for example Contract Law with Negotiation and ADR, Property Law with Interviewing, Litigation with Mooting. This will place students wishing to qualify as solicitors in a better position to complete the practice elements of the new SQE, in comparison with those who have studied a more traditional programme. It will also develop key transferable skills that will be valuable for other career routes.

Business options such as Marketing and Creativity will further enhance employability. Being given an opportunity to understand the theoretical underpinning of innovation and enterprise will enable you to not only be a better lawyer due to your experiences outside a legal education framework, but will also provide you with better employment prospects if you choose not to follow a career in law.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Resources

Our library offers a wide range of law materials. There's also a wealth of material available via electronic sources. These include Business Source Complete, an online legal database, and an increasing range of ebooks. This online material can be accessed on and off campus, enabling you to work at times that suit you.

Fees

Our undergraduate fees for 2020/21 entry are not yet available. See current undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students and international students for reference. For some courses, material fees and additional costs for trips may apply.

We'll update this page as soon as we have more detailed information.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for hard working, articulate applicants with a strong interest in the law, who are also keen to develop their practical skills. Prior law qualifications are not required.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level – grades CCC expected. Applicants will need to hold GCSE English Language grade C/4 and demonstrate a strong interest in Law in their personal statement.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted. Applicants will need to hold GCSE English Language grade C/4 (or equivalent) and demonstrate a strong interest in Law in their personal statement.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 26 points are required.  Applicants will need to hold GCSE English Lanauage grade C/4 (or equivalent) and demonstrate a strong interest in Law in your personal statement.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Applicants will need to hold GCSE English Language grade C/4 (or equivalent) and demonstrate a strong interest in Law in your personal statement.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 in each element.

How do I apply?

Applications for this course will open in October. To learn more, please register your interest via the button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews may be offered. Please contact International Admissions for more information: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Get ahead

Keep abreast of legal developments and cases by monitoring current events and news items. Visit your local court to observe cases. Undertake work experience within a legal environment.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Mark Coombs
Email: m.coombs@bathspa.ac.uk 

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