LLB (Hons) Law – Bath Spa University

Law

LLB (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

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. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

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 help you attain 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 professional 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. Gain a broad understanding of legal systems and criminal law. You'll expand your knowledge to topics such as international law, media and entertainment law, and cybercrime. In your final year, you’ll hone your practice skills in our law clinic, or undertake a law research project. 

Learn how to be a lawyer in practice and understand the business of law, so that you can hit the ground running when you graduate. We recognise that many Law students don’t pursue a career in law and have built career planning into each strand of the course, with a focus on the growing number of roles that require related skill sets. These include roles in governance, risk management, advocacy, public policy, HR and finance.

"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)

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • The English Legal System with Legal Method
  • Criminal Law with Case and Matter Analysis
  • The British Constitution and Brexit with Model UN
  • The Professional Lawyer:  Part 1
  • Corporate Law
  • Organisational Behaviour and Management

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Contract with Negotiation and ADR
  • EU, Human Rights and International Law with Practical Legal Research
  • Settlements, Succession and Fair Play with Drafting
  • The Professional Lawyer: Part 2
  • Employment Law
  • Family and the Law: Relationships and Children
  • Creativity for Business
  • Innovation Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Work Placement
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Social Problems, Social Divisions, Social Justice
  • Crime, Law and Society
  • Forensic and Investigative Psychology
  • Youth in Society: Power, Politics and Participation
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Property Law with Interviewing
  • Obligations to others with Written Advice
  • Civil Litigation and Case Management with Advocacy and Mooting
  • Law Research Project
  • Law Clinic
  • Cyberlaw
  • Entertainment, Media and IP Law
  • Management Accounting
  • Successful Freelancing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Ethnicity and Society
  • Punishment and Penology in Global Context
  • Cyber Security

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

This course opens you up to a range of careers both within and adjacent to Law. You’ll combine legal knowledge with practical skills (such as contract law with negotiation, property law with interviewing and litigation with mooting). If you want to qualify as a solicitor, this will place you 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'll also develop key transferable skills that'll be valuable for other career routes.

Optional Business and Management modules give you the chance to expand your expertise. An understanding of the theoretical underpinning of innovation and enterprise will enable you to not only be a better lawyer due to your experiences, 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

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,700
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

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. All applicants will need to demonstrate in their personal statement a strong interest in Law and hold GCSE English Language with a minimum of grade C/4.

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • 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).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.5 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

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: Steven Goulton
Email: s.goulton@bathspa.ac.uk

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