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Undergraduate course

Law LLB (Hons)

A Qualifying Law Degree that will provide you with a student-centred learning experience offering excellent future career prospects.

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Our LLB degree provides the subject knowledge needed to excel in the law and the opportunity to develop skills and attributes that are essential for a range of careers. It is a Qualifying Law Degree approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

  • Available in Clearing

York campus

  • UCAS Code – M100
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

Discover why York St John is The One

Course overview

This programme gives our students the opportunity to study the foundational subjects of law whilst pursuing a range of optional modules to suit your interests and goals. The first year of the LLB Law (Hons) programme is comprised of compulsory modules that advance the techniques of successful legal study in foundational areas of law. In the second and third years, further compulsory modules are undertaken alongside optional modules such as Employment Law and the Law of Terrorism.

The range of optional modules enable you to select the route through the programme which best suits you — whether that is directed towards the legal profession, one of the many other careers open to law graduates, or just personal or academic interest.

Throughout this legal practice degree, there are also opportunities to engage in mooting, mock trials, presentation activities, ‘practical’ legal problem solving and legal research.

Our LLB degree will provide you with an excellent learning experience - working with a small cohort of students and academics who know you by name within a student-centred environment. York St John Law School also has excellent links with local legal practitioners. As well as your formal learning classes, there are a range of law-related extra-curricular activities for you to get involved in, such as the student law society, debating and mooting.

York St John’s LLB Family Law module incorporates input from the UK’s largest specialist family law firm.  Stowe Family Law’s York team will be offering work experience to the highest achieving student on the module, which commences in September 2020.  

The module provides the opportunity to critically consider the substantive law and procedure regulating domestic relationships in England and Wales.

It provides thorough introduction to an area that is not only academically interesting, but also represents an important and unique area of legal practice.

Stowe’s will conduct a workshop on client facing skills, giving you an opportunity to participate in role playing and real life scenarios.

 

Course structure

Year 1 

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This course can only be studied full time.

In your first year with us you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20 

Compulsory module

This module is the foundation of the programme that will help develop your study skills, professional skills and basic knowledge of the English Legal System. It ensures that whatever your previous background, you have the skills to succeed from day one. The module serves as a basic introduction to the Anglo-Welsh legal system and its component institutions, principal sources of law, legal professions and forms of legal relationship. In addition, the module will introduce the relevant legal and practical skills required to successfully undertake a law degree.

Credits: 20 

Compulsory module

This module provides an introduction to the legal principles relevant to the formation, content and breakdown of contractual arrangements. Module activities will develop your ability to identify and address problems, undertake desk-based research, and synthesise relevant doctrinal and policy issues in this area. It is one of the foundational areas of legal study (as required for the purposes of a qualifying law degree).

Credits: 20 

Compulsory module

Constitutional Law provides a core understanding of public law in the United Kingdom, by introducing the main concepts traditions, and principles as well as more recent constitutional reforms. As such, it will provide you with a solid understanding of key public law concepts that will provide the basis for your study of other substantive public law areas in the programme. It is one of the foundational areas of legal study (as required for the purposes of a qualifying law degree).

Credits: 20 

Compulsory module

The module will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the diverse and sometimes contradictory functions of the criminal law and critique the conceptual infrastructures pertaining to criminal law. In addition to introducing some of the major offences in Anglo-Welsh criminal law, the module will help you to acquire skills in critically evaluating contemporary criminal law and proposals for reform. This module provides knowledge and understanding of a foundational area of legal study (as required for the purposes of a qualifying law degree). It will allow you to develop a working knowledge of a key substantive area of public law, thus building on your earlier studies.

Credits: 20 

Compulsory module

This module is designed to give you a sound grasp of the concepts and principles underpinning land law in England and Wales. It will develop your capacity to effectively identify, apply and critique the rules and principles regulating the ownership, acquisition and enforceability of proprietary rights in land. The module provides the basis for you acquire a grounding in skills in land law that will provide the basis for more advanced modules later in the programme. It is one of the foundational areas of legal study (as required for the purposes of a qualifying law degree).

Credits: 20 

Compulsory module

This module will provide you with the opportunity to design, develop and undertake a project of your own choosing, based on (and building from) your earlier studies in the programme. You will identify an area that has particularly interested you from your studies hitherto, and then supported to undertake a project looking at this area ‘in action’ or in practice, engaging and applying the research and information skills you have learned thus far. The module gives you the chance to engage in independent activity, reflection and research, whilst also having a high level of support to build and hone these skills in workshops and supervision sessions

Year 2

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This course can only be studied full time.

In your second year with us you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 optional modules in semester 2 
  • Modules labelled with an * can be taken in year 2 or 3. You cannot take the same module twice.

You can find out out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Tort law represents the second substantial element of the law of obligations (the first being contract); thus this module will build upon your previous learning of private law. Within the module, you will learn to communicate accurately and succinctly in relation to tortious liability, and synthesise information from a range of primary and secondary legal sources. Module activities will engage you in formulating and communicating sound arguments in relation to tortious liability, and applying your knowledge to real world problems. Tort law will enable you to critically examine the role of tort in modern society, reflect upon its changing uses and purposes, and form a realistic appraisal of its limitations. It is one of the foundational areas of legal study (as required for the purposes of a qualifying law degree).

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module aims to give you an overview of the international context of Anglo-Welsh law by introducing you to the European Union: its creation, constitution, institutions and substantive laws. The module provides knowledge and the opportunity to develop an understanding of one of the foundational areas of legal study (as required for the purposes of a qualifying law degree). Within the module, you will learn to communicate accurately and succinctly in relation to European Law, and synthesise information from a range of sources (both domestic and European).

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module provides a thorough grounding in human rights law, extending and deepening your knowledge of UK public law that commenced in Constitutional Law (as required for the purposes of a qualifying law degree)Within the module, you will learn to communicate accurately and succinctly in relation to rights and liberties, and synthesise information from a range of primary and secondary legal sources (both domestic and international).

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Property Law and Practice (PLP) provides you with the opportunity to study an area that is core for practicing solicitors (and has been proposed as an area of ‘functioning legal knowledge’ by the Solicitors Regulation Authority). PLP will not only build on your previous knowledge of Land Law, but also areas of Contract and Tort by further examining interests in land and the transfer of land in practical business and residential contexts.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module develops your knowledge of private law, particularly that acquired in Contract and EU Law, by giving you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the law that governs business, commerce and consumer transactions and relationships. Commercial Law and Practice provides you with the opportunity to study in a field that is core for practicing solicitors (Commercial Law and Practice has been proposed as an area of ‘functioning legal knowledge’ by the Solicitors Regulation Authority).

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Advanced Criminal Law and Practice develops your knowledge of the substantive law (studied in Criminal Law) by looking at the criminal process from arrest through to disposition (issues of evidence are briefly touched upon). Thus, this module provides you with the opportunity to study in a field that is core for practicing solicitors (Advanced Criminal Law and Practice has been proposed as an area of ‘functioning legal knowledge’ by the Solicitors Regulation Authority).

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Crime and Society allows you expand your knowledge of Criminal Law by situating it within the wider social and political context. This module aims to equip you with a sound understanding of critical debates and leading theories in this area, to enable you to communicate accurately and concisely, synthesise information from a range of sources. The module will provide you with the opportunity to analyse the concept of crime from a number of different critical lenses and consider the vexed and disputed questions of how we decide what is a crime, why people engage in crime, and how, as a society, we respond to crime.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Law in action (2) gives you a further opportunity to take a more detailed look at an area of the ‘law in action’ or in practice. This module will provide you with the opportunity to design, develop and undertake a project of your own choosing, based on (and building from) your earlier studies in the programme. You will identify an area that has particularly interested you from your studies hitherto, and then supported to undertake a project looking at this area ‘in action’ or in practice, engaging and applying the research and information skills you have learned thus far. The module gives you the chance to engage in independent activity, reflection and research, whilst also having a high level of support to build and hone these skills in workshops and supervision sessions

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This aim of this module is to introduce you to employment law: a topic that is not only academically engaging, but also relevant in a host of professional and practical contexts. Employment is a particularly fascinating area due to the multiple influences upon law in this area, and the potential for rapid change and reform. Within the module, you will learn to communicate accurately and succinctly in relation to the law in this area, and synthesise information from a range of primary and secondary sources. This module has a particular focus on understanding employment law in its social and political context, and will enable you to consider whether, and how, employment law may be used as a tool for social justice. In this context, the module pays particular attention to ethical practice and human dignity.

Year 3

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This course can only be studied full time.

In your third year with us you will take:

  • 1 compulsory module in semester 1
  • 2 optional modules in semester 1 OR you can choose to do your Dissertation module and 1 optional 20 credit module
  • 3 optional modules in semester 2 OR you can choose to do the Dissertation module and 2 other optional 20 credit modules
  • Some Year 2 modules are also available in Year 3. Please see above. 

You can find out out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module aims to provide students with a critical appreciation of the main principles of the modern law of trusts, and the controversies and difficulties that can be encountered in this area of law. Equity and Trusts provides knowledge and understanding of one of the foundational areas of legal study (as required for the purposes of a qualifying law degree). The module builds upon earlier work that you have undertaken on the programme, particularly Land Law. Within the module, you will learn to critically evaluate fundamental concepts and tenets of equity, and apply the law to real-world scenarios.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The Law of Succession provides you with the opportunity to study in a field that is core for practising solicitors (Wills and Probate have been proposed as an area of ‘functioning legal knowledge’ by the Solicitors Regulation Authority). This module aims to equip you with a sound understanding of critical aspects of the law of succession, and the practice of wills and probate. Within the module, you will have the opportunity not only to critically evaluate fundamental concepts but also apply your knowledge to typical practice scenarios.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The purpose of this module is twofold. In the first instance, the module aims to provide you with a chance to critically consider, and reflect upon, the standards and ethical conduct that should be expected of legal professionals. The second element of the module gives you the opportunity to develop and refine your practice of legal skills, such as advocacy and negotiation.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Advanced Legal Research gives you the opportunity to critically examine the role of empirical research in law in more detail, and fundamental concepts in this area. As well as developing your knowledge and understanding of the main theories and methodologies in social science research, the module will enable you to form a critical appreciation of the ways in which research can assist us in evaluating, analysing and really understanding core aspects of law and legal institutions.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will enable you to critically examine the interfaces, and key debates in, gender and sexuality and the law. As well as providing the opportunity to critically consider some of the major theories of relevance, such as feminism, the module will use an interactive case study approach in workshops.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will provide you with a grounding in the theoretical principles underpinning the law of evidence and the substantive law and procedure relating to the presentation of evidence in criminal and civil proceedings in England and Wales. As such, it will provide you with the opportunity to evaluate and apply the concepts, theories, values and principles of the evidence, as well as analyse these rules in the wider social political and economic context.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module gives you the opportunity to develop your legal skills in an applied area of contemporary legal research: the law of terrorism. The module allows you to further develop the knowledge and ability you have acquired in earlier modules, particularly Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Human Rights by applying and interrogating these fundamental principles in the context of terrorism and the perceived ‘terrorist threats’ to modern society. Examining law and policy alongside the social and political discourse that surrounds ‘terrorism’ will enable you to take a critical and analytical approach to the area, identifying the ethical and moral problems raised by counter-terrorism law and measures in a democratic state.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module allows you to apply your legal skills and knowledge in two, related areas of substantive Anglo-Welsh law: housing and welfare. Housing and welfare law will allow you to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of civil law in an area that is of the utmost importance to the most vulnerable in society. This module will enable you to apply your legal skills to an important area of contemporary legal practice.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

The dissertation module builds upon all your previous work and skills development on the programme by giving you the opportunity to pursue an in-depth research study of a law (or law-related) topic of your own choosing. The module allows you to develop your abilities in legal research, synthesis, critical analysis, evaluation, developing argument, and writing. 

Credits: 20

Optional module

The module provides the opportunity to critically consider the substantive law and procedure regulating domestic relationships, and their breakdown, in England and Wales. You will focus on: 

  • Introduction to Family Law: theory, policy, practice
  • The Family Justice System
  • Marriage and divorce
  • Cohabitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Legal parentage and the law relating to children
  • Out of court settlements and non-conflictive approach.

The module also includes input from the UK's largest specialist family law firm, Stowe Family Law. The highest achieving student on the module will be offered work experience with the Stowe Family Law York team. 

Credits: 20

Optional module

Jurisprudence is the philosophy of the law. As such, it is intimately related to all the other areas you have studied on the programme; whilst other modules focus on what the law is, jurisprudence asks why the law is. This module will engage you in critically thinking about the ontological basis of law, its rationale and the meaning of core concepts, such as justice and equality. Within the module, you will be immersed in the work of a range of theorists and writers who have grappled with law’s legitimacy, and attempted to ascertain its limits.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module provides you with the opportunity to critically examine both the historical and contemporary recognition, and regulation of, race and religion in UK law. There will also be opportunities to consider the differential enforcement of the law between racial and religious groups, and the ways in which the law may be applied or misused in ‘real-world’ scenarios. Race, Religion and the Law will use a case study approach to examine the interaction of regulation, race and religion in a number of contexts.

Credits: 20

Optional module

International criminal law is a fascinating contemporary area of study in the field of public international law. This module provides you with the opportunity to critically evaluate fundamental concepts and key institutions of international criminal law, and apply key aspects of procedural and substantive law to ‘real-world’ scenarios.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module aims to equip you with a sound understanding of critical aspects of the law relating to intellectual property – that is the property rights that vest in results of intellectual, business and creative efforts, such as literary works and inventions. As such, the module builds upon the prior knowledge and skills you have developed on the programme, particularly in Land Law and Tort. Fundamental principles of intellectual property will be considered in the broader political, geographical, economic and social contexts.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Cyber crime is a module that will allow you critically examine and reflect upon one of the key contemporary problems in crime control – recent estimates suggest that cyber crime represents the most prevalent form of criminal behaviour in the UK today. This module provides you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have previously developed in Criminal Law to this fascinating and fast-moving area.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module provides you with a critical appreciation of the main principles of modern company law. Company Law will allow you to develop a solid grounding in the core legal principles relating to the management of limited companies in England and Wales, as well as a perceptive and critical understanding of the beliefs and values that underpin this area of law. In your work on the module you will learn to recognise and critique the significance of current debates in company law, particularly in the context of relevant wider social, political and economic considerations.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will provide you the opportunity to apply and refine your skills of critical analysis, problem-solving and legal research in a specific, and current area of law: asylum and immigration. This area builds on some of the previous modules studied, particularly Human Rights and EU Law. The module examines relevant legal concepts, principles and regulation in this controversial and fast-moving area of law. There is a particular focus on social justice and you will consider, debate and analyse contemporary legal principles in their broader historical, political and economic contexts.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment embodies the programme team’s commitment to principles of ‘student centred’ learning not only in order to increase your engagement and satisfaction, but also to assist your development as autonomous independent learners.

The programme will be delivered using a variety of flexible methods, as appropriate to the particular area of study. The programme will also employ technology enhanced learning, using the Moodle system to engage students with a range of different methods including group work, quizzes and directed independent study.

The modules on the programme will principally be delivered using lectures, seminars and workshops. Lectures will usually comprise the full year cohort of students, whereas workshop size may vary depending on the activities proposed. Seminars are intended to be smaller group sessions and, in keeping with the ethos and aims of this programme, seminar groups will contain approximately 15 students in order that you can obtain the individualised support needed to succeed in their studies.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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