Law LLB (Hons)

The LLB degree is a Qualifying Law Degree (approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board) and provides the essential subject knowledge to excel in the law, as well as a myriad of opportunities to develop the skills and attributes essential for a successful career. Each module promotes learning through lectures and small group sessions led by subject experts in the field.

 

 

 

 

UCAS course code
M100
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time; Part-time options available on request
Start date
September 2019
School
Psychological & Social Sciences

LLB Law (Hons) Course overview

Our LLB Law programme at York St John University allows you to study the foundational subjects of British law whilst pursuing a range of optional modules to suit your interests and goals, such as Employment Law and the Law of Terrorism.

Studying on the LLB Law degree here will give you an excellent experience of learning in a small cohort of students, in a student-centred environment in the heart of the beautiful city of York. In addition to lectures, you will be supported in small groups and practical workshops, allowing you to develop first class legal skills that will be invaluable in your future career. We will provide a supportive and structured environment in which you will develop the independent study skills required for lifelong learning and success.

This legal practice course in York is a Qualifying Law Degree, approved by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board as satisfying the ‘academic stage’ of legal education and training. In addition, you will develop discipline specific skills, research skills and personal transferable skills to prepare you for a range of careers after graduation.

We look forward to welcoming you to York St John Law School.

Dr Kathryn Dutton – Head of Law

98% of Graduates from the School of Psychological & Social Sciences are in employment or further study.

DLHE 2017

LLB Law (Hons) Course structure

You will study a number of compulsory modules covering the ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ as currently required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), alongside a wide range of optional modules that allow you to focus upon, and specialise in, the areas of most interest to you.

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.

The wide 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 academic interest in some of the fascinating areas on offer.

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

Level 1

Modules include:

  • Fundamentals of Law: 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.
  • Contract Law: 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).
  • Constitutional Law: 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).
  • Criminal Law: 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. 
  • Land Law:  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).
  • Law in Action (1): 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

 All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Modules include:

Compulsory modules

  • Tort Law: 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).
  • European Union Law: 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). 
  • Human Rights: 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). 

Optional modules

Any three from*

  • Property Law and Practice: 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.
  • Commercial Law and Practice: 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).
  • Advanced Criminal Law and Practice: 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).
  • Crime and Society: 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.
  • Law in Action (2): 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
  • Employment Law: 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.

*Optional modules are subject to change dependent on student demand and staff expertise

All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated

Level 3

Modules include:

Compulsory modules

  • Equity and Trusts: 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. 

Optional modules

Any five (or four and a dissertation) chosen from the following:

  • Law of Succession: The Law of Succession provides you with the opportunity to study in a field that is core for practicing solicitors (Wills and Probate has 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.
  • Professional Conduct and Ethics: 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.
  • Advanced Legal Research: 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.
  • Gender Sexuality and the Law: 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.
  • Evidence: 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.
  • Terrorism: 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.
  • Housing and Welfare Law: 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.
  • Dissertation: 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. (40 credits).
  • Family Law: Family law provides you with the opportunity to critically consider the substantive law and procedure regulating domestic relationships in England and Wales. This module provides a thorough introduction to an area that is not only academically interesting, but also represents an important area of legal practice. Within the module therefore, you will have the opportunity to consider the law as written and how it operates in practice.
  • Jurisprudence: 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.
  • Race, Religion and Law 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.
  • International Criminal Law: 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.
  • Intellectual Property Law: 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.
  • Cybercrime: Cybercrime 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 cybercrime 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.
  • Company Law: 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.
  • Asylum and Immigration Law: 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.
  • Asylum and Immigration Law: 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.

  • Property Law and Practice: 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.
  • Commercial Law and Practice: 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).
  • Advanced Criminal Law and Practice: 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).
  • Employment Law: 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.

*Optional modules are subject to change dependent on student demand and staff expertise

All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated

Teaching & 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.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

104 UCAS Tariff points

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

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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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

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

 

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

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International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our  about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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