Student in wig and gown in mock courtroom with jury behind. LLB (Hons) Law.
UCAS Code
M100
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years Full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

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To start this course in 2022 complete this short application form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Our Clearing hotline is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays.

Overview

With a Portsmouth law degree you really can change the world, fight for what you believe in and make a difference to people's lives. This Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a fully accredited law degree that gives you the choice to go on to study for your solicitor exams or your Bar exams after you graduate.

If you take our Law in Practice module you'll gain 3 months work experience that can count towards your qualifying work experience for the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). You'll also have the option of a paid work placement between years 2 and 3 that will increase your employability.

Many of my lecturers have either been barristers or solicitors. This is really good, as they know what is needed to succeed in this field.

Joy Mazhambe, LLB Hons Law student

Course highlights

  • Get lots of practice at the type of assessment used in the first part of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
  • Cover in-depth all the foundations of legal knowledge you need to go on and take your Bar exams
  • Take our advocacy module, which prepares you to put a case in both criminal and civil courts
  • Apply your learning in our community settings, gaining real-world legal practice skills
  • Benefit from teaching that's shaped by expert staff who have been practicing lawyers and who understand how the legal landscape is changing
  • Enrich your learning through our research expertise in areas such as data protection, legal education and international business law
  • Benefit from expert guest lecturers

New Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)

The route to qualifying as a solicitor has changed for new applicants.

If you accept an offer on this course after 21 September 2021 you'll need to take the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) after you graduate to qualify as a solicitor. The content and mode of assessment of many of our modules provide a good foundation for further specific SQE preparation.

If you completed or started this course, accepted an offer of a place, or paid a non-refundable deposit (international students only) before 21 September 2021 (inclusive) you can choose to take either the new SQE or the Legal Practice Course (LPC) after graduation.

Facilities and clinics

Learn your craft in our courtroom
Our replica crown court makes your learning real

Watch this short video to discover our replica courtroom and how you'll practise trials and take part in mooting competitions in this realistic setting.

The benefits of having a replica Crown Court are that if one of our students wants to be a barrister in the future or a solicitor advocate, then it really gives them the opportunity to practise a trial and various court hearings in a courtroom setting.

Although this is a crown court, so it's a criminal court, we also use it for civil cases too. We're one of the only universities in the country that has a replica courtroom. This really gives students, when they go on from university, some really important skills that are valuable not only in a legal career, but also in a lot of other careers as well.

The student Law Society do a lot of activities in here, run mock trials, mooting competitions, and it gives our students really a chance to let their hair down and have a bit of fun in here.

We use the wigs, we use the gowns, we get a real judge in and we've got the cameras in here so you can go and film your performances.

You can -- it's a really good learning space. It's so lovely to see how our students grow in the years that they're with us. Our replica courtroom helps us to do that.

Develop your legal practice skills working with real clients
Legal Advice Clinic

Volunteer in our Legal Advice Clinic where you can help Portsmouth residents with their real legal problems, such as consumer or employment issues.

Watch this short video to find out how it works and what students think of the experience.

Gemma Hargrave (tutor):

The legal advice clinic is a live clinic. We have real life clients coming in. They ask us questions about any area of law. We have students who are from level six at the university who come in and work in the clinic. They do it as part of a module called the Law and Practise Module. Rather than doing a dissertation and writing 10000 words, they come into the clinic every week and work with clients to work out their problems.

Callum Goddard (student):

So I chose to take part in the legal clinic for a number of reasons, really, having gone through a sort of assessment process with a law firm, I realised in myself that I sort of had a lack of examples to draw on in terms of how I can demonstrate my competencies to future employers. So for me, it was really beneficial to get some proper legal experience.

Gemma Hargrave:

So, the student role at the clinic is as a legal advisor. They will see the client, they will gather information from the client and then they will go away and research the problem.

Jack Macfarlane (student):

What I gained from taking part in the legal advice clinic was very much the interpersonal skills that I developed from speaking with everyday people that had everyday issues.

Gemma Hargrave:

The legal advice clinic benefits students in their further studies and future careers because it gives them the opportunity to have real life experience of the law, but it lets them build on those skills that they've got, so skills that they will have to take into the workplace: communication skills, organisation skills, they'll know how to deal with a difficult client. These are all skills, whether they go into the law or not, that will really help them in their future careers.

Katie Yeoman (client):

The legal advice clinic has helped me on mainly discrimination law. Because I'm transgender, I face discrimination and I've taken action and they've helped me sort things out. Working with the students, they've responded really well, and if they didn't know what the answer was, they've gone away and they've either emailed me or phoned me. So the students have been really good.

Callum Goddard:

In terms of how the legal clinic has helped me and my future role now, I think the clinic was really great at building those core skills of a lawyer: conducting interviews, taking the time to research matters and then also having the confidence to deliver the legal outcomes. The clinic is unmatched really for how it can develop you in those areas.

Gemma Hargrave:

I'm incredibly proud of what the students have achieved over the years. We've written multiple witness statements for some clients that have enabled them to be able to keep contact with their children in the future. We have had one case where students were able to prevent, on the day, an illegal eviction of a client who would be homeless without that help. The students have been able to take what they've learnt in the clinic and then make a real impact in the community.

Lady across a table in interview situation

Community Lawyer module

Work with one of our partners to apply your learning by giving them legal advice. Partners have included the British Red Cross and Citizens Advice.

Learn more about the community lawyer module

90% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Accreditation 

This course satisfies all the degree requirements laid down by the Bar Standards Board.

Entry requirements​

LLB (Hons) Law degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAB–ABB
  • UCAS points – 128–136 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit – Distinction
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAB–ABB
  • UCAS points – 128–136 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit – Distinction
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Ideal skills and qualities for this course

As well as meeting the entry requirements for this course, we're looking for people who have good reading and writing skills and who are curious about the world.

You do not have to be a confident speaker or presenter to get a place on this degree; we'll help you develop those skills throughout the course.

From student to solicitor

"The University is known for its Gold teaching standard. After completing my undergraduate here, I can confirm that the quality of teaching, support and guidance has been beyond my expectations."

Read more about Shashi Kaur's experience

Careers and opportunities

Law is an incredibly flexible degree. If you don't believe us, take a look at our blog about the 7 reasons to study law.

When you graduate you'll be ready to take your next step to train as a solicitor, a barrister or a Chartered Legal Executive. It's worth noting that Chartered Legal Executives can now become judges, coroners, advocates and partners in law firms.

Some of our graduates go on to secure training contracts, but others choose to go into different professions. Law degrees are in the top 10 degrees for employability, as you'll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that will make you very employable across a range of other sectors.

Previous graduates of this course have got jobs in companies such as:

  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Churchers Solicitors
  • Gammon Bell & Co
  • Downs Solicitors LLP
  • Coffin Mew LLP
  • Shoosmith Solicitors
  • HMRC
  • National Assembly Wales
  • Ministry of Defence

Doing a law degree gives you a wide range of career options.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • trainee solicitor
  • trainee barrister
  • paralegal
  • financial consultant
  • intellectual brand protection analyst
  • letting negotiator
  • human resources manager
  • recruitment consultant
  • accountant
  • international project manager
  • senior researcher

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Are you feeling a bit confused about what kind of lawyer you'd like to be and which training route you should follow?

Read our blog to learn the differences between solicitors, barristers and CILEx lawyers and what training you'll need after your degree.

Find out how to become a lawyer

Work placement year

You can boost your employability even more by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3.

Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:

  • Verisona Law
  • Opus 2 International
  • GE Capital
  • Oracle
  • Rolls Royce Motor Cars

Whatever your career ambitions, our placements team will be there to help and guide you and you'll maintain contact with your tutors throughout the year.

The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £19,000. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.

You could also choose to set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.

Portrait of Patricia Asekenye  - close up

The course is very interactive. We have been able to engage with lawyers on a practical scale. I have had the opportunity to take part in the practical lawyer unit which enables me to engage directly in the field of legal advice which has greatly boosted my confidence.

Patricia Asekenye, LLB (Hons) Law

What you'll study on this LLB (Hons) Law degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll develop knowledge and understanding in this area, providing an understanding of why the English legal system is what it is today, while also developing wider study skills.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand and discuss the operation of the English legal system, including classifications of law, the court structure and the sources of law
  • Access and use legal materials and other appropriate sources of information contained in hard copy and electronic formats
  • Develop and present legal and contextual arguments
  • Consider different ways of learning, and the role of feedback in improving learning and performance
  • Effectively read, comprehend, interpret and evaluate complex primary legal sources such as statute law and case law
Teaching activities
  • 23 hours of lectures
  • 23 hours of seminars
  • 23 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 131 hours studying independently. This is around 5.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word reflective essay (50% of final mark)
  • a 600-word poster and presentation (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of these principles, so you're able to provide advice to fictional clients, focusing on the application of principles, current issues in contract law and problematic situations.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to research primary sources and use those to construct legal argument
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key principles of contract law
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the relevant law, apply it to problem situations and reach reasoned conclusions
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 6.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word set exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute written exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop knowledge and understanding of these principles to provide advice to fictional clients.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of criminal offences in terms of their definitions
  • Analyse factual situations and identify and apply relevant legal rules and principles to assess potential outcomes in terms of criminal liability
  • Demonstrate the ability to research primary sources and use them to construct legal argument, both written and oral
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 6.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word set coursework exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute set exercise exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll be introduced to key constitutional principles and the legal and political issues related to the operation of the British Constitution. You'll also learn about the processes for addressing a citizen's grievances or complaints (mechanisms of redress) that are available to citizens against public bodies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand key features and the operation of the British Constitution
  • Understand constitutional principles and how they apply within the UK constitution
  • Recognise the legal and non-legal forms of redress available against public bodies and bodies performing public duties in England and how such avenues of redress can be used in practical situations
Teaching activities
  • 23 hours of lectures
  • 23 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 6.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word set coursework exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute set exercise exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also develop your communication skills through experience, use of feedback, peer review and reflection. Study throughout this module will also improve your abilities in research, presentation, persuasion and self-regulation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the issues in a given problem or topic and apply relevant principles
  • Conduct effective legal research and discuss the results of that research effectively orally (in a "mini-moot") and/or in writing
  • Plan and carry out effective and persuasive oral and/or written argument
  • Reflect on your performance and development in oral and/or written argument
Teaching activities
  • 23 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 23 hours of lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 6.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework portfolio (70% of final mark) – a commentary on recordings of your performances throughout the year

What you'll do

You also look at the applications of these principles and rules, and the current issues and problem situations around them.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of key principles of the law of tort
  • Demonstrate the ability to research primary sources and apply those to tortious issues
  • Analyse factual situations and identify and apply relevant legal rules and principles to assess potential outcomes in terms of tortious liability
Teaching activities
  • 23 hours of lectures
  • 23 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 6.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word set coursework exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute set exercise exam (20% of final mark)

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise key employability qualities
  • Evaluate and improve your personal development skills
  • Develop legal research and academic citizenship skills
Teaching activities
  • 8 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 2 x 1-hour lectures

Core modules

What you'll do

These skills will be needed for your final year professional and research based modules.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Develop the skills necessary to engage in critical analysis of the law
  • Identify and apply a range of appropriate legal research methods
  • Access and retrieve relevant sources and assess their quality and authoritative value
  • Develop a range of legal writing skills relevant to professional communication and academic research
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
  • 6 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,250-word written assignment (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,250-word portfolio (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll then apply these principles to problematic situations, using your knowledge of statute and case law to develop your analysis. This core module follows on from the core Land Law module which is also studied in year two.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and rules of equity and the law of trusts
  • Use independent research to examine a particular aspect of the law of equity and trusts
  • Analyse problem situations and apply the appropriate legal principles to that situation in order to construct coherent and logical conclusions
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word set coursework exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute set exercise exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore the core rights provided by the European Convention on Human Rights and implemented via the Human Rights Act 1998. You'll examine the role of the common law as an alternative means for protecting fundamental rights.

You'll focus on the interpretation of rights in light of underlying principles, particularly on how human dignity informs and shapes the content of human rights norms.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the nature and extent of the mechanisms for the protection of human rights in the UK legal system
  • Understand the role of the European Court of Human Rights in shaping UK human rights practice
  • Analyse the main methods and tools of human rights adjudication
  • Apply your knowledge and understanding of human rights legislation to problem scenarios in order to reach reasoned conclusions
Teaching activities
  • 4 hours of tutorials
  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 166 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word set coursework exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute set exercise exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of these principles, and apply it to give advice to a fictional client.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts of Land Law
  • Apply your knowledge and understanding of Land Law to communicate in writing a solution to a legal problem, in a clear and concise manner
  • Compare and contrast the facts within a given scenario using statute and case law to recognise ambiguity and provide arguable conclusions.
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute exam (20% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical and reflective knowledge of social care law by examining it in light of changing social policy context. You'll consider the role of law in managing standards in social care practice. Part of this will involve examining the growth in care worker offences in criminal law and the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on service provision in the social care sector.

You'll also be introduced to the law on adult safeguarding under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Act 2014, and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically understand the legal framework governing the provision and regulation of social care in England and Wales
  • Appreciate the role of the Human Rights Act 1998 in shaping social care practice in England and Wales
  • Show an in-depth understanding of the adult safeguarding framework under legislation and common law
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the impact of social policy and political agendas on the development and implementation of social care law
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word set coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll explore the nature of the employment contract, and how it has grown independently (by common law and statute) of commercial contract principles. This is an opportunity to synthesise with the old law, as well as contract law, and also focuses on the statutory (including European Union) interventions. You'll develop a sense of responsibility allied to social justice, business, and economic issues. The module includes a debate.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Investigate paper and electronic primary legal sources relating to the employment relationship
  • Differentiate and discriminate between the principles of contract and statute law as problem solving devices in the regulation of the employment relationship
  • Interpret and apply the law to realistic problem scenarios
  • Conduct independent research into developing principles of the common law and statutory interventions
  • Provide analysis of various legal principles and developments in the field of employment
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also develops skills appropriate to civil and criminal court or tribunal appearances.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver advocacy (oral and/or written) appropriate to a realistic criminal law trial/hearing, reflecting the theory of advocacy and professional ethics
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver advocacy (oral and/or written) appropriate to a realistic civil law trial/hearing, reflecting the theory of advocacy and professional ethics
  • Critically reflect on your own performance and development, in oral and/or written argument
  • Critically engage with the personal development of advocacy skills, with reference to theoretical and professional writing on advocacy
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word portfolio (40% of final mark) - including videos of a criminal advocacy meeting
  • a 1,500-word portfolio (60% of final mark) - including videos of a civil advocacy meeting

What you'll do

You'll also learn about shares and share capital, shareholder remedies, capital maintenance, corporate governance, loan capital, and corporate rescue and insolvency. The seminars will draw on directed reading and independent research and will provide opportunities for debate, the analysis of case studies, small group discussion, problem solving and role play.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the relevant legislative framework
  • Critically analyse factual situations and identify and apply relevant legal concepts
  • Resolve novel problems relating to relevant aspects of company law
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute written exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll identify, discuss and critically examine all major intellectual property (IP) rights, including patents, trademarks, copyright, design rights, passing off and the law of confidence. The module makes reference to other jurisdictions as a way to critically evaluate the IP framework in the UK, as well as to international treaties and other external legal sources.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and extent of the mechanisms for the protection of intellectual property in the UK legal system
  • Critically examine the main intellectual property rights available in the UK
  • Develop logical and coherent arguments to support reasoned conclusions when answering problem or discussion based questions
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll use the e-learning platform to examine issues around jurisprudence and ethics. Set texts will include work by legal and polictical theorists such as HLA Hart, John Rawls, Karl Marx and Hans Kelsen. You'll also examine critical and feminist approaches to law.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically analyse leading jurisprudential theories in the context of contemporary legal problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of competing theories about the nature of law
  • Analyse differing critical approaches to law and legal theory
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word set coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the legal principles in order to compare and evaluate the different approaches to resolving conflict.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand and analyse the key characteristics of dispute resolution processes
  • Compare and categorise the dispute resolution processes available to lawyers to select the most appropriate dispute resolution process for a client's needs
  • Understand and apply various dispute resolution skills to solve simple disputes
  • Reflect on your performance and consider the links between reflective practice and wellbeing as a student and practitioner
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word set coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You will explore particular issues raised in relation to race, sex, gender, religion or belief, disability, age, and sexual orientation. These include religious beliefs conflicting with rights attached to sexual orientation, bans on the display of religious symbols and clothing, racism, and women’s rights at work, and other topical issues.

You will focus on the principle of equality as it is given expression in the UK law, notably by the Equality Act 2010, and the Influence of EU Law and the European Convention of Human Rights (Via the Human Rights Act 1998). You will develop a sense of responsibility allied to a commitment to social justice issues.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand and analyse key principles and concepts of discrimination
  • Understand the key protected characteristics, and how they manifest in disputes
  • Understand how the key protected characteristics may conflict with each other
  • Question and analyse the key case law
Teaching activities
  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

Data protection law regulates everything from legal responsibility for cyber-security breaches, to how social networking sites store and use the data of their users, and even how individuals handle data about others. As more organisations collect and process personal data, and find themselves subject to a growing array of legal obligations, demand for specialist legal advice in this field will only increase.

You'll explore how the law aims to protect the rights of individuals and facilitate the free movement and usage of personal data. You'll also look at contemporary challenges posed to data protection law by emerging technologies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate core concepts of data protection law by developing research and theoretical and practical understanding to arrive at appropriate conclusions
  • Demonstrate an awareness of practice-related issues and challenges relevant to data protection law and policy
  • Show an awareness and understanding of current and emerging legal and policy issues and challenges, observable in the data protection field
  • Work independently to reach reasoned conclusions from theoretical or problem-based data protection law-related scenarios, and provide advice and recommendations
  • Form an argument through the research and review of academic data protection law materials
  • Communicate effectively about data protection law related ideas and concepts to others with knowledge of the subject
Teaching activities
  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

The learning outcomes on this module are:

  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate core concepts of media law by developing research, theoretical and practical understanding, so as to arrive at appropriate conclusions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues relating to media law in the modern world
  • Work independently to apply the law to reach reasoned conclusions from theoretical or problem-based media law related scenarios

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the main principles of medical law and the ethical issues underpinning the provision of medical treatment in England and Wales
  • Demonstrate understanding of the main principles of the law relating to negligent medical treatment, organ donation, surrogacy and fertility treatment, and the regulation and prosecution of medical practitioners
  • Critically evaluate and apply the law and any ethical issues to a range of hypothetical legal scenarios
  • Critically evaluate the risks associated with medical treatment and the ethical issues involved in professional conduct of those medical practitioners
  • Demonstrate an ability to orally explain the above concepts and to answer questions based on the feedback of the written work, and general legal and ethical issues

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Core modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Access, use and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources relating to the normative framework of the European Union (EU) and the development of EU law
  • Evaluate judicial interpretations of primary and secondary EU law and accomplish an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of the relevant developments in the fields covered in the syllabus
  • Critically appraise EU substantive law relating to the fundamental freedoms and demonstrate an appreciation of the interplay between economic freedoms and the social dimension of EU law
  • Apply the rules and principles of EU law, as these have been developed and interpreted by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), to realistic problem scenarios and critically analyse the issues raised by such interpretation in scholarly debates, in the context of essay questions
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour lectures
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute written exam (20% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll also learn about shares and share capital, shareholder remedies, capital maintenance, corporate governance, loan capital, and corporate rescue and insolvency. The seminars will draw on directed reading and independent research and will provide opportunities for debate, the analysis of case studies, small group discussion, problem solving and role play.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the relevant legislative framework
  • Critically analyse factual situations and identify and apply relevant legal concepts
  • Resolve novel problems relating to relevant aspects of company law
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute written exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also critically reflect on the human rights issues involved in family and child law.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth and systematic understanding of family and child law through independent research
  • Critically assess aspects of Family and Child Law.
  • Evaluate Family and Child law in action.
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word set coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll identify, discuss and critically examine all major intellectual property (IP) rights, including patents, trademarks, copyright, design rights, passing off and the law of confidence. The module makes reference to other jurisdictions as a way to critically evaluate the IP framework in the UK, as well as to international treaties and other external legal sources.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and extent of the mechanisms for the protection of intellectual property in the UK legal system
  • Critically examine the main intellectual property rights available in the UK
  • Develop logical and coherent arguments to support reasoned conclusions when answering problem or discussion based questions
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You must pass all assessments and pass the CILEx Client Care Skills assessment to satisfy CILEx accreditation requirements.  In order to satisfy CILEx accreditation, CILEx Client Care Skills must also be taken and passed. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of relevant rules and procedures and their effect on practical problems
  • Critically analyse factual situations and identify and apply relevant legal rules
  • Critically analyse factual situations and identify and apply relevant procedures
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 195-minute written exams (50% of final mark, each)

What you'll do

You'll also develops skills appropriate to civil and criminal court or tribunal appearances.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver advocacy (oral and/or written) appropriate to a realistic criminal law trial/hearing, reflecting the theory of advocacy and professional ethics
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver advocacy (oral and/or written) appropriate to a realistic civil law trial/hearing, reflecting the theory of advocacy and professional ethics
  • Critically reflect on your own performance and development, in oral and/or written argument
  • Critically engage with the personal development of advocacy skills, with reference to theoretical and professional writing on advocacy
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word portfolio (40% of final mark) - including videos of a criminal advocacy meeting
  • a 1,500-word portfolio (60% of final mark) - including videos of a civil advocacy meeting

What you'll do

You'll learn about historical and current contexts of PIL and different theoretical perspectives. You'll also get an awareness of the foundation, nature and institutions of international law.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles of public international law
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of international law from a theoretical perspective
  • Critically examine international law and its application in international disputes
  • Identify and examine critically and in some depth key issues of international law
  • Undertake independent research in the field of international law
Teaching activities
  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework assignment (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore the nature of the employment contract and how its grown independently of commercial contract principles. Using contractual and statutory sources, you'll look at traditional and modern employment issues, involving the modern 'gig' economy, the gender pay gap, dismissal, redundancy, and the rights of part-time, temporary, and zero-hours, workers

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Investigate paper and electronic primary legal sources relating to the employment relationship
  • Differentiate and discriminate between the principles of contract and statute law as problem solving devices in the regulation of the employment relationship
  • Interpret and apply the law to realistic problem scenarios
  • Conduct independent research into developing principles of common law and statutory interventions
  • Provide analysis of various legal principles and developments in the field of employment
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll use the e-learning platform to examine issues around jurisprudence and ethics. Set texts will include work by legal and polictical theorists such as HLA Hart, John Rawls, Karl Marx and Hans Kelsen. You'll also examine critical and feminist approaches to law.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically analyse leading jurisprudential theories in the context of contemporary legal problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of competing theories about the nature of law
  • Analyse differing critical approaches to law and legal theory
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word set coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn about the principles and rules of the law of succession and discuss current issues and contentious areas. You'll then apply these principles to problem situations, using your knowledge of statute and case law to develop your analysis.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Outline the law relating to intestacy and advise as to an intestate estate distribution
  • Explain key principles of the law of succession and assess the extent to which they apply to a particular scenario
  • Apply your knowledge and understanding of the law to problem scenarios to reach coherent and logical conclusions
Teaching activities
  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word set coursework exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute ser exercise exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical and reflective knowledge of social care law by examining it in light of changing social policy context. You'll consider the role of law in managing standards in social care practice. Part of this will involve examining the growth in care worker offences in criminal law and the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on service provision in the social care sector.

You'll also be introduced to the law on adult safeguarding under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Act 2014, and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically understand the legal framework governing the provision and regulation of social care in England and Wales
  • Appreciate the role of the Human Rights Act 1998 in shaping social care practice in England and Wales
  • Show an in-depth understanding of the adult safeguarding framework under legislation and common law
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the impact of social policy and political agendas on the development and implementation of social care law
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word set coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the legal principles in order to compare and evaluate the different approaches to resolving conflict.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand and analyse the key characteristics of dispute resolution processes
  • Compare and categorise the dispute resolution processes available to lawyers to select the most appropriate dispute resolution process for a client's needs
  • Understand and apply various dispute resolution skills to solve simple disputes
  • Reflect on your performance and consider the links between reflective practice and wellbeing as a student and practitioner
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word set coursework exercise (100% of final mark)

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts of landlord and tenant law
  • Communicate a solution to a problem in landlord and tenant law, in a clear and concise manner
  • Compare and contrast the facts within a given scenario using statute and case law to recognise ambiguity and provide arguable conclusions
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent Study Time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word set coursework exercise (80% of final mark)
  • a 45-minute exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

Data protection law regulates everything from legal responsibility for cyber-security breaches, to how social networking sites store and use the data of their users, and even how individuals handle data about others. As more organisations collect and process personal data, and find themselves subject to a growing array of legal obligations, demand for specialist legal advice in this field will only increase.

You'll explore how the law aims to protect the rights of individuals and facilitate the free movement and usage of personal data. You'll also look at contemporary challenges posed to data protection law by emerging technologies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate core concepts of data protection law by developing research and theoretical and practical understanding to arrive at appropriate conclusions
  • Demonstrate an awareness of practice-related issues and challenges relevant to data protection law and policy
  • Show a critical awareness and understanding of current and emerging legal and policy issues and challenges, observable in the data protection field
  • Work independently to reach reasoned conclusions from complex theoretical or problem-based data protection law-related scenarios, and provide advice and recommendations
  • Form an argument through the research and review of academic data protection law materials
  • Communicate effectively about data protection law related ideas and concepts to others with knowledge of the subject
Teaching activities
  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You will explore particular issues raised in relation to race, sex, gender, religion or belief, disability, age, and sexual orientation. These include religious beliefs conflicting with rights attached to sexual orientation, bans on the display of religious symbols and clothing, racism, and women’s rights at work, and other topical issues.

You will focus on the principle of equality as it is given expression in the UK law, notably by the Equality Act 2010, and the Influence of EU Law and the European Convention of Human Rights (Via the Human Rights Act 1998). You will develop a sense of responsibility allied to a commitment to social justice issues.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand and critically analyse key principles and concepts of discrimination
  • Understand the key protected characteristics, and analyse how they manifest in disputes
  • Analyse how the key protected characteristics may conflict with each other
  • Question and analyse the key case law
Teaching activities
  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (100% of final mark)

Learning outcomes for this module will be available soon.
  • Compare equality laws and policies across the globe, with a view to critically evaluating how legal questions around equality rights are addressed in different jurisdictions
  • Achieve an in-depth understanding of different theories of equality and appraise their impact on existing anti-discrimination laws and their interpretation by national and international courts
  • Critically engage with classic and recent judgments on equality and non-discrimination from national and international courts, as well as with cutting edge scholarship on topical questions of equality law, with a view to making evidenced-based assessments of interpretative and policy developments in equality law
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct well-informed legal arguments, as well as the ability to engage with independent analytical and critical research with a view to producing robust legal analysis

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the essential principles of the law governing the use of force and international humanitarian law
  • Undertake independent research in the field of international law
  • Critically examine rules of international law governing the resort to and conduct of an armed conflict
  • Demonstrate an ability to ground an understanding of the relevant law within contemporary, real - world contexts

Explore this module

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Our law courses all cover the core elements of the law you need to go on to a legal career, but they all combine this with slightly different elements. Find the right course for you:

If you'd like to study a fully accredited law degree that covers all the foundations of legal knowledge, but combines this with an understanding of business and management our LLB (Hons) Law with Business may be the right degree for you. This is a great option if you're interested in going on to work in corporate law.

If you're interested in exploring a theoretical analysis of crime and punishment, alongside your fully accredited law degree that covers the foundations of legal knowledge, then this LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology could be the right choice for you. This is a good option if you're interested in a career in the police or criminal justice system.

This new and practically focussed LLB (Hons) Law with Legal Practice is specifically tailored to today's legal career pathways, preparing you for your next step as a solicitor or a chartered legal executive. Like our other law courses it includes all the foundations of legal knowledge, but gives you more practical experience of applying your knowledge. This course is ideal if you want to be a solicitor, a chartered legal executive, or a paralegal.

Ways to enrich your study

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Study abroad year

Between your second and third year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English, you don't have to study Law and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.

"Students that go abroad are more likely to obtain first-class honours [and] more likely to be in graduate employment than their non-mobile peers."

Universities UK International: 'Gone International, Rising Aspirations', 2019

Teaching​

We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended and connected model which will include some online learning. Around 20% of your timetabled teaching will be online.

The majority of your timetabled teaching will be face-to-face and will include:

  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical sessions

We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. You'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.

Assessment

The way you qualify as a solicitor has changed and we want to make sure that we prepare you as much as possible for the new SQE exams. The SQE exams are multiple choice, so we're adapting our assessment methods so that you're confident with this method of assessment.

Your assessment will depend on which modules you take, but it's likely to include:

  • exams
  • problem scenarios
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • practical projects

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course. To learn more about our teaching staff's active engagement in research and in addressing current legal challenges, explore our law blog.

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Dr Emily Walsh

I'm a qualified solicitor and I worked as a specialist in commercial real estate. I'm now the course director for undergraduate law courses at Portsmouth.

I currently teach land law, but have prior experience of teaching landlord and tenant law, contract, tort and conveyancing. My research interests focus on landlord and tenant law, particularly in regard to who is responsible for property repairs.

Read my profile

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Dr Michael Connolly

I teach and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I also serve on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, and the London Management Committee of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association.

My research interest is in discrimination and equality law, especially UK and international employment discrimination law.

Read my profile

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for this degree.

Your total study time will depend on the modules that you take, but in your first year this is what your week may look like:

  • timetabled teaching activities (seminars, tutorials, classes and workshops) = about 13 hours a week
  • independent study (research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group) = about 22 hours a week

You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They're also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • Academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • Reflective writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module that you study.

You won't need to buy the core textbooks as you'll get free access to Law Trove and you can borrow most books from our extensive library. Law Trove also gives you free access to lots of additional law books to deepen understanding and enhance learning.

If you choose to buy the course books they may cost up to £30 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

Apply

How to apply

You can still apply for this course to study with us in September 2022 by using Clearing.

Once you have your exam results:

If you're not ready to apply yet, why not learn more about how Clearing works, book a call-back for results day. or sign-up for our Clearing updates and visit days.

Our Clearing hotline will be open as follows:

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday
  • 9am - 4pm Fridays
  • Thursday 18 August (A and T level results day) 8am - 8pm
  • Friday 19 August 8am - 7pm
  • Saturday 20 August 10am - 3pm

To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – M100
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.