law student with wig and gown
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 2019, September 2020

Overview

If you’re interested in learning law from an academic and practical perspective, this LLB (Hons) Law degree course gives you skills, knowledge and experience that are valuable in legal and non-legal careers.

The course is a qualifying law degree (QLD), which means it gives you the core legal knowledge to progress to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister. In your final year, you can also choose to take the CILEx Graduate fast-track diploma. This allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive following further professional experience.

As well as core legal subjects, you can choose from various optional modules to suit your own interests. Optional modules currently include Commercial Law, Family and Child Law and White Collar Crime.

After the course, you could continue your legal training or take up employment in areas such as finance, commerce, recruitment or the public sector. You could also continue your studies on a Master’s degree.

Professional accreditations

The final year module 'CILEx Level 6 Practice' gives you a CILEx qualification if you pass the module and your qualifying degree. It provides exemption from level 3 and level 6 practice papers, allowing you to apply for Membership of CILEx upon graduation.  

This accreditation shows that the course gives you the skills and knowledge you need to complete the undergraduate portion of your academic training as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.

What you'll experience

On this course, you can:

  • Bring what you learn to life in mock trials in our replica of a crown court, complete with dock, witness box, public gallery, jury room and interview room
  • Use your skills advising members of the public on a variety of aspects of the law, by working in one of our community settings
  • Opt for the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice) in your final year, which allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer when you get further experience after the course
  • Join our student law society and take part in team competitions such as negotiation and mooting

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you could progress to a graduate training scheme, go straight into employment in the private, public or voluntary sector, or continue your studies.

If you chose a career in law, you can do the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC), which are the traditional routes to becoming a barrister or solicitor.

If you take the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma module in your final year, you can work as legal executive or paralegal when you graduate and become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer following 3 years of qualifying employment. This gives you similar career opportunities to barristers and solicitors.

What jobs can you do with a Law degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • legal executive
  • paralegal
  • insurance analyst
  • chartered company secretary
  • recruitment consultant
  • local housing authority manager
  • operations manager

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

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

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • English Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law  
  • Public Law
  • Art of Persuasion
  • Tort

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Land Law
  • Tort
  • Legal Writing and Research
  • Equity and Trusts

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Family and Child Law
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Advocacy Practice and Theory
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics
  • Medical Law  
  • White Collar Crime
  • Law of Succession
  • A foreign language

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • EU Law

 Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Company Law
  • Family and Child Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • CILEx Level 6 Practice
  • Community Lawyer
  • Advocacy, Practice and Theory
  • Law in Practice
  • Public International Law
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics
  • Medical Law  
  • White Collar Crime
  • Legal Dissertation

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.

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

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience to boost your career prospects further.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year with support from our placements office.

You'll get support in choosing and applying for placements that fit your aspirations, whether you want to work in a legal or non-legal context.

Alena's story
"I love the fact that we've got a mock court room..."

Find out about Alena's experience studying a LLB (Hons) Law degree, and what she's hoping to do next when she graduates.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching 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

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • clinical legal training
  • practical learning in our mock court

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course.

Juliet Brook, Principal Lecturer

A solicitor specialising in property law before moving into lecturing, Juliet has lectured on both the post-graduate Legal Practice Course and the LLB, and teaches Land Law, Equity & Trusts, and the Law of Succession. Her research covers various aspects of succession law.

Dr Michael Connolly, Senior Lecturer

Michael is a specialist in equality and discrimination law. He has trained judges, advised Parliamentary committees, and published many papers and books on the subject. He is an experienced teacher of equality, employment, contract and commercial, and law.

Dr Marnie Lovejoy, Senior Lecturer

Marnie is a dual qualified solicitor who specialises in transnational financial crime. She lectures in criminal law and white collar crime. Her research interests include corruption and embezzlement of public funds and the legal problems arising from the global nature of these crimes.

Ask me anything about LLB (Hons) Law
An 'ask me anything' session with LLB (Hons) Law Course Leader, Emily Walsh.

Watch this video for answers to questions such as 'How might a placement benefit my studies and career goals?' and 'What careers could I get into having studied law?'

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • coursework essays
  • presentations
  • participation in mock trials
  • written moot arguments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 35% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 60% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 32% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 66% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 52% by written exams and 48% by coursework 

Entry requirements​

LLB (Hons) Law degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

See the 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

Qualifications or experience
  • 128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

See the 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

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

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.

Additional costs

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

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, 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.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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

When you apply, you'll need:

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

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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