Two-year (Accelerated) LLB Programme LLB (Hons)
About the course
Now based on the modern de Havilland Campus, supported by a £10m facility in the state-of-the-art Law Court Building, our 2-year LLB Programme complements the traditional 3-year LLB Programmes, which are available (LLB Law, LLB Commercial Law and LLB Government and Politics).
If you choose to study on our 2-year degree, you will begin with your peers in September and work through Semesters A & B. You will make up the additional extra credits (two modules) by work through summer Semester C in each of your two years.
If you choose to fully engage with our sector-leading co-curricular activities, we can also provide you with the opportunity of achieving a Diploma in Professional Practice.
Why choose this course?
Our professional accelerated 2-year LLB Programme is one of very few law degrees in the country that allows you to complete the academic stage of training in two years instead of the normal three. Along with the options of achieving a named Qualifying Law Degree in either Commercial Law or Government and Politics this is a very popular route of study.
You will start in September and then study over two years including through the summer. This means that you will be able to save on living costs during your studies and enter employment more quickly than your peers - recent statistics show that 98.5% of our 2015 Law graduates are now in graduate-level employment or further study.
300 points, plus GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above. A minimum of two A-levels or the equivalent level qualifications are also required.
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
- GCSE English language grade A-C
- IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please see our international pages for information or contact the International Office for details.
Our offer for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) is made outside of the UCAS Tariff and is calculated by multiplying the IB score by 10 i.e. 30 IB points will be counted as 300 UCAS points
If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English and foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
- Accelerated Route (Full Time), 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
Our statistics speak for themselves with 98.5% of our 2015 graduates in graduate-level employment or further study.
The largest single career choice made by law graduates is the legal profession, with around 30-40% choosing to follow this path each year. We support all of our students with bespoke legal careers advice to complement the extensive service provided by Graduate Futures.
Our law degree offers one of the most innovative teaching programmes in the country with high levels of contact time during the week between staff and students.
Each module has a knowledge-based lecture to explain the law, a skills-based lecture to demonstrate application and a focused 2-hour workshop. These workshops offer a chance to test your own understanding and raise any tricky issues in a supportive study environment. Lectures are available online and can be downloaded to allow you to review key issues again at your leisure.
Our assessment policy reflects our commitment to your professional skills development. You won't just be taking exams, we'll put you through your paces in a variety of ways from mediation and mooting to drafting and summarising. These are key skills for today's lawyer needs and you'll have a chance to learn them with us.
Therefore, you will find that in many modules part of the assessment may include a moot, a mediation exercise, drafting, writing cases or policies to ensure that when you graduate you have been exposed to many of the everyday activities that today's lawyers need to be conversant with.
This programme satisfies the academic stage of training and is fully recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board.
Constitutional and Administrative Law
This module considers the role of Constitutional & Administrative Law in government. It examines the underlying constitutional concepts of the British constitution, including the separation of powers, the role of law, supremacy and constitutional conventions. It also considers the role of civil liberties and human rights and evaluates its effectiveness in protecting the citizen. Finally, the course analyses the part played by administrative law and particularly the role of the judiciary in acting as a check on government.
European Union Law
The module examines the EU institutions, the decision-making process as well as the key principles underpinning the EU legal order. The general principles of EU law are also examined, including the principles regarding the protection of fundamental rights. Enforcement procedures are examined. Students will also be introduced to substantive areas of EU law such as free movement of persons, free movement of goods and competition.
Law of Contract
The module will cover:- Formation of a contract: offer, acceptance, consideration, privity. Contents of the contract: conditions, warranties, express and implied terms, standard form contracts, exclusion clauses. Vitiating factors: misrepresentation, mistake, undue influence, duress; unconscionable bargains and inequality of bargaining power. Discharge of contractual obligations; performance, agreement, frustration, breach. Remedies for breach of contract: damages, specific performance, rescission, injunctions. An outline of the law of restitution.
Legal Procedures, Ethics and Skills
The module is designed to introduce students to research skills concepts, aspects and structure of the civil and criminal branches of the English legal system and the professional ethics of the legal profession.
Principles of Criminal Law
This module considers the general principles of criminal liability actus reus; mens rea; causation; strict and corporate liability; general defences; inchoate offences; parties to crime; particular offences such as homicide, non-fatal offences against the person and theft.
This module introduces students to aspects of English commercial law with substantial reference to the laws relating to sale of goods contracts including the legal issues surrounding implied terms, exemption clauses, the passing of property and risk, nemo dat and exceptions to that rule, and remedies of the seller and buyer, including consumer protection mechanisms. Students will examine the wider implications of English commercial law with particular reference to the areas of codification and an introduction to agency and international commercial law.
Government and Politics
The purpose of this module is to outline the role of government in a liberal society, its powers, accountability and the fundamental provision of services it provides for its citizens. The content will cover the principles of liberal democracy, the acquisition of political power, procedures for accountability, government finance, provision of services, limitations of government action and resolution of disputes with government. An evaluation of government and politics in the UK since 1945 will provide the context for the module.
Equity and Trusts
The module will commence with an introduction to trusts and a comparison of trusts with other legal concepts. The module will then cover the requirements for the creation of trusts, the three certainties, private purpose trusts, unincorporated associations, charitable trusts, secret trusts and trusts for the protection of family wealth. Variation of trusts and the management of trusts with an emphasis of trustees' duties and powers of investment and delegation will be studied. Finally, the module will consider personal and proprietary remedies for breach of trust.
The module will contain a brief introduction to the meaning of land, the historical development of land law and the formalities for the creation of legal and equitable third party interests in land. A more in-depth study will be made of the registered system (with emphasis on the Land Registration Act 2002), trusts of land (including disputes), resulting and constructive trusts of the family home, proprietary estoppel, co-ownership, leases (with emphasis on enforceability of leasehold covenants), easements, freehold covenants, mortgages and adverse possession.
Law of Tort
The module considers the law relating to Torts including the tort of negligence, with consideration of 'special duty' topics such as psychiatric injury and economic loss. Statutory torts such as the Occupier's Liability 1957, 1984; Animals Act 1971 and Consumer Protection Act 1987 are also examined. The module also considers intentional torts of assault, battery, false imprisonment and the rule in Wilkinson v Downton. Nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher, together with employer's liability - vicarious and primary non-delegable duty are also covered in the module.
The module will examine the structure of the modern day company in both the public and private form. It will consider the constitution of the company, the rights and duties of directors and shareholders and the interests of employees and creditors. The financing of companies will also be considered, as will the key areas of corporate governance, minority protection and the current reform issues in Company Law as a whole.
The module allows students to conduct in depth study in relation to a specific area of law.
E & M Commerce Law
The module considers how E & M Commerce is protected by internet governance, how e-commerce contracts are formed, terms incorporated and regulated in relation to disputes. Spam protection and domain name acquisition and disputes are also considered. Other aspects of the module evaluate the nature of mobile technology and its regulation both nationally and internationally, considering EU and international regulation.
This module will examine the definition of employment and the mechanisms for formation and context of employment contracts. It will examine employment rights, for example, continuity; rights and duties on termination of employment. It will examine protection against discrimination in the workplace. It examines legal issues relating to industrial action. The implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 will be considered, where relevant.
The module examines the basis for the Human Rights/Civil Liberties discourse moving from the particular UK legal situation to the wider aspects of the European convention, focussing on and establishing threads of similarities in order to establish a cohesive picture of Human Rights. The module focuses initially on the Human Rights Act 1998 and the effects on human rights in the UK since the Act came into force in 2000. This is followed by consideration of the European convention on Human Rights, how it takes effect and how that relates to UK law. Human rights concepts considered include the European Court of Human rights, examination of Article 3 on the constitution of Torture, aspects of Fair Trial, Public Order, Personal Liberty and Freedom of Expression, relating this to the specific areas of Obscenity, Official Secrets and Media.
The module considers how Intellectual Property is protected by the law, dealing with the development of IP Law within the English Legal System, the different types of IP protection available and the influence of EU and International law on these types of protection. The module examines the fundamentals of IP Law, particularly the different types of IP protection, such as patents, copyrights, design and trade marks. As well as introducing students to fresh concepts, the module will revisit areas touched upon in Year 2, such as the tort of passing off, and the effect of IP rights on the free movement of goods and throughout the EU.
International Commercial Law
The module will examine choice of law/choice of jurisdiction clauses, the different types of international commercial contracts (e.g. CIF and FOB and the respective implications for the parties involved. The module will also consider the various international conventions applicable to international trade, including multi-modal and carriage of goods by sea conventions, as well as the varying forms of finance available to the parties. In addition, the role of documentation will be analysed, in particular bills of lading and marine insurance policies.
International Law and Politics
The module considers how international relations and politics impact on international law. It provides a brief introduction to the theory and nature of international relations post 1945. The nature of some political ideologies is explored with reference to their consequences for international law and in particular on international institutions, security and today's global issues.
The module will consider the relationship between law and morality; the nature of moral arguments and cultural influences on law. The historical development of natural law theory and its contemporary legal relevance will be examined and critiqued. The module will also consider positivist theories of law, both classical and contemporary.
Law of Evidence
This module examines core aspects of the Law of Evidence and considers matters relating to proof, such as the burden and standard of proof and the use of presumptions. It also examines the operation of exclusionary rules such as opinion and hearsay evidence as well as rules evidence in the area of confessions and silence. Evidential issues are examined in the context of the use of judicial discretion to admit and exclude evidence. The nature of various judicial warning given by the judge during the summing-up stage is also examined together with issues affecting disclosure of evidence such as privilege and public interest immunity. Evidential issues are taught in the context of both civil and criminal law with consideration of the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Legal Governance, Risk Management and Compliance
This module analyses the complex set of processes, rules, tools and systems used by corporate legal departments to adopt, implement and monitor an integrated approach to business problems. Legal risk management and compliance refers to a specialised set of tools utilized by attorneys, corporate legal departments, general counsel and law firms to govern themselves and their corporations especially but not exclusively in relation to the law. In the current economic and commercial environment the ability to proactively identify and manage legal risk is crucial to the survival and profitability of a business. This module will look at best practice approaches to identifying and prioritising legal and regulatory compliance risks. Topics for lectures and seminars will focus on current high risk topics with the goal of training students to identify the real cost to business of legal and regulatory risk. Students will be required to structure and develop a project designed to deliver a cost effective change programme aimed at reducing legal risk to a company.
The medical law module covers substantive issues in the areas of medical ethics, medical negligence, wider issues of medical law and relevant regulation and practice.
Fees & funding
Full time: £9,000 for the 2016 academic year
Full time: £13,250 for the 2016 academic year
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
Key course information
- Institution code: H36
- UCAS code: M101 LLB (Hons) Law (2 year)
- Course code: LALLB
- Course length:
- Accelerated Route (Full Time), 2 Years