Bachelors of Law LLB (Accelerated) LLB (Hons)

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About the course

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Now based on the modern de Havilland Campus, supported by a £10m facility in the state-of-the-art Law Court Building, our LLB Law (Accelerated) Programme complements our range of LLB courses offered in the School of Law.

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, Government and Politics, or Criminal Justice, 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 Law graduates are now in graduate-level employment or further study.

Entry requirements...

2016 entry 

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.

2017 entry 

UCAS are introducing a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years

120 UCAS points 

Access to HE not accepted.

IB - 120 points from a minimum of 3 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core)

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above if taken prior to 2015)

Professional Accreditations

This programme satisfies the academic stage of training and is fully recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board.

Careers

The largest single career choice made by law graduates is the legal profession, with around 30-40% choosing to follow this path each year. Many of our graduates who have entered the legal professional are now in private practice or employed in such fields as industry, local government, or the Crown Prosecution Service. Of those who choose not to enter the legal profession, many have gone on to pursue higher degrees or enter other fields of employment such as personnel or management training programmes, the police, accountancy, teaching, local government and journalism.

Teaching methods

We offer an innovative teaching programme 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 tutorial to demonstrate application, weekly surgeries to allow you to see tutors on a one-one basis 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.

Work Placement

Unfortunately, as this is an accelerated route, students are unable to undertake the Work Placement or Study Abroad programme whilst studying on this course.

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Constitutional Law and Politics

    This module examines the organs of government, from the monarch, to the Prime Minister, Judges, MPs and beyond, and we will examine the checks and balances put in place to ensure that those in political power do not abuse their position. A whistle-stop tour through over 1000 years of history will be taken to reach conclusions as to why the UK enjoys an 'unwritten' constitution, and will evaluate its effectiveness. The module will also explore some of the key international organisations of which the UK is a signatory to - including the EU and the ECHR - and discuss and debate the impact that membership has had on the lives of the people of the UK.

  • Contract Law

    This module will cover a variety of themes commencing with formation of a contract, including offer, acceptance, consideration and privity of contract. The contents of the contract will also be explored and will include examination of conditions, warranties, express and implied terms, standard form contracts, exclusion clauses. Students will also be introduced to various vitiating factors such as misrepresentation, mistake, undue influence, duress, unconscionable bargains and inequality of bargaining power. The module will end by exploring how a contract could end and include performance, agreement, frustration, breach. In the context of a breach of contract a variety of contractual remedies will be explored (including damages, specific performance, rescission and injunctions) along with an outline of the law of restitution.

  • Research, Ethics and Skills

    This module is designed to introduce students to the basic parameters of law, politics and international relations, and criminology in the context of both England and Wales, and also Scotland. It is the foundation stone for successful undergraduate study within the School. The module provides a basis for understanding and conducting research, and will provide an introduction to various common and discipline-specific research methods and skills, along with more contemporary approaches such as the use of social media in research and emerging methodology. Various contexts in the legal, political and criminal justice fields will be utilised (such as ethics and morals in society, the creation of legislation and access to justice) to introduce these skills throughout the course of the module.

  • Crime and Law

    This module considers the general principles of criminal liability in Great Britain: actus reus; mens rea; denials of an offence, general defences; inchoate offences; parties to a crime; and some of the most serious criminal offences (such as murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences against the person, sexual offences and property offences). It also examines the social and legal constructions of crime and how these have varied historically and in different social contexts. This course will demystify the law and help you to not only understand it but also enable you to make informed opinions about it. In addition, this module will outline the structure within which the criminal justice system operates and will also introduce key criminology concepts.

Optional

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Land Law

    This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of a range of real property law concepts and principles, in England and Scotland. This will allow you to develop an awareness and understanding of the areas of growth and reform in land law, in both England and Scotland. Through the course of the module, you will examine the detailed provisions of property law statutes and use them to support your application and analysis of land law. You will also be able to Identify and define the various property rights that exist in relation to land in England and Scotland and compare and classify estates and interests existing in the land system, their priorities, and dealings with third parties. You will be aided in your study by the use of a virtual 3D model to visualise land issues.

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2016

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,000 for the 2016 academic year

International Students

Full time: £13,250 for the 2016 academic year

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Other financial support

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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.

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2016

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201630/09/2017Apply online (Accelerated Route (Full Time))

2017

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201730/09/2018Apply online (Accelerated Route (Full Time))