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Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) (Accelerated)

Kickstart your career with our award-winning law clinic, state-of-the-art facilities, and dynamic team of practicing lawyers. Develop critical legal thinking whilst practising your skills in our full-size replica Crown Court.

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Full size replica Crown Court

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Best contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic award

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2nd in the East of England for Social Policy (Complete University Guide, 2023)

Course overview

People, power and problem solving. The Uni of Herts law degree is a fantastic opportunity to study human relationships, investigate complex problems and understand the diverse structures that keep us functioning as a modern, evolving society.

Immerse yourself in law as you become proficient in understanding Land Law, Criminal Law, Equity and the Law of Trusts and Life.

Be prepared for work with varied assessments including case studies, report and essay writing, presentation and practical assignments in our very own full-size replica Crown Court.

Kick-start your career with building a strong foundation of legal knowledge as well as having the opportunity to work in our award-winning pro bono and law clinic to develop your skills.

It’s a qualification that opens doors into a huge range of careers, giving you a deep, sought-after knowledge of the way, our legal world works today.

Why choose this course?

So, why study for your LLB law here at Hertfordshire? Well alongside a Gold rating for our teaching, we have a dedicated Law School, incredible facilities and an innovative teaching team of practising lawyers and solicitors. We’ve shaped our law degree around a skills-based competency framework that is geared towards the demands of today’s legal profession. The law degree is shaped around a skills-based competency framework that is geared towards the demands of today’s legal profession. This will kickstart your career with exceptional skills, experience and opportunities.

You’ll study in our fantastic Law Building, practise your skills in our replica Crown Court and solve real problems for the local community in our very own pro-bono law clinic. Get stuck into our huge range of co-curricular activities and you’ll also future proof your degree with skills and qualifications in areas like mooting, trial advocacy and client interviewing.  You will have the opportunity to work with experienced lawyers in our award-winning law clinic, practise your legal skills in our full-sized replica Crown Court and develop and critical legal thinking and core professional skills.

As well as exploring the fundamentals of law, you’ll explore contemporary issues as diverse as data protection, human rights, terrorism and cybercrime. We use an innovative flipped-classroom model that lets you watch lectures online, from home, before coming to seminars to tackle the issues in-depth with your tutors. It’s a unique approach that gives you flexibility, structure and a permanent online resource you can dive into – anytime, anywhere.

Why study this two-year programme?


The obvious answer - you graduate in just two years! You’ll do level 4 in the first year and start part of level 5 over the first summer. In the second year, you’ll continue with level 5 and complete level 6 in the second summer. This will make your overall cost less than if you were to choose the standard Law degree. Plus, you’ll enter the jobs market earlier than your peers too!


How to use the 2-year programme in Canada


To practise law in Canada students who complete the two-year accelerated programme to qualify in Canada are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) and obtain a Certificate of Qualification. The NCA’s role is in assesses the qualifications of individuals with legal qualifications obtained outside of Canada who wish to be admitted to a common law bar in Canada. Accreditation is decided on an individual basis, which will take into account the particular circumstances of the individual’s education.

Once the application has been reviewed, the NCA will issue an assessment result to the applicant listing the subjects and/or legal education that is required to ensure that the applicant’s legal education and training is appropriate. Generally, for those undertaking a two-year LLB and achieves a 2:2, with no individual marks under 46%, then they will have 7 exams to do: the 5 mandatory exams, plus another 2 assigned by the NCA. For full details please see the NCA website.

Professional accreditations

Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board

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

Your future career

This course will prepare you for a variety of legal careers. Our Law graduates have gone on to work at Taylor Walton, Crown Prosecution Service, Civil Service, HSBC and Many more.
Areas in which you could work include:

  • Paralegals
  • Compliance Officers
  • Solicitors
  • Barristers

Within our pro-bono Law Clinic you will be able to solve real life problems within the local community supporting a range of charities. Recent students have worked with Future Living Hertford, Centrepoint, Red Kite, Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline and CDA Herts.

See what recent graduates are up to

Start-up Programme Manager at CMS UK

Meet Natalie Pringle who has excelled in a varied career based across the UK and SE Asia. Natalie is listed in the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards and supports start-ups in the tech space through an accelerator programme run by international law firm, CMS.


Career Successes


Natalie is listed in the highly prestigious 2021 TechWomen100 Awards. These awards highlight remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, and Natalie has been recognised for the technology focussed business start-up accelerator programme she runs at global law firm CMS. This programme provides legal advice, training, mentoring, and networking for clients all over the world, focussed on different markets. Natalie also offers thought leadership and speaks at industry events focusing on empowering women in technology.

Talking about the award Natalie said, 'I’m incredibly honoured to have been featured as a TechWomen100 and recognised by these prestigious awards. Run by the WeAreTechWomen team, the awards consistently feature the brightest stars and trailblazers in the tech industry, and it is a huge privilege to be included amongst them.'

Prior to joining CMS, Natalie was working in Asia and made the move when invited to establish the Hong Kong office of a London based real estate firm. This later led to her establishing her own property investment company which assisted clients throughout SE Asia. She also launched a division of The New Savvy, a financial investments and career platform in Asia, dedicated to helping women improve their financial wellbeing and raising awareness of the importance of financial literacy.

In addition to this she managed a programme for Hong Kong based Splash Foundation, which empowers individuals in under-resourced communities through swimming.

Natalie’s memories of Herts


Natalie took full advantage of the opportunities on offer within Hertfordshire Law School including extra-curricular activities like mooting, debating, trips to Inns of Court, as well as attending talks from guest speakers. She says, ‘These opportunities helped me gain confidence and have shaped the person I am now. This experience helped me to see that if you are willing to put your time and commitment, then many other doors will open for you.’

Her favourite extra-curricular activity was being involved in the mooting team as she competed across the UK. She says, ‘The skills I learnt while on the mooting team are invaluable and the overall experience was fantastic. These experiences have been extremely beneficial throughout my career and provided me with the knowledge and confidence to speak in public, research and shape a legal argument.’

Youth Violence Caseworker at Accident and Emergency Department

Meet Chelsie. Chelsie is using what she learnt on her course to help young people turn their lives around.

Makin an Impact

Chelsie was interested in how crime impacts society and why people commit crime - she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the criminal justice system. Herts had the right course for her, BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the campus was easy to travel to from home. As Chelsie says, ‘The course looked at the different aspects of crime and the reasons behind it. We considered people's different characteristics, such as their age or gender. I also enjoyed learning about victimology and the impact of crime too.’

‘In my role as a Youth Violence Caseworker in an A&E department, I use what I learnt on the course to better understand the different factors that lead people to commit crime. This means I can help young people more effectively by having meaningful discussions with them about their life choices, reasons for their actions, and the potential consequences of them. I know I am making a big difference and it’s great to be able to help young people make positive lifestyle changes, whether that’s with their education, employment, or housing.’

Chelsie wants to continue developing in her career and has ambitions to support the rehabilitation of offenders. She says, ‘I want to be part of shaping what rehabilitation in prisons looks like, as I don’t feel we are doing enough to help people with a custodial sentence make positive changes to their lives. Currently, we approach it as if ‘one size fits all’, but I believe this type of support should be more holistic.’

Her advice

One of Chelsie’s favourite experiences at Herts was Freshers’ Week and other events held on campus during her studies. Whilst she encourages current and future students to work hard, she adds, ‘Don’t forget to have fun along the way. University is what you make of it, so take the opportunities you get and make great memories.’

Lawyer at British American Tobacco

Meet Anwar 'Ash' Khan who since graduating in 2010 has taken all of the opportunities presented to him.

Opportunities  and experiences

Anwar credits his professional success to having had the opportunity to gain experience in both private practice and in-house legal counsel roles. He recognises the role the University of Hertfordshire has played in getting him to where he is today having studied Law at the University.

Throughout his degree, he learnt the importance of independent study but also the value of the group study exercises. These practical elements enabled him to learn and hone his research and communication skills in public as well as in a client advisory role.

Anwar speaks highly of the resources on offer and the academic staff who he says were always available to offer support. 'My lecturers supported me to tackle tricky subjects or areas which I had difficulty in improving on. I was never too great at coursework, but with their expertise and guidance, I was able to tailor my writing style to address key points in my coursework.'

Anwar's experience at the University was enhanced by the strong student community present on campus. He says, 'I stay in contact with many of my friends from university. Some have even offered me guidance and have helped with interview advice and roles following my degree. Some of my friends also went on to study the LPC as well.'

Aspirations for the future

He has been successful in achieving his career aspirations, capitalising on the support and opportunities his degree offered. He advises new and prospective students to do the same: 'Try your best. Don't have a fixed idea on what happens after graduation. Your opportunities are limitless. The skills you learn are made for the professional world. Take every professional opportunity available and make the best of the great staff there to advise you.'

Looking ahead, Anwar is excited for the next stage of his career but remains committed to doing more charity work. He recently carried out philanthropic work in Bangladesh and hopes to do more to help third world countries in the future.

What you'll study

A varied course, you’ll be prepared for a career in law with developing and demonstrating a wide range of skills and knowledge which will be invaluable in further study and your future career. Right from the start you will have a two-week connections module to develop the skills and mindset required for studying law successfully.

In your first year, you’ll spend your first year building a really strong foundation of legal knowledge – and developing professional skills you’ll use throughout your law degree and beyond. After your introductory Connections module, to introduce you to  the law and the university, together we’ll explore the English legal system, examining why Justice Matters and discovering what you might expect of Life in the Law – concerning your career and personal development.  You will also study Constitutional law and the law of the European Union,  Contract law, Tort Actions, Land law and Criminal law.  And right from the beginning, you’ll experience our mock assessment centre, to develop real-world, professional skills in a supportive environment.

In your second year, it’s time to explore the areas that really fire your imagination. You’ll explore Equity and the law of Trusts, alongside enhanced career development in Life in the Law Two.  Then you’ll start making choices about specialisms, and you’ll be assessed in our replica Crown Court, presenting client arguments in front of a judge. You’ll also have the exciting opportunity to get involved in our pro bono and law clinic where you can practise your new-found skills by giving legal advice to people in our local community.

As well as core modules, you’ll choose from more than 20 specialist subjects – from International Commercial Law to complex cybercrimes.

With inspiring guest speakers, events and networking sessions, you’ll be immersed in the legal community from the moment you join us – giving you the skills, experience and contacts to launch a brilliant career.

Find out more about the structure of our accelerated degree.

Watch our Canada International Student Story to find out just what it’s like to travel across the globe and study with us here at Hertfordshire.

What if I need support?

We’re here for you. Our school is a warm, welcoming community where you’ll find plenty of people to encourage you through your studies. You’ll have your own Academic Support Tutor for the whole time you’re here, and our friendly course and cohort leaders are always happy to talk things through. If you need some personal support, we’ve also got our own wellbeing leader, and the majority of our academics are trained and accredited in mental health first aid.

For additional help with study skills, including referencing, essay writing and presentations, you’ll have access to our academic support services. You can attend workshops, 1-to-1 sessions and online tutorials. Both our LRCs (Learning Resources Centres) run drop-in study skills sessions. And the best thing is, it’s all free.

Hertfordshire Law School have partnered with Neurodiversity in Law to promote and support neurodiversity within the legal professions and develop a supportive network. We encourage students to disclose any learning difference and offer personalised support, for example the opportunity to have a tour of the lecture/seminar rooms before you start, share seminars online ahead of class, or offer suitable adjustments during exams.

Optional sandwich year

Graduate with invaluable work experience alongside your degree and stand out from the crowd. This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your study and CV with a year in industry, typically between your second and third years of study. It’s a chance to explore career possibilities, make valuable contacts and gain sought after professional skills.

Research shows that over 70% of employers prefer students with work experience, which is why we believe work placements are career gold. Our Careers and Employment service are here to support you explore your options and make valuable contacts for your future career.

You’ll pay no tuition fee for this year and won’t need to worry about the details of your placement until your second year of study.

Graduate with invaluable work experience alongside your degree and stand out from the crowd. This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your study and CV with a year in industry, typically between your second and third years of study. It’s a chance to explore career possibilities, make valuable contacts and gain sought after professional skills.

Research shows that over 70% of employers prefer students with work experience, which is why we believe work placements are career gold. Our Careers and Employment service are here to support you explore your options and make valuable contacts for your future career.

You’ll pay no tuition fee for this year and won’t need to worry about the details of your placement until your second year of study.

Find out more about work placements

Where you'll study

The Law School Building brings you a mixture of fantastic technology, well-equipped study spaces and realistic legal settings. Inside you’ll find our incredible replica Crown Court, complete with judge’s bench and viewing gallery, where you’ll practise your skills and build your confidence.

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, and education subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall.

You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.

Discover the Enterprise Hub, a vibrant destination where local firms and students work and learn in comfort.

Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.

A train to central London takes just over 20 minutes, and you are also conveniently located on the A1(M) with access to the road network, making travel quick and convenient.

Who you'll learn from

You will be taught by lecturers with substantial experience and insight into the fundamentals of law , and with first-hand public servant experience. Some lecturers have worked in the civil service, crown prosecution,, police, prisons, probation services, victim support and even the military.

The diversity of your lecturers has strongly influenced the course curriculum, ensuring it reflects industry needs, and that you learn the wide range of specialist information required.

They are continually expanding their knowledge, performing research in contemporary society concerns and around relatable proceedings that take place in the justice system.

Throughout the course you will have a personal support tutor and cohort leader who will guide you and provide a safe environment for you to voice any concerns.

Check out our student blogs

How we support our students

At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible.

We offer a range of support services, from childcare to counselling, ensuring that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying, having fun, and have the support you need.

Three students talking in social area

Guide to the law facilities

The de Havilland Campus situated at the crossroads of A1001 and A1087 in Hatfield Business Park is where everything relating to Law takes place.

There’s a separate building opposite the building where the Learning Resource Centre is situated called the Law Court Building. This Building is where a vast majority of my classes take place and where the mock Courtroom is located.

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

In the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), we have a whole sector just for Law textbooks and resources. Law requires a lot of reading, so this is essential while studying Law at university.

There are computers on each floor which you could use as well as laptops you can borrow, take home and use. There are quiet rooms as well to accommodate students who find it difficult to focus in a busy environment. There are also rooms where students can meet up to conduct group meetings for group assignments/ projects.

Online Library

The online library is very important for Law students and arguably the most useful resource while studying Law. You can search for things like textbooks, journal articles and eBooks. The online library also shows you what textbooks are available in hard copy at the LRC. There are also tools for legal database research available like Westlaw, Lexis Nexis and practical Law. There are also training sessions on how to use these resources.

Mock courtroom

The University has a £10 million Law Court building containing a full-scale courtroom which was voted the eight most impressive law school building in the world.

There are also Law Report books in the courtroom. I have also been to the courtroom for an important webinar and a domestic abuse training conference which took place there.

Career Hub / Hutton hub

The careers and employment service are on hand to help you on your way to future success in Law. There are people available to advise you on your cv layout, cover letters etc. They even provide training on how to ace a job interview.

Male students in accommodation bedroom

My typical uni day

An average day when studying maths at Hertfordshire University consists mainly of commuting, lectures and study.

Going from the beginning of my day, lectures start at 09:00 on some days, which is a long struggle to get up and out by 07:30 but it gets done. I only like that time to beat the motorway traffic and get a good short walk in before lectures, great to clear the head and get ready to learn.

Other days they can be at 11:00, or if you're lucky 13:00. These are the lie in days or catch up on extra study before driving to university.

Once at university, lectures are typically 2 hours and we cover a lot of content, normally a whole section or chapter.

After the first lecture, depending on my timetable it's either a tutorial or a break. During my break, I either head to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) or the PAM Ready Room and do some extra study or just relax a bit before the next lecture or tutorial.

An average day at University ends at 17:00 or 18:00 for me but my average day does just end there.

Depending on the day I have either society meeting and socials, scouts or sports that I attend on a regular basis so I'm always active whether in or out of University.

At the end of the day, there is nothing I enjoy more than either a bit of gaming with friends or a good nights sleep.

Students walking through campus

My week at a glance

I cannot really describe my week at a glance since every week is so different and exciting. I go to seminars three times a week and have two days off not including the weekend. I say every week is different because the University of Hertfordshire is always doing some sort of event that I want to try out; BBQs on the opposite campus, society events or even the forum which is the club on the College Lane Campus.

However, I did make a habit out of going to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) with friends every day to either catchup on work or do simple revision. Every Wednesday I went to my society event and sometimes on Thursday’s which is where I made some of my favourite memories. However, other than my weekly society events and going to the LRC every day, those are the only things that stayed consistent during my week. Even some of my seminars were unpredictable with some turning into debates about serious topics related to my course.

Entry requirements

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

Typical offer (UCAS points)(enter tariff range)
Typical A Level offer(enter range)
Typical IB offer(enter range)
Typical BTEC offer(enter range)
Typical T Level offer(enter range)
GCSEEG: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics
Access coursesEG: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.
Additional informationFind out more about our standard and contextual Undergraduate Entry Requirements.

English language

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

Additional information

Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

Typical offer (UCAS points)

128−136

Typical A Level offer

ABB−AAB

Typical IB offer

128−136

Typical BTEC offer

DDM−DDD

GCSEEG: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics.
Access coursesEG: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.
Additional informationFind out more about our standard and contextual Undergraduate Entry Requirements.

English language

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

Additional information

Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

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UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status in the UK
Start date Study typeApply
September 2024 Full time Apply via UCAS

International and EU applicants without pre-settled status in the UK

Apply through our international/EU application portal

Fees and funding

At Herts, we’re dedicated to providing world-class teaching supported by industry-level facilities and incredible social spaces. We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to higher education, and we strive to keep both our standard and additional costs as low as possible.

Study typeFees
UK studentsFull time£10,500 for the 2024/2025 academic year
EU studentsFull time£16,275 for the 2024/2025 academic year
International studentsFull time£16,275 for the 2024/2025 academic year

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

Scholarships, grants  and bursaries

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a non-repayable scholarship, grant or bursary to support your studies.

Disabled Students' Allowance

The Disabled Students’ Allowance can cover any study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

Student loans

Find out about securing a student loan, from how much you could be eligible for to when you need to start making repayments.

Accommodation costs

We offer a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

Additional course fees

Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet.

More about the course

Course fact sheets
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Programme specifications
Law Degree (LLB) Download PDF
Additional information

Applications open to international and EU students

Yes

Course length

Accelerated Route (Full Time), 2 Years

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