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LLB (Hons) Initial Year for Extended Degree in Law
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
Why choose this course?
The unique feature of this course is that not only will you learn about the theory of subjects, but you'll also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in the Legal Drafting and Advocacy modules. You will prepare court documents such as skeleton arguments setting out your case and then practise these skills during mock hearings and advocate your case.
What's the course about?
The Extended Degree in Law is designed as a preparatory year to enable you to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills you need to progress to the first year of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) course. The initial year of the Extended Degree course will prepare you for the demands of Level 4 study by introducing them to a number of core legal subjects.
In order to progress onto the LLB programme, students need to pass all modules (120 credits) and pass with an overall average of 50%.
The expert tutorial support and knowledge that you'll develop in areas such as constitutional law and legal drafting will also prepare you for careers in related areas such as in public services, local government and the civil service.
You'll gain confidence and improve your study, practical and theoretical skills that'll ensure that you stand out to employers.
Nicole-Therese - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
A typical week for me at the University of Hertfordshire starts on a Sunday. I am a Law student here at the university and my course consists of online lectures which I need to watch before going to each class. On Sundays, I listen to the relevant lectures that have been made available to me pertaining my upcoming classes. I listen to the lectures relevant to my class on Mondays and Wednesdays or all of them if I can, make notes and prepare any questions I would like to ask my lecturer during class.
I study five modules in total for my third year. I go into university approximately three times a week.
On Mondays, I start my day at 07:30 that way I can make some breakfast before I leave for my class which starts at 9:00. I live about eight minutes away from the University so it’s not too much of a hassle getting there on time. It is a two-hour class so by 11:00 I am done. We also have the option to go to drop-in classes for each module; these classes are just extra help for students who maybe need further clarification on certain topics. They get one on one time with lecturers and I think it is a great inclusion into our academic timetable. If I feel the need to attend any drop-in classes after my class, I would do so otherwise I would go to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and do some research on any upcoming assignments I have or listen to my lectures.
I follow the same routine stated above, on Wednesdays and Thursdays when I have my other classes. I try to make sure I stay up to date with all my online lectures and do my work on time. On Tuesdays, I also partake in an extra co-curricular activity called mock trials. It is important to get involved in as many co-curricular activities as you can. On Fridays, I go to work for an agency which recruits me to do temporary catering jobs. On Saturdays, I try my best to rest for the whole day and maybe watch a movie or visit friends. I try to make sure I take a break from my normal routine on Saturdays.
Nicole-Therese - Things you should know
Things you need to know before studying Law at university
The first thing that you need to know before you attempt to study Law at university is that there needs to be a lot of hard work and commitment on your part.
Studying Law is not an easy task so you need to make sure you set your priorities straight. You cannot afford to lose focus so make sure you put in a lot of work and you will always be successful.
Ask questions/ Be willing to seek advice or help
If there is anything that you do not understand or you need clarification on, make sure that you make this known to your lecturers or tutors. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek help. There is a lot of support available to Law students so make sure that you utilise this. Make sure to use all resources available to you, for example, drop-in sessions which take place during the week.
Get involved / participate in extra-curricular activities
As a law student, it is imperative for you to participate in co-curricular activities. Not only are these activities super fun and enlightening they boost your cv and make you stand out to a future employer. In my opinion, they also give you a sense of reality; a glimpse of what it may be like when you’re out in the real world actually practising Law.
Do a significant amount of research on the modules you may decide to choose in your second and third year of University.
In our second and third year, we have the option to choose certain modules we would prefer to study. Make sure that you know what those modules would entail and you are sure that it is something that you are interested in.
Managing your time well
It is so important to be proficient at time management while at university. There is a lot of content to learn every week and most of the course consists of independent study. I understand that many people engage in part-time work while at university so it’s important that you have a daily planner or some system that is organised to make sure you don’t fall behind on your academic work.
Attend as many seminars/ Workshops as you can
There are often very informative workshop sessions on various topics and issues for example “how to find work opportunities” or “UK immigration & post-study work: what are your rights?” – this one was really helpful to me as I’m an international student. There are also loads of networking events where you could meet potential employers and mingle with people who could give you an insight of what life after university could be like.
Nicole-Therese - Guide to law facilities
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.
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.
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.
Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.