2020 marks the 40th Anniversary of Hertfordshire Law School at the University of Hertfordshire. Our approach to teaching, and the experience we offer students has evolved significantly since 1980 and we are proud of our reputation for being forward thinking, innovative, and responsive to the world around us.
This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held on June 2020.
We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.
Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:
- module titles
- whether the modules are core or optional
- the expected contact hours
- how the course will be assessed
- staff teaching on the course
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?
So, why study for your two-year LLB accelerated law degree 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. Whatever your level 3 background is, we’ll prepare you to meet the demands of today’s legal profession. You’ll even finish with a degree fully recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board. Kick start 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.
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!
What are the facilities like?
Outstanding. Our bright, modern Law School Building opened its doors in 2011 and 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.
We’ve also got our very own law clinic, where you’ll work with experienced lawyers and solicitors to solve real problems for local people.
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.
What's the course about?
People, power and problem solving. A 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. 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.
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. Together we’ll explore the English legal system, examining criminal, public and contract 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 property law, EU law and the law of torts – the civil wrongs that can damage people’s health, safety, property or prospects. 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 on equity, trusts, wills and probate, you’ll choose from more than 20 specialist subjects – from international environmental 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.
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.
Your main campus is de Havilland
You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, education, and humanities 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 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. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What will I study?
Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6. Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.
Studying law at Hertfordshire was a great decision. The teaching and facilities are fantastic and enabled me to fast track my legal career.
The programme is flexible and the lecturers were very supportive, giving me a lot of guidance throughout my two years. I had a fantastic experience.
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.
Meet Natalie Pringle who has excelled in her career since graduating. She currently runs her own real estate firm in Asia and is the CMO for Asia's leading financial literacy platform for women.
|Current job role||Co-Founder and Director, CMO and Programme Manager|
|Year of graduation||2009|
|Course of study||LLB(Hons) Law|
University life and experience
Originally from Oxfordshire, Natalie decided to study at the University of Hertfordshire as it was within a two-hour radius from her hometown – making visiting friends and family easy. Not only was the University conveniently located, she was blown away by our Law programme. From our expert tutors and lecturers to our facilities, Natalie felt at home immediately at the University.
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 guest speakers who were regularly invited onto campus to lead debates. Not only did Natalie find these incredibly fun, but she says, these opportunities helped her gain confidence and have ‘really shaped the person I am now and has shown me that if you are willing to put your time and show commitment, then many other doors will open for you.’
Her favourite extra-curricular activity was being involved in the mooting team as she got to travel throughout the country, bound with her peers and receive extra support from lecturers. She describes the skills she learnt while on the team as ‘invaluable’ and the overall experience ‘fantastic.’
These experiences have been extremely beneficial throughout Natalie’s career. She says, ‘It was a great experience which gave me the confidence to speak in public, how to research and shape an argument, analytical skills and gave me a basic knowledge of contract and employment Law which have been useful in the operational side of running a business.’
Natalie is currently running her own company in Hong Kong as well as other ventures in Fintech and charitable organisations. She envisages her future will continue on this path enabling her to continue to learn, innovate and network.
Anwar 'Ash' Khan
Meet Anwar 'Ash' Khan who since graduating in 2010 has taken all of the opportunities presented to him. Anwar currently works as In-House Counsel at British American Tobacco.
|Current job role||Lawyer|
|Year of graduation||2010|
|Course of study||LLB (Hons) Law|
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.
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.