Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) (Accelerated)

  • Fast track your career by entering the jobs market earlier than your peers
  • Ideal programme if you are looking to change careers and require an LLB degree
  • Demonstrate to employers your ability to manage and work under pressure by completing your law degree within 2 years

About the course

Perhaps you would like to study Law, but you want to complete your studies in two years, instead of the traditional three? Then our LLB Accelerated degree is the course for you. If you opt to study on our accelerated route, you will fast track your studies by starting in September and then study over two years including throughout the summer. This means that you not only enter the jobs market quicker, but you have potential to save on living costs during your studies.

The programme offers a unique approach to teaching and learning, adopting a flipped classroom model which increases flexibility by providing a permanent online resource to support you and encourage your learning journey. By studying with us, you'll be able to develop skills such as legal drafting (contractual clauses, defence statements), and advocacy (interim and junction applications) alongside developing your knowledge in the foundations of law. This course will provide you with an excellent foundation to pursue a legal career. Find out more about the structure of our accelerated degree.

We offer a range of optional modules to ensure that our course is tailored to your needs and interests. For example, for our Canadian students, we have also developed optional module in Canadian Constitutional Law. This modules will enable you to gain a critical understanding of aspects of Canadian Law, potentially helping to prepare you for the Canadian National Committee on Accreditation exams.

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.

Why choose this course?

Why study the 2-year programme:

  • Fast track your career by entering the jobs market earlier than your peers
  • Ideal programme if you are looking to change careers and require an LLB degree
  • Demonstrate to employers your ability to manage and work under pressure by completing your law degree within 2 years.

In order to enhance your student experience, our law programme includes a diverse approach to assessment which incorporates a wide range of coursework and practical elements alongside traditional exams. Our techniques mean that 73% of our students secure a good honours degree!

Our law degree is also significantly enhanced by expert research-informed and practitioner-led teaching to ensure you are academically supported. You'll also be part of a community which offers significant pastoral and careers support along the way, thanks to our dedicated student support tutors, cohort tutors and programme leaders, student mentors and careers tutors.

If you want to develop your skills and increase your confidence, our unique range of co-curricular activities including Mooting, Trial Advocacy, Client interviewing, Street Law and Law Clinic can help you do this. You may also have the chance to participate in internal and external competitions.  

We also offer a broad range of careers events throughout the year, including speed careers networking, and guest speakers from a wide range of employers. Our aim is to allow you to enhance your employability, whilst giving you the best University experience possible! It's no wonder that 93.8% of Hertfordshire Law School graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating*

* Data sourced from 2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

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 will I study?

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, 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.

Professional Accreditations

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

Careers

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.

We are particularly proud of our alumnus Grace Ononiwu OBE who is the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands.

What job can I get?

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.

Periodic review

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in 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

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.

Agitha Paramakuru

LLB (Hons) Accelerated