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Law - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This undergraduate degree will help you develop excellent employability skills and prepare you for a wide range of careers. Taught by legal experts in a busy department, you'll also benefit from extracurricular activities including presentations and events organised by the Mansfield Law Society and the Director of Clinical Legal Education. On graduation, you’ll have the knowledge and expertise you need for a career in politics, business, the voluntary sector, the civil service or as a paralegal, patent lawyer or licensed conveyancer.

In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This is a popular course for anyone who wishes to study law but does not intend to be a solicitor or a barrister. The course is suitable for careers in politics, business, the voluntary sector, the civil service or for those wishing to be a paralegal, patent lawyer or licensed conveyancer.

Our staff are experts in their field and you’ll be part of one of the largest faculties of its kind in the UK, with numerous links to employers, professional bodies and international organisations.

Based in London, you’ll have easy access to the Central London Criminal Court and the Houses of Parliament. Our mock courtroom, complete with dock, witness box and public gallery, will familiarise you with the courtroom environment, explain the processes and aid your presentation skills. Thanks to these facilities, two of our legal students came an impressive 5th out of 64 universities in the ESU National Mooting Competition 2012.

We place great emphasis on employability with a dedicated legal careers advisor who organises a programme of events with guest speakers, networking events with other students and offers assistance in finding work placements and internships. To develop your skills, we also offer excellent opportunities to study in another European country for one semester in Amsterdam, Paris or Bologna.


Methods of assessment include essays, examinations, presentations and research projects.

We do not assess entirely by exams and tests, unless required by professional bodies. We encourage teamwork to help you develop skills that will be needed in the workplace.

Professional accreditation

This is not a qualifying law degree for professional legal training. The Faculty offers LLB, LLB (Business Law) or LLB (with International Relations) which are qualifying law degrees.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: at least 280 points, including at least two A levels or a Level 3 Advanced Diploma, or equivalent
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 20117) or above or Higher Diploma (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you’re studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

In Year 1 you’ll study core modules designed to give you a solid foundation in the principles of law, including the legal system and criminal law.

In Year 2 you’ll have a choice of optional modules designed to help you develop your knowledge of the law-related topics that most interest you, such as public law, women and law, and employment and equality law. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a work placement.

In Year 3 you’ll study a range of core modules, including a law dissertation and a work placement for professional experience. You’ll also have the choice of optional modules created to further your knowledge and ready you for the world of work, including company law, the law of finance and taxation, penal policy and creating a winning business.

Year 1 core modules:

  • Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Law of Tort
  • Criminal Law

Year 2 optional modules:

  • Public Law
  • European Union Law
  • Employment & Equality Law
  • Consumer Rights Law
  • Evidence and Advocacy
  • Medical Law
  • Women and Law

Year 3 core modules:

  • Law Dissertation
  • Law Extended Essay
  • Work Placement for Professional Experience

Year 3 optional modules:

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  •  Public International Law
  • Company Law
  • Immigration and Asylum Law and Tribunals
  • Family and Child Law
  • The Law of Finance and Taxation
  • Jurisprudence
  • Environmental Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Penal Policy
  • Creating a Winning Business 2
  • Extension of Knowledge Module

This degree is recognised worldwide as a quality qualification for entry into a number of non-law professions such as politics, business, work within the law commission, work in the voluntary sector, trademark or patent agent roles, insurance, banking, civil service, local authorities, journalism and media.

The course is not designed to comply with the requirements of the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board for the completion of the Academic Stage of training for the legal profession. Other professional and academic postgraduate courses may, however, be available, particularly the Masters in Law.

You can also consider alternative careers involving law which do not require approval of JASB, such as paralegal, patent lawyers or licensed conveyancers. Students who wish to be considered for Year 2 of the LLB programme may apply to the course leader at the end of Year 1. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the course leader.

Our director of Clinical Legal Education, who works within the Faculty, delivers employability lectures and workshops to new students at the start of each academic year and further lectures take place during Activity weeks. The topics covered in the lectures include personal development, selecting career paths (law/non-law related), acquiring work experience and commercial awareness, the employability market situation, writing CVs and covering letters, and interview questions and tips.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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