Our professional practise-focused LLB Law course will give you a thorough grounding in the law across all the major disciplines and the opportunity to develop your career and professional skills at the same time.
As well as developing in-depth legal knowledge and academic skills, there is a strong emphasis on experiential learning and legal education for professional practice and the enhancement of professional career prospects.
We offer opportunities for all undergraduate students to undertake a work placement, internship, or work experience, including in our Legal Advice Clinic, during our core Working in the Law Module.
We also offer professional practice and skills options that allow students to develop their professional skills and special interests in selected practice areas, including Civil Litigation, Commercial Law, and Criminal Litigation.
The course is the first step on the journey to becoming a Solicitor, Barrister or Chartered Legal Executive, as well as the foundation for a broad range of other professional careers.
It is designed to give students a “Head Start” on professional qualification, particularly for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination with its focus on knowledge of the law, professional procedure and skills.
As part of our assessment strategy, we use a broad range of assessments, including professional examination-style multiple-choice questions, so our students have an opportunity to practise and prepare for them in advance.
In this course, you can choose to follow a specific pathway.
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Head start your career – We partner with Barbri, offer SQE-style MCQ assessments, provide professional practice and skills options and you’ll have access to our law library worth £5000.
Impact on our community – We're passionate about promoting equal opportunities in education, professional careers, and justice, and we believe that legal education should be more than just memorising statutes.
We are diverse – We have a strong commitment to promoting equality and diversity, and our staff and students come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
Experienced practitioners - You'll learn from legal professionals who know what it takes to succeed in the field, and you'll have the chance to work alongside them in our clinics.
Placement opportunities – Work in one of the largest legal advice clinics in the country with 50+ placements and 500+ clients a year. Additional placements in our Family Law Hub, Solutionise, our new small business clinic, our International Human Rights Clinic and with local law firms and law centres.
Peer mentoring for Year 1 students to help support them with the transition to higher education and integrating onto the course.
Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths, or equivalent (old style GCSEs A-C)
We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
Applicants without these qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis if they have relevant legal work experience.
Work experience in a Law firm prior to enrolment is not required in addition to the qualifications stated above. However, if any is secured, it will provide a good entry point and start the student’s self-development connected to Law.
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If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
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The LLB (Hons) Law covers the core legal topics with a selection of options covering specialist areas of law, procedure and professional skills.
All modules carry 20 CAT credits.
Level 4: Semester One
Legal Skills, Legal Study, Legal System (Compulsory) This module introduces students to aspects of the English Legal System, and practical, transferable and legal skills and legal theory essential to effective engagement with their legal studies. Students are introduced to the theories of what law is and what are its sources, the court system, EU and international law, and the personnel involved in the administration of the law. Students will encounter and develop a range of skills, including study skills, deriving law from primary sources and explaining, discussing and applying it, research, using secondary sources, writing, communication and IT skills, numerical skills, and reflective learning
Contract Law (Compulsory)This Level 4 Module aims to familiarise students with principles on the formation of contracts, their terms, performance, factors that vitiate contracts, consequences of breaching contracts and how these principles apply in real life scenarios. The learning objectives are achieved using a range of different teaching techniques including lectures, seminars and workshops.
Public Law (Compulsory)The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to constitutional and administrative law. The module concentrates upon constitutions; sources of the constitution; an introduction to the principles that underpin the constitution; an exploration of the legal manifestations of the constitution as expressed through the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the substantive grounds of judicial review.
Level 4: Semester Two
Current Legal Issues (Compulsory) This module enables students to explore a number of current law reform debates. It also introduces the social, political, economic and ethical considerations that underpin these debates. The module develops team-working skills, as students will be expected to work in groups to produce specific law reform proposals. Students will present their law reform proposals to the group at the end of the semester
Law of Torts (Compulsory) This module is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of tortious liability in a range of different torts, with a more detailed exploration of tort liability in the context of negligence. The module seeks to explore the workings of tort with exploration of the underlying legal, social and economic policies.
European Law (Compulsory) The module will introduce students to the traditional characteristics of European civil legal systems, the links with international law and students will contrast them with the characteristics of the English common law. Students will be introduced to supra-national European law, notably the EU, and will contrast with the ECHR. Students will consider the impact, legal effects and a range of rights stemming from these European systems of law on the English legal system.
Level 5: Semester One
Working in the Law (Compulsory) Students engage in reflection on their career goals and develop and practice legal professional and career skills. Students are encouraged and supported to undertake legal placements and volunteering opportunities. The module provides students with an insight into the procedural and practical application of the law and an opportunity to develop transferable and practical skills to develop their careers.
Criminal Law (Compulsory) The Criminal Law module introduces students to the core principles of Criminal law; the key criminal offences and defences. Topics covered include: Principles; Harm; Fault (and the denial of fault); Homicide Voluntary; Homicide Involuntary; Offences Against the Person; Sexual Offences; Theft, Fraud and Criminal Damage; Justification; Participation; and Preparation. The module explores concepts, contextual analysis, incremental development, rationales, reform and sources. Knowledge and skills are taught and/or developed in relation to argumentation, communication, evaluation and problem solving. It assesses students through a mix of applied knowledge testing; application of the law to problems and critical evaluation of the law.
Property, Equity & Trusts (Compulsory) This module requires students to critically examine the concept of property and its relation to law and state. It develops from a study of various attempts to define property, to consider property in terms of rights. . Students will also identify equitable principles and explain the application of implied trusts. The module progresses to consider trusts and trustees’ duties, fiduciary relationships and duties. Students will recognise breaches of duty and apply appropriate remedies. Throughout students will recognise the relevance of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Level 5: Semester Two
Law in Action (Compulsory) Students will explore areas of personal injury / tort law from practical and theoretical perspectives. Students will work from a “virtual law office” accessing files with documentation that cover road traffic accidents, accidents at work, occupiers’ liability, manufacturers’ liability and/or Highways Act 1980 claims. Students will engage in experiential learning, acquiring legal knowledge and being introduced to practical skills such as conducting the initial client interview, research, opinion / brief writing, drafting, conferencing, and negotiation. Students will engage with contemporary debates in personal injury litigation, e.g. the policy arguments for and against fault based liability, and moves to address the perceived “compensation culture”.
STUDENTS MUST DO ONE MODULE AND MAY DO TWO FROM THIS POOL
Option Pool A
Consumer Protection Law (Optional) This module provides a thorough grounding in the general principles of consumer protection. It encourages students to engage in contemporary debate relating to consumer protection law, its development and reform, and to comprehend the integration in practice of previously studied law "subjects", in particular contract and tort. The modules also encourages students to analyse and evaluate the UK framework for the protection of consumers' interests, and encourages an appreciation of the significance of the social, political and economic contexts within which the law operates.
Gender, Justice & the Law (Optional) Drawing upon feminist and other associated theories, this Module explores a number of legal topics which have important consequences for women and their relationship with the law. Using feminist theories and writing as the central tool of analysis the Module encourages students to develop an appreciation of the social, economic and political contexts in which the law and feminist theories operate. The Module recognises the importance of combining theory and practice and seeks to explore those connections by embedding theory within a practical legal framework; for example, by exploring the impact of feminist and associated theories in order to understand questions of intersectionality as well as apply those theories to different case studies ranging from ‘rape’ to ‘veiling laws in Europe’.
Jurisprudence, Law & Politics (Optional) This module examines a number of the major theories of law and state by requiring students to read and discuss in small groups extracts from original texts. The module explores the operation of the law through an examination of both classical and modern legal theories
Medical Law & Ethics (Optional) The module explores a number of ethically controversial issues in law and medical practice (‘problems’ or ‘dilemmas’). Students will use legal analysis to discover the legal status quo (and its uncertainties); and a range of sometimes conflicting ethical principles with which to evaluate it. The selected ‘problems’ (or ‘dilemmas’) are explored in lectures, seminars, debates and student presentations, the latter two providing opportunities for group work, peer review, formative assessment and feedback
Regulation of Social Media and Digital Technologies (Optional) The module provides an understanding of theoretical, ethical, and illustrative practical examples concerning the regulation of social media and contemporary digital technologies. It will explore questions such as “online harms” as well as “AI design and justice” that will enable students to have a thorough understanding of legal frameworks in the regulation of social media and AI in the UK and internationally. It will also enable students to identify, analyse and discuss critically particular digital rights that come into play regarding citizens, public and private sector bodies. It provides a grounding in the academic skills required for the Law Project
Sentencing, Crime and Punishment (Optional) This module introduces students to the theoretical foundations and practical implications of sentencing theory in the context of the UK criminal justice system. Drawing upon a range of philosophical sources, the module looks at the aims and purposes of sentencing and how these have developed in different historical socio-political contexts up to the present day. It also considers the practical implications of these aims by exploring the current sentencing code, how this was developed and how cases are currently sentenced now the code is in operation.
STUDENTS MAY DO ONE MODULE FROM THIS POOL
Option Pool B
Comparative Law (Optional) The module begins by introducing students to comparative law as a field of law that has been developing quite drastically in the last few decades. Starting with its origins at the beginning of the 20th century in Europe, students learn how the discipline has become more critical as the years have gone by (mostly as a result of the critique it faced by socio-legal, post-colonial and other legal scholars). Students are familiarised with this critique, evolution, and the novel approaches to understanding law in the times of globalisation. The module chooses Egypt as the key legal system to engage with throughout. As such, students are introduced to both Islamic legal systems and Civil law systems as part of their studies. Students study the basic underlying philosophies and methods of the system and engage in current debates in the context of human rights law as well as business law. They learn how to undertake comparative legal analyses that go beyond the surface of simple contrasting of law, and instead will engage with the legal systems by understanding them within their specific historical, political, social, and cultural contexts.
Legal Advice Clinic (Optional) This module involves students working with live clients giving face-to-face advice or advice virtually at LSBU’s in-house Legal Advice Clinic. Under the supervision of university-employed solicitors and specialist lawyers, students interview drop-in clients and provide basic information on any legal topic; give generalist advice in social welfare law matters including housing, family, employment, welfare benefits and debt; signpost and refer to appropriate local advice agencies and legal services. Students will undertake a minimum of 10 - 12 three- hour sessions in the Legal Advice Clinic advising members of the public, staff and students. The students will also attend preparatory training.
Professional Skills & Practice (Optional) The module provides students with opportunities to develop transferrable and legal professional skills including interviewing clients, legal writing and drafting, negotiation and advocacy.These key skills are not only relevant to the legal profession but which are also transferrable and highly regarded by graduate employers across the field.
Public Legal Education (Optional) This module explores how law works in the community and enables and empowers students to play an active and practical part in addressing unmet legal needs and improving public awareness of rights and responsibilities. By utilising the university’s established street law project and contacts, it provides a unique opportunity for students to research and deliver their own appropriate projects and presentations to local schools, colleges and organisations. Through this engagement, students will improve their knowledge, research and communication skills, whilst at the same time delivering valuable and beneficial legal information to individuals in need of such knowledge. The module combines both individual and group work and will also require a reflective appraisal of the student journey.
Level 6 Semester One
Land Law (Compulsory) Students learn Land Law through an evolving story, illustrated with diagrams, and involving everyday Land Law situations. Students learn about estates and interests (both legal and equitable) in land and the formalities required to create them; the regulation of land use through private law controls; the finance of land via a mortgage; and how estates and interests in land exist and are protected in registered land. Students will, throughout their study of Land Law, apply the Law they learn to the facts of this ever-evolving Land Law story.
STUDENTS MUST DO ONE MODULE AND MAY DO TWO FROM THIS POOL
Option Pool C
Business Law (Optional) This module teaches students some key aspects of business law in a commercial context. These are: (1) determining which is the appropriate business form for commercial operations; (2) using agents for the sale and purchase of goods; (3) insolvency procedures, including rehabilitation and related director’s liabilities; (4) protecting operations through insurance; and (5) resolving disputes through international commercial arbitration.
Company Law (Optional) This module is designed to give students an understanding of the development of some of the fundamental principles relating to company law. It examines the nature of a company, company structures, management and ownership, capital structures and shareholder remedies. The course takes into account the impact of the EU and company law reforms.
Criminal Advocacy, Evidence and Litigation (Optional) The module examines key areas of the criminal process journey first introducing the criminal process before examining Police powers and professional ethics, Police station detention and interview, criminal procedure in the Magistrates Court (including Identification evidence); and procedure and Advocacy the Crown Court. The module also reviews the rules evidence (relevance; the discretionary exclusion of improperly obtained evidence; character; hearsay; confessions, the burden and standard of proof; opinion, privilege). Consideration is also given to the complicated topic of sentencing and appeals. Students are also given the opportunity to study selected issues of youth justice.
Family Law 1 (Children) (Optional) This module explores the key principles of children law, examining law and procedure in cases involving parental disputes about children. Consideration is given to cases requiring some intervention of the state to support children in need or to protect children from abuse or neglect and to the legal processes of adoption and surrogacy. Throughout there is an assessment of children’s rights and examination of the significance of domestic abuse in children cases and of recent and anticipated law reform. Students participate in the familylawhub@lsbu, which provides students with opportunities for experiential learning including collaboration with external partners.
Entertainment and Media Law (Optional) A contemporary analysis of key issues within the entertainment industries and assessment of the impact of the law on them
Option Pool D (students may do one option from this pool)
Option Pool D
Law & Technology (Optional) The module provides students with an opportunity to analyse and evaluate the impact of technology on Law, Dispute Resolution and the delivery of Legal Services. Lectures consider the uses of technology as they impact on areas of law such as Contract and Commercial Law, roles and careers in the Legal Profession, on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution processes and on the delivery of Legal Services. In workshops, Law students will work in project groups with Computer Science students to design and create a piece of legal technology software such as a learning or access to justice resource.
Mediation & Negotiation Skills (Optional) This module begins with a look at negotiation theory and the strategies involved. We focus on communication techniques involved in the different strategies with a view to understanding the appropriateness of the different techniques. We then look at blocks to negotiation, conflict styles and how mediation theory, principles and process can progress disputes and manage conflict. The focus is on awareness through practice of skills used by mediators to facilitate and manage negotiations. This module, together with an add on two day skills course (separate opt in course run outside module) is a recognised foundation training in generic mediation skills. (Recognised by College of Mediators).
Level 6 Semester Two
The Project (Compulsory) The project gives students an opportunity to carry out extended, independent, research in an area of law of their choice. relating to English law, the law of the European Union or international law. A project focusing on the law of another national jurisdiction will not be permitted. Normally, a student will not be allowed to choose a topic that has been taught in detail on the degree. There are two pieces of assessed work, which count towards the final project mark. Students on a Specialist LLB must choose a Project topic within the specialism.
STUDENTS MUST DO TWO MODULES FROM THIS POOL
Option Pool E
Business, Human Rights and the Environment (Optional) This module analyses the links between business activity and regulation, human rights and correlative obligations, and environmental harm and protection. The course is divided into three main areas. First we study human rights, including history, theory, law, and business and human rights. Next we turn to environmental challenges, law, and politics. Finally we look at solutions to major human rights and environmental challenges drawn from human rights, law, and politics.
Civil Litigation (Optional) The module examines key areas in the civil litigation process, from pre-action steps, issue of claim, through to trial and appeal. The module applies these practical aspects to theoretical but realistic civil litigation disputes, requiring students to read and analyse legal materials relating to civil litigation. It provides a grounding in the intellectual and academic skills required for conducting civil litigation
Employment Law (Optional) This module critically examines the law directly governing the employment relationship including both the contract of employment and statutory regulation. It is concerned primarily with key issues and basic principles and to the application of the law in the workplace. Employment law is a complex and expanding area of study constantly changing. In addition to original legal materials such as statutes and cases, seminar readings are drawn from academic literature, official documents and case law.
European Borders & Security Law (Optional) The focus of this module is migration, criminal justice and security in Europe through a study of the relevant policy areas developed by the European Union and by any post-Brexit UK-EU security treaty or equivalent arrangements. The module will generally incorporate a week long field trip where students and staff will work with students and staff from other European universities and participate in activities and classes either during term time or for part of the Easter vacation at a partner university usually outside the UK.
European Human Rights Law (Optional) This module provides students with an opportunity to critically consider and evaluate the protection provided by the European Convention on Human Rights and its institutions and to consider its impact in setting human rights norms.
Family Law 2 (Relationships) (Optional) This module explores the institution of marriage and civil partnership and the process of divorce/dissolution. There is detailed consideration of the key principles underpinning financial remedies to allow understanding of the crucial differences between married and unmarried couples. Consideration is given to the effect of pre-marital financial agreements. There is examination of the significance of domestic abuse and forced marriage and the legal protections from both. Throughout there is analysis and evaluation of recent and proposed law reform. Students participate in the familylawhub@lsbu, a service that offers a drop-in service for the public, free at the point of use, to provide information, support and assistance in relation to family law disputes and work in partnership with other mediation and Dispute Resolution services, other advice networks and family courts.
Immigration & Asylum Law (Optional) This module provides students the opportunity to consider and evaluate policies, data and values around immigration and forced migration. It enables students to learn the structure and principles of UK immigration and international refugee law.
International Protection of Human Rights (Optional) Students will study the International Protection of Human Rights in the context of specific countries and themes. Topics will introduce students to key topics such as the UN procedures and Human Rights Activism. Students will then research these topics in the context of a specific country (such as Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan) and theme (such as Fair Trial, Free Speech and Torture). Seminar discussions will be based on students’ research on their selected country and theme. There will be an emphasis on developing effective strategies for combating human rights abuses
Please note that although most optional modules run, we do not guarantee to run every optional module each year. Not all option combinations are available due to timetabling restrictions.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
An online board where you can see a wide range of placements. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
On successful completion of our course you will be able to progress to qualify as a Barrister, a Chartered Legal Executive or a Solicitor.
You will also be prepared for a wide range of professional careers in other sectors including Business, Central and Local Government, LawTech and Management.
To become a Barrister you need to pass with 2(ii) Honours. You will then need to pass the Bar Training Course and obtain a Pupillage (work based learning).
To become a Solicitor you need to pass the degree. You will then need to pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination Parts 1 and 2 and to obtain two years of qualifying work experience.
We employ an experiential learning strategy which means that much of our teaching is rooted in professional practice, using placements (including in our Legal Advice Clinic), simulations and professional skills exercises to engage and develop our students.
The course provides a ‘Head Start’ for professional qualification by introducing students to legal procedure and professional skills and by using professional exam style multiple choice questions as part of the course assessment strategy.
We have strong links with the local legal profession, particularly through the South London Law Society and the Southwark Legal Advice Network, as well as with our own graduates practising across London and beyond.
We appoint leading lawyers as Visiting Professors to support our teaching. These include the crime and human rights experts: Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC and Imran Khan QC.
LSBU Legal Advice Clinic
This free drop-in service is open to the public and staffed by our law students, supervised by practising solicitors. Students receive specialist training, supervised sessions in undertaking research and give legal advice on live issues such as Social Welfare Law and Employment Law.
This free drop-in service is open to the public and staffed by our law students, supervised by academics.
London Law Careers Fair
We are part of the London Law Careers Fair, giving our students priority booking for the annual national law fair held at the Law Society. It is an opportunity to meet future employers and ask about training and employment opportunities. Students hear from top practitioners, including Judges, solicitors, barristers and legal executives in break-out sessions designed to address topics of current interest.
The London Borough of Southwark
We have set up a placement programme in conjunction with Southwark Council. Complete a placement during the academic year and enter a competition at the end of the year for a full two week placement during the summer holidays.
South London Law Centres
Southwark Law Centre, Blackfriars, Cambridge House and the Afro Asian Advisory Service provide work placements so you can gain an insight into the workings of a law centre and the public advice sector in areas such as Employment Law, Housing Law and Immigration law
Teaching and Assessment
We employ an experiential learning strategy which means that much of our teaching is rooted in professional practice, using placements (including in our Legal Advice Clinic), simulations and professional skills exercises to engage and develop our students. Some of our lecturers are also practitioners and are able to draw upon their professional experience when teaching.
As well as studying the Law and how it is used in practice, students analyse and evaluate whether the law is effective and fair. Students also apply critical and theoretical perspectives to questions of law reform. Our academic team draw upon significant research experience.
Core knowledge is imparted through large group lectures. Interactive workshops support knowledge acquisition and skills for application. This is developed and tested in interactive small group seminars. Smaller optional modules tend to use teaching time more flexibly to suit the subject.
We use a broad range of assessment techniques, including: examinations, multiple-choice tests, coursework, group work and oral presentations, to test the full range of knowledge and skills the course teaches and develops.
As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support. Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Law Mentoring at LSBU
This programme gives mentors experience in supporting and guiding, whilst mentees benefit from their guidance.
Free resources and Technology
We invest in resources and technology to support your learning journey.
We provide extensive online learning resources to support your self-study time and every student, after enrolment is given free:
Access to the latest version of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams;
Access Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment);
Over £6000 of Oxford University Press Law Trove Library of online law text books;
Access to top quality practitioner databases including Westlaw and Lexis
Numerous other resources
We also nurture and develop your skills through our Law Division Skills and Support Site.