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Our BA (Hons) Law degree programme integrates applied work-based and skills-based modules that will help you to prepare for a successful career, both within and outside of the legal professions.
Our tutors will help you to find work experience that’s suited to your interests. Our location means that London, and all the opportunities it offers, is within easy reach. You’ll also benefit from our small classes, supportive and experience tutors, and valuable networking opportunities.
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Why study this subject?
Law is one of the most complex and fascinating systems in the world. It’s constantly evolving to reflect and adapt to social attitudes.
Understanding and advising an organisation on how to comply with its legal obligations is a skill that is increasingly in demand.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our BA (Hons) in Law is designed for students who may not wish to pursue a professional legal career but have an interest in a career in law and/or looking to apply knowledge in another area of business or service provision.
We will help you build up your legal knowledge and commercial awareness, and gain a wide range of transferable skills, such as abstract thinking and practical problem-solving, which are relevant to a wide range of related careers.
Although this degree does not offer exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister, the first year content is common with our LLB (Hons) Law, and those who are successful in all first year modules may choose to transfer on to year two of the LLB programme.
With smaller class sizes, our staff are committed to nurturing your development, helping you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.
Our team of tutors includes qualified lawyers combining backgrounds as academics and as practitioners, so they add depth and breadth to your experience of the study of law.
You will also benefit from talks by guest lecturers from specialist areas. We also hold careers events, such as ‘life after graduation’ where employers and alumni are invited to talk about career opportunities in law and related industries, providing valuable networking opportunities.
With our convenient position in the Thames Valley, you have easy access to London and regional areas for law events, as well as work opportunities and placements during the holidays.
Our active Student Law Society and Mooting Society also organises both legal and social events and our students are active participants in national mooting competitions.
We actively encourage, and support, our students to take part in work experience with a wide variety of organisations or legal practices during the summer break.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships can greatly improve your employment prospects. Taking part can also help enhance academic results as you can apply your learning to a professional setting.
Employability is at the heart of this course and we will help you hone your skills for the workplace.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
Particular to the study of law is a high level of research and communication skills. These competencies will be developed as you progress through the course, and you will become skilled in areas such as legal debating, interviewing and mediation.
On this programme, you will study compulsory modules that explore civil and criminal liability, the English Legal System and the European single market, and legal research skills. You will also have the opportunity to select from a range of specialist options in order to tailor your programme toward your career interests.
The course will also help teach you to do legal research, and you will have access to legal databases, such as LexisNexis or Westlaw. You will also learn how to review information from academic sources, journals and electronic resources.
As you progress, you will have the opportunity to do your own research into an aspect of law that the course has not covered.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
The dedicated course team are committed to supporting you throughout your degree programme.
In addition to the core curriculum, you will also benefit from additional activities, all designed to bolster your career prospects. These include talks from guest speakers, alumni sharing their experiences, sessions organised by the Careers Service, and personalised support by Careers Service and Learning Development Unit. Tutors will also help you try to find work-experience suited to your needs.
The course is underpinned by classroom-based teaching of current theory, concepts and research, delivered through a blend of lectures, interactive seminars and workshops, small-group activities and debates and supported at every stage by material on the virtual learning environment.
We will help give you the confidence to analyse and manage large quantities of complex information from both printed and electronic sources. You will also learn to construct clear and well-reasoned legal arguments.
You will develop your knowledge of all aspects of law through lectures and seminars, and supplement this with your own independent study. Lectures are often interactive, involving exercises and informal assessment. Seminars are small group discussions which you will need to prepare for in advance. Here you will learn to analyse legal principles and apply them to practical situations, assess competing arguments and choose between alternative approaches. Group work and moots (pretend courts) will hone your verbal arguing and presentation skills.
You will be assessed through exams, moots (pretend courts), presentations and coursework. The variety of assessment methods will help test your knowledge and analysis of legal principles and different areas of law.
You will also be assessed on your ability to carry out effective research, understanding, analysis and use of source materials, ability to assess competing legal arguments, and capacity to recognise potential conclusions for situations and give reasons for them. You will also need to show you can work successfully in a team for moots and presentations. These are all valuable skills to help prepare you for your future career.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Introduction to Law
Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Year 2 Modules
Law of Contract
English Legal System
Professional Skills 1
EU Constitutional and Procedural Law
Professional Skills 2
Year 3 Modules
Law of Tort
European Internal Market Law
Professional Skills 3
Media Law 1
Criminal Justice (optional)
Family Law (optional)
Employment Law (optional)
Intellectual Property Law 1 (optional)
Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
Financial Management (optional)
Year 4 Modules
Media Law 2
Work Based Learning
Commercial Law (optional)
The Law of Evidence (optional)
Children and Law (optional)
Intellectual Property Law 2 (optional)
Environmental Law (optional)
Sports Law (optional)
European Human Rights (optional)
Disability, Mental Health and The Criminal Justice System (optional)
Developing Leadership and Management Skills (optional)
Corporate Governance and Ethics (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
This course will help prepare you for a range of careers. Key employers and companies include:
- Commercial employers
- Small and large banks and insurance agencies
- Human resources
- In-house company and industry advisers
- Law firms
- Advocacy agencies
- The courts
- Legal advice providers
- Civil service departments.
Did you know?
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