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LLB (Hons) Law

UCAS CODE: M100 (Full-time) or M10F (Foundation Year)
TARIFF: 104 - 128 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three or Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

 

Do you want to be at the centre of law and order, governance, and justice? Take the first steps towards a legal based career with our LLB (Hons) Law degree. Whether it’s holding people to account or protecting the innocent, our course will provide you with a strong foundation of legal knowledge and an understanding of how the law operates.

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There are field trips included in the course and I have sat in real time court cases and also participated in a mock bail application in the local magistrates court. This has also included visiting the Royal Courts and Supreme Court in London. There are networking opportunities available through frequent visits from high profile speakers and organisations.
Theo Mukamuri
Theo Mukamuri
Why study LLB (Hons) Law at BNU?

Studying an LLB (Hons) Law degree at BNU is an exciting opportunity that provides you with a knowledge of the law, develops high-level transferable and applied skillsets in legal practice, advocacy and research. BNU is a student focused and employer led university, with you at the forefront of all that we do. Whether you want to be a legal practitioner, work on regulation and contracts, helping transform governance by designing policies and advocating or making an impact through politics as a champion of social change, we can help enhance your employability.

Having a degree that meets the requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, the academic stage requirements for the new, centralised external Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) and Bar council, will provide the perfect opportunity to kickstart your legal career.

As well as the support from our lecturers, our Students’ Union has a Mooting Society. Giving you the perfect opportunity to pursue your passion for law outside of your timetable. It allows you to meet with likeminded students and practise court proceedings and arguing your case. You even have the opportunity to participate in varsity and national mooting competitions.

Buckinghamshire New University gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after your experience of the core curriculum in year one. Rather than having to make your big decision before you join us, we introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the specialism which leads to your chosen career area. You can choose between LLB (Hons) Law or LLB (Hons) Business Law.

These specialisms are also offered as four-year programmes, 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 programme.

Our law course has been specifically designed with an international and contemporary perspective. It is designed to focus on contemporary issues in law with an innovative teaching approach that underscores employability and professional skills and practice.

Not all learning is done inside of a lecture theatre. There are plenty of chances to visit magistrates’ courts to participate in bail applications, visit Parliament and law courts to experience first-hand how they operate on a day-to-day basis. You can also meet guest speakers from across the legal industry, including judges, magistrates and law firms and learn more about how you can apply your knowledge in the workplace.

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What will I study?

You’ll cover diverse subject areas including civil and criminal human relationships and rights, legal practice and Law of Torts, as well as equity and trusts. Studying such varied topics will help you understand how law interacts with society and government. You will also  develop key skills, such as understanding complex information, attention to detail and analytical thinking which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.

Our Law course embeds professional skills modules in your first and second year. This gives you the opportunity to develop a high level of legal and employability skills. It will help enhance your career opportunities and enable you to stand out from the crowd to future employers.

We are focused on providing you with all the building blocks you need to create a solid understanding of the law. Your first year will be integrated with the LLB (Hons) Business Law course. You will be taught a range of modules that cover both courses allowing you to collaborate with fellow students.

During your second year, you will study the Law of Torts and property law and begin to develop your independent research skills with the research methods module. You’ll learn to apply, analyse and evaluate the principles and theories and be able to reference and apply them to contemporary situations. You will be able to choose optional modules from family and child law, employment law, and human rights and social justice. 

In your final year, you’ll focus on preparing yourself for life after BNU. In addition to equity and trusts law, you will undertake an independent dissertation project on an area of law of your choice. This will help you to illustrate how you have developed a depth of understanding through a combination of critical analysis and evaluation.

You’ll be able to choose from a further range of additional option modules. These include advocacy and alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property law, contemporary legal issues, international law, and medical law and ethics.

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The lecturers on this course are very professional whilst teaching and are also very understanding when students ask questions and need support.
Maria Guterres

How will I be taught and assessed?

At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style. We blend lectures, seminars, one-to-one workshops, tutorial sessions, independent study and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

Our lecturers work hard to ensure that you learn the latest industry standard practices and knowledge. To support in the delivery of this we also welcome industry experts and professionals to deliver guest lectures who share their experience of the latest legal rulings and cases.

Seminars and workshops have been created to provide you with the chance to interact and collaborate with others. You’ll engage with the subject matter, identify legal issues and take part in discussion/formulate legal arguments.

Throughout your studies you will carry out the following assessment activities:

  • written coursework, in the form of essays, reports or client advice
  • group and individual presentations
  • role play advice (presenting a criminal bail case in court, legal debating (mooting), legal advice exhibition, mediation and negotiation)
  • written examinations.
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LLB (Hons) Law Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 104 - 128 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

Modules

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

What are the tuition fees

Home

Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025

£9,250 per year

International

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025

£15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing advice@bnu.ac.uk.

What are my career prospects? 

You’ll graduate with an LLB (Hons) Law Degree recognised by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) with admittance to the vocational stage of study for solicitors, the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Examination), and for Barristers, The Bar Council  and admittance to the Bar Training Course (BTC). You will also develop a high level of competency in communication and analysis. These attributes are attractive to a range of graduate employers, including those offering careers in legal practice, law enforcement, regulation and compliance, policy making and the justice system. You will also be prepared to undertake postgraduate academic legal study.

Careers in the law industry are very competitive and our law academic team will work alongside the BNU Careers Service to support you in finding voluntary opportunities within and outside of legal environments whilst you are studying with us. This is a useful way to apply the knowledge and skills you are learning in the workplace and gain key connections and experience in the industry.

Law related careers are highly sought after across the globe. Having the foundation of having studied a degree in the subject the world becomes your oyster. The topics you will study on this programme and the transferrable skills you will have developed will help make international careers easily accessible.

Course leader

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LLB (Hons) Law
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