Our LLB Law course is a qualifying law degree. That means it’s recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Council as the first step on your journey to becoming a qualified solicitor or barrister.
Our tutors will also 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.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
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.
Careers in law are varied and challenging. An LLB (Hons) Law degree will help you develop the knowledge and skills to meet those challenges head on and build a successful career.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At BNU, we will help provide you with an excellent base for a legal career in any sector. We’ll develop your legal, professional and personal skills, making you a highly employable graduate.
Our lecturers are practitioners as well as academics, bringing depth and different perspectives to your studies. They also work with industry and professional bodies to develop our curriculum and the course modules, which include finance, company law, family law, criminal justice, employment law, media, and criminal justice.
This LLB Law degree will help you develop, not only the core knowledge and understanding of the substance and processes of many areas of law, but also high-level skills in communication, analysis, problem-solving and research, which are essential in many other areas of life.
A degree in Law is a challenging course, but it is one that brings great rewards during and after the course. Many of our students have told us how they have been transformed and empowered by the experience with us and have gone on to do things that they never thought they would have been able to.
You’ll be part of small group classes, giving you the help and guidance you need as you learn about complex legal systems. And you’ll be developing your employability skills at the same time.
We have a pro-active system of personal tutoring and an ‘open-door’ policy for students to contact their tutors, giving you all the support you need as you progress through the programme. We make sure you’re treated as a person, not a number.
You’ll hear regularly from guest speakers about their legal specialisms, as well as from our law alumni. You can also benefit from joining the Students’ Union’s Law and Mooting Societies. In addition, you’ll have opportunities to take trips, including visits to civil and criminal courts, to enhance your employment prospects.
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?
Among the subjects you will study are the ‘foundation’ subjects of Law:
- Criminal law
- Contract law
- Public law
- European Union law
- Land law
- Equity and trusts.
This means that our LLB is recognised as a “Qualifying Law Degree” (QLD) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Council, and so satisfies the first stage of qualification as a solicitor or barrister.
You will study modules to develop your legal, professional and personal skills. You will also be able to choose optional modules in a range of legal subjects, and some from subjects from outside Law that complement your legal studies.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The dedicated and supportive course team are committed to nurturing your development, ensuring you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.
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.
Lectures are used to provide frameworks within which you can develop your learning and understanding. They are primarily lecturer-led but interactive in style. Dependent upon level and content, they may include student-based activity and will always provide opportunity for you to raise questions.
The frameworks delivered within the lecture sessions include those of method, concept, rule, policy, and (legal) cultural norms. You are provided with study guides and other written materials to support your learning.
You can also use the virtual learning environment to complement the teaching.
Seminars and workshops are student-centred. Seminars provide a context for the examination and use of knowledge gained in plenary sessions and in private study. They are based upon case-study based problems, questions and research activities that are set out in study materials.
Workshops provide an opportunity for skills development and application and will typically involve practical tasks/skills application and problem-solving activities.
You are expected to read, research, and prepare answers for the seminar or workshop questions. Information and ideas are exchanged and discussed. Difficulties and uncertainties are addressed.
A variety of assessments are used, all designed to mirror ‘real world’ legal issues, problems and situations and allow you to demonstrate the skills you’ve acquired.
Some modules contain specific forms of assessment applicable only to that module: for instance, the Court Day reflective account; the legal advice session; assessment by submission of a portfolio of work; viva examinations; and preparation of CVs and career plans.
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?
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
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; find out more.
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
English Legal System
Law of Contract
Year 2 Modules
EU Constitutional and Procedural Law
Law of Tort
Professional Skills 1
Professional Skills 2
Year 3 Modules
Business Organisations (optional)
Criminal Justice (optional)
EU Internal Market Law
Media Law 1 (optional)
Professional Skills 3
Year 4 Modules
Digital Business and New Technologies
Commercial Law (optional)
Operations and Service Management
Equity and Trusts
Intellectual Property Law 1 (optional)
Media Law 2 (optional)
Law of Evidence (optional)
Year 5 Modules
Law of Property
Research Project (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£4,900 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.
You may wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister, or work in a corporate, criminal justice or charitable organisation.
For students intending to become solicitors or barristers, the degree, as a Qualifying Law Degree, exempts graduates from the requirement to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Law before commencing the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course (the Vocational Stage of Education).
Whatever path you take, we’ll ensure you have the legal knowledge, and understanding you need to succeed along with the communication, problem-solving, analytical and research skills you’ll need to work across a variety of careers.
Studying for an LLB Law degree doesn’t limit your options to becoming a solicitor or barrister. An appreciation and understanding of law is highly valued by employers outside the legal profession.
Law degrees can lead to rewarding careers in sectors such as corporate business, social and health care, charities and community support, to name but a few.
Did you know?
We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.