A career in law offers determined graduates excellent salary prospects and fast progression. The LLB is the only undergraduate degree recognised by the two main legal professional bodies: the Bar Council (barristers) and the Law Society (solicitors). It provides the academic qualification which is the first step of your training to become a fully qualified lawyer or barrister in England and Wales.
Why study LLB Honours Law at Middlesex?
“Every aspect of the course is exciting, applying what you learn to everyday legal issues. It has taught me the importance of precision which is essential for work in law.”
David Eniolorunfe Oshame, LLB Law student
Our tutors are leaders in their field and bring a wealth of international experience, challenging you to think beyond the textbook. Our outstanding academic reputation across International, European and Human Rights Law places our students at the heart of legal research innovation.
Alongside developing a thorough grounding in the core areas of English law, you will gain the legal skills and academic grounding to embark on the next stage of training. A law degree is also an excellent platform for entering related professions.
- Many of our academics, such as Professor William Schabas are leading experts in their field
- Our prestigious School of Law provides excellence in teaching and research; ensuring you receive a first-class learning experience, with high levels of support from our academic staff
- Our degree is accredited and recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB)
- Our tutors are highly trained solicitors and / or barristers and bring vast experience in a variety of legal settings, enabling you to gain first-class professional knowledge and expertise.
- Year 1
- English Legal System (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Module aims: to enable the student to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law; to examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. Students will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.
- Law of Contract (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop students competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, to develop their legal research skills and to recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law.
- Legal Method (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to broaden and expand students understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, students will comprehend the basic principles and debates underpinning the position of the courts in the UK constitution; appreciate how to read a case and be able to pick out its material facts and ratio, as well as distinguish this from obiter dicta and develop an understanding of the different rules and approaches that courts use to interpret statutes. The module will also provide the students with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instill a basic understanding of a lawyer s duties toward their clients and the court.
- Public Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Module aims: To examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State; To provide student awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State; To consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK.
- Year 2
- Consumers and the Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: to build on the students previous studies in law and to examine the general principles underlying the legal protection given to consumers under both the civil and the criminal law and the many ways those principles are applied. Students will also gain knowledge of areas of central importance in consumer protection and will be encouraged to explore the relevant social and business context within which the law operates. A key purpose of the module is training in writing, presentation and research.
- Criminal Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The module enables students to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. Students will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law.
- EU Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union EU and of the rules governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU s internal market; to apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and to develop the student s skills of information retrieval from a range of sources, in accordance with the requirements of the Joint Academic Stage Board for the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. The key principles governing the free movement of goods, persons and services and capital will also be covered.
- Human Rights (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to explore human rights in an international, historical and comparative perspective. Students will be introduced to the rationale for this body of law and to major themes in international human rights jurisprudence. This course aims to introduce students to contemporary human rights issues in the theory and practice of international relations and within domestic jurisdictions. Special attention will be paid to the European Convention of Human Rights and its impact in the United Kingdom, in particular issues arising from the incorporation of the European regime through the Human Rights Act. In addition, the seminars and lectures will address specific human rights to provide students with in depth analysis of the application of human rights to factual scenarios. The course is designed to maximise students career potential, providing them with an insight into the extent to which universally protected values, articulated as legal claims impact domestic jurisdictions. The course also seeks to critically evaluate those values, their universal validity, and their implementation at regional level with the view of broadening students knowledge of law and to becoming sensitive to other values and normative regimes.
- Jurisprudence (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of legal theorists and jurisprudential schools of thought ranging from the work of the ancient Greeks through to postmodernism. Students will be provided with an overview of the central thinking of various philosophers and will examine both the historical and cultural context within which these theories were developed and their relevance to the legal issues of our own time. Throughout the module students will consider law s relationship to questions of power, violence, ethics and justice.
- Tort (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise.
- Year 3
- Business Organisations (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: to provide the students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing the various business organisations and business relationships in the United Kingdom; enable comparisons to be drawn between the laws relating to the various business organisations/relationships and to evaluate their different purposes; perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and to enable students to bring this together with previously learned legal principles. The module will provide an opportunity for an in-depth study of a selected area of the law of business organisations.
- Child and Family Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of Child and Family Law in order to enable students to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse the development of both the legal and policy framework regulating child and adult relationships. The module will explore the tensions arising from the use of state intervention in to the sphere of the family with regard to issues of privacy, autonomy and welfare. Having taken this module students will have not only an appreciation of key areas of law and procedure affecting children and adults but also be sensitive to the complexities of the wider social issues raised.
- Employment Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of employment law and deepens the student s appreciation of how legal principles encountered in other law modules can be applied to these areas; to encourage a critical appreciation of employment law and enable students to place the subject in the context of both their working and non-working lives. Having taken this module, students will have an appreciation of the role of law in regulating the employment relationship and stopping discrimination.
- Equity and Trusts (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies. It builds upon students knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. Students critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law, to analyse practical problems accurately and to debate issues at a high level of understanding is developed.
- Evidence (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: to engage students in an active investigation of the practical rules and abstract principles underlying the operation of the Law of Evidence in criminal and civil trials. The module will enable them to subject the law of criminal and civil evidence to critical examination and will thus contribute to the shaping of their own value system. It builds on their knowledge of the substantive law by placing it in the context of trial practice. A key purpose of the module is training in advanced level writing, argument, analysis and legal research.
- Immigration, Nationality And Asylum Law in the UK (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal structures and the regulation of immigration control, nationality law and asylum in the UK. The module will place legal controls in their historical, social and political context and will require students to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the inter-relationship of the various legal mechanisms.
- Land Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Module aims: to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The course builds upon students knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Students ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with their personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.
- Medical Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: The module will examine the relationship between medical law and ethics and the role of the law on defining the doctor/patient relationship. The module will explore consent to treatment, consent issues relating to incompetent adults as well as minors and medical treatment. Clinical negligence will be explored as well as selected issues relating to beginning of life such as abortion, surrogacy and end of life issues such as euthanasia and assisted suicide. The module will also introduce mental health law and the law regulating medical research. The module will give an opportunity for an in-depth study of a selected area of medical law.
- Project (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by the student, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.
- Public International Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of public international law in order to enable students to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. Whether it is debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes, questions of public international law are often in the news.
What will you study?
In your first year you will explore legal research skills and take part in a moot and will also have the choice to focus on specialist areas such as Employment Law. You are encouraged to take advantage of the wider teaching and research environment within the School of Law which includes a programme of external professional speakers, seminars and lectures to support your studies and career progression.
What will you gain?
You can meet with former students who have completed the course (now on the LPC or BPTC) to inform your studies and further your career progression.
Our academic staff are dedicated to providing excellent student support through high levels of office hour availability, and additional communication through email, telephone and our virtual E-Learning facility. Our core academic staff team work alongside a number of visiting professors and visiting lecturers with whom we have long-standing and valued relationships. Our team includes four professors, four principal lecturers and senior lecturers with extensive experience in a variety of legal settings.
Our new staff members bring excellent research credentials and a genuine desire to apply this research to the subjects they teach. We also have a team of specialised administrators ensuring that there is regular contact with students. Our graduates and alumni regularly highlight that this face-to-face contact and support enhanced their learning experience.
You can find information about teaching and assessment on this course in the programme specification
Teaching and learning
You will develop your knowledge of all aspects of law at lectures and seminars, and supplement this with your own independent study. Lectures are often interactive, involving exercises and informal assessment by other students, and by you of your own work. 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 appoaches. Group work and moots (pretend courts) will hone your verbal arguing and presentation skills.
The course will also teach you to do legal research, and 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 which the course has not covered.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend a year doing a legal work placement, which we will help you to find. The course also includes careers events and talks by guest speakers from the legal profession.
You will be assessed through exams, moots (pretend courts), presentations and coursework. We will be looking at your knowledge and analysis of legal principles and different areas of law, and also your ability to do effective research, your understanding, analysis and use of source materials, your ability to assess competing legal arguments, and your capacity to recognise potential conclusions for situations and give reasons for them. You will be expected to write clearly, succinctly and accurately and use accurate legal terminology. We will also be looking at your verbal arguing skills and your ability to work in a team for moots and presentations.
We normally make offers on 300 UCAS tariff points. GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required. BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced & Progression Diplomas are also accepted. We accept Access to HE Diploma. Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification, to find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
English language requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email [email protected].
What are the career options with anLLB degree in Law?
The common career route for LLB graduates is as a solicitor or barrister, but there are many related sectors where a law degree is also highly desired, they include: business (including Human Resources, Tax and Insurance), charity, management or administration. Careers you might pursue include: Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Executive, Paralegal, community advisory work, or In-house legal departments.
Though over 50% of our 2012 Law graduates have gone on to further study, the remainder have gone to work in a wide range of roles in prestigious organisations including: Charsley Harrison LLP, Sainsbury, Chelsea & Westminster NHS, Hammersmith Health Centre, and H Samuel.
Of the Law graduates who go on to further study, courses that they are now undertaking include: the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), LLM, and PG Cert in Education.
What about placements?
We are a member of the prestigious Middlesex Law Society , which provides us with excellent links to law-related organisations and local practitioners. We actively encourage our students to take part in work experience with these organisations during the summer break and also work with a well established network of legal practices, specialising in all aspects of the law which enables us to offer further work placement opportunities across London.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious work experience opportunities.
What about professional accreditation?
This degree is accredited and recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
What support is available?
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us:
Solicitor: As a solicitor you will provide legal advice and assistance that covers any issue arising in private or business life for a variety of clients, from private individuals to large companies. You will represent clients in the lower courts and, with specialist training, in the higher courts. Qualified solicitors have a variety of career options and can choose to work in a private practice (in a firm of solicitors), within a business or organisation, in local or national government, or in the court services.
Barrister: Barristers are specialists offering advocacy and advice on legal matters and points of law and plead cases on behalf of their clients. There are a wide range of specialist areas including criminal law, chancery law and civil law of which not all appear in court. Most barristers work from Chambers and are self-employed. An increasing number of employed barristers work in private and public organisations.
Legal executive: A legal executive does similar work to that of a solicitor but perform a more limited range of work often specialising in a particular branch of the Law, for example conveyance, wills and probate.
Paralegal: As a paralegal you will provide administrative and legal assistance for a firm of solicitors. Your duties will range from clerical work, to similar duties that would be undertaken by a trainee solicitor.
Community advisory work: If you are interested in the 'welfare' side of law you could consider social and probation work, welfare advice and housing management. At a professional level these careers require relevant experience and further training and qualifications. Considerable voluntary work experience is usually a pre-requisite for entry.
In-house Legal Departments: In-house legal work requires you to specifically work on the legal aspects of your company (your employer). Areas of law that you will encounter will depend upon the legal issues arising within that company, ranging from routine contractual duties to dealing with external solicitors
What our students say:
David Eniolorunfe Oshame
LLB Law Student
“I was motivated to study the LLB as, not only is it a prestigious course, I felt it was the best option for me to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer. I was also confident the course would allow me to work in a large number of organisations either as a legal practitioner, legal advisor or legal representative after I graduate.”
“Every aspect of the course has been really exciting, as you can apply what you learn in modules to everyday legal issues. Most importantly, the course has improved my ability to think logically and it has taught me about the importance of precision in my work, which is essential if I’m going to work in the field of Law.”
LLB Law Student
“This course provides the opportunity to learn the foundations of our legal system and opens up many opportunities post graduation, including the option of exploring work as a solicitor or legal secretary.”
“During this course I’ve learn a lot, including Protection Laws that I never knew existed. I’ve had the chance to moot and take part in practical, case-based, projects. This course has been a great stepping stone to educating me on the rights and laws of the people, and I hope I’ll be able to use this knowledge in helping and support those less fortunate in the world.”