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LLB Law

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Code
M100
Start
September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Usually 4 years or 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250* (UK/EU)
£12,500* (INT)
Course leader
David Keane

Studying an LLB at Middlesex you will gain the legal skills and abilities to complete the academic stage of training, and with your qualification, embark on the next stage of vocational training to become a fully qualified solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. You will develop your knowledge and understanding and explore a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, and be provided with the requisite critical means to become practitioners, innovators and reformers of the legal system and other professional spheres.

Why study LLB Law at Middlesex University?

An LLB (Honours) Law from Middlesex is recognised by the two main legal professional bodies, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (solicitors) and the Bar Standards Board (barristers) as a Qualifying Law Degree that satisfies the first (or ‘academic’) stage of professional legal education and training. It additionally develops your understanding of the ethical, social, political, economic, cultural and historical contexts within which the law operates, as well as providing skills of legal analysis and an ability to evaluate legal systems and processes.

The LLB combines the compulsory ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’, a requirement of the legal professional bodies to satisfy the first or academic stage of professional legal education, with optional modules that explore further specific areas of expertise within the law. The seven ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ are: Public Law, the Law of Contract, Tort, EU Law, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, and Land Law. These form the core modules of your LLB as a Qualifying Law Degree. Additionally you will choose from a wide range of optional modules to enable you to study specialist areas of legal practice.

The course further integrates work placements within the programme and extra-curricular to the programme. You will benefit from a vibrant clinical legal education initiative that places law students with professional legal bodies and practitioners in order to combine hands-on work experience with the formal requirements of legal academic education. They will support you in developing specialist skills such as mooting and mediation and you will have the opportunity to take part in formal mooting and mediation competitions nationally and internationally. Our LLB graduates are experienced and skilled in the practicalities of everyday professional practice, indispensable for both the legal and non-legal graduate workplace.

Course highlights

  • You will study the core law modules that meet the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (solicitors) and the Bar Standards Board (barristers) for the first (or ‘academic’) stage of professional legal education and training
  • Your course is taught across three campuses, in London, Mauritius and Dubai, with the option of transferring for one (or more) year of study to one of our overseas campuses
  • You will integrate applied work-based and skills-based modules that allow you to prepare practically as well as academically for a successful career, both within and outside of the legal professions
  • You will study a range of specialist optional modules that will allow you to hone your interests with a view to professional practice or further research and engagement
  • Our outstanding academic reputation places our students at the heart of legal research and innovation. You will be guided by an academic team of nationally and internationally-recognised experts in their chosen fields of law, with links to professional legal bodies and organisations at the local, national and international levels
  • As a student of this course you will receive a free electronic textbook for every module

What will you study on the LLB Law?

In Year 1, you will study English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law. In Year 2 you will study Criminal Law, Tort, EU Law plus one optional module. In Year 3 you will study Land Law, and Equity and Trusts plus two optional modules (if part-time, these modules will be studied over 4 or 6 years).

You will develop your knowledge and understanding, and cognitive and practical skills, through lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed study using a variety of resources, including the library and e-learning.

What will you gain?

Alongside developing a thorough grounding in the core areas of English law, you will gain the legal skills and academic abilities to embark on the next stage of professional training, with our graduates regularly pursuing the next step of vocational training as a solicitor or barrister. A law degree is also an excellent platform for entering related professions and many of our graduates have successful careers outside of the law, in business, commerce, the public sector, and many other areas.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of primary sources of law such as case law, legislation and other relevant material including examination of how the laws are made and developed, of the institutions within which the law is administered and the personnel who practise law. You will explore a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, and be provided with the requisite critical means to become practitioners, innovators and reformers of the legal system or other professional spheres.

Your cognitive and practical skills will also be expanded and you will gain the ability to identify accurately and analyse legal issues by applying knowledge of legal principles and concepts to complex practical situations, as well as make reasoned judgements based on informed understanding of arguments. You will be able to research and interpret the primary and secondary source material of law and apply the findings to the solution of legal problems, and then evaluate and judge the value of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to law and a range of legal topics.

You will gain confidence in undertaking independent research and identifying, retrieving, investigating and managing information from a range of academic sources, both paper and electronic, to produce up-to-date and relevant information. Finally, you will be able to use and apply correct and accurate legal terminology orally in moots and presentations and in writing.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • English Legal System (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you 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. You will 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. You will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.

    • Legal Method (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, you 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 you with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instil a basic understanding of a lawyer's duties toward their clients and the court.

    • Contract Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you 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 your competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, develop your legal research skills and recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Public Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State. You will gain an awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State and will consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 2

    • Criminal Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you 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. You 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. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Tort (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The 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. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • EU Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union (EU) and of the rules and principles governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU’s internal market. You will apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and develop your skills of information retrieval from a range of sources. 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. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 2 optional modules - choose one module from the following:

    • Consumers and the Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims 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. You 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.

    • 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. You 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, you will consider law’s relationship to questions of power, violence, ethics and justice.

    • UK and European Human Rights Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to explore human rights in an international, historical and comparative perspective. You will be introduced to the rationale for this body of law and to major themes in international human rights jurisprudence. 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 you with in depth analysis of the application of human rights to factual scenarios. The course is designed to maximise your career potential, providing 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 your knowledge of law and to become sensitive to other values and normative regimes.

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Ethics (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an opportunity to become familiar with the dispute resolution role of the lawyer and to acquire the skills relevant to that role. It will provide an opportunity for you to engage with key techniques, strategies, theories, values and cultural issues relating to the negotiation process, and will provide an understanding of the place of Alternative Dispute Resolution within the legal system. You will also have the opportunity to critically evaluate aspects of the theoretical basis for mediation as a means of dispute resolution and the place of mediation with the legal system. This module is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.

  • Year 3

    • Land Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The module will build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Your ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with your personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Equity and Trusts (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon your 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. You will develop your critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, and your ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law. You will analyse practical problems accurately and debate issues at a high level of understanding. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose two modules from the following:

    • UK Company Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing companies and other business organisations in the United Kingdom. Comparisons are drawn between the laws underpinning the various business organisations/relationships and their different purposes are evaluated. A framework of basic principles of company law is provided, with some detail of how these principles are worked out in practice. The module will further aim to perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; to enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and to enable you to bring this together with previously learned legal principles.

    • Public International Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to give you the knowledge and understanding on the principles of public international law. You will be extend your ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. This might include debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment, or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes.

    • Child and Family Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the principles of Child and Family Law in order to enable you to extend your 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 the sphere of the family with regard to issues of privacy, autonomy and welfare. Having taken this module, you 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 will provide the knowledge and understanding of employment law and aims to deepens your appreciation of how legal principles encountered in other law modules can be applied to these areas. A critical appreciation of employment law will be encouraged and you will be enabled to place the subject in the context of both your working and non-working lives. Upon successful completion of this module, you will have an understanding of the role of law in regulating the employment relationship and stopping discrimination.

    • Immigration, Nationality And Asylum Law in the UK (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide 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 you to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the inter-relationship of the various legal mechanisms.

    • Medical Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to examine the relationship between medical law and ethics and the role of the law in defining the doctor/patient relationship. You 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.

    • Evidence (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to engage you 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 you to subject the law of criminal and civil evidence to critical examination and will thus contribute to the shaping of your own value system. It builds on your 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.

    • Advanced Mooting and Advocacy (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, advocacy and litigation. It includes a taught element with a concentration on the drafting of documents and written submissions. The majority of the course is devoted to guided student participation in moot court exercises and internal/external competition(s) which will involve as appropriate domestic, European, Human Rights or international law. You will be assessed on the basis of written and/or oral submissions and such other assessments. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.

    • Work Based Internship (120 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your employability skills by achieving the set of agreed learning outcomes in the Three Way Negotiated Learning Agreement and other skills learned in placement. This practical experience module provides the means to link academic work with the 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It is envisaged you will reflect upon areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop personal knowledge through a review of your learning. The placement learning experience provides the opportunity to enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, self-reliance and co-operation. It operates as an extra placement year and requires permission from the Programme Leader before registration.

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      Placements provide an opportunity for you to apply, consolidate and develop skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to the responsibilities of the placement and future employment. You will be assisted to find an appropriate placement with an organisation relevant to your studies where you will develop and apply critical and reflective capabilities in an employment context.

    • 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 you, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the LLB Law support your career?

As a Qualifying Law Degree, the LLB (Honours) Law satisfies the requirements set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board for the academic stage of training. Upon successful completion of the LLB, you may pursue the second (or ‘vocational’) stage of professional training via the Legal Practice Course (solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (barristers).

There are many sectors where a law degree is highly desired, including business (Human Resources, Tax and Insurance), charity, management,administration, the Civil Service, education and government. You might choose to pursue a career as a Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Executive, Paralegal, or in a community advisory role.

You could also choose to continue into further study on courses such as the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or master's programmes in law as well as related subjects.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. 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.

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).

Dr David Keane
Associate Professor of Law, Programme Leader

Dr Keane's current teaching is in International Human Rights Law (LLB, BA Law and LLM); Child and Family Law (LLB and BA Law); and Minority Rights and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (LLM). Dr Keane's research is in international human rights law, with a particular focus on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Professor Joshua Castellino
Professor of Law, Dean of the School of Law and the Business School

Professor Castellino has authored and edited eight books in international law and human rights law, and a range of journal articles and other outputs. He regularly engages with multilateral organizations and with Law Societies and NGOs in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, and is on the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Professor Laurent Pech
Professor of European Law, Head of the Law and Politics Department, Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law (2014-17)

Professor Pech is the author of two books and more than seventy scholarly publications, on such subjects as the rule of law in the EU, the scope of application of European human rights standards or freedom of expression in comparative law.

Dr Susan Pascoe
Associate Professor of Law, Director of Programmes for Law

After achieving First Class Honours in her LLB degree at University College London, Dr Pascoe qualified as a solicitor and undertook work in a wide range of areas including conveyancing, matrimonial work, probate and litigation; she still maintains her name on the roll of solicitors. Dr Pascoe subsequently completed a PhD at King's College London and has a range of publications in property and conveyancing law.

  • 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.

  • Jane-Bridgette Gathinji

    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 learnt 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.

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