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  • Academic Title
    Graduate Entry LLB
  • Course description
    The graduate entry LLB programme is a two-year, full-time programme taken over the normal University terms. It is designed to provide both a general knowledge of central areas of law and to allow special interests to be developed. Students follow modules in the 7 'core' legal subjects which are found in most undergraduate law programmes. In addition, second year students choose four subjects from a range of options.

    The academic work and examinations are of first degree standard. Some teaching sessions are organised jointly with the School's 3 year undergraduate LLB degree. Lectures and tutorials together occupy between 10 and 14 hours a week.

    Assessment is based on written examinations held at the end of each academic year and on coursework undertaken during the year. Successful candidates are awarded a classified LLB honours degree based on the results of both the first and second years.

    A degree of at least lower second class standard is required to satisfy the academic stage requirements for admission to the Bar Vocational Course (intending barristers) or Legal Practice Course (intending solicitors).

    General Description

        * An international student body
        * Access links to LPC courses
        * Competitive course fees
        * Friendly and supportive atmosphere
        * Assessment by coursework and examinations
        * Broad range of optional subjects
        * Mooting and debating programmes
        * Careers advice from tutors
        * Full University Careers Service

    The graduate entry LLB programme is a senior status law degree. It is a two-year, full-time programme taken over the normal University terms designed to provide both a general knowledge of central areas of law and to allow special interests to be developed. Students follow modules in the 7 'core' legal subjects which are found in most undergraduate law programmes. In addition, second year students choose four subjects from a range of options.

    The applicants for this course must hold a university degree. Since it is an LLB degree, the academic work and assessments are of first degree standard. Students on the course are taught as a separate cohort in the core subjects and together with Year 3 LLB students in the elective modules. Lectures and tutorials together occupy about 10 weeks per week.

    Assessment is based on written examinations held at the end of each academic year and on coursework undertaken during the year. Successful candidates are awarded a classified LLB honours degree based on the results of both the first and second years.

    A degree of at least lower second class standard is required to satisfy the academic stage requirements for admission to the Bar Vocational Course (intending barristers) or Legal Practice Course (intending solicitors).

    This programme fulfils the academic stage requirements of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. If you wish to qualify as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales after graduation you will need to complete the Bar Vocational Course and pupillage as a trainee barrister, or the Legal Practice Course and a training contract as a trainee solicitor.

    Bar Vocational and Legal Practice Courses


    Students wishing to qualify to practise must, after completing the LLB degree, undertake either a Bar Vocational Course (barristers) or a Legal Practice Course (solicitors). The City Law School offers both of these courses. Our LPC carries the top quality ratings from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. (The Bar Council does not rate BVC courses in the same way.)

    Graduates of The City Law School's academic programmes can be guaranteed places on the School's Legal Practice Course (subject to attaining the minimum grades required). Although the Bar Council does not allow provider institutions to guarantee places on the Bar Vocational Course, progression on to the School's BVC is encouraged.

    Programme Outline

    Year 1

        * Constitutional and Administrative Law
        * Contract Law
        * Criminal Law
        * Tort Law
        * English Legal System: by directed study

    Year 2

        * Equity and Trusts
        * European Community Law
        * Land Law

    In addition, students take three courses from the list of electives. This list varies from year to year but currently includes:

        * Domestic and International Banking Law
        * Business Organisations and Company Law
        * Commercial Law
        * Competition Law
        * Constitutional Law of the USA
        * Dissertation
        * Employment Law
        * Environmental Law
        * European Human Rights Law
        * Issues in International Human Rights Law
        * Intellectual Property
        * Public International Law
        * Law of Landlord and Tenant

    Electives, syllabuses, course structure and teaching arrangements may vary from year to year.

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