Law LLB

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

The School offers a vibrant, friendly and supportive academic community where students transform an interest in law into a lifelong passion. The School offers various options for undergraduate study, the 'LLB Law' (3 years full-time), the 'LLB Law with Professional Placement' (4 years sandwich) as well as the specialist 'LLB Law with Criminal Justice' and 'LLB Law with International Arbitration & Commercial Law' courses.

We teach law as a single subject for students to gain a solid and grounded foundation in law, resulting in confident graduates ready to meet the challenges of further study or professional life. The Brunel LLB law degree features core modules satisfying the requirements of the Law Society and the Bar Council. Final year students can tailor their degree by specialising in areas of law they wish to explore and gain a deeper understanding of.

Students on the 'LLB Law with Professional Placement' will spend a up to one year working in industry, gaining valuable experience that may count towards the period of professional training required by the Law Society for solicitors' training. We are one of only a few UK law schools that offer this opportunity as a part of the degree programme, and students work closely throughout their time at Brunel Law School, with the award winning 'Placement and Careers Centre' (PCC). Students on the four-year placement programme graduate with a degree from a highly respected law school and an excellent CV.

Brunel Law School invests heavily in supporting students in the development of their professional and business skills, and in partnership with the PCC, offers all LLB Law students with an essential foundation in 'Legal Skills and Method' in year 1. Students are also offered a range of master classes, workshops and training opportunities throughout each academic year.

Aims

The Brunel LLB provides students with an opportunity to earn a qualifying law degree and develop a dynamic perspective of English law.

Students are encouraged to get involved in activities that will foster the development of social and professional skills by joining the mooting, debating and the Pro Bono centre, and by participating in international study visits and professional development short courses. Our Brunel Law Reading Group and Brunel Law Film societies, much enjoyed by our students, are fantastic ways to explore facets of law in a different context. These extra-curricular opportunities challenge students to take a fresh and contemporary view of law and think outside the box when faced with new concepts.

Throughout their years of study, students are required to confront contemporary, real-world legal challenges and to develop skills of analysis and critical thinking. The School prides itself on developing students for professional life and we challenge our students to cultivate the skills required to succeed in 21st century legal practices. 

Our students are drawn into the front lines of legal scholarship and have opportunities to further their knowledge by participating in conferences, seminars and workshops hosted by one of eight research groups in our Law Research Society.

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Course Content

All students take a core set of modules. At Level 3 you will take a number of law options and you will also study a particular area of law in depth for your major final year project.

Typical Modules

Level 1 Core

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • The Civil Justice System
  • Public Law in Context
  • Legal Skills and Methods

Level 2 Core

  • European Union Law
  • Land Law
  • Tort Law
  • Trusts

Level 3 Core

  • Dissertation

Level 3 Options

The following are examples of other modules that may be available. These can change from year to year and there is no guarantee that an option will run in any particular year. Students need to take four options.

  • Banking Law
  • Children and the Law
  • Company Law
  • Competition Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminology
  • Employment Law
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Sales Law & Arbitration (with participation in international moot)
  • International Minority Rights
  • Jurisprudence
  • Sentencing and Penology
  • Taxation of Income

See module descriptions.

Special Features

  • The degree gives you full exemption from Part 1 of the Professional Examinations for the Law Society and Bar Council.

  • The Law School’s Research Centres offer a forum for the Brunel Law School community to enhance and promote their work through seminars, workshops and collaborative projects and to develop and strengthen external links and networks in the legal sphere. The research groups’ activities contribute to the enhancement of teaching and supervision on related undergraduate and postgraduate modules and programmes. This is a qualifying law degree, an approved qualification that contains training in the seven foundations of legal knowledge (specified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board). The degree is one of the requirements needed to practise law.

  • Ongoing support from the University’s award winning 'Placement and Careers Centre' (PCC) through a series of workshops, mock interviews, CV preparation and career development support throughout the programme. The PCC also help students find part-time and voluntary work.

  • The School offers students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular and professional development activities.

  • The School has excellent links with a wide range of criminal law practitioners, experienced solicitors and barristers. It benefits from a close working relationship with dynamic law firms and the Inns of Court.

  • The teaching of writing and legal research skills is embedded in the Brunel curriculum, especially the Legal Skills and Method module at level 1.

Research groups include: 

Facts and Figures

Brunel Law School

For over 45 years students from throughout the UK and over 100 countries have made Brunel Law School their first choice for its outstanding reputation as a respected London law school.

Brunel law students have amongst the highest graduate employment rates in the country (84%) and we have excellent links with industry. Our students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities available to enhance their employability. Brunel University is proud of our award-winning Placement and Career Centre and Academic Skills, acknowledged as amongst the best in the country, and who work closely with our students to ensure that they are prepared for a legal career

Brunel Law School offers exceptional student support. We are one of the few UK law schools with a dedicated skills tutor who runs workshops designed to meet the needs of law students in the areas of essay writing, critical thinking, analysis and examination, presentations and time management among other subjects. International students can take advantage of free in-sessional English language classes.

The Law School is an exciting place to study with many extra-curricular opportunities to provide an undergraduate experience that is as outstanding as you want to make it. We believe that education should not only include developing competency in a subject, but opportunities to create a well-rounded life and cultivate interests that will last a lifetime. Our lively Union of Brunel Students is home to the Guild of Societies, offering many activities to keep you engaged, including an active student law society.

Teaching and Learning

Expert teaching staff

Although Brunel Law School is research driven and had outstanding results in the 2008 RAE, students are at the heart of everything we do.

Through their research, your lecturers are constantly extending the frontiers of domestic and international legal scholarship. They address contemporary issues such as prisoner's rights, child-to-parent abuse, EU-refugee migration issues, human rights in anti-terrorism legislation, consumer's rights, international trade and intellectual property and much more. Our students are the first beneficiaries of the work of their academics.

How will I be taught?

Lectures are formal presentations by staff which last an hour, covering general principles and explaining difficult concepts. Handouts, giving references, further reading and summaries of points covered, are usually provided.

Seminars are smaller groups of 15 students, meeting for an hour to discuss particular problems and topics with a tutor. In each subject, there is usually a fortnightly seminar, for which you are expected to prepare in advance.

Private study is much more important at university than in sixth form or college. Learning to use your time to the best effect is an important part of your university career.

One-to-one supervision will be available for your final year dissertation. In addition, at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.

Legal Skills: Brunel Law School offers exceptional opportunities for the development of legal skills. We are one of the few UK law schools with a dedicated skills tutor who runs weekly essay clinics, designed to meet the needs of law students in the areas of essay writing, critical thinking, analysis and examination, presentations and time management among other subjects. International students can take advantage of free in-sessional English language classes as well. At Level 1 students take the 'Legal Skills & Method' study block, which introduces them to fundamental legal skills indispensable to successfully progressing through the programme and succeeding in the legal professions (eg legal reasoning and legal argumentation, legal writing as well as research, analysis and interpretation of sources of law), and which helps students acquire relevant career skills. Students taking this study block are introduced to generic skills in term I (eg how to write a bibliography, how to use electronic databases for legal research, how to write academically), then throughout term II they apply them in practice, in the context of moots, debating, role-playing, case comments etc., using examples from the level I foundation modules (Criminal Law, Public Law, Contract Law).

Learning by participating in extra-curricular activities: We believe that education should not only include developing competency in a subject, but opportunities to create a well-rounded life and cultivate interests that will last a lifetime. Union of Brunel Students is one of the best in the country (National Students Survey 2011-12), offering many activities to keep students engaged. The student law society is very active, organising study visits, career events, student mentoring, debating, sports and other social gatherings. They are also heavily involved in the extra-curricular activities organised by the School such as mooting.

Assessment

We expect you not just to convince yourself that you have understood legal principles, but also to be able to convince your fellow students, your teachers and, perhaps most importantly, your potential employers.

At Levels 1 and 2, all courses are assessed by essay and examination. At Level 3, all courses except the major project are assessed by essay and examination.

Essays are designed to help you learn and practice skills in legal analysis and expression.

Employability

84% of our graduates are in employment or further study. While most students study law with a view to progress into the legal profession, some students opt to study law as a first degree as a foundation for careers in the corporate world, government or international relations-related professions. Graduates can take advantage of the professional exemptions available with a Brunel Law Degree, and train to become barristers or solicitors.

The LLB Law programmes at Brunel offers a unique module in first year, called ‘Legal Skills and Methods’, which provides the foundation for students to start building their employability and legal skills in preparation for finding employment in law, building CVs, and developing confidence in our students when they enter the workplace.

Regular career events for law students are offered by the University's award-wining Placement and Career Centre and the School avidly supports the professional development of our students.

Careers

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

There are many opportunities available for Law graduates but the majority of Brunel students choose to pursue a legal career. Many professions welcome Law graduates and other options exist within the City, the financial sector and in business generally as well as community, housing and welfare. Other graduates use their degree as a route into careers where all disciplines are welcomed including recruitment, media, marketing and related occupations.

In 2011/12, six months after graduating:

  • 52.6% of graduates with a first degree were in employment
  • 28.1% were in full-time further study
  • 10.5% were combining work and study

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Opportunities for law graduates arise in a wide range of activities. You may take advantage of your professional exemptions and train to become a barrister or solicitor, but your degree could take you into careers other than law, including mediation, consultancy, industry, commerce, public administration, the social services, management and humanitarian aid.

Placements

Students opting for the 4-year sandwich degree will have the opportunity to carry out professional law placements. This will provide you with highly valued experience which allows you to sample different types of Law work before making a long-term career decision.

Most placements are with firms of solicitors, in the courts and the Crown Prosecution Service, and in the legal departments of commercial organisations, government departments and local councils.

The four-year route can also reduce the time required to become a solicitor after graduation, since the Law Society may credit your work experience against the solicitors' two year traineeship requirement.

The sandwich course also gives you valuable contacts for securing traineeships.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2014/15 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £13,000 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements for 2014 Entry

  • GCE A-level AAB – ABB. Typical offer AAB, excluding General Studies.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D* in Business or Public Services.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D in Business or Public Services subject with an A-Level at grade A.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Business or Public Services subject with A-Levels grade AA.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 35 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Law course with 45 credits at Level 3 Distinction and 15 credits at level 2.

GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSE’s.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country is not listed here please contact Admissions

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4) PBT
  • TOEFL Internet test: 92 IBT (R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Wednesday 02 July 2014