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Lancaster University Law

Lancaster University Law

Law LLB Hons – 2018 Entry

Course Overview

This qualifying Law degree is taught by the world-leading, research-active academics based in our prestigious Law School. They will introduce you to technical legal topics and help you to understand the ways that law shapes society.

If you choose to do so, you can, from your second year, opt to specialise in one of our four pathways, after which you will be awarded a named degree:

  • International Law
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Commercial Law
  • Human Rights Law

The pathways enable you to pursue your own interests and specialise from an early point in your studies and the in-depth knowledge you’ll gain will help you stand out from the crowd when applying for graduate roles.

You will benefit from our strong links to Chambers, Law firms and related professions from across the UK, including magic circle firms from London. We host a judicial lecture series, alumni visits and lectures, and a Law Fair, which is your chance to meet lawyers (including trainees, associates and partners) and members of their recruitment teams. All of this helps you to make professional connections, learn more about their firms, and get a head start on your career in Law.

Our student-run Law Society provides you with a wide range of extracurricular activities including mooting and negotiation competitions (judged by barristers and members of the judiciary), a Law Ball, sporting fixtures, and a careers dinner. Each event is designed to help you build your peer and employer networks.

Practical experience is integral to this degree and you can take part in initiatives such as our newly-launched Law Clinic which gives you real-world experience providing free legal advice to members of the local community. Our Miscarriages of Justice Project gives you the chance to work on real criminal cases alongside practising lawyers as they support prisoners who maintain their innocence and have exhausted their appeal rights. Through the Street Law project you can gain experience in schools and organisations, advising and supporting them on specific areas of law.

If you would like to see how law impacts on countries around the world, you can opt for Study Abroad – extending your degree to four years and spending your third year with one of our highly-regarded partner universities in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia. If you wish to extend your range of experience, you can pursue a Placement Year option with paid experience working in business (taking your degree to four years). Alongside your studies you can also take up a volunteering opportunity with the Citizens Advice Bureau or Lancashire Constabulary’s Special Constables via Lancaster University’s Student Union.

Your Law degree can be the first step towards a career as a solicitor or barrister but Law graduates are also in demand beyond the legal profession. Roles you may consider include: legal recruitment consultant, chartered company secretary, compliance officer, investment banker, and many more. At Lancaster, you will develop the skills required to negotiate competently, work effectively in a team, speak in public and be confident when presenting information in a variety of formats – all are highly prized by employers. Many of our graduates choose further study (Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course, LLM and MSc programmes) or enrol in graduate training schemes with HMRC, the Civil Service, and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Entry Requirement

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

Access to HE Diploma 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via


Course Structure

Many of Lancaster’s degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

Year 1


Year 2



Year 3



Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections – Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies’ (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.


Your law degree can open doors to a wide range of careers within, and beyond, the legal sector. We carefully devise, structure and support our degree programmes to ensure that you are prepared for the next step towards a career of your choosing.

Throughout your time at Lancaster University Law School you will:

  • Develop excellent subject-specific knowledge
  • Enhance your range of transferable skills
  • Secure practical legal experience (through our Street Law, Miscarriages of Justice and Law Clinic projects)
  • Learn to quickly digest and analyse large amounts of information
  • Improve your ability to listen, read and write carefully, manage your time and work in a team
  • Improve your ability to speak in public, present confidently, and think on your feet.
  • Have the option to extend your range of experience through a Placement Year in business, or, on certain degrees, a Study Abroad year with a partner university overseas
  • Access a range of extra-curricular activities with the Law Society (including mooting competitions, a careers dinner and a Law Ball)
  • Build a network of peers and employers
  • Gain insight into future options through voluntary roles with the Citizens Advice Bureau or Lancashire Constabulary’s Special Constables, will provide invaluable insight into your future career options.
  • Be guided by a dedicated Careers Officer

All of this ensures that you have the best chance to stand out in a crowded employment marketplace.

Your Law degree can lead to a wide choice of rewarding jobs in the public, private and third sectors.

Roles in the legal profession include: Solicitor, Barrister, Paralegal, Legal Executive, Trademark or Patent Attorney, Legal Secretary.

Wider roles with an appreciation of, and a need for, legal understanding include: Legal Recruitment Consultant, Chartered Company Secretary, Compliance Officer, Investment Banker, and many more.

Many of our graduates also go on to Graduate Training Schemes or pursue opportunities with: Civil Service, Ministry of Justice, Probation Service, HM Courts and Tribunal Service, HMRC, Local Government and Trading Standards.

An undergraduate degree can also lead on to further study or academia.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.


We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2017 were:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £15,080


Lancaster University’s priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Scholarships recognising academic talent:

  • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study for full-time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students who achieve A*,A*,A in their A level examinations (or equivalent academic qualifications) and who place Lancaster as their firm choice. This is awarded regardless of household income.
  • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study for all UK students with household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve A level grades of A*,A, A in their A level examinations (or the equivalent academic qualifications). In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), who place Lancaster as their firm choice will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.

Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.

Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.

  •  An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

Bursaries for life, living and learning:

  • A Lancaster bursary of £1,000 for each year of study for all students from the UK with a household income of less than £42,600.

Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship                   and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.

Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.

For full details of the University’s financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.

Postgraduate Study

Lancaster University Law School offers a range of taught masters programmes in Law and Criminology, as well as supervised research covering a wide range of criminological, legal, jurisprudential and socio-legal issues in an exciting and challenging research environment.

Why study with us?

Taught Degrees

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Learn about our LLM, MA and MSc Programmes

LLM by Research

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Postgraduate law department students sitting around a table discussing research We offer PhD and MPhil programmes.

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How to Apply

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