University of Essex Law
University of Essex Law
LLB Law (Including Year Abroad)Full-time
Telephone 01206 873666
About the course
We teach the law that matters. We are ‘freer, more daring and more experimental’ than a traditional law school, so your legal education is relevant and responsive to the needs of a changing society. Our approach is global in outlook, based on justice, and engaged with real-world problems.
Our LLB Law provides you with a rigorous academic training in the discipline of law. We enable you to develop an approach to the discipline so that you can see each subject area as part of an integrated whole. We emphasise an awareness of the place of the law of England and Wales in its European and international frameworks.
You develop a critical awareness of the nature of law within its social, political and economic contexts. Not only will you learn legal rules, but you will also consider the function of law in society, the philosophy of law, policy issues and law reform. You learn to consider, evaluate and respond to alternative and, possibly, conflicting points of view.
You cover all the key areas of law, as well as a wide range of optional topics including:
- Investigating miscarriages of justice
- Music law and intellectual property law
- How judges are involved in the law
- Human rights
- The use of evidence
At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings  for law.
Our law course allows you to develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encourage you to think independently and teach you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing.
“The School of Law was excellent and the lecturers were all experts in their own areas of research, who made the course interesting, amusing and applicable to real life. Since graduating I have completed an accelerated LPC (Legal Practice Course) and began a training contract with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Without my degree, this would not have been possible and I think that, without the exceptional lecturers and incredible opportunities at Essex, I would not be where I am today.”
Catherine Dunmore, LLB Law, 2010
This qualifying law degree provides you with the knowledge and skills for a career in law, covering the academic stage of training for the legal profession in England and Wales.
This means that you can proceed to the Bar Professional Training Course (to become a barrister) or the Legal Practice Course (to become a solicitor), or make the next steps to a common law bar in Canada and other jurisdictions.
All our LLB courses are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation authority and the Bar Standards Board.
Your education extends beyond our University campus. We support you extending your education by offering you an additional year at no extra cost (2017 entry).
The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend your third year studying abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.
Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.
We have exchange partners across Europe, in the United States, Canada and Australia.
When you arrive at Essex, you can decide whether you would like to combine your course with a placement year. You will be responsible for finding your placement, but with support and guidance provided by both your department and our Employability and Careers Centre.
Our expert staff
Our internationally diverse community of staff and students gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law and justice around the world.
This community, combined with opportunities to study abroad during your time with us, ensures you graduate with a genuine worldview and a network of international contacts.
- Volunteer at the Essex Law Clinic where you can work alongside practicing solicitors to offer legal advice to clients
- Gain commercial awareness at our Business and Legal Advice Clinic
- Work on key human rights projects at our Human Rights Clinic
- Participate in mooting competitions to develop your skills
- Test your mediation and negotiation skills in our Client Interviewing Competition
- Join our Model United Nations society, which can improve your skills of argumentation, oral presentation and research
- Network at our student-run Law Society, Human Rights Society, and Bar Society, which provides legal advice to the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA)
- Our Essex Street Law project is one of the first of its kind and is the primary pro-bono project provided by our Law Society
- Peer mentors guide you through your first year
- Take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms
At Essex we don’t just prepare you for the legal profession. We stimulate your desire to pursue justice and equip you with the skills and knowledge to become an agent for change, whatever career path you choose.
From the start of your course, we challenge you to think deeply, broadly and strategically about career paths. Over the first two years, alongside law subjects, you will take a career management module designed to help you identify personal strengths and goals, understand what employers (both within and outside law) are looking for and enhance your employability profile.
We also hold an annual law fair, attended by law firms and vocational qualification providers. Our graduates pursue careers in the law and in a wide range of other sectors including business and commerce, accountancy, insurance, banking, central and local government, academia, teaching, social work and the police force.
Our mantra is: be realistically ambitious. This involves understanding yourself and the rapidly changing and increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. Throughout your time at Essex, advisors in our Employability and Careers Centre, working closely with colleagues in our School, are available to help you formulate your career plan.