University of Hertfordshire Law

By | 14th June 2017

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University of Hertfordshire Law

University of Hertfordshire Law

Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad

About the course

Now based on the modern de Havilland Campus, supported by a £10m facility in the state-of-the-art Law Court Building, our LLB Law Programme complements our range of LLB courses offered in the School of Law, Criminology and Political Science.

If you choose to fully engage with our wide range of accredited co-curricular activities, such as mooting, debating, mock trials and trial advocacy, we can also provide you with the opportunity of achieving either a Certificate (on completion of 30 credits) or Diploma (on completion of 60 credits) in Professional Practice, of which the credits can be obtained by undertaking co-curricular throughout your degree.

Our statistics speak for themselves, with 96% of School of Law, Criminology and Political Science graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating*

* Data sourced from 2014/15 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

The largest single career choice made by law graduates is the legal profession, with around 30-40% choosing to follow this path each year. We support all of our students with bespoke legal careers advice to complement the extensive service provided by the University’s Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service.

All our degrees begin with a two-week induction that will cover everything you need to excel at your studies. The induction programme covers study skills, how to use the University Virtual Learning Environment, StudyNet, as well as hands on sessions on working with the leading practitioner and academic databases and resources. We will ensure you have all the legal resources you need at your fingertips, whether you choose to study on campus or remotely. The induction will also provide taster sessions on all the co-curricular activities on offer, will introduce you to the team support system, and provide you with social events to meet staff and make new friends.

Why choose this course?

Our professional 3-year LLB Programme is one of the most innovative law degrees in the country combining sector-leading teaching methods, substantial skills development and extensive contact time. All of which ensures that when you graduate you will be prepared for your career of choice.

With flexible study routes available, most students will opt for the three-year full time route, but we offer start dates in both September and January each year. If you prefer to study at a slower rate, you can choose our six-year part time study route. Part-time students will only be recruited to the daytime course. There will be no provision of evening or weekend classes on the part-time programme.

National Student Survey results demonstrate high levels of student satisfaction with our LLB: in each of the last 3 years we have secured a score of 90% or greater, consistently placing us in the top-quartile of law schools in the country.

Entry requirements…

2017 entry 

UCAS are introducing a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years

112 UCAS points

IB – 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Professional Accreditations

The LLB (Hons) Law is a qualifying degree, recognised by the Bar Standards Board (for barristers) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (for solicitors) for the purpose of exemption from the academic stage of their professional examinations. The course is also accredited by the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP). This course is ideal for students who have ambitions to work in commercial practice areas, either in the UK or internationally, as a lawyer, or in a business or corporate environment.

The LLB Programme has also received an Institutional Exemption from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx’s) level 6 qualifications. Students enrolled upon and successfully completing the LLB (including completion of the following modules: Land Law, Company Law and Litigation) will be eligible to apply for exemptions from the following CILEx qualifications:

  • CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice
  • CILEx Graduate Fast Track Diploma (CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice)

This means that upon graduation, you will be able to apply to CILEx to become a Graduate Member (for a fee). Graduate members will therefore not be required to undertake a Legal Practice Course or a Training Contract, and can instead enter the legal profession ahead of their peers. For further benefits of the CILEx membership please visit their website.

Masters of Law LLM

About the course

To this end, all our LLM Programmes are assessed on the basis of coursework alone. Candidates choose the times of working. There are no examinations to sit.

We offer a dynamic range of fourteen different taught modules and there are eight named pathways, which you can opt to study:

  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • E-Commerce Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • International Financial Law
  • Maritime Law

If you choose to study a named pathway then you will study two compulsory modules (one each semester) as well as two options (one each semester).There is also the option to study for a Joint Pathway, (where you study the two compulsory modules from the two named pathways) to give you a total of four modules of study. Or, you can study for a general LLM in Law, which allows you a completely free choice of four modules so that you can study areas of law of particular interest to you. Even more flexibility is built in to the programmes in that you can commence your studies in either September (Semester A) or January (Semester B) of each year.

Semester C: Dissertation or Internship?

As well as taking the four taught modules you are also required to complete a 15,000 word dissertation (this counts as two modules) on a topic related to your chosen pathway. The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to carry out assisted research in area of interest to you. The assistance comes in the form of supervision by an expert member of staff and by regular research methods and skills sessions. The dissertation is submitted by mid-September in your final year.

However, our innovative and professionally facing ethos led to the validation of the Internship Module option to run in Semester C alongside the traditional dissertation.

Students have the option of pursuing either the dissertation or the Internship module (the Internship module is subject to an application procedure). If you choose the Internship, it will provide you with the opportunity to work in a law firm and/or the legal department of a business for one or two days per week over a period of about three months. The internships are organised by the School of Law, Criminology and Political Science to ensure that all students will gain a genuine and invaluable insight into the legal working environment. Assessment is carried out by means of an oral presentation, a reflective diary and a portfolio (in all totalling 15,000 words on submission).

Why choose this course?

Our LLM Programmes are designed to appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of interests ranging from recent undergraduates who wish to acquire specialist knowledge before starting their careers to practising lawyers who seek to compliment their day to day work with further study. Such a wide range of people require programmes to have flexibility to fit into busy lives.

Entry requirements…

A first degree in Law (or a subject in a related discipline, such as Business, Political Science or International Relations) at a minimum of 2:2. Or, an overseas qualification which is equivalent to a UK Honours degree, minimum 2:2 classification.

You must also satisfy the University’s English language requirement for the course, which is a GCSE grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or IELTS at 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Professional Accreditations

This Programme is validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for Continuing Professional Development purposes.