Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

The Open University

Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move. If you want to practice law professionally, a law degree is the first step – but it’s also a great asset for many other careers.

The OU’s Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB) is the most popular qualification of its kind in the UK. By the end of your studies, you’ll have the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law, together with skills of legal analysis and methods; and you’ll be well prepared for further study or career development.

Key features of the course

  • Recognised by the legal profession as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) in England and Wales
  • Covers the seven ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ as required for a QLD
  • Provides the first academic stage of training for solicitors and barristers in England and Wales

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with an introductory law module followed by a module that builds your knowledge of the concepts of law, lawmaking and legal skills.
  • At Stage 2, you’ll study two modules covering contract and tort law, and public and criminal law.
  • Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study a module with a focus on equity, trusts and land law, plus a module covering European Union law. You’ll complete your degree by choosing one from a choice of three options.

Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and producing diagrams or screenshots
  • finding external/third party material online.

All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will, therefore, need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.

Learning outcomes, teaching, and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media, and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

Please note that whilst it is possible to study An introduction to law (W101) and Law concepts and perspectives (W102) at the same time, students who complete W101 before W102 will have acquired the legal knowledge, understanding of legal terminology and legal study skills needed for the successful study of W102. If you choose to study the modules together, you may, therefore, find the study of W102 more challenging initially.

Studying the two modules together is the equivalent of full-time study and you will need to be able to study for up to 35 hours each week. Also, there may be some occasions when the face to face tutorials on W101 and W102 conflict by being on the same date.

Skills for career development

This degree course will give you the chance to develop yourself beyond the boundaries of your normal work environment, giving you skills and knowledge that you can readily put into practice on a daily basis in a wide range of professional contexts. It develops specialist legal and transferable skills, including:

  • an in-depth knowledge of the foundation subjects of law and of the legal system of England and Wales
  • an ability to apply legal principles to resolve issues
  • an ability to present and make a reasoned choice between different opinions and solutions
  • an ability to read and discuss complex and technical legal materials
  • competence in the use of basic IT, databases, and websites
  • thinking critically about your own learning and performance and taking steps to improve them.

Career relevance

Studying law opens up many career options, whether in law or law-related fields, including solicitor, barrister, legal executive and paralegal. Solicitors and barristers usually work in private practice, in central or local government, commerce, industry, the armed forces or in professional bodies.

Solicitors and barristers in England and Wales need to complete three stages of training:

  • Academic – a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)
  • Vocational – a Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors. If you successfully complete our QLD, The University of Law will guarantee you a place on its LPC (with the exception of the Accelerated LPC) – you need to take up this place within seven years of graduation. Alternatively the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.
  • Professional – a training contract for solicitors or ‘pupillage’ for barristers.

Other relevant jobs include Citizens Advice Bureau caseworker, Crown Prosecution Service caseworker, magistrates’ court legal adviser, court reporter or administrator, licensed conveyancer, patent attorney, trademark agent, teacher, or lecturer in law.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
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