Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move. It’s a great asset for many other careers as well as the first step in a legal career.
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)
- Specially designed interactive online learning materials
- Provides the first academic stage of training for solicitors and barristers in England and Wales
- Provides an understanding of the role and place of law in today’s society
- Provides study of the foundations of legal knowledge
In this graduate entry version of our law degree:
- You’ll enter the course directly at Stage 2, provided that you meet the entry requirements, and begin your studies with two 60-credit modules covering contract and tort law and public and criminal law.
- In Stage 3, you’ll study a 60-credit module with a focus on equity, trusts and land law, plus a 30-credit module covering European law. You’ll complete your degree by choosing one from three 30-credit options.
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) (graduate-entry) 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.
To study this qualification, you need to have completed a bachelor degree (ordinary or honors), a Masters degree, or a PhD, from a recognized UK or overseas university. If you meet this entry requirement, please complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) graduate entry application form.
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.
Studying law opens up many career options, whether in law or law-related fields. Legal careers include 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.
- 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.
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Last updated January 19, 2018