We will equip you with an understanding of the legal systems, rules and practices that govern and regulate society and our commercial and social relationships. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in analysis, legal reasoning, evaluation and advocacy. As a qualifying law degree, this course is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as meeting the academic requirements of your legal training, and completion will enable you to undertake further study in order to become a solicitor or barrister.
This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertises lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.
Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review is examining the education and training routes into the legal profession and the qualifications and assessments to be undertaken and passed in order to become a solicitor or barrister. The outcome of the review includes proposals to remove existing routes and establish new ones.
The review outcomes are still being finalised. In the meantime, the LLB programmes and the GDL offered by Leeds Law School continue to comply with the regulatory requirements currently in force for the academic stage of legal training for qualification as a barrister or a solicitor.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) have issued a common protocol for guidance. This can be found by visiting the SRA website.
We have strong connections with local, regional and national law firms, so you will network with potential employers through guest lectures and have the opportunity to be mentored by an industry expert. You can take part in competitions to sharpen your legal skills in mooting, negotiation, mediation, debating, interviewing and advising. This will help you develop your personal and employability skills and provide further opportunities to engage with legal professionals.
Our guest lecture series, featuring leading figures from the legal profession, will enhance your learning. The lectures will be available digitally, so you can access them even if you are unable to attend on campus. Past speakers have included politician and human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti and Catherine Dixon, the chief executive of The Law Society.
We have an active Student Law Society which organises social as well as networking and career-focused events. We also have a popular Street Law Society where our students go out to local schools and communities to deliver presentations on legal topics.
Our dedicated employability and placements office will support you and provide you with access to a wide range of vacancies from local, national and international employers. Pre-placement guidance and seminars are available on topics such as CV and letter writing, how to succeed at interview, assessment centres and psychometric tests.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
GCSES:GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Our commitment to help every student succeed:
Leeds Beckett University is committed to ensuring that every student with the potential to succeed at our University is able to do so regardless of their background. For this reason, we operate a contextual admissions policy, which means we take into account a range of additional factors when we assess a student’s application. Applicants who meet at least one of our contextual admissions criteria will be offered a place on this course with lower (predicted or achieved) UCAS Tariff Points than our published tariff (above).
Our contextual admissions criteria are:
- Home postcode is in an area where few people go to University (POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 area. This can be checked on the Office for Students website)
- Declared disability on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part-time applicants)
- Over the age of 21 on the 1st of September before the course starts
- Declared as a care leaver on the UCAS application form (or direct application for part-time applicants)
Our place as an anchor institution:
Leeds Beckett University is in the top 10 universities nationwide for being representative of our local community. To further strengthen our position as a key provider of education and training for West Yorkshire we apply an Anchor Institution Policy in our admissions process. Students who apply to us from any of the five Local Authority areas in West Yorkshire (BD, HD, HX, LS, WF) will be offered a place on this course with lower (predicted or achieved) UCAS Tariff Points.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable.
All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example, we accept some Functional Skills Tests.
Our graduates have gone on to qualify as solicitors and barristers, or they have forged careers in the police, in local and national government and in business and finance. This course is a qualifying law degree, recognised by the legal profession’s regulators, and successful completion will allow you to progress to the professional stages of training to become a lawyer. Your next stage of training could include our Legal Practice Course, or you could go on to study the Professional Diploma in Legal Executive Practice if you have not already undertaken the CILEx modules in your third year. Visit www.cilex.org.uk for more information. Other postgraduate study options include our LLM International Business Law, MRes and MPhil. We also offer opportunities to study for a PhD.
- Trainee Solicitor
- Legal Secretary
- Legal Executive
- Legal Assistant
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.
Fees & funding
UK & EU
The tuition fee for the year for students is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
The tuition fee for the year for students is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be charged a reduced fee of £1385.
Leeds Law School is located in Portland, close to the city's legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.
Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.
Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, e-journals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.
About the School
Studying at Leeds Beckett University you will be in the centre of an exhilarating community and be part of a social and economic environment that is shaping the city of Leeds for the future.