LLB (Bachelor of Laws) Manchester Metropolitan University
Law underpins our society. A law degree gives you a unique insight into everything, from the economy to the criminal justice system. And it gives you a huge range of skills that will last you throughout your career.
The LLB (Hons) is your passport to a rewarding future – whether you have ambitions to be a solicitor, barrister, academic researcher, or business person.
Discover your niche
We cover all the subjects you need to know; tort, contract, criminal law and property law – you’ll get a thorough grounding in the essentials.
And, thanks to our teaching team’s wide range of specialisms, from families to sports, we offer exciting optional units beyond the core curriculum. Interested in gender issues? We have one of the leading experts on trans rights, Professor Stephen Whittle OBE.
Practise your skills
Mooting is a key part of any legal education. Our mock courtroom is the perfect place to develop your confidence and fine-tune your performance. You’ll have classes and extra-curricular activities there, and you can even use them for your final year project.
Ready to test yourself in the real world? You can work with a qualified solicitor offering pro bono services to local people. You might join the Business Law Café offering advice to local SMEs, or maybe you’ll help someone with legal advice and support they wouldn’t normally be able to afford.
Features and benefits
- A modern law degree – our law degree has been redesigned to take account of the changes to legal education, training and practice and be fit for the 21st century. Take your first step on the path to becoming a solicitor or barrister or to working in related professional services or academia. Continue studying with us for a discount on your fees.
- Apply your knowledge – with supervised pro bono work you can help someone in need access the justice system, or advise a small business just starting out.
- Well-connected – we have links to leading law firms, chambers, and the wider professional sectors – including Eversheds, DWF, Deloitte, Browne Jacobson, Addleshaw Goddard and chambers across the Northern Circuit.
- Learn on the job – take an optional placement year to get work experience before you graduate. We have links with local law firms and large international businesses.
- New moot courtroom – we have invested in our facilities to offer an enhanced student experience. Our brand new, state-of-the-art moot courtroom offers students the ideal environment to improve their legal advocacy skills.
- Study abroad – with our connections across the world, you can spend a year experiencing a new culture at partner institutions around the world.
- Enhance your employability – through activities including internships, volunteering or learning a new language. With our award-winning ‘Rise at Manchester Met’ programme, you can gain extra academic credits towards your degree.
- Study with the experts – our teaching team are experienced professionals and renowned academics. They’ll inspire you to think about the law in new ways.
- A supportive community – we work closely with the student Law Society to ensure a full programme of employability and social activities, and student support initiatives
Core units cover everything you need to know to become a capable professional. Optional units let you tailor the course to your own interests or career goals.
For your third year, you’ll have a choice to make. You could carry on with the course, moving into your final year. Or you could take a year out to study abroad or go on placement. This is a great way to get some extra experience that might just give you an edge during your job hunt. The range of options is huge – from studying in Hong Kong to working with prisoners on death row.
During your final year, you’ll complete a major project. This could be anything from a dissertation to work in the community. It’s your chance to put your expertise to the test and show what you’re capable of.
Law Foundation Year
This course has a foundation year available.
Year 1 focuses on building up your legal knowledge and skills. You will develop a sound grasp of the English legal system and the skills needed to settle into academic life. You will also cover the areas of knowledge that are essential to understanding the law.
You will spend much of your time undertaking active learning in workshop groups, developing a sound grasp of the English legal system and the skills needed for your career. You will also benefit from considerable tutor contact time.
You will study four 30-credit core units. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
- Legal Systems and Professional Life
- Principles of Constitutional Law
- Principles of Contract Law
- Principles of Tort Law
In Year 2, you continue to cover core areas of the law, but you will also have a chance to choose optional units that match your interests and aspirations. You will start to reflect on your career preferences and prepare for the world of employment.
You will study six 15-credit core units. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
- Digital Skills For Lawyers
- Legal Professionalism And Ethics
- Criminal Law
- Land Law
- Critical Approaches (In Foundation Subjects)
- Eu Law In The Uk
In Year 3, you will have the chance to tailor the degree to your interests, choosing to study from a range of optional units that cover a broad spectrum of legal areas. You will also have the opportunity to work on a dissertation in an area of your choice.
You will study two 15-credit core units and a 30-credit project. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
- Professional Skills and Environment
- Preparing for Projects
As part of our full-time LLB degree, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a work placement year. It’s a chance to apply the academic knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom to a real, professional workplace while getting the industry experience that will show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work after you’ve graduated.
Our placements team will be ready to help, but it’s your responsibility to be proactive and apply for opportunities. And, because the placement jobs market is so competitive, we recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year, so you’re ready to start applying when your second year kicks off.
Instead of placement, you’ll have the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects.
Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.
Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.
A City of Opportunities
As one of the largest legal hubs outside of London, Manchester is continuing to expand its legal presence faster than most regional cities in the UK. Manchester houses law firms specialising in everything from corporate and commercial law to employment and family law. Additionally, Manchester has one of the UK’s largest law societies, dating back to 1838, which holds regular events and educational initiatives.
Program Tuition Fee
Throughout the course, you’ll hear from top legal minds. They’ll give you insight into the profession, as well as inspiration about areas you could work in.
We organise regular events where you can network with firms and chambers. You might even get the chance to learn from a professional mentor who will guide you as you begin your journey into the legal profession.
Of course, you’ll still have plenty of options if you decide a legal career isn’t the right path. We have graduates working at the UN, EU, NHS and Civil Service. Your skills will be useful in any sector, from finance and education to retail and local government.