Why study with us?
Our law degree is ranked within the top 15 law courses in the country*, is fully accredited by the Law Society and Joint Academic Stage Board and taught by enthusiastic tutors experienced in both academia and legal professional work.
Students are trained in client interviewing skills, team-based negotiation and mediation skills, with the opportunity to carry out interviews and negotiations with clients.
There is a strong emphasis on building up practical skills alongside the more detailed law modules and our groups are kept small so that we can get to know you and provide you with personal support.
A number of sessions are held for guidance in approaching employers and students are encouraged to undertake at least two work experiences with barristers, solicitors, legal executives or other relevant sectors in each academic year.
We have an in-house mooting society, providing the opportunity to put the study into practice through mock court proceedings. Through this, our students have been selected to represent the law department in a number of prestigious national competitions.
*Source: Guardian University Guide 2013
What can this course lead to?
Passing is the first step towards qualification as a practicing solicitor or barrister. However, you will gain other skills; how to argue and research a case, how to think analytically and objectively, how to make judgments and problem-solve - all highly valued in many areas of employment.
Some examples are law enforcement and court administration (police, social workers, probation officers, CPS caseworkers, trading standards, factory inspectors), public administration (central and local government, or the NHS), advisory work, HR, and education.
More specifically, for those who wish to pursue a career in legal practice, the LLB provides the necessary qualification for application to the Legal Practice Course and the Bar Vocational Course.
Resources and facilities
Support for our students lies at the heart of everything we do - it is a central focus of the design of the degree and the way we teach law, with the aim to provide higher education in a supportive environment in which all individuals can flourish.
Studying at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle, Fusehill Street, you will attend lectures, seminars, and workshops to help you to see how the law develops and is applied, for example through case studies and hypothetical scenarios.
Teaching rooms are equipped with computers and you have access to Blackboard, which contains a full range of electronic legal resources. There is also a dedicated law collection in our library.
Advice about law-related careers is built into the degree and all students have a guidance tutor throughout the year to discuss their learning and career aspirations. A personal development file is completed over the course of your studies and is used to record your achievements, reflect on learning and skills development and to develop career management skills and awareness. This is an integral part of the LLB.
Students in the first year will study Legal Institutions. You are introduced to the lawmaking process in England and Wales, the English legal system and the legal profession in this jurisdiction.
You will later be introduced to the Scottish, American and Sharia legal systems and learn about how the law is made in other jurisdictions. You will also undertake a small scale comparative project on an interesting comparison between English law and one of the three other jurisdictions.
Students in the second year will study Lawyer Skills. You will undertake a case from the first point of contacting a client and opening a case to settling. We use innovative technology to teach this and you'll have the opportunity to work with students from Criminology and Law and Film and Television Production. This is an excellent head start for students intending to undertake the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional and Training Course.
In the third year, students have the option of undertaking a four week law placement with a local law firm. This scheme has always been very popular amongst our students and incredibly successful as most secure future legal work, training contracts and para-legal positions.
The dissertation is an opportunity to explore a specific area of law that interests you and that perhaps is a chosen career-focus for specialism. Opportunity to undertake research in the third year through studying law options in Medical Law and Ethics, Family Law, Company Law, Intellectual Property Law, Media Law and Employment Law.
280 UCAS tariff points
Credit and UCAS requirements
- UCAS code: M100F
- UCAS points: 280
Entry requirements for this course: BBC at A-levels.
Other qualifications are welcomed and students are invited to discuss their grades, qualifications, and experiences with the admissions tutor.