LLB (Hons) Law (Senior Status) 2 Years

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M101 2:1 degree (See full entry requirements) 2 years full-time
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For 2017/18 entry onwards.

A two year LLB for graduates, featuring a radical and innovative new approach to the academic study of law. Learn to bring skills of analysis, reasoning and judgment to bear on topical questions with ethical, political and social dimensions, as well as on the legal aspects of ordinary, everyday interaction.

Course overview

A two year, graduate entry law degree

Our LLB Law (Senior Status) provides graduates of other disciplines with an opportunity to study for an LLB over two years.

Enjoy a distinctive, flexible learning experience

York Law School offers an innovative and distinctive programme of studies relevant to today's society. Our LLB degree mixes academic robustness with applied, practical and inter-disciplinary perspectives, ensuring you develop an understanding of law in all its contexts.

We have combined the foundations of English law with the opportunity to develop a range of practical legal skills, and explore the concepts of legal professionalism and ethics..

Develop the skills for a successful career

Our LLB is taught mainly through problem based learning. This method will develop your skills of analysis, reasoning and judgement as you work on topical questions with ethical, political and social dimensions. Through it you will also develop communication and project management skills which will enhance your effectiveness in the world of work.

Become part of our vibrant community

Studying the LLB at York Law School will involve you in our vibrant community. You'll find we are a friendly, highly approachable team, committed to providing you with a very high quality learning experience. Our expert tutors and academic staff are highly rated for their teaching and you will find the School a dynamic and very supportive environment for study.


Course content

What you'll study

Our three learning streams

A key way we deliver our distinctive programme is through our three learning streams:

These streams reflect:

  • The core subjects which are needed to pass a Qualifying Law Degree*
  • The inter-disciplinary nature of law-related subjects
  • Advanced clinical subjects which incorporate higher level skills in a practical and applied context.

In offering a two year qualifying law degree*, the LLB (Senior Status) primarily comprises Foundation Stream 'Core subjects', whilst allowing you to develop your own interests through some choice from across the learning streams.

Year One

  • Compulsory modules covering 'Core subjects' from across the Foundation Stream (such as Criminal law, Property law and Contract)
  • Professionalism & Ethics
  • Legal Skills

Year Two

  • Further Compulsory modules covering 'Core subjects' from across the Foundation Stream
  • Advanced Legal Skills
  • Choice of Two Options from the Law & Society and Clinical Streams

*Please note that the Solicitors Regulation Authority is proposing changes to the system of qualification in England and Wales. These may affect the status of 'Qualifying Law Degrees' for all Law Schools. Whether any changes are to take place is not yet confirmed.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct;
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work;
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts;
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.


How you'll be taught

Modern teaching

York Law School uses a practical mix of modern teaching and learning experiences which integrate rigorous academic, applied, practical and inter-disciplinary perspectives, ensuring you develop a deep understanding of law in all its contexts.

Problem based learning

We make extensive use of problem based learning (PBL) which will involve you in a student law firm through which you will work on simulated, real-life, law problems brought to you by virtual clients. You will learn to identify the legal principles involved in the problem, the known facts, and the facts that need to be ascertained, and through this process unravel the legal and contextual issues that lie at the heart of the problem, which will typically involve more than one area of law.

Your active role in PBL

You and your colleagues will decide how your firm will operate and how work should be divided within it. Collaborating in this way will requires you to build relationships with the other members of your firm and work in a team to tackle the problems in a realistic way.

In many situations you will have to interact with other student firms, sometimes working alongside them, sometimes working in opposition.


Additional learning resources

PBL is our core teaching method but you will also learn through a range of other resources including: plenary lectures, written subject guides, and a variety of relevant material in our virtual learning environment.


How you'll be assessed

York Law School uses two main forms of assessment, formative and summative.

  • Formative assessment provides ongoing feedback about your performance both within problem-based learning sessions and as a result of your private study.
  • Summative assessment is comprised of formal examinations and skills-based tasks you will cover through coursework.

Our examinations (and assessments generally) are sat as individual students. They have, however, been specially designed to reflect the PBL learning process and so facilitate group work as a means of preparation.

In addition, many modules, including all Foundation Stream modules, will assess student performance using coursework, including focused essays and more general reflective assignments.


Careers and employability

The programme at YLS will prepare you to pursue a variety of legally-related careers.

A degree that helps you to be work-ready

Studying for a degree at YLS will involve you in a significant amount of collaborative work. Through this approach you will not only gain the necessary skills to become a legal professional but will also develop skills which are highly valued in any profession. These include; communication and presentation skills, analytical and problem solving skills, project management, and the ability to negotiate and formulate an opinion based on a rounded view of an issue or problem.

Qualifying as a solicitor or a barrister

If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or a barrister (in England and Wales) your Qualifying Law Degree* from YLS is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority as fulfilling the academic stage of training.

Many of our graduates build careers as solicitors or barristers undertaking the LPC or BPTC. 

International Qualifications as a lawyer

English Qualifying Law Degrees* are recognised in a number of international jurisdictions as satisfying certain requirements for qualification as a lawyer. Students interested in qualifying in a particular jurisdiction should make enquiries of the relevant authorities in that jurisdiction as to the current position on recognition.

Our pioneering Careers & Development Programme

Created through collaboration with leading local, national and international firms and key vocational providers, our pioneering Careers and Development programme will help to ensure you are ready to pursue your chosen career path. 

The programme consists of a series of activities which run alongside the academic component of the LL.B. These activities include professional skills workshops, personal development, mentoring schemes and link days, all of which are designed to develop your professional, personal and practical skills and to provide real world legal experience.

Established professional links

YLS has established a wide range of professional links and partnering arrangements. Through these you benefit from 'real world' lawyers as part of the teaching team and gain access to practical, work-based learning opportunities that can help you to prepare for your career.

Undertaking further study or research

Our thriving research environment offers a number of postgraduate study opportunities. We have two taught postgraduate programmes and welcome proposals for MPhil and PhD study. As an LLB student here you can prepare for further study, and experience working with academic colleagues, through our research internship programme.


*Please note that the Solicitors Regulation Authority is proposing changes to the system of qualification in England and Wales. These may affect the status of 'Qualifying Law Degrees' for all Law Schools. Whether any changes are to take place is not yet confirmed.


How to apply

All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We have an undergraduate admissions tutor who is happy to answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to visit York on one of the university Open and Visit Days throughout the year, which will provide you with an opportunity to visit the Department and talk to staff about the courses and your interests.

Selection procedure

Our selection procedure is structured to identify students who have the right skills and outlook to benefit from and engage critically with the distinctive blend of different teaching and learning styles at York Law School. Selection is a two-stage process, involving scrutiny of all UCAS forms, followed by interviews with shortlisted applicants.


The interview is a formal, structured process, which uses questions to explore and assess attributes and competencies which cannot be properly assessed from a written application, and which identify students who are best suited and likeliest to thrive in the unique learning environment we offer.

Decisions are made based on the following criteria:

  • Academic ability, judged by prior or predicted academic performance
  • Evidence of motivation and reasons for wanting to study law
  • Evidence of an understanding of contemporary issues relating to law, the legal system and the legal profession
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Evidence of conscientiousness, self-motivation and responsibility, and an appropriate level of maturity
  • An aptitude for rigorous, independent thought, and clarity of reasoning.

Interviews for overseas applicants can be carried out using Skype or similar forms of communication.

YLS Interview Guide (MS Word  , 39kb)

Entry requirements

Other qualifications

Our expectation is a minimum 2.1 degree from a UK higher education institution or the equivalent class of degree from an overseas higher education institution, in any subject.

For graduates of Canadian universities, the requirement is a B+ degree or higher.


English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 for Writing and a minimum of 6.5 for Speaking, Listening and Reading. (Note that this requirement is higher than for the 3 year LLB degree, to ensure that students will be capable of working at the necessary pace and progression required for the 2 year programme.)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 64, with a minimum of 61 for Writing and a minimum of 59 in each other component

  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 186, with 180 in Writing and 176 in each other component

  • TOEFL: 96 overall, with a minimum of 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing

  • Trinity ISE III: Distinction in all components

  • GCSE/O level English Language (as a first language): grade C

For full and up to date information about our accepted tests and English language requirements, please see

Any questions?

Ask us on one of our pre-application University Open Days, or contact our admissions tutor:

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