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LLB (Hons) Law (Senior Status)

A radical and innovative new approach to the academic study of law

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

M100

Institution code

Y50

Length

2 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

2:1 degree in any subject (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

Department

York Law School

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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

Our distinctive degree combines academic rigour with applied, practical and inter-disciplinary perspectives, ensuring you develop an understanding of law in all its contexts.

We are the only law school in the UK to use a problem-based learning approach as the basis for our undergraduate programmes. We believe this modern, practical method will help you to develop the skills and techniques you will need to stand out as a professional. Our three learning streams allow you to choose a pathway based on your interests, while fitting closely together to form an integrated and comprehensive course.

We want you to feel a part of our vibrant community from day one. Our highly approachable, expert tutors are committed to providing you with high-quality teaching, feedback and support. Staff and students work alongside each other in the friendly and supportive surroundings of our purpose-built law school.

Accreditation

This degree is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)*, accredited by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority.

*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 and when any such changes will take place is not yet certain.

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I love the Law course that York offers - it's more practical than a traditional law degree. It's structured around problem-based learning, which means applying a textbook definition of the law to real life scenarios and problems. The skills required and built upon during the course fit perfectly with my strengths and my style of learning.
Jasmine, LLB Law

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Problem-based learning

A key feature of our course is problem-based learning - a modern, dynamic learning method that ensures you experience and understand law in its practical, social and theoretical contexts.

Find out more about problem-based learning

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Course content

Our distinctive course is delivered through our three learning streams:

  • The Foundation Stream (the core subjects which are needed to pass a Qualifying Law Degree*)
  • The Law & Society Stream (the inter-disciplinary nature of law-related subjects)
  • The Clinical Stream (advanced clinical subjects which incorporate higher level skills in a practical and applied context)

The streams fit closely together, while allowing you to choose a pathway to reflect your career interests. If you are thinking of practising law, you can select modules mainly from the Clinical Stream. If your interests lie in the academic or interdisciplinary perspectives on law, you can choose more modules from the Law & Society Stream.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some of the many opportunities you'll find here at the University:

Year 1

In your first year, you will study compulsory modules covering 'core subjects' from across the Foundation Stream.

This stream will provide you with an understanding of the traditional core subjects integrated with a number of key legal skills and a range of critical and socio-legal perspectives on the law.

Subjects covered in the Foundation Stream include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Property Law (Including Land Law and Equity & Trusts)
  • Private Law of Obligations (Contract, Tort, Restitution and Remedies)
  • European Law
  • Public Law (including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Human Rights)

You will also study:

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In your second year, you'll study further compulsory modules covering 'core subjects' from across the Foundation Stream.

You will also study:

You will be able to choose two option modules from either the Clinical or Law and Society stream.

The Law & Society stream is made up of compulsory and optional modules which focus on law in its social, cultural and theoretical contexts. It builds upon the substantive knowledge and skills acquired during the Foundation Stream in order to develop a deeper, critical understanding of the relevant rules and principles of law in certain areas.

Examples of these modules may include:

The Clinical Stream concentrates on the accumulation of more specialised legal knowledge and the application of law and legal skills within a practical and applied context. You will be involved in realistic, complex and multi-faceted problems and be introduced to specialised areas of technical legal knowledge, including processes and skills needed for professional work.

Examples of these modules may include:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental principles and theories of English and EU law, and plan efficient and effective research strategies to identify, evaluate and apply relevant legal rules, principles, facts and theories to a broad range of integrated legal and practical issues.
  • Apply and adapt problem-solving skills developed through problem-based learning - analysing facts, parties’ interests and objectives, and identifying legal and practical issues - to deal confidently, creatively and in a structured manner with new and unfamiliar problems.
  • Develop well-reasoned, critical and creative arguments, theories and solutions to legal issues and problems, with the capacity to draw on these to produce original responses in a range of media to topics in chosen areas of specialisation and interest.
  • Holistically integrate and adapt well-developed legal, academic and interpersonal skills when engaging with clients, peers, and other professionals; which could include skills in interviewing, researching, problem-solving, advising, negotiating, communicating, planning, case analysis and advocacy. 
  • Communicate confidently and effectively, both verbally and in writing in a range of formats; presenting well-reasoned academic arguments and opinions, supported by evidence; providing structured, reasoned, practical legal advice; all adapted to intended recipients and audiences, whether academic, public, professional or clients. 
  • Draw upon a broad awareness of perspectives and interests in their work, capable of taking into account ethical, social, political, professional, commercial, financial, international, policy, human rights, ethnic, gender and client interest considerations when evaluating propositions and dealing with problems. 
  • Work efficiently and effectively, both independently and as part of a team, drawing upon personal and interpersonal skills and attitudes developed as part of a student law firm.
  • Record, reflect on and evaluate individual strengths, weaknesses and progress in personal learning and professional development, to then be able to identify and set future learning requirements and career goals to further improve individual knowledge and skills.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
£16,620

Additional costs

Although students may decide to purchase some textbooks or other resources, we have an extensive physical and electronic library, so that there is no requirement to do so.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs:

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Leading research

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, we were ranked joint first for the excellence of our research. Nearly half of our research was classed as 'world-leading'.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

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, social and practical dimensions. Through this approach you will also develop communication and project management skills that will enhance your effectiveness in the world of work.

You will be part of a student law firm during your studies. Within your firm you can decide how you want to operate and and so work in collaboration most effectively. Your firm may be working alongside or in opposition to other firms. You will build relationships with your firm and work in a team to approach these problems in a realistic way.

Your firm will be faced with complex legal issues as part of each of your modules. You will learn to identify the key legal principles and establish what you know and what you need to ascertain in order to unravel the problem. Through the process, you will reflect on deeper social and theoretical issues, such as questions of justice, fairness and human rights. Tutor-facilitators will guide you through particular points and issues, helping you to gain the maximum possible from each study.

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You'll 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 spend your time

Year 1Year 2
Lectures and seminars240 hours
(20%)
216 hours
(18%)
Independent study960 hours
(80%)
984 hours
(82%)

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Independent study may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

York Law School is located on Campus East. Nearly all of your teaching will take place within the Law and Management building or nearby on Campus East.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

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. These assessments do not count towards your final grade.
  • Summative assessment is comprised of formal examinations and skills-based tasks you will cover through coursework. These assessments will count towards your final grade.

You will sit all examinations (and assignments generally) as an individual. 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 your performance using coursework, including focused essays and more general reflective assignment

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2
Written exams40%40%
Coursework57%60%
Practical exams3%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Students engaging in PBL

Careers and skills

Our pioneering Careers and Development programme will help to ensure you are ready to pursue your chosen career path. Created through collaboration with leading local, national and international firms and key vocational providers, the programme includes professional skills workshops, personal development, mentoring schemes and link days.

We also have a dedicated full-time Employability Tutor, who can give you advice on a wide range of matters, from CV and assessment centre techniques to general career planning.

We have 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.

Career opportunities

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.

Qualifying as a lawyer in another jurisdiction

If you want to qualify as a lawyer in another jurisdiction your Qualifying Law Degree* from YLS may be recognised as contributing to the entry requirements of the professional stage of legal training.

Undertaking further study or research

Our thriving research environment offers a number of postgraduate study opportunities. We have a number of 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.

Transferable skills

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
  • the ability to negotiate and formulate an opinion based on a rounded view of an issue or problem

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
Degree

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

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • GCSE/O level English Language (as a first language): grade C

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Interview

Part of our selection process involves a formal interview. The interview is designed to explore and assess attributes and competencies, such as your suitability for problem-based learning, from your written application. We want to identify students who are best suited to our unique learning environment, and so are likely to thrive here. If you want to find out more, you can read our interview guide.

As we interview, we do not require the LNAT to apply for our course.

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