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LLB (Hons) Law (Senior Status)

A radical and innovative approach to the academic study of law

Year of entry: 2023/24

UCAS code

M101

Institution code

Y50

Length

2 years full-time

Typical offer

2:1 undergraduate honours degree (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2023(semester dates)

Department

York Law School

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£21,950 per year

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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.

Applications for this course are closed to Home applicants for 2022/23. Applications for 2023/24 will open in September.

Our distinctive degree combines academic rigour with applied, practical and interdisciplinary 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 programme allows 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 lectures, seminars and extracurricular activities including The Student Law Society and projects such as the Global Day of Action. The Baroness Hale Legal Clinic provides free legal advice to people and business, helping students gain practical experiences within the friendly and supportive surroundings of our purpose-built law school.

Professional Qualification

This degree meets requirements that can enable you to progress to the next stages of professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales. In addition, it may also contribute to the entry requirements of qualification in other jurisdictions. For more detail, see the Careers area.

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Course content

Our distinctive course comprises core modules and a wide choice of options. The core modules include a series of Foundations modules, which cover the core areas of English law and academic skills as defined by professional bodies. There are also core legal skills modules through which you will develop key skills applied by professionals in practice.

Our range of option modules allow you to develop an individual learning pathway to reflect your career interests. If you are considering practising law, you can select from modules which simulate a number of areas of legal practice, as well as our law clinic module. If your interests lie in academic or interdisciplinary perspectives on law, you can choose modules which focus on the nature of specific areas of law in society.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

The Year 1 core modules 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.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

Core modules

Option modules

You will also study either two option modules or a Dissertation or Independent Learning Project. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch. 

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

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 [Knowledge and research/basic PSRB knowledge requirements].
  • 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 [Problem-solving/PBL].
  • 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 [Critical and creative].
  • 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 [Clinical].
  • 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 [Articulate].
  • 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 [Awareness].
  • 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 [Independent and interpersonal].
  • 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 [Reflective].

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £21,950

UK (home) or international fees?

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home) fees may increase within the government fee cap in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International fees are subject to increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

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.

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.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

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 additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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.

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.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures5-6 hours per week
Seminars6-7 hours per week

These figures are representative of a typical week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

York Law School has a dedicated Problem Based Learning Suite and mock up court room for our students. You can use these during your contact hours and for independent studying. 

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.

About our campus

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 feedback on coursework tasks and your general contribution in PBL and Skills sessions. This does not count towards your final module grades.
  • Summative assessment includes coursework tasks, individual learning portfolios and reflective analysis, and formal assessment of contribution in PBL and Skills sessions. Some modules have additional forms of assessment, such as presentations or drafting advice to clients. All summative assessments will count towards your final module grades.

You will complete and submit all assessments as an individual. Some assessments have, however, been specially designed to reflect the PBL learning process and so facilitate group work as part of the preparation.

None of the modules offered by York Law School currently include formal examinations as a form of assessment.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2
Written exams13%8%
Coursework80%85%
Practical exams7%7%

The figures above are based on data from 2017/18.

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 (in England and Wales), the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements are that you:

  • have a degree-level qualification or equivalent;
  • pass two solicitor qualification examinations – SQE1 and SQE2;
  • complete two years of qualifying work experience (QWE); and
  • meet character and suitability requirements.

Your LLB from YLS will fulfil the first requirement, and enable you to develop elements of the legal knowledge and skills assessed in SQE1 and SQE2.

If you wish to qualify as a barrister, the first stage of qualification is to meet the academic requirements of the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Your LLB from YLS includes the seven foundations of legal knowledge required by the BSB for the academic component of barrister training.

Qualifying as a lawyer in another jurisdiction

If you want to qualify as a lawyer in another jurisdiction your 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

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Negotiation
  • Project management
  • The ability to formulate an opinion based on a rounded view of an issue or problem

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Degree 2:1 or the equivalent class of honours degree from an overseas higher education institution, in any subject. For graduates of Canadian universities, the requirement is a B+ degree or higher.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 185, with a minimum of 185 in Writing and 176 in all other components
Duolingo 130, minimum 130 in Production and 120 in all other components
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C / Grade 4
LanguageCert SELT C1 with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert International ESOL C1 Expert with a minimum score of 25/50 in each component
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 67, with a minimum of 67 in Writing and 61 in all other components
TOEFL 96 overall, with a minimum of 24 in Writing and 23 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Distinction in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

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

Self-assessment

Our problem-based learning approach is very different to other law schools, so it's important to discover whether or not it's right for you. If we're thinking of making you an offer, we'll ask you to complete an online self-assessment. This will help you understand what life is like as a law student at York, and decide if you want to move forward with your application.

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