3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAA/A*AB/A*A*C (full entry requirements)
September 2019 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2018/19)
£17,120 per year (2019/20)
Learn to use skills of analysis, reasoning and judgement to tackle topical questions with ethical, political and social dimensions, as well as on the legal aspects of ordinary, everyday interaction.
Our distinctive LLB 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.
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.
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
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.
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Our distinctive course is delivered through our three learning streams:
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.
There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some of the many opportunities you'll find here at the University:
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.
Foundation stream modules:
Subjects covered in the Foundation Stream include:
You will also study the following modules:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
In your second year, you'll study further compulsory modules covering 'core subjects' from across the Foundation Stream, being:
You will also study:
You will be able to choose one option module 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:
In your final year, you will study one or two ‘Advanced PBL’ modules covering 'core subjects' from across the Foundation Stream.
You will have a choice of either taking one further ‘Advanced PBL’ module and two options from the Law & Society and Clinical Streams, or three options. An example of an Advanced PBL Case Study module is Corporate Commercial.
You'll also complete a Dissertation (extended research project) during your final year.
Examples of option modules may include:
Law & Society
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
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.
The Department was equal fifth in the Times Higher Education's rankings of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment results and had the highest overall proportion of research designated as internationally excellent or world-leading.
The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.
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.
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.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs:
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
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.
Our LLB is taught mainly through problem-based learning. This method will develop your skills of analysis, reasoning and judgement. 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.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures and seminars||252 hours||240 hours||132 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2017/18.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This 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.
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.
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.
York Law School uses two main forms of assessment, formative and summative.
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
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2017/18.
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.
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.
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:
Typical offer is AAA/A*AB/A*A*C at A Level. We do not prefer any specific subject choices at A Level, and include all subjects in our standard offer.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||39 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 6 awarded Merit or higher. Please note that all Access Diploma and Foundation Degree applications are considered in light of all academic achievement.|
|BTEC||BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDD.|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, D3|
|International Baccalaureate||36 Points|
|Irish leaving Certificate||H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H3|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AAAAA at Higher level and AA at Advanced Higher level.|
Canadian OSSD: 85% in six Grade 12 U or M level courses.
British Columbia High School Diploma: 85% in 5 Grade 12 courses.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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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