3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAA/A*AB/A*A*C (full entry requirements)
September 2022(term dates)
£9,250 per year
£19,600 per year
Learn to use skills of analysis, reasoning and judgement to tackle topical questions with ethical, political and social dimensions, as well as the legal aspects of ordinary, everyday interaction.
Applications for this course are closed to Home applicants for 2022/23. Applications for 2023/24 will open in September.
Our distinctive LLB 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 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 lectures, seminars and extra curricular activities including The Student Law Society and projects such as the Global Day of Action. York Law School Legal Clinic and Small Business Legal Clinic provide free legal advice to people and business, helping students gain practical experiences within 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.
*The Solicitors Regulation Authority is making changes to the system of qualification in England and Wales. These may affect the status of 'Qualifying Law Degrees' for all Law Schools.
Here at York, our lecturers take it one step further. You won’t just receive lecture content, it’ll be given to you in a manner that constantly grabs your attention.Zainab, 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.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, York Law School had the joint highest proportion of ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ research and was ranked joint 5th in the UK by Times Higher Education.
We're proud to announce that we've been shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards.
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 opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
The Foundation 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:
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:
You'll study further modules covering core subjects from across the Foundation Stream.
You will choose one option module from either the Clinical or Law and Society stream.
The Law & Society stream focuses 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:
You'll undertake an extended research project on a topic of your choice. You'll be assigned a supervisor who'll support you through the process.
You'll study one or two Advanced PBL modules covering core subjects from across the Foundation Stream.
You'll have a choice of taking Advanced PBL modules and options from the Law and Society and Clinical Streams.
Examples of option modules may include:
Law & Society
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.
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 fees and funding figures below are for 2022/23 entry. If you take a placement year - for example a year abroad or a year in industry - you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year
|UK (home)||International and EU|
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
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.
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.
|Textbooks||Included in course fees||£0|
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.
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 additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
The Law course that York offers is more practical than a traditional Law degree. It is structured around problem based learning (PBL) modules, which apply the definition of the law to real life cases and issues.Yuqi, LLB Law
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.
Our LLB is taught mainly through problem-based learning. This method will develop your skills of analysis, reasoning and judgement. Through this approach you'll 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.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||6-7 hours per week|
|Seminars||6-7 hours per week|
These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities. Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
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.
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.
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.
|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 National Extended Diploma||D*DD|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, D3|
|European Baccalaureate||85% overall|
|International Baccalaureate||36 Points|
|International foundation programme||Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.|
|Other qualifications||Canadian Ontario Secondary School Diploma: Average of 85% in six Grade 12 U or M level courses. British Columbia High School Diploma: Average of 85% in four Grade 12 courses.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||We recognise the value of this qualification although it will not be included as a condition of entry. It may be taken into consideration when you receive your results.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|Duolingo||110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|LanguageCert International ESOL SELT||B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
For more information see our undergraduate 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.
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