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LLB (Hons)

Interested in a challenging and rewarding career in law?

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Looking to get your legal career off to a great start? Southampton Solent University’s LLB has been designed to give graduates maximum flexibility when choosing their future progression. If you are hoping to become a solicitor or barrister, this course incorporates a Qualifying Law Degree and lays a professionally accredited foundation of knowledge – ideal preparation for the vocational training that you will be required to undertake after graduation. If you are instead hoping to move into the world of business, this course also aims to deliver the professional, analytical and commercial skills that employers are looking for. 

  • Southampton Solent’s LLB is a Qualifying Law Degree, allowing entry onto the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.
  • Optional units enable students to plan their own career path, including options in specialist subjects such as criminology, social law, civil process and commercial law.
  • Students develop critical thinking and communication skills by presenting in our mock courtroom/mooting room.
  • The experienced teaching team focus on small-group teaching, providing strong academic support with a personal focus.
  • Students can learn a range of transferable skills including presentation, communication and negotiation.
  • Southampton Solent University’s links with local industry has enabled past students to undertake work placements while studying.

The programme

The course’s professional accreditations ensure that it is providing high standards of education and training for future barristers and solicitors. These accreditations also act as a seal of approval from the industry, showing employers that the course meets the standards set by the industry itself.

As a qualifying law degree, this LLB programme also exempts students from the initial stages of solicitor or barrister training for both the Law Society of England and Wales, and the Bar Council. This can shorten future professional training requirements by as much as one year.

The University’s moot courtroom enables students to practice their legal skills and gain courtroom experience.

Southampton Solent University is a founding member of the Southampton City Law Network, which promotes the interests of local law students, teachers, lawyers, and other legal professionals. Connections made through this network have presented guest lectures for students, bringing the theory learnt in the classroom to life with real working examples.

Next steps

Think a career in the law and its related disciplines might be for you? With professional accreditations, small class sizes and an emphasis on real case studies, this three year degree programme will help prepare you for work or training in a range of legal disciplines.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) M102
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year M1Q3
  • 3 Years Standard entry M100
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year M111
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) S3NC

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) M204
  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year M205
  • 4 Years Standard entry M200
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year M201
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) M203

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:

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Core units:

  • Legal Systems and Methods
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Legal Research and Literacy Skills
  • Aspects of Law and Practice.

Year two:

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Core units:

  • Law of the European Union
  • Law of Tort
  • Administrative Law and Human Rights
  • Lawyers Working with Business

Options:

  • Commercial Law
    • Law of Intellectual Property
    • Employment Law
    • Aspects of International Law
    • Sports Law
  • Social Law
    • Medical Law
    • Family Law
  • Criminology
    • Criminology and the Criminal Justice Process
    • Criminology
    • Theory and Practice
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year three:

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Core units:

  • Qualifying Law Degree route
    • Equity and the Law of Trusts
    • Land Law
    • Dissertation
    • Civil Process and Remedies
  • Non-Qualifying Law Degree route
    • Interests in Land and Goods
    • Human Resource Management
    • Dissertation
    • Civil Process and Remedies

Options:

  • Commercial Law
    • Media Law
    • Equality Law
    • Company Law
    • Commercial Law
    • Commercial Crime
  • Social Law
    • Mental Health Law
    • Child Law
    • Law of Evidence
  • Criminology
    • Mischief and Miscarriage in the Criminal Justice Process
    • Policing and Social Control
    • Sentencing Law
  • Curriculum Plus.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars, group work and individual study. Students are clearly directed and supported.

Work experience and placements

While students are expected to find their own work placement for the year, you’ll be able to call on the support, advice and contacts of the course team.

Assessment
Written assignments, oral presentations, mooting, legal exercises, projects and examinations.

Our facilities

Our moot courtroom gives students a chance to practise their knowledge and legal skills in a mock courtroom setting.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) M102
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year M1Q3
  • 3 Years Standard entry M100
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year M111
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) S3NC

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) M204
  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year M205
  • 4 Years Standard entry M200
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year M201
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) M203

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

While the Solent LLB is by definition an ideal starting point for a career in law, the skills and knowledge you’ll develop over the course of the degree have tremendously broad appeal to employers.

With the ability to deal with complex information, present effective solutions through a range of media, and work effectively with minimum supervision both independently and within a team, you’ll be well placed for a wide range of roles across the commercial world and the public sector.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Licensed conveyancer
  • Chartered legal executive
  • Cost lawyer
  • Patent attorney
  • Trademark attorney.
  • Police service
  • Prison service
  • Customs and excise  
  • Trading standards
  • Environmental health
  • Commercial contracts and compliance.

Links with industry

As a law student, you’ll build contacts and insight through the Southampton City Law Network and South Hampshire Junior Lawyers. Set up by the University to promote the interests of local law students, law teachers, lawyers and other professionals, the network holds regular events and ensures students have access to the latest teaching and professional knowledge.

Guest speakers also present on the course, particularly when the law group holds an employability week. Speakers have included a managing partner from a firm of solicitors, a barrister in the Crown Prosecution Service, a deputy district judge, a magistrate and a police intelligence representative.

Transferable skills

Problem-solving, analysis, research, teamwork, presentation and communication skills are developed through mooting competitions and projects, along with broadly applicable business-facing skills.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Following graduation, many students proceed to the vocational stage of legal training, either the Legal Practice Course towards becoming a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course for those wishing to progress to a career as a barrister. A significant number of law students pursue careers in business, finance, compliance, the police service and paralegal work.


 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Placement (480 credit course)

Accreditations: This is a Qualifying Law Degree recognised by the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority and the Bar Standards Board allowing, on successful completion, entry onto the Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors, or the Bar Professional Training Course for intending barristers.

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Southampton Solent University wishes to make you aware of changes to legal education and training.

Further information on the study of law:

Professional regulators in the legal sector are currently conducting an extensive consultation about legal education and training. This includes review about the routes and qualifications to become a solicitor or barrister. Some of the considerations include changing or ending existing routes, or opening new ones. The current routes of a qualifying law degree or the GDL, and the BPTC to become a barrister will remain in place until summer 2017. The current route of a qualifying law degree or GDL and LPC will remain in place until summer 2018.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board will make announcements after their consultations and reviews during 2016. These decisions will then inform the different routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

Southampton Solent University expects to continue to meet the requirements set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, but this may involve requirement to modify the course to meet PSRB requirements.

For more information please visit:

https://www.sra.org.uk/home/home.page
https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) M102
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year M1Q3
  • 3 Years Standard entry M100
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year M111
  • 4 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) S3NC

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) M204
  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year M205
  • 4 Years Standard entry M200
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year M201
  • 5 Years Law and criminology foundation year (Jan start) M203