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About the course

Solent University’s LLB has been designed to give graduates maximum flexibility when choosing their future progression. The course complies with Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements for graduate entry and Bar Standards Board requirements for a qualifying law degree and is designed to prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) giving you a recognised base of legal and professional knowledge that can make you the ideal choice for a wide range of legal and corporate roles.

LLB (Hons) Law ranked number 2 in the UK for student satisfaction, with 97% overall satisfaction, and ranked number 1 for academic support. (National Student Survey 2020)

Taught by experts with strong links to the legal profession, the course gives you plenty of opportunities for practical experience and to develop your own professional network. The course team’s practical expertise and open-door policy ensure you will be well supported academically – while the university’s dedicated support services offer plenty of help with any other aspects of student life.

And as a founding member of Southampton City Law Network, we offer a programme of workshops and guest lectures from visiting professionals – as well as events, work experience opportunities, and chances to explore the legal profession and decide which career path to follow.

You will have access to specialist facilities, too – from the University’s moot courtroom, which enables you to practice your legal skills in a realistic environment, to an extensive library of legal journals, case law and online materials.

But the LLB offers training for other avenues of legal practice as well, delivering a range of professional and transferrable skills tailored to the corporate and business world. The modules incorporate both theory and practice – enabling you to understand legal processes and the fast-changing legal environment. You will be encouraged not only to develop habits of lifelong learning, but also to develop the professional awareness and personal attributes to effectively continue your development as a professional long after you graduate.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

A law degree that builds towards the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new pathway to qualification, the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination.

What does this course lead to?

A law degree provides a wide variety of transferable skills relevant to both legal practice and other areas. Following graduation, many students go on to train as a solicitor or barrister, while others pursue careers as legal executives, company secretaries or licensed conveyancers, or in areas such as business, property management and marketing, taxation, legal and financial compliance, local and central government, the police service, or paralegal work. 

Who is this course for?

Solent’s LLB degree is ideally suited to students looking to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister and also to those seeking a career in other legal and business professional environments, from commerce to the civil service.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:

An optional trip to Strasbourg/Brussels, at a cost of approximately £250 (2019 prices), is open to all years.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Entry to year one of the course is available through the Business and Law Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Professional Practice 1
    Lay the groundwork for your studies with this essential introduction to law and the legal system – covering the nature of law, sources and institutions, and fundamental legal skills.
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation and Procedure 
    Develop your knowledge of civil and criminal disputes, from alternative dispute resolution through the practice and procedure of formal litigation – covering everything from disclosure and costs to criminal sentencing and appeals.
  • Criminal Law and Practice
    Explore substantive law on a range of offences and defences; study key concepts and issues in criminal law, apply them in hypothetical scenarios, and learn to critically evaluate them.
  • Constitutional, Administrative and EU Law
    Develop your analytical skills and your understanding of public law, examining the basic principles of the UK and EU constitutions, and of the relationship between EU law and national law.
  • Contract Law and Practice
    Develop insight into the law and procedure relating to contractual obligations, from forming or ending a contract to assessing validity and remedying breaches – laying strong foundations for a career in commercial law.
  • Tort and Dispute Resolution
    Explore civil wrongs, investigate the procedures for bringing an action, and discover the interaction of legal, social and economic factors on this exciting mix of common law and statutory law.

Year two

Core modules
  • Professional Practice 2
    A practical introduction to case management and the financial impacts of case resolution – building essential awareness of foundational tax laws, wills, probate and inheritance for a solicitor in private practice.
  • Company and Commercial Law and Practice 
    Investigate how businesses and commerce operate within both external and internal legal frameworks, from structures of business organisations, corporate governance and dispute resolution to principles of taxation and professional ethics.  
  • Equity and Trusts: Law and Practice 
    Get to grips with trust law and practices. Learn about the different types of trusts, the powers of trustees, beneficiary rights, tax liability reductions, anti-money laundering legislation and more.
  • Landlord and Tenant and Planning Law
    Property law covers everything from rent reviews or terms of lease to planning. Learn about lease agreement conditions, breaches, subletting and resale, and explore the complexities of permitted development and planning enforcement.
  • Legal and Criminological Theory
    What is the purpose of law? How does criminology help? Explore why the law is the way it is, develop your theoretical understanding, and discuss concepts such as fairness, morality, punishment and rights.

Options:

  • Employment Law
    Explore the changing landscape of employment law in the millennial age, from environmental and technological factors to equality and flexible working – and better negotiate your own rights in the workplace.
  • Intellectual Property Law
    Investigate the law around creative activity, and how it incentivises and rewards social and technological progress. Explore the main areas of intellectual property – Copyright, Trade Marks and Patents – and enhance your commercial awareness.
  • Placement Year
    Put your new skills and knowledge into practice with a practical placement year. Identify business and social workplace issues, propose and deploy effective solutions, and enhance your employability with valuable real-world experience.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Developing Independent Learning
    Develop and demonstrate your independent learning through a work-placement exercise report or traditional dissertation. Research and produce a written analysis that is professionally presented, articulately and logically argued, and supported by research.
  • Land Law and Practice
    Dive into the legal and practical aspects of land law. Learn about land registration and the various interests in and over land, as well as co-ownership, the conveyancing process, and more.
  • Employability
    Develop professional and transferable skills for future employment, along with essential commercial awareness. Learn to carry out due diligence, research the work environment, and ensure you’re well prepared for that all important interview.

Options:

  • Medical Law and Practice 
    Explore the interaction of the law, ethics and medicine. Appreciate the legal contexts in which medical practices operate. Learn the duties and responsibilities of medical personnel, and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Family Law and Practice 
    Investigate the laws on relationships, from marriage to cohabitation, and consider how the law views such personal relations. Analyse the forming – and ending – of legal relations, and how the law benefits the individuals.
  • International Law and Human Rights
    What is a state, and what are the limits of their legal powers? Explore how the law in England is affected by international concerns, with specific focus on obligations such as human rights. 
  • Entertainment and Media Law
    How are music, sport and culture provided for, and regulated by, the legal system? See how the law covering contracts, torts and human rights, among others, actually operates to maintain business and individual interests.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Carolyn Potts academic profile Carolyn Potts Senior Lecturer View profile
Kevin Rogers academic profile Kevin Rogers Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Jamil Jubrail academic profile Jamil Jubrail Senior Lecturer View profile
April Stroud academic profile April Stroud Principal Lecturer View profile
Daniel Reed academic profile Daniel Reed Lecturer View profile
Rebecca Maina academic profile Rebecca Maina Lecturer View profile
Brenda Short academic profile Brenda Short Associate Lecturer View profile
Bradley Kershaw academic profile Bradley Kershaw Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Moot Court Room – this mock courtroom allows students to practice their courtroom and debating skills in a real-world environment.

Students also have access to a dedicated law collection in our Mountbatten Library, plus on- and off-campus access to a broad range of subscriber law databases, including major collections from Westlaw, Lexis Library and i-Law – providing access to law reports, legislative material, and academic journals.

A law degree that meets the requirement of the Bar Standards Board to go on to further training for the Bar.

Your future

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.

Industry links

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.

Through the law network, students have the chance to gain paid and unpaid work experience from local employers such as E3 Consulting and Lawdit Solicitors, and many law firms have Solent LLB alumni as trainee and fully qualified solicitors, company secretaries, trademark attorneys, legal executives, licensed conveyancers and paralegals.

The network also provides regular guest lectures from industry professionals, bringing the theory learnt in the classroom to life with real working examples. Recent speakers include the Deputy Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Department for UN Peacekeeping; solicitors and trainees from Blake Morgan Solicitors, and Bramsdon and Childs Solicitors; solicitors and company secretaries from AGEAS; solicitors, trainees and the managing partner of Lawdit; the director of E3 Consulting; and more.

Placements

An optional placement year is available between the second and third year (levels five and six) of the course. While students are expected to find their own placement, you will be advised and supported by staff as to how to go about this – and any new opportunities that come about through staff contacts will be shared with students.

Graduate stories

Rebecca's story

Rebecca Burt - Planning and Environmental Enforcement Officer at East Sussex County Council

I graduated with first class honours from Solent University in 2016 and am now working as a planning and environmental enforcement officer at East Sussex County Council. In my role I am responsible for acting upon alleged breaches of planning control, collecting evidence to make a case file for prosecution, attending appeals, Magistrates Court and Crown Court, and giving evidence where appropriate. I am also responsible for attending scenes of reported environmental offences, securing and retrieving evidence and photographing the scene to carry out enquiries.

The LLB focuses on applying the law to everyday real life scenarios. Such skills were essential for the job I applied for and undoubtedly won me the role.

The support I received while studying at Solent was by the far the best I have experienced while in education. The lecturers are always on hand to help and advise no matter how big or small the issue, as well as constantly providing excellent careers advice. It was their commitment and enthusiasm that gave me the confidence to achieve. There are not many law schools where each lecturer knows almost every student on a first name basis! This certainly was useful when it came to getting an accurate and true reference for my new job.

Southampton has been a great city to live and study in and would definitely recommend it. Solent’s campuses being in the heart of the city is not only practical but creates a great atmosphere and buzz, as there is always something going on and somewhere new to go.

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