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About the course

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.

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.

Placement year Professional accreditation Foundation year available Specialist facilities January start available Further studies

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.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those beginning their legal career who aspire to become a solicitor or barrister, and incorporates a Qualifying Law Degree. The course will also appeal to those looking to increase their knowledge of the law to pursue a career in business.

 

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry M100
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) M102
  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year M111
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year M1Q3
  • 4 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year (Jan start) S3NC

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year M201
  • 4 Years Standard Entry M200
  • 5 Years Law & Criminology Foundation Year (Jan start) M203
  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) M204
  • 5 Years Language Foundation Year M205
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 placement year fees are:
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,545

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • Entry to year one of the course is available through the Law and Criminology Foundation Year.

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.


100%

of students have been able to access general IT resources when needed

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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 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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

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

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

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

Year three

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

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Key figures

20%

Written exams

70%

Assessment by coursework

10%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Dr Benjamin Andoh academic profile Benjamin Andoh Senior Lecturer View profile
Nick Curwen academic profile Nick Curwen Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Wing academic profile Mark Wing Senior Lecturer View profile
April Stroud academic profile April Stroud Principal Lecturer View profile
Phil Jones academic profile Phil Jones Lecturer View profile
Jane Pearson academic profile Jane Pearson Lecturer View profile
Daniel Reed academic profile Daniel Reed Lecturer View profile
Brenda Short academic profile Brenda Short 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

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

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

Students develop critical thinking and communication skills by presenting in our mock courtroom/mooting room and students can learn a range of transferable skills including presentation, communication and negotiation.

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.

80%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

65%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • Southampton Solent University is a modern, really good university with an amazing LLB course which will help you gain the necessary skills for a career as a lawyer. It has good teachers, great subjects, really well equipped facilities and most of all an interest to both its staff and its students.

    Dimitra Angelopoulou, student

  • Southampton Solent has been a great university for studying law, it has offered me great academic opportunities along the way. It wouldn’t be the same without lecturers that put so much effort to make this experience one of the best in your life.

    Ewelina Plichta, LLB 2016 graduate

  • The law lecturers at Solent are fantastic – they are full of help and guidance. I was advised to apply for a position as a magistrate and for work experience in a local commercial law firm – I’m now a sworn-in member of West Hampshire’s bench, have completed a work experience placement and have published legal articles.

    Rachel Pellatt, student and magistrate in the West Hampshire local justice area

  • Studying law has been fulfilling and I am now a very happy LLB graduate!

    Steph Esther Mekwuye, Graduate

  • I came through clearing and thanks to the lecturers at the University am now ending the first year with a high first class grade. For me, the best part about the law degree here is the standard of teaching the lecturers provide. The lecturers have experience in industry, so they know the importance of teaching us in a way that reflects this and go above and beyond what they need to in giving us extra support and advice.

    Sebastian Graves-Read, student

Industry links

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.

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.

Graduate stories

Rebecca's story

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

I graduated with first class honours from Southampton Solent University in 2016. I have recently secured my graduate job, 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 give 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 whilst studying at Solent was by the far the best I have experienced whilst 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 which 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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