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About the course

Looking to get your legal career off to a great start? Solent University’s LLB (Hons) 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.

Our law courses ranked 1st out of 101 other UK institutions for student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

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 (Hons) 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.

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.

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

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 Law & Criminology Foundation Year M111

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry M200
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year 
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,750

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 2020/21 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.


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Key entry requirements

96 - 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, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Entry to year one of the course is available through the Law and Criminology 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 19 in each individual 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.

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 Ask Solent team:

admissions@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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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Professional Practice 1 
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation and Procedure 
  • Criminal Law and Practice
  • Constitutional, Administrative and EU Law
  • Contract Law and Practice 
  • Tort and Dispute Resolution 

Year two

Core units
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Company and Commercial Law and Practice 
  • Equity and Trusts: Law and Practice 
  • Landlord and Tenant and Planning Law
  • Legal and Criminological Theory

Options:

  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Placement Year

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

Year three

Core units
  • Developing Independent Learning
  • Land Law and Practice
  • Employability

Options:

  • Medical Law and Practice 
  • Family Law and Practice 
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Entertainment and Media Law

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

35%

Written exams

20%

Assessment by coursework

45%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Dr Benjamin Andoh academic profile Benjamin Andoh Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Wing academic profile Mark Wing Senior Lecturer View profile
Carolyn Potts academic profile Carolyn Potts Senior Lecturer View profile
April Stroud academic profile April Stroud Principal Lecturer View profile
Phil Jones academic profile Phil Jones 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

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 mooting room – a mock court space – allows you to practice your courtroom and debating skills in a real-world environment. And you will 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. 

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.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Steph Esther Mekwuye, Graduate

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 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 - 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 first and second 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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