Law at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

The LLB Law at Birkbeck prepares you for a career in legal practice along with teaching you the transferable skills and specialist knowledge needed for a broad range of other professional pursuits. Why choose this course?

  • This LLB is an academically rigorous course that gives you the opportunity to study beyond the seven foundations of legal knowledge that are essential for professional legal qualification, and the chance to graduate with a specialised pathway in human rights, commercial law or legal practice.
  • It offers you extensive career support and strong links with the legal professions including internships and clinical practice opportunities, scholarship schemes, and the opportunity to join our award-winning mooting team.
  • It prepares you at the academic stage for vocational qualification as a solicitor, barrister, or chartered legal executive.
  • You can build your study timetable to work around other commitments with pre-recorded lectures you can watch in your own time and a range of daytime and evening or online seminars to choose from.
What you will learn You will learn the seven foundations of legal knowledge: Contract Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Tort Law, Trusts, Law of the European Union, Legal Systems and Methods, and Jurisprudece. Upon graduating, you will be ready to:
  • prepare for the Solicitors’ Qualifying Exam (SQE)
  • apply for a place on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), or
  • pursue a range of other careers.
You will also learn to identify the political, economic, commercial, social and cultural factors that inform how we understand the law and the problems, tensions and contradictions within certain legal theories and doctrines. You can then choose from an extensive range of option modules to follow your interests or career aspirations. How you will learn This LLB law is available to study full- or part-time and teaching is very flexible to respond to the needs of our students. Depending on the module, we offer classes in the daytime, evening, on campus or online. Foundation Year If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights
  • Birkbeck is an international centre for world-class legal teaching, research and scholarship. You will be taught by field-leading academic staff, alongside experienced solicitors, barristers and judges from across the sector.
  • You will have access to Birkbeck's Careers Service linking you with top UK employers and offering help with job applications, interviews and career planning.
  • You will be able to take part in our Legal Practice Conversation series.
  • Gain valuable experience and hands-on skills through our Birkbeck Law Clinic, including placements with: University of London Refugee Law Clinic, Environmental Law Foundation, and Release. Placements involving the provision of legal services count towards your Qualifying Work Experience if you are seeking to qualify as a solicitor after your studies.
Careers and employability We offer you lots of ways to enhance your career and employability prospects during your LLB Law studies. These include:
  • work with our law clinics
  • sharpening up your advocacy skills with our Mooting team and networking with members of our Law Society
  • having the opportunity to attend a bespoke commercial awareness course
  • networking with legal professionals through our Mentoring Pathways Scheme, Legal Practice Conversations, Legal Professionals Insight Evening and Careers Fair.
Graduates may go on to pursue a career path as a:
  • barrister or solicitor
  • CILEX lawyer
  • chartered legal executive
  • legal advocates
  • policy analyst or researcher.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include essays, problem questions, seen/unseen examinations, open/closed book examinations, group projects, dissertations and oral presentations.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Bar Standards Board
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Studies with a minimum mark of 50% guarantees entry to the LLB with optional credit for a first-year module. Our Certificate of Higher Education in Criminology also allows entry to Year 1 of this degree.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

You will need to complete a written exercise in reasoning and analysis and attend an admissions event.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6935 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6935 Year 1
Scotland £6935 Year 1
Wales £6935 Year 1
International £13215 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Law at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS