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The LLB degree is a highly flexible three-year, full-time course. There are approximately 300 students on each year of the LLB. While providing a solid grounding in the main areas of English and Welsh law, it also allows for individual specialisation through a variety of optional modules offered by the School and other departments in the University.

The degree course provides the opportunity to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. (Please note: whether or not a degree exempts a student from the academic stage of training to be a solicitor or barrister depends on the modules that the student studies. In practice, virtually all of our students choose to study the modules that are required by the Law Society and Bar Council, and thus do gain a Qualifying Law Degree.)

Year 1
The modules which you will take in your first year are designed to provide a solid foundation of legal knowledge which can be built upon in subsequent years. You will study all of the following:
Introduction to English Law and Legal Method (20 credits)
Tort Law (20 credits)
Contract Law (20 credits)
EU Constitutional Law (20 credits)
UK Constitutional Law (20 credits)
The Individual and the State (20 credits).

Year 2
In the second year, you will need to study three further modules in order to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree. You may then take a further three optional modules, giving you the chance to tailor the course to your own requirements. The compulsory modules for Qualifying Law Degree purposes are:
Criminal Law
Land Law
Trusts Law.

Year 3
In the final year, you will study one compulsory 40-credit Dissertation module and four optional modules. You will choose at least three modules (60 credits) from Level 3, with the possibility to select one module from Level 2. It may also be possible for you, at the discretion of the departments concerned, to elect to take a 20-credit module from the open modules offered by another department at Durham University at second or third year (although if the chosen module is at Level 2, you will not be entitled to choose a Level 2 Law module). Full details of the topics covered in individual modules are available on the Law School website www.durham.ac.uk/law

Please note that the Law School at Durham does not offer a 'Senior Status' LLB. The only undergraduate courses currently on offer are the three-year, full-time, LLB; and the four-year LLB (Year Abroad). Both are applied to using the UCAS code M101 (applicants for the LLB (Year Abroad) opt into that degree course when they come to the end of the first year of the LLB). It is also not possible to combine Law with another subject.

Study Abroad
Law School
The LLB with a Year Abroad (YA) comprises all of the content of the three-year regular LLB, plus an exciting additional year spent at one of our European or international partners during the third year of study. At present, Durham Law School has partnerships with universities in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Singapore.

Durham University has further institutional links with universities in the USA, Canada, China and New Zealand. Graduates of degrees such as this are highly sought after by employers, and may be particularly suited to working in an international context. LLB (YA) students may study at some of our partner universities in English, whereas for others, foreign language skills are necessary. Students must apply for the regular LLB at Durham through UCAS, and then apply to transfer onto the LLB (YA) in their second year of study. Students are selected on academic merit and, where appropriate, on linguistic ability.

For further information about Year Abroad opportunities please visit: www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad/

Course details

Modules

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How to apply

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level A*AA Specific subjects excluded for entry:
General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Information:
All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).
Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD Subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) may be required. All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham. All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).
Scottish Higher AAAAA Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D2, D3, D3 All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).
Extended Project Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 38 points General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
To include 6, 6, 6 from Higher Level subjects. All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Law National Admissions Test (LNAT)

Note the following admissions test is required for entry on this course : National Admissions Test for Law. (LNAT)


English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

English language requirements

https://www.dur.ac.uk/learningandteaching.handbook/1/3/3/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £20,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Provider information

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Durham University
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE


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