Law Durham University


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 law, and the skills required in legal research and practice, 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 students take in their first year are designed to provide a solid foundation of legal knowledge which can be built upon in subsequent years. Students 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 and Equity

Year 3
In the final year, you will study one compulsory 40-credit Dissertation module and four optional modules. Students must 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

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) programme 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.

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