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LLB Law (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years


School of Law


Students who study this LLB can obtain a Qualifying Law Degree which is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The LLB also satisfies the Bar Standards Board's requirements for the academic component of Bar training.

UCAS Tariff Points



Are you interested in exploring some of the most pressing legal issues facing today’s global societies?

On this course, you’ll study in a dynamic and inclusive environment, taught by leading legal experts. 

You’ll experience theoretical and practical learning. You'll build sound legal skills that will prepare you for your future career. You’ll debate legal concepts and apply them to real life situations. 

You’ll be able to tailor your degree in Years 2 and 3, choosing from: 

  • A standard LLB
  • An LLB in Commercial Law
  • An LLB in Criminal Justice.

As a student on one of our LLB Law courses, you'll network with top law firms, gaining key professional contacts. You’ll accelerate your career through our mentoring and pro-bono schemes. The skills you'll gain in mooting and client interviewing will enhance your CV and employment prospects. And you’ll have the chance to join our nationally-acclaimed mooting team.

This course sets you up for ongoing professional training such as the Bar course for Barristers or the SQE course for solicitors.


How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we will need proof of your English language ability: IELTS (6.5 or above).

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Most modules included a recommended textbook. All recommended textbooks can be found in the library, however many students find it easier to buy their own copy. Textbook costs will vary dependent on which modules you take, as well as whether you buy the books new or second-hand. Full reading lists for all Law modules, along with links to book costings can be found in the library portal.

As a Law student you will be given the opportunity to take part in mooting and client interviewing competitions. The School of Law regularly enters teams into external competitions and has performed consistently well at both national and international level. Should a student need to attend national or international competitions, the Law school will cover any incurred travel expenses.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

Your focus in Year 1 will be on learning the fundamentals of law, drawing on the relationship between theory and practice. You’ll gain core communication and study skills and will tackle interesting case studies. You’ll build a solid foundation of knowledge in: 

  • Public Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law.

You’ll also begin to work on your advocacy and communication skills. You’ll participate in practical activities and networking events such as: 

  • mooting
  • client interviewing 
  • pro bono activities, and
  • Law Society events.

You’ll study more advanced modules in Years 2 and 3, exploring exciting legal themes such as: 

  • Nationality and immigration 
  • Family Law
  • Commercial Law.

A highlight of Year 3 is that you’ll be able to participate in our CLOCK (Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele) scheme. This is a community-based legal outreach programme where you’ll receive first-hand experience of legal proceedings. You’ll assist real litigants during local court appearances.



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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Communication Skills for Lawyers

In this module, you’ll gain key communication skills for a successful legal career. You’ll gain excellent oral skills in advocacy. You’ll also develop valuable presentation techniques for a plea in mitigation, giving you the knowledge to succeed in your degree and work.

Criminal Law

You’ve committed a crime. But what makes you responsible for it? In this module, you’ll get to grips with the key principles of criminal responsibility, and build key skills for your degree. You’ll look at individual defences and offences, as well as fatal and non-fatal offences against people and property. You’ll study crimes including: 

  • murder and manslaughter
  • theft and burglary
  • ‘offences against the person’ such as assault and battery

You’ll also learn about defences such as: 

  • insanity and automatism
  • duress and self-defence
  • duress

Legal Method

In this module, you’ll gain invaluable legal skills for your degree. You’ll learn to think like a lawyer, and understand:

  • the sources of English law
  • the structures and functions of the UK Courts

You’ll also learn:

  • how to critically read and assess statute and case-law
  • how to evaluate legal arguments
  • how to find and use online legal information.

You’ll dive into the world of UK law. You’ll learn to find and understand legal information. And you’ll gain key skills in legal thought and argumentation.

Contract Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with contract law. You’ll gain a detailed understanding of the formation, operation, and termination of contracts. You’ll understand the key ideas behind contract law. You’ll develop the critical skills in legal reasoning and analysis you gained from your Legal Method modules.

You’ll enhance your legal skills, as you tackle case studies in contract law. You’ll explore:

  • the purpose of contract law
  • formation of contract
  • agreement problems (such as mistake or misrepresentation)
  • terms of contract
  • exclusion causes
  • statutory control
  • breach of contract and damages

Public Law

 In this module, you’ll dig into Public Law, and gain key legal knowledge for your degree. You’ll explore its key elements, including:

  • civil liberties and human rights
  • judicial review processes
  • the separation of the different elements of the government 
  • constitutional and administrative law. 

You’ll explore the relationship between Public Law and three key elements of the state - the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. And you’ll consider the relationship between the State and its citizens. 

Year 2

Compulsory modules

European Union Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with the European Union (EU) and its foundations. You’ll dig into key areas of law, central to the EU system. And you’ll explore the political and social implications of EU Law. 

You’ll examine the history of EU Law, and its key institutions:

  • the European Parliament
  • the Council of the European Union
  • the European Commission. 

You’ll then focus on Union Law, and how it relates to national law. You’ll also consider the role of the Court of Justice of the EU. You’ll explore substantive law, as you understand the internal market of the EU, including:

  • free movement of people
  • citizenship 

Land Law

Land law is a fascinating attempt to solve people’s conflicting interests in land. You’ll get to grips with the English Land Law and its key concerns. You’ll explore:

  • the nature of law, property and land
  • the division of estates and interests (into legal and equitable)
  • land registration.

You’ll gain a detailed knowledge of freehold and leasehold estates. And you’ll explore co-ownership and trusts of: 

  • land leases
  • licences
  • mortgages

You’ll also consider the rising importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 to Land Law. 

Tort Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with tort law (law which deals with civil loss or harm). You’ll explore:

  • the tort of negligence 
  • employers’ liability
  • trespass to land
  • public nuisance
  • the Rylands-v-Fletcher case
  • trespass to the person
  • defamation
  • privacy
  • vicarious liability (when you’re liable for acts you didn’t commit)

You’ll also investigate the rising importance of human rights law. 

Optional modules

Advanced Legal Skills

In this module you’ll  gain the skills you need to do research at higher levels. This means you’ll get to grips with the legal databases which practitioners, and research academics, use. You’ll learn how to access:

  •  journals
  •  books
  •  government report
  •  legal papers

online through designated search engines. You’ll also learn how to research and complete complex legal tasks such as:

  • drafting a costings for a personal damage claim using the latest legal databases
  • producing a research paper (‘mini-Dissertation’) on a contemporary area of legal study.

In this module you’ll gain a thorough introduction to legal research, giving you the ideal skills to succeed in your dissertation and degree. 

Company Law/ Business Associations

In this module, you’ll trace a company from its birth to its death. You’ll get to grips with company law, and explore a company’s:

  • creation
  • agents
  • growth
  • maintenance
  • dissolution. 

You’ll learn how company law works in our current economy. And how it influences other business models, such as:

  • partnerships
  • firms
  • Community Interest Organisations.

You’ll enhance your critical skills as you analyse company law, and find solutions for issues faced by companies and business partners. And you’ll test how UK, EU and US laws work on corporate behaviour. 


In this module, you’ll explore the key rules of evidence. You’ll examine:

  • corroboration
  • identification evidence
  • hearsay
  • confessions
  • the right to silence
  • improperly obtained evidence
  • similar fact evidence
  • evidence of character
  • expert opinion evidence
  • the examination and cross-examination of witnesses. 

You’ll gain critical skills for your career, as you analyse the ideas behind these rules. You’ll consider how to resolve any conflicts in them. You’ll also explore rules of evidence in criminal trials, and how they work to prevent miscarriages of justice.

Employment Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with employment law. You’ll look at the difference between a self-employed person and an employee. You’ll analyse:

  • the contract of employment
  • terms of employment
  • the flexibility of the relationship between employer and employee

You’ll then explore a wide range of employment rights, including: 

  • protection against unfair dismissal
  • redundancy rights
  • discrimination protections.

Environmental Law

How do societies react to environmental crises? How do we address environmental problems in the law? In this module, you’ll look at the relevant regulations and laws around the environment. You’ll look beyond legal cases, and consider the historical, political, ethical and technological issues of law and the environment. You’ll examine:

  • anthropocentrism vs ecocentrism
  • environmental rights and environmental justice
  • ecology and conservation
  • climate change and risk
  • the ethics of environmental law.

You’ll develop key critical skills as you consider the fascinating interaction between the law, society and one of the biggest issues facing humanity - the environment.

International Law

In this module, you’ll explore the key laws of the international community. You’ll examine the origins and basis of international law. You’ll also look at the sources of international law, including treaties and customary norms. You’ll enhance your critical skills as you analyse the relationship between:

  • international and municipal law
  • subjects of international law
  • the concept of territory or jurisdiction.

You’ll consider the core principles in the use of force, and the way armies behave. And you’ll look at the law of state responsibility, individual accountability and violations of international rules.

Marriage, Cohabitation and the Law

How does the law regulate relationships between adults? What legal rights flow from married and unmarried relationships? In this module, you’ll get to grips with the law regulating all types of adult family relationships, particularly:

  • the law of marriage
  • civil partnerships
  • cohabitating couples
  • divorce
  • division of property on family breakdown
  • domestic violence
  • parental responsibility for children

You’ll gain vital skills in legal reasoning as you learn legal analysis techniques, and how to answer problem questions. 

Understanding Criminal Justice

In this module, you’ll dive into the criminal justice system, and the main issues of criminal justice. You’ll understand  wider aspects of the criminal justice system and engage critically with the system’s flaws and shortcomings. You’ll gain key critical skills as you explore how well the system achieves its aims. You’ll explore specific areas such as:

  • punishment
  • sentencing
  • crime prevention
  • community safety
  • policing
  • youth crime
  • prisons
  • the criminal court system

You’ll observe the criminal justice system, first hand. You’ll then devise a social-science experiment to test your understanding of the system you’ve studied. This means you’ll devise a hypothesis on how the criminal justice system operates, and test to see if your hypothesis was right. You’ll conduct work in prisons, police stations and the streets of Oxford, allowing you to access the real world of the criminal justice system. 

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Equity and Trusts

In this module, you’ll explore Equity (fairness in the law). You’ll also investigate trusts, which exist to regulate situations where someone cares for another person’s affairs. 

You’ll engage with Equity, and equitable remedies. You’ll also dive into trusts in all their forms. You’ll gain key critical skills as you analyse private trusts, and how they generate equitable interests. You’ll then consider the key features of charitable trusts. You’ll explore:

  • the administration of trusts
  • the powers and duties of trustees
  • breach of trust 
  • the law of tracing  

Optional modules

Children, Parents and the State

How does the law deal with child abduction, and disputes over children? How can the state protect children who may be victims of abuse within their own families? In this module, you’ll get to grips with law relating to parents, children and the state. You’ll dive into law reports, as you look critically at the legal concepts around:

  • relationships between parents and children
  • the relevance of the state to parents and children.

 You’ll consider:

  • parental responsibility
  • resolution of disputes over children
  • child protection
  • child abduction
  • adoption

You’ll gain vital skills in legal reasoning as you learn legal analysis techniques, and how to answer problem questions. 

Commercial Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with commercial law (law relating to trade and sales). You’ll dive into key topics, including: 

  • the nature and sources of commercial law 
  • how we classify transactions 
  • obligations of the buyer and seller
  • the passing of ownership 
  • the passing of property (risk)
  • the condition of goods
  • agency and remedies 

Computer Law and Artificial Intelligence

The internet rules society. In a vastly digital age, lawyers really need to understand technology and the legal challenges it presents. In this module, you’ll examine the legal issues of current internet technologies and hardware. You’ll gain key technical knowledge, as you evaluate the regulatory systems of these technologies, and how they affect society. You’ll explore how digital technologies challenge copyright law. And you’ll be introduced to some of the legal issues relating to the use of artificial intelligence. 


Crime and Society

In this module, you’ll explore the ways we define and measure crime. You’ll develop core critical skills as you explore theories about the causes of crime. And you’ll consider some major crimes in detail. You’ll dive into the following topics:

  • crime and the media
  • criminal behaviour 
  • crimes in action - from violent crime to white-collar crime
  • critical criminology: race and gender

You’ll think about crimes and criminality in a wider sense than simply ‘innocence’ or ‘guilt’. You’ll look at the social contexts of crimes, and what causes people to commit them. 


In this module, you’ll have the chance to do independent research on a topic that fascinates you. You’ll have the support of our expert academics and legal practitioners, helping you carry out leading legal research on your chosen topic. You’ll gain key skills for a legal career, as you collect data and express the knowledge you’ve gained throughout your degree. Whether you’re researching hate crimes, the effect of Brexit on the economy or laws around sexual consent, you’ll prove that you can propose solutions for relevant problems, and effectively communicate the results.

Equality Law

How do we prevent discrimination against race and sexual orientation in the law? In this module, you’ll focus on the Equality Act 2010, and other legislation on:

  • sex
  • race
  • sexual orientation
  • religion
  • disability discrimination
  • equal pay. 

You’ll explore how courts interpret the Equality Act, and how it impacts the workplace. You’ll look at how it interacts with the law of the European Commission (EC), and how we might extend equality law. You’ll gain valuable critical skills for your career, as you ask:

  • what difference the Equality Act has made
  • who benefits (and does not benefit) from the act
  • what we can do in the future to improve protection 

Independent Study Module

In this module, you'll work with a research-active tutor who will guide you through an in-depth analysis of their research area. You'll undertake your own independent study in this area, researching complex legal subjects. You'll get to grips with conducting your own high-level legal research, and you’ll pursue specialised topics which interest you.

International Human Rights Law

How can we effectively protect human rights? In this module, you’ll get to grips with international human rights law. You’ll gain key critical skills as you analyse arguments and ideas about human rights, and the ideas behind them. You’ll also consider their current legal and political meaning through examining: 

  • relevant laws
  • current debates
  • case studies 

International Trade Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with international trade law, and its key elements. You’ll understand international sales transactions. You’ll gain valuable key critical skills as you analyse the key treaties of international law, such as:

  • the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • the World Trade Organisation 
  • international commercial terms
  • specific trade laws
  • case histories
  • dispute settlement procedures.

You’ll also explore:

  • international rights in international trade
  • the relationship between domestic law and international rules
  • international trade agreements

You’ll discover how these rules can (or can’t) resolve certain problems in international trade. And you’ll develop the ability to advise on international trade practices, and other rights and obligations. 

Law in Action

In this module, you’ll gain core practical experience in law, as you apply your knowledge and skills to a practical legal activity. You’ll gain fantastic skills for work and boost your legal career, as you do a placement in an environment related to legal work. You’ll understand how to transfer your law studies from an academic discipline, to practicing it in the real world.


Medical Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with the structure of the NHS. You’ll explore topics such as:

  • access to health care
  • autonomy and consent
  • responsibility
  • accountability and negligence
  • birth and its regulation
  • death, dying and the incurably ill patient.

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum

In this module, you’ll get to grips with nationality and immigration law, and what it reveals about British society. You’ll examine the key issues and policies around nationality, national identity and migration. You’ll gain a firm understanding of migration in the UK and abroad, as you debate critical issues of today. You’ll also consider current UK law, and the historical, social and political factors that have shaped it.

Work placements

Optional modules

Work placements

You may have the opportunity to undertake a work placement through our Law in Action module. This involves participating in a placement equivalent of approximately 28 days’ work experience. This may operate as a block of six consecutive weeks, or as one day per week depending upon the requirements of the placement organisation. This placement module is designed to enhance your practical legal knowledge and wider transferable skills. The work placements are facilitated by the university; however students are responsible for their own travel and associated costs. Most travel costs are minimal as placements are organised to be within easy reach of the campus or in local Oxford. Placements in the surrounding area, such as Witney or Abingdon, will require bus travel which can amount to between £3-8 for a return ticket. Acceptance onto the Law in Action module is competitive and only a limited number of places are available, all subject to the availability of external placements.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught by an intimate, friendly academic team, who will offer you one-to-one support and boost your confidence in Law. You’ll be taught in lectures, small group seminars and tutorials.

You’ll learn through a variety of methods, including:

  • module notes
  • reading lists
  • interactive exercises
  • online quizzes.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join our nationally acclaimed mooting team. And Oxford Brookes is the only Law School to have won the prestigious ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition four times in the past decade.

Mooting will build your advocacy skills - crucial to professional practice as a solicitor or barrister. You’ll experience the courtroom firsthand - via competitions and in our own moot court. And you’ll be connected with leading solicitors and law firms.



Assessment methods used on this course

In some modules, you’ll be assessed through formal exams. In other modules, you’ll be assessed entirely through coursework. 

Professional accreditation

After you complete your LLB, you can go straight to the vocational stage of training. If you want to be a barrister, you’ll be ready to progress to the Bar course. Or, if you’d like to become a solicitor, you’ll be equipped with knowledge to help you prepare for the Solicitors’ Qualifying Exam (SQE).

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Most exchanges take place after the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

‘This degree awarded to you is supremely valuable. The award is from a university which... commands very considerable respect. A Law degree from Brookes leads us London lawyers to say: well, she or he must be bright as well as knowledgeable’. Lord Wilson of Culworth, Justice of the Supreme Court (2019)

You’ll graduate ready to launch your career - as a future barrister, solicitor or in a non-legal profession.

You’ll be confident communicating legal knowledge. And you’ll be an expert in areas like research, analysis and influencing, which are all  sought-after employment skills.

Your opportunities to gain hands-on experience during the course will set you apart as you take your next step. You might have gained experience working with real litigants on our Community Legal Outreach scheme (CLOCK). You might have been mentored by a practising solicitor via our partnership with Blake Morgan. Or you might have developed your courtroom skills through joining our nationally-recognised mooting team.

You’ll graduate fully equipped to progress to the next stage of your career - and ready to take on professional practice courses like the SQE for solicitors, or the Bar Course for barristers.

Further study

The School of Law also runs LLM courses for postgraduates in International Law, Human Rights Law, Commercial Law and International Trade, and Legal Practice.

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