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LLB Law (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

M100

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

Department

School of Law

UCAS Tariff Points

104

Overview


Law is relevant to all aspects of life. It is constantly changing and developing which makes it a fascinating subject to study. Our Law degree combines academic rigour with vocational life skills. It allows you to develop the independent study and modern-day research skills required of a Law student.

We pride ourselves on the friendly nature of our Law School. We put student inquiry at the heart of what we teach. We have excellent employability initiatives, such as a pro bono programme. We run barrister and solicitor mentoring schemes.

In your second and third years you choose a specialist pathway in:

  • Commercial Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • a regular LLB.

All three of our options equip you with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) which allows for legal practice.

Our students regularly enter and win mooting and client interviewing competitions on a national and international scale.

Our LLB pathways are recognised as Qualifying Law Degrees by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

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

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English at grade 4 or above

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

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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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU 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/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

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.

Learning and assessment


In Year 1 you will learn the fundamentals of law and the relationship between practice and theory.

You will tackle case studies and learn the process of legal reasoning, as well as the role of law in society through:

  • Public Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law.

In Years 2 and 3 you'll take more advanced modules such as:

  • Criminal Law
  • Nationality
  • Immigration and Asylum
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law.

The Advanced Legal Research module will equip you with research skills which are highly valued by employers. You can further develop these skills by taking Independent Study or Dissertation modules.

You'll learn practical skills like advocacy and communication. And develop practical techniques in the Communication Skills for Lawyers and Law in Action modules.

Specialist pathways in Years 2 and 3 allow you to graduate with a named qualification in either:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Commercial Law.

You can also take part in extracurricular activities such as:

  • mooting competitions
  • client interviewing competitions
  • Law Society events.
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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Communication Skills for Lawyers

Criminal Law

Legal Method

This module involves the study of statutory interpretation, judicial interpretation and the primary sources/structures of the law of England and Wales.

Contract Law

The module will examine the essential principles of the formation, operation and termination of contract together with a brief consideration of the conceptual background to contract law. The module will extend and develop the processes of legal reasoning and techniques of legal analysis that the student will have been introduced to in the Foundational Legal Skills module and the Legal Method module. The module covers the fundamental principles of contract law and provides a framework for tackling case studies and legal problem solving. The syllabus includes an introduction to the purpose of contract law; formation of contract; agreement problems (e.g. mistake, misrepresentation); terms of contract; exclusion clauses; other forms of statutory control; breach of contract and damages; and third party rights.

Public Law

Public Law encompasses constitutional and administrative law as well as civil liberties and human rights. It is concerned with relations between the three principal organs of the State - the executive, the legislature and the judiciary - and between the State and its citizens.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

European Union Law

The module aims to give students an introduction to the constitutional and institutional foundations of the EU and a number of key areas of substantive law, chosen because of their centrality in the European Union system. The philosophy underlying the EU module is the importance of studying EU law in its wider political and socio-economic context. The course will begin with an examination of the historical development of the European Union as a legal order and the operation of its Institutions. Discussion will then focus on the nature of Union Law, its relationship with national law and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Exploration of substantive law will take in an overview of the internal market of the European Union, including free movement of people and citizenship.

Land Law

Land law, at heart, is a distinctive and fascinating attempt to solve a set of co-ordination problems arising from the different, potentially conflicting, interests which can exist in relation to land. The module begins by introducing key structural elements of the scheme of English land law, and identifies the central concerns of the law, before seeking to integrate each of the more specific topics on the curriculum into this framework. The module will thus cover the nature of law, property and land, the division of estates and interests into legal and equitable, and the overall structure of land registration, before moving on to consider the more specific elements of the curriculum: freehold and leasehold estates, co-ownership and trusts of land leases, licences, mortgages, freehold covenants and easements. The increasing importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 to Land Law will also be covered.

Tort Law

Optional modules

Advanced Legal Skills

Company Law/ Business Associations

This module focuses on the principles of company law. It traces the birth of a company to its death; from its creation, its agents, its growth, its maintenance and to its dissolution. This module aims to show the significance of the principles of company law, how these principles relate to the current socio-economic climate and how they influence other business models such as partnerships, firms, and Community Interest Organisations. A critical analysis of these principles encourages innovative thinking to recommend solutions to the current issues faced by companies and their business partners. A critical analysis of the current regulatory mechanisms in the UK, EU and the US on corporate behaviour tests the efficacy of those kinds of governance.

Criminal Evidence

An examination of some important rules of evidence, including corroboration, identification evidence, hearsay, confessions, the right to silence, improperly obtained evidence, similar fact evidence, evidence of character, expert opinion evidence and the rules relating to the examination and cross-examination of witnesses. Students will be encouraged to evaluate the ideas behind these rules and examine any compromise between competing ideas which may be implicit in them. The module will place particular emphasis on the significance of the rules of evidence in criminal trial, in the context of the need to avoid miscarriages of justice.

Employment Law

The aim of the module is to equip students with an understanding of the nature of employment law. We will begin by examining the distinction between the self-employed person and the employee. We will then study the nature and formation of the contract of employment, terms of employment and the 'flexibility' of the relationship before moving on to consider the wide range of employment rights which flow from statute, such as protection against unfair dismissal; redundancy rights and the discrimination protections.

Environmental Law

International Law and Institutions

This module focuses on the law and legal framework governing the international community. Examined in depth are the underpinnings of international law including the nature, origins and basis of international law and the sources of international law, including treaties and customary norms. A special focus is given to the nexus between international and municipal law, subjects of international law and the concept of territory/jurisdiction. The core principles governing the use of force and the conduct of armed conflict are also explored. Finally, the law of state responsibility and individual accountability are taught in the context of violations of international rules.

Marriage, Cohabitation and the Law

Understanding Criminal Justice

This module will examine some of the main issues in Criminal Justice. It will provide an overview of the Criminal Justice system, and will consider in detail topics such as punishment, sentencing, crime prevention and community safety, policing, youth crime, prisons and the criminal court system. As part of this module, students will be required to observe at first hand an aspect of the criminal justice system in order to locate some of the current theoretical concerns into a practical context.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Equity and Trusts

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum

Optional modules

Children, Parents and the State

Commercial Law

Computer Law and Intellectual Property

Crime and Society

Dissertation

Equality Law

International Human Rights

International Trade Law

Medical Law

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

Our lecturers have unique teaching styles. You will get to know them personally through lectures, small group seminars, and tutorials.

Several modules focus on group and practical work to encourage you to develop relevant skills.

Web-based material study materials include:

  • module notes
  • reading lists
  • interactive exercises
  • online quizzes.
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 20%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 80%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment methods are diverse. Some modules use formal exams but others award all or part of the marks on coursework.

Professional accreditation

Some students see a law degree as a route to professional practice while others choose not to practice law. A law degree is a suitable education for a wide variety of careers because of its intellectually demanding nature.

By taking a particular combination of modules you can get a 'qualifying law degree'. This gives you exemption from the requirements of the academic stage of legal training. This means that you meet the regulations for the Law Society for the first stage of professional training.

Obtaining a qualifying law degree enables you to progress straight to the vocational stage of training for solicitors (the Legal Practice Course). Or for barristers (the Bar Professional Training Course - BPTC - formerly known as the Bar Vocational Course).

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 57%
  • Coursework - 43%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 46%
  • Coursework - 54%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 36%
  • Coursework - 64%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in 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

Some students see a law degree as a route to professional practice while others choose not to practise law - a law degree is a suitable education for a wide variety of careers because of its intellectually demanding nature. 

As an Oxford Brookes law graduate you will be confident in communicating legal knowledge and you will have the techniques of research, analysis and articulation that are transferable to postgraduate study and to a wide range of careers. Whether you choose a career in publishing, government, the armed forces or management positions in industry, your law degree will open many doors.

We pride ourselves on maintaining strong links with major law firms, and we have an excellent reputation for creating high calibre and sought-after trainees.

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.

Student profiles


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Mr Chris Lloyd

Chris' research has two main strands: the first is a broad concern with the critical legal theory stemming from work of the late French theorist Jacques Derrida. The second concerns the application of this theory as a methodology for engaging with criminal law, particularly sexual offences.

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