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LLB Law (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

M100

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

Department

School of Law

UCAS Tariff Points

112 - 120

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: 112 - 120

A Level: BBB - BBC or equivalent

IB Points: 30 - 31

BTEC: DDM - 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 c / grade 4 or above, or equivalent

Applicants over 21 years who do not meet these requirements are encouraged to contact us to discuss their application.

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.

Additional costs

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

Foundational Legal Skills *

The study of law requires students to have an excellent grasp of critical reading, accurate drafting, note-taking, summarisation, and time management. These skills are also indispensable to the successful practice of law. Although the acquisition and honing of jurisdiction-specific skills and knowledge are the building blocks of legal and study and will be practised in other modules, this module aims to give students the opportunity to learn and develop these more foundational disciplinary skills in a focused and direct way.

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 (double honours)*

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 (double honours)

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.

Tort (double honours)

A comprehensive study of tort law. The tort of negligence will be studied in detail, as well as employers liability; vicarious liability; occupiers liability; trespass to land; public nuisance; private nuisance; Rylands-v-Fletcher; trespass to the person; defamation and privacy. The growing influence of human rights law will be considered throughout the course.

Year 2

Advanced Legal Research*

This module is concerned with the further development of legal research skills, and the deepening of knowledge and understanding of legal sources and methodologies. Part of the module consists of revisiting legal techniques and issues addressed at the beginning of Stage I (through Legal Method), in light of the student's individual experience of study of substantive law topics. The module also aims to develop the student's abilities to carry out independent legal research, and to present the results of this research in a concise, well-argued, and strategic way. The module introduces some of the key concepts of comparative legal study, to allow students to avoid improper use of the increasingly important sources of comparative law. The module prepares students for work on a final year dissertation.

Commercial Law

This course concentrates on a selection of topics designed to give the student a broad understanding of the matters commonly referred to under the heading "commercial law". These include the nature and sources of commercial law; classification of transactions; obligations of the buyer and seller; the passing of title (ownership); the passing of property (risk); the condition of goods; agency and remedies.

Communication Skills for Lawyers

This module is concerned with communication skills and looks at the oral skills involved in advocacy and client interviewing. In the first part of the course students will learn and develop oral presentation techniques in the context of a plea in mitigation. In the second part of the course students will learn and practise the skills necessary for an effective client interview. The course will involve the use of DVD recording, playback, analysis and reflection upon learning.

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.

Computer Law and Intellectual Property

As social and business activities become increasingly dependent on digital technologies, a basic understanding of these advances and the regulatory challenges they present is of key importance to the lawyer seeking to engage with the information society. This module aims to provide students with a critical awareness of the legal implications of the emergent internet technologies and associated hardware, and to encourage students to evaluate and analyse the regulatory systems employed in terms of their wider social implications. There is particular emphasis on how digital technologies have challenged the copyright law, giving the module a firm grounding in the academically rigorous discipline of intellectual property. The module is taught by a combination of lectures and seminars, and assessed by coursework.

Crime and Society

The module examines how crime is defined and measured, together with theories as to the causes of crime. It considers some major forms of criminal activity in detail.

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.

Criminal Law (double honours)

An examination of the general principles underlying criminal liability, together with a study of individual offences and defences - in particular fatal and non-fatal offences against the person and against property.

Dissertation (double honours)

An original piece of elementary research in Law, that has been written in dissertation form.

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.

Equality Law

This module focuses on the Equality Act 2010 and other legislation on sex, race, sexual orientation, religion and disability discrimination and equal pay. It considers its interpretation by courts; its impact, particularly in the workplace; its interaction with the law of the EC; and proposals for extending the scope of equality law. The impact of anti-discrimination and equality law will be assessed by asking what difference it has made, who benefits, who does not benefit, and what can be done in future to improve the systems of protection.

Equity and Trusts (double honours)*

The module explains the law of equity and the use of the trust in the management of property, whether land or other assets. The module begins by considering the historical evolution of the trust, and then the requirements for creating an express trust: the formalities, the requisite 'certainties', and the necessity that the trust be duly constituted. It then goes on to consider implied trusts, both resulting and constructive, and the doctrine of proprietary estoppel, and the particular application of these to the ownership of the family home. The law relating to charitable trusts and the fiscal and other implications of charitable status are considered. The module then looks at trustees' powers and duties, breaches of trust, and tracing. The module concludes with an overview of equitable remedies.

European Union Law (double honours)

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.

Family Law (double honours)

This module examines Family Law and Child Law with a critical and case-based focus on the legal concepts and values regulating all types of family relationships, in particular the law of marriage, civil partnerships, cohabiting couples, divorce, the division of property on family breakdown, domestic violence, parental responsibility, resolution of disputes over children and child protection, child abduction, and adoption. The module will extend the technique of answering problem questions and the processes of legal reasoning and techniques of legal analysis which have been introduced in the first and second years of study.

Independent Study Module

A programme of independent study which is offered in specific subjects of mutual interest, which would not otherwise be included in the Law field, such as Rape and the Criminal Justice System, Civil Justice, and Modern Slavery.

International Human Rights Law

The module will introduce international human rights law and the mechanisms for the protection of human rights at the international and regional levels. Throughout the module the student is invited to critically examine arguments and ideas about human rights, their philosophical underpinnings, and their contemporary legal and political meaning through an examination of the relevant law, contemporary debates and case studies.

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.

International Trade Law

This module focuses on international trade law. It highlights the legal and institutional framework as well as the nature of international sales transactions. This will be achieved through the analysis of the general treaties of international law, such as the GATT, WTO, and related agreements (INCOTERMS); specific trade laws; case histories; and dispute settlement procedures. It will familiarize students with the nature and structure of international rights and obligations in the field of international trade, the relationship between domestic law and international rules and obligations, the nature of international trade agreements. As a result, students should be able to identify how such rules and obligations can - or cannot - help to resolve specific problems relating to international trade, and advise on international trade practices or other rights and obligations.

Land Law (double honours)

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.

Law and Religion in the 21st Century

The 21st century has begun with religion taking a new place on the public policy and legal agenda. This module takes a legal perspective on how law and religion interact, focusing on the individual believer, the religious organisation, and the State. Discussion focuses on contemporary English law, including the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998, but making some use of comparative material, particularly the mature jurisprudence of the US Supreme Court on religious liberty. Questions considered include: Should religious beliefs have a special place in the law? How does the law deal with religiously motivated terrorism? How should the law deal with deaths during negligent exorcisms? What is the position of the Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords? The module is taught by a combination of lectures and seminars, and assessed by coursework.

Law, Environmentalism and Society

'Law, Environmentalism and Society' seeks to explore the relationship between law and environmentalism as a form of social and political thought and practice in historical and contemporary debates. Instead of simply acknowledging the law as a technical tool to be modified for environmental issues, the module will consider the many ways that the relationship between nature and society can be conceptualized and politicized.

Legal Theory and Critique

This module explores classic and contemporary themes in law and social theory through students' own independent study and research. Instead of simply acknowledging the law for what it is, students will be challenged to produce enquiries as to why the law exists as it does, embedded in its current forms, narratives, and ideologies.

Medical Law

The module examines the structure of the NHS, 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

This module examines concepts, influences and obligations relating to policies of nationality and national identity, migration of individuals and movement of peoples. It offers the opportunity for students to consider the composition of British society within a framework of the law relating to nationality and immigration. An understanding of issues of migration within the domestic and international context will enable students to make their own informed critique of issues of current concern. Current UK law will be considered in its detail, with the historical, social and political factors that have shaped its development.

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

Choose from the modules listed in year 2

Work placements

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.

* = Required

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.

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For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.