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LLB (Hons)

School of Law

Law is relevant to all aspects of life, from posting on social media, to signing a housing lease, to getting married or starting a new job. It’s a constantly changing and developing field, and that is what makes it such a fascinating subject to study.
 
There is a certain prestige that comes from a law degree. It combines academic rigour with vocational life skills, and our course is specifically structured with you in mind. We teach in a way that allows you to acquire the independent study, and modern-day research skills required of a Law student. 
 
We also pride ourselves on the friendly nature of our course and we enjoy getting to know our students personally. We are a small, diligent, and caring Law School. At Oxford Brookes, every student is a name we know, not a number we count.   
 
We have a wide range of modules, and we even offer you the option to tailor your degree towards a particular practice area. In your second and third years you can choose to take a specialist pathway in Commercial Law, or Criminal Justice, or stick with a regular LLB – the choice is yours! All three of our options will provide you with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) which allows for legal practice. 
 
We are passionate about the work and research that we do, and many of our staff research contemporary, and relevant societal issues such as online hate crime, the right to religious freedoms in the workplace, sexual offences in the 21st century, the use of force in international law, Islamic finance law, and many more. All of our research-active staff incorporate their published work into their specialist teaching, so that as you study with us you will be able to experience an active engagement with the laws of the society in which we live.  

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112-120

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Headington Hill

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS code

M100

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • We put student enquiry at the heart of what we teach. It's not simply about teaching you the law, it's about teaching and shaping the way you think about the law, so that you graduate with the ability to shape your degree, and legal knowledge, to whatever the future holds.

  • We have an excellent reputation. We produce well-rounded and down-to-earth graduates who have a history of succeeding in the legal profession, whether as in-house lawyers, solicitors, barristers, or legal executives.  

  • A recognised qualification. Our LLB, in all three of its pathways, gives you a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) which is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

  • There are excellent employability initiatives. We have an incredible pro bono programme, we run both barrister and solicitor mentoring schemes, and regularly see our students enter (and win) mooting and client interviewing competitions on a national and international scale.

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, and Tort Law.

In years 2 and 3 you will take more advanced modules, specialising in particular areas such as Criminal Law, Nationality, Immigration and Asylum, Commercial Law, and Employment Law (to name a few).

A law degree will also equip you with essential research skills, highly valued by all employers. These are taught on the Advanced Legal Research module and can be further developed by undertaking Independent Study or Dissertation modules.

As well as legal research skills, we also teach you practical skills like advocacy and communication. These practical techniques are developed in a range of modules and are the focus of the Communication Skills for Lawyers and Law in Action modules. Additionally, you can take part in mooting competitions, client interviewing competitions, Law Society events, and other extracurricular activities.

Specialist Pathways

Employers value graduates who have in-depth knowledge of a particular area of the law. For this reason we offer two specialist pathways as well as our standard pathway. The specialist pathways are available to you in your second and third years and allow you to graduate with a named qualification in either Criminal Justice or Commercial Law and are aimed at enhancing your career prospects in those fields.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Foundational Legal Skills
  • Legal Method
  • Contract Law (double honours)
  • Public Law (double honours)
  • Tort (double honours)

Years 2 and 3

*indicates an alternative compulsory module

  • Advanced Legal Research*
  • Commercial Law
  • Communication Skills for Lawyers
  • Company Law
  • Computer Law and Intellectual Property
  • Crime and Society
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Criminal Law (double honours)
  • Dissertation (double honours)
  • Employment Law
  • Equality Law
  • Equity and Trusts (double honours)*
  • European Union Law (double honours)
  • Family Law (double honours)
  • Independent Study Module
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law and Institutions
  • International Trade Law
  • Land Law (double honours)
  • Law and Religion in the 21st Century
  • Law, Environmentalism and Society
  • Law in Action (double honours)
  • Legal Theory and Critique
  • Medical Law
  • Nationality, Immigration and Asylum
  • Understanding Criminal Justice

 

Modules in detail » Module diagrams »

 

Work placements

You may have the opportunity to undertake a work placement module as part of your degree through our Law in Action module. The module 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.  A key focus of the module is to provide a transition from the study of law as an academic discipline, to the practice of law, and equivalent activity, in ‘real world’ contexts.

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, so not all students who apply to it are guaranteed a place.

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.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
 
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

All our lecturers have unique teaching styles and you will get to know them personally through lectures, small group seminars, and tutorials. To encourage you to develop relevant skills, several modules focus on group and practical work. Excellent use is made of web-based material including module notes and reading lists along with interactive exercises and online quizzes.

 

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

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 20%80%0%
2 18%82%0%
3 16%84%0%

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 57%0%43%
2 46%0%54%
3 36%0%64%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112-120

A-Level: BBB - BBC or equivalent

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.

IB Diploma: 30 - 32 points

Other typical offers include:

  • vocational A-levels at equivalent grades.

Other academic qualifications that fulfil the entry requirements include:

  • a recognised foundation or access course
  • European Baccalaureate.

Further EU qualifications are also accepted; for more details please contact admissions@brookes.ac.uk

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language at grade B (preferred)

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

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.

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.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is the original student city, and it’s a world-renowned place to live and study. It’s full of history, culture, academic resources, and it has a great public transport system. Bicycle anyone?

The city also boasts a safe, friendly, and diverse mix of students from all nationalities and walks of life. With close proximity to London, via inexpensive and convenient public transport, Oxford is an ideal place to learn the academic rigours of law and engage in a business of law in local, and regional, markets.   

Support for students studying Law

As an academic team we have an ‘open-door’ policy – if you have a question outside of lectures then we want to hear it, whether in our Office Hours, or by appointment outside of those hours. We enjoy giving you the time to discuss an issue and reach a reasoned conclusion.

Our dedicated student support co-ordinators are on hand from the day you start to the day you leave. They are here to help with anything from academic advice, such as helping you choose your route through the modules, through to any personal issues you may experience.

The University's free study service - Upgrade -  is available to anyone who needs advice on study skills, from planning and writing essays to highlighting areas for improvement. You'll also be assigned a academic adviser right from the start of your course, providing you with invaluable academic support and supervision throughout your degree.

Specialist facilities

The University Library has an impressive range of legal holdings covering UK, European and international material, and a dedicated law librarian. 

The Law School is based in Headington Hill Hall, a magnificent nineteenth–century building set in beautiful grounds. It includes a fully-functioning moot court used for mooting competitions, workshops on communication skills for lawyers, and other events. 

There is a lively Student Law Society to widen your interests and introduce aspects of law not covered formally. It has very strong links with local pro bono organisations and provides opportunities for participation in both internal and external mooting competitions. 

It has organised trips to the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice as well as to the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition it has hosted talks from leading lawyers and careers events. Social events have ranged from curry nights and wine tasting to the annual Christmas ball.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

By taking a particular combination of modules you may obtain what is termed a 'qualifying law degree'. This gives you exemption from the requirements of the academic stage of legal training and means that you satisfy 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).

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, International Economic Law, International Human Rights Law, International Trade and Commercial Law, International Law, Globalisation and Development, and Legal Practice.