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LLB Law (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

M100

Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

Department

School of Law

UCAS Tariff Points

104

Overview


Do you want to become an expert on the most pressing issues of the law, while gaining a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)? When you choose LLB Law at Oxford Brookes, you’re choosing to study in an incredibly supportive environment, taught by experts at the forefront of legal research. You’ll gain a strong knowledge of the key areas of the law, and develop the skills for a cutting-edge legal career. 

You’ll receive one-to-one guidance from our leading academics, whose research regularly informs UK and EU law. In Years 2 and 3, you’ll tailor your degree to your specialist interests, choosing from: 

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

You’ll network with top law firms, and gain great experience in mooting and client interviewing. You’ll also accelerate your career through our mentoring and pro-bono schemes, gaining key professional contacts. 

If you want to enhance your QLD with skills in business and criminology, you can study:

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.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

Further offer details

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
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

International full time
£14,300

International part time
£1,785 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250

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

International full time
£13,900

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

International full time
£14,300

International part time
£1,785 per single module

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.

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’ll gain the core skills to study law. You’ll learn the fundamental areas of the law, and the relationship between theory and practice. 

You’ll tackle case studies and legal reasoning. You’ll learn about law in society, through:

  • Public Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law

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

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

You’ll kickstart your career with our Advanced Legal Research module. You’ll gain excellent research skills for work, and develop these through the Independent Study and Dissertation modules.

You’ll also gain key legal skills, including advocacy and communication, through Communication Skills for Lawyers.

You can choose specialist pathways in Years 2 and 3. These allow you to graduate with either:

  • LLB in Commercial Law
  • LLB in Criminal Justice 

You’ll network with top professionals, and develop experience through:

  • mooting competitions
  • client interviewing competitions
  • Pro bono events
  • Law Society events.
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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. 
 

Criminal Evidence

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

International Law and Institutions

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. 
 

Law, Environmentalism and Society

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.

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  

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.

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 Intellectual Property

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 gain a rigorous knowledge of intellectual property.

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. 
 

Dissertation

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 

International Human Rights

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. 

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.

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. 
 

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.
  • 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

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

Professional accreditation
Our degrees are Qualifying Law Degrees. After you complete them, you can go straight to the vocational stage of training. Barristers will take the new Bar course. For solicitors, the vocational stage is also changing. We’ll ensure you’re fully prepared for any new qualification routes. For more information, please see the SRA website.

  • 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 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

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.

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