Law - Graduate Entry - LLB (Hons)

UCAS Code:
M100
Attendance:
Full Time (2 years)
Starting:
September 2016
Campus:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree, the LLB (Hons) Law - Graduate Entry allows you to complete the LLB in two years rather than three. It is a Qualifying Law Degree, satisfying the academic stage of training if you are looking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.

We have formed strategic partnerships with respected law firms such as Birmingham-based international law firm Wragge and Co. to ensure our courses are professionally relevant for today’s legal practice, and you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in an internship in the USA.

What's covered in the course?

Through our partnerships with law firms, you’ll have the opportunity to work on real cases with real clients, gaining valuable real-world experience and combining academic study with practical-based work.

You will get a wide understanding across a range of legal areas, with core modules covering areas such as law of contract, criminal law and law of tort. These areas are required by the Joint Academic Stage Board for a qualifying law degree.

Other modules you study will be divided across the two years and include: Skills, Processes and Scholarship, Public Law and Civil Rights, Land Law, Law of the European Union and Equity and Trusts. There are no optional modules available on this course.

Why Choose Us?

  • We specialise in social justice and access to justice, with leading academics who are experts in human rights and the death penalty as well as civil and social issues.
  • We have strong professional links with the Birmingham Law Society (the UK’s largest Law Society outside London), the four Inns of Court and respected firms such as Squire Sanders LLP.
  • Our outstanding facilities include two mock courtrooms and an e-learning suite that can be used to bring study to life.
  • Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in the country; our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities including Cambridge University. Two members of the Society are the current Web Legal national mooting champions.
  • The School’s Centre for American Legal Studies operates the UK’s largest US internship scheme, giving you the opportunity to gain practical experience in federal and state public defenders offices, private attorney offices and American university law schools.
  • We’ve got a comprehensive law library and an outstanding team of staff with extensive practice experience. This gives you ample access to information, experience and insight.
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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

 - one year exemption for completion of a four-year bachelor degree (any subject) average 50% from a Bangladesh public university or average 55% from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC

 – one year exemption for completion of a four-year bachelor degree (professional subjects) average 55% 

 - one year exemption for completion of a four-year degree (any subject) average 55%

 - Following changes to the English Language requirements introduced by the UKBA during 2011, we can now accept the Standard 12th CBSE with an average score of 65% as being equivalent to IELTS 6.0. We may be able to accept Standard 12th Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and the CISCE - details will appear here.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
or
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 2 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 2 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

You are required to complete the following core modules. There are no option modules available on this course.

Law of Tort
Law of Contract
Criminal Law
Skills, Processes and Scholarship

Year two

Public Law and Civil Rights
Land Law
Law of the European Union
Equity and Trusts

Course Structure

In addition to the traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops, our LLB incorporates a range of eLearning activities to enhance the learning experience and provide you with as much support as possible, both in the classroom and online.

Our approach to legal education is demonstrated by our very successful American/UK legal placement schemes and our active Student Mooting Society.

We actively encourage you to take part in the Mooting Society. Our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities. In the past 10 years, we have beaten eight of the elite Russell Group of universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Leicester and Warwick.

Many overseas legal professional bodies recognise our LLB, particularly in Commonwealth countries. If you intend to practise overseas, you should contact the local Law Society or Bar Council. The majority of these will require you to undertake additional training after graduating from our LLB before being authorised to practise law.

Joint Academic Stage Board

Our LLB is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. It is a Qualifying Law Degree, satisfying the academic stage of training if you are seeking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.

It is also recognised by the Bar Council of India. However, Bar Council of India recognition stipulates that the three-year LLB can only be taken by graduates e.g. BA, BSc, BCom, BBA (any subject). Non-graduate entrants, who seek Bar Council of India recognition, will need to take our unique four-year LLB.

Many overseas legal professional bodies recognise our LLB, particularly in Commonwealth countries. If you intend to practise overseas, you should contact the local Law Society or Bar Council. The majority will require you to undertake additional training after graduating from our LLB before being authorised to practise law.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further Study

Options for further study at our University include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC)
  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Human Rights
  • MPhil/ PhD research degrees
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Enhancing employability skills

A degree in law not only prepares you for a career in law, but equips you with a range of transferable skills that will enable you to enter a number of professions. Many of our graduates go on to become solicitors or barristers such as Regan Peggs who is now an Associate within a local law firm carrying out work with the Crown Court and High Court.

Some students use the transferable skills they have developed to go into areas such as journalism, insurance and accountancy.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Placements

The Law School’s Centre for American Legal Studies operates the UK’s largest student internship programme to the USA. The programme was established in 1994 and to date we have placed over 500 students in Federal and State Public Defender offices, private attorney offices, American University Law Schools, law projects and organisations across the USA, from New York City to West Texas and San Francisco.

Undergraduate placements last for between six and eight weeks, and count as a fully accredited part of the LLB degree.

Chanae Humes spent eight weeks in New York City as an Intern for Spears and Imes LLP.

Graduate jobs

Upon graduating, you could secure work as a barrister, chartered legal executive, licensed conveyancer or solicitor. Others pursue law-related careers in organisations such as BMV Solicitors and Imperium Law Solicitors.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our law course is most popular with international students from:  

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other law, business, social sciences and English courses

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Our teaching and learning facilities include two video-equipped mock courtrooms. You will use these courtrooms to gain experience of realistic legal scenarios and to develop your legal skills. We also have a mock legal office which is used by Legal Practice Course (LPC) students.

We have an exciting and developing eLearning section to supplement the delivery of all our courses. This includes a Virtual Solicitors’ Office which has been developed by our law academics.

In addition we have recently invested £18,000 in a state-of-the-art ELearning Resource Centre which includes laptops, flip cameras, voice recorders, headsets, webcams, a digital video recorder and a state-of-the-art Smartboard and electronic notepad. With features such as Skype Group Video Calling, the school will be able to keep in touch with students carrying out internships in the USA, allowing tutors to provide effective support while the students are abroad.

The Curzon Building will also feature:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which will be located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Jon Yorke

Professor Jon Yorke

Reader in Law; Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies

Jon Yorke is a Reader in Law in the School of Law and Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies. Jon's main interests include European Human Rights, English and European Medical Law, Capital Punishment, Legal Theory and Legal Research. 

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