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Law - LLB (Hons)

  • UCAS Code: M100
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Study mode: Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years), Part Time (5 Years)
  • Location: City Centre

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

A law degree is an important first step into a career in law, as well as an important foundation on the route to many other careers, and Birmingham City University is a long-established provider of legal education to the Birmingham legal community and beyond.

This course has been developed to enable anyone wishing to qualify as a solicitor or barrister to undertake this first, important academic stage of their career. To achieve this, the course has been designed to align with the subjects that you will need to study further in order to successfully undertake the Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE), while also meeting the requirements of the Bar Standards Board for an undergraduate law degree.

What's covered in the course?

The study of law is both academic and practical, and therefore both of these are important elements in the LLB (Hons) degree at BCU. Theory and academic study are important on an LLB, but so too is the application of that knowledge, and so our LLB (Hons) degree offers plenty of opportunity for you to develop the practical lawyering skills, as well as the transferable skills enhancing your employability, that graduates will need when entering the workplace.

The different pathways on the LLB course will allow you to make decisions regarding the direction in which you want to take your studies, with named degrees in Law with American Legal Studies, Law with Business Law, and Law with Criminal Justice, as well as a broad range of optional modules ranging from more theoretical topics through to those aimed at the practical application of the law in real-world situations.

You will also have the opportunity to put those skills to practical use, both in the local community and beyond. Whether that is through our programme of placement opportunities with local providers such as Citizen’s Advice and various legal advice charities, through opportunities in the local legal community, or via BCU’s own Law Clinic, established to serve the local community from our City Centre campus, there are plenty of options available to you. You can also apply your legal knowledge further afield, through our US internship programme which has been placing students with attorneys throughout the US for over 20 years.

A professional placement year is also available, between years 2 and 3 of the degree, offering further opportunity for you to put your knowledge and skills to practical use, and thereby enhancing your CV further.

By focussing on the development of a range of transferable skills, the course employs numerous innovative assessment methods, going beyond the typical forms of written academic assessment.

You are also encouraged to engage in extra-curricular activities to support your learning, with student societies such as the highly successful Mooting Society. Furthermore, you will have the ability to engage with the wider Birmingham legal community through our connections with the Birmingham Law Society, the largest regional law society in the UK.

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with our Law course! We scored 90.1 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.
  • This degree course is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board (representing the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board). This means that the course is designed to be as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our courses you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of law, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in the legal world. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • The School of Law houses both a mock Crown Court and a mock Magistrates Court, giving you the chance to practice your skills in a realistic environment mimicking the top levels of the British legal system.
  • Our Law Clinic can give you opportunities to volunteer with local charitable legal advice providers and to work alongside legal professionals undertaking pro-bono work, allowing you to make a genuine difference to the lives of Birmingham residents.
  • Our renowned American Legal Practice placement offers you the chance to apply to undertake an internship in the United States.
  • We have strong links with law firms and companies based right here in Birmingham, which allow us to host guest speakers from industry regularly.
  • All of our courses have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award course enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You will have the chance to join our highly successful Mooting Society, as well as our Student Law Society and Student Debating Society. All three provide extracurricular opportunities for you to practise, develop and enhance your skills.
  • Our Virtual Solicitors’ Office gives you the opportunity to practise your law skills in an authentic work setting.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to Birmingham’s legal district, one of the largest in the UK.
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.

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Course Accreditations

Our LLB (Hons) Law degree has Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) status as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board through the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB).

Entry Requirements

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

Essential Requirements

BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 subjects.

Level 2 Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
GCSE
  • GCSE English language at grade C/4 or above

  • Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted

  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)
  • See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Scottish National 5
  • English language at grade C or above

  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

Level 3 Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
A level and Advanced VCE
  • BBC / 112 UCAS points

  • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

Access to HE Diploma
  • Law-related pathway

  • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3. 18 of the level 3 credits must be achieved at either merit or distinction grade.

  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2002 – 2010)
  • DMM
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 – 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate
    (2002 – 2010)
  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma (2016 to present)
  • Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Award
    (2002 - 2010)
  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Foundation Studies (Art and Design, and Art, Design & Media)

  • Distinction

IBO Certificate in Higher Level

  • Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

  • Considered with other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

  • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1)

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

  • DMM
  • Must be in Business

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
    (2016 – present)
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
    (until 2016)
  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Scottish Advanced Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

  • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.

  • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

Scottish Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

  • Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers.

T-Levels

  • 112 UCAS points (Merit overall)

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016)

ESW/KS Combined component

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF)

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
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.
Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 112 points are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

You could apply for a foundation course or a course at our International College. These routes have lower entry requirements and act as the bridge to a full degree. To find out more, please select your status:

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  • UK students
  • International students

Award: LLB (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Study Year £9,250
  • Placement Year £1,650

Sandwich Fees

Our Sandwich courses incur a fee during the placement year, the costs for years when you attend the university for study, and the cost for the placement year are shown here.

  • Year 1 (80 credits) £6,400
  • Year 2 (80 credits) £6,400
  • Year 3 (80 credits) £6,400
  • Year 4 (80 credits) £6,400
  • Year 5 (40 credits) £3,200

Fees for Part-time students

This course can be studied on a Part-time study basis. The cost per year of study is based on credit requirements for that year as shown here.

Award: LLB (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 3 Years
  • £13,200 per year
  • Study Year £13,200
  • Placement Year £13,200

Sandwich Fees

Our Sandwich courses incur a fee during the placement year, the costs for years when you attend the university for study, and the cost for the placement year are shown here.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Guidance for UK students

UCAS

UK 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

International students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them 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.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

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.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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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

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

Legal Systems
20 credits

The module has been designed to align with aspects of the functioning legal knowledge of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

The module aims to provide you with basic knowledge of what the law is, what are its sources and the main characteristics of UK and foreign legal systems.

The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in Contract Law & Tort Law at Level 4, Criminal Law and Constitutional & Administrative Law at Level 5, Law of the European Union and the optional Comparative Constitutional Models module at Level 6 by providing you with foundational concepts to be developed further in these modules. 

Foundations in Professional Skills
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with foundational skills to equip you for your future study in law and also your future personal and career development. You will explore some of the foundational transferable skills that are needed in order to successfully study the law, as well as starting a reflective process preparing you for a future legal or other career.

The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in Professional Skillsat Level 5 by starting your learning in a range of professional skills such as time management, independent learning and reflection. Since it is vitally important that you begin your career reflection and management early, you will also start to think about your own career development and this will be taken further in Professional Skills at level 5.

Critical Legal Thinking
20 credits

This module aims to furnish you with the key academic and scholarly skills to enable to flourish as a legal scholar and succeed in your studies. The module’s primary goal is to introduce you to the skillset necessary to be part of the community of knowledge and practice which is united by the use of legal thinking and knowledge.

The module provides core legal skills which will support your study of contract and tort law at Level 4, and in all compulsory and optional academic legal modules at Level 5 and Level 6. It will develop your ability to find, interpret, apply and understand the law and its role. It will provide you with the foundations for subsequent modules in which you solve legal problems and/or seek to explain or understand the law.

Law of Tort
20 credits

This is a compulsory module which has been designed to align with aspects of the functioning legal knowledge of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. The module will introduce theoretical considerations within the Law of Tort and its function in dispute resolution and with a focus upon concepts and principles of the Tort of Negligence.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems, Foundations of Professional Skills and Critical Thinking during Semester 1 of Level 4. You will consolidate your legal knowledge and you will be introduced to principles of dispute resolution in the context of the Law of Tort. You will identify facts and analyse legal issues, in order to identify solutions to legal problems.

Contract Law
20 credits

This is a compulsory module which aims to provide you with an appreciation of the relevant contractual principles such as offer, acceptance and consideration that are involved when parties enter into legally binding agreements. The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in Business Law at level 5 as it introduces the context for the formation of commercial transactions which is an important aspect of business law.

This module aligns with the LLB course’s ethos of fostering the development of your autonomy and professional attributes through a rigorous education in law. To achieve this the module content has been designed to improve your knowledge of the substantive law as well as to prioritise the development of key transferrable employability skills, particularly those related to communication, research, commercial awareness and problem-solving. 

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

Consumer and Agency Law
20 credits

The module addresses the regulation of consumer markets and the law, and the policies and institutional framework concerning the regulation of consumer markets. The module aims to balance both the theoretical and commercial aspects of both Consumer and Agency Law by showing how consumer law sets out to define and protect a consumer and the legal significance of being an agent. As a threshold idea you will be enabled to see that it attempts to re-balance the market in favour of the individual consumer. You will also see how fundamental Agency Law is to nearly every transaction that people undertake.

Introduction to US Legal Studies
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with knowledge of key aspects of the history of the U.S. Constitution and will provide you with the basic skills that will enable you to find U.S. legal material and conduct meaningful legal research.

The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in ‘Federalism and the US Constitution’ at Level 5 and the ‘Individual and the US Constitution’, ‘American Legal Practice’, “American Criminal Procedure and Practice’, Human Rights in America’ and ‘Comparative Constitutional Models at Level 6.  It will complement your study of the UK legal system at Level 4 and support your studies in the compulsory Constitutional and Administrative Law module at Level 5.

Global Protection of Human Rights
20 credits

Global Protection of Human Rights will provide a general introduction to human rights and the essential knowledge of the human rights safeguarding mechanisms. It will introduce the theory and practice of human rights and then the regional structure of the United Nations (UN), the Council of Europe (CE), the Organisation of American States (OAS), and the African Union (AU). You will learn how to research the region’s legislation, the special procedures mechanisms, and then how to interpret the adjudication by the region’s judicial bodies.

Criminal Justice Process & Procedure
20 credits

Criminal Justice Process and Procedure aims to provide you with essential foundational knowledge of the criminal justice system in England and Wales, building upon what you have learned about the criminal justice system in English Legal Systems in Semester 1.

This module will introduce you to a range of contemporary issues in criminal justice, enabling you to develop key transferrable skills, such as legal research, written and oral communication, team-work and ability to formulate coherent, persuasive and well-reasoned arguments.  This module will therefore provide essential foundational knowledge and transferrable skills to support your study in Human Rights and Criminal Justice and Crime and Punishment at Level 5, and for Advanced Criminal Law and Evidence, Proof and Argument at level 6.  

Introduction to Mooting
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with the underlying skills which are required for advocacy. The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in Advanced Mooting at Levels 6 by considering different court structures, presentation skills and the rules of legal language and court etiquette, building upon the study of Legal Systems in Semester 1 of Level 4.

This module will provide you with the opportunity to consider how to conduct the legal research which is required for court advocacy and consider the ways in which this can be used in order to form persuasive arguments. It will also consider the ethical implications which might arise in court advocacy. It will do this by means of a rich, diverse and inclusive learning, teaching, assessment and feedback experience where you are given the opportunity to work within teams to build understanding as well as giving you the opportunity to work independently on tasks.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Year Two

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

Land Law & Property Practice
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of the legal principles and rules involved in land law and an introduction to property transactions (also known as conveyancing). You will consider how they operate in the wider social and economic context and the legal ethics of property transactions. 

The module builds on the transferable skills that you developed in Professional Skills  and Critical Thinking at Level 4 by developing the skills acquired .The module also provides foundational knowledge to support your study in the optional module  Advanced Property.

Criminal Law
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the fundamental concepts and principles of criminal law together with some of the criminal offences against the person and against property and some general defences.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems and Criminal Justice Process at Level 4.It also provides foundational knowledge to support subsequent Level 5 and 6 Criminal Justice pathway options by the introduction of concepts, processes and ideology.

Professional Skills
20 credits

The module aims to providing you with an opportunity to develop certain transferable skills, principally oral skills, but also written skills and professional ethics. Workshops will take place in dedicated courtroom space to foster a professional approach.

The module builds on what you have already learned in Foundations in Professional Skills at Level 4 by developing your confidence further through the practice of oral and written skills, and by recognition of the need for resilience and emotional intelligence. The module also acts as a preparation for clinical placement modules studied later at Levels 5 and 6 by equipping you with oral, written and ethical awareness.

Constitutional & Administrative Law
20 credits

Building on the knowledge of British political and legal institutions that you acquired in Legal Systems at Level 4, this module will allow you to explore the UK constitutional framework in greater depth, and key constitutional principles that underpin British democracy.

You will develop a critical understanding of those UK constitutional institutions and you will also conduct research into the impact of Brexit on the sovereignty of the UK Parliament and Constitution. Judicial and non-court based mechanisms of control of governmental action, such as judicial review and Parliamentary Ombudsman, will be considered and you will critically assess the case-law that forms the basis of the unwritten British constitution.

Business Law
20 credits

The module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of key legal principles which determine and oversee business structures carrying out economic activities. In addition to addressing the available legal channels for conducting business, the module will also focus on the formation, management and decision-making procedures in private limited companies.

This module builds on knowledge acquired in the Contract Law module at level 4 and in particular, your prior knowledge of the formation of contracts will be relevant to further discussions on commercial arrangements where business organisations are contractual parties.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

Alternative Dispute Resolution
20 credits

The module aims to balance both theoretical and practical elements of ADR, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The module provides fundamental knowledge and transferable skills used in the placement modules or clinical placement modules by providing you with workplace and dispute resolution skills.

Through participation and engagement with authentic simulations, the module will enable you to foster the development of your autonomy by working in teams, as well as developing your professional and ethical attributes through experiential learning, all of which are part of our ethos to incorporate a rigorous, liberal research and practice-informed education in law.

Level 5 Placement Module
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to work on real cases within a supervised setting either within Citizens Advice (CA) or at another placement provider.

If working with Citizens Advice you will start training two days per week from the July at the end of Level 4 for a period of 8 weeks and then from the start of Level 5 you will work one day per week at a CA office.

If working with another placement provider, it is likely you will start work at the beginning of Semester One of Level 5. The time is used to develop transferable skills at your placement.

Corporate Insolvency Law
20 credits

The module will focus on the law relating to corporate insolvency law. It addresses the various mechanisms offered to businesses experiencing financial difficulties with a view to either liquidate or rescue the company.  

The module focuses on core concepts and principles of corporate insolvency, such as the evolution and rationales of corporate insolvency law; the sources, definitions and objectives of insolvency law; the causes of corporate failure; the creditor/debtor relationship; and the liquidation/rescue dichotomy. It also engages with the issues of cross-border insolvency law and the position of the United Kingdom on the international insolvency scene. This module is of particular relevance for students wishing to understand what tools exist for failing businesses.

Employment Law
20 credits

This module will examine the fast-moving field of employment law and employment-related equality law You will engage with  the relevant legal rules, and you will also analyse the wider significance of these rules in reflecting and in shaping society and the economy.

This approach will facilitate a highly imaginative and contextual analysis of the law. The module is both very practical, in that employment law remains a relevant area of legal practice, and, on the other hand, is outward-looking and intensely topical, in that a day barely goes by without a major news story touching upon employment or equality issues and how these are treated in law.

Human Rights & Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module will consider the relationship between the aims and purpose of the Criminal Justice System, the need to protect the public and fight crime with the requirement to protect the Human Rights of suspects and offenders.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems and Criminal Justice Process at Level 4 and Criminal Law at Level 5 by building upon your knowledge of the foundations of criminal law and the processes through which those charged and convicted of a criminal offences pass and their human rights at each stage. It will also provide foundational knowledge to support your study in Advanced Criminal Law and Evidence, Proof and Argument at Level 6 by the introduction of concepts, processes and ideology.

Medical Law & Ethics
20 credits

The module builds on what you have learned in Criminal Law and Tort Law at Level 4 and complements your learning on Constitutional and Administrative Law at Level 5 by helping you master public, civil and criminal legal elements of the law surrounding medical treatment. This module will help you develop a critical and well-rounded approach to analysing complex medical decisions by using both legal theories as well as ethical approaches. This will enable you to independently assess a variety of legal and non-legal viewpoints and formulate reasoned positions in a clear and coherent manner. 

Advanced Property Practice
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of domestic and commercial property law processes and transactions. You will consider how they operate in the wider social and economic context with particular consideration of planning law and commercial controls.

The module builds on what you will have learned in Property Law and Practice at Level 5 by developing and expanding upon the threshold concepts of Land Law and the introduction to conveyancing. By consideration of social and economic factors, the module also links with Business Law.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Final Year

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

Equity & Trusts
20 credits

The module aims to introduce the concept of equity and how it interacts with the law to create the trust by building on what you have learned in Contract Law and Land Law at Levels 4 and 5 about equitable remedies and property ownership.

This module will develop your ability to undertake independent research while critically analysing the way in which the law applies to real life scenarios. It will do this by incorporating a rich, diverse and inclusive learning environment which draws upon the knowledge which you have already gained and challenging your understanding through group work and interactive materials taking a student-led approach.

Law of the European Union
20 credits

The module aims to familiarise you with the Law of the European Union, combining the study of theoretical and practical elements and the procedural and substantive foundations. The module examines and evaluates the structural organisation of the EU and the way its legal processes operate. This module contextualises the rules that derive from Europe within the legal institutional framework and also the way in which those rules affect business and wider society.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems at Level 4 and Constitutional & Administrative Law at Level 5 as it relates to the relationship between the structure of the EU and the English legal system, taking into account the UK’s status as a Third Party Country under EU Law.

You will also choose one of the following:

Dissertation
40 credits

The module aims to provide you with an intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous education in the preparation and successful completion of a dissertation. The module will explore some of the key aspects involved in the preparation of a dissertation which will be approached through a critical examination of the current law relevant to the chosen topic and through an emphasis on how the subject of the dissertation operates in context.

American Legal Practice*
40 credits

American Legal Practice (ALP) is an optional module. To be eligible for this module you must average a 2:1 across Level 4 and Level 5.

ALP prepares and facilitates you to apply for an internship in law a legal organisation in the United States (US), developing your legal systems knowledge and legal practice skill-set, and supporting you to create a high quality CV and Cover Letter as part of your career planning. 

*Students wishing to study this module are subject to academic requirements specified by the Module Team

The United Nations: Law & Practice
40 credits

This module will provide you with critical knowledge of international humanitarian law, and international human rights law. It presents an overview of the Charter of the United Nations and engages with the International Bill of Rights and associated international legislation.  

The module provides a simulated crisis and humanitarian disaster wherein you will engage in a Model United Nations’ Security Council. The crisis issues include: the necessity for a sanctions regime to stop the human rights violations of--genocide, torture, executions, famine, mass casualty medicine and the spread of disease, closure of schools, and border controls. To help solve the crisis, you will participate in the MUN through: (a) providing a UNSC speech; (b) engage in an alliance building activity with fellow member states, and; (c) draft a UNSC Resolution. The module will provide a critical examination of the historical and political backgrounds of the legal architecture of the UN, and how it works in practice.

Law in Practice
40 credits

Selection for the module is through application and interview.

The module aims to enhance your existing problem-solving skills, and provide you with opportunities to develop your ethical awareness and transferable employability skills through casework either in our Law Clinic, or on a pro bono placement (e.g. with Citizens Advice), in private practice, or in a clinical arbitration setting. 

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

Students may study up to 40 credits of the following modules:

Advanced Mooting
20 credits

This is an optional module which introduces you to the key skills required in becoming an advocate including threshold concepts such as courtroom etiquette and roles, preparation of written submissions and oral advocacy skills. The module builds on what you have learned in Contract, Tort, Criminal and Land Lawat Levels 4 and 5 by engaging with and applying the law within a moot scenario as well being challenged on the application of key principles.

You will consider the professional attributes required for legal advocacy through a rich, diverse and inclusive learning experience which uses a range of different methods including group work and practical sessions as well as the opportunity to observe legal advocacy in practice with a courtroom visit. 

Comparative Constitutional Models
20 credits

This is an optional module which aims to introduce you to the methodology and classifications of comparative constitutional study with particular reference to four so-called constitutional families: Romanistic, Germanic, Anglo-American and Nordic. You will study the different systems of government (presidentialism, parliamentarism and semi-presidentialism) and the mechanisms for distribution of power (unitary, federal and mixed states).

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems and in Constitutional and Administrative Law at Level 4 and at Level 5. You will compare the history and characteristics of the English legal system with other legal systems.

Equality Law
20 credits

The module aims to introduce students to the domestic, supranational and international forms of equality law. The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems at Level 4 by expanding on your understanding of human rights and international law and its influence on our domestic legislation and equality rights.

This module will develop your autonomy by requiring you to conduct research independently and consider the way in which the law applies in practice and its theoretical and social background. It will do this by incorporating a rich, diverse and student-centric approach to teaching. Students will engage in team work, student-led research and presentations which will help to build on scholarly and personal development by challenging ideas, beliefs and understandings.

Family Law
20 credits

Family Law is an optional module of the LLB and focuses upon the law relating to marriage and separation, divorce, disputes involving children, cohabitation and domestic violence.

The module will build upon your studies in Level 5 Constitutional and Administrative Law, related to European Convention of Human rights and the impact it has on family life.

The module provides a solid grounding in black letter law and an appreciation of social and policy implications that underpin and inform the legal processes related to the family. The module’s approach to learning, teaching and assessment is practice-informed as it will require you to apply the law in a practical context by constructing realistic advice to reach solutions to family law utilising realistic case-studies, enabling you to apply and consolidate knowledge. 

Jurisprudence
20 credits

This module provides you with a critical and immersive introduction to the philosophy of law and justice in a way which allows you to understand, explore and explain the nature of law, its place in society, and its relationship with justice and morality.

The module will furnish you with an empowering framework to develop and explain your own understandings of law and legal concepts in a manner which allows you to engage with influential ideas which have shaped modern legal systems and societies. The module will introduce you to exciting and radical ways of understanding law and its role and also the skills and methods which allow you to challenge these ideas and generate your own perspectives. 

Dispute Resolution & Business Transactions
40 credits

This module will act as a bridge between your undergraduate studies and post-graduate professional legal studies.

The module aims to introduce basic procedures involved in civil litigation and dispute resolution, criminal litigation, property transactions and business structures, reflecting some of the problems encountered within legal practice. You will be introduced to issues of professional conduct and also the funding and costs implications of your advice.

Students may study a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules:

American Criminal Procedure & Evidence
20 credits

American Criminal Procedure & Evidence will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the American criminal justice process; teaching key criminal procedure and evidence frameworks through "relational learning.” This technique involves you learning substantive law through the lens of real case materials. This module focuses on case materials pertaining to the case of Ray Krone. Krone was the 100th person to be exonerated by post-conviction DNA testing in the USA. He was wrongly convicted twice of a crime he did not commit and spent numerous years on death row.

Human Rights in America
20 credits

It will also be relevant to those studying human rights modules across the course. The module provides an opportunity to study how America engages with human rights in the context of international law and foreign relations through the United Nations’ international human rights mechanism, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This module is directly related to the Centre of Human Rights’ “UPR Project at BCU.”

This module provides fundamental knowledge and transferrable skills used in the United Nations Law and Practice module. If you have studied other modules on the American Legal Studies pathway, it will further develop your autonomous understanding of US legal systems and research.

Students may study a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules:

Competition Law
20 credits

This module will examine how businesses interact in the market and the laws that govern market manipulations. The module will enable you to consider commercial behaviour and what happens when businesses violate competition laws in the United Kingdom (UK). You will study legal regulation and theory relating to the UK economy.

Corporate Crime & UK Tax Law
20 credits

This is an optional module offered as part of the LLB in International Business Law pathway. It considers the nature of corporate crime in the UK with specific focus on tax avoidance and evasion practices which may amount to crimes under UK law.

The module seeks to develop a critical understanding of the socio-economic impact of corporate tax avoidance and evasion by considering different theories on the nature of harm caused (e.g. profit maximisation and shareholder duty; corporate citizenship; public interest and expenditure). Methods of attributing corporate criminal liability under UK law are analysed, along with practices that amount to tax avoidance and evasion and which may constitute crimes. Reference is made to UK statutes and case law, and case studies are used to provide insight into tax avoidance and evasion practices.

Intellectual Property Law
20 credits

The module will provide a general overview of the ways in which a person’s ideas, inventions, business reputation and creations can be protected both nationally and internationally. Intellectual property can be defined as those products of the mind to which the law grants the author/creator legal protection and hence the enhanced ability to exploit. You will examine the reasons behind intellectual property laws including a review of copyright, patents and trademarks.

Legal Technology
20 credits

The rapid advancement of technology is disrupting all industries, including the legal sector. Businesses, large and small, are embracing technology as a means to improve their services meeting clients’ needs and satisfaction.  

The module aims to give you an insight into the application and operation of technology in different aspects of contemporary legal practice.   Employers value digital fluency and technology skills so this module enhances compatible transferable skills.

Students may study a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules:

Advanced Criminal Law
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to examine in detail and critically reflect on some of the more complex criminal law principles and doctrines, as well as their underlying rationales.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal System at Level 4, Criminal Law at level 5 and the Criminal Justice pathway modules that you have studied across Levels 4 & 5. As such you will be encouraged to consolidate your legal knowledge and use it to reflect on the scope of criminal law and critically analyse a variety of conceptual, moral and policy issues affecting criteria for attributing responsibility and blame to those who breach criminal prohibitions.

Crime & Punishment
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the Criminal Justice System by examining due process in trial procedure and the aims and purposes of sentencing following conviction.  It will provide you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of law and legal theory. 

The module builds on what you have learned in Criminal Justice Process and Procedure at Level 4, by building upon your knowledge of process and procedure within our Criminal Justice System and  from the Level 5 Human Rights and Criminal Justice module, which introduced a range of  concepts, processes and ideology.

Evidence, Proof & Argument
20 credits

Evidence, Proof and Argument aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the rules of criminal evidence and procedure in England and Wales.  Your learning will revolve around a fictitious case studies, akin to a real-life case.  The case study will provide you with a ‘practice-led’ experience in identifying and solving evidential issues that may arise in a criminal law trial, and by using authentic pre-trial documents, including witness statements, statements of proof and interview transcripts.  

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Trips and visits

You will have the chance to visit an array of legal institutions, both here and abroad. In the last 12 months, Law students have visited the European Union in Brussels and the UK’s Houses of Parliament.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

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). 

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.

International Opportunities

You will assess law and legal practice in the context of contemporary, social, cultural and economic factors, on a global scale. You will also have the chance to study abroad. 

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

What our students say

"My time at Birmingham City University has been truly enlightening. The support from tutors, the course content and the various extra-curricular opportunities have all contributed to my self-development as an aspiring barrister. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying here and very much look forward to the next stage of this venture."

Ibrahim Ilyas, Law student

Enhancing employability skills

Key employability skills are embedded within the learning and teaching, and we will provide you with additional careers development through our guest speakers, and pro bono and placement opportunities. The transferrable skills you learn will also give you the attributes needed to satisfy employers across a range of disciplines.

Our Student Law Society also provides you with the chance to interact and work with other students on legal pursuits, career enhancement and social activities, offering you support and helping you build your employability skills.

We also have our dedicated Careers Service, which provides a wide range of online and face-to-face services to help you develop your employability skills, plan your career and access the latest job opportunities. They will also help with you tailoring CVs, writing applications and interview techniques.

Placements

In your final year, you will have the chance to undertake a placement module with one of our partners. This will provide valuable, real-world experience, enhancing your learning in a workplace environment, and building up your networking and communication skills. While on placement, you will be assessed on your performance within the working environment, and will be encouraged to reflect on your development and progression.

In the past, students have enjoyed placements with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Birmingham Community Law Centre, Irwin Mitchell, ERT Law and Hanif & Co. 

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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.

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Graduate jobs

Emma Noble came to Birmingham City University through Clearing, and the LLB programme appealed to her due to the ideal location and the quality of the course.

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.

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:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

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.

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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.

The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.

On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is 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 Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Jon Yorke

Professor Jon Yorke

Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Human Rights

Jon Yorke is the Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law and is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights. His qualifications include LL.B. (Hons) (BCU), LL.M. and Ph.D. (Warwick). He currently teaches LL.B. International Human Rights and LL.M. Human Rights in the Wider World.

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Dr Sarah Cooper

Director of Research, Reader in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies

Dr Sarah Cooper is a Reader in Law and Interim Director of Research in the School of Law. Sarah teaches English Criminal Law, and leads the School of Law’s modules in American Criminal Procedure and Evidence, and American Legal Practice, which prepares students to be interns in the United States.

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Ian Fox-Williams

Ian Fox-Williams

Director of International Recruitment and Development

Ian Fox-Williams has strategic oversight and responsibility for all international activity in the School of Law from international student recruitment, development of partnerships with overseas institutions, designing collaborative courses taught overseas, as well as student and staff international mobility. 

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Tracey Cooper

Director of Educational and Professional Development

Tracey Cooper is the Director of Educational and Professional Development at BCU, prior to this she held the role of LLB Programme Director for 7 years. Her teaching areas are Land Law, Contract Law and ADR. She obtained her LLB with the Open University and LLM with the University of Wolverhampton.

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Helen Munro

Visiting Lecturer

Helen Munro qualified as a Solicitor in 1999, working in private practice until 2006, at which time she decided to pursue a career in education and training and moved to work for BPP. She worked until 2016 as a course leader and taught on the LPC, GDL, QLTS, LLB and on professional development and professional skills courses.

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