Law with American Legal Studies - LLB (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
M130
Attendance:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years), Part Time (5 Years)
Starting:
September 2019
Campus:

Law with American Legal Studies course gives you the opportunity to apply for our American Legal Practice internship programme.

The programme provides a practice-based education in English law, with a selection of modules focusing on the law of the United States.

Our course is delivered by a team of internationally-recognised researchers and former professional practitioners, and also offers opportunities to gain valuable international work experience.

What's covered in the course?

Whether you are aiming for a career in professional legal practice, or want to gain key transferrable skills, this course provides comprehensive coverage of both the foundations of legal knowledge and skills that can be used in other disciplines, such as critical thinking, negotiation and analysis.

Your learning will enable you to develop the skills and attributes to become a legal professional with independent learning skills.

We aim to enable you to develop a critical awareness of the role of law in influencing social change, as well as individual and corporate behaviour. We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in issues of fairness, equality and access to justice.

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with our courses! Our Law courses scored 89 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.
  • 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 programmes 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.
  • Our renowned American Legal Practice module 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.
  • Our relationship with the Birmingham Law Society has allowed students to work on a variety of exciting pro bono projects with them.
  • All of our programmes 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 programme 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 be taught by academics with relevant experience in American law, including the death penalty, wrongful convictions and equal protection.
  • You will have the chance to join our nationally recognised 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.
  • Our School of Law includes the Centre for American Legal Studies, a centre of excellence for the study of the law of the USA.
  • 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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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 25 November 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid. Terms and conditions apply.

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This course is open to International students

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Course Accreditations

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

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

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

UK students
Essential

BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels.

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2019/20
A Level / AS Level BBC at A Level (112 points). A maximum of three subjects are considered, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3, 18 of which must be achieved at merit or distinction in Law or a related subjects. Must be in a law-related subject. GCSE English language at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications must be offered.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma D*D*. Subjects accepted: Applied Law, Business or Public Services.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma DMM (112 points). Subjects accepted: Applied Law, Business or Public Services.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Subjects accepted: Applied Law, Business or Public Services.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points.

If taking the IB Certificate you will need to obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

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

Maximum of three Advanced Highers can be considered together.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Only in combination with other qualifications. Must include English
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
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

Entry requirements here

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

Exemptions

Our LLB has a very flexible structure which enables us to admit you onto the LLB with maximum possible exemptions. Graduates of any discipline are exempted from one year of the LLB, enabling you to complete the course in two years (full-time).

Full exemptions for modules completed on an English LLB (including London International (External) LLB and Northumbria LLB)

One year exemption for completion of a degree (any subject) provided the degree is equivalent to a UK bachelor degree, for example:

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

Bangladesh - one year exemption for completion of a minimum of two years of an LLB average 50 per cent from a Bangladesh public university or average 60 per cent from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC

Pakistan - one year exemption for completion of a four-year bachelor degree (professional subjects) average 55 per cent

Sri Lanka - one year exemption for completion of a four-year degree (any subject) average 55 per cent

Up to one year exemption for partial completion of an overseas LLB, for example:

Sri Lanka - one year exemption for completion of a minimum of two years of a professional degree in law average 50 per cent

See the International Section of the School of Law's website for more information.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2019 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years
TBC
Apply via UCAS
PT 5 Years £1,550 per module

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2019 FT 3 Years £12,300 per year
SW 4 Years
TBC
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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. Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. 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/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 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.

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.

The cost of the optional internship in the USA varies considerably depending on location and schedule, but we advise that you would need to budget £2,000-5,000 for this.

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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 120 credits):

Criminal Law 1: Fundamental Concepts and Crimes Against Persons
20 credits

Criminal Law 1: Fundamental Concepts & Crimes Against Persons is a core module and part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of common criminal offences against persons and defences under English law, as largely prescribed by domestic statutes and common law (case law).

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Contract Law 1: Fundamental Concepts and Creating Contracts
20 credits

Contract Law 1: Fundamental Concepts & Creating Contracts is a core module and part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the substantive Law of Contract; giving a foundational review of the legal concepts and principles involved when two parties make an agreement. This module will also address certain aspects of the English Legal System including European Law and Equity in the context of the module topics.

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Torts 1: Fundamental Concepts, Trespass to the Person and Negligence
20 credits

Torts 1: Fundamental Concepts & Trespass to the Person and Negligence is a core module and part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the more common tortious wrongs and associated defences and remedies under English law.

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Criminal Law 2: Process, Property Crimes and Problem Solving
20 credits

Criminal Law 2: Process, Property Crimes & Problem Solving is a core module and a part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of common criminal offences against property, general defences and criminal justice process issues and personnel.

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Contract Law 2: Breach, Remedies and Advocacy
20 credits

Contract Law 2: Breach, Remedies & Advocacy is a core module and part of one of seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of Consumer Rights, Discharge, Unconscionability and Remedies in relation to the Law of Contract. It will also develop your skills in the analysis, research and construction of legal arguments both in writing and oral presentation. This module will also explore knowledge and skills related to the English Legal System, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advocacy and Law of the European Union.

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Torts 2: Property, Reputation and Privacy
20 credits

Torts 2: Property Reputation and Privacy is a core module and part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the more common tortious wrongs and associated defences and remedies under English law.

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Year Two

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

Constitutional and Administrative Law
20 credits

Constitutional & Administrative Law is a core module and one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession.

This module will explore the UK constitutional framework including sources of law, institutions, and key constitutional principles. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the UK constitutional institutions involved in the legislative process, including accountability mechanisms. You will explore UK administrative law which is concerned with review mechanisms which hold the Executive to account. You will also develop critical problem-solving skills by applying administrative law mechanisms to everyday problem scenarios.

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Land Law
20 credits

Land Law is a core module and one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The aim of this module is to provide an intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous education in Land Law which will be approached through a critical examination of the historical, political and economic elements of the discipline. Alongside the accumulation of knowledge, you will also engage in activities which will enable you to refine your analytical skills and ability to apply the rules to solve legal problems.

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Professional Skills and Practice
20 credits

Professional Skills and Practice is a compulsory module providing you with an opportunity to develop your employability skills and also acting as a preparation for the programme’s optional placement modules which can be studied later in the programme.

In accordance with the programme’s philosophy and aims, the module is practice-led and knowledge based and is experiential by design. It will equip you with simulated experiences of legal practice skills such as interviewing, advising, negotiation, advocacy, communication skills, both written and oral, interpersonal skills (including team-working skills), the ability to prioritise and to work to strict deadlines.

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The Individual and the US Constitution
20 credits

The Individual and the US Constitution is an optional module for students studying the LLB (Hons) Law and a compulsory module for students on the LLB with American Legal Studies pathway. This module explores how the US Constitution protects the rights of the individual citizen against both the federal government and several States. It also considers the way in which these rights are mediated by the Supreme Court. You will develop a critical understanding of the role of the Supreme Court as the final guardian of the Constitution and the place of rights-based discourse in American political life.

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Federalism and the US Constitution
20 credits

This is an option module that is compulsory for students on the LLB with American Legal Practice pathway. It involves an examination of the way in which the US Constitution allocates powers between the federal government and the several states and explores the way in which the exercise of these powers is mediated by the Supreme Court. Studying this module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the role of the Supreme Court as the final guardian of the Constitution.

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

Alternative Dispute Resolution
20 credits

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to provide an examination of methods of resolving disputes other than by means of litigation. ADR is a popular method of both domestic and international dispute resolution, often involving cross-border disputes. Processes central to ADR include negotiation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication.

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Company Law
20 credits

Company Law is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to provide a review of the limited company. It is one of the most important concepts in English law; it is the foundation of the business economy. You will develop a sound knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of company law with a practical understanding of the legal aspects of setting up and running private limited companies and their importance. This module will provide you with an appreciation of business organisations; offering a solid foundation for those wishing to progress to professional qualification courses and key transferable skills essential for employment.

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Employment Law
20 credits

Employment Law and Practice is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme and will provide a grounding in the principles of Employment Law, concentrating on the foundational areas of the subject.

Having studied the module you will appreciate the practical importance in Employment Law of the function of both the common law and of statute, and will have a grounding in the key areas of law relating to the employment contract and employment status, dismissal and equality rights.

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Medical Law and Ethics
20 credits

Medical Law and Ethics is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to provide an introduction for you to the ever-growing body of law concerned with the regulation of health care practice and some of the ethical dilemmas advances in medical science can generate within society. As the title implies Medical Law and Ethics invites you to explore the complex relationship between the law and ethics within a medical context. This relationship, where these elements meet, will be the focus of your studies.

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Citizens' Advice Placement
20 credits

Citizens’ Advice Placement is an optional module positioned at semester 2 of level 5. Students will apply at the end of level 4 to be considered, via formal application and interview, for placement with Citizens’ Advice (CA). If successful, a student will receive CA training over the summer period, usually for 2 days per week. A student will thereafter be placed with a local CA office and will attend for 1 day per week throughout the whole of level 5. The student will study the core Professional Skills and Practice module in semester 1 of level 5, learning complementary skills, and may opt to take this module in semester 2 in order to obtain appropriate credit upon successful completion of the placement and the module’s assessments.

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Please note list of optional modules is indicative only. Students’ choice will not be guaranteed for optional modules but a fair and transparent process will be adopted and shared with students.

Final Year

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Equity and the Law of Trusts
20 credits

Equity and the Law of Trusts is a core module and one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession. The broad aim of this module is to provide you with an intellectually stimulating and problem-based education in Equity and the Law of Trusts.

The module will provide you with a sound basis of knowledge needed in order for you to apply the relevant legal concepts and principles. It will contribute towards your continuing professional development by learning through the application of law to concrete legal problems.

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Law of the European Union
20 credits

Law of the European Union is a core module and one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession.

This module is designed to familiarise you with the Law of the European Union, combining the study of theoretical and practical elements and the procedural and substantive foundations. In conjunction with the programme’s philosophy and aims the module will enable you to appreciate the EU aspect of the wider international legal framework within which UK law resides, and to evaluate the way in which UK law relates to it.

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American Criminal Procedure and Evidence
20 credits

American Criminal Procedure and Evidence provide you with a comprehensive overview of the American criminal justice process. This module will therefore examine due process protections afforded to individuals, under the U.S. Constitution, who are alleged to have committed or have been convicted of crimes. In so doing, you will engage with political, historical and social concepts relevant to the application of these due process protections in the American criminal justice system and this will advance your ability to undertake effective American legal research and referencing.

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America and International Legal Issues
20 credits

America & International Legal Issues is an optional module that is required to be undertaken as part of your pathway to provide an opportunity to study how America engages with specific aspects of international law and its foreign relations.

You will study how America interacts with international law by reviewing a series of case studies covering aspects of human rights law, environmental law, international trade law, international criminal law and humanitarian law. This module will examine how America’s legal order has responded to the lack of ‘outward-facing’ provisions in the US Constitution; providing you with an opportunity to analyse how America views international law and how it seeks to avoid influential international legal developments.

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American Legal Practice
40 credits

American Legal Practice (ALP) is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the LL.B. (Hons) and LL.B. (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies programmes. It provides experience of a fusion of law and practice in an international context. You must apply to undertake a placement. The rationale for its inclusion in the programme and the LL.B. Law with American Legal Studies pathways is to provide you with an overview of the American justice process (with a particular focus on criminal proceedings) and an opportunity to develop key legal skills through a practical internship and factually-based research and writing exercises. In so doing, the module engages with relevant legal concepts and practical lawyering skills relevant to the application of due process protections in the American justice system and advances your ability to undertake effective American legal research, referencing and writing.

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Throughout the programme, you’ll be given the chance to practice a range of legal skills, including legal research, problem solving, advocacy and drafting, as well as a host of transferrable skills.

Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars, and we will also encourage you to use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will offer interactive, practice-orientated opportunities to test and apply your legal skills.

The programme offers a diverse range of assessments, which are practice-led and knowledge-applied, providing an opportunity for you to demonstrate your legal knowledge and employability skills. Your learning will include a range of activities, which will be influenced by professional practice, and assessments will be delivered through coursework, case summaries, courtroom moots and examinations.

The assessments you undertake have been devised to fit with the ethos of the programme and the way it is taught – it is based on authentic situations encountered in professional practice. The programme is also designed to allow you, regardless of which pathway you have chosen, to change after your first year so you can be sure the pathway meets your needs and aspirations.

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

Our American Legal Practice module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an internship in the United States, where you could gain work experience in a law office, innocence project or judge’s chambers. 

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

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.

More about our placement opportunities...

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+

Graduate jobs

Chanae Humes

As a highly engaged student Chanae received recognition for her excellence by the Dean of the School of Law. She has undertaken a placement in New York, and is actively involved in many extra-curricular activities, enhancing her experience at Birmingham City University.

“I chose to study at Birmingham City University as the American Legal Practice module offered an American internship. Travelling to America during my academic studies has been one of my goals since a young age. Not many universities focus on American Law or offer international experience, which is what makes the University so unique.”

Belise Niringiyimana

“I am undergoing a placement with the Citizen's Advice Bureau as part of my third year module Legal Advice and Representation Unit (LARU). This will help me develop essential skills required in the legal field, maximising my employment opportunities.

I work as a Student Ambassador which involves working on Open Day events and HE fairs, and going to schools, delivering talks and presentations on higher education. This has contributed to building my confidence.

I truly appreciate the support given by staff at Birmingham City University; they are friendly, encouraging and always do their best to raise awareness of various opportunities available to students. I like the fact that the University always aims to enhance the student experience and values the student voice.”

*DLHE 2016/17

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:

Professional Body Recognition

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

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

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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

Interim Director of Research / Reader in Law

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.

Ian Fox-Williams

Ian Fox-Williams

Deputy Head of the School of Law, International Development and Partnerships

Ian Fox-Williams is the Deputy Head of the School of Law with responsibility for Research, International Partnerships and Enterprise. Ian manages the School's collaboration with international partners as well as leading on initiatives for income diversification.

Tracey Hough

Associate Professor, LLB Course Director

Tracey Hough is the LLB Programme Director. Her teaching areas are Land Law, Contract Law and ADR. She has experience in teaching and leading programmes both home and abroad, having taught at institutions in Mauritius and Hong Kong.