Law - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

LLB (Hons) Law

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £11,630 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

LLB (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 120

UCAS code: M100

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Law can be studied on a full time (three years) or part time (up to a maximum of six years) basis at LJMU offering you flexibility, choice and ultimately, success.

About your course

The professionally accredited LLB (Hons) Law at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by a supportive and highly qualified team of legal professionals and academic staff.

  • Sandwich year option providing students with the opportunity to undertake a supported, year-long work placement in the UK or overseas
  • Teaching from supportive and highly qualified legal professionals and academics
  • Direct progression onto professional practice training programmes
  • Opportunities to study in Europe as part of the School of Law's Erasmus + programme
  • High levels of student support including a mentoring scheme and law society
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

The open-door policy of the staff really helped me through the challenging modules and assessments and they are very approachable and friendly.

Daniel McCrossan MLA, LLB graduate and Member of the Legislative Assembly for West Tyrone

The Law degree offered by LJMU is absolutely excellent, not only is there a diverse range of optional modules but the staff are incredible. During my time at LJMU I represented the University in several national mooting competitions and all members of staff were extremely accommodating in providing guidance and support. The opportunities within the Law School are second to none. I will be leaving LJMU with an abundance of skills and experience that I don't think I would have obtained anywhere else.

Alex Jones, LLB law graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

The degree has a selective sandwich option which will allow you to spend an academic year on a work placement in a legal or non-legal role.

At its core, the LLB contains a number of modules at Levels 5 and 6 that focus specifically on the skill sets that employers value, such as Mooting, Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Professional Development in Law.

While the course will develop your academic knowledge sufficiently to succeed in any legal profession, you will also gain a host of transferable skills relevant to careers both within and outside law. Communication, writing and organisational skills are all assets that will help you stand out from the crowd when you eventually enter the open job market.

In addition to the work-related learning built into specific modules, you will be encouraged to seek out vacation and work placements to get vital work experience.

Our student law society provides excellent opportunities to network with local solicitors and barristers who could help you to secure a work placement, but your tutors will also be on hand to support you in finding a suitable position.

The School of Law's academic tutors work closely with LJMU's student development co-ordinator and careers advisors. As a result the School has received a research grant from the Higher Education Academy to fund further projects into enhancing Law School student employability prospects after their graduation.

Support and guidance

Be supported throughout your course and beyond

As well as the support of your tutors, you will have the additional support of a Level 5 and 6 student mentor during your first year. This unique feature of the LLB programme is a great way to help you settle into academic life and feel part of a community. You can also meet fellow students and local legal professionals by joining our popular law society.

Course details

While the study of law prepares you for a career in the legal profession, it also develops vital personal skills in teamwork, communication, writing and time management, so that you are more than ready to face the challenges of a range of careers should you decide that law isn't for you.

This course is truly innovative in its style of teaching and has an enviable record in national competitions. Moots or 'mock trials' are a speciality and we have regular success at the prestigious Essex Court Chambers national mooting competition and the UKLSA. 

We also have a history of success at the Client Interviewing and Counselling Competition, reaching the finals in 2010, and we hosted the UK’s first ever National Mediation Competition for law students. 

More recently, a Mediation team represented the School at the prestigious INADR Inaugural Invitations Law Schools Mediation Tournament in Dubai - the team were crowned overall champions and each individual received a top 10 finalist spot.

Employability sits at the heart of this professional programme, and you will have the opportunity to apply for a 48 week work placement in the UK or alternatively overseas in combination with the School's Erasmus + programme. 

Erasmus + offers you the chance to learn how legal systems work in other countries, with institutions in Malaga (Spain), Oviedo, Spain, LUMSA Liberia Universita Degli Studi Maria (Italy) or Hasselt University (Belgium), or by taking part in study trips to other countries, such as China and Malta.

LJMU is one of very few law schools currently offering a sandwich year option LLB, which combined with a range of unique features, such as our student mentoring scheme, and our active student law society, will provide you with excellent ways to develop future employment opportunities.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Law of Tort
  • Principles of Contract Law
  • Foundations of the Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Independent Learning and Legal Skills   
Level 5  
  • Land Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Remedies in Contract, Tort and Restitution
  • Equity and Trusts

The following options are typically offered:

  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Employability and Business Skills
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Crime and Security in the EU
  • Sports Law
  • Property Offences
  • Politics and International Human Rights
  • Law and the Vulnerable Person
  • Principles of International Trade

Sandwich year:

Work placement in a legal or non-legal organisation


Level 6

The following options are typically offeredEmployment Law:
  • Media Law
  • Child Care and Protection
  • Negotiation
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Public International Law
  • Family Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Mediation
  • Legal History Dissertation
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • Sex, Crime and Society
  • Mooting
  • The American Legal System
  • Law of Succession
  • Company Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Evidence
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • The UN and National Security
  • Bank and Financial Services Regulation
  • Animal Welfare and the Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Advanced Contract Law
  • Dissertation
  • Law Relating to Financial Crime
  • European Socio-Legal Studies

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

You will be taught in a mixture of large and small groups led by our experienced tutors. You will also be expected to study independently with tutor support. You will be encouraged to seek out your tutors for support and feedback, both online through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, or in one-to-one sessions and impromptu meetings.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

The academic team is made up of solicitors, barristers, former police officers, commercial professionals and academics, giving you a solid grounding in all aspects of the law.

Most of the staff are actively engaged in research and publish widely:   

  • Dr Noel Cross’ publication Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and Professor Peter De Cruz's monograph, A Comparative Study of Family Law are both used as the basis for course modules
  • Dr David Lowe, programme leader for LLB Law is widely called upon by national broadcast media for his expert opinion on global terrorism
  • Senior lecturer, Eric Baskind was recently called to sit as a Commissioner on the National Independent Commission on Enforced Removals, led by Lord Ramsbotham, due to his work in the field of physical restraint. The inquiry was set up to look at a number of issues around enforced removals and the appropriate use of physical restraint following the death of Jimmy Mubenga who died while being restrained by security guards on a British Airways flight bound for Angola in October 2010.

This combination of professional expertise and active research interests feed directly into the curriculum, ensuring the topics you cover are relevant to today’s law professional.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

The School of Law prides itself on its assessment methods, which combine traditional exams (seen and unseen) and coursework (essays and reports) with pioneering skills-based assessments, such as mooting, dispute resolution and mediation. 

We acknowledge that every student is unique and may perform differently depending on how they are assessed, so we offer a variety of assessment options through tailored modules to suit your specific learning requirements.

Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

120

Application and selection

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess.Your personal statement should be concise and to the point.We want to see a systematic approach behind your submission with evidence that you have organisational ability.Explain why you want to do the course at LJMU, show you’ve done some research into it and be aware of the career pathways.Work experience or contact with the legal system would be advantageous along with individual achievements.
For the full time degree programme formal qualifications are essential, but if you think that there is something special you have to offer and your qualifications don't quite meet the entry requirements, contact us to discuss your application and you may be invited for an interview. What the Admissions Panel must see is that you have the ability and aptitude to complete the degree.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English Prior to starting the programme

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBB
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 120 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 120 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

For non standard applicants and mature applicants you may be invited for interview.

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

As an accredited qualifying degree this LLB (Hons) in Law provides the essential academic training required to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales, allowing you to progress directly onto the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.

In addition to preparing future lawyers, the LLB has a wide-ranging appeal in a broad array of careers, from local and central government, the criminal justice system and the commercial world.

Reflecting the University’s commitment to the employability of our graduates the School of Law is committed to the World of Work careers programme. As a consequence not only are all graduate skills mapped onto our curriculum but also the World of Work Skills Certificate Bronze Award is fully integrated into the first year of study in our ‘foundations of law’ module. 

This means that all students, upon completing their first year of study will hold a bronze award in a programme which is endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations, including Airbus, CBI, Ford Europe, NHS, GKN Aerospace, Marks and Spencer, Siemens and Sony as well as numerous law firms including Heaney Watson, Hill Dickinson, Weightmans and Duncan Gibbins Solicitors.

During the second year of study students are encouraged to pursue the World of Work Silver Award in our ‘professional development in law’ module with a view to attaining the Gold Award in their final year of study.

By the time our students graduate they have a full award that will not only enhance their CV but is also formal recognition that they possess the professional skills that are highly valued in today’s competitive job market.

During the third year of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake the sandwich year option, which will provide a limited number of paid workplacements in a legal or non-legal setting. The sandwich option connects with the School of Law's Erasmus programme, and also offers students overseas workplacement opportunities.

Professional accreditation / links

This course is a fully qualifying law degree, accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. The School of Law maintains strong links with the local legal community through the Legal Practice Course and the LLM Legal Practice.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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