Law - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

LLB (Hons) Law

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: £6,935 per annum*

*All figures are subject to approval by the Office for Students.

Course type

LLB (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 120

UCAS code: Not applicable

Institute code: L51

Study mode

4 years Part Time

About your course

Liverpool John Moores University offers the qualifying part-time LLB (Hons) Law degree specifically designed so that you can fit your studies around your working day

  • 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
  • Ideally suited to students who are in work or have other committments and wish to study part-time - listen to graduate, Siobhan Tallan's experience of part-time study
  • High levels of student support including a mentoring scheme, an active student Law Society and options to volunteer for the School of Law's pro bono activities, including CLOCK and the Legal Advice Centre

The advantage of the part-time LLB for me is the fact that I can ‘earn while I learn’. Most of the modules have been tailored to suit the part-time student in that they are incorporated into one day a week which makes life easier.

Louise Larkin, Graduate

I am currently applying for training contracts to become a solicitor. Now my children are grown up I decided that I wanted to pursue my career ambitions and train to be a legal professional. My experiences at LJMU were so positive my daughter is in her second year of her LLB, so we’re keeping it in the family.

Siobhan Tallon, Graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

The LLB contains a number of modules 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

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

As well as the support of your tutors, you will have the additional support of a second or third year 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 student law society.

Course details

This qualifying part-time Law degree is designed for students who are returning to education, looking for a change of career or hoping to further their professional development.

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 national mooting competitions. 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.

Another unique feature of the part-time LLB is our student mentoring scheme, which ensures you have that extra support during your first year. Joining our student law society is another excellent way to socialise with other students and is an ideal opportunity to build contacts for future vacation or work placements, which we strongly advise you to do.

You will also have the chance to see how legal systems work in other countries, either by taking part in the School's Erasmus programme 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.

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
  • Criminal Law
  • English Legal System
  • Legal Research and Independent Learning Skills
  • Obligations A
Level 5
  • Public Law
  • Contract and Tort Law
  • Land Lawn Comparative Law
  • Introduction to Family Law
  • Power and Government in the Modern State
  • Professional Development in Law

Level 6
  • European Union Law
  • Contract and Tort Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Gender and the Law
  • Sex Crime and Society
  • European SocioLegal Studies
  • Mooting
  • Appropriate Dispute
  • Resolution Company Law
  • Commercial Law

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 large and small groups led by experienced tutors. You will be encouraged to seek out your tutors for support and feedback, either online through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, or in one-to-one sessions and impromptu meetings.

Your lecturers

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
  • 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 which suit your own individual strengths.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications


GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • 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 • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • 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 on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: To the total of 120 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points
Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to:

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

As an accredited qualifying degree this programme 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.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

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.

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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