2021/22 entry

LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: £9,250 per annum
Full-time international tuition fee: £11,000 Foundation year
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum
Full-time international placement year fee: £3,650 per annum

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

LLB (Hons)

LLB Hons

UCAS info

Points required: 72

UCAS code: M101

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four years full time or five years with one year spent on industrial placement

About your course

The professionally accredited LLB (Hons) Law is uniquely placed by giving students the opportunity to observe law in action, through our award-winning Legal Advice Centre, upon successful completion of your foundation year.

  • Attend real solicitor / client interviews via our Legal Advice Centre
  • Highly active student Law Society
  • Direct progression onto professional practice training programmes 
  • Teaching from supportive and highly qualified legal professionals and academics 
  • Sandwich year option providing students with the opportunity to undertake a supported, year-long work placement in the UK or overseas
  • Opportunities to study in Europe as part of the School of Law's Erasmus + programme
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus

"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

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

Every LLB module we teach focuses not only on knowledge but on the skill sets that employers value: analysis, commercial awareness, good presentation and communication, teamwork and problem solving. While the course will develop your academic knowledge to succeed in any legal profession, the skills your learn will be easily transferable to careers beyond  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 and dedicated Careers Team provides excellent opportunities to network with local and national solicitors and barristers who could help you to secure a work placement or pupillage;  your tutors will also be on hand to support you in finding opportunities.


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 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.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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.

Foundation Year (Level 3)

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the LLB Law honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (Level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

LLB Law

This course is truly innovative in that you can observe real law in action from Semester 2 of Level 4.  The core module 'Law in Society' is delivered by our award-winning Legal Advice Centre and means you will gain invaluable insight into the pro-bono work that we are proud to undertake, attending solictor interviews with clients and helping to support access to justice in our city. 

The Legal Advice Centre is something you can be part of all the way through to your final year of study.  Since 2014, LJMU's Legal Advice Centre  has helped over 500 clients and given £0.6million worth of free advice to the local community.

Our  style of teaching  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 3: Foundation Year

  • Preparing for success: Academic Skills
  • Investigating Liverpool
  • Contemporary Issues in Law
  • Criminal Justice and Policing
  • Understanding Contemporary Social Problems

Level 4  

  • Principles of Contract Law
  • Foundations and Independent Learning
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Law of the Single Market in the EU
  • Law in Society  (delivered by LJMU's Legal Advice Centre)

Level 5 

  • Justice, Human Rights and the State
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Law of Tort
  • Land Law

The following options are typically offered:

  • International Human Rights
  • International Trade Law 
  • Clinical Legal Education I 
  • Maritime Law
  • Law of the Environment
  • Succession, Wills and Admin
  • Criminal Litigation and Advocacy 

Sandwich year: Work placement in a legal or non-legal organisation

Level 6
The following options are typically offered:

  • Dissertation
  • Clinical Legal Education II 
  • Mediation Skills and Practice
  • Commercial Law
  • Family and Child Law
  • Mooting
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • Company and Business Organisations Law
  • Negotiation Skills & Practice 
  • International Law, Peace and Security
  • Evidence
  • Jurisprudence


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, Canvas, 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
  • 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

72

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: DDD
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 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 Merits and 21 Passes or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 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: 72 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 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), your household income and if you are going to live in your parental home or elsewhere while you study.

The information below relates to the 2020/21 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2021/22. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home 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. In 2020/21 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. In 2020/21 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

The information below relates to both UK and EU students studying in 2020/21.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

In 2020/21 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. 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).

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 £26,575**.

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

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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 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.

For more information on student finance, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance (if you normally live in England)
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

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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 £26,575* 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 £26,575).*

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

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.

All LLB Law students have the opportunity to volunteer for the School of Law's Legal Advice Centre, which offers a range of pro bono legal services to residents of Merseyside, including family law, employment law, wills and administration legal issues. The service works closely with solicitor mentors from some of Liverpool's best legal firms, giving students plenty of opportunities to put their legal education into practice while making connections with local practitioners.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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.

Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses.

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 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.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

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 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.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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