2022/23 entry

LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

4 years, 5 years with placement

UCAS code:

M101

Points required:

72

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Business and Law:

0151 231 8080

busadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Law with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

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.

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 solicitor 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.

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.

"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

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.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

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.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 3

Core modules

Introduction to Civil Law and Civil Justice
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to key principles underpinning civil law and the civil justice system.  You will explore the purpose of civil law and civil justice and will develop a basic awareness of the key elements of Tort and Contract Law. You will also learn key concepts relating to Alternative Dispute Resolution and will explore notions of justice, the civil justice system and the key values underpinning it. 

Introduction to Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module aims to introduce you to key principles underpinning criminal law and criminal justice. You will explore the purpose of criminal law and criminal justice and develop a basic awareness of the key elements of criminal liability.  You will also explore notions of justice, the criminal justice system and the key values underpinning it. 

Introduction to English Law and Systems 1
20 credits

This module aims to introduce students to the history, development and nature of the English legal system. You will also learn about the history and function of the court system and key legal personnel. You will explore the origins of the Jury and examine the historical interaction between law, morality and legal philosophy. You will also be introduced to the origins and development of substantive areas of law such as contract law and criminal law. 

Introduction to English Law and Systems 2
20 credits

This module aims to introduce students to the history, development and nature of the English legal system. You will learn about sources and types of law and will explore the function of key legal personnel within the English legal system. You will also examine the interaction between law and morality and gain a basic appreciation of the legal reasoning and techniques required for legal studies. 

Studying Employability
20 credits

This module aims to develop employability skills and includes a range of practical activities designed to enhance your practical skills and build your confidence for when you enter the workplace. 

Academic Skills and Practices
20 credits

You will develop the academic, professional and personal skills to develop and succeed in Higher Education. This module will enable you to  develop and enhance communication, assessment and research skills that you will need to successfully complete your degree.  This includes learning how to use databases and produce academic writing. 

Level 4

Core modules

Criminal Law
20 credits

This module introduces you to the underpinning principles to criminal liability and legal defences. You will learn to explain, illustrate and demonstrate legal knowledge of the main offences and defences in a succinct, coherent and logical structure, alongside the ability to appraise a particular area of debate in criminal law and evaluate the benefits or drawbacks of the current state of law. 

Principles of Contract Law
20 credits

This module provides a basis for knowledge, understanding, analysis and application of the principles of contract law. You will be able to recognise the basic concepts, values and principles of contract law, alongside the ability to evaluate and apply knowledge and understanding of contract law to complex legal problems.

Foundations and Independent Learning
20 credits

The module introduces students to the basic concepts, structures and mechanisms through which English Law develops. Students will gain and understanding of the importance of judicial law-making and the significance of international law and  the issues surrounding law and morality and law and justice.


Law in Society
20 credits

This module introduces the basic elements of professional conduct and clinical legal education. You will observe live client work in the Legal Advice Centre.

Law of Tort
20 credits

This module will allow you to understand the basic concepts, values, principles and rules of tort. You will evaluate principles of the law of tort and should be able to apply legal knowledge to complex problem and present informed conclusions. After completing this modules you should be able to present an argument in a way that is comprehensible to others and which addresses their particular concerns or questions.

Constitutional Law
20 credits

Level 5

Core modules

Equity and Trusts
20 credits

This module enables you to develop a firm understanding of both Equity and Trusts. You will learn to apply legal knowledge to problem questions, drawing logical conclusions which are substantiated by legal authority. You will also learn to demonstrate a critical awareness of the historical, socio legal and political context of equity and trusts. 

Justice, Human Rights and the State
20 credits

In this module you will explore the principle methods of controlling executive action in the British State, administrative law and human rights. This module builds on Public Law at Level 4 and serves as a gateway into a number of related public law modules.

Land Law
20 credits

In this module you will consider estates and interests in land and other contemporary issues in land. It enables you to demonstrate a firm understanding of Land Law and allows you to apply the core principles of Land Law to a range of problems, essays, and multiple choice questions.

Law of the Single Market
20 credits

After completing the module you student should be able to discuss the roles of the EU Institutions in making and developing law; critique the constitutional the structure of the EU edifice; review the significance and application of EU legal principles; Consider the application of EU legal principles and the scope of application of the freedoms of the single market.

Optional modules

International Trade Law
20 credits

This module introduces you to the basic principles of international trade drawing on an understanding of the motivations for nations to engage in international trade and a review of the general principles which underpin the legal regulation of international trade. Key to this is an overview and understanding of the working of the GATT and the WTO and their role in the regulation of international trade. Furthermore, the module introduces the mechanisms for financing international trade and resolving international trade disputes.

Law of the Environment
20 credits

This module seeks to develop your critical understanding of the philosophical and practical foundations of the law relating to the environment and the creatures that populate it. You will demonstrate an awareness of the impact upon law of other disciplines including politics, sociology, economics and ethics with relation to the law relating to the environment.

Clinical Legal Education I
20 credits

This module enables you to understand the basic elements of professional conduct and clinical legal education. You will demonstrate skills in client interviewing, advocacy, case and matter analysis, legal research, and drafting. You will conduct a client interview in a clinical setting (via our Legal Advice Centre) with appropriate supervision and develop the skills to critically reflect on legal services undertaken in the context of a university law clinic.

Succession, Wills and Admin
10 credits

This module provides you with an understanding of the law relating to wills, intestacy, the administration of estates of deceased persons and the practical and technical application of that law.

International Human Rights
20 credits

This module is intended for you if you have an interest in how law affects groups and individual people, sometimes helping them to overcome difficulties, sometimes failing them. It will also help students with a general interest in civil liberties and international law. You will develop the ability to critically assess the nature, scope and limits of international human rights law and their political and social contexts.

Maritime Law
20 credits

In this module you will study the legal principles that govern Commercial issues in Maritime law, Public International Law and the Law of the Sea. You will learn about maritime issues such as Cargo Claims and Bills of Lading, International Trade and Shipping, Marine Insurance, Carriage of Passengers Liabilities of the Vessel (Collision, Salvage, Average Adjusting) and Piracy.

Level 6

Core modules

Negotiation Skills and Practice
20 credits

This is an advanced legal skills module designed to allow you to gain knowledge and experience of the essential lawyering skills of negotiation and the mediation of disputes. It seeks to increase your awareness of the negotiation process, your own negotiating behaviour, and the implicit working assumptions that underlie it. 

Optional modules

Negotiation Skills and Practice
20 credits

This is an advanced legal skills module designed to allow you to gain knowledge and experience of the essential lawyering skills of negotiation and the mediation of disputes. It seeks to increase your awareness of the negotiation process, your own negotiating behaviour, and the implicit working assumptions that underlie it. 

Jurisprudence
20 credits

This module provides a critical look at the contemporary debates in jurisprudence. You will look at the historical and contemporary issues in jurisprudence and legal theory and learn to identify and understand the major schools of thought and the differences and debates between them.

Commercial Law
20 credits

This module provides you with a detailed analysis of the various laws relevant to commercial transactions and enables you to examine the various remedies available to buyers and sellers. In a commercial context, this module provides a comprehensive analysis of common law and statutory rules relevant to the sale and supply of goods and services, transfer of title and ownership and title conflicts in sale transactions. It also covers the ever-increasing importance of ADR.

Mediation Skills and Practice
20 credits

This is an advanced legal skills module designed to allow you to gain knowledge and experience of the essential lawyering skills of Mediation and the mediation of disputes. It seeks to increase your awareness of the Mediation process, your own mediation behaviour, and the implicit working assumptions that underlie it. 

Civil Dispute Resolution
20 credits

This module enables you to understand the principles, procedures and processes involved in Civil Dispute Resolution. The module is intended primarily for students wishing to pursue a professional legal qualification following graduation.

Mooting
20 credits

This module provides, in a practical context, experience and practise in mooting and advocacy. You will develop an understanding of advocacy and mooting which enables you to argue a case on appeal to an appellate court.

International Law, Peace and Security
20 credits

This module provides you with an understanding of the history, nature and operation of international law and the actors and bodies involved in the development and enforcement of international law. It encourages reasoned, critical analysis and debate of contemporary issues within international law, with particular reference to the role of the United Nations in the maintenance of international peace and security.

Clinical Legal Education II
20 credits

This module facilitates you to develop key legal skills in a clinical setting with appropriate supervision, and enables you to deliver services to the community, engaging in external collaboration where required.

Intellectual Property
20 credits

This module enables you to explore the content of the main intellectual property rights, as well as the most topical issues facing intellectual property law. You will be able to describe each of the rights encompassed by the term “intellectual property”, to consider the main legal elements pertinent to each right, to place your study within the broader setting of economic policy and commercial application, and to consider the impact of new technology on these rights. 

Employment Law
20 credits

In this module you will explore the rights and obligations that arise from employment relationships. You will examine the influence of social, political and economic issues in employment law. 

Evidence
20 credits

This module introduces you to the important principles that govern evidence, namely that of relevance, admissibility weight, and exclusion. You will also be introduced to the various categories of evidence, the trial process and basic criminal procedure. 

Criminal Litigation and Advocacy
10 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to advising clients being detained at a police station, to prepare for trial and sentence, and to advocate on behalf of persons at stages in the criminal justices process.

Succession, Wills and Admin
10 credits

This module provides you with an understanding of the law relating to wills, intestacy, the administration of estates of deceased persons and the practical and technical application of that law.

Dissertation
40 credits

This Dissertation module allows you to undertake an extended look at a legal subject of interest to you. You will develop the ability to analyse and interpret a complex body of legal knowledge in a coherent manner and to present high order legal research and writing skills.

Clinical Legal Education I
20 credits

This module enables you to develop basic elements of professional conduct and clinical legal education, and provides a basis for delivering legal services with appropriate supervision.

Clinical Legal Education II(Year Long)
40 credits

This module enables you to develop key legal skills in a clinical setting with appropriate supervision. It also enables you to deliver services to the community. You will develop skills in two or more of the following areas depending on clinical work undertaken: interviewing, persuasive oral communication, case and matter analysis, legal research and drafting.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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.

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

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

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.

Assessment

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.

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Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a mock court room (moot room), social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications: 72


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Yes
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National 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

Alternative qualifications considered

​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) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​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.

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.