Law (Joint Honours)

Why choose this course?

Employable Graduates - We're ranked in the top 10 Universities in the country for employability with 96.7% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

  • We've been voted one of the top law schools in the UK in the National Student Survey since the survey began.
  • We have an excellent reputation for teaching and a team of supportive and friendly lecturers.
  • You won't just read about law at Derby you will also practice law skills.
  • If you choose to study Law on the Joint Honours Scheme you'll enjoy an intellectually stimulating and flexible programme.
  • You'll enjoy the benefits of excellent facilities - including our full-sized courtroom and family courtroom.
  • You will have your own personal tutor during your time at Derby, and will have the benefit of a careers advisor dedicated to law students. You will be encouraged to think of your life after your studies at Derby and to plan for your future career.
  • We have an excellent Career Development Centre, and you will have the opportunity to take part in careers events, CV clinics and mock interviews - all designed to help you realise your potential for your future.
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UCAS code: Y002

Start date: September and January

Course length: full time: 3 years

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

About this course

The Law Joint Honours degree, under the Joint Honours Scheme, allows you to combine your study of law with one or two other subjects.  Popular combinations are Law and Criminology, Law and Psychology, or all three.

There is a wide range of exciting and interesting law options for you to choose from in either private or public law depending on your interest, providing you with the flexibility to select options which will complement the other subjects you are planning to study with law.

As an example if you are studying Law and Criminology and have an interest in crime, you may wish to choose Criminal Law, Law of Evidence and Police Powers and the Law. Alternatively, if you are studying Law and Business you may wish to select Contract Law, Commercial Law, Consumer Law, or Corporate Law.  You will also have the opportunity to develop your particular interests by studying a subject of your choice in more depth as part of your Independent Studies in your final year.

The law team at Derby prides itself on producing able and employable graduates by giving them a challenging and stimulating educational experience. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of academic, intellectual and personal skills throughout your studies and our lecturers have a reputation for friendliness and dedication to supporting students of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

What can I combine this programme with?

What you will cover

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are usually 220-300 UCAS points, of which at least 200-240 will be from your core A2s (full A levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.

We'll accept up to 60 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS levels (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications.

We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.

We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.

Your points at level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or equivalent level 2 qualifications.

The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.

General undergraduate entry requirements

How to apply

Fees and finance

2015/16 Fees

This is a classroom based course.

UK/EU students

  • Full time: £8,500 (each year)
  • £1,060 per module (you usually take 18 of these modules in total)

International students

We are in the process of finalising our international fees for 2015/16. In 2014/15 the fee for this course was £10,445 per year (full time).

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

How you'll learn

As a Derby student you'll enjoy a variety of methods of teaching, including formal lectures, problem-solving tutorials, seminar discussion groups, computer-assisted learning, group work and practical activities to develop skills such as interviewing, negotiation, and oral presentation. 

The University is unique in having a full-sized courtroom built to the specifications laid down by the Lord Chancellor's Department (now the Department for Constitutional Affairs).  This functions as a lecture theatre, but is also used for moots and practical skills training. In addition we also have a newly completed family court.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed through group work, oral presentations and coursework, to enable you to develop and demonstrate your legal knowledge and skills most effectively.

Careers and employability

A Joint Honours degree in Law offers you the unique opportunity to develop a mixture of skills, by combining your study of law with other subjects, thereby making you an attractive prospect for future employers. It offers you the opportunity to study law with intellectual rigour, even if you don't want to become a legal practitioner. You will find that it still provides a stepping stone to many other areas requiring legal knowledge, for example, local Government, criminal justice agencies, the Crown Prosecution Service, and charitable and voluntary sector organisations.

Your degree can also be the pathway to further postgraduate study in Law at Masters level. We offer an exciting and successful portfolio of LLMs if you wish to continue to develop your legal studies.

What our students say

"I wanted to combine two of my passions to create a degree I knew I would enjoy and which would maintain my interest throughout my three years of learning. "

Helen Smith

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus


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