LLB (Hons)

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.

The Derby LLB offers outstanding legal education through a unique combination of the country’s best teachers, facilities, skills and opportunities. Its curriculum is exciting and specialised, based around hands-on and challenging learning opportunities.

The School within which it is housed undertakes leading research in areas such as the eradication of modern slavery and expert interviewing techniques, pushing forward the boundaries of law and practice in the justice system. The LLB provides full undergraduate exemptions for the purposes of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

In addition, it is also the only law degree in the UK to…

  • train you in all of the key lawyers skills - such as drafting, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation
  • guarantee you a professional mentor, judicial shadowing and one-to-one academic tutoring
  • develop in you the skills to manage a real case load and then let you do it for real
  • allow you free, direct access to practitioner training delivered by the judges, advocates and other professionals
  • help you to fully specialise in medical, criminal, commercial, family or employment law practice
  • provide as part of your course materials all the leading texts from top publishers and unique content from Oxford University Press and Pearson
  • invest a library spend per student greater than virtually any other University Law School
  • ensure that every core module is delivered by experienced practitioner experts in that field
  • teach you in real courtrooms, interview suites, crime labs and crime houses
  • ensure honours graduates have a guaranteed Legal Practice Course LLM place to complete their qualifications
  • deliver a degree designed with excellence in legal practice at its heart 

That’s why we have outstanding results (No.1 for Value Added 2012, Guardian), are top for personal development (No.1 for Personal Development 2013, NSS), have a greater increase in salary for our graduates than our competitors (DELHE 2013) have 75% in graduate employment or postgraduate study (DELHE, 2013) and 100% of our graduates available for work are working or studying (HESA 2013).

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UCAS code: M100

Start date: September

Course length: Full time: three years. Part time: four to six years.

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

About this course

Turning yourself into the model lawyer

Our LLB ensures that throughout your programme of study you will progressively have the opportunity to:

  • Experience and develop your knowledge of every aspect of legal services.
  • Appreciate and engage with every one of the core professional skills.
  • Obtain 'hands on' experience of each of the fundamental areas of law.
  • Not simply read about injustice, but have the skills to do something about it. 

A curriculum rooted in legal technical excellence

You will develop your knowledge in four key areas:

  • The delivery of personal legal services.
  • Case law and courtroom method.
  • Legislative and regulatory impact assessment.
  • Legal method, skills and practice.

Study abroad with our Erasmus Exchance programme

Spend a year studying abroad as part of our Erasmus Exchange programme. This is a great way to improve your academic experience and enhance your personal development, your job opportunities, your confidence and your enjoyment of life as well as the opportunity to experience a different culture and meet new friends.

Erasmus grants are awarded for mobility taking place during the academic programme. Whilst you are taking part in an Erasmus exchange programme, you will pay no extra University fees (tuition, registration, examinations and so on) to the host institution.

Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/international/exchanges.


  • Applied Legal
  • Philosophy Child
  • Protection Clinic
  • Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Company Law Coroners Court
  • Employment Law
  • Evidence Family
  • Law Family Mediation
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Licensing Law
  • Medical Law
  • Mental HealthLaw
  • Public International Law
  • Road Traffic Offences
  • Sports Law
  • Sustainable Development and International Law

What you will cover

Stage one

You will study modules that cover the following areas:
• Key characteristics of legal systems and legal institutions, focusing on England and Wales
• Key elements of ‘public law’, focusing on the relationship between citizens and the state
• Key elements of the law of ‘obligations’, specifi cally in relation to contract law and tort law

You will also start to develop your key skills in legal scholarship, for example, in relation to effective research and communication, and you will have the opportunity to start to practise a range of ‘lawyering’ skills, including case preparation and mooting.

Stage two

You will cover modules that include:
• Other legal systems and institutions, specifically in relation to the European Union
• Key principles of criminal law and how ‘society’ considers some behaviours worthy of punishment
• Key aspects of ‘property law’, focusing on how things are owned and transferred, and considering the differences between land and other forms of property.

You will also continue to develop your ‘lawyering’ skills, for example through interviewing and negotiation.

Stage three

You will choose option modules from a wide range of contemporary and stimulating legal areas. You can also enhance your research and scholarship skills by undertaking a dissertation in your own preferred area of law.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are usually 300 UCAS points, of which at least 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

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

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 the equivalent of 18 single modules)

International students

  • Full time: £10,900

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

Understanding legal subjects in practice

Stage one

  • Contract - you will  have the opportunity to draft contracts but also provide advice on consumer and employee rights.
  • Tort - you will be able to defending the rights of people accused of nuisance, trespass and breaches of statutory duty.
  • Administrative Law and Human Rights - you will have the chance to feed back on the human rights, constitutional and administrative law implications of new legislation being proposed by the government.

Stage two

  • Criminal Law - you will have the opportunity to act as a friend at court for vulnerable victims of crime, developing your advocacy skills.
  • Land Law - you will get the chance to advise on tenancy contracts and leases.
  • European Union Trade Law and its International Context - you will be given the opportunity to provide up-to-the-minute advice for small businesses on the impact of European Law.

Final stage - and specialisation

  • Equity and Succession.
  • You can then choose to study in four specialist areas, one of which will be built into an Advanced Legal Study, by combining it with work placement, comparative method, interdisciplinary study, cross-disciplinary study or in-depth research.
  • In effect, you will become a specialist in the area as a result of your personalised curriculum.

Careers and employability

You could enjoy a successful career at home or abroad in private practice, local government, the Crown Prosecution Service, government departments, the courts, law centres, the police service, banking, commerce, industry, publishing or education. Alternatively you could choose to continue in education at a postgraduate level either at Derby or elsewhere.

On completion of the LLB (the academic stage), if you wish to become a solicitor you should complete the vocational stage of training - the Legal Practice Course (LPC). This can be studied either on a full-time basis over one year, or part time over two years. After completing the LLB, all of those intending to become barristers must take a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time, Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Other careers

An LLB degree is a valuable qualification. Even if you do not want to become a practitioner you will find that this degree will act as a stepping stone to many other careers.

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Contact details

College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
E: lhss@derby.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1332 591896

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus