Why choose this course?
The Derby LLB offers an exciting combination of high quality teaching, specialist facilities and real-world learning opportunities. You’ll gain all the skills and hands-on experience you need to take your first steps into a rewarding legal career.
- Benefit from tuition which meets the highest professional standards: this is a qualifying law degree so it’s your first step towards qualifying as a solicitor or barrister
- Develop all the key lawyer skills - drafting, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation - to manage a case load
- Build your practical experience in some of the country’s most advanced facilities for the study of law, including courtrooms and interview suites
- Broaden your horizons with opportunities for work placements, judicial shadowing, professional mentoring and pro bono projects
- Learn from an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team with an international profile, many of whom have practised as solicitors or barristers themselves.
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
This inspirational and challenging course has excellence in legal practice at its core. The Derby LLB meets criteria set by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority, which means it offers exemptions from the academic stage of study if you want to progress to qualify as a barrister or solicitor.
Educating tomorrow’s legal professionals
We deliver a comprehensive all-round undergraduate legal education. You will develop your knowledge of every aspect of legal services and engage with all the core professional skills. Selecting from a broad choice of optional modules, you could also specialise in areas such as medical, international, family, employment or social and public law.
Build the key lawyering skills
You’ll gain practical experience at every stage of the course, with training in drafting, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation. You could also take part in pro bono activities, providing vital legal services to those who might otherwise find it difficult to access justice. Our students have contributed to organisations working in fields such as immigration and asylum, employment law, domestic violence and miscarriages of justice.
Networked into the profession
We work in close partnership with the legal profession locally and nationally which opens up exciting opportunities for work placements and internships. You could take part in our judicial shadowing scheme in the local courts, which allows you to observe the legal process from behind-the-scenes. You could also benefit from our mentoring scheme, where professional lawyers share vital insights into practice and help you develop your skills, networks and employability.
Expertise and inspiration
You’ll be taught by a team of legal experts, supported by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are leading authorities in their fields. Our celebrated Public Lecture Series brings influential figures to the University to shed new light on changes and challenges at the heart of the legal system. Our teaching is enriched by research covering some of the most pressing legal issues confronting society today, from slavery to digital privacy.
We offer some of the country’s most advanced facilities for the study of law. Described as “exceptional” by Skills for Justice and including brand new crown and family courts, they replicate environments you will encounter in real-life legal situations. As part of your course, you’ll also be provided with all the leading essential texts from top publishers and unique content from Oxford University Press and Pearson.
A chance to study abroad
We have strong links with universities in France, Italy and the Czech Republic. Through the Erasmus Exchange programme, you could even spend a year studying abroad - an excellent way to improve your academic experience and enhance your job prospects while enjoying a different culture.
An outstanding learning experience
Our students are highly satisfied: in the latest National Student Survey, our LLB achieved a 90% overall satisfaction rating. We offer a rich programme of extra-curricular events, including study trips and the chance to take part in mooting competitions. A highlight of our calendar is the prestigious black tie law dinner where you can network with members of the local judiciary and legal profession. You can also join our active student Law Society which runs educational, social and careers advice events.
You’ll study these modules:
Contract Law: Theory and Practice
Focusing on the formation of voluntary legal relationships, you will consider how contracts are entered into, agreed, evidenced and discharged. This module explores issues terms, conditions and warranties, along with their relationship to public policy such as consumer protection legislation. It is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, reflective questions and group work. You will be expected to work in groups to cover Contract Law in Practice, in the style of a law firm providing advice to a client.
Legal Context, Skills and Ethics
This module places the study of law into its theoretical, societal, historical and administrative context, including an international focus where you will consider the European influence on UK jurisdiction. It also provides a structured route to help you develop your communication, legal research and information technology skills, alongside your understanding of professional ethics. These will enhance your employability and serve you well in professional practice.
This module gives you the opportunity to study civil (non-criminal) wrongs, such as negligence, nuisance and occupiers’ liability. You’ll build your understanding of the social, political and economic factors which have influenced the development of tort law in England and Wales. You’ll also learn how to apply the rules and principles of tort law to solve common-place legal problems.
Constitutional and Administrative Law
We explore the traditions which have shaped the legal and constitutional foundations of public power in England. We also focus on the process and rationale for judicial review of bodies which undertake public functions and we examine the role of the ombudsman and tribunals. In addition, this module addresses the effect of external influences such as membership of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights and international law obligations. Finally it evaluates the efficiency of the constitution in protecting civil liberties.
You’ll study these modules:
You’ll develop a detailed understanding of English property law and ownership in registered and unregistered land. You will find out about rights and obligations which typically affect land such as fixtures and fittings, rights of way, covenants , mortgages and leases.
Criminal Law: Principles and Application
Centred on a fascinating and ever changing area of law, this module highlights the essential elements of criminal liability including the guilty act, the required mental state and the proof of causation. It also considers relevant defences and their relationship to criminal liability. Through a variety of learning methods, including guest lectures, interactive workshops and group work, you will examine case studies involving both fatal offences and non-fatal offences against the person.
Criminal Practice and Property Offences
You will examine how criminal liability arises in offences relating to property - such as burglary and criminal damage - and how criminal law protects property rights and imposes liability. You will gain academic understanding of substantive law and how such law works in practice. Taking an international dimension, you will also consider the possibility of foreign nationals absconding in the bail process. This module reflects the expectations of professional accreditation bodies so it provides a foundation for further vocational study and employability skills.
European Union Law
You will explore how EU law has emerged as a new legal order which not only operates at a European level but is also intertwined with the English legal system. The module examines sources of EU law, its implementation at both European and national levels, and the judicial controls which control the exercise of power by the EU. Tutorials focus on problem solving, while assessment includes an assignment in which you will advise hypothetical clients on how EU law may assist them in asserting their legal rights in an English court.
European Union Trade Law
This module covers the principal elements of the trade law of the EU. You will gain a detailed understanding of the law relating to the free movement of goods, and the removal of fiscal, physical and technical barriers to trade. Also included is an examination of the free movement of people, of services and the right of establishment. As part of your studies, you will evaluate EU trade law by applying it to a problem situation.
Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics
You’ll develop your legal skills in interviewing, negotiation, advocacy and audit accountability, with a focus on legal ethics. This module gives you the ‘insider’s perspective’ of the day-to-day influences on the legal process and how lawyers use their skills to deal with a demanding case load. You’ll develop valuable generic skills to enhance your personal development and prepare for further study leading to ILEX, LPC or BPTC qualifications.
You’ll study this module:
Equity and Succession
You will gain a sound knowledge of equitable principles, maxims, concepts and remedies as well as the Law of Succession, addressing key issues which arise frequently in the areas of wills and intestacy. By the end of the module, you’ll be able to critique recent developments and explain, analyse and apply equity and succession principles. Assessment includes applying what you have learnt in a real-world inspired setting, such as a mock Supreme Court hearing, in a way which blends the law with commercial reality.
And you’ll choose five option modules from a wide range of contemporary and stimulating legal areas, including Evidence, Company Law, Family Law and Medical Law and Ethics. You can also enhance your research and scholarship skills by undertaking a dissertation in your own preferred area of law.
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.
- Full time students should apply for this course through UCAS.
- Part time students should apply directly to the University.
- If you want to start in September, you usually need to apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Information for international applicants
This is a classroom based course.
- Full time: £8,500 (each year)
- £1,060 per module (you usually take the equivalent of 18 single modules)
- 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.
Teaching and learning
The Derby LLB offers a variety of methods of learning and teaching. Engaging in real or simulated legal practice, you will practise a range of lawyering skills at every stage of the course, including case preparation, mooting, interviewing and negotiation. You will also develop key skills in legal scholarship, with the opportunity to undertake problem-based research and to specialise through original academic enquiry.
Modules are assessed through coursework, exams, interactive online assessments, mooting, negotiations and presentations.
Flexible study options
The LLB can be studied full time over three years or part time over four to six years.
Who you will meet
Scott Atkins - Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Law. Scott is a former practising solicitor specialising in property law. His research interests centre on equity and trusts. His publications include Equity & Trusts (Routledge-Cavendish, 2013 - second edition in progress); Insights into Trusts Law: The Channel Islands and beyond (Institute of Law, 2013) and Futter & Pitt: Mistakes by Trustees (Institute of Law, 2014).
Tim Marangon - Year 1 Tutor for the LLB. He leads the Tort Law module and is currently writing a book on Medical Law, to be published by Routledge. Tim is also part of the team teaching Legal Context, Skills and Ethics.
Christie Eaton - Senior Lecturer in Law and solicitor teaching on the Legal Context, Skills and Ethics and EU Law modules.
Joel Klaff - Senior Lecturer in Law whose subject areas include contractual obligations, commercial law, international trade, international business and commercial theory. His research interests centre on learning, teaching and assessment within the context of international and personal development.
George Ellison - a former police officer and Lecturer in Law who teaches on Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law modules.
Rachael Ita - Lecturer in Law who previously practised as a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria. Her research interests centre on international law, administrative law and human rights law.
David Hodgkinson - Senior Lecturer in Law who is also responsible for our students’ participation in external mooting competitions. A former LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year, David has research interests which centre on inchoate liability and the judicial 'matrix', and UK law enforcement in the fight against white-collar crime. His publications include Virtual Criminal Lawyer (Pearson Education, 2013).
Cherry Diggle - Lecturer in Land Law with additional research interests in medical law and ethics, including the legal considerations relating to end-of-life decision-making, stem-cell technology and human enhancement.
Tony Wragg - University Principal Tutor in Law and former solicitor whose research interests include clinical legal education. Tony is editor of Nutshells Family Law for Thomsons and Chair of the Management Committee of the Citizens Advice and Law Centre in Derby.
An edge in your career
You could enjoy a successful career at home or abroad. Our LLB graduates go on to take up roles in private practice, the Crown Prosecution Service, the courts, law centres, the police service, local and national government.
Completion of the LLB represents the academic stage of your training. To become a solicitor or barrister, you must continue to the vocational stage.
Even if you do not want to become a legal practitioner, you will find that an LLB is a valuable qualification and will act as a stepping stone to careers in broader areas such as banking, commerce, industry, publishing or education.
Want to become a solicitor?
If you wish to become a solicitor, you should complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) which can be studied full time over one year or part time over two years. Our LLB graduates are guaranteed a place on the Derby LPC, which offers competitive fees and alumni discounts. Our graduates are highly sought after by solicitors’ firms because of their practical skills underpinned by academic rigour.
Want to become a barrister?
If you wish to become a barrister, you must take a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Our students are particularly successful at winning substantial scholarships for the BPTC, which says something of our teaching calibre. In 2014, for example, three graduates were awarded a total of £42,000 in scholarships from Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, and one student was awarded a Middle Temple Major Award, the Sir Robert Micklethwaite Memorial Prize.
Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure that you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
“My main reason for choosing Derby was the emphasis that they placed on providing you with the necessary skills for the world of work - even work
outside the legal profession. I found this offering unique.” Mark Popple, Third year LLB student
“Would I recommend the LLB at Derby? Absolutely - it is so much more than just a degree, it is a lesson in skills and life experiences. The practical emphasis of the course built my skills in advocacy, drafting and negotiating - all of which are now vital in my job.” Natalie Cross, LLB graduate, now a barrister
“The LLB modules are well structured with a unique mixture of theory and practice, and the lecturers are second to none. As well as having a wealth of knowledge in their subject areas, they always have time for their students.” Kathleen Simpson, LLB graduate now working in conveyancing
“Without the broad legal understanding and knowledge I gained on the LLB, I could not fulfil my role. I am a firm believer that a broad base of knowledge is essential for any lawyer.” Fraser Cunningham, LLB and LPC graduate, now a partner at Smith Partnership Solicitors in Derby