Law Undergraduate Courses

A career in the legal system is challenging, full of opportunity and thoroughly rewarding: at Derby, our courses have been designed to inspire, stretch and motivate you to pave way for a successful future.

  • Practical learning: real-world practical experience is central to our courses. We offer inspiring clinical work placement and internship opportunities in most areas of law, from urban development to criminal practice
  • Influential networks: from mooting and legal skills competitions to guest lectures and our prestigious law dinner, there are a number of networking opportunities to raise your profile
  • Making a difference: through our Student Legal Advice Centre, you’ll be trained to help people who might find it hard to access justice. We’ve also worked with Derbyshire County Council on the Law Student Representation Project, providing much-needed social security representation for local people
  • Links with the profession: experienced practitioners from the legal field will share their experiences with you through our professional mentor scheme, enhancing your employability. Previous mentors have included serving judges, solicitors and barristers
96%Overall student satisfaction - LLB (Hons) Law**National Student Survey 2022
Top 20Teaching quality - Law**Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022

The way we teach is innovative and engaging, allowing you the opportunity to develop the skills and attributes you’ll need for a successful career in the legal sector or other professional careers.

Derby Law School 

At Derby Law School, we want to help you achieve your potential and create great opportunities for you to develop the practical skills required to practice law. What we ask from our students is dedication and perseverance; we want you to have high ambitions for your future.

Through engagement with our courses, you have the opportunity to become a Derby Law School graduate with not only strong academic knowledge but also highly competitive employability skills and attributes.

Professional recognition

Our LLB courses meet stringent criteria set by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority and covers all the foundations of legal knowledge. As a ‘qualifying law degree’, it offers exemptions from the academic stage of study if you want to progress to become a barrister or solicitor. 

Real-world learning

At the Law School, we want to build your employability skills throughout your studies to ensure you’re work-ready on graduating. We offer different variations of real-world learning to take legal education out of the abstract and into reality – from mooting competitions and mock trials, to professional mentoring and work based learning fieldtrips, to drafting contracts and bail applications.

Our Student Legal Advice Centre enables you to build your skills in clinical legal practice by offering free advice and assistance to members of the public. It reaches out to individuals who might otherwise be unable to access such services due to financial constraints.

Expert teaching

Our teaching team includes barristers, solicitors, criminal psychologists, sociologists and experienced police officers. Several are still actively engaged with practice, which helps you keep up to date with contemporary issues in justice. Our teaching is also enriched by research covering some of the most pressing issues confronting society today, from slavery to digital privacy.

Specialist Facilities

Study at One Friar Gate Square, our dedicated centre for the study of law, criminology and policing. You will be able to build your practical experience in our specialist facilities which include a mock court room, student legal advice centre and replica custody suite.

A look around One Friar Gate Square, the University of Derby's Law School

Graduates

By the time you graduate, you’ll have a clear idea of the value of your law degree and the many career directions it opens up. Our graduates secure roles in:

  • Private practice
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Courts
  • Law centres
  • Local and national government
  • Broader professions including HR, banking and education
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Legal dream opened new doors for ‘youngest councillor’

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Make it Real
at Derby

Our students, graduates and staff are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. We can make it real for you.

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