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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

M100

Course level

Undergraduate

Start date

September

Location

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Course description

The highlights

91%Satisfaction for teaching on the course - Law**National Student Survey 2018
100Law graduates in work or further study within six months of finishing course**HESA 2018

I chose Derby because of the emphasis placed on practicality which set it apart from others. Another factor was the welcoming atmosphere that was apparent when you entered the building. It was the first university that just felt right.

Gemma Wood
LLB (Hons) Graduate

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Derby LLB

Offering you an exceptional experience of studying law, the Derby LLB is designed to reflect the changing legal profession and set you apart in the graduate job market.

We deliver a comprehensive all-round undergraduate legal education, so you’ll gain all the skills and hands-on experience you need to have an immediate impact in a legal career. You'll engage with the core professional skills, bringing what you read in the textbooks to life through genuine practical experience.

At the same time, you’ll focus on the broader skills required by modern-day lawyers, going beyond providing legal advice and resolving legal disputes. You’ll be introduced to areas such as legal technology, commercial awareness, entrepreneurship and strategic thinking while developing empathy, innovation and creativity to help you stand out from the crowd. You’ll also explore how your legal knowledge can shape your future role in society, helping you to make a genuine difference to social justice.

Specialist pathways

The Derby LLB is all about flexibility and choice. You can decide to study a broad-based LLB or follow a specialist pathway to a named LLB award by taking particular modules at stage 3. The pathways are:

Professional recognition

The Derby LLB meets 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. 

Hands-on learning

Derby Law School has an ethos of ‘learning by doing’ to build your employability skills and ensure you’re work-ready on graduation. 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 drafting contracts and bail applications.

Work placements enable you to learn more about the legal sector. Through the Law School’s excellent relationship with the local legal profession, some of our students in previous years have had the opportunity to undertake work placements.  The Law School actively supports students in identifying work placements where possible. A vibrant programme of ‘paid for’ study visits will give you insights into the profession, including fieldtrips to local courts. Previous students on our LLB (Hons) have toured London, including the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament and as well as visited The Hague, the legal capital of the world, where you can see the international courts in action. There is also an opportunity to visit Dublin to explore a different legal system.

Links with the profession

Contributions from the wider legal community, including regular careers talks and workshops, are central to this course. Through our professional mentoring scheme, practitioners from the legal field will share their perspectives with you. All students on the course are eligible to apply for this scheme. Previous mentors have included serving judges, solicitors and barristers. In some cases this has led to placements, part-time paralegal work and even permanent jobs for our students.

A highlight of our academic calendar is a prestigious black-tie law dinner where you can network with members of the local judiciary and legal profession. In addition, the Derby Junior Lawyers group invites our students to networking events and social opportunities. You can also join our active student Law Society.

Student Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono work

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.

Through the Centre, you’ll undertake a high-quality programme of training, engage in simulated scenarios and then work under the close supervision of a qualified solicitor to help members of the community with issues including family law and criminal injuries compensation authority claims. You’ll meet with clients, take instructions, carry out research and advise accordingly. In some circumstances, you could even represent the client at a form of tribunal.

In addition, the Law Student Representation project – a joint initiative between Derby Law School and Derbyshire County Council – provides much-needed social security representation to people countywide. During six-month placements, our students work alongside experienced representatives supporting benefit appeals.

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.

The LLB (Hons) is supported by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are leading authorities in their fields, including a deputy district judge and a coroner. Our celebrated Public Lecture Series also brings influential figures to the University to shed new light on the legal system.

Facilities

Law students are based on the Derby Campus at One Friar Gate Square. It includes a mock court room, replica custody suite (expected completion November 2019) and social learning hubs where you can develop your skills and familiarise yourself with the type of environments you’ll encounter in real-life legal situations.

You’ll also be provided with all the leading essential texts from top publishers and unique content from Oxford University Press and Pearson.

Study overseas

We offer you the opportunity to spend time studying abroad thanks to our extensive network of global associates, including universities in Pisa, Naples, Paris, The Hague and Brno in the Czech Republic. These not only ensure our curriculum is truly international but also pave the way for exchange opportunities.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4LA507

Tortious Liability and Negligence

This module explores the concept of obligations imposed by law. To that end, it introduces the student to notions of tortious liability and uses an in-depth examination of the tort of negligence. Where appropriate, it links with the notion of contractual obligations in order to demonstrate the interaction between certain contractual obligations and those of a tortious nature. It is assessed by a combination of coursework and performance in tutorials.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LA500

Administrative Law and Human Rights

Administrative Law and Human Rights focuses on the process and rationale for judicial review of bodies exercising public functions. It takes the students through each stage of the process, using practical examples and case law to illuminate the key methods and principles for the control of public power by the courts.

It is essentially a practice-focused module that will equip the students through teaching and assessed practice to undertake a time-constrained simulation of the first stage of judicial review as their summative assessment. In the teaching and learning students engage with as part of the module, particular emphasis is placed on the UK human rights framework and the ongoing dialogue between the executive and the courts in relation to rights in public law. Employability will be enhanced for students seeking to work in legal professional practice connected to administrative and human rights law, as well as for students seeking to work in the public sector more broadly.

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20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 4LA501

Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties

This module explores the legal and constitutional foundations of public power in England. More than any other area of law it has to draw on the rich historical, political and social traditions that veil the distinct absence of full mechanisms of legal accountability of central government and law-making institutions.

The traditional underlying principles of the British constitution will be explored and examined in their historical context and their relevance in light of modern constitutional arrangements explored. The effect of external influences such as membership of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights and international law obligations will also be addressed. Finally, the efficiency of the constitution in protecting civil liberties will be explored. In addition, students, through regular assessed tutorial essays, will be taught the vital skill of academic legal writing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LA502

Contract Law Theory and Practice

This module examines the formation of voluntary legal relationships. It considers how contracts are entered into, agreed, evidenced, vitiated (impaired) and discharged. It considers the theoretical and normative nature of contractual obligations in the context of the common law and statute. Terms, conditions and warranties are considered, as is their relationship with public policy, such as consumer protection legislation.

This module will be taught through a combination of media: lectures, tutorials, reflective questions and group work. Lectures will be used to introduce each subject and explore difficult topics in depth. 

Tutorials provide an opportunity for students to analyse practical questions related to the subject material, thus providing a real link between the academic subject material and legal practice. Reflective questions on Blackboard will reinforce the independent self-study that is undertaken. Students will be expected to work in groups for Contract Law in Practice, in the style of a law firm providing advice to a client.

An opportunity for all students to complete a formative mock-examination will be provided in the first semester of the module.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4LA504

Legal Context, Skills and Ethics

The study of Law at LLB Honours level needs to be placed into its theoretical, societal, historical and administrative context. The issues of professional practice – in particular those relating to professional ethics – require focused examination.

This module provides the opportunity for student to do this. An undergraduate student of Law also needs to acquire appropriate skills. As well as skills which relate to the study and method of Law, students require reinforcement and development of their communication, research, information technology and basic legal research skills together with development of general critical abilities. 

This module seeks to provide a structured route, allowing students to achieve these objectives and demonstrate their skills development in a tangible way and at a level that may not always be required through the skills development that takes places within substantive modules. It acts as a foundation for further study and assists employability by giving the student transferable skills to use while undertaking the award and also in further vocational stages and research stages of education.

An international context is delivered by consideration of comparative legal systems and the European influence on the UK jurisdiction. The study of ethics is introduced and a specific workshop is delivered in which key areas are highlighted.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4LA506

Specific Torts and Remedies

This module explores further the concept of obligations imposed by Law. It builds upon the module Tortious Liability and Negligence (a prerequisite for this module) by extending students’ studies to encompass the major areas of tort other than negligence. It is assessed by way of a written examination.
20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 5LA503

Land Law

Through lectures and tutorials, the student develops a concept of ownership/title and how these relate to both land and personality. The historical background of conveyancing, leading to the present system of unregistered/registered title to land and the concept of trusts of land, along with the roles of trustees and beneficiaries. Estates and land tenure is discussed, and what is included in the sale of land as fixtures and chattels. Interests, such as legal, equitable, third party and overriding are discussed, along with covenants and easements. The student will have a general understanding of co-ownership, licences, leases and mortgages by the end of the module.
20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 5LA504

Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics

Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics is a module which develops the legal skills of interviewing, negotiation, advocacy and audit accountability with a focus on legal ethics. Students are provided with an ‘insider’s perspective’ of the day-to-day influences on the legal process.

The module develops valuable generic skills, including those relating to employability and personal development. Students are encouraged to operate within the context of professional ethics and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Codes of Conduct. The module enables students to gain an appreciation of how lawyers use their skills in order to deal with a demanding case load.

Employability and timekeeping elements bring ‘everyday reality’ and an excellent opportunity to develop generic skills. It gives an understanding of general procedural requirements and skills-based activities. The assessment strategy is in place in order to enable students to gain knowledge of how law ‘works in practice’ and students are then prepared for further study such as ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives), LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). There is an international dimension in that students are asked to negotiate in a matter involving European Union issues.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5LA510

Criminal Law Principles and Application

Criminal law is a fascinating and ever-changing area of law. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the essential elements of criminal liability which include the guilty act, the required mental state and the proof of causation, along with a consideration of any relevant defences, and the relationship between these.

The module aims to explore these concepts in relation to the application of these to a variety of both fatal offences and non-fatal offences. The module also considers mechanisms of liability which deal with discrete areas of criminal liability and the application of these concepts in practice.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5LA511

Criminal Practice and Property Offences

Criminal Practice and Property Offences enables students to gain an understanding of how criminal liability arises in relation to a range of specific offences relating to property and to understand how the criminal law operates to protect property rights and impose liability. The module will also consider the liability of parties for their actions prior to the completion of a criminal act in relation to a range of offences. It equips students for further study and gives an understanding of general procedural requirements.

The assessment strategy is in place in order to enable students to gain academic understanding of the substantive law and how such law ‘works in practice’. The module has links with professional accreditation bodies such as ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives). It provides a foundation to further vocational study with ILEX, LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). Students will gain employability skills and benefit from knowledge of the general workings of the criminal litigation process, coupled with property offences, in contemporary legal society. There is an international dimension in that the module considers the possibility of foreign nationals absconding in the Bail process.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5LA514

European Union Law

The role of law in ensuring that the objectives of the European Union are achieved is paramount. The aim of this module is to explore how European Union law has emerged as a new legal order which operates at a European level but which is now intertwined with the English legal system.

It, therefore, examines the various sources of European Union law, its implementation and enforcement at both European and national levels and the judicial controls which exist to fetter the exercise of power by the European Union. It will examine, as a precursor to the subsequent module of European Union Trade Law and its International Context, the notion of citizenship of the European Union and the development of fundamental and human rights.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5LA515

European Union Trade Law

The purpose of this module is to examine the principal elements of the trade law of the European Union. It covers, in detail, 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 persons, of services and the right of establishment.
20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 6LA514

European Union Law

The role of law in ensuring that the objectives of the European Union are achieved is paramount. The aim of this module is to explore how European Union law has emerged as a new legal order which operates at a European level but which is now intertwined with the English legal system.

It, therefore, examines the various sources of European Union law, its implementation and enforcement at both European and national levels and the judicial controls which exist to fetter the exercise of power by the European Union. It will examine, as a precursor to the subsequent module of European Union Trade Law and its International Context, the notion of citizenship of the European Union and the development of fundamental and human rights.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA515

European Union Trade Law

The purpose of this module is to examine the principal elements of the trade law of the European Union. It covers, in detail, 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 persons, of services and the right of establishment.
20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 6LA520

Equity and Succession

Equity is a core module for all qualifying Law degrees. Traditionally seen as the most conceptually difficult undergraduate law subject, a study of it should impart into students an enjoyably gained and sound knowledge, understanding and application of equitable principles, maxims, concepts and remedies. The module includes a study of the Law of Succession, aimed at addressing key issues which arise frequently in the areas of wills and intestacy in legal practice.

The module is taught in themes:

  • Equity’s History and Maxims
  • The Express Trust
  • Unwritten Trusts
  • Equitable Remedies
  • Significant Uses of Equity Today
  • Fundamental Principles of Succession

Assessment is broken down into two component parts:

  • An examination aimed at testing knowledge, understanding and analytical skills relating to the subject material
  • A practical element of coursework, aimed at testing knowledge and application of the subject material in a real-world inspired setting
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20 Credits
core
Exam
Practical

Code: 6CJ503

Hate, Ethnicity and Crime

The social, cultural, political and religious landscapes of Britain have changed dramatically over the last fifteen years. The terrorist attacks in New York and London, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, responses to asylum and immigration, the rise of far-right politics and new criminal justice legislation have all had an impact on issues of hate, ethnicity and crime. Conceptualising and accurately defining hate crime is no easy task, considering the plethora of ambiguities that arise from social norms and accepted notions of difference, identity and group belonging. Hall (2005) argued that crimes perpetrated because of a person’s ethnicity are predominately based on prejudice.

This module, therefore, will first seek to define prejudice and stereotyping and then move to discuss processes of discrimination, intolerance, hate crimes and violent acts. The origins and historical context of hate crimes will be analysed, as will the confusion/resentment which may be driven by social and cultural change.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ520

International Criminology

This module is designed to develop learners’ ability to explore the extent to which a so-called ‘globalised’ response to transnational corporate and organised crime can be understood as an example of the radical extension of the powers of the powerful Internationally and the critical absence of criminology and crimes of the state. The module introduces students to crimes of an international nature committed by individuals, groups, corporations and state that require an international response. The history and development of international crimes and responses to them are also considered. It will challenge both the notion that ‘under-development’ is the main source of corruption and the notion that democracy implies legality.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA500

Advanced Legal Studies

Advanced Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with independent study. By the combination of two approaches to legal study, the student can develop a level of in-depth research which would otherwise not be possible in a 20-credit module.
40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA501

Advanced Professional Legal Studies

Advanced Professional Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with independent study.

By the combination of two approaches to legal study, the student can develop a level of specialism through in-depth research which would otherwise not be possible in a 20-credit module. Students are required to undertake an examination assessment in the chosen area of study in order to meet the requirements of professional accreditation.

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40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA502

Applied Legal Studies

Applied Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with work-based learning. By the combination of two approaches to legal study, the student can develop a level or specialism which would otherwise not be possible in a 20-credit module.
40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA503

Applied Professional Legal Studies

Applied Professional Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with work-based learning. By the combination of two approaches to legal study, the student can develop a level of specialism which would otherwise not be possible in a 20-credit module. Students are required to undertake an examination assessment in the chosen area of study order to meet the requirements of professional accreditation.
40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA505

Commercial and Consumer Law

The module examines the law relating to the sale and supply of goods and services, agency, product safety, insurance and consumer credit. In this capacity it builds on general principles of contract law by focusing specifically on contracts of sale and supply of goods and services as well as addressing the rights and protection afforded to consumers.

It equips students for further study and gives a broad understanding of both substantive and procedural requirements. The assessment strategy is in place in order to enable students to gain academic understanding and how such law works in practice in the commercial sectors. It provides a foundation to further vocational study with ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives), LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) or postgraduate courses. 

Students will gain employability skills and benefit from knowledge of the workings of the commercial and consumer processes in contemporary legal society. There is an international dimension in that the module considers international consumer protection issues and their applicability in the UK jurisdiction.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6LA506

Combined Legal Studies

Combined Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with the interdisciplinary study of a related topic. By the combination of the study of two legal disciplines, the student can develop a level of interdisciplinary specialism which would otherwise not be possible at undergraduate level.
40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA507

Combined Professional Legal Studies

Combined Professional Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with the interdisciplinary study of a related topic.

By the combination of the study of two legal disciplines, the student can develop a level of interdisciplinary specialism which would otherwise not be possible at undergraduate level. Students are required to undertake an examination assessment in Company Law, Consumer and Commercial Law, Evidence or Family Law and Practice in order to meet the requirements of professional accreditation.

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40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA508

Company Law

This module explores the nature of the company as a business medium. Students will examine how the law regulates the company, evaluating the significance of internal procedures, documentary records and financial aspects.

Further, the roles of directors, shareholders, the company secretary and auditors are explored. Analysis of reconstructions, mergers and acquisitions is undertaken as well as the implications and options available on insolvency. Module content includes topics applicable for the relevant ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives) module and serves to prepare students wishing to undertake the ILEX assessments for this area of study. Students are assessed by coursework and written examination.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA509

Principles of Sentencing

The task of how courts in England and Wales deal with those convicted of criminal offences comes at a crucial stage in the Criminal Justice process. This module aims to explore and critically examine the legal and policy frameworks within which the sentencing of offenders takes place. Particular attention will focus on the aims and principles of punishment.

The module offers students the opportunity to explore the concept of offence seriousness as well as other practical issues most likely to be taken into account by the courts. Safeguards and challenges to this process will also be a focal point throughout the module.

The sentencing structure of England and Wales will also be compared with that set out in the Australian Criminal Code. It goes without saying that the sentencing of offenders engages the State’s obligations under Art 6 of the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights).

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA512

Employment Law

This module explores the key principles and policies which underpin employment law with a particular emphasis on the regulation of the employment relationship in the workplace. Assessment is by way of an essay and an individual written assignment based around a role-play workshop.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA513

Environmental Law

This module explores the concept of obligations, imposed by law, which recognise and seek to preserve the environment as a precious heritage. To that end, it introduces the student to the application of the law and proactive risk analysis techniques employed to prevent pollution of the environment.

The need to maintain a sustainable balance between environmental protection and socio-economic development is fundamental to preserving natural resources and the influence of environmental law will be discussed. The module will be assessed by coursework.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA516

Family Law and Practice

This module will enable students to appreciate the main areas of law and practice which need to be addressed on the breakdown of relationships. Students will examine the divorce process with particular reference to ancillary relief and children issues. They will also consider the impact of law on unmarried couples and same-sex partners. The module will give students a practical grounding in the practice and procedure of the divorce process, including drafting a petition, the strategic considerations involved in advising and decision making, and advocacy.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Practical

Code: 6LA517

International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law is arguably one of the most dynamic, far reaching and successful areas of international law. Growing international concern about human rights abuses can be seen to stem from the anti-slavery movement in the early 19th century through increased protection for the victims of war to modern day concerns arising from the aftermath of both world wars. This being said, certain areas of human rights protection remain controversial especially when behaviours are culturally entrenched.

This module addresses the development of human rights protection through the consideration of a variety of international instruments and assessing their impact and efficacy in eradicating abuses. Through a series of case studies students will address areas of modern concern and assess the enforcement of human rights norms at both regional and international level.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA518

Public International Law

Classically, in the writings of such as Vattel in the 18th century, the state is the main subject of international law. The contemporary state is threatened in various directions: ethnic conflict, international financial speculation, the drugs trade, terrorism, to name a few.

The question arises, therefore, is the classical conception on international law still valid given modern global realities. To this end, the module explores and challenges the basic concepts of public international law – the state, treaty as a source of public international law, the role of custom, territorial and jurisdictional sovereignty, diplomatic law, non-intervention and a state's right to self-defence, against the practical concepts under which these have to now be applied.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA519

Comparative Law

Comparative law now stands at the heart of any meaningful enquiry into law. This is a subject that is seen as strategic in the discipline of law. There is not a single area of law which is not affected by it nowadays.

As such, this module aims to provide the student with a significant opportunity to explore, among other things, the nature of the comparative method, its functions, its significance, the division of the world’s legal systems into families, the idea of law harmonisation, and the comparison of contract, constitutional and family laws from different jurisdictions. The module will enable the student to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship in the subject of comparative law. 

The range of issues embraced in the subject includes comprehensive methodological analysis in a number of substantive areas of law. The delivery of the module will connect also to other subjects of legal epistemology, eg legal theory and legal sociology, in that it will not only examine the division of legal families of systems but will also demonstrate the jurisprudential and socio-historical reasons for such a division.

Accordingly, the module takes a multidisciplinary approach. The module enhances the employability of the students:

  • By encouraging students to appreciate and examine domestic law and structures, while allowing them to become familiar with foreign legal material
  • By providing students following the module with the intellectual tools to work beyond the domestic legal system
  • By enhancing as a whole the comparative-analytical proficiency of the student body

The assessment strategy of the module involves a research paper in the form of an essay. Individual essay topics are agreed between the students and the module leader.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA521

Evidence

Evidence is a significant area of law which is directly relevant to all court actions and the information introduced during such proceedings. Emphasis is placed on evidence in criminal court proceedings with some comparative consideration of the civil court process and rules of evidence.

The module explores the body of legal rules regulating the roles and input of the judge, jury and witnesses, and the court process. Rules relating to the level of proof and burden of proof required in court actions and the role and rights of the police in obtaining evidence are studied. Specific types of evidence are studied along with issues of their admissibility and their value and weight. It is assessed by coursework and by written examination.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA522

Intellectual Property Law

This module explores the law and procedure relating to the protection of intellectual property and the exploitation of the results of intellectual, scientific, technical, artistic, literary, musical and entrepreneurial endeavour. Its main focus is the law of the UK in its European setting, but appropriate reference is made to the international perspective. The module is assessed by a portfolio of work.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA523

Sustainable Development and International Business Law

This module draws together two pertinent strands operative in international relations between states. These are the process of sustainable development and the regulation of international business transactions.

The module will explore and analyse the theory and practice of sustainable development as well as analyse international business transaction as it relates to the sale of goods and the provision of services. In this capacity, the module will link these two strands and will engage students with live and contemporary development problems facing governments and then allow the students to implement functional and realistic business solutions to these problems.

The module places the student at the heart of sustainable international business and fosters problem-solving, creativity, enterprise, critical analysis and innovation for the purpose of direct impact. To bolster this, the module will engage and interact with the Government Department for International Development and, the British Council through guest speakers and projects offered by these institutions. The assessment is by coursework and will require students to analyse a series of case studies and implement a sustainable business transaction.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6LA525

Medical Law and Ethics

Medical Law and Ethics is a fascinating and rapidly developing field of study and application. It is required to address patients’ rights to appropriately decisive involvement in their healthcare provision and clinical management.

It also raises increasingly challenging issues in relation to the regulation of rapidly emerging potentials in the field of assisted reproduction technologies, organ transplantation and in the light of changing societal attitudes to the care of the terminally ill. Quite literally, it concerns life and death matters and consequently interfaces significantly with ethical and philosophical perspectives which will form an integral part of this course.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6LA526

Child Protection

This module will enable students to appreciate the law’s role in caring for and protecting children in need and the role of the various agencies involved in carrying out their legislative obligations.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA527

Coroners Court

This module gives students the opportunity to explore the role of the Coroners Court in identifying the medical cause of death: where this is not immediately known; when a person has died suddenly; or where the cause of death was not natural and may have occurred in circumstances where medical treatment was inadequate and/or negligent.

The role of the coroner in ascertaining the cause of death is considered as well as the role of the expert medical witness. The module explores the process and requirement for reporting a death to the coroner, as well the conduct of the inquest with consideration as to when a jury will be involved in this process. The module also considers the power of the coroner to report findings where the death was preventable. Additionally access to legal aid to assist at coroners court is considered along a consideration of possible action following the inquest.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6LA528

Discrimination

This module will enable students to appreciate the main areas of law and practice in relation to discrimination in the workplace. In particular, students will explore the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on employment law and its operation in the workplace.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA530

Mental Health Law

This module will explore the statutory and common law provisions of mental health law. The definition of a “mental disorder” will be examined in detail. The idea of competence in medicine and where the line should fall between capacity and incapacity will also be discussed. It will be questioned whether certain patients can make medical decisions for themselves.

A patient can be sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 if they are suspected to be suffering from a mental disorder. These provisions will be explored and their fairness will be called into question. The definition of treatment is also rather controversial, and students will get an opportunity to learn how medical treatment has developed over the generations. 

Anorexic patients are deemed to have a mental disorder under the Mental Health Act 1983, and many human rights complaints have arisen as a result of force-feeding these vulnerable patients. The notion of “food” being a “treatment” for a mental disorder will be examined in this module.

The role of the Mental Health Review Tribunal will be outlined, and their role in community care will be researched. Patients can, of course, admit themselves to hospital and care for themselves. The provisions to allow this will be highlighted towards the end of the module.

Finally, the healthcare of prisoners will be explored in this module. It is thought by some commentators that prisoners are suffering from significant mental health disorders and are not being treated appropriately in their prison environment.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA531

The Law of Medical Innovation

Genetics, technology and commerce have transformed medicine from an art to an industry and the law is struggling to keep up. Personal medicine, based upon genetic predisposition, genetic testing, in-house device manufacture, the hybrid role of doctor as prescriber seller of innovative treatments, private care treatment, off-license use of drugs and the drive for innovative treatments of novel disorders are sending shockwaves through the system of law and regulation in Europe and the UK.

Based on research done in support of the Medical Innovations Bill currently before Parliament, this module explores the law of the cutting edge in medical science and the challenges to traditional concepts from insurance to negligence, contract to public law.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA532

The Law on Creation of Life

This module gives students the opportunity to explore the rapidly expanding area of reproductive medicine. From exploring from where life begins, to the rapid advances in the methods and techniques of reproduction for childless individuals.

The concept of ownership will be examined from several areas including that of biological parents to surrogacy, donated and frozen gametes and embryos. The module explores the advancing area of genetics and stem –cell research for the possible use of sex selection, saviour siblings and designer babies. The module also considers whether the time has come for the possible rights of the unborn to be reconsidered by the legislative. Finally, whether the United Kingdom can continue to legislate and control reproduction, through the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority), against the globalisation of this rapidly expanding area of medical advancement.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA533

Mediation and Dispute Resolution

In the context of disputes, litigation is often seen, by both the public and lawyers, as the principal means by which disputes are resolved. Court proceedings, however, do not always lead to fair or workable outcomes. Attention has, more recently, been focused on resolving conflicts outside of, or as an adjunct to, formal litigation. This module introduces the student to the principles and practice of mediation in the context of family, employment and commercial disputes.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA534

The Older Client

With an increasingly ageing population, lawyers need to be aware of the range of demands from the older client. The range of issues allow students to specialise in this area and increase their employability.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA535

Labour Law

This module will enable students to appreciate the main areas of law and practice in relation to trade unions, members’ rights, collective bargaining and industrial disputes. Students will examine the legal framework within which these areas operate. Assessment will be by way of a practical assessment on the organisation of dispute procedures and an examination.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA536

Tribunal Practice and Procedure

This module will enable students to appreciate the main areas of law and practice in relation to proceedings in the Employment Tribunal. Assessment is by way of an advocacy-based assignment and a written assignment based around a role-play employment dispute.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA537

Wills, Probate and Succession

This module deals with the practical, personal and procedural aspects of private client work, focusing particularly on personal arrangements in anticipation of death and the management of matters following death. It provides a complete overview of practice in this area, bringing together legal and procedural knowledge with an understanding of client care in this context. It forms the basis for Level 6 exemptions in these areas.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA538

Civil and Criminal Litigation

This module explores, in a holistic matter, the essentials of preparing a case for court. It examines the practical aspects of process and procedure, the rules of court, forms and templates, as well as issues relating to case management and the management of clients in the context of litigation.

It considers the unique complexity of civil and criminal litigation. It forms a basis for CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) Level 6 exemptions in these areas and provides an opportunity for those completing a qualifying law degree to claim graduate membership of the Institute without further qualification.

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40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA541

International Criminal Law

This module will begin with the general principles of international criminal law, including sources of law, the history of international crimes and the elements that make up an international crime.

The module then moves into international war crimes including genocide, crimes against humanity and torture. Human rights and fundamental freedoms will play a large role throughout this module. The module then moves on to terrorism as an international crime including preparation and joint enterprise, attempt, conspiracy and omissions. The module will also investigate justifications, excuses, mistakes and duress as defences. Immunity will also be covered. Finally, the module will finish with the establishment of international criminal law trials. This final topic will include different jurisdictions, cooperation, appeals and trial systems.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA542

Road Traffic Offences

Road Traffic Offences enables students to gain an understanding of how criminal liability arises in relation to a range of specific offences relating to road usage and to understand how the criminal law operates to regulate the use of the road system and the imposition of rights and obligations on road users.

The module will also consider the liability of road users and third parties for their actions in relation to crimes categorised as road traffic offences. It equips students for further study and gives an understanding of general procedural requirements. The assessment strategy is in place in order to enable students to gain academic understanding of the substantive law and how such law ‘works in practice’.

The module has links with professional accreditation bodies such as ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives), The Law Society and the Bar Council. It provides a foundation to further vocational study with ILEX, LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). 

Students will gain employability skills and benefit from knowledge of the general workings of road traffic litigation, coupled with sub-offences, in contemporary legal society. There is an international dimension in that the module considers the possibility of foreign nationals driving in the United Kingdom.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6LA543

Applied Legal Philosophy

Applied Legal Philosophy is intended to encourage students to think about some of the underlying philosophical etc issues which discussions about law can easily take for granted. It situates discussion of these issues of principle in the context of real-world situations and problems, hence the ‘applied’ nature of the module.

The module gives students the opportunity to test and develop their own views on complex and controversial issues, including: how to do justice in ‘tragic choice’ situations; what it is that makes law ‘law’, and the implications of a proposition (not) being law; what judges should do in corrupt or unjust legal systems; whether law is binding; and whether law is a solution to social problems, or is itself one of the problems. 

In developing their views, students will have the opportunity to deploy skills which they have been developing elsewhere in the curriculum, and by doing so, also to enhance those skills. Those skills include:

  • Research – students will be asked to pursue issues independently and to identify and retrieve relevant information
  • Communication – students will be asked to discuss and present their views to colleagues, and of course, over time, to construct a piece of assessed written work
  • Evaluation – students will be encouraged not merely to develop their understanding of the sources and the issues they encounter, but also to test, develop, refine and critique their own views, supported by good quality reasoning and evidence

The module is constructed around a number of key thematic blocks, which may vary from year to year depending on developments in the subject area and on the availability of real-world examples of interest. An indicative set of blocks would be:

  • Dilemmas, reasoning and justice
  • The characteristics of law
  • The authority of law
  • The nature of judging
  • Critical accounts of law

Assessment is broken down into two component parts:

  1. A written task, for which there is no prescribed title, and which can take a variety of formats, for example, an ‘essay’, a ‘report’, a ‘judgment’
  2. A reflective research trail in which students are required to evidence and account for a proportion of their research, for example, by commenting on their research strategy, and explaining the relative usefulness of sources which they encountered as part of their research
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA546

Licensing Law

Licensing Law is a niche area of law and is an example of an administrative legal process. As well as administrative law, the module will cover related elements of criminal law and human rights law. Study of licensing law will provide students with a practical understanding of a legal process from start to finish, from application to determination, covering the relevant law, procedure, evidence, guidance, policy, case law and human rights.

The module will include the licensing of alcohol and entertainment, sexual entertainment venues and gambling.

Assessment will primarily be by way of examination to test knowledge and understanding but there will also be a practical element of coursework aimed at testing knowledge and application of the subject material. An administrative licensing process inevitably warrants applications to be made to licensing authorities and to the court and students will gain an understanding of Licensing Law in part through completing the necessary applications.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Practical

Code: 6LA547

Mediation

In the context of Family Law, litigation is often seen, by both the public and lawyers, as the principal means by which disputes are resolved. Court proceedings, however, do not always lead to fair or workable outcomes. Attention has, more recently, been focused on resolving conflicts outside of, or as an adjunct to, formal litigation. This module introduces the student to the principles and practice of mediation in the context of family disputes.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA548

Domestic Abuse

Students will explore the definitions of domestic violence (DV) used by the various agencies involved in this area before analysing the nature and prevalence of DV and identifying the victims and perpetrators. The legal and medical responses to victims and perpetrators will also be examined and will be further evaluated by taking a psychological approach to the dynamics of abuse.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA549

Miscarriages of Justice

This module enables you to work in an applied manner with reference to cases of miscarriages of justice (MOJ). You will be working in groups throughout your final year on past and present cases with a view to identifying the causes of MOJ.

The first part of the module takes a more traditional and theoretical approach to the subject area which is, subsequently applied during the second half of the year using live cases. The rationale for this module is to identify common themes and causes of MOJ and to make recommendations for best practice and thus prevent and minimise the number of cases going to appeal.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA551

Clinical Legal Skills

The emphasis of this module is on providing students with clinical legal education, which aligns with the applied and skills orientated approach of the programme. Students are provided with the opportunity to gain experience of legal practice in a live client setting, with the students applying and developing further the knowledge and skills learned throughout their journey on the programme, giving holistic value to the module as part of the programme. Through the link to other modules students will gain a more functional and meaningful understanding of the application of the law through the legal system.

Engagement with this module will develop both professional legal skills and transferrable skills. Furthermore, it will assist with employability.

This module provides the students with the opportunity to participate in the Centre’s provision of free legal and advice assistance to the community of Derby on a range of areas of law, which in itself will expose the students to social justice.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA998

Independent Study

This module seeks to provide students with a structured route to develop appropriate legal-specific research skills. It aims to equip students with both the practical and analytical abilities to complete a research project and also the skills to present an academic paper. Students are given the freedom to identify their preferred research topic areas.

The module equips students, where necessary, to address ethical and professional research issues, but also scaffolds the development of pure normative research approaches. Students will develop advanced research skills through independent learning, online and collaborative sessions with limited guidance from academic staff.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Engaging in real or simulated legal practice, you will build a range of the key skills required to succeed in the legal sector at every stage of the course, including:

You will also develop skills in legal scholarship, with the chance to undertake problem-based research and original academic enquiry. If our teaching team consider the work you produce to be of sufficient quality, it could be published in the Derby Law School Journal.

Through our peer assisted mentoring scheme, students from later years of the course also give helpful guidance and support to first year students.

Showcasing your skills

Mooting forms part of certain modules and you can develop your expertise further through regional and national competitions. We have an excellent record of success in these challenges.

In your third year, our annual Legal Skills Triathlon, run in partnership with Derby & District Law Society, will test your advocacy, interview and negotiation skills. You will compete in teams with newly qualified lawyers and will be judged by a professional panel. Some of our students have secured jobs as a direct result of this experience.  

We also help run a schools’ debating competition in partnership with Derby & District Law Society and Enterprise for Education where you can mentor local secondary school pupils.

How you are assessed

Assessments may include:

Who you'll meet

Our teaching team is made up of experts with broad-ranging experience and diverse research interests. They pride themselves on delivering a supportive academic and pastoral environment. The team includes:

Lisa Cherkassky

Elisabeth Doherty

Jo Drummond-Child

Christie Eaton

George Ellison

Kaye Howells

Rachael Ita

Sue Jennings

Joel Klaff

Rebekah Marangon

Tim Marangon

Larry Mead

Michala Meiselles

Vee Monro

Virna Simoncelli

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Joel Klaff
Programme leader

Joel is currently the Programme Leader for the Undergraduate LL.B Law Programmes. His areas of interest include Commercial Law, International Trade and International Economic Law. He has a further interest in ensuring that the Law School engages with the local community and thereby contributes and subscribes to values of Social Justice for the benefit of the local community.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to Up to 16 from AS-Levels from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.5 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Our LLB (Hons) graduates go on to take up roles as barristers, solicitors, paralegals and chartered legal executives and can be found working in private practice, the Crown Prosecution Service, the courts, law centres, the police service, local and national government.

Completion of the LLB represents the end of the academic stage of your training. To become a solicitor or barrister, you must then continue to complete the vocational stage of your training:

Even if you do not want to become a legal practitioner, the LLB acts as a stepping stone to careers in broader areas. Legal skills ensure you can make a strategic contribution in many professions including the civil service, investment banking, management and tax consultancy, compliance, insurance, HR, politics, town planning, construction, publishing and education. They will also prove helpful if you want to launch your own business.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) 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.

Further study

If you would like to take your studies to postgraduate level, the Derby LLM is a masters degree offering maximum flexibility, choice and opportunity. We also offer the LLM Legal Practice Course which equips you with a masters qualification and includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) needed for professional practice as a Solicitor.

As a graduate of the University of Derby, you may be entitled to Alumni discount on your postgraduate course fees. Terms and conditions apply.

 

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.