Course details

Study options

Full-time: two years

UK fee

£11,100 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£16,850 per year (2021/22)

UCAS points

120 (September 2021 entry)

Course level

Undergraduate

Start date

September

Location

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Course description

The highlights

For those interested in becoming a solicitor, the route to qualification is changing. At Derby Law School we are working hard to ensure that the necessary changes are made to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses to provide our students with maximum opportunity and flexibility to further their legal career.

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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

Offering you an exceptional experience of studying law, our LLB is designed to reflect the changing legal profession and set you apart in the graduate job market. This new accelerated degree will give you a real head start in your career.

With its compelling combination of real-world learning opportunities and strong academic knowledge, our degree takes you on a journey where you can discover what you want to be and where you want to go in life.

We deliver a comprehensive all-round undergraduate legal education. You'll engage with all 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.

On the fast track to success

Our accelerated degree entails a blend of face-to-face and self-directed learning. Each year you undertake two semesters’ worth of modules taught face-to-face on campus. The remainder of the modules are self-directed over the summer in a third semester. We offer optional modules covering a wide range of contemporary and stimulating legal areas so that you can tailor your degree to match your interests and career ambitions.

At a time when the profession is placing greater emphasis on social mobility and attracting people from more diverse backgrounds into the law, the two-year route offers extra flexibility and choice. It will be particularly valuable for those people whose circumstances make it difficult to study full time for three years.

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 and yourself into the bargain. 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 ‘Legal London’ including the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament and have also visited The Hague, the legal capital of the world, where they saw the international courts in action. There has also been 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 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. Through the Centre, you’ll 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 February 2021, the clinic formed a partnership with the British Red Cross and Paragon Law to open the Immigration Family Reunion Clinic which offers support and advice to those who may not have the funds for legal advice and whose cases are not covered by legal aid, in making applications to bring their families to the UK.

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, and professors in Law. 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. At Derby Law School, our academics work very closely with these influencial figures within the legal field, ensuring that our students experience the most up-to-date and cutting-edge legal knowledge.

Facilities

Law students are based on the Derby Campus at One Friar Gate Square site, ideally located in Derby city centre. It includes a full replica crown court and interview rooms where you can develop your skills and familiarise yourself with the type of environments you’ll encounter in real-life legal situations.

Travelling to and from One Friar Gate Square is easy, if you choose to travel by car, there is plenty of car parking close by, or you can use our free Unibus service which will take you to and from the bus and train stations, our other Derby Campus sites and all our halls of residences.

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Nicola Lambert - LLB (Hons) student

In her first year at Derby Law School, Nicola reached the final in one of the most prestigious mooting competitions in the UK.

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What you will study

You’ll study a range of modules, academic and skills development available on the three-year LLB degree – but over two academic years featuring three teaching semesters each. This includes all the core modules to meet the professional requirements of a qualifying law degree.

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 lawyering skills 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.

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.

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:

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 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
IELTS6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / Audition

Yes - telephone interview

PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications

Additional requirements

As part of the application process, we would like all applicants to demonstrate in their personal statement their skills, interests and passion for this course, with a particular emphasis on how you intend to manage your workload and other commitments whilst on this degree. Due to the intensity of an accelerated degree, we want to ensure all applicants are best prepared beforehand to successfully meet the academic requirements of a two-year degree.

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120-128
A-levelsABB-BBB
BTECDDM
GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

As part of the application process, we would like all applicants to demonstrate in their personal statement their skills, interests and passion for this course, with a particular emphasis on how you intend to manage your workload and other commitments whilst on this degree. Due to the intensity of an accelerated degree, we want to ensure all applicants are best prepared beforehand to successfully meet the academic requirements of a two-year degree.

Additional entry requirements

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£11,100 per year

N/A

International/EU

£16,850 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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How to apply

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UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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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

Upon successful completion of the Law LLB (Hons) (Accelerated), those wishing to pursue a career as a solicitor can apply for our LLM LPC, fast tracking them to a training contract within three years.

For those wishing to further their studies to postgraduate level, the Derby LLM is a masters degree offering maximum flexibility, choice and opportunity. You can pursue either a broad-based LLM programme or select specialist pathways in subjects such as Commercial Law; Corporate and Financial Law; and International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom.

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

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Additional information about your studies

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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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.

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