Law - your questions answered
In the below video, Head of Derby Law School, Sue Jennings, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Law at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.
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.
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.
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Engaging in real or simulated legal practice, you will build a range of lawyering skills at every stage of the course, including:
- case preparation
- mooting – where you present a legal issue against opposing counsel in a mock court case
- self-directed learning
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:
- group work
- oral presentations
- written coursework
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:
Dr Tim Marangon
Dr Eghosa Ekhator
Dr Taiwo Oriola
Professor Hakeem Yusuf
Professor Gerhard Kemp
Professor Flora Huang
September 2021 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition|
Yes - telephone interview
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Pass 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.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
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:
- If you wish to become a solicitor, you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Our graduates are highly sought after by solicitors’ firms because of their practical skills underpinned by academic rigour. At Derby, we now offer the LLM LPC, which equips you with both a masters qualification and the LPC.
- 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 is testimony to the calibre of teaching we offer. Note: we do not offer the BPTC training at University of Derby.
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.
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.
Additional information about your studies
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.
Included in your fees
- Home and International trips if applicable (e.g. The Hague, Dublin and London)
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Purchasing formal business attire for mooting assessments (Costs can vary between £75 - £300 depending on source of purchase)
- Printing of trial bundles for mooting assessment - around 80 pages (approx. cost £4)
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Membership of the Students Union Law Society (£7 for a societies card plus £3 society subscription)
- Students will be invited to black tie events which will require the wearing of formal attire
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.