Law (Two Year Fast Track) LLB
|Duration||Normally two years full-time.|
2014/15, full time:
|Faculty||Faculty of Business, Education and Law|
|Stoke||Full-time||2014/15 Academic Year||Apply via UCAS|
This course - accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) - lets you gain a full Honours degree in just two years. It's ideal if you can commit to accelerated learning.
Our Law (Two-year Fast-track) degree has all the advantages of the three-year Law degree, with the additional benefit that you'll graduate a year earlier.
In June of the first year, you'll complete a period of intensive learning from 9.30am to 5.00pm every day for two weeks. A further 60 credits are taught over the summer and you'll develop the skills you need to succeed with the distance-learning aspects of the course.
Final results are published in the September so you can continue your studies onto our highly-regarded Legal Practice Course or onto our taught LLM programme, which will allow you to specialise in a variety of areas.
You can also choose to take part in various competitions. These include mooting, interviewing and negotiation - all skills important in the workplace.
Many graduates from our LLB(Hons) awards progress to the professional stage of qualification as a lawyer by studying either the Legal Practice Course leading to qualification as a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course leading to qualification as a barrister. Some go on to qualify as chartered legal executives or as licensed conveyancers. Other graduates work in a variety of law and business related jobs including the Courts Service, human resource management, Customs and Excise, accounting and insolvency practice, company secretary, law enforcement and the civil service.
Typical UCAS Offer: 320 BTEC: All applicants are individually assessed.
The LLB Law award is recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) by the law professional bodies, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
A QLD is a degree that is approved as such by the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB), a joint committee of the SRA and BSB. The study of seven substantive foundation subjects is required in order to complete the academic stage of training. These subjects are collectively known as the seven foundations of legal knowledge. For a formal definition, please see Regulation 2 of the Solicitors Training Regulations 2009.
From September 2011, the maximum time limit for completion of a qualifying law degree (studied full-time, part-time or by distance learning) is 6 years.
A law degree that falls outside the period specified above may very exceptionally be recognised by the SRA as a qualifying law degree.
If a student fails to complete the seven foundations of legal knowledge or exceeds the time limit, the student may still be awarded one of the exit awards (depending on the number of credits obtained).
We recognise that students learn in different ways and we utilise a range of different teaching methods and situations to reflect this and to best deliver the specific learning outcomes of the modules. The variety of teaching styles is designed to ensure that students constantly reflect upon, adapt and enhance their learning. In all classes, emphasis is placed on active, experiential learning. Even lectures involve student-student and student-staff interaction. For example, lectures may be linked to tutorial work-plans, lecture outlines may include `mini-problems', and during a session in order that students may work together on tasks requiring them to verify and apply what they have learned. From time-to-time guest speakers will make a presentation. Lectures will provide a basic framework of concepts. Directed study supports and builds upon the knowledge and skills learnt in class to provide a fuller understanding of the subject. Ideas and concepts and problem solving are explored further in tutorials and workshops. Law students study the theory behind and practice the skills used in the workplace both in a legal context and beyond. Students are involved in mooting, negotiating and other forms of role-play as well as working on case studies and other problem-based scenarios. Students on the Fast-Track award also undertake a two week accelerated learning period during the start of the Third Teaching Block in the first academic year. This intense period of study provides the required foundation for the distance learning aspect of that teaching block. At all levels, online support is provided by a module Blackboard page and independent study is supported by a range of electronic databases, many of which can be accessed from outside the University. The Teaching & Learning Strategy for the LLB Law award is tailored to help the student achieve the module and award by progressively enabling the law student to develop as a more independent learner.
Independent learning enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills. As students progress from their first year (Level 4) to their final year (Level 6), there is a change in emphasis from more tutor-directed teaching within lectures and workshops to increasingly student centred independent learning.
LLB Law students are assessed in a variety of ways over the course of their undergraduate studies. The balance between the different forms of assessment is determined by the different aims and learning outcomes of the core and option modules.
Assessment methods include academic assignments (for example in Constitutional & Administrative Law and Equity & Trusts ), unseen examinations (Contract Law , Land Law, European Union Law ), Multiple Choice Tests (Criminal Law ), negotiation exercise and reflective portfolio (Legal Skills ( Enhancing Career & Personal Success)), assessed seminars (Contract of Employment), oral assessment ( Law of Evidence), and case studies (Environmental Law).
Individual modules (including the above) may also be weighted by combinations of these different assessment methods. For example, Criminology is assessed by an assignment (50%) and an unseen essay (50%). This is to ensure that module learning outcomes are tested in the most appropriate way, to reflect the tasks that graduates will be asked to undertake in future careers and also to recognise that students have different learning styles
The Teaching & Learning Strategy for the LLB Law award is tailored to help the law student achieve the module and award outcomes by progressively enabling the law student to develop as a more independent learner. Independent learning enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills.
The LLB award seeks to equip the student with knowledge, attributes and skills to make them an employable graduate and effective member of the workforce.
The Staffordshire Graduate represents a set of qualities that the University passionately believes is necessary for success in the 21st century. The Staffordshire Graduate is a reflective and critical learner with a global perspective, prepared to contribute in the world of work. The following statement shows how the law awards address the Staffordshire Graduate qualities:-
' Across all levels and all modules, we aim to provide you with discipline expertise. We instil a critical knowledge of the discipline that is underpinned by the experience and research of the academic staff and which strives to reflect the key issues that affect the world in which we live.
' We aim to equip you to enter the world of work as an enterprising and entrepreneurial individual. We develop your written and verbal communication skills in a variety of ways to enhance your skills and confidence. Many modules include a large element of evidence based problem solving. By studying these modules, you will become innovative in how you think and conduct your work, and creative in seeking solutions based on your knowledge and skills. Employers value independence of thought and a creative ability to find solutions
' Studying on an undergraduate Law award will enable you to take ownership of your learning ' whether individually or with your fellow students ' and encourages independence of thought and problem-solving across a spectrum of activities.
These are essential attributes of the critical, reflective and life-long learners that Staffordshire graduates are expected to become. Throughout your degree, you will be encouraged to develop your understanding through critical reflection, to question different views and perspectives and to use both generic and specialist skills to recognize and resolve problems.
What our students say
"After graduating, I went on to complete the Bar Professional Training Course and I can honestly say that the solid grounding I gained during my time at Staffordshire University helped me to succeed. I was 'Called to the Bar' in November 2011 and, after completing a twelve-month pupilage at a Chamber in Essex, began practicising family law earlier this year."
James Holmes, Barrister and LLB(Hons) Law
We have a reputation for preparing students to take on the world. Our courses deliver the skills and experiences employers value. Our lecturers know what it is you need to succeed in business because they’re industry professionals. What we teach is not only quality assured but informed by the latest thinking and developments in the real world. And with excellent facilities, a lively social scene, and low cost of living, Staffordshire University is a great place to be a student.
On successful completion of the two-year degree, those of you who wish to do so can move directly onto the Legal Practice Course.
Students can progress to become Solicitors or Barristers. Many of those wishing to be Solicitors stay with us to complete the Legal Practice Course in our purpose built suite of practice offices; others pursue a more academic route by studying on our LLM Masters awards. Alternatively, the skills our students develop open up a wide range of careers, for example; in finance, commerce, public administration or management in industry.
Staffordshire Law graduates will benefit from 15% discount off the LPC tuition fees.
Have you also considered?
- LLB Law (Three year)