Key facts

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Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year) full-time
UCAS code: M100, M111 (with a foundation year)
Academic year: 10 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

LLB (Hons) Law is a Qualifying Law Degree that is recognised by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB). It offers innovative, exciting challenges and provides opportunities to enter a wide range of law-related roles.

LLB (Hons) Law is the key route that students follow if they plan to enter the legal profession. From the opportunity to take part in mock trials to student conferences, the unique feature of this award is its student-centred, problem-based approach to learning. You’ll be offered a supportive, guided environment to practice lawyering skills and to create awareness of rules that lawyers should apply in practice, and the roles of lawyers in society.

The Foundation Year is part of our LLB suite of courses and is designed to encourage non-standard entrants to access the study of law and entry to the legal professions.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: LLB (Hons) Law

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.

Accredited by the Bar Standards Board for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.

Course content

A key aspect of our course is the opportunity to participate in a number of work-related learning experiences that reflect graduate-level employment. For example, students join in presentations, meeting scenarios, case studies, interviewing and negotiation – and have the opportunity to practice advocacy.

In Year 1, you will study the same subjects as all three-year LLB course routes. A workshop-based skills module runs throughout this academic year along with large group sessions and small workshops covering another three core modules. The focus is on practice-based learning, using authentic scenarios and skills exercises.

In Year 2, you will continue with your study of the foundations of legal knowledge, but also study a module distinctive to your Law award.

In your final year, you will focus on specialist law modules, such as: Family Law, Criminology, Company Law, Commercial Transactions, Employment and Equality Law, Environmental Law and Human Rights. Every year, we host our own Law Careers Fair and Networking Event. They attract a wide range of employers for students to network with.

Foundation Year: The Foundation Year takes place prior to Year 1 of the degree programme, as outlined above.

The Foundation Year incorporates a variety of learning experiences to prepare students both academically and personally for the challenges of studying an undergraduate law degree.  Great emphasis is placed on developing the skill of reflection so as to enable students to identify and address specific learning needs and objectives.  The high level of pastoral support on the award reinforces this approach. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will move on to the full 3 year LLB programme.

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Study time

Your overall workload will consist of class contact hours, independent learning, assessment activity and study visits where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. However, you can normally expect that time spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity will be highest in Level 4, decreasing in Levels 5 and 6 as independent learning becomes more significant.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management). Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Principles of English Law Compulsory
Crime in Context Compulsory
Law of Obligations Compulsory
The Language of Law Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Principles of English Law Compulsory
Crime in Context Compulsory
Law of Obligations Compulsory
The Language of Law Compulsory

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
English Legal System and Legal Skills Compulsory
Tort Law and Civil Remedies Compulsory
Contract and Problem Solving Compulsory
Law and Society Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
English Legal System and Legal Skills Compulsory
Tort Law and Civil Remedies Compulsory
Contract and Problem Solving Compulsory
Constitutional Law Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Criminal Law Compulsory
Property Law and Application Compulsory
Administrative Law and Human Rights Compulsory
Business Law and Commercial Awareness Optional
Urban Criminological Concepts Optional
Legal Principles Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Criminal Law Compulsory
Property Law and Application Compulsory
European Union Law Compulsory
Business Law and Commercial Awareness Optional
Urban Criminological Concepts Optional
Legal Principles Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies Compulsory
Advice Clinic with Client Interviewing Optional
Criminology Optional
Criminal Justice and Punishment Optional
Commercial Transactions Optional
Company Law Optional
Intellectual Property Law Optional
Information Technology Law Optional
Environmental Law Optional
Family Law Optional
Sports Law Optional
Healthcare Law and Ethics Optional
Employment and Equality Law Optional
Social Welfare Law and Practice Optional
Human Rights Optional
Work Experience Optional
Mooting Optional
Research Project Optional
Dissertation Optional
Rules of Criminal Evidence Optional
Client Interviewing and Negotiation Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies Compulsory
Advice Clinic with Client Interviewing Optional
Criminology Optional
Criminal Justice and Punishment Optional
Commercial Transactions Optional
Company Law Optional
Intellectual Property Law Optional
Information Technology Law Optional
Environmental Law Optional
Family Law Optional
Sports Law Optional
Healthcare Law and Ethics Optional
Employment and Equality Law Optional
Social Welfare Law and Practice Optional
Human Rights Optional
Work Experience Optional
Mooting Optional
Research Project Optional
Dissertation Optional
Rules of Criminal Evidence Optional
Client Interviewing and Negotiation Optional

Progression routes to masters

  • LLM Legal Practice
  • MA Family Law and Society
  • MA Human Resource Management and Employment Law
  • Fast-Track Law Apprenticeship scheme

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.