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LLB (Hons) Law

Gain exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister on this Qualifying Law Degree where you will gain practical experience offering legal advice.

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    UCAS Code: M100
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021
    Subjects: Law
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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    This degree involves comprehensive study of key legal principles, doctrines, civil and criminal justice institutions and systems. At the heart of the course is the idea that future lawyers will need to have knowledge of national, European and international laws and institutions. You will be expected to take an interest in general legal issues and to be able to comment on developments in the law, including new case law and legislation, based on your analysis of commentary in appropriate media. You will join a programme which serves as the first stage in your legal training, and gain exemptions from the academic stage of solicitor or barrister training, while our campus-based Pro-Bono Law Clinic provides you with practical experience in delivering legal advice.

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    What will I study?

    In Year 1 you will study a range of compulsory modules to ensure you understand the fundamentals of law, including the law that regulates the relationship between citizens and the government, legal reasoning and legal analysis, and the principles that regulate legally binding agreements. You will also be introduced to the law of civil liabilities and have the option of taking a lawyers’ skills module.

    Modules in Year 2 are also compulsory and will cover a variety of areas that will allow you to examine the law that regulates the relationship between citizens and government, provides you with an understanding of the key principles of land law and considers what has to be proved against defendants in criminal trials in England and Wales before they can be subject to punishment. You will examine the fundamentals of European law and the relationships between national and EU legal orders and have the option to study an advanced legal skills module. By the end of Year 2 you will have completed the study of all the compulsory subjects which are required to obtain a qualifying law degree.

    In Year 3 you will study optional modules. These cover areas such as employment, company and family law, as well as jurisprudence – the theory or philosophy of law. In addition, you can choose from a range of other specialised subjects, including sports, intellectual property, tax and media law. Taking the Law Clinic Experience module provides the opportunity to work in the department’s Pro-Bono Law Clinic and offer legal advice under the supervision of qualified solicitors.

    How will I study?

    As well as lectures, all modules use seminars or workshops, which are smaller discussion groups in which you will express your ideas and develop your legal analysis and problem solving skills. You will also participate in moots, visit legal institutions and be part of the Student Law Society. Each module has a comprehensive handbook telling you what the classes are about, the cases and legislation to read and the titles of coursework assignments.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is designed to ensure that you acquire a wide range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. You will write case reports and essays, critically analyse legal documents, give oral presentations, defend and advise clients and take exams. Exams account for at least half of the marks of many modules, though there are also a small number of modules which are assessed by coursework only. You will always be given feedback on your work so that you learn from the experience.

    Who will be teaching me?

    You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics, who research and write about the law and are experts in their particular specialisms. Some of the team are both academics and practitioners and others are involved in international projects, training judges and lawyers in European Union law. All are actively engaged in the world of the law and legal institutions.

    A Great Study Environment

    Law students hone their mooting skills in a mock courtroom.The £6m Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Psychology.

    The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) where Law and Policing students can train and practice their advocacy skills and cross-examination techniques, as well as preparing for giving evidence in court.

    The EHU Police Training and Simulation Facility, part of which is furbished as a police station, is used to simulate a wide range of crime scenes. This will enable Law and Policing students to work together in areas such as gathering and analysing evidence, including forensic evidence at crime scenes, as well as practicing interview techniques used by the police through role play, while also ensuring that the rights of suspects are upheld.

    The department’s Pro Bono Law Clinic provides opportunities for Law undergraduates to offer legal advice, free of charge, to other students in the University and members of the local community. The students providing legal advice are supervised by professionally qualified members of the lecturing staff and there is input experienced legal practitioners based in the region. The key aims of the Pro Bono Law Clinic are to enable students to gain experience of giving practical legal advice and also to provide a no cost advisory legal service to the student community.

    You can also participate in the departmental Mooting Society, making an oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge, and join the student-led Edge Hill University Law and Criminology Society.


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    Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

    LAW1001Legal Methods and Systems (20 credits)

    Legal Methods and Systems examines the sources of English law, and explains the processes and the role and functions of the institutions and personnel involved in the English legal system. The module provides a foundation of legal knowledge, and introduces you to legal reasoning, legal analysis and legal study skills which you can apply in your subsequent legal study.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW1002Public Law 1 (20 credits)

    Public Law 1 introduces you to the fundamental constitutional principles of public law and demonstrates how these principles are realised in the UK and how an evaluation may be made of the UK’s adherence to these principles. The module also examines some of the unique or unusual characteristics of the UK constitution.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW1003Law of Contract (20 credits)

    Law of Contract introduces principles that regulate legally binding agreements. The module examines when the law recognises agreements as binding and how such agreements are formed. You will look at the means and pretexts by which contracting parties may seek to escape from the obligations they have undertaken and different remedies that the law makes available when such obligations are breached.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    LAW1004Public Law 2 (20 credits)

    Public Law 2 introduces you to administrative law as it operates in the UK. It examines the operation of judicial review and the ways in which judicial review attempts to realise and comply with the principles of the rule of law and separation of powers. The module also examines the rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and how these rights are given effect in the UK via the Human Rights Act 1998.

    Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 10%.

    LAW1005Law of Torts (20 credits)

    Law of Torts introduces you to the law of civil liabilities, examining the objectives of the system as well as the main areas such as negligence, trespass, occupiers’ and employers’ liability, vicarious liability, defamation and privacy. The subject is largely based on case law.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    LAW1006Lawyers' Skills (20 credits)

    Lawyers’ Skills lays the foundations for the development of a number of skills and competences related to working in the legal professions. The module introduces you to a number of aspects of the practical curriculum delivered on a Legal Practice Course and a Bar Professional Training Course.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of LAW1006 Lawyers’ Skills.

    Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

    LAW2001European Union Constitutional Law (20 credits)

    European Union Constitutional Law examines the Constitutional Law of the European Union and the nature of the relationship with national legal orders. The module explores the nature and effects of the legal relationship and examines in particular the doctrines, principles, legal instruments, competences, institutions and rights recognised and conferred by EU Law and the law making process in the European Union.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    LAW2002Criminal Law (20 credits)

    Criminal Law explores the substantive criminal law in England and Wales. The module combines the basic notions and framework of criminal liability with a detailed consideration of a range of specific criminal offences.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    LAW2003Equity and Trusts (20 credits)

    Equity and Trusts examines the fundamental principles of the law relating to trusts and equitable ownership of property. The module also considers the role and responsibilities of trustees and other fiduciaries.

    Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

    LAW2004European Union Substantive Law (20 credits)

    European Union Substantive Law considers some of the core areas of the substantive law of the European Union. The module focuses upon the law relating to the four freedoms and competition law in the context of the regulatory development of the EU Internal Market

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    LAW2005Land Law (20 credits)

    Land Law will provide you with an understanding of the key principles of property law which underpin the day-to-day management and control of land ownership, use and transaction, and enable you to place those dealings within the social context.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    LAW2006Advanced Lawyers' Skills (20 credits)

    Advanced Lawyers’ Skills provides you with the opportunity to further develop a number of the practical aspects of being employed in the legal professions. The module covers, in an increasingly advanced way, a number of aspects of the practical curriculum delivered on Legal Practice Courses and a Bar Professional Training Course.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of LAW2006 Advanced Lawyers’ Skills.

    Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

    You will select six of the following modules:

    LAW3032Child Law (20 credits)

    Child Law examines the law governing the relationship between the State, parents and children in England and Wales. This includes exploring the law regulating conception, adoption, child abuse, juvenile crime, child rights, sterilisation, residence and the legal relationship between parents and children.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3033Company Law (20 credits)

    Company Law concentrates on the key features of the company as a legal institution and covers a selection of topics addressing some of the main policy issues relating to companies and business activity.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3034Consumer Law (20 credits)

    Consumer Law examines the law relating to consumer protection, focusing on sale of goods and supply of goods and services to consumers, product liability and product safety, off-premises and distance selling contracts, consumer credit, and the laws governing unfair commercial practices.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    LAW3035Dissertation (20 credits)

    Dissertation is designed to allow you to carry out a substantial piece of self-directed legal research. The topic of your research may draw on the practical experience of the law gained in an appropriate work placement.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    LAW3036Employment Law (20 credits)

    Employment Law deals with an important business resource, namely its employees and one of the most important forms of exchange between business and clients, namely contracts for the sale and exchange of goods.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3037Family Law (20 credits)

    Family Law examines the main areas of substantive law and social policy pertaining to the family. The focus is on the ‘family’ and the rights and obligations of the adults within it.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3038Human Rights (20 credits)

    Human Rights introduces you to the assessment of the nature of human rights claims and their translation into law and legal institutions. It charts the emergence of human rights arguments through legal, social and political theory, and examines how these discourses have informed the creation of national and international law.

    Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

    LAW3039Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)

    Intellectual Property Law critically examines the key principles of intellectual property (IP) law, the nature and scope of IP rights, procedures, national, regional and international, for the granting and recognition of the rights, mechanisms for enforcement, as well as defences against the enforcement.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3040International Business Law (20 credits)

    International Business Law examines some of the legal aspects governing the organisation and regulation of private international business, especially multi-national corporations.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3041International Criminal Law (20 credits)

    International Criminal Law analyses the key principles of international criminal law. It examines legislation and prosecution of international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3042International Sports Law (20 credits)

    International Sports Law examines the complex pattern of international regulatory frameworks affecting sport. It explores the role of sport in society and assesses the claims that sport should be self-regulating.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3043Jurisprudence (20 credits)

    Jurisprudence introduces you to various theoretical perspectives on the creation and application of law and seeks to enable you to develop an appreciation of the major theories of law, justice and rights. It will explore the principles underpinning legal doctrine, and the way those principles can conflict.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    LAW3044Law Clinic Experience Module (20 credits)

    Law Clinic Experience Module provides you with the opportunity to further develop and apply a number of the practical aspects of being employed in the legal professions.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    LAW3045Law of Evidence (20 credits)

    Law of Evidence examines the procedural framework which regulates the conduct of the adversarial trial. The main focus are the main rules of evidence which govern the conduct of a criminal trial and the extent to which the rules are an expression of the relationship between the interests of the state and the rights of the individual within the criminal justice system.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3046Media Law (20 credits)

    Media Law examines current laws governing libel, social media, privacy, malicious communications and contempt of court. It explores these rules within the context of areas such as press regulation, the regulation of the internet and the regulation of media broadcasting.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3047Public International Law (20 credits)

    Public International Law examines the law governing relations between states. It is concerned with questions such as the settlement of disputes, title to territory, diplomatic relations, human rights, the law of the sea, legal restraints on the use of force, and the law governing international commercial/trade agreements.

    Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

    LAW3048Refugee Law (20 credits)

    Refugee Law analyses the legal obligations nation states owe to refugees and migrants. It examines the pertinent International and European Union legislation with attention to both the legal norms and the actual practice.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    LAW3049Sports Law (20 credits)

    Sports Law examines the claims that the volume of sports related case law and statute combined with the development of discrete legal doctrines unique to sport has contributed to the emergence of a new legal area – sports law.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    LAW3050Tax Law (20 credits)

    Tax Law provides you with a solid grounding in the law and principles relating to taxation, including the taxation of business. It provides you with a general understanding of the operation of the tax system, to enable you to analyse accurately the tax consequences of a given set of facts, and to make critical assessments of the law covered in the module.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    LAW3054Alternative Dispute Resolution (20 credits)

    Alternative Dispute Resolution recognises the importance of an understanding of the legal principles, processes and procedures of alternative dispute resolution. This module will consider arbitration, mediation and negotiation as alternative methods of dispute resolution. It will provide an understanding of the law and practice of arbitration in England and Wales generally. It will also explain the fundamental principles of arbitration, mediation and negotiation, consider the Arbitration Act 1996 and contemplate the role of the courts in the arbitral process  A case study of an arbitration process will be included.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

    Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


    Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

    Example Offers

    Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BBC-BBB;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
    • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points;
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

    Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

    As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

    For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

    EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

    International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

    English Language Requirements

    International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

    If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

    Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    The programme is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will be provided with a solid foundation and preparation for a legal or legal-related profession. Graduates are also equipped to pursue careers in areas such as banking, insurance, retail management and journalism, as well as local and national public administration.

    How can I enhance my employability?

    It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

    Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

    • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
    • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
    • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

    Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum (subject to final Government approval).

    Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 are £12,500 per annum. Exemptions apply for EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide for your intended mode of study.

    EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

    Financial support information for international students can be found at


    Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

    These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

    An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding A Level and BTEC grades.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


    How to Apply

    If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

    If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

    Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

    Visit Us

    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at

    Request a Prospectus

    If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

    Get in Touch

    If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

    International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

    Covid-19 - Law Essential Information

    Law Course Statement

    The EHU Police Training and Simulation Facility and the Law Mooting room are unavailable for students to use at present due to Covid-19 and the associated social distancing rules following a risk assessment. There will be six hours of lectures online per week and six hours of face-to-face timetabled sessions, including seminars, workshops, learning verification and module consolidation and support hours. Online networking events will replace visiting legal institutions.

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