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Durham University

Law

UCAS Code: M101

Bachelor of Law (with Honours) - LLB (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk). Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham. All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

General information on subjects/grades required for entry: To include 6, 6, 6 from Higher Level subjects. All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

Subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) may be required. All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis. All applicants are also required to sit the LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk).

UCAS Tariff

152-168

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Law

On this degree you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.

All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and tutorials are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with academic staff. Durham Law School is one of only a handful of law schools that teaches in groups as small as eight students.

This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the number of formal sessions.

Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from your academic advisor at the start of your degree is part of the learning experience throughout leading to more independent research, including a capstone dissertation – supported by one-on-one supervision – that makes up a third of your final year credits.

In this way, the degree systematically transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by ‘drop-in’ surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the degree and continue at key times throughout each year of the course.

You can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.

**For more information on this course, please see our website.**

Modules

The LLB degree is a highly flexible three-year, full-time course. There are approximately 300 students on each year of the LLB. While providing a solid grounding in the main areas of English and Welsh law, it also allows for individual specialisation through a variety of optional modules offered by the School and other departments in the University.
The degree course provides the opportunity to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. (Please note: whether or not a degree exempts a student from the academic stage of training to be a solicitor or barrister depends on the modules that the student studies. In practice, virtually all of our students choose to study the modules that are required by the Law Society and Bar Council, and thus do gain a Qualifying Law Degree.)
Year 1
The modules which you will take in your first year are designed to provide a solid foundation of legal knowledge which can be built upon in subsequent years. You will study all of the following:
• Introduction to English Law and Legal Method (20 credits)
• Tort Law (20 credits)
• Contract Law (20 credits)
• EU Constitutional Law (20 credits)
• UK Constitutional Law (20 credits)
• The Individual and the State (20 credits).
Year 2
In the second year, you will need to study three further modules in order to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree. You may then take a further three optional modules, giving you the chance to tailor the course to your own requirements. The compulsory modules for Qualifying Law Degree purposes are:
• Criminal Law
• Land Law
• Trusts Law.
An indicative list of optional modules is given in the list below. However, you may also, at the discretion of the departments concerned, elect to take a 20-credit module from the open modules (at first or second year) offered by another department at Durham University.
A list of our Year 2 optional modules can be found on our website.

Year 3
In the final year, you will study one compulsory 40-credit Dissertation module and four optional modules. You will choose at least three modules (60 credits) from Level 3 (with an indicative list given below), with the possibility to select one module from Level 2. It may also be possible for you, at the discretion of the departments concerned, to elect to take a 20-credit module from the open modules offered by another department at Durham University at second or third year (although if the chosen module is at Level 2, you will not be entitled to choose a Level 2 Law module).
Full details of the topics covered in individual modules, optional modules choices and study abroad options are available on the Law School website www.durham.ac.uk/law

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£21,730
per year
International
£21,730
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

St Chad's College

St Mary's College

College of St Hild and St Bede

St John's College

Stephenson College

South College

Trevelyan College

Van Mildert College

St Aidan's College

Josephine Butler College

Grey College

Hatfield College

No college preference

St Cuthbert's Society

Collingwood College

John Snow College

University College

Department:

Law

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
low
Law

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

59%
UK students
41%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
64%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Legal associate professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Law

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

£42k

£42k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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