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Durham University

UCAS Code: M101 | Bachelor of Law (with Honours) - LLB (Hons)

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About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Law

Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our top-ranking LLB forms the first stage of the professional training you need to qualify as a solicitor or a barrister.

This cutting-edge, research-led degree provides an in-depth understanding of the law of England and Wales, as well as legal research and practice. It offers a variety of optional modules which allows individual specialisation across a range of pathways in public and private law, including international law.

The Law School is home to a number of leading research centres and groups, and all teaching staff are actively involved in research. This research feeds into the curriculum to create a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment which is in step with developments in the real world.

Academic expertise is supported by a range of first-class learning facilities. The moot court, dedicated workrooms and pro bono room allow you to immerse yourself in a law-focused environment. And outside of structured learning there are ten different law-related student societies which offer plenty of opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities.

You can also apply to add an international dimension to your LLB with a year abroad in one of our overseas partner institutions. Places on these pathways are in high demand and if you are chosen your studies will extend from three years to four.

The rigorous academic curriculum, first-class facilities and supportive learning environment provide the legal and academic skills you will need to progress to a career in the legal sector, as well as equipping you with the transferable skills that are in demand across a wider range of sectors including business, local and national government and academia.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Tort Law provides a general understanding of the structure of the law of tort in England and Wales. You will examine the nature of the major torts and the place of tort law within the legal system.

Contract Law offers an understanding of the nature and functions of the law of contract in England and Wales. You will critically examine key elements of the law of contract and begin to develop an understanding of the common law in action.

EU Constitutional Law gives a overall understanding of basic institutions, concepts and principles relating to the European Union. This module covers elements such as the historical, political and economic foundations of the EU, institutions of the EC, the legal structure of the EC and judicial protection of ‘community rights’.

UK Constitutional Law provides an understanding of the basic institutions, concepts and principles relating to the constitution of the UK. This module includes elements such as the nature of the UK Constitution, The Rule of Law, parliamentary sovereignty, and the separation of powers.

The Individual and the State provides a general understanding of the basic institutions, concepts and principles relating to the relationship between the individual and the State. You will study aspects of The European Convention on Human Rights, The Human Rights Act 1998, and judicial review of administrative action.

Introduction to English Law and Legal Method gives a hands-on grounding in legal research, analysis, writing and IT skills. It seeks to establish critical analytical and transferable skills essential in your legal studies and beyond. It introduces you to the English legal system and the diverse forms legal analysis can take.

Year 2
Core modules:
Criminal Law provides an understanding of the nature and functions of criminal law, including the general principles of criminal law and the principles governing selected crimes. You will learn to identify relevant principles of law, apply those principles to problem questions, analyse relevant case law and identify legal and policy issues and arguments concerning various areas of criminal law.

Examples of optional modules:
Land Law
Administrative Law
Contemporary Issues in the Law of the European Internal Market
Employment Law
Law of Family Relationships
Public International Law
Law, Gender and Society
Trusts Law
Commercial Law.
Year 3
Core module:
In your final year, you will significantly enhance your developing legal research skills by planning and producing a Dissertation. The 12,000-word dissertation is worth one third of your final year credits.

Examples of optional modules:
Advanced Issues in International Law
International Human Rights
Interscholastic Mooting
Competition Law
Company Law
Intellectual Property Law
Law and Medicine
International Criminal Law
Law, Sex and Crime.

Assessment methods

We use an array of assessment methods including essays, oral presentations and written examinations completed throughout the year. You will also complete a 12,000-word dissertation, which makes up one-third of your final-year marks.

The Uni

Course locations:

College allocation pending

Durham City

Department:

Law

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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.

78%
Law

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Law

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

77%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation

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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.

£28k

£28k

£36k

£36k

£64k

£64k

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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