• UCAS Code: M100
  • Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2016
  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Attendance:

    3-4 evenings a week

    October to June

  • Location:

    Central London

  • Professional bodies that recognise this course:

    The LLB is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and students awarded the degree will be entitled to receive a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Legal Education for solicitors. It is also recognised by the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree for the purposes of completing the Academic Stage of Training for the Bar. The degree is accredited as LLB Law.

Programme overview

Designed for students who are working during the day, this LLB degree is accredited as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. On this course you will study law in a historical, social and comparative context, and develop advanced skills in legal writing, reasoning and analysis, oral presentation and the capacity for critical reflection on and about law. Successful completion will qualify you to pursue vocational training, if you wish to practise.

This course is also available for part-time evening study over 4 years.

How to apply

If you are applying for a 3-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). If you are applying after 30 June 2016, you need to register with UCAS and apply through UCAS Clearing. A Clearing hotline will be available at Birkbeck from 18 August 2016 for those waiting for A-level results. However, if you are not waiting for results you can apply through UCAS now.

Find out more about Clearing, including key dates and how it all works.

Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

UCAS Code

M100

Application deadlines and interviews

If you are applying after 30 June 2016, you will need to apply through UCAS Clearing. A Clearing hotline will be available at Birkbeck from 18 August 2016 for those waiting for A-level results. However, if you are not waiting for results you can apply through UCAS now.

Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
  • Our School of Law is a leading international centre for world-class legal teaching, research and scholarship and is rapidly expanding.
  • Our academic staff are internationally recognised authorities in their fields, delivering stimulating and relevant teaching programmes.
  • Dedicated academic skills workshops are run at Birkbeck by our Learning Development Tutor, who can advise on essay writing, time-management, efficient reading and note-making, giving presentations and participating in seminars.
  • The School is the home of the Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought. The School also houses the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), which carries out multidisciplinary research into crime and the criminal justice system.
  • We encourage our students to participate in the wide range of extracurricular activities we offer, including lectures by internationally renowned guest speakers, our Student Law Society, our annual retreat to Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, which allows you to explore contemporary issues in law with specialist speakers, and our successful mooting programme, where advocacy training is given by experienced practising barristers.
  • Find out more about why you should study law at Birkbeck.
  • Watch our videos and hear what our students have to say about studying law at Birkbeck.

Course structure

The first year provides an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of legal study and the classification of the common law. The following 2 years build on the knowledge gained in the first year and allow you to engage in in-depth study of the core subjects that lead to qualifying law degree status. Each year allows for some degree of specialisation, with the choice of 30 credits of option modules in Years 2-3, one of which may be a dissertation.

Year 1 core modules

Year 2 core modules

Year 2 option modules

Year 3 core modules

Year 3 option modules

Entry requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

UCAS tariff points

300

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

Alternative entry routes

Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in law, humanities or social science units.

Successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Method with a minimum mark of 50% guarantees entry to the LLB with optional credit for a first-year module.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

Fees

Full-time home/EU students: £ 9000 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discount: Birkbeck offers a generous package of fee reductions and cash bursaries for new undergraduates and Certificate of Higher Education students. Also, if you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

With a student loan, you will pay nothing upfront. Find out about loans, cash bursaries and fee reductions and check if you are eligible.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue careers in the legal profession, human resources or local government. This degree can also be useful in becoming a barrister, solicitor, chartered legal executive or human resources officer.

Find out more about these professions.

Read more advice and information about legal careers.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Programmes will be taught by a combination of lectures and seminars or tutorials.

We offer training in legal research skills, and all students have a personal tutor. You can access one-to-one tutorial support for your core modules.

Find out more about what you can expect from classes.

Assessment

Assessment methods include essays, problem questions, seen/unseen examinations, open/closed book examinations, group projects, dissertations and oral presentations.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

Read about Birkbeck research that tackles the big issues and ‘real world’ questions facing law makers.

Further study opportunities

We offer a range of postgraduate programmes (LLM and MA) in various areas of law.

Not ready to do a degree?

We can support you to get on to the undergraduate course that’s right for you.

If you are not ready to study an undergraduate degree, check out our Certificates of Higher Education and short courses for another way into study.

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