Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Three years full-time
Three to four evenings a week
Other entry years for this course2018
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.
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- Our School of Law is a leading international centre for world-class legal teaching, research and scholarship and is the most rapidly expanding law school within the University of London.
- We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top three 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
The first year provides an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of legal study and the classification of the common law. The following two 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
- Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Law of Obligations I (Contract)
- Law of Obligations II (Tort)
- Legal Methods and Legal Systems
- LLB Induction and Skills
Year 2 core modules
Year 2 option modules
- Consumer Law
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice
- Equality and Diversity
- Imprisonment and Justice
- Introduction to Comparative Law
- Judicial Studies
- Law and Spatial Power
- Law, History, and Political Violence
- Legal Writing and Advocacy
- Policing and Society
- Research, Writing and the Legal Academy
- Surveillance, Intelligence and Control
- White Collar and Corporate Crime
Year 3 core modules
Year 3 option modules
- Adult Relations
- Advanced Studies in Company Law
- Child Law
- Crime and Science (Level 6)
- Criminal Justice
- Foundations in Company Law
- Human Rights
- International Asylum and Refugee Law (Undergraduate)
- Judicial Studies
- Labour Law
- Law, History, and Political Violence
- Law, Psychoanalysis, Culture
- Medical Law and Ethics
- Public International Law and the Use of Force
- Restorative and Alternative Justice
- Surveillance, Intelligence and Control (Level 6)
- UK Immigration Law (Undergraduate)
- Undergraduate Dissertation
Please note that the modules listed here are indicative; not all modules will be available every year.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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
The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
Foundation Year Degrees
You can progress onto this degree if you successfully complete the foundation year of our LLB Law with Foundation Year course. This is an ideal route onto an undergraduate degree if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree.
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.
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.
Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesFull-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.
Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.
Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.
Methods of teaching on this course
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.
Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).
Indicative class size
Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.
Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:
- academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
- written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
- numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.
Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.
Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.
Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.
Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.
Methods of assessment on this course
Assessment methods include essays, problem questions, seen/unseen examinations, open/closed book examinations, group projects, dissertations and oral presentations.
As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.
Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.
Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.
Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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.
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.
Go on to work and/or study:
Data from 35 students.
80% of those surveyed responded
Source: Destinations of leavers from HE record
- Go on to work and/or study
- Now working: 35%
- Doing further study: 45%
- Studying and working: 10%
- Unemployed: 0%
- Other: 15%
Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
If you are applying for a three-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). If you are applying between 30 June and 30 September 2017, you have to apply through UCAS Clearing.
Avoid the rush and get a place through Clearing at Birkbeck today by following these steps:
- Contact our Student Advice Service on 020 3907 0700 and tell them which course you are interested in.
- Our Student Advice Service will put you in touch with the relevant department, who will discuss your application with you.
- If you are then offered a place, enter Birkbeck and your course details into ‘Track’ on the UCAS website. We will then be able to confirm your acceptance to UCAS.
If you are waiting for A-level results, the Birkbeck Clearing hotline will be available from 8am to 6pm on Thursday 17 August and from 9am to 6pm on Friday 18 August 2017 on 020 3907 0700.
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.
Application deadlines and interviews
15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.
Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
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