Law (LLB): 4-year, part-time

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Four years part-time

Attendance

Three evenings a week

The LLB is accredited as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, so it is ideal if you are working during the day. 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 qualifies you to pursue vocational training, if you wish to practise.

This course is also available for full-time evening study over three years.

Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Course structure

The first two years of compulsory subjects provide an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of legal study and the classification of the common law. The last two years allow for some degree of specialisation, with the choice of one option module in the third year and two option modules in the fourth year, one of which may be a dissertation. You will also be able to take one full option module or two 15-credit modules in the second year.

In Year 1, you take an Induction Course and three core modules.

In Year 2, you take two core modules and one full option module or two 15-credit modules chosen from the Year 2 range.

In Year 3, you take two core modules and one full option module or two 15-credit modules chosen from the Year 3 range.

In Year 4, you take three core modules, one full option module or two 15-credit modules chosen from the Year 3 or Year 4 ranges, and complete a dissertation.

    Module groups

    Year 1 core modules

    Year 2 core modules

    Year 2 option modules

    Year 3 core modules

    Year 4 core modules

    Years 3 and 4 option modules

    Please note that the modules listed here are indicative; not all modules will be available every year.

    • Entry Requirements

      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.

      You will need to complete a written exercise in reasoning and analysis and attend an admissions event.

      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.

      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.

      Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

    • Fees

      Fees

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa
      Part-time international students: £10025 pa

      Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy.

    • Teaching and assessment

      Teaching

      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

      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.

      Academic support

      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

      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.

      Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

      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.

      Feedback

      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

      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.

      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.

      Graduate Destinations

      Average salary six months after the course: £30000

      Go on to work and/or study:

      Go on to work and/or study
      Now working: 60%
      Doing further study: 25%
      Studying and working: 0%
      Unemployed: 5%
      Other: 10%

      Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.

    • How to apply

      How to apply

      You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.

      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

      You can apply at any time, but we recommend that you apply as early as possible.