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Which pathway is right for you?


The LLB Law course has three pathways, which are specialised courses of study that provide a way to organise your optional modules to focus on a particular area of legal expertise. However, you don’t have to follow a pathway. You could simply study those optional courses in which you are interested.

By selecting a pathway, you will graduate with a specialist LLB (Hons) in Law and Human Rights, LLB (Hons) in Law and Commercial Law, or LLB (Hons) in Law and Legal Practice.

The benefits of selecting a specialist pathway are that they:

  • Serve as a strategic road map, guiding your module option choice towards specialisation in a particular area and eliminating some of the guess-work of choosing options.
  • Enable you to achieve a depth of knowledge in an area of law or legal expertise.
  • Signal to potential employers or postgraduate programmes that you have a strong interest in and substantial knowledge of a certain area of law.

Following a pathway does not prevent you from taking other optional modules and trying out new things during your studies. You will be able to change pathways or leave a pathway prior to graduation, if you prefer to graduate with a conventional LLB Law.

LLB (Hons) in Law and Human Rights

  • If you select the human rights pathway as a specialisation to your LLB, you will gain knowledge, insight and experience from our expert academics and practitioners in the human rights field. 
  • The world of human rights is vast and this course of study will give you both a broad knowledge of human rights as well as the ability to complete specialised modules in the field. 
  • You may also choose to complete your final research project on a topic of human rights.
  • Human Rights Modules: students who choose the human rights pathway must take the 30-credit Human Rights module. They will have an additional 30 credits of options from the following:
    • Borders, Migration and Criminal Justice
    • Child Law
    • Contemporary Issues in Medical Law and Ethics
    • Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice
    • Housing, Justice and the Law
    • Immigration Law I: Fundamentals of UK Law
    • Immigration Law II: Advanced Concepts in International Asylum Law
    • Imprisonment and Justice
    • International Law of Armed Conflict
    • Labour Law
    • Law, History and Political Violence
    • Mental Health Law and Criminal Justice
    • Political Violence and Terrorism
    • Principles of Medical Law and Ethics
    • Public International Law and the Use of Force
    • Social Welfare Law in Practice
    • The Criminalisation of Welfare

LLB (Hons) in Law and Commercial Law

  • If you select the commercial law pathway as a specialisation to your LLB, you will gain necessary skills to tackle the complex world of business and financial law, including commercial awareness, knowledge of banking law, and knowledge of broader economic and private law issues. 
  • This course is an important part of legal education for those interested in participating in the interconnected global economy.
  • Commercial law modules: students who choose the commercial law pathway need to complete 60 credits in optional modules from the following:
    • Banking and Monetary Law
    • Company Law
    • Consumer Law
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • International Economic Law and Development
    • Labour Law
    • Private International Law
    • White Collar Corporate Crime 

LLB Law (Hons) in Law and Legal Practice

  • The LLB (Hons) in Law and Legal Practice offers students an opportunity to graduate with a set of legal skills and competencies relevant to the later pursuit of legal practical qualification. 
  • Students on this pathway will be examined in oral and written forms of advocacy and reflectively engage with what it means to advocate on behalf of a client.
  • Legal Practice modules: students who choose the legal practice pathway need to complete 60 credits in optional modules from the following:
    • Evidence
    • Legal Argument and Language in Law
    • Mooting and Trial Skills
    • Social Welfare Law in Practice (by application)