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Law LLB (Hons)

This qualifying Law degree combines academic rigour with projects that put your legal training into practice to develop the skills employers look for.

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Overview

Watch: Kevin Bampton, Professor of Public Law and Head of Leicester De Montfort Law School, talks about the unique approach Law students can experience at DMU.


This specialised, fully-qualifying law degree provides you with the classic route to training as a legal professional.

It focuses on criminal law and criminal justice, giving you knowledge of how the criminal justice system works, an understanding of crime and its effects on society, and how you as a legal professional can develop strategies to combat or prosecute against it.

You will study in our dedicated law environment, which includes a mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Study a range of topics such as Family Law, Issues in Civil Liberties, Substantive Law of the European Union and Law of Evidence.

Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, this course is a qualifying Law degree covering the academic stage of training for solicitors and barristers.

Key features

  • This course guarantees you a place on our Legal Practice Course - the next stage of training to become a solicitor - upon successful completion of your degree (subject to conditions).
  • Our graduates have gone on to careers in globally-renowned organisations. Roles include paralegal at Pinsent Masons, legal assistant at D Young & Co, solicitor at Bobby Dhanjal Legal Services and many more.
  • Our #DMUworks team will help you gain the skills and qualities that today’s employers are looking for through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Students have worked at Disney, Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitor, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Shoosmiths.
  • Enjoy an international experience through #DMUglobal. Law LLB students have been on study-related trips to New York (including a tour of the iconic Supreme Civil Court), Berlin, Toronto and Doha.

Our mission to fight prejudice in access to the Legal Professions

We are proud that one in five DMU students feel confident to declare mental and physical disabilities, and we boast award-winning support in this area. In law, our teaching and assessments are designed to ensure that if you have a disability, you are still equipped with the skills and have the opportunity to engage with the challenges that you will face in practice.

We are worried that the legal profession is disproportionately white and from more privileged backgrounds. Through initiatives, such as the Black Lawyer’s Society, working with the Society of Asian Lawyers and promoting the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship, we are actively working towards tackling this.

Our staff are ethnically and nationally diverse, giving you the opportunity to choose your personal tutor so that you may forge a mentorship relationship in your first year to support your success, regardless of your background.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: M100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: M100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 120 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A Level, or
  • BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma at DMM

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent)
    English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade 4

We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course

  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

International Students

 If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, simulation of client interviewing and advocacy, case study analysis and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

  • Exam: 70%
  • Coursework: 30%

These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session. 

Contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In the first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.

Other: In addition each module provides a two hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.

Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.

Accreditations

This course meets the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, which means that you will graduate with full exemptions from the academic stage of the professional qualification for solicitors and barristers.

Facilities and features

Facilities and features

You will be taught in the purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, whose facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software

Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

LLB Law students have visited key institutions in New York to gain valuable insights into the American justice system this involved a tour of the iconic Supreme Civil Court.  

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Placements

As part of this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year which offers invaluable professional experience.

Our exciting careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.

Current and previous students have benefitted from placements with blue-chip companies such as Warner Brothers and Toyota, as well as stand-alone placements with major law firms, such as Shoosmiths and Gateleys.

We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.

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Graduate careers

Leicester De Montfort Law School provides a unique programme for final year students who wish to pursue a research or academic career to work as paid researchers supporting major research projects and to develop their own research expertise.

All years have the opportunity to hone their legal skills by engaging with our Legal Advice Centre, which provides advice to businesses, organisations and individuals, with the opportunity to claim Qualifying Work Experience to speed your way to qualification as a Solicitor.

In addition, our award-winning Street Law project enables you to engage in campaigning and education in the promotion of legal rights for individuals and communities.

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We have a dedicated team to help deal with any issues you may have before, during and after your studies. From finding accommodation and settling in, to arranging academic support during your studies — our support team can help directly or point you in the right direction of someone who can. Find out more.

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