Senior Status LLB

This is an exciting new programme, specifically designed for those who have already gained a non-Law degree and now wish to develop their career in the legal profession, either in England and Wales or in an overseas jurisdiction.

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Reasons to study Senior Status LLB at De Montfort University:

  • Attendance
    Only two days compulsory attendance per week
  • Careers and Pro Bono
    Access to a mentor, individual careers advice and guidance as well as opportunities for involvement in an extensive range of pro bono activities and to develop practical and relevant legal skills
  • Teaching
    Leicester De Montfort Law School boasts an excellent reputation for teaching quality.
  • Facilities
    Students are taught in the state-of-the-art £35 million Hugh Aston Building, complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room, integrated law library and book shop
  • Location
    Central UK location and attractive city centre campus
  • Pastoral Support
    Excellent pastoral care and support by staff
  • E-learning
    Additional online learning support provided via DMU’s Blackboard facility
  • Develop a wide range of skills and knowledge
    Study all the usual core academic subjects for a Law degree but also develop your practical legal skills

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Duration: Two years full-time.

Fees and funding: UK/EU: 

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.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Duration: Two years full-time.

Fees and funding: International: 

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

Generally you should have a good honours degree in any subject other than law or non UK law degree, or equivalent. 

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours


Course modules

Year 1

Year One begins with a two-week induction, introducing the principal features of the English legal system, developing legal research skills and demonstrating the role of information technology in the study of the law. You will then study seven legal foundation subjects:  

  • Criminal Law 
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts 
  • European Union Law 
  • Property Law 
  • Public Law 
  • Law of Contract (Obligations I) 
  • Law of Tort (Obligations II) 


You will be introduced to an additional area of legal study and are required to submit a longer piece of assessed written coursework relating to that area.


Year 2

Stage one

  • Foundation Course: An intensive, short introduction to the areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation, Financial Services and Regulation, Taxation, Wills and Administration of Estates, and Solicitors Accounts.
  • Core Areas: Business Law and Practice, Litigation (Criminal and Civil) and Property Law and Practice
  • Course Skills: Advocacy, Interviewing, Writing, Drafting, Practical Legal Research

Stage two

Work-based electives: You choose three subjects from a range of commercial and private client electives, which include:

  • Child Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Private Client
  • Sport and Media Law

Please note that not all electives will be available in every year and depends on tutor availability and sufficient student numbers

Teaching and assessments

Year 1

Teaching comprises lectures and tutorials delivered over two days of the week. This gives you three days to spend on preparation, attend careers events and to be involved in our dedicated pro bono work.

  • The seven foundation subjects are assessed by exams
  • The English legal system is assessed by a piece of coursework and the additional area of legal study by a 5,000 word assessed project.
  • You also have to complete an assessed legal research exercise and a further piece of assessed coursework


Year 2

  • Lectures are available to listen to online.
  • All face-to-face teaching takes place in small groups of around 16–18 students, where you will work on realistic practical exercises. 
  • All small group sessions are timetabled over two days a week. 
  • The Core Areas, Electives, Professional Conduct and Regulation, Solicitors’ Accounts and Wills and Administration of Estates are assessed by exam. All are open book exams except Solicitors' Accounts.
  • You are also assessed in the course skills


Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course over two years and in total you should be prepared to devote on average approximately 45 hours a week to your studies. In Year One you will typically have 19 contact teaching hours in week one and 18 hours contact teaching hours in week two. Thereafter you will typically have 21 hours per fortnight for the remainder of Year 1. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers and small group sessions.

In Year Two, the course begins with a short foundation course (Monday - Wednesday) for the first two weeks and you will normally have around 28 contact hours of teaching.

Stage 1 - You will normally have 10 contact hours of teaching per week

Stage 2 - You will normally have 6 contact hours of teaching per week

Teaching is through a mix of online lectures and small group sessions.

You may also have some scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. 

The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs. The DMU bookshop stock a number of core text books and a range of background reading for your course, along with a variety of stationary.

The Oasis café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments. 

Library Services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning Zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



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.


Graduate careers

The Senior Status LLB in Legal Practice is a course combining academic study of law with work-based skills training for those wishing to become qualified lawyers.

All students have access to our mentoring programme and can take part in pro bono activities offered.

Overseas students may wish to study this programme as a step towards qualifying as a lawyer in their home jurisdiction.   The modules you will study are designed to equip you with an in-depth knowledge of the law of England and Wales, together with the practical application of the law you have learned, as well as a broad range of legal skills.  The legal system in England and Wales is highly regarded throughout the world, but we cannot guarantee that this qualification will be accepted by the professional bodies in your home jurisdiction, and it is your responsibility to ascertain this before commencing the course.

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