Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move. If you want to practise law professionally, a law degree is the first step – but it’s also a great asset for many other careers. The OU’s Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB) is the most popular qualification of its kind in the UK and has been redeveloped for 2014. By the end of your studies, you’ll have the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law, together with skills of legal analysis and methods; and you’ll be well prepared for further study or career development.
Key features of the course
- Recognised by the law profession as a Qualifying Law Degree
- Covers the seven ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ as required for a Qualifying Law Degree
- Provides the first academic stage of training for solicitors and barristers in England and Wales
Educational aims The law degree aims to provide learners of all backgrounds and abilities with the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in the law and legal system of England and Wales. Your studies will:
- provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales
- provide learners who wish to continue their legal education at the vocational stage with the intellectual and practical skills necessary to do this effectively
- enable you to become independent learners, and to develop other associated and transferable skills and attributes.
Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Knowledge and understanding are acquired at all levels through specially prepared module manuals, resource books, videos, audio-tapes and CD-ROMs, self-assessment exercises, optional group tutorials, individual tutor support, specially prepared research exercises, optional library study days and internet-based legal research activities. A selection of these media is used in each module that makes up the degree.
Knowledge and understanding are assessed by means of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and unseen written examinations. In addition, you are encouraged to assess yourself informally by means of activities and exercises contained in the module manuals, and through reflection on the comments received on TMAs and in the feedback forms which accompany these.
Cognitive skills are developed through the learning and teaching methods and resources identified above. Each of the programme modules provides you with the opportunity to identify your strengths and weaknesses in respect of each of the cognitive skills, to reflect on your progress in addressing your weaknesses and improving and consolidating your strengths.
These skills are assessed by the formal and informal means identified above. Particular emphasis is placed in the modules on enabling you to assess your own progress by means of structured activities and exercises, and through self-assessment of progress at the end-of-module units.
Practical skills are developed through the learning and teaching methods and resources identified in relation to knowledge and understanding. Throughout each module emphasis is placed on developing a reflective and coherent approach to contentious doctrinal issues, through the use of both ’problem-type’ and ’essay-type’ questions. Research skills are addressed and developed at both OU level 2 and OU level 3. As a student, you are required, through directed research tasks, to access information both in hard copy and electronic formats, and to use that information. You are also provided with the opportunity to attend library training days in dedicated law libraries.
We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:
- Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
- If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
- Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
- The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.
NB: Prices are subject to change.
How long does it take?
- Part time – 6-8 years
- Full time – 3 years
- Time limit – 6 years for QLD status or 16 years for non-QLD status
Studying law opens up many career options, whether in law or law-related fields, including solicitor, barrister, legal executive and paralegal. Solicitors and barristers usually work in private practice, in central or local government, commerce, industry, the armed forces or in professional bodies.
Solicitors and barristers in England and Wales need to complete three stages of training:
- Academic – a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)
- Vocational – a Legal Practice Course (LPC). If you successfully complete our QLD, The University of Law will guarantee you a place on its LPC (with the exception of the Accelerated LPC) – you need to take up this place within seven years of graduation
- Professional – a training contract for solicitors or ‘pupillage’ for barristers.
Other relevant jobs include Citizens Advice Bureau caseworker, Crown Prosecution Service caseworker, magistrates’ court legal adviser, court reporter or administrator, licensed conveyancer, patent attorney, trademark agent, teacher, or lecturer in law.
There are no formal requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
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