Royal Courts of Justice, London

LLB (Hons)English Law

Why this course?

The Law School at Strathclyde is one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education.

Studying law concerns the obligations, duties and rights of every member of society in relation to their neighbours and to society.

This degree will provide you with grounding in the key laws and principles underpinning English law.

What you’ll study

Our students will satisfy the qualifying law degree requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) of England/Wales. This degree is also recognised as a qualifying law degree in Northern Ireland.

Students enter directly into second year of the course.

Year 2

English Criminal Law, Legal Methods, Law & Society, English Law of Tort, Public Law 1, English Contract, Law of the EU

Year 3

Public Law 2, English Law of Property & Land, English Law of Equity & Trusts, Three elective classes

Year 4 (Honours year)

Students in their Honours year must take any four modules from the Honours option list below and complete an 11,000-word, independently-researched dissertation.

Honours Option List - Semester One
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights Law in Theory & Practice
  • EU Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Competition Law
  • Public International Law
  • Law, Persons & Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethics & Justice
Semester Two
  • Criminology
  • Legal Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Mediation/Meditation (Clinical)
  • Law of Business Associations
  • Law, Justice and Society/ Law Justice & Discretion (Clinical)
  • Legislation
  • Computer Law
  • Governance of Human Enhancement Technologies

Facilities

Law Clinic

Strathclyde’s Law Clinic is run by students for members of the public who cannot afford a lawyer and are not eligible for legal aid.

More than 200 of our students are now involved and regularly represent clients in Small Claims and Sheriff Courts.

Find out more about our Law Clinic.

*Students who wish to meet the Northern Ireland Evidence requirement can take an elective Honours module on the Law of Evidence in their fourth year of study.

Course content

Year 1

Semester 1

Criminal Law

This course considers everything from the theory of why and how someone is held responsible for criminal actions, to many specific crimes, including murder, the less serious crimes of personal violence, crimes of dishonesty, breach of the peace and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Law & Society

This class engages with some challenging problems faced by law within contemporary society. It introduces students to some aspects of the social, political, and ethical conditions in which law operates. It deals with the interaction of law with justice, politics, morals and equality. The course will examine the role and challenges of law in times of social change. The course is structured around three key themes:

  • legal reasoning
  • law & politics
  • law & social change

 

Legal Methods

The aims of this class are to:

  • provide students with a basic knowledge of the history, structure and institutions of the Scottish legal system
  • provide students with the skills required to find, interpret and analyse the law applicable in Scotland, from all their various sources
  • introduce students to competing conceptions of law
  • introduce students to legal reasoning

Semester 2

English Law of Tort

This class is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of the defining features and main areas of the English Law of Tort. 

Public Law 1

Following on from the introduction to the constitution – its key actors, institutions and their functions – in Public Law 1, students taking Public Law 2 will build upon that knowledge here: first by focusing on the ways in which legal (judicial review) and quasi-legal (tribunals, public inquiries, ombudsmen) bodies supervise the exercise of constitutional and administrative decision making; secondly, by a detailed analysis of the political and legal mechanisms which exist for the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms. As such, Public Law 2 is concerned with the abuse of power, and the ways and means by which power can be limited and held to account – whether that is the power of a golf club to suspend an unruly member, the power of a local authority to order the compulsory purchase of privately owned property, or the power of the Prime Minister to wage war.

English Law of Contract & Restitution

This class will provide you with broad knowledge of the main areas of Contract Law and Restitution. 

EU Law

The EU law class focuses on the constitutional and institutional order of the EU as well as on the internal market. To this end, the class looks at the European integration process, the EU institutions, EU competences, the decision-making process within the EU, the principles underpinning the EU legal order and the principles governing the internal market.

Year 2

Semester 1

Public Law 2

Following on from Public Law 1, Public Law 2 aims to consolidate knowledge and understanding of constitutional and administrative law. Students taking this class will require to have taken Public Law 1 in the first year. It'll build upon knowledge of the key concepts and institutions of the UK constitution. As a second year class, its rationale is to give students the opportunity to progress from an understanding of the constitution to an understanding of the role of the law in the constitutional control of public power. This course encourages students to adopt an evaluative and critical stance towards ongoing constitutional developments. The course will focus on control of administrative action, both by the judiciary and by ombudsmen. The protection of individual rights will be a key feature, focusing on judicial protection but also encompassing the role of human rights institutions in the UK and Scotland. The future control of public power will be discussed, including topical debates concerning constitutional reform in this area.

English Law of Property and Land

This class is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of some of the core theories and rules underpinning Property and Land Law. 

English Law of Equity & Trusts

This class is designed to provide you with broad knowledge of the scope, defining features, and main areas of Equity and Trusts.

Semester 2

Elective classes

You'll undertake three different elective classes.

Year 3

Elective classes

As an Honours student you'll take four elective classes from the options below as well as write an 11,000 word dissertation.

Semester One

  • Family Law
  • Human Rights Law in Theory & Practice
  • EU Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Competition Law
  • Public International Law
  • Law, Persons & Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethics & Justice

Semester Two

  • Criminology
  • Legal Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Mediation/Meditation (Clinical)
  • Law of Business Associations
  • Law, Justice and Society/ Law Justice & Discretion (Clinical)
  • Legislation
  • Computer Law
  • Governance of Human Enhancement Technologies

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Highers

1st sitting: AAAAB

2nd sitting: AAABBBB

Required subjects

  • Higher English B
  • Maths National 5 C or Intermediate 2 C

A Levels

Minimum entry requirement: BBB (GCSE English Language B OR English Literature B, GCSE Maths C)
Typical entry requirement: AAB (GCSE English Language B OR English Literature B, GCSE Maths C)

International Baccalaureate

38 (English HL5, Maths SL) 

HND

HND Legal Services: Year 1 entry: AAB in the Graded Units; applicants must have at least three years' post-school experience before embarking on FE study. Other relevant HND qualifications will be considered on an individual basis; please contact us for advice.

Additional information

  • essay-based Highers/Advanced Highers/A Levels recommended, eg Social subjects, Philosophy, Psychology, RMPS
  • experience in a law firm is not expected

Deferred entry

Deferred entry accepted

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

2017/18

Scotland/EU
  • £1,820
Rest of UK
  • £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes – for example MSci, MEng and MPharm – will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.

International
  • £13,500

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

Careers

Undertaking a degree in law in at the University of Strathclyde will help you to gain confidence and develop persuasive oral communication skills. You'll also develop excellent written communication skills, being able to write concisely and pay attention to detail.

You'll be able to show excellent research and analytical skills alongside being able to interpret and explain complex information clearly to a wide range of audiences.

As a Law student you'll also be able to formulate sound arguments, think laterally and develop strong problem solving skills.

Careers outwith the legal sector

While the skills you'll gain are highly sought after in the legal sector, they're also highly transferable to other career areas. Law graduates who don’t want to work in the legal sector often move into areas such as:

  • Accountancy & Finance
  • Tax
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Development
  • Civil Service
  • Police & Prison Services

Graduates may also work in advocacy and advisory roles such as:

  • Citizens Advice
  • Victim Support
  • Roles working with refugees and asylum seekers
  • Regulatory roles within Health and Safety and Trading Standards

Contact us

Apply

How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. The deadline is 15 January each year
    This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
    Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
  5. It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
    Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
  6. There’s three types of decision
    • unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
    • conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
    • unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
    Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.

    You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.

    You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
  8. You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
    If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body. However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

    There’s also an online application form.

    For further information:
  10. Here’s a really useful video to help you apply

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