Do you want to develop and apply your critical thinking and analytical skills in a legal context? Are you excited about the impact you could make in the legal profession?
Start your journey to becoming a lawyer with our LLB Law degree, covering subjects including The Legal System of England and Wales, Public Law, Contract Law and Criminal Law.
This four-year course includes an initial full-time Foundation Year and offers an alternative route into university and gaining a degree.
This route is for you if you do not have the necessary qualifications or don’t yet feel ready to begin degree-level study, or are returning to education and would like some support to get up to speed with learning in a university setting.
The Foundation Year in Legal Issues will allow you to develop your academic skills and confidence as well as introduce you to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your subsequent years of undergraduate study.
Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Law LLB (Hons) degree.
About this course
During your Foundation Year, you will undertake modules to enable you to enhance your academic skills and equip you with the tools you’ll need to study with confidence. You’ll carry out a personal project so you can study an area of interest related to your chosen future subject specialisation.
You’ll develop your knowledge of law through consideration of issues and questions that are key to understanding common legal issues. You’ll gain an understanding of the English legal system and how legal precedent is achieved and explore the basic principles of common law and case law. You’ll also consider the usefulness of law reports and learn about key legal personnel and systems.
Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Law LLB (Hons) degree.
The LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree is an internationally recognised and valued qualification. This course gives you an excellent grounding in aspects of law relevant to the additional study and training that must be completed to pursue a career as a lawyer.
Our Law degree can also open doors to a wide range of legal careers, thanks to our focus on giving you an all-round legal education.
Our smaller class sizes allow us to give you high levels of personal student support.
Your degree includes professional work placements and opportunities for pro bono activity so you can build an invaluable portfolio of legal experience during your studies.
In your final year, you can explore specialist areas of the law such as Family Law, Employment Law and Business Law. You can also study a selection of non-law option subjects offering the opportunity for you to expand your law study into areas including Criminology and Sociology.
What’s more, Leeds is a rapidly growing legal centre, making it the perfect place to start your legal career.
Why study with us?
- Build your self-confidence, academic skills and core subject knowledge in preparation for progression onto degree-level study.
- Start your journey to becoming a lawyer with a LLB Law degree.
- Open the door to a career in a wide range of legal services or related professions.
- Get invaluable professional experience in the legal sector with professional placements and pro bono opportunities.
- Learn in small groups, accessing a wide range of personal student support.
- Learn from a dedicated group of staff who are research active and who share their experiences in private practice.
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You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
During your Foundation Year, you'll study four core modules.
Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence (core)
We'll help you develop core academic skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note-taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations.
You'll learn to manage your time, prioritise tasks and manage stress, and become more confident in engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection.
Law Project (core)
You’ll study an area of interest related to your chosen future academic specialisation or area of legal practice interest.
You’ll work individually on your project, which could be a written report, a presentation and oral examination, a film or a series of blog posts.
You’ll undertake problem-solving learning, with formative feedback and support provided throughout, helping develop your self-confidence.
Law Foundations (core)
You'll be introduced to foundation legal principles and concepts.
You'll explore various fundamentals of law - including their connection with the English legal system - focussing on interesting and topical contexts, cases and principles.
We'll also cover the way the law is reported, how citations work and how to research cases.
Law and Society (core)
You'll be encouraged to engage with the broader implications of law in society.
Drawing on examples from topical legal areas and legal practice, you’ll develop an understanding of the nature of common law and legal precedent within UK law.
You'll take part in seminars and group work to explore selected case studies and reports and find more information through reference resources.
During your first year, you'll study five core modules.
The Legal System of England and Wales (core)
You’ll be introduced to the legal system of England and Wales where you’ll build the foundations for any discussion of the law.
You’ll study areas including the concepts of law, the hierarchy of courses, the criminal and civil justice system, and the doctrine of precedent.
Contract Law (core)
Get an introduction to the operation and fundamental principles of the legal system of England and Wales.
Discover the issues surrounding contract law, practical and ethical implications, and evaluate its operation within society.
You'll also appreciate the social, economic and political contexts, underlying policy issues and their impact.
You'll develop a practical ability to analyse cases and apply legal method and legal reasoning.
Content covers the Contract and Restitution elements of the Obligations Foundation of Legal Knowledge under the Joint Statement, required by the SRA and BSB for a QLD. It also covers the SRA Statement of Legal Knowledge for "9. Contract Law".
Legal Skills and Employability (core)
Develop the critical and research skills you need to study and practise law. You’ll focus on academic research skills, statutory and case law interpretation skills, legal writing and draft skills, courtroom skills, and mooting skills.
You'll get an introduction to the case study format, legal method and the specific legal application of knowledge and general transferable skills under the Joint Statement as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board for a Qualifying Law Degree.
Public Law (core)
Learn about the operation and principles of England and Wales' legal system.
You'll explore institutions including the Crown and Parliament, central government, devolved institutions and the judiciary and principles of the constitution.
You'll look at how legislation is passed, government accountability, separation of powers, the rule of law and judicial review, plus any content specified by the SRA and BSB for QLDs.
You'll develop an awareness of the issues surrounding constitutional and administrative law, evaluate their operation within society, and appreciate the social, economic and political contexts, underlying policy issues and their impact.
This module covers the Constitutional and Administrative Law elements of Public Law as a Foundation of Legal Knowledge required by the SRA and BSB for a QLD under the Joint Statement, and relevant aspects of the SRA Statement of Legal Knowledge for "11. Constitutional law and EU law (including Human Rights).
EU Law (core)
You’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles of the European Union’s legal basis, and the important role that the supranational organisation still retains in the structure of law in England and Wales.
During your second year, you'll study four core modules.
Land Law and Property Practice (core)
Get an understanding of the legal principles and issues relating to property and land law in England and Wales.
You’ll learn about property legislation, the conveyancing process, land registry, mortgages, legal and equitable interests.
In your workshops you’ll put the academic principles you’ve learnt into a practical conveyancing context, reflecting everyday conveyancer/client transactions.
This module is intended to be aligned with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) areas of fundamental knowledge; specifically, SQE topic 9,12,23 relating to Land Law and Property Practice.
Criminal Law, Practice and Litigation (core)
You’ll study the main principles of English criminal law and analyse their practical application.
You’ll study subject areas including elements of offences, modes of liability, defences, admissibility and weight of evidence, special measures and cross examination.
You’ll participate in seminars and workshops where you’ll be introduced to new legal topics to develop your understanding of complex concepts and practical skills relevant to the legal profession.
Learn the main legal principles and issues of the English law of Torts.
You'll learn topics including negligence, product liability, nuisance, defamation and defences.
Your seminars will get you to consider how legal principles can be applied to real and hypothetical facts and get you to argue either side of a case.
The module covers the Tort aspects of the Obligations Law Foundation of Legal Knowledge under the Joint Statement as required by the SRA and BSB for a QLD, and the SRA Statement of Legal Knowledge for "6. Torts".
Advanced Legal Skills and Commercial Awareness (core)
You’ll develop your transferrable skills and will learn to carry out independent tasks and research needed for a career in the law.
You’ll consider how legal principles can be applied to both actual and hypothetical facts and enhance the relevant employability skills you’ll need in the legal profession.
You’ll participate in workshops which will involve a combination of presentations, discussions, case studies, simulations, and group activities.
During your final year, depending on the pathway you choose, you'll study two core module and will be required to choose two optional modules.
Equity and Trusts (core)
We'll cover the law of equity and the law of trusts, covering the main legal principles and issues.
You'll learn about the difference between legal and equitable interests, the creation of express trusts, resulting trusts, constructive trusts and charitable and non-charitable purpose trusts.
You'll also look at trustees, fiduciary duties, the rights, remedies and powers of beneficiaries, equitable remedies, and such other content as may be specified by the SRA and BSB for QLDs.
The module covers the Equity and the Law of Trusts Foundation of Legal Knowledge under the Joint Statement as required by the SRA and BSB for a QLD, and the SRA Statement of Legal Knowledge under "10. Trusts and equitable wrongs".
Professional Learning Through Work (core)
You'll spend time working with an employer during the year, completing a project in the field of law, legal practice, or an allied area.
This will involve negotiating a project that meets the needs of both your employer or placement provider and Leeds Trinity University.
You'll then reflect on what you've learned from the experience.
The project you undertake should help you explore career pathways in politics so you can make informed and purposeful decisions about your future.
You'll develop and negotiate learning outcomes and assessment modes that allow you to apply theoretical understanding and practical work-based development to a chosen context.
Employment Law (option)
You'll learn the main legal principles and issues of employment law.
We'll look at case law and changes in law and policy.
The content is tailored to topics of current interest so we can cover significant contemporary issues relating to employment law.
Family Law (option)
We'll explore contemporary issues relating to family law, including case law and changes in law and policy.
The content of the module, which is not specified by either the SRA or BSB, will therefore be tailored to topics of current interest.
You'll develop an awareness of the issues surrounding family law, you'll evaluate its operation within society, and appreciate the social, economic and political contexts and underlying policy issues relating to its operation, and their impact.
Human Rights and Social Justice (option)
You'll get an introduction to human rights law, including the Human Rights Act 1998 and anti-discrimination legislation.
You'll consider issues of social justice and discrimination in the light of comparative law and critical legal theory.
We'll explore human rights through key theories and texts, and encourage you to apply and test your findings on current debates about justice and equality.
Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution (option)
You’ll acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main legal principles and issues of dispute resolution, capturing significant contemporary issues and procedures.
Develop a critical understanding of the methods and processes to resolve civil disputes in England and Wales.
You’ll study the contexts in which disputes may arise, the objectives of parties in disputes, and the ways in which the objectives can be met in a cost-effective and proportionate way.
You’ll define a research project of your choice in consultation with an appointed member of staff, formulate a proposal then complete a dissertation.
You’ll work independently where you’ll undertake research and draft the dissertation.
Benefit from individual supervision with face-to-face meetings and participate in workshops to develop your skills and enhance your knowledge of the legal profession.
Business Law and Practice (option)
You’ll cover the key principles of corporate law in England and Wales and be introduced to the concept of the company as a separate legal entity.
Subjects you’ll consider include limited liability, the corporate veil, a company’s constitution, and the role of directors who manage a company on a day-to-day basis, as well as the shareholders who have invested in the business.
You’ll be introduced to the internal processes and procedures that need to be followed within a company, together with associated reporting requirements and liaison with Companies House.
You’ll be encouraged to think critically about issues such as minority protection, majority rule, and the separation of ownership and control in order to enable hem to apply these concepts to problem-based scenarios.
Legal Clinic (option)
You’ll be introduced to the themes relating to the rationale for legal clinic and pro bono work including conflicts of interest, confidentiality, ethical and regulatory obligations
You’ll be provided with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience in connection with providing legal advice both oral and written, as well as developing the critical research skills relevant to legal practice in a legal clinic setting.
Study an overview of the basic format for reviewing, analysing, evaluating, and providing legal advice on specific case studies, having specific regard to the legal skills and knowledge to be developed, understood and applied before practicing the real thing in a live clinic.
Legal Technology (option)
You’ll acquire an in depth understanding of key principles and issues in legal technology.
You’ll capture significant contemporary issues in legal technology in law and practice drawing on case law, regulations, and changes in law and policy.
Explore current issues to ensure both currency and interest, drawing on themes linked with law in the context of the digital revolution, the disruption of artificial intelligence and blockchain in law.
Develop an awareness of the issues surrounding practical and ethical implications in connection with legal technology.
You’ll evaluate legal technology’s operation within society, appreciate the social, economic and political contexts and underlying policy issues relating to its operation and their impact.
Crimes of the 21st Century (option)
We'll explore how much criminological theory can help us understand criminality and harm in the 21st century.
We've already seen dramatic transformations with protests and uprisings, climate change, a global financial crisis and the birth of social media and the dark web.
You'll critically assess which theories can help us understand and respond to the negative consequences of these changes, and why we are willing to inflict harm on others and ourselves.
Contemporary Issues in Sustainability
You’ll learn the importance of sustainability in contemporary business operations and acquire the specific skills, tools and techniques of sustainability assessment and understand the significance of sustainability practices.
You’ll be introduced to sustainability in general, and the various sustainability issues and practices relevant to business operations, including the benefits and challenges of adopting sustainability practices, the role of stakeholders, the supply chain and corporate social responsibility.
Professional work placements
Experience matters. That's why we include professional work placements with every undergraduate degree.
How does it work?
Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.
During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.
You’ll get exclusive opportunities to work with law and legal service providers through an integrated programme of preparation, training and placements throughout your degree. In your final year, our Professional Learning Through Work module gives you the opportunity to complete a specific legal project with an employer.
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Learning and Teaching
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.
Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:
- high quality teaching
- an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
- a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.
We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.
We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:
- Student Involvement and Engagement
- Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
- Digital Literacy and Skills
- Employability and Enterprise
To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.
We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:
- Personalised support
- Expert lecturers
- Strong connections with employers
- An international outlook
- Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development
Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.
Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:
- Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
- Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
- Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.
Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.
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Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.
Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.
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Applications are welcome from mature students with few formal qualifications.
Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, we may offer an alternative way to assess suitability to study.
This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.
Fees and finance
UK Home Students:
Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2023/2024.
Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.
Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.
Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.
Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.
We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees. These include:
- Books - recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
- Print costs - the University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
How to apply
For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.
On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.
You'll need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.
You can now submit your application for 2024. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2024 is 31 January 2024
There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:
- call 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm)
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Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.
Graduating with a Law LLB degree gives you an excellent basis for starting a career in the law. You will develop key transferable skills that will also be useful in other professions such as chartered accountant, immigration adviser, barrister’s clerk and working within the Criminal Justice System. Further study may be required for some of these specialist roles.
After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.
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