As a law student you could take part in one of our pro bono (voluntary) work schemes. Pro bono work gives you the chance to test your legal skills in a real-life situation. We currently work with a range of partners including Lawworks, Partners of Prisoners (POPs), Amicus, Personal Support Unit, Shelter and Manchester CAB.
You can also opt to do a four-year route where you can spend your third year of study on an industrial placement or spend it studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.
The course is designed to give you essential legal knowledge and to allow you to develop the skills you will need for your future career. Students benefit from a programme of workshops where small groups allow interactivity and an improved learning environment. These are complemented by lectures and web-based materials. Year 1 focuses on building up your legal knowledge and skills. You will develop a sound grasp of the English legal system and the skills needed to settle into academic life. You will also cover the areas of knowledge that are essential to understanding the law.
In Year 2 you continue to cover core areas of the law, but you will also have a chance to choose electives that match your interests and aspirations. You will start to reflect on your career preferences and prepare for the world of employment.
In Year 3 you will have the chance to tailor the degree to your interests – choosing to study from a range of electives that cover a broad spectrum of legal areas. You will also have the opportunity to work on a dissertation in an area of your choice.
The first year of the course will focus on building your legal knowledge and skills. You will spend much of your time undertaking active learning in workshop groups, developing a sound grasp of the English legal system and the skills needed for your career. You will benefit from considerable tutor contact time and cover essential areas of law including Contract, Public, Tort and Law and Society, each being 30 credit-units.
This unit aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning contract law. It will also help you develop the skills of legal research, application and problem solving enabling you to apply your knowledge to realistic scenarios in order to provide arguable conclusions to legal problems. Topics studied include the formation of contracts, contractual terms, factors which would render a contract unenforceable, and discharge of a contract and remedies.
This unit introduces you to the wider context in which the law operates and will help you develop critical perspectives on the relationship of law to society. The unit includes theories which underpin the nature and enforcement of law, an examination of the place of morality within the law with reference to social context, and critical perspectives on foundation of legal knowledge subjects.
Public law is the study of the institutions of government and the legal and quasi-legal mechanisms that determine how those institutions operate. It includes basic principles of constitutional law; features of the United Kingdom’s constitution; the protection of human rights in the United Kingdom; and judicial review of administrative action.
This unit considers the nature and functions of the law of torts and the legal principles governing liability. It includes general principles of the tort of negligence and associated defences, specific aspects of negligence, including liability for psychiatric harm, economic loss and occupiers’ liability and trespass to the person.
In the second year of the course you will continue to build your legal knowledge and skills. Active learning and excellent tutor support will allow you to learn very effectively and you will be encouraged to develop your independent research and learning skills.
You will improve your grasp of the English legal system and continue to cover further essential areas of law including Criminal, Land and EU, together with an elective of your choice. The elective options are broad and include professional skills such as Business Law. Each will again be 30 credit units.
Please note, option unit subjects may not run if enrolment numbers are low and option unit choice may be restricted if the cohort size is small.
This unit examines the principles of criminal law, together with a range of offences and defences. It aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main underpinning principles and concepts. It will cover a number of offences including homicides, assaults, theft and fraud, sexual offences and some common defences.
This unit considers the legal principles that underpin land and property law. The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of land law principles in order to analyse a factual scenario and provide advice to a notional client.
The first part of this unit will focus on the constitutional and administrative law of the EU. The second part will cover areas of European Union substantive law including Constitutional and Administrative Law of the EU Introduction; History and Development of the European Union and its place in the international system; and Law and the General Principles of EU law, including dual vigilance.
This unit will examine the principles and concepts underpinning choice of business media. In addition to enhancing your knowledge, you will develop your presentation and legal drafting skills as well as your commercial awareness; choice of business medium- legal structures, formation, ownership, management, finance and funding, taxation, dissolution/winding up, trading and commercial contracts and personal and business insolvency.
The unit examines the role of the law in regulating the employment relationship. It covers both individual and collective employment rights and the duties and obligations of employers and employees. It includes employment law sources and institutions of employment law; the employment relationship and employment status; and the contract of employment.
This unit examines the development and operation of international, regional and domestic frameworks and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights. The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main legal principles and concepts of human rights law, with an understanding of the global political, historical, social and cultural contexts that generate these.
Immigration law is the law which governs who may legally enter the United Kingdom to work, to join family members, to study or to seek asylum. This unit will also cover some of the sociological and economic forces that affect immigration law.
This unit examines the laws and principles that governs the rights and obligations of states and how state practice and International institutions shape these laws. It includes an introduction to public international law; sources of international law; territory in International law; recognition of states and governments; jurisdiction in international law and state responsibility.
In the final year of the course you will study one compulsory subject, Equity and Trusts, but you will also be able to choose three further subjects from a comprehensive range of options. There are options to suit all students, including some that focus on professional skills, for example, Mooting and Legal Practice and others which develop the academic skills of critical analysis and evaluation, such as Criminology.
You will continue to participate in active learning and develop your independent research skills and the tutors will be available to provide considerable support. Employability skills will again be an integral part of the course and you will also have the opportunity to complete a dissertation. Each subject will again be 30-credit units.
Please note, option unit subjects may not run if enrolment numbers are low and option unit choice may be restricted if the cohort size is small.
The unit explores equity's jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the Chancery Courts. Content is largely doctrinal but theoretical content is introduced on a number of topics, including the nature of equity, the trust concept, certainty, constitution of trusts and formalities, purpose trusts, charitable trusts, implied trusts, undue influence, secret trusts, trustees' powers, duties and functions tracing, variation of trusts.
The unit charts the rise of the corporation, looking at capitalism, globalisation and responsible governance. Domestic company law is scrutinised in detail. Content is both theoretical and doctrinal. Theoretical content includes: introduction to capitalism, corporation power in the UK and the US, corporate social responsibility, globalisation. Doctrinal content covers incorporation, directors, shareholders, finance and liquidation. The legal doctrinal content focuses in detail on case law and how the courts have interpreted provisions in the companies legislation, primarily at the appellate level.
This unit allows you to carry out detailed research on a topic of your own choice and undertake an extended piece of legal writing. It aims to give you the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of a specific area of law and carry out an in depth piece of criticism and evaluation of the topic you have chosen to study. The unit will commence with the creation of a research proposal and work timetable.
This unit examines the law and policies relevant to media activities and content, including how businesses can protect and exploit intellectual property. You will begin by developing an overview of how the media industries are regulated through the law and regulatory codes. Specific topics will include the regulation of media content through defamation law, privacy and confidentiality law and the relationship between journalists and their sources. You will then consider how intellectual property allows businesses to exploit and protect content through an examination of copyright law and trade marks and passing off. In order to consolidate this learning you will then look at the application of intellectual property law within specific media industries such as the music industry and merchandising.
This skills based unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of procedural, practical and ethical issues involved in providing legal advice. It includes the development of client interviewing skills, legal writing and practical legal research.
This unit examines the rules of evidence and their application in a court of law. It includes introduction to the rules of evidence; rules of evidence & types of evidence; burden & standard of proof; proof of facts without evidence; identification evidence/ warnings; and the trial process.
This unit examines the legal and ethical principles relevant to medical practice and provides the tools for constructing legal and ethical responses to medical dilemmas. It aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical issues surrounding medical practice and to develop the skills of legal research including case and legislation analysis, application of law and ethics to real life scenarios, evaluation of legal and ethical principles and how to apply them in practical situations.
This unit aims to enable you to master with the essential elements of mooting. This involves appearing in a mock or simulated version of a case in one of the English/Welsh appellate courts. You will tackle three moot problems. One of these will be a practice moot, the other two will be assessed oral moots.
This unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning the law of succession. The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of these principles in order to analyse a factual scenario and advise a notional client.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Essays, problem-solving tasks, online tests, portfolios, oral presentations, pre-seen, unseen and open book examinations and dissertation.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www.law.mmu.ac.uk/staff/
A law degree is thorough, rigorous and can be attractive to a range of employers.
Many of our students go on to qualify as solicitors and barristers, or secure work in legal services, but others have found work in charities, the civil service and IT.
You could also pursue further academic research, or a career as a lecturer.
Professional regulators in the legal sector are currently conducting an extensive consultation about legal education and training.
This includes review about the routes and qualifications to become a barrister or solicitor.
The current route of a qualifying law degree (QLD) or the GDL and the BPTC to become a barrister will remain in place until summer 2018.
The final decision on the BPTC is due to be made in Spring 2017, in time for the new approach to training to start taking effect from the 2018/19 academic year.
Applications will commence for the new programmes in Autumn 2017.
The current route of a QLD or the GDL and LPC to become a solicitor will remain in place until August 2019.
Students who have started the current route (QLD/GDL and LPC) before September 2019, will have the choice between whether to qualify under the old route (subject to availability) or qualify under the new route.
The final date to qualify under the old route to qualification will be 2024.
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
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