Manchester Metropolitan University

LLB (Hons)

LLB in Legal Practice

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • A Law degree with focus on practical legal skills.
  • On graduating you will be eligible to become a Graduate Member of CILEx.
  • Flexible distance learning course designed to fit around your commitments.

Placement options

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.

About the course

The course places a strong emphasis on legal practice and preparing you for a career in law. It is designed to demonstrate to an employer that you understand the law and can apply it in practice.

Year 1 will introduce you to the law and the legal system. You will also study the law of Tort and Contract.

Year 2 will cover Public Law, Criminal Law and an elective subject.

Year 3 will cover Land Law, currently, the Law of the European Union and an elective subject.

Year 4 will cover Equity and Trusts, Professional Skills in Practice and an elective subject.

Available electives may include wills and succession, company and partnership law, civil litigation, company and partnership practice, conveyancing, criminal litigation and probate practice. 

Elective subjects may not run if enrolment numbers are low and choice may be restricted if the cohort size is small.

The course is taught via distance learning, meaning most of your work is done at home, in your own time, but within a structure that will keep up momentum throughout the year. Instead of undertaking a dissertation or research project, you will study legal practice electives, giving a strong vocational feel to the course.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

The course starts with an optional two-day induction session (also available remotely) and this will equip you with the skills and knowledge to manage your study programme. You will be fully supported by tutors and set coursework for each of the 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects that you study in your first year. These will cover Contract Law, Tort and Legal System and Society.

Core Units
Contract Law

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. 

Legal System and Society

This unit introduces you to the English legal system and assists you to develop critical perspectives on the relationship of law to society. This unit will include an introduction to the English Legal system covering legal concepts, courts, judges and the work of legal professionals, sources of law and statutory interpretation, judging the judges; judgments, bias and diversity, critical perspectives on contract and tort (i.e. the other year 1 subjects), limitations of the law and regulation of behaviour.

Tort Law

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.

Year 2

In the second year you will continue with 'foundations of legal knowledge' by covering Public and Criminal Law. At this stage you will also have the opportunity to select one option unit from subjects such as the Law of Wills and Succession and Company and Partnership Law. 

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.

Core Units
Criminal Law

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 so on. 

Public Law

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 interactions between the UK, the EU and the ECHR; aspects of the protection of civil liberties in The United Kingdom; and judicial review of administrative action.

Likely Optional Units
Company and Partnership Law

This unit will examine the principles and concepts underpinning business media and will focus, in particular, on aspects of partnership and company law. This unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning the formation and operation of companies and partnerships.

The Law of Wills and Succession

This unit examines the legal principles relevant to the law of succession. It also develops the ability to work with information provided in numerical form. It covers intestate succession, capacity, formalities, validity, revocation and alteration of wills, construction of wills and failure of gifts. The subject is assessed by coursework and examination.

Year 3

In your third year you will study Land Law, and, at the moment, the Law of the European Union and a legal practice subject from a wide range including Criminal Litigation, Probate Practice and others. For each law and legal practice module you will benefit from specifically written course materials including webcasts and study exercises together with continued tutor support. 

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.

Note: In order to study Probate Practice  in Year 3, you will usually have had to study the Law of Wills and Succession in Year 2.

Core Units
Land Law
This unit considers the legal principles underpinning property law and develops the ability to research a scenario and to provide advice to a notional client on a property law related manner. This unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning property law.
Law of the European Union

This unit currently remains a core.  However, should regulatory body advice change it may become optional. The first part of the course will focus on the constitutional and administrative law of the EU. The second part of the course 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 Dual Vigilance.

Likely Optional Units
Civil Litigation

This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of civil litigation with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers pre-action steps; funding of litigation, commencement of proceedings and statements of case, termination of proceedings without trial, the key steps in the progress of a matter to trial, trial procedure and the civil costs regime. The subject is assessed by coursework and examination.

Criminal litigation

This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of criminal litigation with a practical focus to equip you with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. The syllabus will include the following topics: police powers in the investigation of crime, funding including public funding, bail, procedures leading to trial, evidence, sentencing and ancillary orders, juveniles and professional ethics. 

Probate Practice

This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of probate law with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. It adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers skills of drafting, numeracy and legal research; will drafting, the principles of construction of a will/codicil; revocation; taxation principles relevant to will drafting; tax planning measures; grants of representation, the duties and powers of PRs and the administration and distribution of estates.

The Practice of Company and Partnership Law

This unit examines company and partnership law from a practical perspective alongside development of relevant professional skills. It adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers taxation of individuals and businesses; limited liability partnerships; partnership agreements; termination of partnerships; company formation and procedures; practices relating to the role and responsibility of directors; alterations to a company’s constitution; corporate borrowing and corporate administration.

Year 4

In your final year you will study Equity and Trusts and one legal practice subject. Professional Skills in Practice will also become an integral part of your focus in order prepare you for practice. This will include skills such as legal research and client care which will be invaluable for your current or future roles.

You will also have a choice of legal practice subjects chosen from a list incorporating those elective units shown for year three, together with Conveyancing. 

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.

Core Units
Equity and Trusts

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.

Professional Skills in Practice

The unit develops the professional skills required for effective legal practice. It is based on CILEx level 6 legal skills qualifications. It includes the development of client interviewing skills, legal writing skills, practical legal research, negotiation and knowledge about client care procedures. It is assessed by portfolio consisting of a range of related tasks which draw on realistic client scenarios.

Likely Optional Units
Conveyancing

This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of conveyancing with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers conveyancing practice in relation to interests in land and transfer of legal estates; taking conveyancing instructions; preparing a contract for sale; title and its investigation; transfer or lease of a wider title; legal responsibilities in relation to funding property transactions; completion of a conveyancing transaction, and post completion matters.

Programme Review

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.

Additional Information About this Course

As this is a qualifying law degree, entitling students to apply for CILEx Graduate Membership, some assessments will require a higher pass mark than in the standard University Assessment Regulations.

Teaching Staff

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/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

112-120

A2 grades at ABB or A2 at AB and 2 AS level at BB taken in the same sitting, or equivalent, (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

112-120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC-BBB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM) in a relevant subject. · General Studies A level not accepted.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language. Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.5 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form www.mmu.ac.uk/course-enquiry

 General Studies A Level not accepted

Further information

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

In your application, you should outline your reason for choosing to study Law.

If you do not meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.

Your career prospects after the course

A law degree is thorough, rigorous and 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.

Further information about the study of Law

Professional regulators in the legal sector are currently conducting an extensive review of legal education and training.

This includes reviewing the current routes and qualifications to become a barrister or solicitor.

The current route of an LLB or the GDL and the BPTC, to become a barrister, will remain in place until autumn 2019, when the new training routes are likely to commence.

The current route of an LLB or GDL and the LPC, to become a solicitor, will remain in place until autumn 2019; the target launch date for the new Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE) is no earlier than in 2020.

For the latest information about how the Legal Education and Training Review affects your chosen course, you can visit the following pages.

Solicitors Regulation Authority

sra.org.uk/sra/policy/training-for-tomorrow

Bar Standards Board

barstandardsboard.org.uk/qualifying-as-a-barrister

94%

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

How do I apply for this course?

To apply for this course, you need to complete an application form and email it to: direct@mmu.ac.uk

Download the application form here.

If you have any questions relating to the course content, you can email law@mmu.ac.uk for further information

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Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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