LLB (Hons) (part-time)

It’s never too late to start a career in law. Study around your commitments on this part-time programme and launch a career you’re passionate about.

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Overview

The legal sector offers a range of career opportunities where you can make a difference. 

This part-time law degree offers you a route into a legal career, even if you have other commitments. Once you graduate you’ll be ready to continue your studies to become a solicitor or barrister.

Life experience can be just as valuable as legal knowledge. The entry requirements for this programme are more flexible than for the full-time LLB.

You’ll develop the skills you need to thrive in a legal environment and underpin these with fundamental knowledge of the law.

Tailor your degree

There are plenty of opportunities to specialise. You can choose option units to match your interests in Years 3 and 4.

Our mentoring scheme can help you decide what area of law is most suited to your skills. You can also get involved in the extracurricular activities offered to all our law students. 

This includes providing pro bono legal advice, under supervision, to real clients through our network of partners.

Legal experts

Our staff are well-respected professionals with extensive experience as solicitors and barristers and excellent connections. Many have studied a part-time law degree themselves, so they understand the pressures of fitting university work around other commitments.

Features and Benefits

  • Flexible learning – study around your other commitments while accessing the same support as our full-time students.
  • Legal hub – we’re based in the heart of Manchester, the country’s second-largest legal hub.
  • Learn from professionals – many of our teaching staff have worked in the legal profession as solicitors, barristers and district judges. They bring a wealth of professional experience to the course.
  • Make connections – take advantage of our well-established links to the Northern Circuit and leading legal firms and partnerships.
  • Qualifying law degree – successfully complete your LLB and you can enter one of the legal vocational courses to become a solicitor or barrister.
  • Future study – complete your vocational course at Manchester Met and you’ll receive a discount on your fees.
  • Apply your knowledge – interact with real clients by helping people seeking pro bono legal advice through our network of partners. You’ll be supervised by qualified lawyers.
  • Join our award-winning Law Society – get involved with the legal community at Manchester Met, take part in national mooting competitions and listen to guest lectures from legal experts.

 

"DURING MY TIME ON THE LLB COURSE I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE WITH A VARIETY OF FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITIES. THE MOST VALUABLE EXPERIENCE I HAVE HAD IS THROUGH MY TIME WORKING WITH THE PRO BONO NETWORK. THE TEAM IS REALLY DEDICATED AND SUPPORTIVE AND ARE CONSTANTLY COMING UP WITH FASCINATING EXPERIENCES FOR US ALL TO TAKE PART IN." Cody Brookes, LLB (Hons).

"WE GET COMPLETE HONESTY FROM TUTORS IN RELATION TO WHAT WORKING LIFE IS LIKE AFTER ENTERING A LEGAL FIELD. AND TUTORS GO THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND AND PREPARE FOR EXAMS AND COURSEWORK THROUGH PROVIDING DETAILED NOTES AND TIPS."

Aiman Amjad, LLB (Hons) graduate

Career Prospects

A law degree is thorough and rigorous. The skills you develop will be attractive to employers from a range of sectors.

Studying part-time demonstrates a commitment and determination that will serve you well in the legal profession.

Many of our graduates go on to qualify as barristers and solicitors. Others find work in legal services.

Our extensive connections to legal firms in Manchester and beyond will give you the opportunity to develop relationships with legal professionals before you graduate.

There are many opportunities to boost your skills and CV through our Law Society. You’ll also receive the same support as our full-time students from our dedicated careers service.

Manchester Met has an excellent reputation. This well-established course is respected for producing highly employable graduates.

Whether you want to qualify as a barrister or solicitor or work elsewhere in the legal field, this programme will set you on the right path.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

120

A levels ­– BBB, to include at least one relevant A level (excludes Art and Design, Media Studies, Business/Business Studies, General Studies). 

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Law or Business (Law) – DDM

Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Applied Law or Business (Law) plus one A level at minimum grade B.

Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Law or Business (Law) plus 80 UCAS Tariff points from two A levels.

Equivalent qualifications and other combinations may be considered. AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/5 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 122 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.5 overall with no individual 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

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

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Course details

This course provides students from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to study the law. It is designed to give you essential legal knowledge and the skills required for your future career.

Law with a Foundation year

You can study Law with a foundation year. For more information visit the LLB (Hons) with foundation year page.

The first year of the course focuses on building your legal knowledge and skills. Based in an interactive learning environment, you will begin to develop a sound grasp of the English legal system and the skills needed to succeed in your chosen career. You will cover the areas of knowledge that are essential to understanding the law.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Legal Systems and Professional Life

This unit is an interesting and dynamic introduction to the English legal system and legal profession. It will introduce students to the concept of law, the legal system, and the developing nature of law and its role in society.

Students will consider a number of aspects of law-making, the interpretation of legislation, judicial precedent, and will focus on the development of essential legal and professional skills. Students will be introduced to soft skills essential to their own professional development, and will be able to assess,  evaluate, and plan their own skills development. Through engagement with the unit, students will be given opportunities to reflect on their own learning, and to recognise the importance of self-reflection in the study and practice of law. The unit will provide an essential foundation for studying other law units.

Principles of Constitutional Law

This unit will introduce students to the basic principles of the British Constitution. Students will consider the concepts of Parliamentary sovereignty, the Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers. Students will also learn about the protection of Human Rights in the UK. This unit will focus on the development of key legal and general skills essential to success at this level of study.

Principles of Contract Law

This unit aims to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of the English law of contract. Students will be introduced to the nature of contractual obligations, and the legal principles that govern the formation, content, and validity of contracts.

This unit will focus on developing the essential legal skills of case analysis, problem solving, through written communication, and will provide an intensive focus on the students’ soft skills of receiving and acting upon feedback.

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. 

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Core Units

Principles of Tort Law

This unit introduces the English Law of Tort. It provides an understanding of the fundamental principles that govern liability for wrongful acts and omissions. This unit will focus on developing the skills of reasoning and argument and the soft skills of resilience and team working.

Digital Skills for Lawyers

This unit will focus on developing digital skills for the ways in which the legal system and profession is evolving, and will give students a basis for evaluation of these changes, and will act as a catalyst for reflection on their own readiness for working within those new landscapes.

Legal Professionalism and Ethics

This unit will consider the role of ethics in law and the legal profession, and will aim to develop the ability to recognise ethical issues in a wide range of existing and developing legal areas.

Criminal Law

This unit will cover the core elements of some of the major crimes in the law of England and Wales.  The emphasis will be on understanding how strong and effective arguments are constructed, building upon previous skills developed in case analysis and legal reasoning, to introduce drafting and using skeleton arguments, and making oral arguments.

EU Law in the UK

This unit will focus on the legal relationship between the UK and EU. The unit will build upon previous skills introduced in effective legal research, using sources, and legal writing.

In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to shape what you learn by selecting from a range of option units. This enables you to tailor the degree to your career aspirations or interests (please be aware that if you are only able to attend on one day during the week, not all of the elective subjects will be available). 

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.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Land Law

This unit will examine property law in the aspects that most commonly impact upon the lives of individuals, and will equip students with the skills to assess a given scenario, work in groups, and construct and communicate advice in a professional manner.

Critical Approaches (in Foundation subjects)

This unit will develop upon the foundation areas of law, with an aim of further developing knowledge and a focus on developing skills of critical analysis and evaluation. Students will be encouraged to reflect on whether or not the laws in question could be improved, and develop their ability to construct and propose new arguments and approaches.

Professional Skills and Environment

This unit will assist students in consolidation and articulation of the skills acquired from their previous studies, with a view to developing these to ensure success in their degree outcomes and future employment.

In the final year you are able to tailor the degree to your career aspirations or interests (please be aware that if you are only able to attend on one day during the week, not all of the elective subjects will be available).

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Core Units

Preparing for Projects

This cluster of units will equip students with the required skills for their chosen project area. Students will undertake the project preparation unit linked to their chosen project unit.

Project

Students will execute a 30 credit project in a chosen area, giving them the opportunity to do self-directed work in an area of interest to them, furthering and showcasing essential skills so valued by employers. Projects units will be offered in: Public Legal Education; Legal Technology; Law in Context; Law for New Businesses; Pro Bono; Dissertation.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

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 of 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:

Learning and Teaching Delivery
Assessment

Manchester Law School

More about the department

Taught by experts

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.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £4125 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

We have a flexible entry policy for part-time students to encourage applications from all backgrounds. We may choose to interview you if you do not fully meet the entry requirements, but we believe your application to be otherwise strong.

We look for enthusiasm and interest in legal learning, which may come through relevant work experience, but also for some evidence of ability to succeed. The School of Law is committed to a fair and accountable admissions process.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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