LLB (Hons)

Join a respected profession where you have the power to make a difference. Begin your journey into the legal world with our qualifying law degree.

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Overview

Law underpins our society. It’s a diverse and challenging area of study that leads to a range of career opportunities.

Our LLB programme gives you the depth of legal knowledge you need to work in this exciting field or go on to further training.  

With careers fairs, guest speakers, and networking events, you can challenge yourself and really understand the profession. 

 

Learning in practice

Studying legal theory is important, but it’s not the whole picture. You need to develop your skills as a negotiator and problem solver too.

Interactive workshops and our mock courtroom will build your confidence. You can take advantage of our extensive network of professional partners to offer pro bono legal advice to real clients, under supervision. 

This is supported by our expert teaching staff, who have years of experience working in various legal professions.

Specialist knowledge

This degree gives you the chance to specialise in particular legal fields and prepare for a career you’re passionate about. 

In Years 2 and 3 you can choose from a variety of option units to dig deeper into specific areas. Our mentoring scheme provides further support as you decide which direction you want to take with your career.

Features and Benefits

  • Legal hub – Manchester is the country’s second-largest legal hub. We have close ties to the Northern Circuit and leading legal firms.
  • Award winning – join a law school renowned for mooting and interviewing success in national and international competitions.
  • Apply your knowledge – interact with real clients by helping people seeking legal advice through our network of pro bono partners. You’ll be supervised by qualified lawyers.     
  • Legal professionals – your lecturers are highly experienced legal professionals. They’ve worked as solicitors, barristers and district judges. Our legal scholars and research academics encourage critical thinking.
  • Choose a placement or study abroad – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.  
  • Qualifying law degree – graduate ready to start one of the legal vocational courses required to become a solicitor or barrister. Continue studying with us for a discount on your fees.
  • Diverse community – you’ll be learning with people from across the globe. Our reputation attracts students from countries where there is common jurisdictions such as Hong Kong SAR.
  • Established law school – from LLB up to Bar and scholarly research, we teach law at every stage of the profession. Join the Law Society to get involved with the community.
  • Choose a placement or study abroad – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.
“I really enjoyed studying in Manchester and I thought the tutors were brilliant. Their legal experience gave me an insight into what I would expect after the course.” Daniel Cotter, LLB (Hons).

“Studying law at Manchester Metropolitan University is a great choice. We are situated in the heart of the city of Manchester, the second largest legal centre in the UK.”

Jackie Panter, Associate Head

Career Prospects

A law degree will pave the way for a career in this highly regarded profession. But the skills and knowledge you develop are also attractive to employers in other sectors.

You could join an in-house legal team, work for the police, or become a journalist. If law is your passion, you can go on to qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for charities, the civil service or in the corporate sector. Your intellectual ability and communication skills will serve you well whatever path you follow.

You might decide to study at postgraduate level to achieve your LLM. Or explore the legal landscape through research.

Take the opportunity to go on a work placement or work with our pro bono partners to gain legal experience and learn more about professional life before you graduate. You’ll gain confidence and boost your CV.

Learn more about graduate careers

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

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.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“Studying law at Manchester Metropolitan University is a great choice. We are situated in the heart of the city of Manchester, the second largest legal centre in the UK…”
 
Listen to what Jackie Panter, Associate Head, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

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.

You will benefit from a programme of workshops where group work allows interactivity and an improved learning environment. These are complemented by large group sessions, lectures and web-based materials.

You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad in year two, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

Law with a Foundation year

This course has a foundation year available. For more information visit the LLB (Hons) with foundation year page.

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. 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 also benefit from considerable tutor contact time.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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Core Units

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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Core Units

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.

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 Methods

Placement options

As part of our full-time LLB programme, you’ll have the chance to apply for a work placement year. It’s a chance to apply the academic knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom to a real, professional workplace, while getting the industry experience that will show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work after you’ve graduated.
Our placements team will be ready to help, but it’s your responsibility to be proactive and apply for opportunities. And, because the placement jobs market is so competitive, we recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year, so you’re ready to start applying when your second year kicks off.

Study Abroad
Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects.

Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.


Working Abroad
Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.


A City of Opportunities 
Manchester is a lively, diverse and cosmopolitan city. Based at the heart of the country’s second largest legal hub, we pride ourselves on our connections to the regional and national legal community and benefit from being within a thriving professional services sector and economy.

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

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation 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: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. 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)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 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: Full-time fee: £16,500 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).

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 up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

M100

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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.

Confirmation of Regulator
The Manchester Metropolitan University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. More information on the role of the OfS and its regulatory framework can be found at officeforstudents.org.uk.

All higher education providers registered with the OfS must have a student protection plan in place. The student protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. Access our current Student Protection Plan.

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