Bachelor's degree

In Durham

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The LLB degree is a highly flexible three-year, full-time course. There are approximately students on each year of the LLB. While providing a solid grounding in the main areas of English law, and the skills required in legal research and practice, it also allows for individual specialisation through a variety of optional modules offered by the School and other departments in the University. The degree course provides the opportunity to obtain a Qualifying Law degree as recognised by the Law Society and the Bar Council of England and Wales. (Please note: whether or not a degree exempts a student from the academic stage of training to be a solicitor or barrister depends on the modules that the student studies. In practice virtually all of our students choose to study the modules that are required by the Law Society and Bar Council, and thus do gain a Qualifying Law Degree.)




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Admissions Process Subject requirements, level and grade In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note: We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their studies. Please contact the Law School for further information. Mature applicants are invited to send a copy of their curriculum vitae to the Law School Admissions Secretary for advice before submitting a...

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Course programme

Year 1

The modules which students take in their first year are designed to provide a solid foundation of legal knowledge which can be built upon in subsequent years. Students will study all of the following:

  • Legal Skills ( credits)
  • The Legal System of England and Wales ( credits)
  • Tort Law ( credits)
  • Contract Law ( credits)
  • EU Constitutional Law ( credits)
  • UK Constitutional Law ( credits)
  • The Individual and the State ( credits)
Year 2

In the second year, you will need to study three further modules in order to obtain a Qualifying Law degree. You may then take a further three optional modules, giving you the chance to tailor the course to your own requirements. The compulsory modules for Qualifying Law degree purposes are:

  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law
  • Trusts and Equity.

An indicative list of optional modules is given in the list below. However, students may also, at the discretion of the departments concerned, elect to take a -credit module from the open modules (at first or second year) offered by another department at Durham University.

Level 2 Optional Modules
  • Advanced Issues in Public Law ( credits)
  • Commercial Law ( credits)
  • Employment Law ( credits)
  • The European Internal Market and its Citizens ( credits)
  • Public International Law ( credits)
  • Religion and Law ( credits)
  • Law, Gender and Society ( credits)
  • Law of Family Relationships ( credits)
  • Evidence and Criminal Process ( credits)
Year 3

In the final year, you will study one compulsory -credit Dissertation module and four optional modules. Students must choose at least three modules ( credits) from Level 3 (with an indicative list given below), with the possibility to select one module from Level 2. It may also be possible for you, at the discretion of the departments concerned, to elect to take a -credit module from the open modules offered by another department at Durham University at second or third year (although if the chosen module is at Level 2, you will not be entitled to choose a Level 2 Law module).

Level 3 Optional Modules
  • Company Law ( credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law ( credits)
  • Law of the International Community ( credits)
  • Law and Medicine ( credits)
  • Competition Law( credits)
  • International Human Rights ( credits)
  • Interscholastic Mooting ( credits)
  • International Criminal Law ( credits)
  • Advanced Issues in Employment and Discrimination Law ( credits)
  • Legal History ( credits)
  • Comparative Constitutional Law ( credits)
  • Corporate Finance ( credits)
  • Law in Practice ( credits)

Full details of the topics covered in individual modules are available on the Law School website /law

Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.

Please note that the Law School at Durham does not offer a 'Senior Status' LLB. The only undergraduate courses currently on offer are the three-year, full-time, LLB; and the four-year LLB (Year Abroad). Both are applied to using the UCAS code M (applicants for the LLB (Year Abroad) opt into that degree course when they come to the end of the first year of the LLB). It is also not possible to combine Law with another subject.

Study Abroad Law School

The LLB with a Year Abroad (YA) programme comprises all of the content of the three-year regular LLB, plus an exciting additional year spent at one of our European or international partners during the third year of study. At present, Durham Law School has partnerships with universities in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Singapore.

Durham University has further institutional links with universities in the USA, Canada, China and New Zealand. Graduates of degrees such as this are highly sought after by employers, and may be particularly suited to working in an international context. LLB (YA) students may study at some of our partner universities in English, whereas for others, foreign language skills are necessary. Students must apply for the regular LLB at Durham through UCAS, and then apply to transfer onto the LLB (YA) in their second year of study. Students are selected on academic merit and, where appropriate, on linguistic ability.

For further information about Year Abroad opportunities please visit: /international/studyabroad/


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