School of Law, Criminology and Government

LLB (Hons) Law

Are you ready to make your mark? Our academically challenging, qualifying law degree will prepare you for a career in the legal profession. With strong public and private sector connections, and a clear focus on developing skills in the workplace, we’ll ground you in the fundamentals of law – so you can set your sights high. From national competitions to High Court appeals and community projects – our students win acclaim. And a satisfaction rating of 87 per cent* says they’re enjoying it.

In the 2016 National Student Survey, 91 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things, 84 per cent agreed staff made the subject interesting and 84 per cent agreed they got sufficient advice and support. According to the 2016 DLHE survey, 91 per cent were in work/study six months after finishing.*

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate James Peterson: 

"Get to know as many local business people as you can as it is all about connections. Go out to business networking sessions to build up your confidence of being a ‘sales person,’ and get work-based experience. I completed two work experience periods in firms in Cornwall over the summer; this gave me a feel for what the work environment would be like. I also think that you feel more confident when you go for an interview if you have some experience on your CV and something to talk about. 
I would recommend that students get as much hands on experience as possible because, although it isn’t easy, it is worth it. Use any connections which you have and try to offer something different to make yourself stand out. Practical experience and connections are invaluable, the more people you know, the better. Demonstrate that you really want to do it."

Read more from James in his case study.

Key features

  • Get ahead with a skills-focused, qualifying law degree designed to help you stand out with employers, whatever your career goals. 
  • Learn your practice while making a real difference to real clients, with work experience placements open to all in year 2 and 3 students supported by our well-connected Law Clinic
  • Benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and criminal justice staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching. 
  • Tailor your degree to match your career aspirations by studying LLB Law in conjunction with Business or Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies.  
  • Choose the subjects that most interest you from a range of elective modules, so you can shape your degree and prepare for a career inside or outside the legal sector.
  • Take part in a range of competitions and social activities – as well as networking with high-profile guest speakers and prospective employers – as a member of our highly successful, student-run Student Law Society.
  • Deepen your understanding and insight through a sophisticated array of online resources.
  • Pursue your ambition to become a solicitor or barrister, or a range of other professions linked to law.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll learn about the core theories, principles and processes of the law, introducing you to how it’s studied and practised. You’ll be able to join the Student Law Society and take part in mooting, debating, negotiation and advocacy competitions. We’ve structured the curriculum so that alongside studying legal systems, contract, constitutional and administrative law (fulfilling the requirements of professional bodies), you’ll also start to develop the kind of critical thinking and self-reflective skills that will equip you for your chosen career.
    Core modules
    • LAW1208 Legal Systems and Skills

      Overview of the English Legal System with reference to the criminal and civil legal process and their operation in terms of dispute resolution; introduction to the role, influence and impact of International Law, the law of the European Union and European Convention on Human Rights, and their relationship to English law and procedure.

    • LAW1209 Contract Law

      An introduction to the law of contract through study of the essential elements in contract formation. This module then considers the nature and relative significance of contractual terms. The module fulfils the contract law professional requirements of the JASB

    • LAW1212 Constitutional and Administrative Law

      This module focuses on Constitutional and Administrative Law, examining fundamental theories and principles, and their application and practice within the British constitution. This module fulfils the professional requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board

    • LAW1213 Contemporary Legal Issues

      This module focuses on developing critical thinking about the role of law in dealing with the challenges of social change in the 21st century.

    • LAW1214 Introduction to Law

      This short immersive module will provide a basic introduction to the study of law, the law making process and legal institutions, and the legal profession. It provides a platform to enable students to develop the relevant legal and practical skills to effectively undertake a law degree.

    • LAWGEAR1 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to facilitate students assessing and self-reflecting on their skills and to develop action to cope successfully with the transition to Higher Education. Students will also begin career planning.

    Optional modules
    • GOV1000PP One Planet? Society and Sustainability

      This module addresses some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century from a variety of ideological and political perspectives. Through real-world case studies and critical reflection of lived experiences, we explore and debate the complex, interdependent processes underpinning sustainability and global inequality and insecurities. You develop an understanding of key drivers and public policy impacts and consider future alternative scenarios. The emphasis is on active, collaborative, learning via field trips and debates.

    • LAW1000PP Ethics and Justice in the Balance

      This short intensive module will provide a basic introduction to ethical considerations in human activity, social life and institutional decision making. It provides a platform to enable students to evaluate concepts of justice, law and ethics as well as themes of morality, duty and responsibility, in relation to everyday individual and collective choices of action.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll focus on real-life scenarios and develop practical skills in areas such as negotiation and advocacy. You’ll study law of tort, land and EU law in depth and begin to tailor your degree to your specific interests by choosing from modules in company, environmental, media, commercial and consumer law. Unlike most other law degrees, where you have to wait until your final year, you’ll also start gaining hands-on experience through work-based studies and a compulsory skills module.
    Core modules
    • LAW2212 Dispute Resolution Skills

      This module focuses on the development of transferable skills based on real-life scenarios with an emphasis on enhancing employability. It revolves around dispute resolution exercises helping ¿clients¿ to resolve disputes using role play and teamwork. It is designed to enhance practical skills such as negotiation as well as so called `soft skills¿ such as people skills and problem solving.

    • LAW2213 Land Law

      The module examines the law relating to the ownership of estates and interests in land and the systems of registered and unregistered land. It fulfils the property law professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAW2221 European Union Law

      This module focuses on the law of the European Union. There will be emphasis on the means of enforcing EU Law and substantive legal areas such as the free movement of persons and goods and competition law. This module, in conjunction with the module Legal Systems fulfils the professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAW2222 Tort Law

      The Law of Tort is concerned with the creation and imposition of civil rights obligations on people generally. It is focused on the legal protection of a number of key rights, such as the right to bodily integrity, reputation, enjoyment of property and privacy amongst others.

    • LAWGEAR2 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to facilitate students assessing and self-reflecting on their skills and to develop action to enhance them; and to focus on career development planning to enhance employability.

    Optional modules
    • LAW2214 Company Law

      The module considers the key legal concepts, principles and policies relating to business organisation and corporate governance.

    • LAW2215 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW2216 Human Rights Law

      This module focuses on the law relating to human rights with reference to national, regional and international law principles. It examines the development and scope of fundamental rights in both theory and practice, and the legitimate limits and restrictions on rights in the interests of balancing conflicting interests in democratic societies.

    • LAW2217 Employment Law

      A module for LLB and Law Major students covering the key and topical issues in individual and Employment Law in the UK.

    • LAW2218 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW2220 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW2223 Intellectual Property and Information Law

      This module focuses on the law and concepts of intellectual property, examining in addition related legal themes of information access, dissemination and control.

    • LAW2224 Work-based Learning

      A module in which students apply knowledge and develop practical and transferable skills in a work-based situation. The placement may be in or for any work-based organisation, though many of these will be law related. Most students will be placed, unpaid, via a range of advice services supervised by the Law School's Clinic or partner organisations but some may choose to find the whole or part of their work experience independently.

    • LAW2225 Commercial Law

      In outline this module covers elements of commercial law, trading, commercial relations and practice. It includes aspects of commercial transactions, agency, regulation enforcement and remedies.

    • LAW2227 Law, Literature and Film

      To introduce students to fictional representations of the legal order in prose and film, and to examine the inter-connections between law, literature and film.

    • LAW2229 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you'll complete the core subjects with criminal law and equity and trusts. You can choose to study electives such as family, employment and immigration law. You’ll be able to demonstrate your research skills with a dissertation on a legal issue that inspires you, or undertake a project based on your work experience within the Law Clinic.

    Core modules
    • LAW3242 Criminal law

      "This module provides in depth examination of basic principles and concepts of criminal law, an introduction to modes of participation, and detailed analysis of selected offences and defences. The module fulfils the professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council. "

    • LAW3243 Equity and Trusts

      The module examines the principles of equity and the law relating to trusts. It builds on the basic understanding of equity and trusts as acquired through Land Law and fulfils the equity and trusts professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAWGEAR3 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to continue the process of development of self-assessment and reflection with particular focus on career planning and employability post- graduation.

    Optional modules
    • LAW3222 Dissertation

      The production of a substantial dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) on a legal or legally related area with content and form determined by the student. For the LLB with CCJS or Business the dissertation will be set in context.

    • LAW3226 Company Law

      The module considers the key legal concepts, principles and policies relating to business organisation and corporate governance.

    • LAW3228 Employment Law

      This final year elective module provides students with knowledge of a specialist area of law, namely Employment Law, whilst also continuing to offer development of general legal skills.

    • LAW3229 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW3230 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW3233 Commercial Law

      In outline this module covers elements of commercial law, trading, commercial relations and practice. It includes aspects of commercial transactions, agency, regulation enforcement and remedies.

    • LAW3234 Human Rights Law

      This module focuses on the law relating to human rights with reference to national, regional and international law principles. It examines the development and scope of fundamental rights in both theory and practice, and the legitimate limits and restrictions on rights in the interests of balancing conflicting interests in democratic societies.

    • LAW3236 Law, Literature and Film

      To introduce students to fictional representations of the legal order in prose and film, and to examine the inter-connections between law, literature and film.

    • LAW3237 Intellectual Property and Information Law

      This module focuses on the law and concepts of intellectual property, examining in addition related legal themes of information access, dissemination and control.

    • LAW3238 Sex, Power and Legal Control

      This module examines how law and society controls and regulates sexual behaviour and conduct and why and how it criminalises and punishes certain activities and sexual expression. In particular it will focus on the enactment and implementation of laws relating to sexual autonomy and sex crime and examine how these are practically operationalized within the criminal justice process. Within this context the impact upon those affected by such legal regulation is also examined.

    • LAW3239 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW3240 Consumer Law

      An overview of consumer law with a practical approach to the resolution of the more common examples of consumer grievances. Autonomously developing and deepening an understanding of a chosen topic.

    • LAW3241 Marine Law, Regulation and Development

      This module will consider the regulatory and policy framework which applies to activities and development, including the exploitation of energy resources, in the marine environment. Set in the context of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and national implementing measures, the module will consider a variety of contemporary issues relating to the sustainable use of the marine environment. It provides a theoretical and practical analysis of the relevant law, as well as providing insight into a rapidly evolving and contemporary area of law.

    • LAW3244 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

    • LAW3247 Work-Based Learning

      A 40 credit module in which students develop intellectual, practical, transferable and ethical skills in a work-based learning context. The placement may be in or for any work-based organisation, though many of these will be law related. Students may be placed within one of the Law School's Law Clinic projects or within a Law Clinic partner organisation or they may choose to find the whole or part of their work experience independently.

    • MAR321 Carriage of Goods by Sea

      The study of the law relating to charterparties and bill of lading contracts, and liability for pollution.

    • MAR329 Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law

      The study of the law relating to Marine Insurance, including General Average and Admiralty Law.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

LLB Law and Law with Business and with CCJS 16 17 4692

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120

A levels: Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies. Preferable subjects include English, history, languages, geography, sociology, and law.

GCSE: All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above. 

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM in any subject. 12 Unit BTEC Diploma: D*D to D*D* dependant on subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

International Baccalaureate: 30 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.

All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

Learn more about foundation years with the Faculty of Business.

English language requirements 

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Student insight

I was lucky enough to be involved with the University’s Innocence Project, which reviews convictions where factual innocence is claimed. It was so interesting to gain insight into the criminal process and having access to real files is a real advantage.

Emma Pierce, LLB (Hons) Law graduate

Learn more about the Innocence Project

Careers

Do you see yourself working as a barrister or taking your legal skills into the business sector? Whatever your chosen path, we’ll work closely with you throughout your degree to help you set your career off in the right direction.

Find out more about career opportunities

Our student network is your business network for the future

It’s our students that make us different. Prepare to join a very active community of engaged students. In partnership with our people they are the driving force behind Plymouth University’s internationally recognised focus on social enterprise and sustainability, as well as one of the best students' unions in the UK.

Be part of it now, find out more about the Faculty of Business.

David Hawkins - graduate profile

The support of the School of Law, Criminology and Government means that students can take part in everything and have an outstanding CV come graduation. All this combined really does mean the law courses have everything a student could ask for.

Find out more about David Hawkins

Student success stories

As well as benefitting from excellent teaching and unrivalled opportunities to learn in the workplace, becoming a Plymouth law student also means you can join one of the most active societies of its kind in the country.

Find out more about the Plymouth Student Law Society

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies

International study pathways with Plymouth University International College

Plymouth University International College (PUIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96 per cent of all students progressing on to their chosen Plymouth University degree, the PUIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with PUIC

People

*The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.