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LLB (Hons) - Law (Integrated Foundation Year)

Take your first step to a legal career at the North West’s top Law School (Guardian League Table 2019).

Our course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)and The Bar Standards Board, and hence will facilitate your journey to becoming a solicitor or a barrister, or a broader range of careers.

You'll learn about the law and legal skills such as how to interview clients. You’ll take part in mock court cases (civil and criminal) and work on real-life legal problems.

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Course Overview

You’ll gain a strong foundation in legal knowledge and skills relevant to careers in the legal profession and many other areas of employment. There is a focus on work experience and professional mentors, thanks to our industry links.

Public speaking events, mock trials, and student competitions will further boost your skills. Throughout, you’ll be taught by tutors with experience of working in law, who will provide the support and knowledge to ensure you stay on track.

On this course you will...

  • Have access to our law team consisting of former practicing solicitors and barristers with national and international experience.
  • Have access to the criminal courts for mock trials, presided over by real judges.
  • You’ll have the option to do a placement in a local law firm or legal service provider so you get work-based learning.
  • Be able to use our connection with local law firms and legal service providers and strong working relationship with Solicitors Regulator Authority and the Law Society.
  • Have opportunities to use your academic skills practically via our Street Law project, in which you research and advise on real legal issues to clients in our local community.
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What you will learn

On this course, you will gain a strong foundation in legal knowledge and skills relevant to careers in the legal profession and many other areas of employment. There is a focus on work experience and professional mentors, thanks to our industry links.

Public speaking events, mock trials, and student competitions will further boost your skills. Throughout, you’ll be taught by tutors with experience of working in law, who will provide the support and knowledge to ensure you stay on track.

Year one

The integrated foundation year provides the opportunity for you to settle into university life and the gain confidence and skills you need to succeed in Law through participating in a supportive academic, personal and professional development programme.

The foundation year modules will serve to provide you with an excellent grounding in a range of law and social science subject areas including sociology, criminology, law, psychology, policing, and investigation that complements the three years of legal education which will follow; they also provide students with knowledge that goes beyond the classroom environment.

  • Essential University Skills 1
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
  • Introduction to Policing, Criminology and Law
  • Essential University Skills 2
  • Families, Communities & the Criminal Justice System
  • Professional Practice in the Community
Year two

Level 4 will support the application of a systematic approach to the acquisition of knowledge, underpinning concepts and principles, and deploy a range of subject specific, cognitive, and transferable skills. Modules will encourage the evaluation of different approaches to solving well-defined problems and the communication of solutions.

You will develop the ability to identify and discuss the relationship between personal and workplace experience and findings from books and journals and other data drawn from the field of study.

  • Legal Skills and Method
    Introducing basic legal skills such as research and writing as well as employability skills.
  • Legal Institutions
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Torts
  • Public Law
Year three

At Level 5, you will explore key concepts and theories within and outside the context in which they were first studied. Continuing on from Level 4, you will demonstrate an understanding and apply theory in practice, taking on responsibility for determining and achieving personal outcomes. Throughout the year, you will reflect on your personal development and workplace experience in conjunction with recent scholarship and current statutory regulations.

  • Lawyers' Skills
  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Law of the European Union
  • Employment Law (Optional)
  • Human Rights (Optional)
Year four

At Level 6, your studies will aim to build upon the personal development undertaken in previous years. You will critically review, consolidate and extend a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, evaluating concepts and evidence from a range of resources. Modules will aim to encourage the communication of solutions, arguments and ideas clearly and in a variety of forms, especially when exercising judgement in a range of situations, to improve workplace practices.

  • Law Dissertation
    The dissertation will enable you to further develop your ability to analyse, synthesise, criticise and construct an argument independently.
  • Employment Law (Optional)
  • Human Rights (Optional)
  • Law of Criminal Evidence (Optional)
  • Company Law (Optional)
  • Family Law (Optional)
  • Intellectual Property Law (Optional)
  • Media Law (Optional)
  • Media Law (Optional)
  • Independent Legal Study (Optional)

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