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Bachelor of Laws

LLB Law Online

Our online law degree, known as an LLB or Bachelor of Laws, is equivalent to a BA or BSc. This degree will prepare you in part for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE1) or Bar Practice Course (to qualify as a barrister).

If you have set your sights on other careers, such as politics, business or journalism, the transferable skills you will learn on your law degree will provide an excellent launch pad for these ambitions and more. With our professionally focused qualification, you can expect to learn practical skills coupled with a focus on your future employability.

Studying at our Online campus provides you with the perfect combination of a flexible study programme to fit around your other commitments together with the benefit of our expertise, experience, and employability focus. 

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Level: BBB

GCSE: English Language Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent

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Entry requirements

Duration options

3 years

4 years

6 years

Next start date

September 2024

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Ranked Top 20 amongst English universities and for online courses we rank top for ‘How good are teaching staff at explaining things’.

We are one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education and have trained more practising lawyers in the UK than anyone else.

We've been awarded an overall Silver rating, with a Gold rating for Student Experience and Silver rating for the Student Outcomes in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for 2023.

Course Details

LLB (Hons) Law Online

If you’re looking to pursue a career in the legal or wider commercial sector, but want to study in a more flexible way, then this 100% online law degree could be the course for you.

Just like the on campus version of the LLB, this course has a practical focus, with employability integrated into the programme. There is a high level of interaction and you will receive peer and one-to-one professional lecturer reviews, with over 90% of our lecturers being qualified solicitors and barristers.

The distance learning LLB law course aims to deliver an insight into critical legal topics and develop your knowledge and understanding of key concepts through practical activities and engaging content. You will develop skills in analysis, research, problem solving and communication.

When you study an online LLB degree with us you receive:

  • The highest standard of online teaching from experienced professionals
  • Access to loads of online resources to help your studies
  • Access to a large specialist careers service and pro bono clinics
  • A variety of specialist modules to enhance employment prospects

This degree will complete the required academic stage of training if you want to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. It also provides the foundation for Master’s degree study, or you can move into employment within the wider legal sector and other commercial or business fields.

Students with a particular interest in wanting to qualify as a CILEX Lawyer should consider our LLB (CILEX), a four year online degree. This is a bespoke programme in collaboration with CILEX, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. To enrol onto this degree, you will need to become a student member of CILEX. Learn more below and visit our LLB (CILEX) web page for specific details and requirements for this course.

Foundation Year

You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start your LLB. This introductory year focuses on developing the key skills required to study at degree level. You will study six modues and on successful completion progress onto any of our three year degrees. Please note, the Foundation Year is only available as a September start and is not available through our Online Hong Kong Campus.

Three Year Degree

Semester 1

Compulsory modules include:

Communication Skills
You will develop communication skills and understanding of different methods and styles of communication. You will consider appropriate methods of communication in both formal and informal environments. You will develop your understanding of social media and how to use it effectively. By looking back at previous activities and considering the choices you made and how you may do things differently in the future, you will enhance your skills on reflection.

Digital and Research Skills
You will learn how to navigate responsibly around the internet using different search engines and resources, including AI, and will develop your understanding of how to stay safe online and create an appropriate online presence. Learn about interpreting information you find; how relevant and accurate it is and how to present it. Discover a variety of learning resources and understand the importance of academic integrity.

Sustainability and Society
You will explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how sustainability has a wider impact on society. A problem-solving approach to global sustainability will be adopted and you will be encouraged to think about the role you and others play in addressing sustainability issues and an understanding of who is accountable. Also looking at both the broad concepts of sustainability and the aspects which are relevant to your chosen discipline.

Semester 2

Compulsory modules include:

Foundation Year Project
Develop your research skills by learning how to choose, plan and carry out an investigation into a chosen topic. Discover the importance of ethics when conducting research and practice presenting research. This module helps prepare you for entry onto Level 4 of the degree programme through the formative e-portfolio containing a log of activities, your 2000 word written project and your video presentation.

Shaping Skills for Success
This module will enable you to develop wider skills that are needed to succeed during your studies and beyond. You will be introduced to different types of skills and how to track and reflect on your skills development. You will develop your skills by participating in sessions focused on specific skills and hearing from a variety of guest speakers. You will take part in a group challenge designed to develop your teamwork and communication skills and reflect on the skills you develop during this module as part of your Foundation Year Project.

Core Concepts of Law

Introducing you to the study of law, including an overview of the English legal system, including legal careers, and how it compares to legal systems around the world.  You will consider the concept of ‘the rule of law’ and explore law and morality whilst developing an understanding of how law impacts society. You will further develop your research skills through introductions to specific law resources available in the library and the OSCOLA method of referencing.

Choose one*:

  • Core Concepts of Business
  • Core Concepts of Computer Science
  • Core Concepts of Criminology and Policing
  • Core Concepts of Psychology

*Options available are indicative and available subject to numbers and the campus chosen. Students will also complete the Shaping Skills for Success programme.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules include:

Common Law Method and Ethics

This module introduces you to the English legal system and looks at how to interpret statutes and the doctrine of precedent. Also, how law is created and the structure of the English court system. These enable you to understand how laws are created and interpreted. Within Ethics, you will consider different approaches to ethical issues, including the social and ethical context of the legal profession.

Academic and Digital Skills

This module underpins all of the other modules on the LLB & MLaw. It develops the academic and digital skills which you will need for both your studies and the workplace, including using the University’s VLE and other relevant platforms and software, legal research and referencing, academic integrity, communication skills, and how to analyse and answer legal problems. 

Contract Law

In this module you will consider the elements of a contract, different types of contractual terms, remedies for breach of contract and the circumstances when remedies can be excluded.  You will also look at connected areas such as misrepresentation, duress, and undue influence.

Semester 2

Compulsory modules include:

The Law of Tort

Tort is a key area of law and considers acts and omissions that give rise to injury or harm to another and amount to a civil wrong. You will consider topics such as trespass to the person, negligence, product liability, employer liability, occupiers’ liability, trespass to land and private nuisance. You will also look at the remedies available when an action in Tort succeeds.

Public Law

This module looks at sources of the UK constitution and principles such as the rule of law, separation of powers and parliamentary supremacy. Also, how the lawfulness of decisions and actions made by public bodies are challenged through exploring the grounds for judicial review and the remedies available. You will learn about the place EU Law has within the UK constitution and consider the key rights and freedoms incorporated into UK law through the Human Rights Act.

Criminal Law

This module gives an overview of the criminal justice system and helps to develop an understanding of the principles of criminal liability. You will look at different criminal offences, including homicide, criminal damage, assaults, sexual offences, theft and robbery, and drugs offences. You will consider what defences may be available and the law in relation to secondary participation and attempts to commit certain offences.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules include:

Business Law 1

This module introduces you to different forms of business organisation such as partnerships and companies and how to choose the most appropriate format to run a business. You will explore company law in more detail, exploring the separate legal personality of a company and its limited liability status and company constitutions. You will look at the different parties involved in a company such as the directors and shareholders. 

Critical Approaches in Current Legal Issues

Designed to further develop the academic skills which you developed during your Level 4. Equipping you with the skills which you need to succeed as you progress through the programme. Through topical areas of law, you will develop your critical thinking and evaluation skills, ability to solve legal problems, and research skills.  You will be challenged through debating controversial areas of law and presenting arguments, in order to develop your ability to reflect and understand the views of others.

Land Law

We look at the nature of land, how the ownership of estates and interests in land operate and the formalities for creating and disposing of those estates and interests. It looks at important topics such as: the protection and enforcement of third party interests in land, the distinction between registered and unregistered land, trusts of land and co-ownership, leases, easements, covenants, and mortgages. 

Semester 2

Choose three*:

  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Access to Justice and Legal Services
  • Real Estate
  • Human Rights
  • Extended Essay
  • EU Law
  • Practising Law in a Digital World

*All options are indicative and subject to numbers.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules include:

Equity and Trusts

In this module you will study the core principles of equity and trusts law which arise in a range of personal, social and commercial contexts. You will look at the distinction between a gift and a trust and how trusts are created. You will explore the management of the trust through the powers and duties of trustees and the rights of the beneficiaries before considering what remedies are available if there is a breach of trust.

Choose two*:

  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Graduate and Employability Skills
  • Business Law 2
  • International Commercial Law
  • Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law
  • Research Project (double module)

Semester 2

Choose three*:

  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate
  • Wills & Succession
  • Human Rights
  • Criminal Litigation and Evidence
  • Graduate and Employability Skills
  • International Commercial Law
  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Technology
  • Research Project (40 credits)

*All options are indicative and subject to numbers.

*All options are indicative and subject to availability. Please note that some modules are available in Years 2 and 3; please select only one.

Four Year Degree

Semester 1

  • Academic & Digital Skills
  • Common Law Method & Ethics

Semester 2

  • Public Law
  • Criminal Law

Semester 1

  • Contract Law
  • Law of Tort

Semester 2

  • Business Law 1
  • Critical Approaches in Current Legal Issues

Semester 1

  • Land Law
  • Equity & Trusts

Semester 2

Choose two*:

  • Access to Justice and Legal Services
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • Real Estate
  • EU Law
  • Practising Law in a Digital World

*All options are indicative and subject to availability.

  • Extended Essay

Semester 1

Choose two*:

  • Business Law 2
  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Graduate and Employability Skills
  • International Commercial Law
  • Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law
  • Research Project (double module)

Semester 2

Choose two*:

  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate
  • Wills & Succession
  • Human Rights
  • Graduate and Employability Skills
  • International Commercial Law
  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Technology
  • Research Project (double module)

*All options are indicative and subject to availability. Please note that some modules are available in Years 2 and 3; please select only once.

  • Criminal Litigation and Evidence
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BECOME A SPECIALIST LAWYER

LLB (CILEX)

If you're interested in becoming a CILEX Lawyer, learn more about our four year online degree, the LLB (CILEX).

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Six Year Degree

Semester 1

  • Academic and Digital Skills
  • Common Law Method & Ethics (half)

Semesters 2

  • Public Law
  • Common Law Method and Ethics (second half)

Semester 1

  • Law of Tort
  • Contract Law (half)

Semesters 2

  • Criminal Law
  • Contract Law (second half)

Semester 1

  • Critical Approaches in Current Legal Issues
  • Business Law 1 (half)

Semesters 2

  • Business Law 1 (second half)

Choose two*:

  • Access to Justice and Legal Services
  • Employment Law
  • Extended Essay
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • Real Estate
  • EU Law
  • Practising Law in a Digital World

*All options are indicative and subject to numbers.

Semester 1

  • Land Law
  • Level 5 Option (half)

Semester 2

  • Level 5 Option (second half)
  • Level 5 Option

Level 5 Options are:

  • Access to Justice and Legal Services
  • Employment Law
  • Extended Essay
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • Real Estate
  • EU Law
  • Practising Law in a Digital World

*All options are indicative and subject to numbers.

Semester 1

  • Equity & Trusts
  • Business Law 2 (half)

Semester 2

  • Business Law 2 (second half)

Choose two Level 6 modules*:

  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate
  • Wills & Succession
  • Human Rights
  • Graduate and Employability Skills
  • International Commercial Law
  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Technology
  • Criminal Litigation and Evidence

*All options are indicative and subject to numbers.

Semester 1

  • Civil Dispute Resolution (half)
  • Level 6 option

Choose one level 6 option*:

  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Business Level 2
  • Graduate and Employability Skills
  • International Commercial Law
  • Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law

Semesters 2

  • Civil Dispute Resolution (second half)
  • Level 6 option

Choose one level 6 option*:

  • Legal Technology
  • Criminal Litigation and Evidence
  • Human Rights
  • Real Estate
  • Wills & Succession

*All options are indicative and subject to numbers.

Common Law Method and Ethics

This module introduces you to the English legal system and looks at how to interpret statutes and the doctrine of precedent. Also, how law is created and the structure of the English court system. These enable you to understand how laws are created and interpreted. Within Ethics, you will consider different approaches to ethical issues, including the social and ethical context of the legal profession.

Academic and Digital Skills

This module underpins all of the other modules on the LLB & MLaw. It develops the academic and digital skills which you will need for both your studies and the workplace, including using the University’s VLE and other relevant platforms and software, legal research and referencing, academic integrity, communication skills, and how to analyse and answer legal problems.

Contract Law

In this module you will consider the elements of a contract, different types of contractual terms, remedies for breach of contract and the circumstances when remedies can be excluded. You will also look at connected areas such as misrepresentation, duress, and undue influence.

The Law of Tort

Tort is a key area of law and considers acts and omissions that give rise to injury or harm to another and amount to a civil wrong. You will consider topics such as trespass to the person, negligence, product liability, employer liability, occupiers’ liability, trespass to land and private nuisance. You will also look at the remedies available when an action in Tort succeeds.

Public Law

This module looks at sources of the UK constitution and principles such as the rule of law, separation of powers and parliamentary supremacy. Also, how the lawfulness of decisions and actions made by public bodies are challenged through exploring the grounds for judicial review and the remedies available. You will learn about the place EU Law has within the UK constitution and consider the key rights and freedoms incorporated into UK law through the Human Rights Act.

Criminal Law

This module gives an overview of the criminal justice system and helps to develop an understanding of the principles of criminal liability. You will look at different criminal offences, including homicide, criminal damage, assaults, sexual offences, theft and robbery, and drugs offences. You will consider what defences may be available and the law in relation to secondary participation and attempts to commit certain offences.

Business Law 1

This module introduces you to different forms of business organisation such as partnerships and companies and how to choose the most appropriate format to run a business. You will explore company law in more detail, exploring the separate legal personality of a company and its limited liability status and company constitutions. You will look at the different parties involved in a company such as the directors and shareholders.

Critical Approaches in Current Legal Issues

Designed to further develop the academic skills which you developed during your Level 4. Equipping you with the skills which you need to succeed as you progress through the programme. Through topical areas of law, you will develop your critical thinking and evaluation skills, ability to solve legal problems, and research skills. You will be challenged through debating controversial areas of law and presenting arguments, in order to develop your ability to reflect and understand the views of others.

Land Law

We look at the nature of land, how the ownership of estates and interests in land operate and the formalities for creating and disposing of those estates and interests. It looks at important topics such as: the protection and enforcement of third party interests in land, the distinction between registered and unregistered land, trusts of land and co-ownership, leases, easements, covenants, and mortgages.

Equity and Trusts

In this module you will study the core principles of equity and trusts law which arise in a range of personal, social and commercial contexts. You will look at the distinction between a gift and a trust and how trusts are created. You will explore the management of the trust through the powers and duties of trustees and the rights of the beneficiaries before considering what remedies are available if there is a breach of trust.

Course Start Dates

  • Law (LLB)
    • Full-time: Online
    • Part-time: Online
  • Law (LLB)
    • Full-time: Online
SQE

What about the SQE?

The SQE is being phased in to become the new centralised way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales

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After you’ve completed the LLB, you can go onto study one of our postgraduate law courses to become a solicitor or barrister.

If you want to become a barrister, you can study our Bar Practice Course.

If you want to become a solicitor, we suggest studying our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2).

You can still study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you’ve completed, started, accepted an offer, or paid a non-refundable deposit to study the LLB by 21 September 2021.

If you want to specialise in a particular area of law, we also offer a range of academic Master of Law (LLM) courses, covering subjects from human rights to banking.

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You can also study this course at one of our campuses across the UK. If you’re looking for a more traditional university experience, why not consider studying on campus?

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To get a full picture of how studying this course works during the year, take a look at our course date breakdowns.

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We use a variety of assessment methods designed to meet the practical nature of the course and individual module learning outcomes. Some of these will be exams, while others will require you to submit a project report, essay, portfolio or oral presentation. You will also have the opportunity to practice with a mock assessment.

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Our course has an innovatively flexible structure, with specific assessments that are conducive to effective learning.

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Fees and Applying

 

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Applications for all our undergraduate courses are open. You don't need to apply through UCAS to study one of our online courses. 

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3 year and 4 year full-time online £9,250 per year - deposit of £250 payable on acceptance

4 year part time online £6,935 per year - deposit of £250 payable on acceptance

6 year part time online £4,625 per year - deposit of £250 payable on acceptance

 

Hong Kong fees:

3 year full-time online 95,300 HKD per year - no deposit

4 year part time online 71,475 HKD per year - no deposit

6 year part time online 47,650 HKD per year - no deposit

 

If you need to fund your studies with a student loan you can apply via Student Finance.

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We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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