The LL.B Law Course FAQ & Information

The LL.B Law Course FAQ & Information

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If you’re thinking of dedicating the next 3 years of your life to taking the LLB you should know some of the key characteristics of the course. Many go into the course with unrealistic expectations of what to expect.

It’s a very rewarding course; you get a very nerdy sense of satisfaction from being able to remember all those cases for your exams and seminars. It’s also easy to notice the news skills you’re picking up – whether these be your comprehension or ability to express complex ideas clearly.

You should be safe in the knowledge that you’re learning something that’s going to give you great skills even if you don’t go into law as a career. Have a look at some books you should read to prepare for the LLB.

LL.B meaning – what does it stand for?

You hear the term LLB quite a lot, a surprising amount of people don’t know what it means though. LLB essentially means “Bachelor of Law” and stands for Legum Baccalaureus. The LL is an abbreviation for “Legum” and obviously the B stands for  “Baccalaureus”.

What is a qualifying law course?

You will read the term qualifying law course a lot on this site. This is to make the distinction between a qualifying law course and a non qualifying law course. A qualifying law course is defined by the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA). To have a degree count as “qualifying” the institution offering the course must meet certain criteria set by the SRA. These criteria are things like studying defined foundation subjects.

The LL.B is a qualifying legal degree, but it must not take more than 6 years for an individual student to complete. Or it will no longer be classified as qualifying. All universities and colleges of law should offer qualifying degrees. Be wary of suspicious online degrees though, as these most likely will not be qualifying (as if you would be that stupid!)

What will you study on the LL.B?

And how will the course differ if you study at a college of law?

Law courses definitely differ depending on the institution you do them in. For example if you’re doing your LLB at a law school like Kaplan, the College of Law or BPP then they are likely to focus more on practical skills. Doing the LLB at university will usually focus more on the academic side of things. There is a good reason for this; lawyers usually teach at  the colleges of law, where as academics teach it in the universities. The lecturers interests will obviously lie in different places.

Onto the content of the LLB now; you can usually expect to study the following modules:

  • General overview of the British legal system
  • Legal history
  • Tort
  • Contract
  • Criminal
  • Land law
  • Equity and trusts
  • Administrative law
  • EU law
  • Human rights
You can also usually pick some of the following optional modules:
  • Company law
  • Commercial law
  • Consumer law
  • Media law
  • Family law
  • Legal philosophy
  • Immigration

And learn the following skills:

  • Basics of using the law library
  • Legal referencing
  • Basic court procedure
  • Debating skills
  • Ability to create sound arguments
  • Other general legal skills

How many hours per week can you expect to study?

Again this will depend on where you’re studying, but also which year of learning you’re in. A first year law student won’t be expected to work as many hours as a 3rd year student. However on average a law student will have 12 hours per week lecture time, 4 hours in seminar classes and 40 hours private study. This equals about 56 hours per week of work.

How much is the LL.B?

The LL.B cost is now set by the tuition fee of the university. The university will usually give a range of fees to be charged for their courses. Unfortunately law courses will be towards the higher end of the scale. So if a university says it charges £8000-£9000 per year, the LL.B will probably be £9000. However at a college of law the fees can be cheaper because the course is done in 2 years so will be a maximum of £18000 for 2 years compared to the maximum of £27000 for 3 years of university.

How is the course assessed?

The LLB is assessed mostly through closed book examinations (depending on institution). However there will be at least one coursework element to the course which could be in the form of a dissertation. The exams will usually last 3 hours for each exam module in which you will be expected to answer a number of questions. Some examinations may allow you to bring a statute book into the exam.

Please note that the answers given in on this page are for general information only. Not all institutions will work in the ways stated above and this page should be treated as giving readers a general idea of how the LLB works. We strongly recommend you contact each course provider for more information.

Want to practice in Northern Ireland or Scotland? Read how. If you’re interested in taking your education even further read about the LLM masters degree.

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