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Overview

Our LLB (Hons) Law course is a qualifying law degree, forming an essential part of the training you need to become a barrister or a solicitor.

The course will equip you with a broad understanding of key legal principles and institutions within the political, social, economic and cultural context in which the law operates.

You'll learn how the law is made and administered and explore the inter-relationships between the law, individuals and society.

We give you the opportunity to build on this knowledge with a wide choice of 16 optional modules in your final year. And you'll also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in our acclaimed community Legal Advice Centre, working with local solicitors to provide a law clinic for the general public.

This course meets all the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. It also gives a fast track to achieve qualifications as a legal executive or for the insurance and financial services industries.

You'll also have the chance to spend a term at one of our partner institutions in Holland, France or Germany.

Our extended foundation year course is perfect if you want a degree in Law but don't have the standard entry requirements. We prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. You can then go on to study the full undergraduate degree.

What makes this course different

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International Recognition

Our research was rated as 99% internationally recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), demonstrating the depth and breadth of expertise in our department.

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Accreditation

All our law courses are qualifying law degrees- you can also achieve an additional diploma from the National Association of Licensed Paralegals, an extra benefit of studying at UEL.

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State-of-the-art Facilities

You will be studying at our new £33 million pound building at University Square Stratford where you will benefit from superb facilities that include a chamber for moots and mock trials.

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High marks for overall satisfaction

The National Student Survey (NSS) rated us a score of 83% for student satisfaction. We continue to focus on achieving a high standard of student satisfaction year on year. (NSS, 2019).

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

As this is a qualifying law degree, you can expect to learn the fundamentals of the profession from day one.

The compulsory modules in your first two years include an introduction to legal skills and methods, and insights into the key specialist areas of the subject. These include contract, land, criminal, human rights, constitutional and administrative law.

In your final year, you'll need to complete one compulsory module on equity and trusts, but will then be able to choose from a wide range of options. These include Intellectual Property Law, Banking Law, Family Law, Commercial Law, Client Practice and Civil and Criminal Litigation.

If you take these last two options, you can gain the Higher Diploma in Paralegal Practice in addition to your degree.

You'll be encouraged to 'learn by doing' by volunteering for the University's much-admired Legal Advice Centre in Stratford and through work placements with local law firms.

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Legal Communications

    To provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to construct legal arguments. To allow you to develop legal analysis and techniques necessary for the successful study of law.

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    Introduction to Digital Sociology

    This module introduces you to Digital Sociology by exploring what it means to be a sociologist in the rapidly developing technological world. It will also introduce you to digital social research methods, asking what issues there are for social researchers in a digital society; what new material is available to social researchers; how social scientists can harness the new tools available to them and how they can navigate through this space in a secure, mindful and ethical way? 

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    Globalisation & Society

    This module introduces you to key issues and debates about globalisation and society.  Knowledge of the complexities of globalisation is introduced through [a] topical readings [b] a guided tour of Parliament [c] a visit to the British Museum that you will prepare for and reflect on, using the key concepts of political economy. As well as the two core visits, the topics are presented and examined through lectures, seminars, workshops and film.

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    Introduction to Professional Studies (MW)

    The aim of this module is to provide you with the skills and the ability to reflect on your learning alongside an understanding of the requirements for the successful study of law.

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    English Legal System

    There are two main aims of this module: one is to gain an understanding of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. The second is to provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to allow the development of your legal analysis skills and techniques.

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    Legal Methods

    The main aims of this module are twofold: to gain an understanding of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. Also, to provide you with the ability to effectively analyse legal materials and to allow the development of legal analysis skills and techniques.

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    Contract Law

    Contract Law governs the legal relationship between buyers and sellers of goods and services. You will acquire an understanding of the general principles of the substantive English law of contract through an appreciation of extensive case law and modern legislation. A practical approach is adopted throughout so you will develop the knowledge and skills required to advise a client in a typical contract dispute.

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    Introduction to Land Law

    This module is designed to introduce you to key principles in English land law. You will examine the legal relationship between individuals and land by looking at concepts of possession, ownership, enjoyment, use and control. You will have the opportunity to develop your analytical skills and the ability to think critically about problems related to land.
     

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    Public Law

    You will examine the core constitutional arrangements in the United Kingdom. You will explore the principles of constitutionalism and the role of the law in the regulation of government through an investigation of the structures of Government, the rule of law, the impact of Europe, the role of judicial review and human rights. You will also consider the relationship between citizens and the State with particular attention to constitutional reform.

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    Mental Wealth: The Legal Professional

    The aim of this module is to equip you with the understanding and knowledge of the requirements to become an effective legal professional.

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    Criminal Law

    This module introduces you to the general principles of criminal law and the essential elements of criminal liability in England & Wales. You will learn how to work with criminal rules through the study of some key offence and defence definitions. You will also acquire the practical skills necessary to apply the criminal law and to evaluate its scope. Criminal law is a core module if you are on the LLB Law programmes.

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    Public Law II: Human Rights Proceedings

    This module aims to provide a substantial introduction to the concepts of human rights and equality and their relevance to domestic law. It will explore the theory of rights and an understanding of human rights following the incorporation of certain Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by the Human Rights Act 1998. You will undertake a detailed examination of the provisions of the 1998 Act and attendant case law of both the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights. 

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    Tort Law

    This module aims to facilitate your acquisition of the common law principles and statutory provisions (as well as policy considerations) forming the Law of Tort. It also aims to develop your critical perspective on the areas of Tort Law forming the syllabus, together with your critical understanding of the role of policy in the Law of Tort.

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    European Union Law

    You will acquire an in-depth understanding of how European Union law has developed through the unique procedures of the key institutions and the role of the European Court of Justice. You will also explore the substantive law of the EU through an analysis of the free movement of goods.

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    Equity and Trusts

    This module aims to introduce you to the basic principles and remedies of Equity and the law of trusts. It aims to consolidate skills of legal reasoning, in particular, to offer supervised practice in case analysis and problem solving. It encourages you to reflect upon the continued evolution of the law of Equity and trusts.

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    Optional placement

    This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

    The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Standards & Ethics

    The module aims to develop your understanding of the philosophical and jurisprudential relationship(s)between ethics, morality and the law; the values underpinning the legal system; and the regulation of the legal profession, via the legal ethics codes. This module is an introductory study of the professional and wider social duties lawyers owe to the Courts, their clients and the wider public.The aim of the module is to stimulate you to reflect upon the nature of legal ethics and to play an active role in the formation of your own professional ethics. This is achieved by equipping you with the introductory knowledge and understanding of what it means for lawyers to ‘behave ethically.’ By the end of this module, you will be able to recognise, debate and resolve ethical dilemmas, and demonstrate an awareness of potential ethical issues arising in a legal context.

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    Criminal Law

    This module introduces you to the general principles of criminal law and the essential elements of criminal liability in England & Wales. You will learn how to work with criminal rules through the study of some key offence and defence definitions. You will also acquire the practical skills necessary to apply the criminal law and to evaluate its scope. Criminal law is a core module if you are on the LLB Law programmes.

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    European Union Law

    You will acquire an in-depth understanding of how European Union law has developed through the unique procedures of the key institutions and the role of the European Court of Justice. You will also explore the substantive law of the EU through an analysis of the free movement of goods.

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    Equity and Trusts

    This module aims to introduce you to the basic principles and remedies of Equity and the law of trusts. It aims to consolidate skills of legal reasoning, in particular, to offer supervised practice in case analysis and problem solving. It encourages you to reflect upon the continued evolution of the law of Equity and trusts.

    Optional Modules
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    Clinical Legal Education

    This module will develop your practical legal skills and knowledge, as well as preparing you for the workplace, and/or any legal vocational courses.  As part of this module, you will undertake simulated activities to mirror what happens in practice, such as client interviews, advising clients, and drafting legal documents.  You will engage in the Law Clinic’s Information Leaflet project, and draft your own leaflets on topical legal issues, with a view to publishing these for the local community. You will gain knowledge of how a typical law practice runs. Finally, this module will provide you with an opportunity to gain invaluable experiential, reflective and ethical learning, as recommended by the relevant professional statutory regulatory bodies for the legal profession.

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    Company Law

    To provide you with an in-depth and, on some aspects, a critical understanding of some of the major topics in Company Law; to develop an ability to analyse problems of some complexity and to apply principles to their solution.

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    Family Law

    This module will provide you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of family law. This will be done through an examination of the law and the socio-legal and debates in and around the family.
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    Client Practice

    This is a practical course that introduces you to a range of procedural and practical issues dealt with by lawyers. It includes examination of some of the more specialist areas of professional advisory work. The module aims to equip you with the necessary skills for effective practice in the selected areas. This module develops a wide range of range of skills and is particularly useful for those of you wishing to go into practice as lawyers or paralegals but the skills developed are highly transferable and will be very useful and attractive in a wide range of careers. This module may be taken with Civil & Criminal Litigation by students wishing to obtain the National Association of Licensed Paralegal's Higher Diploma in Paralegal Practice (available only to LLB students).

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    Civil & Criminal Litigation

    This is a practical course that introduces you to a range of procedural and practical issues dealt with by lawyers. It includes examination of some of the more specialist areas of professional advisory work. We equip you with the necessary skills for effective practice in the selected areas. We develop a wide range of range of skills and this is particularly useful for you if you wish to go into practice as lawyers or paralegals, but the skills developed are highly transferable and will be very useful and attractive in a wide range of careers. This module may also be taken with Client Practice by those of you wishing to complete the National Association of Licensed Paralegal's Higher Diploma in Paralegal Practice (available to LLB students only).

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    Evidence

    This module will develop your knowledge and practical skills in the law of evidence. The main focus in this module will be on ‘criminal’ evidence. As part of this module, you will undertake practical drafting activities through the submission of (practice)skeleton arguments on the various substantive areas of law covered in this module. In addition, you will engage in advocacy training with a view to presenting your legal submissions at a hearing before a jury trial takes place, for example, to argue about the admissibility of evidence. The hearing on the voir dire, or ‘trial within a trial’, is the procedure whereby the court determines disputed preliminary facts. As a result, this module will enable you to develop the skills to effectively argue (both in writing and verbally) in a formal court setting. For students wishing to qualify for the Nigerian Bar course, this module must be taken in combination with Commercial Law.

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    Commercial Law

    To provide you with a critical understanding of the types of commercial transactions and of their regulation by law; the nature of personal property and its transfer; Agency in commercial transactions.

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    Banking Law

    To introduce you to the regulatory and private law aspects of banks and banking including both commercial banks and investment banks, as well as financial conglomerates (or complex groups) made up of banking, securities and insurance firms. Banks are among the most important financial institutions within any economy, nationally and internationally. This module examines basic aspects of law concerning the structure, operation and function of banks. The module is also taught on a comparative basis with reference to significant international standards as well as European and other national country models including in frontier markets in Africa and Asia. It is as such, not an exclusively UK module.

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    Consumer Law

    Consumer Law builds on your knowledge of contract and tort law by considering the way the civil law operates to protect the consumer of goods and services. The focus is on everyday consumer problems,including faulty goods, disastrous holidays, mis-selling, and unsafe goods. You will examine rights and remedies provided by extensive case law and modern legislation together with enforcement methods such as the small claims court, ombudsmen schemes and arbitration. A practical approach is adopted throughout so you will develop the knowledge and skills required to advise and represent a client in a typical consumer dispute.

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    Employment Law

    This course will examine the nature and detail of current individual employment law, set within an historical, political and economic context. The course is intended to give you a sound practical and theoretical grasp of the key issues and concepts in British and European employment law.

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    Corporate Governance & Ethics

    • To investigate the origins of modern corporations.
    • To establish your knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary economic globalisation, examining the most relevant issues related to trade, investment, and migration.
    • To establish your knowledge and critical understanding of the basic financial crime offences and examine the most relevant legal issues related to the perpetration of fraudulent and corrupt practices within the corporate world.
    • To introduce you to ethics, analysing some of the questions raised in moral philosophy and discuss the potential relationship between law, morality, and religion.
    • To examine the most relevant ethical issues from a perspective that is both internal and external to business.
    • To understand the concept of corporate social responsibility and distinguish between voluntary and legally binding corporate social responsibility solutions.
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    Human Rights & Equality

    This module aims to further examine the law in the area of equality and human rights. You will explore the debates and complexities around the concepts of equality and human rights through an analysis of legal frameworks and comparative materials.

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    Law & Medical Ethics

    The module allows you to analyse familiar principles of law, such as tort and crime, as they apply in a new and specific area, that of medical law and to develop your knowledge of legal and ethical issues arising out of medicine and health care. It will also give many your first taste of philosophy and ethics.

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    Sports Law

    The module is designed to examine the impact of law on sports by a study of the legal regulation of sport and of legal aspects of sport as a commercial and cultural phenomenon. You are expected to engage in a critical analysis of legal issues raised.

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    Law Project

    The purpose of the Project option is to offer you a space in which you may initiate and follow an in-depth academic inquiry, without a structured programme. If you enjoy thinking and working on your own and writing/rewriting essays this is suitable for you. You will have the opportunity to develop organisational and research skills by undertaking a piece of work of your own choice, which must be organised, researched and completed as a written project. You also need to be able to work well with a supervisor (a member of the Law School staff).

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    Intellectual Property Law

    The aim of this module is to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of intellectual property (IP) which is a rapidly expanding area of private practice closely connected to the knowledge-based economy. You will discover how IP is shaping the current economic and political order both domestically and globally. You will be introduced to the rationale of IP and the influence that is exercised by external systems (e.g. International Economic Law). Your focus will be on the laws of copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, passing off and breach of confidence, and the available remedies. In this highly specialist module you will be introduced to this increasingly important area of law which has its own rules and procedures.

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    Property Law in Practice

    This module is concerned with conveyancing practice and key principles of landlord and tenant law in England and Wales. You will examine the process for the acquisition of land in detail, as well as the nature of the relationship between landlord and tenant. Planning law and property taxation will be considered in this context. As part of this module, you will be introduced to codes and legal protocols that govern the work of property professionals, together with forms and documentation that are used in practice.

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    Brexit and EU-UK Free Movement of People

    You will examine the emerging legal framework governing movement of people between the UK and the EU and juxtapose it to EU law on free movement of people. You will therefore focus on the EU Settlement Scheme, the extent to which it secures 'acquired rights', and its possible pitfalls. You will also consider the emerging common legal frameworks on short-term visits and economic migration between the UK and the EU based on reciprocity, and how these overcome current divergences between the UK and the EU own models. This module will therefore equip you with expertise in an emerging field of law which is likely to generate a plethora of legal questions. You will be encouraged to evaluate the law and to apply the law to the resolution of problems. You will also be prompted to reflect on the intersection between law, politics and society.

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    Law, Community & the City

    This module is designed to introduce you to urban law and the legal challenges facing cities and metropolitan areas. It will provide you with an understanding of key aspects of urban theory and the research methodologies that allow lawyers to investigate the role of law in the city. It will further address how the sharing economy operates in an urban environment, looking at AirBnB, Deliveroo and Uber. Housing law, planning policy and street trading will be considered. As part of this module, you will be asked to complete an essay of their choice on urban law with support from members of the teaching team.

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    Youth Justice: Law, Policy and Practice

    In this module you will analyse the laws relating to young offenders and the operation of the youth justice system in England and Wales. You will examine issues of politics and policy, the development of laws and its application to the criminal justice processes that apply to children and young people aged 10-17. As the peak ages of offending for both males and females is in their teenage years, it is vital for criminal justice practitioners to develop knowledge and skills within this area of practice. This module will assist those of you intending to make careers within the criminal legal field, as well as those who are interested in careers in youth justice, probation/offender management, the prison service, social work, research or local authority crime prevention/ASBAT teams. It is also useful for those of you who are interested in criminal justice processes as they apply to young people. You will develop both knowledge and skills in this field by learning how theory might inform the development of laws and procedures, alongside practical skills related to case studies and the drafting of pre-sentence reports.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Teaching methods vary throughout the course but you'll find them all stimulating and challenging. You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and individual supervision, supported by digital materials, notes and handbooks.

You'll also have the chance to learn through moots and mock trials in our own chambers.

You'll be expected to carry out your own independent study to build on your learning, ensuring you develop valuable research skills and get out of the course what you put in. Our lecturers have strong links with the legal profession, so you'll also have plenty of opportunities to learn outside of the lecture theatre and seminar room. If you play an active role throughout the course, joining in with debates and attending guest talks, conferences and events, you'll reap the rewards.

Many of our students take the chance to help local people with real legal problems in our Legal Advice Centre, where practicing solicitors give up their time to supervise and support you. This much-admired law clinic is a shining example of civic engagement in action – taking learning out of the classroom and, at the same, making a real difference to society. It's highly popular with our students and the public, and the experience will give you a taste of what being a legal professional is all about.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

We'll assess you with a 50-50 mix of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, a reflective diary, oral presentations, practical exercises and answering hypothetical problem questions. Throughout the course you'll be given plenty of feedback to help you improve.

If you choose the final-year project option, you'll conduct independent research on a legal topic of your choice and complete a 7,500-word dissertation.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

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WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Anil Balan

As programme leader for LLB (Hons) Law, Anil is responsible for overseeing the academic quality and development of the LLB degree.

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What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

I love law and my time at the University was really positive and has opened up new horizons – one of them being a place on the prestigious Civil Service Fast Stream graduate scheme.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Our law course equips you with skills and knowledge that are in high demand from employers in a variety of fields.

Many of our students go on to enjoy successful careers as lawyers after completing their legal studies through the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and obtaining a training contract with a law firm.

Others become barristers, going on to take the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and then obtaining Pupillage in barristers' chambers. This can lead to a tenancy as a self-employed barrister, or you can practise as an employed barrister.

Whether or not you decide to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister, you'll learn skills and develop qualities that appeal to employers in a variety of sectors. These include valuable communication skills such as writing, speaking and presenting, and the ability to analyse and evaluate information.
Other career options include:

  •   General management roles in the private or voluntary sectors, e.g. in finance, insurance, media or education.
  •   Public administration, e.g. in local government housing, planning or legal departments.
  •   Paralegal or legal executive work in a variety of sectors.

Some students move on to postgraduate study or enter other fields such as teaching or journalism.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.