Law with American Legal Studies - LLB (Hons)

UCAS Code:
M130 (Part-time apply direct to the University)
Attendance:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years), Part Time
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

The LLB (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies programme provides a practice-based education in English law, with a selection of modules focusing on the law of the United States.

Our course is delivered by a team of internationally-recognised researchers and former professional practitioners, and also offers you the chance to apply to undertake an internship in the USA, gaining valuable international work experience.

Whether you are aiming for a career in professional legal practice, or want to gain key transferrable skills, this course provides comprehensive coverage of both the foundations of legal knowledge and skills that can be used in other disciplines, such as critical thinking, negotiation and analysis.

What's covered in the course?

The School of Law aims to engender a strong sense of the School’s core values in its students. These values include professional practice, access to justice, and corporate, social and legal responsibility. We aim to enable you to develop a critical awareness of the role of law in influencing social change, as well as individual and corporate behaviour. We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in issues of fairness, equality and access to justice.

The programme satisfies the first part of the academic stage of qualification required to become a solicitor or barrister.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our location in the centre of Birmingham  means we boast a number of industry contacts, allowing for collaborations with external partners, guest speakers and valuable work placements.
  • You will have the chance to join our nationally-recognised Mooting Society, as well as our Student Law Society and Student Debating Society. All three provide extracurricular opportunities for you to practise, develop and enhance your skills.
  • Our renowned American Legal Practice module offers you the chance to apply to undertake an internship in the United States.
  • You will be taught by academics with relevant experience in American law, including the death penalty, wrongful convictions and equal protection.
  • Our School of Law includes the Centre for American Legal Studies, a centre of excellence for the study of the law of the USA.
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.

This course is open to International students

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Our LLB (Hons) Law degrees have Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) status as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board through the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB).

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects

Or

BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points

Plus

GCSE GCSE English Language grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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QualificationGradeRequirements
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Literacy Pass Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass English. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) BBBB Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scotland
Scottish Intermediate 2 C. English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Credit Standard Grade 2. Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Exemptions

Our LLB has a very flexible structure which enables us to admit you onto the LLB with maximum possible exemptions. Graduates of any discipline are exempted from one year of the LLB, enabling you to complete the course in two years (full-time).

Full exemptions for modules completed on an English LLB (including London International (External) LLB and Northumbria LLB)

One year exemption for completion of a degree (any subject) provided the degree is equivalent to a UK bachelor degree, for example:

Bangladesh - one year exemption for completion of a four-year bachelor degree (any subject) average 50 per cent from a Bangladesh public university or average 55 per cent from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC

Bangladesh - one year exemption for completion of a minimum of two years of an LLB average 50 per cent from a Bangladesh public university or average 60 per cent from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC

Pakistan - one year exemption for completion of a four-year bachelor degree (professional subjects) average 55 per cent

Sri Lanka - one year exemption for completion of a four-year degree (any subject) average 55 per cent

Up to one year exemption for partial completion of an overseas LLB, for example:

Sri Lanka - one year exemption for completion of a minimum of two years of a professional degree in law average 50 per cent

See the International Section of the School of Law's website for more information.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS
PT TBC £1,542 per 20-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

The cost of the optional internship in the USA varies considerably depending on location and schedule, but we advise that you would need to budget £2,000-5,000 for this.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

Law of Contract: Fundamental Concepts & Creating Contracts
20 credits

This module involves analysis of cases and judicial opinion.

Criminal Law: Fundamental Concepts & Crimes Against Persons
20 credits

This modules involves analysis of criminal statute and case law.

Law of Tort: Fundamental Concepts, Trespass to the Person and Negligence
20 credits

This module looks at how tort law governs relationships between individuals and as an element of social responsibility and risk apportionment.

Law of Contract: Breach, Remedies & Advocacy
20 credits

You will be involved in a moot in a fictitious contract litigation scenario.

Criminal Law: Process, Property Crimes & Problem Solving
20 credits

Application of the criminal law and solving criminal problems.

Law of Tort: Property, Reputation and Privacy
20 credits

This modules looks at the operation of precedent and statutory provisions in assessing tortious liability and application to authentic scenarios.

Year Two

Constitutional and Administrative Law (Core Module)
20 credits

You will analyse sources of UK constitutional law, constitutional institutions and key constitutional principles. You’ll learn to critically analyse the role of UK constitutional institutions in the legislative process. 

Land Law (Core Module)
20 credits

This module will teach you to analyse and exam the legal and equitable principles governing property rights in England and Wales. 

Professional Skills and Practice (Core Module)
20 credits

On this module, you will develop your personal initiative and employability skills, whilst engaging in team work and advocacy.

Federalism and the US Constitution (American Legal Studies Pathway Module)
20 credits

You will learn to critically analyse how the Constitution distributes power between the national and state governments. Assessment will be carried out through a moot courtroom activity.

The Individual and the US Constitution (American Legal Studies Pathway Module)
20 credits

You will analyse how the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment place significant limitations on state and federal legislative competence and/or freedom of executive action.

Option Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each. You will select one to study:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law
  • Housing Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • International Human Rights
  • Social Welfare Law 

Final Year

Equity and the Law of Trusts (Core Module)
20 credits

You will create a presentation within a group trustee board meeting, demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the key principles, rules and concepts in equity and the law of trusts. 

Law of the European Union (Core Module)
20 credits

You’ll learn to demonstrate a knowledge of the relevant constitutional rules of the European Law. Assessment will be delivered through an examination. 

American Criminal Procedure and Evidence (American Legal Studies Pathway Module)
20 credits

In this module, you will critically analyse due process protection issues under the US Constitution in problem scenarios involving criminal liability.

America and International Legal Issues (American Legal Studies Pathway Module)
20 credits

You will critically assess how the US interacts with the international community in specific areas of the law.

Your 40 credit module will be one of the two following options.

Integrated Project
40 credits

Delivered as an oral presentation and written project, you will self-manage your research, using a range of sources and data and applying them to a specific topic, project or organisation. Alternatively, you could undertake a placement, for example, in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau or similar environment.

American Legal Practice
40 credits

Prepare to apply for an internship in the USA by exploring issues in the US criminal justice system and developing key skills to be used in practice such as legal research, drafting and interviewing. This will be done in conjunction with our Centre for American Legal Studies.

Throughout the programme, you’ll be given the chance to practice a range of legal skills, including legal research, problem solving, advocacy and drafting, as well as a host of transferrable skills.

Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars, and we will also encourage you to use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will offer interactive, practice-orientated opportunities to test and apply your legal skills.

The programme offers a diverse range of assessments, which are practice-led and knowledge-applied, providing an opportunity for you to demonstrate your legal knowledge and employability skills. Your learning will include a range of activities, which will be influenced by professional practice, and assessments will be delivered through coursework, case summaries, courtroom moots and examinations.

The assessments you undertake have been devised to fit with the ethos of the programme and the way it is taught – it is based on authentic situations encountered in professional practice. The programme is also designed to allow you, regardless of which pathway you have chosen, to change after your first year so you can be sure the pathway meets your needs and aspirations.

There will be one point of final assessment for 20-credit modules, and a maximum of two points of final assessment for 40-credit modules (unless stated otherwise).

Joint Academic Stage Board

Our LLB is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. It is a Qualifying Law Degree, satisfying the academic stage of training if you are seeking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.

It is also recognised by the Bar Council of India. However, Bar Council of India recognition stipulates that the three-year LLB can only be taken by graduates e.g. BA, BSc, BCom, BBA (any subject). 

Many overseas legal professional bodies recognise our LLB, particularly in Commonwealth countries. If you intend to practise overseas, you should contact the local Law Society or Bar Council. The majority will require you to undertake additional training after graduating from our LLB before being authorised to practise law.

International Opportunities

Our American Legal Practice module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an internship in the United States, where you could gain work experience in a law office, innocence project or judge’s chambers. 

Further Study

Options for further study at our University include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC)
  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Human Rights
  • MPhil/PhD research degrees

Enhancing employability skills

Key employability skills are embedded within the learning and teaching, and we will provide you with additional careers development through our guest speakers, and pro bono and placement opportunities. The transferrable skills you learn will also give you the attributes needed to satisfy employers across a range of disciplines.

Our Student Law Society also provides you with the chance to interact and work with other students on legal pursuits, career enhancement and social activities, offering you support and helping you build your employability skills.

We also have our dedicated Careers Service, which provides a wide range of online and face-to-face services to help you develop your employability skills, plan your career and access the latest job opportunities. They will also help with you tailoring CVs, writing applications and interview techniques.

Placements

In your final year, you will have the chance to undertake a placement module with one of our partners. This will provide valuable, real-world experience, enhancing your learning in a workplace environment, and building up your networking and communication skills. While on placement, you will be assessed on your performance within the working environment, and will be encouraged to reflect on your development and progression.

In the past, students have enjoyed placements with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Firewalking

BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Chanae Humes

As a highly engaged student Chanae received recognition for her excellence by the Dean of the School of Law. She has undertaken a placement in New York, and is actively involved in many extra-curricular activities, enhancing her experience at Birmingham City University.

“I chose to study at Birmingham City University as the American Legal Practice module offered an American internship. Travelling to America during my academic studies has been one of my goals since a young age. Not many universities focus on American Law or offer international experience, which is what makes the University so unique.”

Belise Niringiyimana

“I am undergoing a placement with the Citizen's Advice Bureau as part of my third year module Legal Advice and Representation Unit (LARU). This will help me develop essential skills required in the legal field, maximising my employment opportunities.

I work as a Student Ambassador which involves working on Open Day events and HE fairs, and going to schools, delivering talks and presentations on higher education. This has contributed to building my confidence.

I truly appreciate the support given by staff at Birmingham City University; they are friendly, encouraging and always do their best to raise awareness of various opportunities available to students. I like the fact that the University always aims to enhance the student experience and values the student voice.”

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Professional Body Recognition

Our LLB is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. It is a Qualifying Law Degree, satisfying the academic stage of training if you are seeking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.

It is also recognised by the Bar Council of India. However, Bar Council of India recognition stipulates that the three-year LLB can only be taken by graduates e.g. BA, BSc, BCom, BBA (any subject). 

Many overseas legal professional bodies recognise our LLB, particularly in Commonwealth countries. If you intend to practise overseas, you should contact the local Law Society or Bar Council. The majority will require you to undertake additional training after graduating from our LLB before being authorised to practise law

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.

On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Jon Yorke

Professor Jon Yorke

Reader in Law; Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies

Jon Yorke is a Reader in Law in the School of Law and Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies. Jon's main interests include European Human Rights, English and European Medical Law, Capital Punishment, Legal Theory and Legal Research. 

Sarah Cooper

Dr Sarah Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Sarah Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of Mooting. Sarah leads Criminal Law on the LLB and carries out her research in the Centre for American Legal Studies. She co-teaches American Criminal Procedure and American Legal Practice.

Ian Fox-Williams

Ian Fox-Williams

Deputy Head of the School of Law

Ian Fox-Williams is the Deputy Head of the School of Law with responsibility for Research, International Partnerships and Enterprise. Ian manages the School's collaboration with international partners as well as leading on initiatives for income diversification.

Tracey Hough

LLB Programme Director

Tracey Hough is the LLB Programme Director. Her teaching areas are Land Law, Contract Law and ADR. She has experience in teaching and leading programmes both home and abroad, having taught at institutions in Mauritius and Hong Kong.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295