Law with Business Law - LLB (Hons)

UCAS Code:
M1MG
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Part Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2015

Places on this course are available through Clearing

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) is open. You can also contact us with your results on our web form.

This route is perfect if you wish to study for a law degree but are not sure of which area you wish to specialise in or if you would like to broaden your careers prospects in to the broader business world.

You’ll be exposed to a practical real-world application of the law, equipping you with the academic knowledge and key transferrable skills that are in demand by employers such as the top law firms. Combining the academic with the practical, you will have the opportunity to work on 'real' cases with 'real' clients using our links with law firms such as Wragge & Co and the Citizens Advice Bureau. Graduates from this course have gone on to work for Network Rail and BAE Systems.

What's covered in the course?

We combine the academic with the practical, as a student with us you will have the opportunity to work on 'real' cases with 'real' clients through our many professional partnerships with law firms such as Wragge and Co and local justice organisations. 

You will get a wide understanding across a range of legal areas, with core modules covering areas such as law of contract, criminal law and law of tort. These areas are required by the Joint Academic Stage Board for a qualifying law degree.

Other modules you study will be divided across the two years and include: Skills, Processes and Scholarship, Public Law and Civil Rights, Land Law, Law of the European Union and Equity and Trusts.

You can choose up to three extra modules in your second and third years including; commercial law, family law, international human rights law and American legal practice. Choosing the American Legal Practice modules will give you the opportunity to gain clinical legal experience.

“During my third year, I was lucky enough to take part in the Legal Advice and Representation Unit, in which I was placed in a legal charity, which allowed me to put what I had learned throughout my degree into practice. This gave me a real insight into what it was like to work within a legal office.” Luke Browning

Why Choose Us?

  • Our outstanding facilities include two mock courtrooms and an e-learning suite that can be used to bring study to life
  • Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in the country; our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities including Cambridge University. Two members of the Society are the current Web Legal national mooting champions.
  • The School’s Centre for American Legal Studies operates the UK’s largest US internship scheme, giving you the opportunity to gain practical experience in federal and state public defenders offices, private attorney offices and American university law schools.
  • We have strong professional links with the Birmingham Law Society (the UK’s largest Law Society outside London), the four Inns of Court, and respected firms such as Squire Sanders LLP.
  • All first-year students receive free student membership with the Birmingham Law Society.
  • A comprehensive law library and an outstanding team of staff with extensive practice experience including Professor Jon Yorke. This gives you ample access to information, experience and insight.
  • You will attend lectures by visiting speakers from the profession. A recent guest was Michael Edwards, a US attorney well known for his pioneering work in legal reform.
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This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Network Rail
  • Fusion People
  • BAE Systems

And in jobs such as:

  • Paralegal
  • Solicitor
  • Recruitment Consultant

Our LLB is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board of England and Wales.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2015

200 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) is open.

Alternative options

If you do not have 200 UCAS points, you may like to look at our HND Legal Studies.

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

UK students
Essential

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above at the point of application. These must include English Language.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2015/16
Batchelor's degree We accept graduates of any discipline. Graduates are also exempted from one year of the LLB, enabling you to complete the course in two years (full-time). See our 'exemptions' section.
GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from a maximum of 4 subjects (minimum of 2 at A2 Level or equivalent), excluding General Studies. Remaining points can be made up with a maximum of 2 AS Levels in different subjects.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits including 45 at Level 3, of which 18 Level 3 credits are at merit / distinction on a Law or related pathway. If you do not hold GCSE English at grade C or above, then credits must also include English at Level 2. Applicants will be interviewed.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. In related subjects only.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM. In related subjects only.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. In related subjects only.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 26 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 points including 4 Higher Level passes. Points will be taken from a maximum of 4 subjects.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 points from a maximum of 4 subjects.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
Equivalent to a UK Batchelor's degree We accept International graduates from any discipline with a degree equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree. You will also receive one year exemption for completion of an equivalent degree. See examples in our 'exemption' section.
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
India only
Standard 12th CBSE
Following changes to the English Language requirements introduced by the UKBA during 2011, we can now accept the Standard 12th CBSE with an average score of 65 per cent as being equivalent to IELTS 6.0. We may be able to accept Standard 12th Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and the CISCE - details will appear here.
India only Bar Council of India recognition stipulates that exemptions cannot be granted and the three-year LLB can only be taken by graduates e.g. BA, BSc, BCom, BBA (any subject) average 55 per cent (or average 50 per cent from a five-star university)
Bangladesh only Completion of one year of bachelor degree (any subject) average 50 per cent from a Bangladesh public university or average 60 per cent from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC
Bangladesh only Completion of one year of bachelor degree (any subject) average 50 per cent from a Bangladesh public university or average 60 per cent from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC
Pakistan only Completion of Bachelor of Arts / Commerce (Pass)
Sri Lanka only Completion of one year of a bachelor degree (any subject) average 55 per cent
AND
IELTS 6.0, or equivalent.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

 

Further information for international entry requirements can be found at Information for International Enquirers.

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
or
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

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 2015 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 4 years TBC

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £11,500 per year Apply via UCAS

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.

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.

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.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It 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.

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.

In addition to the traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops, our LLB incorporates a range of eLearning activities such as online case study exercises to enhance the learning experience and provide you with as much support as possible, both in the classroom and online.

Our approach to legal education is demonstrated by our very successful American/UK legal placement schemes and our active Student Mooting Society.

We actively encourage you to take part in the Mooting Society. Our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities. In the past 10 years, we have beaten eight of the elite Russell Group of universities.

The Legal Advice and Representation Unit option module is one example of practice-based learning, where you will have the opportunity to work in a local Citizens Advice Bureau or other provider of legal services. You will also have the opportunity to participate in an internship in the USA as part of our unique American Legal Practice option module.
Modules explained

Course breakdown

Year one

Law of Tort
Law of Contract
Criminal Law
Skills, Processes and Scholarship

Year two

Public Law and Civil Rights
Land Law
Professional Skills and Practice
Option module

Year three

Law of the European Union
Equity and Trusts
Option module

Option Modules

If you do not want to specialise, or if you prefer a greater freedom of option choice, you should elect to complete the general LLB (Hons) Law course. This will give you the flexibility to choose from any combination of option modules: two at Level 5 (Year 2) and two at Level 6 (Year 3).

You can also elect to follow one of our other specialised LLB courses (but this will limit your option choices):

  • LLB (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

As a graduate you will obtain a qualification that enables you to progress to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Please see the Postgraduate section. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website Options for further study at the University include:

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

Trips and visits

Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in England. Our students successfully enter mooting teams in a variety of prestigious national mooting competitions.

Find out more...

Student stories Katie Ferrier

Using her LLB (Hons) Law degree to shape a career in industry, Katie Ferrier is now playing her part in keeping Britain moving, overseeing all supplier engagement at Network Rail.

After leaving university, she landed her first job at BAE Systems when she was accepted on the commercial graduate scheme as a commercial and procurement officer. Following completion of the scheme, she went on to work for consultancy firm EC Harris, where she was seconded into Network Rail working on the West Coast Mainline upgrade project. Network Rail recruited her as a direct employee in 2005, and she has recently taken up a new post as Head of Supplier Engagement.

Enhancing your employability skills

A degree in law not only prepares you for a career in law, but equips you with a range of transferable skills that will enable you to enter a number of professions. Many of our graduates go on to become solicitors or barristers such as Regan Peggs who is now an Associate within a local law firm carrying out work with the Crown Court and High Court.

Jobs directly related to a law degree include: Barrister, Barrister's clerk, Chartered legal executive (in England and Wales), Licensed conveyancer and Solicitor. Others pursue law related careers both in private or public sector organisations such as The National Probation Service. Some students use the transferable skills they have developed to go into areas such as journalism, insurance and accountancy.

By working on live briefs you’ll learn how to generate a range of potential ideas and visual developments and apply this to the production of creative work. Our students have previously created ‘Designer Doorsteps’ at BBC Gardeners World Live and showcased their work at the Canada Stop Motion Festival.

82.4 per cent of graduates from the School of Law who responded to our KIS survey went into either employment and/or further study. Salaries for those entering full-time paid employment averaged £18,000. Employers hiring leavers from the School include Citizens Advice Bureau and The Legal Ombudsman, in positions such as Client Advisor and Legal Assessor.

Placements

The Law School’s Centre for American Legal Studies operates the UK’s largest student internship programme to the USA. The programme was established in 1994 and to date we have placed over 500 students in Federal and State Public Defender offices, private attorney offices, American University Law Schools, law projects and organisations across the USA, from New York City to West Texas and San Francisco.

Undergraduate placements last for between six and eight weeks, and count as a fully accredited part of the LLB degree.

American Internships 

Graduate - a day in the life 

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.

Mooting Society

We actively encourage you to take part in the Mooting Society. Our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

International Students

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:

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

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our law with business law course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

Moving to the Curzon Building

In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building.

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

Our teaching and learning facilities include two video-equipped mock courtrooms. You will use these courtrooms to gain experience of realistic legal scenarios and to develop your legal skills. We also have a mock legal office which is used by Legal Practice Course (LPC) students.

We have an exciting and developing eLearning section to supplement the delivery of all our courses. This includes a Virtual Solicitors’ Office which has been developed by our law academics.

In addition we have recently invested £18,000 in a state-of-the-art ELearning Resource Centre which includes laptops, flip cameras, voice recorders, headsets, webcams, a digital video recorder and a state-of-the-art Smartboard and electronic notepad. With features such as Skype Group Video Calling, the school will be able to keep in touch with students carrying out internships in the USA, allowing tutors to provide effective support while the students are abroad.

The Curzon Building will also feature:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which will be 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 recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

What do our students think?

"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."

English student Isaac will be moving into the building in September and had an exclusive tour of the new facilities.

Read Isaac's blog >>

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. His qualifications include an LL.B (Hons), LLM and a Ph.D (Warwick). He currently teaches the following courses: Medical Law; American Legal Practice; The Right to Life; and Advanced Legal Research Methods.

Jon's main interests include European Human Rights, English and European Medical Law, Capital Punishment, Legal Theory and Legal Research and he welcomes applications for doctoral research in these areas.

Jon's professional interests include:

  • Member, Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Death Penalty Expert Group, which is a sub-group of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Advisory Group on Human Rights
  • Member, the International Academic Network for the Abolition of the Death Penalty 
  • Advisor and lecturer in international law and the death penalty, the Death Penalty Internship Programme, Amicus, London.
  • Advisor on the death penalty to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the European Union, and the Council of Europe.

Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Reader in Criminology, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Elizabeth began her academic career at Aston University, where she completed a BSc in Politics and Sociology before going on to embark upon her PhD, which explored marginalised young women’s experiences of social policy. Upon completion of her PhD she worked as a Research Fellow at Aston, contributing to several research projects exploring society and social policy from a gendered perspective.

Following on from this, Elizabeth spent some time working in the private sector as a consultant, project managing a wide range of commissioned research for national and local clients including the British Red Cross, Alcohol Concern, Wolverhampton City PCT, Staffordshire County Council, Birmingham City Council, Wolverhampton City Council and Sandwell MBC.

Sarah Cooper

Senior Lecturer; Year 2 LLB Tutor and Director of Mooting

Sarah 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 – the Law School’s unique American Internship Programme.

Sarah is a barrister and Lord Denning Scholar of the Bar of England and Wales. Before joining the University she worked as a research assistant at the Community Relations Trust of Jersey, interned for a leading Arizona law firm and federal capital defence in California. She joined the University in 2009.

She has been a pro bono academic for Amicus since 2007. Since 2010, Sarah has been a Fellow at the Arizona Justice Project - a non-profit organisation that considers claims of "innocence" and "manifest injustice" from Arizona inmates - at Arizona State University. In that time, she has worked on multiple post-conviction relief and clemency petitions, grappling with issues surrounding forensic science, medical science, confessions and disproportionate sentencing. She spends time in the USA working on these issues every year.

In 2012, Sarah’s work was documented by Barry Siegel in his new non-fiction book, “Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers who Fought for his Freedom.” Sarah has published and presented her scholarship in Europe and the USA, and was recently shortlisted for Birmingham Law Society’s 2012 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award, and the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s Sydney Elland Justice Award. In 2014, she was shortlisted for the ‘Academic of the Year’ Extra Mile Award. Her research has been widely cited in America. Her first edited collection – Controversies in Innocence Cases in America – was highly praised by the Founders of the American Innocence Movement, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld.

Sarah in currently undertaking a LLM at the University of London and doctoral research into the doctrine of finality and post-conviction relief in America at Birmingham City University.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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