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Law with Business Law - LLB (Hons)

Course Overview

The essential course information

UCAS Code:
M1MG
Award:
LLB (Hons)
Attendance:
  • Full Time (3 years)
  • Part Time (4 years)
School:
School of Law
Campus:
City Centre (from 2015)

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Our LLB is universally recognised for its academic rigour and innovative teaching. All of our LLB programmes are qualifying law degrees, accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, and satisfy the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister. Choose a general LLB (Hons) Law route or a specialist route from: Law with American Legal Studies, Law with Business Law or Law with Criminology.

Strategic partnerships with respected firms such as Squire Sanders LLP ensure our courses are professionally relevant for today’s legal practice.

What's covered in the course?

You are required to study a number of core modules as part of all our LLB programmes: Skills, Processes and Scholarship; Criminal Law; Law of Contract; Law of Tort; Professional Practice; Land Law; Law of the European Union; Equity and Trusts; and Public Law and Civil Rights. These core modules include those subject areas required by the Joint Academic Stage Board for a qualifying law degree.

The general LLB (Hons) Law course allows you to choose any combination of option modules. An indicative list of our optional modules is: American Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Intellectual Property Law, Employment Law and Practice, Family Law, Legal Advice and Representation Unit (LARU), and American Legal Studies Dissertation.

You can also follow a specialised LLB course: LLB (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies, LLB (Hons) Law with Business Law or LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology.

“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 court rooms and an e-learning suite.
  • Our comprehensive law library and ‘open door’ policy of lecturers gives you ample access to information, experience and insight.
  • Employability is embedded within the course with compulsory skills modules in the first and second year.
  • The course offers opportunities to partake in clinical legal education through the Legal Advice and Representation Unit or the American Legal Practice module.
  • The School’s Centre for American Legal Studies (CALS) 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, American university law schools and a range of other law projects.
  • We boast a thriving mooting society, which regularly achieves national success.
  • The School has strong professional links with Birmingham Law Society (the UK’s largest Law Society outside London), and the four Inns of Court, especially Lincoln’s Inn and Temple Inn.
  • All first-year students receive free student membership with the Birmingham Law Society.
  • The course has a regular programme of visiting speakers from the profession as part of a developed careers programme.

Download the Course Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

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

Typical UK QualificationRequirements 2014/15

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

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 (IB) 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.

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.

Unconditional Offers 2014/15

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2014/15 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.

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Typical EU/Non-EU (International) QualificationsRequirements 2014/15
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 26 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

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

Learn more about BCUIC

India - 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.

Overseas Qualifications

We welcome applications from international students with qualifications which are deemed equivalent to one of the above. For example:

Bangladesh - 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

India - 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)

Pakistan - completion of Bachelor of Arts/Commerce (Pass)

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

AND

IELTS 6.0, or equivalent.

India - 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.

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

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:

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

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

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

How to Apply

Full Time: Apply through UCAS.
UCAS Code: M1MG.
Apply via UCAS

Part-time: Applications for part-time undergraduate courses should be made direct to the school.
Application form for part-time undergraduate courses

Non-EU (International) students:. There are three ways for international students to apply: direct to the University, through a country representative or through UCAS. Please read our guidance on how to apply.

UCAS Information

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

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

You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.

You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 3 years LLB (Hons) £9,000 per year
Sep 2014 PT 4 years LLB (Hons) £1,025 per 15-credit module
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 3 years LLB (Hons) £11,500 per year

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

If you wish to undertake the American Legal Placement or Legal Advice and Representation optional modules you will be required to pay all costs incurred in undertaking the placement. You will be required to purchase one core textbook per module and possibly a textbook on case materials or a statute book if recommended.

Financial Options and Advice

We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.

Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis offers key facts on fees, loans and grants:

Financial Support

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

International Students

International Students at BCU

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 reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

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 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

Open Days

Saturday 15 November 2014 (9am - 3pm)

Our Open Days provide you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer. Registration is now open

You can learn more about our courses, great teaching and links with leading employers - as well as our £260 million investment in facilities.

There is a non-stop programme of events and activities running throughout the day, so we recommend that you arrive at 9am to ensure you get the most out of the day.

Who is it for?

The day will cover all levels of study but is predominantly for undergraduate courses.

15 November Open Day

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

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, while others pursue other law related careers both in private or public sector organisations. Others use the skills they have developed to go into areas such as journalism, insurance and accountancy.

Law courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to a recent article in the Telegraph, with 88.6 per cent of graduates nationwide going into work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees.

Qualifying as a Solicitor or Barrister of England and Wales

Solicitors provide clients with legal advice often during times of extreme stress such as arrest, divorce, moving house or bereavement. They also represent clients in corporate or commercial transactions. As a solicitor, you may work in a firm with other solicitors or set up your own practice, or you might work in central or local government, an in-house legal department, the Crown Prosecution Service or the magistrates’ courts.

Barristers are specialists in advocacy - the act of presenting cases in court under instruction from a solicitor or another designated professional. Typically, the duties of a barrister may include preparing briefs (cases) for court, presenting arguments in court, examining and cross examining witnesses and preparing legal documents. Most barristers work on a self-employed basis, from chambers, although an increasing number work in private and public organisations.

To qualify as either a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales, you must first of all complete either an LLB or GDL/CPE from a university in England and Wales.

If you wish to qualify as a solicitor, after completing the LLB or GDL/CPE you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Once you have completed the LPC, you must complete a two-year training contract with a firm of solicitors. You will be qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales upon completion of the two-year training contract.

If you wish to qualify as a barrister, after completing the LLB or GDL/CPE you will need to complete the Bar Professional Training Course (prior to September 2010 this was known as the Bar Vocational Course). You are “called to the Bar” once you complete the Bar Professional Training Course and are then entitled, without further training, to use the title Barrister of England and Wales. However, if you wish to practise in England and Wales you must also complete a one-year pupillage with a barristers’ chamber.

LLB (Hons) or GDL/CPE
Legal Practice Course Bar Professional Training Course (previously the Bar Vocational Course)
Two year training contract within a solicitors’ legal practice Qualified as a Barrister of England and Wales
Qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales One year pupillage within a Barristers’ Chambers
Qualified as a practising Barrister of England and Wales

Figure: Routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister within England and Wales

Qualification as an Overseas Lawyer

Many of our international students join the School of Law with the intention of practising law, normally in their home country.

Our LLB is recognised by many overseas legal professional bodies, particularly in Commonwealth countries, and we are very proud to be one of a select number of UK universities whose LLB is recognised by the Bar Council of India.

If you intend to practise in your home country, you should contact your local Law Society or Bar Council to ensure the LLB is recognised. The majority will require you to undertake additional training after graduation before being authorised to practise law.

Some overseas Law Societies and Bar Councils will offer exemptions from all or part of their own training requirements if you qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales. For example, the Malaysian Bar recognises both solicitors and barristers of England and Wales – to be authorised as a solicitor and advocate of Malaysia you would have to complete a pupillage in Malaysia.

Further Studies

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

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About KIS data

From September 2012, all universities and colleges are publishing standardised information for all undergraduate courses in the form of a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS data is designed to meet the needs of prospective students and allow for informed decision-making when choosing a university course.

Putting our students first

We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.

Employability facts

82.4 per cent of graduates from the School of Law who responded to our 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.

Working with your Students’ Union

Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.

The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.

As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.

Course Structure

In addition to the traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops, our LLB incorporates a range of exciting eLearning activities to enhance your overall learning experience.

Learn alongside an outstanding team of professional staff with extensive practice experience – an open door policy gives you the expert support you need.

Our LLB will expose you to a practical real-world application of the law.

Eminent guests speakers have included Michael Edwards, a US attorney well known for his pioneering work in legal reform.

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

Active student-led Legal and Mooting Societies

Our students successfully enter mooting teams in a variety of prestigious national mooting competitions including the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting, Oxford University Press, English Speaking Union and the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Competition. In the past eight years, they have reached five finals of national mooting competitions and have beaten eight of the elite Russell Group of universities. They organise a range of internal mooting and social activities throughout the academic year including the School of Law Internal Mooting Competition which is sponsored by LexisNexis Butterworths.

Our LLB is taught by an outstanding team of professional staff with extensive practice experience giving you all the support you need. We place our students at the centre of everything we do.

Professional Body Recognition

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.

Course Modules

Core Modules

You are required to complete the following core modules:

Level 4 (Year 1)
Law of Tort Law of Contract Criminal Law Skills, Processes and Scholarship
Level 5 (Year 2)
Public Law and Civil Rights Land Law Professional Skills and Practice Option
Level 6 (Year 3)
Law of the European Union Equity and Trusts Option Option
Option Modules

The LLB (Hons) Law with Business Law is a specialised course, and therefore your range of option modules will be more limited. You must complete the following option modules:

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law and Practice

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

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a combination of examinations, coursework and oral and written presentations.

Oliver Woodhouse

Oliver Woodhouse is looking forward to starting a training contract with a Birmingham law firm after completing his Law degree – and he believes his involvement in University activities and societies helped him secure the exciting opportunity.

I chose to study Law at Birmingham City University as I liked what the course had to offer; the staff were enthusiastic and seemed to want to help students as much as possible. The University provides a wealth of different activities including opportunities to get involved in mentoring schemes to meet professionals and expand your own network.

My involvement with the course's Mooting Society has granted me many great opportunities including success in internal and external competitions, appearances on BBC television interviews and ample opportunities to network with professionals. These successes along with continued involvement with the Law School resulted in me receiving a Certificate of Excellence from the Head of School. I also started a new BCU Rock Society and have been a DJ at the University's student radio station.

I have secured a training contract to commence September 2015 with Gateley LLP in Birmingham; I was successful in gaining this position after I took part in a Summer Vacation Scheme. This is exactly the career path I wanted to take and so I am very happy with my current position.

Luke Browning

After completing his Law degree, Luke Browning is hoping to combine his life-long passions for sport and charity work and become a Solicitor specialising in the areas.

The main factors that attracted me to the LLB Law degree at Birmingham City University were primarily the focus on employability and the recognition from the University that a degree alone is not enough to get a job. The University also gives students the rare and unique opportunity to undertake legal placements in the UK or the USA.

The work load for the LLB Law degree is challenging, but there is always a tutor on hand to help, and there is always enough time to carry out independent study. There is a real sense of belonging which can be seen throughout the student body.

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 learnt throughout my degree into practice. I was also nominated for the Deans Award for the 'Award for Students who act as an Excellent Representative for the Faculty to the Outside World' category.

Emma Noble

University life has given Emma Noble the confidence to pursue her goals and the launch pad for a successful future legal career.

I came to Birmingham City University through Clearing. While I had got into my first choice University, I felt that it would be better for me to stay near to home. Birmingham City University offers a fantastic LLB programme and I was able to study near home while being close to the country's second city - it was an obvious choice.

The course is exceeding my expectations by a mile. I really like that I am challenged and that the work that I do has relevance in society. I also really like that so many of my skills are being improved and I am learning so much more than I had expected. It is not all about reading and writing well, but about public speaking, debating, reasoning and coming to a well- rounded conclusion.

During the summer of 2013, I completed a vacation scheme placement with Mills and Reeve. Over the fortnight, I sat in four different departments and in each of them, helped with the day-to-day work of solicitors and partners. This placement has proved very beneficial as I have now secured a training contract to commence in 2015.

Emma won the Undergraduate Student of the Year prize at the University's Extra Mile Awards 2013/14.

Kirat Raj Singh

Graduated in 2012

Kirat Raj Singh was the first Sikh elected to join the National Union of Students National Executive Council and he writes for Huffington Post. He has just begun work as a Regional Campaign organiser for the Labour Party.

I chose Birmingham City University as it was a local university, with a good reputation for its law school. The University also had a strong Students' Union presence with a lot of extra-curricular activities available.

I visited the University on an open day and was impressed with the mock courtroom and the achievements of the Mooting Society. The lecturers really seemed to encourage students to get the most out of their studies by joining in with other aspects of the law school such as the placements available in America.

The interactive sessions revolving around careers were definitely a highlight. They helped students understand the different routes available with our degrees. Also the internal mooting competitions helped us gain confidence in presentation skills.

My studies and particularly my module choices have helped broaden my horizons and look at how my degree could be used other than for a Law career. I enjoyed the political aspect of my studies and therefore pursued a career in politics.

Our Facilities

Video-Equipped Mock Courtrooms

Our impressive learning and teaching 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 principally by Legal Practice Course (LPC) students.

Virtual Solicitors' Office

We have an exciting and developing eLearning component to supplement the delivery of all our courses. This includes a Virtual Solicitors’ Office which has been developed by our law academics. Our eLearning activities will enhance your overall learning experience.

ELearning Resource Centre

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.

Law Library

Throughout your studies you will have access to our traditional on-campus law library and our comprehensive online law library (which can be accessed over the internet, on-campus or off-campus).

Enquiries

Prospective students from the UK or EU
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from non-EU countries
  • International enquirers from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 6714.

Prospectus

For an overview of our undergraduate courses and a range of other information order a printed Prospectus or download a PDF of our Prospectus (16Mb).