Law with Integrated Foundation Year LLB (Hons)

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This is a four-year version of our popular LLB (Hons) Law course, with an integrated foundation year. Help people and represent companies. Become a barrister or solicitor. Graduate and embark on a successful law career.

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Overview

This Law course will set you on track for a successful career in law and help you develop valuable skills employers look for, including commercial awareness, personal integrity and an ethical approach. During the course, you’ll study modules such as ‘Higher Education Skills and Competencies’, ‘Criminal Law and Procedure’, ‘Public Law and the Law of the European Union’ and ‘Practical Tort Law’

By the end of the course, you’ll have the intellectual tools and knowledge to tackle real-world issues within the legal sector or within legal departments of organisations.

Why us?

  • ‘Internationally excellent' research in Law – latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • 96.6% of our LLB Law students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students)
  • At Sunderland Law School, you will be taught by experts in a friendly and supportive environment
  • We are a University that is nationally recognised for supporting learners particularly from non-traditional backgrounds and many students come to us with no formal qualifications but with valuable work experience
  • Provides students with the opportunity to study a wide-range of option modules to suit their research interests and career aspirations
  • The Law Clinic provides the opportunity to apply legal knowledge in real-life cases
  • Extra-curricular activities such as mooting, debating and client interviewing
  • You can study our LL.B and continue to study our LL.M Legal Practice (LPC), meaning that you qualify with two distinct internationally recognised degrees

Course structure

A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop study skills and carry out independent legal research. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups. A number of modules incorporate court/tribunal visits, video presentations and visiting speakers.

As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include research assignments, case studies, problem questions, practical activities, reports and exams.

Foundation year 

The Social Sciences and Law Integrated Foundation Year includes four modules:

  • The Law and Society (40 credits)
  • Practical Numeracy Skills (20 credits)
  • Foundation Project Module (20 credits)
  • Succeeding at University and Beyond (40 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Legal Skills and Method (30 credits)
  • Practical Contract Law (30 credits)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (30 credits)
  • Public Law and the Law of the European Union (30 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules

  • Practical Tort Law (30 credits)
  • Property and Trusts Law (30 credits)

Optional modules (choose two)

  • Business Law (30 credits)
  • Law Placement Project (30 credits)
  • Family Law (30 credits)
  • Civil Litigation (30 credits)
  • Education Law (30 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

  • Dissertation or Legal Theory (20 credits)


Optional modules (Choose modules to total 100 credits)

  • Family Law (20 credits)
  • Law of Evidence and Criminal Practice (20 credits)
  • Succession (20 credits)
  • Medical Law (20 credits)
  • International Law (20 credits)
  • Organised Crime and Terrorism (20 credits)
  • International Trade Law (20 credits)
  • Commercial Law (20 credits)
  • Sports Law (20 credits)
  • Employment Law (20 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)
  • Coroners’ Law (20 credits)
  • Space Law (20 credits)
  • Industrial Disease and Personal Injury Law (20 credits)
  • Sunderland Student Law Clinic (40 credits)
  • Employment and Labour Law (20 credits)
  • Criminal Justice (20 credits)

The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
Sunderland,
SR6 0DD

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  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • Sunderland Student Law Clinic provides quality, free legal advice and assistance to local members of the public and start-up businesses. All work is carried out by students who are supervised by nine qualified solicitors with over 140 years experience between them. Students can choose to study in Sunderland Student Law Clinic in their final year of their undergraduate studies and all students studying to become a solicitor on our LLM Legal Practice LPC spend at least half a day each week in clinic, meaning that some of our students leave us with two years' live client work experience. Students can work voluntarily for work experience in Sunderland Student Law Clinic each summer, regardless of their stage of study.

    Law Clinic
  • The Law Library, which is located within the St Peter’s Library, offers an excellent selection of books. There is also a range of electronic sources of information such as Lexis and West Law. We’ll help you make the best use of all the resources that are available, with a series of sessions during the induction week and throughout your first year.

    Library Services - law
  • Our specially designed courtroom allows you to develop your advocacy skills and apply legal knowledge in a realistic environment. The mock court is also used for mooting competitions: our students compete nationally and if you make it through to the final of our mooting competition you may have the opportunity to compete at the Supreme Court in London.

    Mock courtroom

Facilities

You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

Entry requirements

The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.

Eligible entry qualifications:

1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
OR
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!

** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.

Fees and finance

The Foundation Year will be £4,000. For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250, but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the three years.

In addition, you will receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region, and you may be eligible for means-tested scholarships if you are from a low-income household.

Register with StudyPLUS and enjoy up to £200 worth of books and university study essentials.

If you are a full-time UK student you will be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.

Please note, this course is not available to international students.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Employment

A law degree provides you with the foundation subjects that are required for entry into the legal professions. But the understanding of legal implications and obligations, combined with the ability to combine this knowledge in practice, is valuable in many parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Employers from different sectors value the skills of clear thinking, logical argument and effective writing and sectors where a degree in law will be beneficial, including, property development, banking and finance, HR or Civil Services.

Sunderland Student Law Clinic

Sunderland Student Law Clinic provides quality, free legal advice and assistance to local members of the public and start-up businesses. All work is carried out by students who are supervised by 9 qualified solicitors with over 140 years experience between them. Students can choose to study in Sunderland Student Law Clinic in their final year of their undergraduate studies and all students studying to become a solicitor on our LLM Legal Practice LPC spend at least half a day each week in clinic, meaning that some of our students leave us with two years' live client work experience. Students can work voluntarily for work experience in Sunderland Student Law Clinic each summer, regardless of their stage of study.

Sunderland Student Law Clinic offers advice and assistance in relation to business matters, consumer disputes, civil disputes, crime and criminal appeals, housing, landlord and tenant, intellectual property, wills and probate and powers of attorney and court of protection work. In 2016/17 over 70 students assisted over 400 individual clients and provided 'streetlaw' presentations to business and community groups. It's not all hard work: each year there is a 'Great Clinic Bake Off', legal walk and charity quiz night to raise money for good causes and, as a reward for all our hard work, we have the office Christmas party-not to be missed!

 

Paralegals starting salaries can be between £12,000 and £20,000 a year, increasing up to £25,000 a year with a few years’ experience. With further experience and qualifications, this can rise to £40,000 a year or more. Salaries for qualified solicitors range from £25,000 to £70,000. Partners in large firms or heads of in-house legal departments can earn in excess of £100,000. Barristers can expect to earn between £73,000 and £210,000 a year (source: National Careers Service).

Guest speakers

Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already progressing in their legal careers. Examples of past speakers include graduates of our course who are undertaking their Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course and others who have now progressed to their training contract. It’s a useful way to broaden your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.

Practical experience

To enhance your experience of standing up in front of people and delivering a clear argument, we encourage competitions run by the Mooting and Debating Group. In Year 2 there is an optional ‘Mooting’ module. It includes an outdoor performance workshop at the coast to engage in activities around voice projection and the power of oral argument.

  • My mind was made up after being so enthused by the friendly vibe and modern feel to the campus.
    Gavin Teasdale, Law student

    Gavin Teasdale

  • The staff are not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also friendly and approachable.
    Matt Fotheringham, Law student

    Matthew Fotheringham

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