Law LLB (Hons)

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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. This is a Qualifying Law Degree recognised by the Law Society of England and Wales and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 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.

You can stay on to complete our innovative LLM Legal Practice (LPC), can opt to sit the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination that will be introduced from 2020, or could decide to take a Bar Professional Training Course.

Why us?

  • ‘Internationally excellent' research in Law according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • 100% of our LLB (Hons) Law graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • 86.4% of our LLB (Hons) Law graduates are in graduate-level employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Extra-curricular activities such as mooting, debating and client interviewing
  • At Sunderland Law School, you will be taught by experts in a friendly and supportive environment
  • 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
  • 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

You’ll be taught by passionate academics who produce ‘internationally excellent’ research. 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.

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)

 

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

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules

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

Optional modules (choose two)

  • Business Law (30 credits)
  • Law in Society (30 credits)
  • Civil Litigation (30 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

  • Dissertation or Legal Theory (20 credits)


Optional modules (Choose modules to total 100 credits)

Sunderland Student Law Clinic (40 credits)

Industrial Disease and Personal Injury Law (20 credits)

Sunderland Student Law Clinic (Half Option)

Law Research Dissertation (20 credits)

Succession (20 credits)

Law in Society (20 credits)

Medical Law (20 credits)

Organized Crime and Terrorism (20 credits)

Legal Theory (20 credits)

Sports Law (20 credits)

Commercial Law (20 credits)

Family Law (20 credits)

Coroners' Law (20 credits)

Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)

LLM Legal Practice (Optional Course):

Following completion of the LLB degree, you can progress to the LLM Legal Practice which is focussed on helping you secure a training contract or your first legal job. The course includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) which is the qualification required to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Read more about LLM Legal Practice

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

54.912052,-1.374524

  • 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.

  • 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

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 3.0 or above from High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade - SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement


If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at admissions@sunderland.ac.uk for further advice.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,750 if you are an international student

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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Students graduating at the Stadium of Light

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, include, 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.

  • The lecturers on the LLB course are first class, and only ever an email away when you need them.
    Amy Orange

    Amy Orange

  • 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

Meet our academics

Ashley Jane Lowerson

Lecturer in Law

David Sixsmith

Lecturer in Law

Fiona Cartwright

Lecturer and Solicitor

Roiya Hodgson

Academic Tutor

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