I have never felt so supported, understood and at ease in any other institution as I have within the Law School at Christ Church. All the lecturers are outstanding, and go above and beyond your expectations.

Rebecca, Law student

Overview

Study Law with us and join a challenging, vibrant and friendly community, led by an experienced team of academics, practitioners, solicitors, barristers and international lawyers.

Your Qualifying Law degree will enable you to progress to the vocational stage of lawyer’s training, to qualify as either a solicitor or barrister. This original and innovative course has been designed in consultation with senior managers to give you both a theoretical and practical experience. We are one of only a few universities across the country which offers a dual qualification: an LLB and Membership of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (provided you choose specific module options), which means you graduate with a GradNALP in addition to your LLB enjoying Paralegal status.

As part of your degree, you will have the option to get involved with practical justice including opportunities to shadow a local judge and experience live mediations from our in-house Mediation Clinic. Through our strong links with the local community, Citizens Advice, and local courts, you will have the opportunity to act as a Community Legal Companion for unrepresented parties at court. This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain hands-on work experience in a legal setting.

You will explore areas such as Criminal Law, Obligations, English Legal System and Constitutional, Commercial and Corporate Law, as well as Intellectual Property and Internet Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Human Rights and Medical Law.

Why study Law?

The legal profession is well respected and a career in this field is considered by many to be highly prestigious. It therefore requires professionals with excellent academic ability and a strong work ethic.

On our course you'll be challenged to develop both academically and professionally through a combination of theoretical learning and practical skills development. You'll learn in a supportive, collaborative and friendly community environment.

You'll develop a critical understanding of the main principles, themes and methods of law so that you:

  • Become a conscious legal professional.
  • Acquire and apply your critical mind to the evaluation and appreciation of contemporary socio-legal issues.
  • Experience practical learning as part of the legal education experience.

Throughout the course, you'll develop transferable skills that will be essential as you embark on your career in law. You'll build your confidence and abilities in communication, research, evaluation, critical judgement, time management, team working, and meeting tight deadlines. We'll also support you with specialist training in areas such as writing and advocacy skills, and we will help to prepare you for the next steps in your career, for example by doing one-to-one mock interview sessions.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 96-120 UCAS Tariff points including BBB at A2 Level, or equivalent.

More information about entry requirements.

96-120
UCAS Points

All about the course

This course will offer you the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board, to satisfy the academic component of professional training for students who wish to become a barrister.

In Year 1, you'll typically experience an interactive style of learning involving workbooks and computer-aided assessment as part of your fundamental grounding in legal methodology. 

As you progress to Years 2 and 3, you'll deepen your knowledge, hone your skills and work with increasing independence. You'll be able to select optional modules enabling you to focus on complex areas of law, which you'll study in depth.  

As part of the Intellectual Property Law module, you'll have the opportunity to visit the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.

As part of the European Law module, you'll have the opportunity to visit a number of international courts and institutions of the EU such as the European Court of Justice, the European Parliament, the International Criminal Court or the International Court of Justice in Strasbourg, The Hague and Brussels.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 10-14 contact hours per week. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.

A variety of strategies that aim to foster independent, critical learning will be used in different forms, varying from module to module.

Almost all modules have lectures, alongside discussions, student-led seminars, individual and group tutorials, moots, negotiations role plays. You will also have the opportunity to attend trips to law courts both in the UK and internationally.

You will have access to the virtual learning environment known as Blackboard, where you will find all the resources and guides to help with you with your learning.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

Your overall workload typically consists of 10-14 contact hours per week depending on the module options you choose. You will undertake 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity per week. In addition, there will be field trips and practical work involved.

For each 20 credit module, your study time should be at least 10 hours a week.

The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics who have a range of expertise and experience.

The majority of the team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications and they are research-active with experience in delivering research-informed teaching. Staff members have led on research projects with the assistance of undergraduate students in areas including alternative dispute resolution, corporate law and international investment law. 

You can find out more about the current teaching team on our Law School Staff web page. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

We offer a small but vibrant Law School, an active Law Society for you to get involved in, and a dedicated teaching team who are here to help you fulfil your full potential.

Dr Chisa OnyejekweSenior Lecturer

How you’ll be assessed

The degree provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules contain opportunities for 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance and presentations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Assessment methods are designed to help you develop the skills required by employers and for professional body purposes. These include self, peer and tutor assessment, written exercises including 'take-home' activities which are designed to replicate practice, coursework, moots (mock trials), learning portfolios, in-class activities and examinations.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework.

Feedback on examination performance and summative (final) assessments is available from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment) *You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all Year 1 compulsory modules as a prerequisite.

40% Coursework
50% Written exams
10% Oral presentation

Your future career

In addition to all our LLB degrees being Qualifying Law Degrees, we have designed our degrees in consultation with external stakeholders, such as local law practitioners as well as a range of local organisations. This ensures we help you to develop the skills which are highly valued by employers, with examples including; written and verbal communication, initiative, time management, flexibility and teamwork.

Many graduates use these skills to become a barrister or solicitor, but others establish careers in education, public services, HRM, management, as paralegals, chartered secretaries or in financial services. This qualification can also be used to progress on to postgraduate study in law, such as an LLM, or in related areas such as management, marketing and accountancy.

I believe that what sets law at Canterbury Christ Church University apart from the rest is its ability to provide practical opportunities that expand theoretical understanding. This combined with the small, supportive class size and dedicated and passionate lecturing team provides the perfect platform to achieve a student's potential. Christ Church is also ahead of the crowd with its novel Mediation Clinic incorporated into a university setting. Having achieved a First Class degree, I will now be completing the practical stage of training towards becoming a Solicitor.

Kyle RogersLaw Graduate, trainee Solicitor

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our Law students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Professional accreditation

Our degree has been designed to offer you a holistic experience studying Law; you will study theoretical backgrounds as well as practical aspects of Law. Your curriculum will offer you the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board, to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers (Qualifying Law Degree, QLD). For applicants in 2021 who wish to pursue a career as a solicitor, our degree can lead to the award of a Qualifying Law Degree, validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The degree also provides a strong foundation for students who may wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) in the future.

In addition to the above, LLB students can obtain the additional professional body qualification Grad. NALP, which will qualify you as a Member of the National Association of Paralegals (NALP). This will give you a head start in undertaking your LPC or BPTC or in applying for jobs.

Specialist facilities

Our Mediation Clinic provides commercial, family and workplace mediation to external parties. Through our expertise in this area, we have created opportunities for our students to experience at first hand 'real-life' disputes and acquire valuable professional skills associated with a recognised method of alternative dispute resolution. Spaces are limited, though if you are particularly interested in this line of work, you are encouraged to apply for paid internships.

Students can benefit from our Mediation Clinic internships by assisting with the day to day operations of the clinic. They handle telephone and email enquiries from external parties, prepare documents and can assist with mediations where the parties have agreed to this. These funded work placements enable students to put into practice theoretical aspects of the law curriculum and enable a deeper understanding of the mediation process and how the service the clinic provides.

Industry links

Our LLBs have been designed with local solicitors and other organisations in mind to ensure we develop the skills employers tell us they require of graduates and to enable us to develop 'work ready' graduates.

We have extensive links with the local legal services sector which means that our teaching is informed by practice. Our modules are regularly updated to ensure that we reflect 'real-life' priorities and trends so as to include socio-legal aspects within the curriculum.

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Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

M100

Location(s):

Canterbury
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