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
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.
91% of our Law students were in jobs or further study 15 months after completing (Graduate Outcomes survey 2021)
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, benefitting from brand new, purpose-built facilities in the Verena Holmes building.
You'll develop a critical understanding of the main principles, themes and methods of law so that you:
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.
Our course combines the traditional study of law with a progressive approach, meaning you'll experience formal directed teaching, using lectures, seminars and tutorials, with indirect learning and teaching methods such as discussions, student-led seminars, peer-assisted learning, individual and group role play and mooting.
The teaching team come from a variety of backgrounds with some having extensive academic experience and others being qualified practitioners. They will share their practical and professional experience and research insights with you, so that you gain a real-world perspective of law.
A typical offer would be 96-120 UCAS Tariff points including BBB at A2 Level, or equivalent.
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
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.
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.
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 programmes will be designed to accommodate blended learning approaches ensuring the learning design purposefully, thoughtfully and effectively integrates on-site face-to face and digital learning opportunities, informed and driven by student needs.
All lectures will be delivered digitally, (small) interactive lectures may be accommodated on campus (subject to availability).
Contact hours are defined as hours in which a student interacts through thoughtfully structured activity to include:
A pre-recorded lecture presentation provided via ReCap can also be included in this definition provided it is part of a broader structured activity.
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 as well as using online library resources. 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.
It is expected that 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. However, where it is not possible for the trips to run, we intend to offer the opportunity of virtual (synchronous or asynchronous) webinars, workshops and talks by practitioners and academic experts as well as virtual tours where possible from these institutions.
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 have a very active Student Law Society that organises social events and trips throughout the year. Their mooting team has achieved success in external competitions including reaching the quarter-finals of the national competition and in January 2020 a team from Canterbury Christ Church University successfully beat off competition from 14 other Law Schools to become the UK Student Mediation champions.
"Not only are these competitions a great opportunity for students to put into practice valuable transferable skills, but they also help to raise the profile of competing universities and undoubtedly enrich the all-round student experience. Our students are a credit to both the School of Law, Criminal Justice & Policing and University and I am sure that you will want to join me in congratulating them all for all the hard work they invested in both preparing for and competing in the competition." Ben Waters, Senior Lecturer in Law
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
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.
Please note that there may be the possibility of having Take-home exams and online group or individual presentations. This will not affect your grades or studies in any way. Where assignments, reflective evaluations and feedback cannot take place in face to face sessions, these will take place virtually mostly through the VLE Blackboard.
We will keep you fully informed and supported if this is to be the case.
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.
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
of our Law students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course
The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
**Home (UK) Fees
The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.
In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.
***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):
Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.
Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.
Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding
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.
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.
To further your personal development, our staff will help you obtain work-based learning in your own time. Through our extensive links with local firms of solicitors, the local courts, Citizens Advice and our CLOCK community outreach project, you can develop valuable employability skills and have the opportunity to network with local lawyers and judges.
You'll also have the unique opportunity in Canterbury to be involved in the administration of justice through volunteering as a Community Legal Companion at the local law courts. Companions provide important community assistance to an increasing number of people who attend court unrepresented. By working with local partner organisations including law firms, you could help court service users with a whole range of legal matters from benefit-related issues, family breakdown and housing evictions.
Depending on your module choices, you may be able to go on visits in Europe to places such as The Hague. You'll also be able to participate in work carried out by our Mediation Clinic, which was the first of its kind in a UK university. We have recognised expertise in dispute resolution, particularly alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and specifically mediation, and the Mediation Clinic offers a supportive and professional environment for you to gain experience. However, these activities could be replaced by alternative sessions. For instance, the European visits are expected to be replaced by virtual tours and presentations/talks, where possible, by representatives of international organisations, practitioners, as well as by academic experts.
The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.
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