LLB, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want a flexible qualification that gives you a solid foundation in Law, as well as a choice of many fascinating option modules. This is a qualifying law degree.

Course Description

This course is the traditional route into the legal profession and gives you the freedom to explore the areas of law in which you are interested. It is also an excellent stepping stone to graduate level employment as it is a thought-provoking and challenging subject, giving you legal knowledge as well as useful skills such as reasoning, research and problem solving. Your study will take a variety of approaches, including analysis of cases and statutes and the role of law within its social, economic and political context. The foundation subjects that you will study are recognised by the Law Society and Bar Council. 

Throughout the course you will study the core branches of law while gaining more freedom each year to choose your modules from a list of various specialties. These specialist areas will not only improve your understanding of the legal system, but also help you to make an informed decision as to which area of law you might wish to pursue after graduation. 

As you gain an understanding of the legal system, you will refine your own thought processes and learn how to approach and solve legal issues. These skills are introduced in the first year in a dedicated module but are used in every module so that you become well practiced in adapting your problem-solving skills to different cases.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017

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Why Leicester?

Our dedicated law reference library is a traditional wood-panelled room with quiet study spaces and additional copies of the main law reports, statutes and journals.

You can gain meaningful work experience during your degree with the Legal Advice Clinic, which lets you work closely with a supervising solicitor and barrister.

The Leicester Law School was ranked fifth for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2015.

The Student Law Society is a large and dynamic body which organises  debating, mooting, negotiating and client interviewing opportunities as well as social activities.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the legal system, giving you an idea of the kinds of careers that can be pursued in law. You will also begin to consider the ways in which cases are assembled and learn about legal reasoning. 


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

During your second year you will build on your fundamental understanding by refining your knowledge in the areas of land law, criminal law, and European Union law. You will also have the opportunity to select an optional module based on an area of law that interests you.

Core modules

Option modules

Please note: the list of option modules you can choose from is largely the same for Year 2 and your final year. 

Choose one optional module from:

Or choose two option modules from:

  • Caring and the Law
  • Inheritance Law
  • Law and Gender
  • Mental Health Law

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The Leicester Law School has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:


Other countries

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final year

Final year

In your final year you will have greater freedom to specialise in your degree. The majority of your modules will be options, giving you the opportunity to tailor your degree around the area of law that most interests you.

Core module

Option modules

Please note: the list of option modules you can choose from is the same for Year 2 and your final year. 

Choose three option modules from:

Or choose one module from above and four modules from the list below, or two modules from above and two from the list below:

  • Caring and the Law
  • Inheritance Law
  • Law and Gender
  • Mental Health Law

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching consists mainly of lectures and small group tutorials, with introductory subjects being workshop based. You will also engage in independent study.

In the tutorials, you will engage with the lecture subjects in depth and learn through pair/group work, student presentations, and debates. The tutorial is a good way to deepen your understanding of a subject, which will be brought to life through critical reflection on the content of the law. There are usually no more than eight students in each tutorial, giving you an opportunity to participate fully and have your voice heard. As the groups are small, you will get to know your tutors well during your studies.

With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours a week whilst studying with us. The Law degree is research based, so you will spend lots of time engaged in self study or working in study groups.

We use web-based and electronic course materials to supplement traditional teaching methods and support student learning. There is easy access to computers both in the Law School itself and in the David Wilson Library next to the School. You will be able to access information about your courses and tutorials electronically.

Assessment methods include assessed essays and exams.

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Entry Requirements

No LNAT required - Unlike some universities, at Leicester we do not require applicants to have taken the National Admissions Test for Law. We are not convinced that LNAT scores provide any information that we cannot get from your exam grades and school report.

  • A/AS-levels: AAB. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSE: English language at Grade C or above.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass, with at least 45 credits at Level 3, including some at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 33 points.
  • BTEC Nationals: D*D*D*, must have a strong GCSE background.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry is not permitted. However we do offer a two-year Graduate Entry LLB.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Leicester Law School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000.

    Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

  • Starting in 2017

    • £14,740 per year
    • If you take a Year Abroad, your fee will be £2,211 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

    If you are a resident of Canada or have Canadian nationality, you may be eligible for our Canadian Excellence Scholarship or Canadian Entry Scholarship.

Career Opportunities

Two dedicated law careers tutors are on hand to discuss career options, upcoming opportunities and give advice about different firms.

Our Law Fair is held annually and attracts over 40 law firms and other graduate employers, as well as providers of the LPC, BPTC and LLM qualifications.

We host a wide range of external speakers every year, representing the whole legal profession.

You get the chance to develop your legal skills during the course:

  • The Legal Advice Clinic allows you to advise non-law students on legal issues (with support from academics and local solicitors).
  • The Miscarriages of Justice Project enables you to work on real-life potential miscarriages of justice, with a view to referring cases back to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
  • Your professional competencies can be enhanced by getting involved with the debating, client interviewing, negotiating and mooting activities, organised by the Student Law Society.

A law degree is also an excellent stepping stone to graduate roles in a wide variety of employment sectors. Many employers regard law graduates as well rounded with highly transferable skills like problem solving, constructing arguments, research and time management.

This programme is a qualifying law degree and so will prepare you for the next step towards becoming a legal professional. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales after graduation you will need to complete the LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) along with a training contract as a trainee solicitor or pupillage as a trainee barrister. Applicants wishing to become lawyers outside of England and Wales should consult the appropriate country’s legal statutory body to check the requirements. Information for Canadian applicants.


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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Law LLB 3 years full-time M100 Apply Now
Law with Year Abroad LLB 4 years full-time M100 Apply Now
3 years full-time
Law with Year Abroad
4 years full-time

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