Law

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:ABB
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Law, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

Keele is one of the UK’s leading law schools, with an impressive list of alumni practising law at the highest levels.

The single honours programme is recognised as a qualifying law degree, enabling you to train as a solicitor or barrister after graduating. Our law degree examines law in its social, political, ethical, historical and international contexts. You’ll explore core legal subjects such as crime, torts, contract, land, equity and public law, developing your understanding of the rules which structure relationships between governments and citizens, and between private individuals.

You’ll study principles and doctrines of English and EU law and have plenty of opportunities to develop your practical skills. You can take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing, and work as a Community Legal Companion, within the innovative CLOCK programme, which was pioneered at Keele.

Students who are interested in law but do not wish to enter the legal professions will find our exciting range of dual honours degrees offer great choice and flexibility to fit with a variety of future career choices (the dual honours degrees are not qualifying law degrees). Dual honours students can currently combine legal study with one of over 30 possible other subjects. The leading combinations that work particularly well in terms of disciplinary coherence and career aspirations, and ones which are most popular among current students are Business Management, Criminology, Sociology, Philosophy and Politics.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Law. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Legal Skills 
  • Public Law: Constitutional Law 
  • Torts: Foundations 
  • Legal Systems 
  • Public Law: Administrative 
  • Law Torts: Development 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Land Law
  • Contract Law 
  • Criminal Law 

Elective modules: 

  • Introduction to Public International Law 
  • Law and Economics 
  • Law with Ethics 
  • Law in Action 
  • Law Science and Society

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • EU Law
  • Equity and Trusts 

Elective modules:

  • Dissertation 
  • Business Leases
  • Child Law
  • Commercial Law 
  • Company Law 
  • Employment Law 
  • Evidence 
  • Family Law 
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law 
  • Healthcare Law 
  • International Human Rights 
  • International Law, Globalisation and the Environment 
  • Jurisprudence 
  • Transnational Crime 

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Law. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Legal Skills 
  • Public Law: Constitutional Law 
  • Public Law: Administrative Law 

Elective modules: 

  • Two modules from another subject 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Two modules in Law 
  • Two modules as required by other Principal Subject 

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • Two modules in Law 
  • Two modules as required by other Principal Subject 

Elective modules:

  • Dissertation 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 27%
  • Guided independent study – 73%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 22%
  • Guided independent study – 78%

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 21%
  • Guided independent study – 79% 

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

The single honours law programme is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a ‘qualifying law degree’ and thus satisfies the academic stage of legal professional qualification. Your degree will also be of value in many other careers. After further study or training you might work as a company secretary, chartered accountant, tax advisor or in business. You might also work in the police service or pursue a career with a charity or in international relations.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

On Law Programmes you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the University’s application process for studying abroad. 

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Accreditation

This subject/programme is accredited by The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. Please note the following:

Module Selection: You should note that to have your award recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) you must study Law modules of not less than 240 credits in a 360 credit degree programme and that the coverage of Foundations of Legal Knowledge subjects must amount to not less than 180 credits. Those of you wishing to achieve a QLD must satisfy both the Keele requirements for the award of a single honours degree as well as the requirements of the professional bodies.

Regulations: Your programme has professional accreditation and while there are no specific regulations, which you have to agree to abide by, you should be aware that the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) has a responsibility under the Solicitors Act 1974 to ensure that those who are admitted to practice as solicitors are of satisfactory character and suitability (SRA weblink). The Bar Standards Board applies similar criteria to those seeking admission as barristers. If you intend to seek professional qualification you will therefore be required to complete a screening process before you are admitted as a solicitor or barrister. This may include a request to the University for a reference as to your suitability to practice. Any such reference must include information about any finding of academic misconduct (cheating or plagiarism). 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)
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