Law 

(2018 Entry)

LLB (Hons)

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.

Single Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: M100

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Course Overview

Law

School link:
School of Law

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 European and International 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 combined honours degrees offer great choice and flexibility to fit with a variety of future career choices. Students taking a combined honours degree will graduate with a BA or BSc, which is not a qualifying law degree. Popular combinations include; Business Management, Criminology, Philosophy and Politics.

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.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Legal Skills
  • Legal Systems 
  • Public Law 
  • Torts Law

Second year

  • Land Law 
  • Contract 
  • Criminal Law; plus a choice of elective modules, which in previous years have included Mental Health Law, Lawyers in Society, Introduction to Public International Law, Law with Ethics, Law in Action or Family Law

Third year

  • European Law 
  • Equity and Trusts; and in addition a choice of electives, which in previous years have included Business Leases, Child Law, Commercial Law, Company Law, Employment Law, Evidence, Gender, Sexuality and Law, Healthcare Law, International Human Rights, International Law, Globalisation and the Environment, Jurisprudence and Transnational Crime

 

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Students on this degree programme have the opportunity to choose an electives pathway in modern languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish) and gain recognition of language proficiency in their degree title while studying for a Law (Single Honours) degree. This pathway requires a student to take at least four modules in the respective language as free-standing elective and to successfully complete certain language levels. Students who start at absolute beginner level may need to complete six modules to gain the enhanced degree title 'with competency in [Language]'/'with advanced competency in [Language]'. Students wishing to pursue a language electives pathway should enrol for one language elective module per semester. Further details about language enhancement can be found here: https://www.keele.ac.uk/lc/modernlanguages/

 

When selecting Elective modules, students will have the flexibility to choose modules from subject areas other than Law. Students must have due regard to the requirements of the professional bodies as to the amount of Law they must follow in order to satisfy the requirements for a Qualifying Law Degree and are responsible for monitoring their progression against these requirements. Further detailed guidance is provided for students to indicate what modules they can take in the main student Handbook and in the Module Guide to Law electives (available on the Law Undergraduate KLE pages). Detailed information is also provided about the relationship to Keele’s Academic Regulations on progression, compensation and condonement and those of the professional bodies.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Legal Skills

15

None (Elective 1)

15

Public Law 1: Constitutional Law

15

None (Elective 2)

15

Torts 1: Foundations

15

   

Legal Systems

15

   

Public Law 2: Administrative Law

15

   

Law Torts 2: Development

15

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Land Law 1

15

Optional module 1 (or Elective 1)

15

Contract 1

15

Optional module 2 (or Elective 2)

15

Criminal Law 1

15

   

Land Law 2

15

Optional modules may include:

 

Contract 2

15

Controversies in Intellectual Property Law

15

Criminal Law 2

15

Introduction to Public International Law

15

   

Law and Emotion

15

   

Law and Ethics

15

   

Law in Action

15

   

Law, Science and Society

15

   

Lawyers in Society

15

   

Family Law

15

   

Mental Health Law

15

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

EU Law 1

15

Optional module 1

15

Equity and Trusts 1

15

Optional module 2

15

EU Law 2

15

Optional module 3 (or Elective 1)

15

Equity and Trusts 2

15

Optional module 4 (or Elective 2)

15

       
   

Optional modules may include:

 
   

Business Leases

15

   

Child Law

15

   

Commercial Law

15

   

Company Law

15

   

Dissertation (single module)

15

   

Dissertation (double module)

30

   

Employment Law

15

   

Evidence

15

   

Gender, Sexuality and Law

15

   

Healthcare Law

15

   

International Human Rights

15

   

Jurisprudence

15

   

Law and New Technology

15

   

Transnational Crime

15