Aston University Law

I wanted to study in an elite business school, and I really liked how close-knit Aston University is compared to others.”

Nirmal Raithatha

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

This qualifying law degree with an integrated professional placement has been developed with input from the legal profession to provide you with the necessary skills to become a successful legal practitioner.   

One of few law degrees with an integrated placement year
Law is ranked in the Top 25 (Guardian University Guide, 2017)
Obtain an industry recognised law degree
100% Overall Satisfaction (NSS, 2016)

Course information 

3 years (or 4 years - including integrated placement year)

UCAS Code: M100 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time (with placement)
Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB 
IB: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6, 6, 5 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSEs grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English – grade B/5
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2017). More on fees

 The LLB Law progamme is a qualifying law degree, developed with input from the legal profession. The core and optional modules enable you to tailor your studies to reflect your interests and career aspirations. By doing this degree you will gain more than legal knowledge, you will also develop essential professional and soft skills to enhance your employability.

The opportunity to undertake an extended research project (dissertation) is also be provided. As with our LLB Law with Management programme, the LLB is a qualifying law degree and focuses on law and legal practice in a commercial context. 

 The opportunity to spend the third year on placement is also be available.


Year 1

  • Constitutional & Administrative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Skills and System
  • Introduction to Legal Theory and Jurisprudence    

Year 2

  • Law of Torts
  • Land Law

A choice of 2 subjects from the following optional modules

  • Crime, Justice and Society
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Intellectual Property and Law
  • Commercial Law

Year 3

You will spend this year in a professional placement. This year is optional for all students. 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

The core modules studied are:

  • Equity and Trusts Law
  • European Union Law

Choose 3 subjects from the following optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Crime, Justice and Society
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property and Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Law of Financial Regulation
  • International Sales Law
  • Company Law
  • Law of Restitution

This is an indicative list of options and may change.

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, guest lectures, visits to law courts, and case studies. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Mooting and presentations are used to develop advocacy skills and problem solving exercises are used extensively to help apply legal knowledge to real life situations.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Course Directors

Peter Coe

As a Senior Lecturer in Law Peter’s work focuses on three main activities: firstly, his research relating to two distinct areas of Media Law (i) defamation and the protection of corporate reputation and (ii) social media’s impact on freedom of expression, media freedom, privacy and reputation; secondly, his teaching and convenorship of Criminal Law and Professional Skills & Ethics; and thirdly, his interest in employability and his role in developing and managing relationships with practice and industry partners.

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3677

Email: p.coe@aston.ac.uk

Gayatri Patel

Gayatri joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Law in September 2014. She holds an LL.B (First Class honours) and an LL.M in International Human Rights Law (with Distinction) from the University of Leicester, where she is also completing her Ph.D.

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3633

Email: g.patel4@aston.ac.uk 

Personal development 

This degree is designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to help you succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of legal, business and cultural issues which cannot be fully replicated in the lecture room.

This is a qualifying law degree. It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board as satisfying the academic stage of legal training for solicitors or barristers. As an Aston LLB graduate you can therefore proceed directly to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course.

Graduates can also gain exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Our integrated placement year allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you gain valuable practical experience. We have links to over 1000 different organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year.

The placement year also increases your commercial awareness and gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in practice.

Find out more about the placement year at ABS.

This degree is for those students wanting to become a solicitor or barrister. It has been designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become successful legal practitioners. A degree in law also provides an excellent foundation for other careers where legal knowledge is important including taxation, human resource management, accountancy, regulation and compliance. 

Our graduates are extremely successful in finding employment, examples of the graduate positions they have obtained are:

  • Associate Consultant  Trainee Paralegal - Hays Legal
  • Negotiations Case Handler - Shoosmiths 
  • Legal Assistant Platina Partners 
  • Trainee Paralegal - Aston University 

Aston Law students have access to the Mock Court Room, which is used for extracurricular activities by the Law society, including Mooting.

I'd love to hear from you.

Gayatri Patel Law Aston University
Dr Gayatri Patel, Course Director

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