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Law LLB

Successful lawyers need more than legal knowledge. Our qualifying law degree offers an integrated professional placement and experiences that equip you for a successful career in the legal profession, as well as transferable skills for a range of career paths.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Optional placement year

Duration

3 year course with optional placement year

UCAS code(s)

M100

Start date

Overview
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"The prize is awarded to gifted students so that they may become members of the Lincoln’s Inn during their final year. They will also be offered advice on applying for scholarships and taking the next steps towards becoming a successful barrister. There are only (up to) five recipients of the Prize, and Steven will have the opportunity to meet Lord Neuberger in person when he visits Aston in March."

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Neuberger Prize Winner

"The prize is awarded to gifted students so that they may become members of the Lincoln’s Inn during their final year. They will also be offered advice on applying for scholarships and taking the next steps towards becoming a successful barrister. There are only (up to) five recipients of the Prize, and Steven will have the opportunity to meet Lord Neuberger in person when he visits Aston in March."

Steven Overs

PASS Scholar at The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

 

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Course outline and modules

Practically minded, our close links with Aston Business School and strong network of employer links will help you put theory into practice.

Successful lawyers need more than legal knowledge. Our qualifying law degree at Aston University’s Law School has been designed with modern legal practice in mind, real-world examples and practical opportunities.

What you’ll learn

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project (dissertation), choose to spend your third year on an integrated placement and we also offer extracurricular experiences such as mooting and pro-bono clinics. Plus, you could publish law essays and pieces of work in the Aston Student Law Review.

As well as our diverse teaching academics, we also invite guest speakers to contribute to the course and host an annual Law Fair to network with law firms, businesses and potential graduate schemes.

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.

As an Aston LLB graduate you can proceed directly to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and gain a number of other professional exemptions whilst you study.

This course also offers an optional placement year. Aston’s professional work placements can greatly improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence, opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability, and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Professional accreditation

This is a qualifying law degree. It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) 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 (ICSA), the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). 

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. And Aston is not only a great place to study; based in the centre of Birmingham, it’s also a great place to live.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies, in order to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. Find out more about the post-study work visa.

 

Modules

Year 1
  • Constitutional and 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

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Family Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Intellectual Property and Law
  • Commercial Law
Year 3

You will spend this year in a professional placement. This year is optional for all law 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
  • Business Ethics
  • Fraud Bribery and Corruption
  • Professional Conduct and Ethics
  • Free Speech, Outrageous Invasions and the Media
  • Family Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property and Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Company Law
  • Data Protection Law
  • Emerging Technologies, AI and Law

 

This is an indicative list of options and may change. 

Entry requirements

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

BBB – standard offer

BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)

BCC (contextual offer)*

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

IB

31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL. 

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer

BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – (contextual offer)*

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

Further requirements

5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

GCSE Maths – grade C/4

GCSE English Language OR English Literature– grade C/4

Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

 

View our Admissions Policy. 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

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. You will also have opportunities to contribute to a pro-bono law clinic, the Aston Student Law Review, and can choose to take an integrated placement year.

We pride ourselves on our teaching, which has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for teaching quality – the highest possible accolade and the benchmark by which the government evaluates the quality of university teaching.

Assessment

Assessments will take the form of exams and coursework as well as presentations, posters, interviews, debating and videos (for placement). 

Personal development

This degree is designed to 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 and develop your teamworking and negotiation skills.

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

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills. This year is optional for law students.

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The placement year also increases your commercial awareness and gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in practice. The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Erasmus+

Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.  

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

 

Wright Justice Law Scholarship for Aston Law students

The Wright Justice Scholarship is awarded to First-Year LL.B. students from Aston University who demonstrate exceptional ability with regards to their academic performance, their diligence, and most importantly their commitment to their own professional and personal development. The award, which spans over three years, allows for the recipient of the award to be exposed to the practices of a leading local legal firm in all areas of its expertise, with the promise of a Training Contract interview at the conclusion of the Scholarship.

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Gayatri Patel: g.patel4@aston.ac.uk

Career prospects

Our close links with local law firms, businesses, industries and social enterprises, as well as extra-curricular opportunities and the option to undertake a placement year, means that law at Aston has a high employability focus.

Real-world Learning

Whilst our learning provides real-world examples, our assessments and extra-curricular opportunities are geared towards strengthening your CV and supporting your career prospects.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement year either in the UK or overseas. Studying English law means that you can practice internationally.

Career paths

This degree is ideal for those who want to become a solicitor or barrister and has been designed to help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need to become a successful legal practitioner.

However, 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.

Recent graduates

Graduates from Aston University School of Law have gone on to work in roles including:

  • Associate Consultant Trainee Paralegal
  • Negotiations Case Handler
  • Legal Assistant
  • Corporate Client Accounts Support
  • Travel Money Advisor
  • Banking Customer Services Advisor.

 

Graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as Hays Legal, Shoosmiths, DAC Beachcroft, Irwin Mitchell, Capita and HSBC.

Here's what our students say

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"Situated within Aston Business School, Aston Law School equipped me with the legal skills and business acumen needed to join one of the world’s biggest law firms. Studying interesting modules such as Commercial Law and Jurisprudence taught me the importance of processes and the importance of questioning why these processes exist. Being part of the Aston Community has left me better prepared for rigors of life as an International Commercial Lawyer and Business Woman."

Venandah Madanhi

Founder at Talk About | Future Trainee Solicitor at Latham & Watkins

 

 

 

"My placement year was an amazing experience and one of the best years of my life. I was able to make connections across the company and attend a range of exciting events. I also developed many skills including organisation, confidence and attention to detail which will help me in my final year of studies."

Olivia Lloyd

Contract Management Intern at The Walt Disney Company London

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“I worked in the House of Commons Service as a Specialist Researcher for the Justice Select Committee. The Committee is a group of MPs who scrutinise the work of the Ministry of Justice by conducting inquiries into specific areas of justice policy."

Samira Ali

Specialist Researcher, House of Commons (Placement) 

 

 

"My highlight was seeing my confidence and academic ability grow year on year with the help of the Law department. I now feel ready to take on the world and pursue my dream job. The Aston campus is community driven. Having stayed at home, I still felt part of the Aston community."

Thomas Duggan

Pupil Barrister at St Ives Chambers Middle Temple Anglo-American Scholar

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Frequently asked questions

Why study law at Aston University?

Our LLB Law at Aston Law School has been designed with modern legal practice in mind, and offers a breadth of practical experiences and real-world opportunities to bring the theoretical learning to life.

This qualifying law degree will prepare you for the legal profession but also develop transferable skills to suit roles that require legal knowledge within business.

What opportunities are there on the law degree at Aston?

You could choose to undertake your third year on an integrated placement, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake extended research (dissertation), take part in mooting, visit law courts, hear from guest speakers, contribute to the pro-bono law clinic or write for the Aston Student Law Review.

As well as lectures, there are plenty of real-world examples and case studies, opportunities to work within teams and demonstrate your understanding in a number of ways. All of this brings what you learn in lectures to life whilst developing skills that will benefit you in whatever career path you choose.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year.  Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability, and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

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