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 (Hons)

Course format

Optional placement year

Duration

3 year course with optional placement year

UCAS code(s)

M100

Start date

Overview
Explore Law at Aston University

Aston Law School offers more than degree programmes, we always have. But don’t take our word for it- take a look at what our students have to say.

LLB Law student Robyn spent her placement year at DAC Beachcroft LLP. This is her story.

Aston Law School 2020 graduate, Olivia describes why Aston was the perfect choice for her and how her placement at Walt Disney London has kick started her career.

Watch senior lecturer Dr. Edina Harbinja discuss the topic 'The right to be forgotten' in Media and Privacy Law. 

Meet our current Law students and Alumni. Find out why they chose to study Law at Aston University, what they love about Aston Law School and the opportunities they have gained throughout their degree.

Mooting is something we take seriously at Aston, with all our undergraduate law students being encouraged to take part in internal and external mooting competitions.

Discover Aston Law School and meet our Law academics, find out what they teach and why they love Aston Law School.

Aston Law LLB testimonial

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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Aston Law LLB testimonial

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 and future focused, our close links with Aston Business School and a 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, including real-world examples and practical opportunities, as we focus on the business of law, the future of law and the law of business.

What you’ll learn

You will study the key foundations of law and choose a pathway tailored to reflect your interests and career aspirations. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an internship with a major law firm, choose to spend your third year on an integrated placement and we also offer extracurricular experiences such as working in our community law clinics and mooting – in 2019 our mooting final was held at the Supreme Court in London, judged by Lord Lloyd-Thomas. Plus, you could publish your work in the Aston Student Law Review.

As well the diverse backgrounds of our teaching academics, we also invite external experts to contribute to the course and host an annual Law Fair to network with law firms, businesses and potential graduate employers.

By doing this degree you will gain more than legal knowledge, you will also develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, together with essential professional and soft skills. This will enhance your employability and prepare you for a wide range of careers, including as a solicitor or barrister, one of the emerging careers in the law sector, in management or as an entrepreneur.

As an Aston LLB graduate you can proceed directly to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course. You will also be well positioned for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination with our range of option modules.

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

The course is a qualifying law degree. It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)  as satisfying the academic stage of legal training for solicitors. It also meets the requirements of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for the academic component of training for barristers. As an Aston LLB graduate you can therefore proceed directly to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course.

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.

For International Students intending to do a foundation year, visit ONCAMPUS.

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
  • Legal System and Skills
  • Liability in Crime and Tort
  • Introduction to Contract and Property
  • Law of Business and Business Concepts
  • The Future of Law: Introduction to Technology and its Regulation
Year 2
  • Law in an Applied Context
  • Public Law and Regulation
  • Commercial Contracts and Practices
  • Land Law

A choice of 2 subjects from the following optional modules

  • Commercial Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property and the Internet
  • Medical Law & Ethics

*Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Year 3

This course is available as a 3 year degree without a placement, or a 4 year degree with an integrated sandwich placement. Both options are available to home, EU, and international students. You will spend this year in a professional placement if you chose to pursue one. 

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

Final Year 

The core modules studied are:

  • Legal Project Management: Business Law in Practice (including Company Law)

Choose 3 subjects from the following optional modules:

  • Advanced Criminal Law*
  • Business Ethics
  • Commercial Property Law
  • Competition Law
  • Dissertation
  • Emerging Technologies, AI and the Law
  • Equity and Trusts*
  • European Union Law*
  • Fraud, Bribery and Corruption
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Product, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship
  • The Internet and the Law

    * These modules must be studied for the LLB to meet the requirements of the Qualifying Law Degree and to satisfy the requirements of the BSB for the academic component of training.

~availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules. 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)

BBC (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.

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston. Find out more.

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.

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

This course is available as a 3 year degree without a placement, or a 4 year degree with an integrated sandwich placement. Both options are available to home, EU, and international students. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

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.

Careers and Placement award for best university careers/employability service

Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service'.

The Careers and Placements team at Aston University won the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020 for it's use of innovative ideas to engage a high number of students with the service in order to support them with their career planning.

Aston University has strong links with national and international organisations with over 200 employers interacting with students on campus each year.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2022/23)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International/EU students (2022/23)

Annual tuition fees: £17,400

During placement year: £2,500

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as Home students.

Further information  

Tuition fees for students 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. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. 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.

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 Law School 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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Venandah Madanhi

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

"Aston Law School equipped me with the legal skills and business acumen needed to join one of the world’s biggest law firms."

Thomas Duggan

Thomas Duggan

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

"My highlight was seeing my confidence and academic ability grow year on year with the help of the Law department."

Olivia LLoyd

Olivia Lloyd

Contract Management Intern at The Walt Disney Company London

"My placement year was an amazing experience and one of the best years of my life." Click here to watch Olivia's video on her placement. 

Samira Ali

Samira Ali

Specialist Researcher, House of Commons (Placement) 

“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." 
Read Samira's interview here

Languages for All

Learn a language for free with Aston University's Languages for All programme...

First year students at Aston have the opportunity to learn one of the following languages for free at beginners, improvers or intermediate level:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

Fancy learning French?

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Nathalie Mrgudovic...

Click here to find out more

Give German a go!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Stefanie Kreibich...

Click here to find out more

Make the most with Mandarin!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Qiaochao Zhang...

Click here to find out more

Strengthen your prospects with Spanish!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Elena Cancelas-Rodriguez...

Click here to find out more

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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