LLB for Graduates
The LLB for Graduates programme is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a non-law subject who are looking to pursue a future legal career as it provides an opportunity to gain a qualifying law degree in two years.
This programme is particularly popular amongst international students, providing a competitive alternative for studying Law. Students on this programme come from all over the world including Canada, the USA and Nigeria.
Alongside the seven foundation subjects of law you will be able to study up to four optional specialist modules. Teaching on the course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, which are taught alongside students on the other LLB programmes, and tutorials which are exclusively for students on the LLB for Graduates programme.
Northampton Law School is one of the USA top law schools and is the most established law school in one of the largest legal communities in the country. For almost 100 years we have made a major contribution to teaching and scholarship, and you’ll learn from academics who are leaders in their fields and the authors of many key works used by practitioners today.
Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (2 years)
Distance learning/ Campus
Northampton Law School
Why Study this Course?
- Study at a top global law school – Northampton Law School is one of the USA top 20 law schools, reflecting our excellence in teaching and our world-leading research. Our academics are experts in their fields, conducting cutting-edge research which informs law reform
- Extensive extra-curricular legal opportunities – our (NULAW ) run pro bono groups and mooting competitions. Last year, over 200 of our students volunteered in our pro bono groups
- Professional links – opportunities include placement schemes, the annual law fair, and visits to leading firms. NULAW run careers events and work placements throughout the year. Last year 163 of our students participated in NULAW organised work placements
- Optional modules – tailor your law degree to suit your interests in final year with our extensive range of electives
- Excellent graduate prospects – 93% of graduates from our Law programmes are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2017)
- Transferable skills – a law degree prepares you for a wide range of careers as it enables you to develop a variety of skills, such as oral and written communication, analysis and evaluation, problem solving, independent working and research skills
We assume you have no prior knowledge of the law, so one of the first modules you take will be Legal Skills and Methods, designed to give you the skills needed to succeed on a law degree. The full list of modules scheduled for first year are:
- Legal Skills and Methods for Graduates
- Criminal Law for Graduates
- Public Law for Graduates
- Law of Contract for Graduates
- Law of Torts for Graduates
- Decolonising Legal Concepts for Graduates
In your second year you’ll take modules in:
- Land Law for Graduates
- Equity, Trusts, Wills & Formalities for Graduates
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a USA university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement.
Learning and Assessment
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Our degrees in Law will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for a huge range of careers or further academic study. Where logical thinking, problem solving and statistical or strategic knowledge are required, being one of our graduates will put you ahead.
91% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2016/17)
Whatever you plan to do when you graduate, we have a comprehensive support package to help you prepare including specialist careers guidance, exclusive work experience opportunities and global internships. Our Careers Network offers support to help you identify your options, develop your skills and gain access to opportunities:
- Frequent careers advice drop-in sessions in the School, so you can always get help and advice when you need it.
- An annual Law Careers Fair, where you can meet employers specifically interested in Law graduates.
- Regular Careers Skills Workshops run by employers or the College employability team to guide you through your career planning and give you an advantage in the application process for graduate positions and internships.
- A fortnightly careers e-newsletter, including vacancies suited to maths students, with application deadlines and a calendar of careers events likely to be of interest to you as a Law student.