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 20 law schools (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019) 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.
Why study this course?
- Study at a top global law school – Northampton Law School is one of the USA top 20 law schools (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019), 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 Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) 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. CEPLER run careers events and work placements throughout the year. Last year 163 of our students participated in CEPLER 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
You will take 120 credits of modules in each year of study. The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
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
- Public Law for Graduates
- Criminal Law for Graduates
- Law of Contract for Graduates
- Law of Torts for Graduates
- Law in Action for Graduates
In your second year you’ll take modules in:
- Land Law for Graduates
- Law of Trusts and Equity for Graduates
Students should normally satisfy both of the following:
- Either a total of 3 distinct subject tests from APs and/or SAT subject tests, or one year at a Community College or USA University.
- SAT-R or ACT
As an alternative to the above, we can accept an Associate’s Degree.
Please check the individual course pages for our typical A-level offer and see below for the corresponding scores we would require from the above qualifications:
- A*AA = APs: 555; SAT Subject tests: 720, 700, 700; Community College or USA University GPA: 3.3; SAT-R: 1380; ACT composite: 29; Associate’s Degree GPA: 3.3
- AAA = APs: 555; SAT Subject tests: 700, 700, 700; Community College or USA University GPA: 3.2; SAT-R: 1350; ACT composite: 28; Associate’s Degree GPA: 3.2
- AAB = APs: 554; SAT Subject tests: 700, 700, 650; Community College or USA University GPA: 3.1; SAT-R: 1350; ACT composite: 28; Associate’s Degree GPA: 3.1
- ABB = APs: 544; SAT Subject tests: 700, 650, 650; Community College or USA University GPA: 3.0; SAT-R: 1320; ACT composite: 27; Associate’s Degree GPA: 3.0
Where a certain A-level subject is required, students must present with that AP or SAT subject test, or have studied that subject at Community College, at a USA University or during their Associate’s degree. For subjects requiring Maths A-level we accept AP Calculus BC to fulfil the maths requirement (but not AP Calculus AB).
One of the AP/SAT subject scores can be replaced by a full year Honours level course or a full year college level course at B+ or better (ABB and AAB) or at A- or better (AAA and A*AA). We cannot accept these courses if the subject is a required A-level subject.
How to apply
TheLLB for Graduates by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year.
We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test
Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.
Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:
- Degree certificates showing award of degree.
- Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
- A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
- Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.
If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.
After you apply
After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.
Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.
You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:
- You may be offered a place unconditionally
- You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
- Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.
Northampton University admissions terms and conditions