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University of Suffolk

LLB (Hons) Law*

Course Summary

Law is taught from a range of perspectives, based on the finest traditions of legal education and recent innovations for the 21st century. Our approach is to examine law well beyond basic legal rules and legal institutions, taking account of wider contexts and discourses that allow deeper understanding of law in society. With this approach, the University of Suffolk provides students with a firm grounding in the subject of law and the contexts in which law functions. Equally important is the breadth and depth of education that this subject facilitates. Students will be equipped to take on challenging questions about law and related issues, and to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts. This ethos runs right through all subjects in the law curriculum, which includes a number of modules specifically designed to provide opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in different contexts.
This course places emphasis on the use of law to solve problems. With this in mind, teaching and learning on this course is designed to encourage the development of strong legal and problem-solving skills. In addition to engaging in legal reasoning, students also learn how to analyse the impact of law in society. Though law is often studied as a distinct subject, its methods and analytical approaches draw on fields within the humanities and the social sciences. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in the use of a wide range of legal research methods and approaches, with increasing emphasis on independent work as you progress through your course. The course also emphasises the importance of developing a range of legal and academic skills to enable students to learn, research and analyse the law as independent learners to prepare them for further study or a variety of legal careers. This course also recognises the importance of practical legal skills for employability, and endeavours to infuse skills-based learning on all modules.

Course Aims
1. To develop extensive knowledge and understanding of a broad range of legal areas, including the core foundational subjects as well as specialist areas.
2. To expose students to core legal concepts, principles and values to allow them to understand the context in which law operates and to facilitate the careful analysis of individual legal rules.
3. To allow for the critical evaluation and engagement of a range of primary and secondary sources to encourage evidence-based legal analysis.
4. To introduce a range of legal research methods to allow students to conduct objective and competent legal research to examine and propose solutions for legal problems.
5. To facilitate opportunities for students to develop legal skills such as oral and written advocacy, legal writing, critical analysis of conflicting sources and arguments, and ability to conduct accurate and reliable legal research.
6. To develop students into becoming independent learners and researchers.
7. To develop subject specific, cognitive and employability skills for personal development, postgraduate study and a range of graduate careers including entering legal practice.
8. To promote increasing participation in education for the local community by supporting a range of learners, including non-traditional entrants, at degree level.

Course Learning Outcomes
The following statements define what students graduating from the LLB (Hons) Law course will have been judged to have demonstrated in order to achieve the award. These statements, known as learning outcomes, have been formally approved as aligned with the generic qualification descriptor for level 6 awards as set out by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Knowledge
1. Demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of a full range of foundational and specialist areas of law.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of socio-legal concepts, values and principles with a range of different legal contexts, including nationally and internationally.
3. Critically evaluate different interpretations of the law and the relationship between law and other concepts such as political ideology and social problems.
4. Demonstrate sophisticated knowledge and application of legal research theories, methodologies, and methods as part of an independent project.

Intellectual Skills
5. Critically evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources, identifying limitations and weaknesses of particular sources.
6. Discuss the law from different perspectives such as moral, social economic and political.
7. Demonstrate intellectual independence through the design and development of an independent project drawing on a range of different sources, data, and/or first-hand experiences.
8. Critically evaluate ambiguity, uncertainty, gaps and growth points in the law.

Capability and Employability Skills 
9. Manage own learning, including through independent research and learning. 
10. Analyse and distil a range of material from a range of appropriate sources to inform judgements and reach accurate conclusions. 
11. Present complex legal information clearly both orally and in writing, including responding to questions and instructions taking into account the needs of the audience. 
12. Articulate complex legal points and argument based on credible evidence using appropriate language and legal terminology. 
13. Demonstrate mastery of relevant professional legal skills.

* Subject to validation

Duration: The duration of the programme is 3-4 years Full Time & 4-7 years Part Time

Study mode: Online learning


Programme Pathway
Foundation Courses
Name Code
Induction Module UOS-IND-B-100
Year 1
Name Code
Legal Method & Advocacy UOS-1001-LLB
Criminal Law UOS-1002 -LLB
Constitutional Law UOS-1003-LLB
Contract Law UOS-1004-LLB
Legal Ethics UOS-1005-LLB
Dispute resolution UOS-1006-LLB
Year 2
Name Code
Tort Law UOS-2001-LLB
Land Law UOS-2002-LLB
Equity and Trusts UOS-2003-LLB
Research Methods in Law UOS-2004-LLB
Public International Law UOS-2005-LLB
Family Law UOS-2006-LLB
Year 3
Name Code
Administrative Law UOS-3001-LLB
EU Law UOS-3002-LLB
Company Law UOS-3003-LLB
International Human Rights Law UOS-3004-LLB
Independent Project UOS-3005-LLB

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for admission are:

  • 3 UK A Levels (BBC) or BTEC Extended Diploma (DMM) or international equivalent qualification, or a recognized Foundation Programme at the appropriate level
  • GCSE Maths Grade 'C' and above or international equivalent 
  • English Proficiency:  IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components), or GCSE English grade 'C' and above, or international equivalent qualification, or Unicaf English Placement Test (EPT) overall 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • Personal Statement (minimum 500 words)
  • Up to date CV
  • 1 reference (academic or professional) stated on CV including referee’s full name, contact details, and relationship to the applicant
  • Valid, national photo ID
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