At LSBU we deliver Law degrees with a difference because we put employability and student support at the heart of our courses.
"No. 1 London Modern Uni for Teaching - Law"
National Student Survey 2015
At LSBU we deliver Law degrees with a difference because we put employability and student support at the heart of our courses.
Our courses are the first step to becoming a Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive. Here are some brighter reasons to study law at LSBU:
Free iPads and books to support your studies
Outstanding virtual learning environment with audio lecture summaries, activities and quizzes with feed-back to help you with your private study
Effective support offered by personal tutors, a careers tutor and the LSBU Student Life Centre
An energetic Student Law Society, which arranges talks, visits, competitions and social events
"Over 90% overall student satisfaction for LLB Law (full-time)".
Gain work experience whilst you study
Volunteer at the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic (LAC), Lambeth County Court Help Desk Scheme and with local law firms. Opportunities for volunteering at the LAC are open to all second and third year students, depending on a successful interview and grades achieved.
You'll acquire a Qualifying Law Degree making you eligible to seek qualification as a Barrister or Solicitor
The 'Working in the Law' module will enable you to develop professional skills valued by employers and help you find placements to prepare you for employment
LSBU is a Top 10 London University for Graduate Starting Salaries and a Top 2 London Modern University for Graduate Starting Salaries
Sunday Times League Table (2015)
Excellent teaching by qualified lawyers. For example Robert Hush is Chair of the Law Society's Family Law Committee and Caron Thatcher, who worked alongside Imran Khan on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry
You'll develop advocacy skills through Mooting competitions and presentation and public speaking skills through our Street Law project
Alternative route into the legal profession
We are the only University in London to offer an alternative route to the Legal Profession embedded in our undergraduate Law degrees via CILEx modules. On completion of the necessary options you'll eligible to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, (CILEx)
LSBU is in the heart of London's cultural centre on the South Bank and is a short walk from the Royal Courts of Justice.
Full and partial fee waivers are available for your first year of full-time study, depending on your household income.
Top 3 London Modern University for Law
Guardian University Guide 2016
Chartered Institute Legal Executives
The LLB (Hons) Law degree is structured around three themes. Year 1 focuses on building core legal skills; Year 2 focuses on employability; and Year 3 focuses on independent learning (project work).
Legal skills, legal study, legal system (including Level 1 induction)
Introduction to contract and tort
Public and EU law
Law of contract
Law of torts
orking in the law (including Level 2 induction)
Criminal law 1
Criminal law 2
Property, equity and trusts 1
Plus one option from:
Gender, justice and the law
Alternative dispute resolution: theory and practice
Law and politics
Medical law and ethics
Project (including Level 3 induction)
Property, equity and trusts 2
Plus three options from:
Analysis of evidence and proof
Criminal litigation in context (CILEx)
Civil rights and the individual
Relationships and their financial consequences
Mediation and negotiation skills
Substantive law of the EU
Consumer protection and the law
Civil rights and the state
EU criminal and migration law
European human rights
Law in relation to children
International protection of human rights
PT = four modules a year for four years, and two modules in Year 5.
Working in the Law module
Working in the Law is a compulsory module for second year LLB students. The module delivers sessions on graduate employability, writing applications for law work, developing Curriculum Vitae and making presentations. You'll actively use online materials developed by the University Careers Service designed to encourage you to think about your knowledge, skills and attributes when considering career options. Personality and psychometric tests are carried out for you to further reflect upon and provide an opportunity to develop further as part of the Personal Development Plan (PDP). The module goes further to introduce you to the contentious and non contentious areas of practice, providing an opportunity to appreciate application of the law in practice.
The module places a great emphasis on employability, you're supported in gaining work experience and additional evening sessions are arranged for practitioners to deliver talks to you about life in practice. We regularly arrange Continuing Professional Development sessions, which are open to you to attend and provide an opportunity to network with practitioners.
Modules are assessed by coursework, oral presentation, multiple choice tests, case notes, essays and examinations.
Entering the profession
There are a number of routes that can be followed after the degree - the professional routes are the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) for the Bar or Solicitors’ Profession, respectively. They are both vocational qualifications and are one year in length. The BPTC and LPC focus on the practitioner skills that are necessary for barristers and solicitors. As a qualifying law degree this course is one of the pre-requisites for application to either course.
The CILex route
At LSBU we offer an embedded CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) qualification, within our Law degrees, provided particular options are chosen by students, such as Criminal Litigation and Civil Litigation. Successfully completing the degree will allow you to apply for graduate membership of CILEx. This will open alternative routes to practising Law.
Law as a career
A law degree offers a variety of career choice in one of the most well-paid and socially important sectors. The type of career on offer can depend on the kind of law firm you want to work for, and possibly the area of law you specialise in. And options are not confined to the legal services sector either, due to the range of transferable skills gained from the course. Law graduates can work in banks, businesses and charities, in local government and the civil service as well as in law firms.
Commitment is needed to work in the legal profession as it can take a long time to qualify and it is a very competitive sector. Having good analytical skills and the ability to digest large amounts of information and then explain it in plain English are essential.
Solicitors form the largest part of the legal profession, with around 120,000 practicing solicitors in the UK, the majority based in the London area. Competition for training places is fierce and some firms arrange training contracts up to two years in advance. Solicitors provide expert legal support and advice to clients. They take instructions from clients who can be individuals to private companies and then advise on necessary courses of legal action.
Roughly 75% of solicitors work in private practice, however opportunities elsewhere include the Crown Prosecution Service or legal aid services. Unsurprisingly, law is the highest paid graduate job with salaries averaging £36,000, with massive potential to rise with career development. (AGR Summer Survey, 2010)
Another option is to become a barrister. Barristers represent their clients in court, usually instructed by the client's solicitor. Although demand to be a barrister far outweighs the amount of positions available, and it requires further qualifications and training, the benefits can include salaries of up to £300,000.
Legal Executives are the third branch of the legal profession and although not so well known as Solicitors and Barristers, qualification as a Legal Executive is a flexible and cost effective way to qualify as a lawyer and find a satisfying and well paid career. As modules in this course are accredited by Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), on graduation you'll be eligible to become a Graduate Member of CILEx without any further study or assessment. After 3 years of legal practice you'll then be eligible to become a Fellow of CILEX. Fellows of CILEx are as qualified as solicitors, except they specialise in one area of law. Legal executives can become partners in law firms and be appointed as a Judge and CILEx is becoming an increasingly popular way of entering the law profession. After five years' experience Legal Executive salaries can reach £55,000.
Gold standard degree
While our graduates may go on to join professional courses leading to qualification as a solicitor or barrister, the LLB is also useful for numerous jobs that value skills in analysis, clear communication, efficient organisation and reasoned persuasion.
It is a gold standard degree valued by Employers because a sound understanding of the law is sought in most areas of commercial and industrial life. Small companies, individual company departments and service or voluntary organisations seek specialist legal advice on major issues. They also require staff with an awareness of where the legal pitfalls may lie and an understanding of when specialists need to be consulted.
Legal Advice Clinic
Our Legal Advice Clinic where you can volunteer is part of the Southwark Legal Advice Network and is supported by local law firms.
Future lawyers project
Our Future Lawyers Project with the South London Law Society provides students with placements in local law firms in order to complete the Working in the Law module. You'll have the opportunity to shadow solicitors and where appropriate carry out tasks in placements with South London firms such as: Powell & Co, Anthony Gold Solicitors, Hanne & Co, Wainwright & Cummins Solicitors, Fisher Meredith and Deighton Pierce Glynn.
Lambeth County Court Helpdesk
You may also participate in our LSBU Help Desk at Lambeth County Court and not only help members of the public but also observe hearings with the Judges. Members of the public often need help in identifying the correct form for their court case, and our students are trained to assist them to do this and give information about the next step with the forms.
London Law Careers Fair
We are part of the London Law Careers Fair giving our students priority booking for the annual national law fair held at the Law Society. It is an opportunity to meet future employers and ask about training and employment opportunities. This is an important initiative in which students hear from top practitioners, including Judges, solicitors, barristers and legal executives in break-out sessions designed to address topics of current interest.
Employability and careers sessions with barristers and solicitors from a great variety of careers, with a chance to talk informally with the practitioners. Our links with the professions come from our active participation in the Inns of Court and the national and local Law Societies. These sessions are very popular as the speakers come to the University to meet out students and to discuss with them options for their future careers.
Taught by qualified lawyers
Visiting Professors and Fellows are leading lawyers who support us by teaching on our courses and giving lectures to students and local practitioners. Examples include Imran Khan, Solicitor, Joel Bennathan QC and sir Geoffrey Bindman.
Placements and volunteering lie at the heart of our teaching and employability strategies. Results and qualifications are important but they are often not enough. Employers are looking for candidates who can already show that they have the skills, knowledge, motivation and experience to do the job. But placements and volunteering don't just add value to your CV, they make you a better student too – challenging you and showing the way
Our students have enjoyed successful placements within a varied range of organisations including:
London South Bank University Legal Advice Clinic
An innovative and exciting opportunity for our students to volunteer at the Legal Advice Clinic offering advice and assistance to members of the public on a drop in basis. Students receive specialist training, supervised sessions in undertaking research and give legal advice on live issues such as social welfare law as well as Employment Law.
Lambeth County Court
We are the first law department to work alongside the Lambeth County Court Services in providing a duty scheme with students offering guidance and assistance to members of the public who cannot get assistance from the Court Services directly due to the numerous budget cuts . Offering a valuable opportunity to gain training on forms and proceedings as well as public relations within Civil proceedings.
The London Borough of Southwark
Our Law department has set up a placement programme in conjunction with Southwark Council which has proved to be a huge success. Students who complete a placement during the course of the academic year enter a competition at the end of the year for a full two week placement during the summer holidays, student feedback has been positive with many communicating their interest in the public sector having completed their work placement.
South London Law Centres
Southwark Law Centre, Blackfriars, Cambridge House and the Afro Asian Advisory Service are working together to provide work placements for our students to gain an insight into the workings of a law centre and the public advice sector. Students gain an insight into areas such as Employment Law, Housing law and Immigration law.
Anthony Gold Solicitors, and Fisher Meredith, Wainwright Cummins are a few of the law firms that are offering work placements to our students, providing valuable exposure to aspects of Civil Law. At present we arrange placements spanning over a 6 week period, with students spending one working day at the law firm.
Tuckers Solicitors is UK's leading criminal law firm with offices nationwide, we have a number of placement opportunities for students who have an interest in Criminal law, Civil Liberties and Regulatory proceedings.
Year one class contact time is typically 12 hours per week plus independent study and tutorials.
You'll study three modules each semester. Each module will be made up of:
a weekly two hour lecture where the main content of the subject will be delivered;
a weekly one hour workshop, where the lecturer will focus on more practical aspects of the subject, for example problem solving and exam technique;
a weekly one hour seminar where you'll tackle problems or essay-based questions based on information delivered in the lectures.
Teaching and learning
Our teaching and learning strategy focuses on student engagement and support and teaching law in its professional context. Many of our lecturers are qualified legal professionals and know how the law works in practice and how to help you build a career in law and related professional fields. As part of the course they will encourage and support you to secure placements, volunteer and engage in other activities like mooting (mock trial competitions) that help enhance your professional career opportunities.
Free iPad and core e-books
We know law textbooks can be costly so we provide you with all your core text books for free. You get e-copies as well as hard copies and a free iPad Mini to read them on.
Virtual Learning Environment
You can also use the iPad to gain access to the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) to benefit from weekly online teaching support for all your classes. This includes quizzes with instant feedback, audio presentations which summarise the lectures and exercises to help you prepare for your face-to-face teaching in lectures and seminars.
Student Engagement & Support
We provide excellent student support through personal tutors, a careers tutor, student mentors and the University's Student Life Centre. We work closely with the Student Law Society to provide a range of activities and events including a careers fair, talks by lawyers and judges, competitions, volunteering and social events.
260 UCAS points:
BCC at A Level; or
BTEC Level 3 Qualifications (DMM); or
Access to HE Diploma, 24 Level 3 credits at Merit; plus
English and Maths GCSE (C or above), or equivalent.
We consider other level 3 qualifications from around the world.
English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
Work experience in a Law firm prior to enrolment is not required. However if you can secure any, it will provide a good entry point and and start your self-development connected to Law.