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Law (Social Justice) (with placement year)

LLB (Hons)
Entry requirements: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: LLB (Hons)
UCAS code: M201
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Overview

Passionate about human rights and equality?

Take the first step towards a career as a human rights lawyer with our LLB (Hons) Law degree, featuring a specialism in social justice and a sandwich placement year in industry.

You’ll build a strong foundation of legal knowledge, enabling you to work towards a career as a solicitor or barrister.

You’ll also develop a broad range of transferable skills for employment in other areas, if you choose not to go on to a professional qualification in law.

The programme is taught by a mix of academic experts and practitioner lawyers, who put real world clinical legal experience at the heart of the programme. You’ll develop a critical grasp of the law and its political, social and economic contexts.

Upon successful completion of the Bradford LLB Law degree, you are able to proceed to the Legal Practice Course (for aspiring solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for aspiring barristers).

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board have accredited the Bradford LLB as a qualifying law degree. This means that, if you successfully complete the assessments and examinations in the seven foundations of legal knowledge and legal skills training, you will be eligible for exemption from the academic stages of training and be able to continue to the postgraduate study and practical-based training stages needed to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.

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"One of the greatest experiences for me has been being elected as Law Society president in my second year, as it has helped me grow as an individual and learn from my teachers to gain a good understanding of the real world of a solicitor."

LLB Law

Why Bradford?

At Bradford we place your future employability at the heart of our teaching.

Teaching styles and assessment methods combine the traditional with the modern to ensure that when you graduate you have developed both the academic and practical skills to thrive in the modern legal world. Our Legal Advice Clinic allows you (as a final year student) to provide real legal advice to members of the public and experience social justice in operation.

We have connections with an array of top law organisations in Bradford and the surrounding area, and as a student you'll benefit from guest lecturers, networking, work experience opportunities, and mooting competitions.

We develop these partnerships to provide you with the best up-to-date education and to help boost your career opportunities.

You can get involved in the editorial work of the Bradford Student Law Journal - a student-run, peer reviewed journal based at the School of Law. The primary function of the journal is to promote student research, reflection and writing.

Run by students for students, the Law Society is a great way to socialise with your peers and to expand your learning outside the classroom.

The Law Society hosts and participates in a range of internal and external mooting competitions, giving students a chance to practice their skills in conditions which simulate a courtroom setting. Students learn how to analyse problems, research the law, prepare written submissions and present their arguments.

The Law Society holds regular social events, and hosts a popular annual Law Ball.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 120 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 122 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

Year 1 is made up of four core modules.

Legal Relationships, Sources and Institutions provides you with a framework of knowledge & skills, and the opportunity to study the English Legal System and Constitutional and Administrative Law as required by the professional bodies (the SRA and BSB).

Contract Law is a further professional body requirement, and introduces you to some fundamental and widely used legal principles.

Law, Social Justice and Sustainability allows you to consider, through four case studies, interesting current questions about the relationship between law and social justice and the importance of sustainability. It also encourages you to develop your legal literacy and research skills.

Finally, the Business, Law and Ethics module gives you an opportunity to develop your commercial awareness and an understanding of key legal principles as they operate in business, as well as the importance of ethics and ethical practice in both legal and business practice contexts.

Year 2 is made up of five core modules. You will study Tort Law, Human Rights, Criminal Law, Law in a Global Context and Law in the Community . The latter module, as well as developing professional and research skills, gives you an opportunity to consider your future career options and has a significant input from our careers specialists and guest speakers.

In Year 3 you undertake a placement year. Your experience will be monitored as part of your degree.

Year 4 consists of two core modules and a wide range of optional modules. The core modules are Land Law and Equity and Trusts, ensuring you satisfy SRA and BSB requirements. Optional modules focus on the role of the law and its potential to change the world, exploring how the law can deliver social justice and improve lives.

Extra-curricular activities include opportunities for mooting, and participating in the Bradford Student Law Society.

Module name Type
Year 1
Business, Law and Ethics core
Contract Lawcore
Law, Social Justice and Sustainabilitycore
Legal Relationships, Sources and Institutionscore
Year 2
Criminal Lawcore
Human Rightscore
Law in a Global Contextcore
Law in the Community 1core
The Law of Tortcore
Year 4

Please note that not all options will be available every year as they depend on student demand and staff availability. Students will be given the opportunity to state their preferences and the School of Law will do its best to accommodate these.

Equity and Trustscore
Land Lawcore
Dissertationoption
Employment Law option
Environmental Lawoption
Family Lawoption
Immigration and Asylum Lawoption
Law in the Community 2option
Law in the Community 2 (extended)option
Law of Successionoption
Medical and Healthcare Lawoption
Social Welfare Lawoption
Youth Justiceoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The programme is delivered through a combination of interactive lectures, tutorials and workshops using state-of-the-art IT, group work and individual study.

Assessment largely involves a combination of coursework assessments and formal examinations held at the end of each semester.

Placement

This 4-year programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in business in your third year.

Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand how business and management concepts are applied in practice, and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace. It can also be done abroad.

The placement year is a vital part of your learning and will add significantly to your personal development, self-confidence, planning, communication and business acumen skills. Statistics show that students who have undertaken a placement year benefit from a better graduate job, higher graduate starting salary and a better degree outcome. In a competitive graduate market, valuable experience and employability skills gained from a year’s work placement will differentiate you from the thousands of other graduates seeking work.

Placements are not guaranteed, and students will have to invest considerable time and effort in their 2nd year in securing one, with the support of the dedicated Careers team.

We have links with a range of top law organisations in Bradford and the surrounding area. Additionally, the Faculty of Management and Law has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements, including:

  • IBM
  • Vauxhall
  • NHS
  • GE Money
  • ARRIS (formerly Pace)
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Cummins
  • Peugeot

Through your placement you can apply your knowledge in practice and have a real and positive impact on the business.  Your experience will be monitored as part of your degree.

We find that students return from their placement year with their confidence and personal skills enhanced, and ready to implement their focused plan for the future.

Study Abroad

As a student at University of Bradford Faculty of Management and Law you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

You can study abroad for one semester or a whole year.

This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading business schools.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

93% of our 2015 graduates in Law found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Our LLB Law degree will enable you to proceed to the second stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister. It is designed to give you the legal tools you will need for a career as a solicitor or barrister working in a social justice field, such as housing, immigration, social welfare, the charity sector and the voluntary sector, or in a paralegal field, the police, or legal executive positions.

It will also equip you for employment in other areas, such as general business and management, public service or teaching.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Law graduates was £17,714.

Study Support

You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.

Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.

The use of a virtual learning environment as part of the programme further enhances the accessibility of your teaching team, enabling you to interact when you are off-campus.

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.

The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.

Research

Many of your teaching staff are research active. You will benefit from research informed teaching, and have the opportunity to develop and use practical research skills and gain understanding of research methodologies.

Facilities

The School of Law is situated in its own beautiful parkland campus on the outskirts of Bradford, providing a perfect setting for legal study.

Our dedicated law library provides a wide range of legal resources and we have a unique collaboration with Bradford's Police Museum.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,250
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.