This module is designed to enable students to acquire the skills and foundation knowledge of law to succeed in their programme of study. The module aims to facilitate students personal and academic development and to provide students with the opportunity to undertake independent research tasks which require students to locate primary sources of law using electronic legal data bases. The module also enables students to develop good working relationships with their fellow students and to work effectively in group situations to contribute to group tasks. The acquisition of legal skills is situated within the attainment of an understanding of the operation and structure of the English legal system and understanding of the court structure and operation including the system of precedent, awareness of sources of law, methods of statutory interpretation. Additionally students will be introduced to theoretical approaches to the law to consider, through group discussion in workshops, notions of justice and consider the relationship between law and morality.
This module introduces students to the key principles relating to the law of contract the following themes: Contract Formation, Contract Management, Contractual Remedies, Vitiating Factors, and discharge. This provides students with a conceptual academic framework to assist the application of knowledge gained to problem-based scenarios. This affords students the opportunity to consider the operation of Contract Law and its relevance in daily life, business and commercial contexts by providing an overview of remedies available for contract law disputes. The module aims to equip students with a thorough understanding of both the theoretical Law of Contract as well and an overview how contract law applies in practice. It provides students with an opportunity to work in groups to consider real and hypothetical problem situations and to develop their oral and written communication skills to present reasoned arguments and conclusions to contract law problems.
This module will introduce students to the objective of the tort system and basic principles of liability underpinning tort law to consider some of the various interests that are protected. The module will explore the acts and omissions that give rise to liability and the type of harm which is actionable and for which compensation can be sought. The module deals with issues of caution and fault within particular types of action in tort, and considers the role of policy in relation to this area of law. The module also considers briefly the relevance of different modes of liability, including strict liability, vicarious liability and contributory negligence, as well as defences, and some of the potential remedies available to an action in tort.
This module introduces students to constitutional law and the various constitutional institutions of the UK state such as Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary. The module considers how these constitution institutions are defined in law as well as their respective functions and powers and the relationship between these, within the political context in which they function. The concept of constitutionalism is considered with reference to concepts such the Rule of Law and Parliamentary Sovereignty, to examine the legal and political relationships between the Government, Executive and the judiciary and to consider how constitutional powers are administered. This provides an opportunity to consider the relationship between the state and the citizen, and the obligations of the state in the protection of human rights. The body of administrative law is also reviewed to consider the range of potential legal and political methods of holding the Executive to account.
This module embeds subject specific employability skills and is intended to prepare students for their Professional Practice Placement module in level 5. As part of this preparation students will have the opportunity to access a range of online resources and learning activities that will assist students in identifying their learning style, personality traits and work environment preferences. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their experience in the module and their engagement with workshops activities requiring working in groups to gain an understanding of the group/ team process. Students will have the opportunity to gain insight into and investigate a range of law and non-law careers, understand the expectations of employers and how they may meet these. Students will have the opportunity to undertake review of their CV, practice their interview techniques in developing a range of employability skills. Students will have the opportunity to engage in observation of criminal and civil court proceedings in the Magistrates and Crown court and to observe legal processes and legal professionals in this context.
This module provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the essential elements of criminal liability, including the nature of the actus reus (conduct element of the offence) and the mens rea (the mental element) and the principle of causation, to consider how these relate to the construction of criminal liability and the categorisation of criminal offences. In addition, students will consider a range of defences that may apply and the circumstances and scope of their application. These key principles are considered in relation to their application to homicide offences and a range of non-fatal offences against the person. Students also review various modes of liability including: strict liability, secondary participation and inchoate offences (attempts and conspiracy). Students also consider in brief the issue of capacity in relation to the criminal liability of children and corporations.
- M100 Course Code
- 3 Years
- 112 Typical UCAS Tariff
Why study Law (LLB) at Newman?
The LLB degree offers you a sound understanding of the foundations of legal knowledge, which must be successfully completed at the academic stage of your legal career as well as offering you an opportunity to explore other exciting areas of law. The core modules meet the requirements of a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) as you progress to the vocational stage of your career where you will either undertake the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) or the training requirements of the Bar Standards Board, if you intend to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister. However, the degree will also equip you with skills and knowledge to pursue a range of different graduate careers.
Our degree offers an opportunity to develop sound legal knowledge alongside practical legal and transferable skills. In addition, our LLB students are offered the opportunity to develop key employability skills in the real world. Our LLB is distinctive in offering the rare ability to undertake Professional Practice Placements in each year of the degree, allowing students to gain invaluable experience in the workplace.
What Newman has to offer
Student focused high quality learning which is supported by small class sizes and an interactive teaching style enabling you to feel engaged with and enthused by their learning of law. Small group workshops and seminars enable you to test out your knowledge and skills and learn from subject experts.
‘Real world’ law where your learning is related to the solving real life legal problems.
Excellent facilities including our full sized courtroom with integrated video facilities, designed to enable you to develop your practical legal skills.
A supportive diverse and inclusive environment where you will be supported by the wider Newman team, the law academic team, and your personal tutor whom you will meet with regularly to discuss your personal and academic development
Opportunities for developing employability skills through Professional Practice Placements to prepare you for a range of legal and non-law graduate careers.
Learn about social justice through a range of learning opportunities enabling you to learn about the law in action, connect with the local legal community, so you are to better able to understand the role of law and lawyers in society and to understand and think critically about how the law is and how it could be improved.
What does the course cover?
The course covers the seven foundations of legal knowledge required for a Qualifying Law Degree, including Contract Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity and Trusts, European Law and Public Law. You will also have the opportunity to explore other areas of law through optional modules and through a dissertation. Some of the optional modules include Employment Law, Medical Law and Ethics, Dispute Resolution and Remedies, Law of Business Organisations, and International Human Rights.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in a number of different ways which may include:
- Case studies and Case reviews
- Practical assessments such as advocacy and negotiation
- Reflective journals
The assessment tasks are carefully selected to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills across a range of subject and skill areas and to have the best opportunity to demonstrate these effectively to succeed at all stages of your study. Tutors are on hand to provide guidance and support on the assessment process.
What careers can I consider?
Although an LLB is not essential for qualification as a Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive, it provides an excellent starting point in preparation for these careers. A significant number of law graduates use their degrees to pursue a range of other graduate careers where legal knowledge and skills are highly valued. These could include working as a company secretary, human resources professional or in corporate governance, the civil service, accountancy, probation services, the police, local government or charitable organisations.
Studying and living in Birmingham
Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.
Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.
Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).
Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!
Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!
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You must achieve at least 112 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.
Access Students can achieve this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course:
D30-M0-P15; D27-M6-P12; D24-M12-P9; D21-M18-P6; D18-M24-P3; D15-M30-P0
Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language and Mathematics, are also required.
For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers Law (with Foundation Year) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.
The University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.
Applying Direct Option
You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.
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The Direct Application Link for September 2022 will be added soon.
If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form
Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK students: £9,250 *
* Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
Please note that the course fee for September 2022 will be confirmed later this year, and will be updated on the course page in due course.
Students may be required to purchase one or more core text books to supplement the resources provided by the university, (normally no more than £50 in each academic year of study).
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in some cases required by employers before students can begin a professional practice placement. Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.
Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees.
This module introduces students to the notion of trust law and the legal and equitable principles that govern their operation to enable property to be held by one person for the benefit of another. The use of trusts is relevant to commercial, family and charitable dealings and their use in these contexts to provide solutions to the management of property is considered. They do, however, result in legal obligations for those who administer them and acts as trustees, with legal consequences for those who breach the terms and purposes of the trust. Students are introduced to the nature of trusteeship and the fiduciary relationship and to the remedies for breach of trust and the possible steps that may be taken to recover trust property.
The UK triggered Article 50 TEU 29th March 2017 with the intention of leaving the European Union 29th March 2019. Whilst the outcome of the ‘Brexit’ process has created considerable uncertainty, EU law will continue to apply within the UK during any period of transition until such a time as the UK formally leaves the EU. The EU is a supranational legal structure wielding considerable influence and power and as such its structure, institution, and legal framework remain worthy of study and understanding for its influence to date on many areas of UK law. If and when the UK leaves the EU, the EU will remain an important partner both politically and economically, and an understanding of EU law in relation to the continued trade relations between the EU and the UK remains relevant now and for the future.
This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the legal responses to the formation, dissolution and regulation of family relationships, by way of marriage and civil partnerships. The module considers the impact of the dissolution of these legal relationships upon the division of family property and consider the factors that court will consider in providing for the continued maintenance of children from such relationships. The module also enables students to engage in and evaluate the law in relation to the parent/child relationship, to consider the concept of parental responsibility, how this operates between parents and when a court may step in to override this. The module further considers the legal consequences that flow from the context of domestic violence in relation to the family home, and the range of protective measures to protect family members in such situations.
This module embeds subject specific employability skills and is intended to build on the skills and experience students have gained in the previous professional practice placement module at level 4. The module provides an opportunity to gain work experience in a law related or graduate employability context. Law students who wish to gain credit for their work experience for the purposes of the accreditation with the Solicitors Regulation Authority will be given specific advice about this in advance. During their professional practice placement students will be expected to maintain contact with the module leader through individual 1:1 seminar sessions. Where students are not able to source a placement or where a planned placement becomes unavailable, students will have the opportunity to engage in the Newman Law in Action Project working with year 12/13 students in schools. Students who take up this opportunity will need to have completed a DBS check in advance.
This module introduces students to the concept of rights in or over land, both legal and equitable and the distinction between the two. The module explores how rights and interests in land are created and how they may be shared through the process of co-ownership, or subsequently be transferred between parties through the process of conveyance. The module also considers how in some instances interests in land can be terminated. Students are introduced to the concepts of registered and unregistered land governed by the relevant statutes, and the distinction in the treatment of rights and interests in land under these differing systems. Students will also consider how a range of interests and obligations in respect of land are created (leases, licenses, easements, covenants) and the respective formalities for their transfer, including the rights and obligations of the various parties with respect to these. The module also looks at the obligations that come into being when land is mortgaged and the rights and duties parties have under the mortgage and remedies for when a party fails to meet these.
This module enables students to explore the disputes that may arise in relation to contract and tort and the relevance and application of the mediation process as a first step in resolving these in order to avoid civil litigation. Students will work in small groups to develop mediation skills through participation in simulated workshop role play activities. Students will be given feedback on their performance in advance of their assessment of undertaking a mediation in relation to a contract or tort law dispute. In additions to those, students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of a range of equitable and legal remedies available and the relevant legal process for the pursuit of relevant claims.
This module is a core module and an essential element of the LLB (Hons) law degree in demonstrating academic rigour and a sophisticated level of written communication through students undertaking a significant piece of independent research. Students are supported in the selection and development of their research proposals through the introductory module lectures and workshops. Students will be provided with feedback on their submitted proposal, to offer guidance for development and the opportunity to address any inherent weaknesses. Student will be allocated a supervisor who will guide and support them through the production of this extensive piece of work, which enables students to study with rigour and depth a chosen subject area that reflects their personal interests in law or aligns with their future career aspirations.
This module embeds subject specific employability skills and is intended to build on the skills and experiences that students have gained in previous professional practice placement modules at levels 4 and 5. The module provides an opportunity to gain work experience in a law related or graduate employability context. Law students who wish to gain credit for their work experience for the purposes of the accreditation with the Solicitors Regulation Authority will be given specific advice about this in advance. During their Professional Practice Placement students will be expected to maintain contact with the module leader through individual 1:1 seminar sessions.
This module introduces students to a range of criminal law theft and criminal property offences. Students will have the opportunity in their student and consideration of the substantive law relating to these offences to gain an overview of the associated legal processes and procedures relevant to Magistrates and Crown Court. Students will follow a documented case from arrest to sentence and will gain an understanding of the law relating to the provision of legal advises and legal representation relating to a number of contexts and processes which may include a consideration of: advising clients at the police station interview, charging procedure, consideration of bail, plea, pre-trial and case management, trial and sentencing process. This module provides an opportunity to consider some of the professional issues and relevant legal processes that arise in relation to client representation, as well as providing the opportunity to develop oral advocacy skills.
This module aims to provide an overview of the historical development of human rights and to the consider rights theory and the nature of international human right law within the context of the potential for human rights abuses that arise during times of war and political conflict. The module enables students to consider both the international and regional frameworks for the protection of rights protection as well as the relevant theories and doctrine, (universality versus cultural relativism) to consider the political context in which human right protection operates. A selection of specific rights are considered in relation to the frameworks for protection and there is an overview of the international (United Nations) and regional systems for enforcement.
Business Organisations can take a number of very different forms, that determine the structure, roles, duties and legal liabilities of those who are responsible for their operation and management, for example Director, Shareholder, Partner, Company Secretary. This module introduces students to the various different types of business structures, how these are created and regulated in their operation in law and how these work in practice as well. The module also considers the different types of business activity that businesses commonly engage in, such as securing business finance, product manufacture and sales. The module examines the different roles adopted within the different business structures to enable the business to function and considers the duties and liabilities that can arise in relation to the operation of these different business structures and available when these are not met.
Medical law is an interesting and expansive area of law informed by new developments in medical technology and innovative scientific techniques and their application within medicine and the health care setting. Students are introduced to several areas of law to consider the challenges that innovations in medical science present to the legal framework in keeping pace with new technology and the ethical issues presented by the application of new technologies. The module enables students to engage in discussion of the philosophical and ethical dimensions of medical law in relation to a range of topics within the area of medical law and to consider their impact on human rights.