LLB (Hons)

Summary

Study level
Award
Full time
3 years
Part time
3 years+
Location
London, Birmingham, Manchester or Online
Faculty of Social Science

Course Overview

Arden’s Law LLB (Hons) course is the perfect pathway if you aspire to become a lawyer or barrister. An LLB qualification, also known as a Bachelor of Laws, is equivalent to a BA or BSc undergraduate degree, and is the first step to an exciting choice of career possibilities in the law sector and also in professions such as journalism, politics, policing, teaching, and much more. 

Our LLB course, which is available at our UK study centres and also as a fully online degree, has been newly updated to reflect recent changes to professional practice qualifications in the UK. You now have the opportunity to select specific degree pathways, such as preparing for a career as a solicitor by opting for course modules that cover the knowledge required for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE 1). Alternatively, you may want to take a pathway that prepares you for a Bar Training Course if you wish to qualify as a barrister in the future. 

However, we don’t expect all our students to make a concrete decision about their future career when they first join us, and this law course isn’t just for those that want to work in the legal sector. You’ll have time to discover which aspects of your law degree ignite your passion during your first few years of study, and you’ll find that this LLB course helps you develop a full suite of skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, presentation, negotiation, and persuasion. Workplace attributes such as these are hugely valuable across a wide range of contemporary careers, and you’ll graduate with a highly regarded qualification that provides value for a lifetime. 

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Course details and modules

With this professionally focused Law degree, you’ll learn practical skills that are focused on your future employability. Studying our Law LLB (Hons) also means you’ll start gathering the knowledge required for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE 1), as well as taking an important step towards a Bar Training Course if you wish to qualify as a barrister. Students who want to graduate with a more universal LLB qualification have a number optional modules to choose from in year three. Each of these modules covers a particular field or career skillset, such as family law or immigration and asylum law.

Preparation for the SQE 1 exam

The way in which solicitors and barristers qualify in England and Wales has recently changed. Our LLB reflects the latest industry requirements to ensure that students are fully equipped to take the relevant Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) exams if they wish to do so. This includes access to SQE related learning materials for up to a year to prepare for sitting part 1 of the SQE exam for all successful graduates. 

Bettina Finna

Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! Once you have an honest interest for what you learn, if you reach out for more, you will be welcome to be helped and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.

Bettina Finna
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Modules

  • English Legal System and Skills
  • Public Law
  • Tort 1
  • Crime 1
  • Civil Liberties in Practice
  • Contract Law
  • Tort 2
  • Crime 2
  • Land Law and Practical Skills
  • Equity, Trusts and Wills
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Technology, Innovation and the Law
  • Core modules (20 credits)

  • Employment Law 

  • Optional professional practice modules:

  • SQE pathway recommended modules (20 credits)*

    • Business Law and Practice

    • Solicitors Professional Practice

    • Property Practice

    • Law of Evidence

  • Bar pathway recommended modules (20 credits)*

    • European Union Law

    • Advocacy

    • Law of Evidence

  • Optional modules (20 credits)*

    • Family Law 

    • Immigration and Asylum Law

    • Placement and Pro Bono

    • International Law

    • International Commercial Law

    • Legal Research Project

    • Legal Dissertation (40 credits)

*For students enrolled at our UK study centres: modules are subject to student numbers and may be delivered in the online format where necessary. 
 

Levels and awards

Law LLB (Hons) (360 credits)
Diploma of Higher Education in Law (240 credits)
Certificate in Higher Education in Law (120 credits)

How do we assess you?

Virtual Law Firm

A unique aspect of this course is Arden’s Virtual Law Firm. The Virtual Law Firm replicate many of the  aspects of professional law practice that you will encounter in  the workplace, such as  receiving  client instructions, interacting with colleagues, and working to deadlines. Through the Virtual Law Firm, you’ll be able to apply your learning to real world scenarios in a safe environment with supportive feedback and guidance from our law faculty members.

Assessment methods tailored to your career

To assess your progress through the course, a variety of assessment methods are used that support the development of your knowledge, application, and skills. At level 4 and level 5, each module’s assessment contains two parts. 

  • A multiple choice question (MCQ) examination to assess your comprehension of key module content. This assessment format directly reflects the MCQ format of the SQE examinations, giving you added preparation if you opt for further solicitor training. 
  • The second part includes a number of different assessment methods, which may include the use of advocacy, portfolios, drafting exercises, and coursework, depending on the module you’re currently working through. 

At level 6, you’ll have the opportunity to choose which modules you wish to study to reflect your desired career path, and you’ll be given full support and guidance through each item of assessment you undertake. 

Study options

This course is available to study through Arden’s blended learning study mode at our study centres in London Ealing, London Tower Hill, London Holborn, Manchester, and Birmingham.
 
The course is also available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere in the UK or worldwide.

Imran Ali Khalifa

I wanted to study with Arden because it was the only option I found that truly suited my needs and what I was looking for in a university. The affordable cost of the course, and the fact that I could transfer my credits from previous studies really made Arden stand out.

Imran Ali Khalifa
LLB (Hons) with Qualifying Status – Distance Learning

Blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at the Arden study centre of your choice. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully.
 
Blended learning is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who live within commuting or driving distance of one of our UK study centres. 

Please note: study centre classes are temporarily being conducted online in our virtual classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face classes will resume once the current restrictions are lifted. 

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Online learning

How does it work?

Studying your Law LLB (Hons) with Arden gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of your home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us). ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have your Kindle handy.

Studying online with Arden University doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

Standard entry requirements

  • Three subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in four subjects at GCSE level or equivalent including GCSE English; or
  • Completion of a recognised Access Programme or equivalent, such as our Law LLB (Hons) with Foundation Year.

Non standard entry requirements

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this LLB degree, even if you do not currently meet our standard entry requirements. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course, as well as references and evidence of relevant experiences and/or previous qualifications. 

Exemptions may be granted in respect of other prior qualifications subject to Arden’s APCL regulations.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Harriet Jones

The courses at Arden University allow you to explore elements of the legal system such as, the relationship between crime, society and the law, the political, psychological and social aspects of criminology, and crime prevention. By the time you’ve completed you course, we’ll have provided you with transferrable critical thinking skills that can be applied to a range of careers. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
 

Harriet Jones
Law Programme Team Leader 

Career prospects

A law degree provides you with a wide range of transferable skills that can be used in a variety of professions. You’ll learn how to research and critically analyse information, communicate information in different formats to different audiences, work through a problems, and reach reasoned conclusions. As such, a law degree give you the skills and attributes sought after in a range of careers, including those in non-legal professions.

What will I gain from this degree?

Whether you’re using the LLB qualification as a stepping stone to your dream career, or you’re looking to hit the ground running with a graduate role straight out of university, this degree will help you build the foundations for a career in a variety of exciting and challenging industries. Studying your Law LLB (Hons) will help you: 

  • Prepare for a career in law
  • Prepare for the next steps to becoming a barrister or solicitor
  • Enter work in a private practice as a paralegal, carrying out many of the tasks and roles of a qualified solicitor
  • Gain a broad range of legal and research skills that are highly sought after in both law and non-law sectors, expanding your professional skillset and increasing your future employability. 

What can I do after Arden University?

We don’t expect undergraduate students to have a set career in mind before starting their degree. So, don’t worry if you’re still weighing up your future options. Instead, we prepare you with a range of skills that employers from a variety of industries value. After graduating from the course, you’ll feel confident to make a decision about your future career path. 

Future legal roles include:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Executive
  • Legal Secretary

Non legal career options are almost endless, but popular choices include:

  • Journalism
  • Policing
  • Politics
  • Teaching and academia
  • Tax consultancy roles
  • Business consultancy roles

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Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn. 

Fast-Track Your Career

At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us - with no tuition fees to pay - once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course. 

On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.

We’ll provide you with advice and guidance about which master’s course meets your career needs and provides a meaningful pathway from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

To see the full terms and conditions, please visit https://arden.ac.uk/terms-and-conditions