LLB Law / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

Erica Martini

The lecturers are very encouraging and approachable.

They provide tips on how to really learn the content on your own in order to prepare for seminars and exams.

Erica Martini / LLB Law

LLB Law is a specialised undergraduate law degree which will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and professional network to be highly employable, whether you have ambitions to practise law or enter a different field of work.

You will learn the necessary compulsory subjects of a law degree, as well as being able to choose from the extensive range of optional units offered by our diverse team of law, criminology and ethics specialists.

Studying at one of the UK's most international universities means you will be given opportunities to develop connections with legal practitioners and industry professionals from across the world. Our commitment to improving our local communities will further expose you to the real impact of our work and research, and offer unique opportunities to develop the awareness and practical experience needed to forge your own career.

Special features

Volunteer for the Legal Advice Centre

LLB Law students are offered the opportunity to work in one of the School's award-winning Legal Advice Centres, where you can help provide free, confidential legal advice to the public, under supervision.

If there is a particular area you are interested in developing further, you can volunteer for relevant clinics to gain specific knowledge.

Find out more on the Legal Advice Centre page.

Student societies

Getting involved in a society is a great way to enhance your CV, developing the transferable skills and experience by, for example, organising an end-of-year ball, maintaining a website or acting as a treasurer.

Our two main course societies are student-led and organise social, career and academic-related events, as well as running a number of specialised groups to help you make the most of your time at Manchester.

Find out more on the student societies page.

Study abroad

Studying abroad allows you to experience and understand different cultures and perspectives, while broadening your academic studies and discovering different styles of education. We have built excellent relationships with numerous partner universities both within and outside Europe, and you will be able to choose to study in English.

You can benefit from the chance to study abroad for a semester.

Teaching and learning

Formal based contact hours consisting of lectures and seminars, amount to between 10 and 12 hours per week. You will to spend in the region of 40 hours per week studying inclusive of lectures and seminars.

Lectures are delivered to a large cohort of students, covering an overview of a particular subject. Seminars are for small groups of up to 12 students and an academic member of staff. You will discuss and present aspects of a legal topic which you are learning. You are expected to prepare in advance for the discussion and you are also required to submit written work for each subject.

If you take the study abroad route, you will complete course units in your host university, taught in English, which may focus on Law subjects, or include other topics of interest.

We also offer skills sessions throughout the year, working in conjunction with academics, local and international lawyers and our Careers Service to enhance our students' academic progression and employability.

In addition, weekly in-sessional classes are offered to help students with English research and essay-writing skills.

Find out more about teaching and learning

Coursework and assessment

You are assessed by a combination of written examinations and coursework.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Criminal Law LAWS10030 30 Mandatory
Public Law LAWS10100 30 Mandatory
Obligations I LAWS10200 30 Mandatory
Property Law I LAWS11010 30 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Jurisprudence LAWS20101 20 Mandatory
Property Law II LAWS20220 20 Mandatory
Law of Obligations II LAWS20400 30 Mandatory
European Union Law LAWS20900 30 Mandatory
Principles of Commercial Law LAWS20052 20 Optional
Human Rights LAWS20092 20 Optional
Public International Law LAWS20372 20 Optional
Principles of Law, Medicine and Ethics LAWS20732 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation (20 credits) LAWS30001 20 Optional
Dissertation (20 credits) LAWS30012 20 Optional
Principles of Commercial Law LAWS30052 20 Optional
Criminal Evidence LAWS30082 20 Optional
Human Rights LAWS30092 20 Optional
Environmental Law LAWS30101 20 Optional
Company Law LAWS30121 20 Optional
Constitutional Reform LAWS30252 20 Optional
Employment Law LAWS30271 20 Optional
Intellectual Property Law LAWS30322 20 Optional
Competition Law in an International Context LAWS30452 20 Optional
Mental Health Law LAWS30471 20 Optional
Counter Terrorism and Human Rights LAWS30711 20 Optional
Principles of Law, Medicine and Ethics LAWS30732 20 Optional
Family Law and Relationships LAWS30771 20 Optional
Miscarriages of Justice LAWS31061 20 Optional
Advocacy and the Law LAWS31071 20 Optional
Law, Money and Technology LAWS31192 20 Optional
Law in Practice (semester 1) LAWS31201 20 Optional
Law in Practice (semester 2) LAWS31202 20 Optional
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While you study at the School of Law you will have access to first-class facilities to interact, work and practice your skills. 

Our moot court allows you to enhance your practical application of the law, by allowing you to practice in a simulated court environment, with your peers and legal experts. You will have the best possible start to your legal career by working in the award winning Legal Advice Centre

Here you can work on real legal cases with solicitors and barristers, to refine your practical application of law.

At Manchester students can access our specialist law library, in addition to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK

Volunteering in our Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre enables you to work to support clients' claims of innocence, giving you the practical insight you need to start your career. Working alongside legal experts, you will gain access and review real case files. This unique first-hand experience of this area of criminal justice allows you to connect and engage with experienced practicing lawyers.

Find out more on the Facilities page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk