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Law (Extended), LLB Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Four-year Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) which includes a foundation year (the foundation year introduces you to business law, the English Legal System, criminology and also includes courses on communication and academic writing)
  • Study a range of specialist courses
  • Gain practical transferable skills that will prepare you for future employment in a range of working environments
  • Opportunities to apply for a range of employability opportunities/events.

Overview

Overview

Why study this programme?

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this extended degree may be for you. This new four-year programme (the first student intake was in September 2016) includes a foundation year.

The LLB Hons Law (Extended) programme's foundation year is designed to give you:

  • An introduction to the English Legal System
  • An introduction to Business Law
  • An introduction to Criminology
  • Improved communication skills
  • Academic writing skills.

After successful completion of the foundation year you will - over the remaining three years of the LLB Hons Law (Extended) programme - have the opportunity to study a range of specialist courses, equipping you with practical transferable skills that will prepare you for future employment in a range of working environments.

Following successful completion of the first year of the degree programme, students will have access to the range of opportunities* available to our LLB students which are aimed at enhancing graduates' chances of obtaining employment when they complete their degree:

  • You will benefit from presentations by guest speakers and networking events with employers, professional bodies and alumni to help you with your career planning. You will also have access to workshops and events designed to assist you with your CV and job applications and in developing a professional digital presence.
  • The School of Law has good links with a number of employers in London, including law firms, barristers' chambers and financial institutions through its well-established Law Advisory Forum.
  • We have a long-standing record of providing opportunities for LLB Hons Law students to apply to be selected to take part in placements, internships and mentoring schemes with a variety of employers in the legal and regulatory sectors.
  • LLB Hons Law students may apply to be selected to undertake pro bono work through various schemes run by the School, both on credit-bearing courses and as extracurricular activities. These include our Legal Advice Centre, winner of a 2015 LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Award for its 'tremendous impact on the community'. The centre enables students to work closely with volunteer lawyers and professionally qualified members of academic staff to provide advice to the public.
  • The Innocence Project London is also run from the School of Law. Currently one of only ten international projects accepted as members of the US-based Innocence Network, and the only UK member, the project enables our students to apply to be selected to work on real cases concerning possible miscarriages of justice. This important work can lead to the submission of appeal applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
  • The school has a tradition of extracurricular activities, including a student-run Law Society. There are opportunities to take part in mooting, including competing to be part of the team entered for the OUP and BPP Mooting Competition against other university teams. Our LLB Hons Law students were finalists in the OUP and BPP National Mooting Competition 2014-15. Other competitions entered include the National Client Interviewing Competition.

(* Please note that all employability and extracurricular opportunities listed may be open only to certain students, and may require successfully passing a selection process.)

In addition, the School of Law is proud of its continued high academic standards and the student experience it offers. For example, under the law subject area of the 2017 Complete University Guide and the 2016 Complete University Guide, of the universities listed in the London region, LLB Law at Greenwich was ranked first in the student satisfaction category. In addition, the LLB Hons Law programme at Greenwich has received excellent satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey. In the 2014 and 2015 surveys respectively, for the LLB Hons Law programme, 97% and 96% of respondents indicated overall satisfaction.

Students on law-specific modules are offered outstanding teaching from an LLB academic staff team. Our staff have interests across a range of legal and academic areas.

In support of our law teaching, we offer a virtual learning environment to support learning with audio lecture summaries, full recordings of lectures (where appropriate), online learning activities with feedback to help you with your independent study. Effective support is also offered by an integrated personal tutor system.

In addition to the core subjects in the 'What you'll study' section below, you are required to choose either: 

Study Skills AND Academic Writing 

OR 

English for Academic Purposes 1 AND English for Academic Purposes 2.

The decision as to which pair of courses (i.e. Study Skills and Academic Writing OR English for Academic Purposes 1 & 2) will be studied by a student will be made by the University and will depend on a student's educational/academic background (please see the Entry Requirements section below).

Years 2, 3 and 4

For details of the course structure of Years 2 to 4 of this Extended programme, please refer to the course structure for Years 1 to 3 of the 3-Year, full-time, LLB Hons Law programme that starts 12 months after this Extended programme starts. (Please note that after successful completion of the foundation year, Extended students will remain on the LLB Hons Law (Extended) programme for the entire duration, i.e. a further three years once the Foundation Year has been completed.)

What you'll study

Entry requirements

For entry in September 2018

Applicants from a UK educational background should have:

A minimum of 80 UCAS points, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above (for pre-2017 GCSEs, grade 4 equates to C grade). We will NOT accept other UK qualifications in place of GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths.

The 80 UCAS points might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐Level background in relevant subjects (please note that A-Level General Studies is not accepted)
  • Applications from those with an AS‐Level background in relevant subjects (please note that AS-Level General Studies is not accepted)
  • Other qualifications (in relevant subjects) which will be considered on application
Applicants from a non‐UK educational background should have:
  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full-time education (with qualification results being equivalent to a minimum of 80 UCAS points (for information on this, please contact our International Office - see below)), a demonstrable competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE Grade C) and a demonstrable English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above (with no component below 5.5). Applicants requiring a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK must hold a UK Visas and Immigration UKVI approved IELTS.
  • If successful applicants have no IELTS skill less than 5.5 but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall, they will take the following two courses which are designed to support them: English for Academic Purposes 1 (15 credits) AND English for Academic Purposes 2 (15 credits).

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background who require more information on entry requirements should contact our International Office (international@gre.ac.uk / +44 (0)20 8331 8136).

In addition, for ALL applicants:
  • Applicants will normally be a minimum of 17 years of age (in exceptional circumstances applicants under the age of 17 may be considered)
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes which may include an interview with a member of the teaching staff
  • Any applicant may be invited to interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Professional recognition

The LLB Hons Law (Extended) programme is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) - successful completion of the degree will allow graduates to go on to undertake the further training required in order to qualify to practise, in England and Wales, as a solicitor or a barrister.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. Our LLB qualifies you to pass the academic stage.

The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course.

Note that there will be significant changes in the near future in the routes to qualification for those who want qualify to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales:

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020. This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

If you have already started your law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify as a solicitor in the same way as before or qualify as a solicitor under the new system.

For more information, see: http://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/training-for-tomorrow.page

As a new programme, there are not yet any LLB Hons Law (Extended) graduates. However, in terms of our existing, 3-year LLB Hons Law degree, aside from those working in the legal sector, our former LLB Hons Law students have gone on to successful careers in the public sector, including the civil service and police, politics, accountancy, ombudsmen, financial services and academia.

To ensure we deliver the best learning experience for our students, the structure and delivery of courses may change to reflect knowledge and industry standards. Course options illustrated here may not be available to all students and may not run every year.

If you would like more information on this programme, please contact us at law@gre.ac.uk

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