Law shapes our society and influences every aspect of our lives. It defines our obligations and legal requirements, serves to regulate and define relationships and provides a means of redress when problems arise. To study Law is not only to study a challenging subject, but also to study the rules, principles and policies that underpin society. This degree gives you a theoretical and philosophical grounding in Law, as well as the ability to engage in its practical study and application.
To succeed in Law you will need to be able to think logically, enjoy solving problems, have a good eye for detail, be able to argue your point and test the views and opinions of others. The law we explore together is intellectually stimulating and rewarding, and a natural choice for those who are actively curious about current affairs, rules, principles, society, morality, ethics, the role of the state and value of the individual.
The Law LLB (a Qualifying Law Degree) sets out to give you the opportunity to study law in a contemporary, contextual and reflective setting. Our aim is to go beyond a perception of law as a set of rules to be learned and to encourage you to evaluate and critique current law and practice, to understand their theoretical foundations, to develop a thorough understanding of their social and ethical context and, in the context of professional ethics and client care, to analyse and reflect upon the role and identity of the professional in contemporary society.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week, as well as field trips throughout each year.
In your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
The Solicitors' Regulation Authority has recognised Liverpool Hope University's LLB Law degree as a Qualifying Law Degree. This means that once you graduate from Liverpool Hope, you will be able to progress onto a Legal Practice Course or a Bar Professional Training Course.
Throughout your degree, you will have a number of assessments including written exams, coursework, reports, portfolios and presentations. You will receive written and oral feedback from your tutors.
This theme comprises: (i) Constitutional Law: the study of the social and political environment in which the legal system operates and changes, comparing the British constitution with other exemplars and examining the importance of the rule of law and (ii) Administrative Law: the body of law which allows private citizens to hold public bodies to account. You will also encounter Human Rights.
You will study the body of rules that organises and regulates the rights and duties arising between individuals in the area of Contract. The specific rights and duties are referred to as obligations, and this area of law deals with their creation, effects, and extinction. The law of contract is about the enforcement of promises. Emphasis is placed on developing a critical understanding of key principles of contract law, as well the ways in which the principles of contract law relate to the practical aspects of contractual relationships.
You not only learn the specific rules and principles of selected criminal offences, but also have an opportunity to put into effect the legal skills introduced in the Legal Methods seminars. By making the skills element explicit, you are able to deepen and broaden your development more effectively in subsequent years on the degree.
This theme is defined by Ian McLeod as “the techniques that are available to lawyers when they are handling the law”. You are introduced to a range of skills that you will then draw on explicitly throughout your degree, including legal research, case analysis, statutory interpretation and legal reasoning. These skills, together with the more generic skills of oral and written communication, are developed extensively at every level.
This theme brings the substantive (statutory/written law) and procedural (the ‘machinery’ to enforce) criminal law together, drawing links between Criminal Justice Process and ideas such as access to justice and the role of legal personnel, with a view to critically think about how crime is approached, its effects on society and the most effective strategies to fight against it.
The societal context of the theory and practice of law is woven pervasively into different law subject areas. You will encounter a number of legal subjects in an applied manner, developing your advocacy, negotiation, conferencing and legal drafting skills. There is an opportunity for you to reflect on your own sense of professional identity and ethic, as well as encountering the various codes and standards that applies in the modern professional environment.
You build upon your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts that underpin the Constitutional and Administrative Law arrangements within the English Legal System. This theme aims to investigate the foundations and internal mechanisms of the European Union by exploring the rights and freedoms that European Union Law affords the citizens of Europe from a European constitutional perspective.
You critically analyse the principles governing the English system of ownership, use and occupation of land and the concurrent rights of third parties in land. Land law must find a way to apply concepts that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old to the very latest technologies for transferring and registering land, and do so in a way that means we maximise its use. This unit takes a critical approach to English Land Law’s ongoing efforts to meet these challenges.
Business Law will include encounters with aspects of Company Law, Partnership Law, Commercial Law and Employment Law. The limited company (both private and public) is the entity that lies at the heart of economic activity in Europe and most of the rest of the developed world, so the rules which govern how companies are organised and behave have an impact on the lives of everyone in the community. Employment law and the law of commerce carry a similar degree of impact in modern society. You will go beyond the rules and constitution of the company to critically examine how Business Law attempts to achieve the correct balance between encouraging enterprise and curbing abuse.
This theme concentrates on active enquiry within a relevant law subject area. For example, Environmental Law offers you active learning opportunities to explore the value of the environment as an object of legal protection. In this topic, you will be given an opportunity to develop your own research interests such as laws on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Climate Change and International Waste Shipments.
You study the key concepts involved with the law of evidence. This includes learning how to reason with evidence and how to analyse evidence go discover its relevance and probative value. You will also look at other types of evidence and how these are used in trials, for instance hearsay, confessions and eyewitness identification.
Law is studied as a globalised legal system regulating the relations between states. It focuses first on the relevant institutions, the sources of international law as well as the concept of international legal personality and statehood. The substantive part consists, for example, of the use of force, the title to territory, the right to self-determination as well as the law of the sea. You will also study Conflict of laws, which deals with transactions between private individuals, rather than with those directly implicating States or international organisations.
You build on the knowledge of equitable principles to which you were introduced to in the related subject of Land Law in your second year. You will critically analyse the role of trusts in their social and economic context and develop an appreciation of the nature of fiduciary relationships, drawing links with similar themes in Company Law. Equitable remedies are also included in the curriculum and related to learning in other elements of the degree, including Contract and Tort.
Although the focus is mainly on tort law, the overall intention is that you should continue to develop insights into the concepts and principles underpinning the Law of Obligations and how these principles have been applied to provide solutions to legal problems and both hampered and enabled the development of the law. A critical approach is encouraged by engaging in an examination of controversial decisions, particularly those involving policy issues that impinge directly or indirectly on law making loss e.g. the role of defamation in today’s society and environmental nuisance, policy making, economic impact.
You will complete a research project on a legal topic of your choice, with guidance from your tutor.
You also choose two from the following
You are introduced to sports law, international sports law and global sports law. You will learn about various aspects of sports law including anti-doping policies, legal issues in sports, the FIFA transfer system, corruption in sport, and the influence of Brexit on sports industry and law.
This theme explores the legal procedures and laws around death. You will look at wills, inheritance tax and the administration of estates.
You will look at some of the most emotive and contentious medical laws, including medical negligence, the doctor/patient relationship, patient confidentiality, euthanasia, abortion and sterilisation. You will also look at transplants and human organ donation, as well as medical oaths, declarations and codes.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3111
This Qualifying Law Degree enables you to continue onto qualification courses - the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for those wishing to qualify as solicitors and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for those wishing to qualify as barristers. Many of our recent graduates have gone on to have careers as barristers, solicitors or general careers in the legal profession.
The Law LLB degree includes a range of subject knowledge, intelligences and skills appropriate for the modern legal services sector. It has been designed by academics and specialist practitioners: barristers, solicitors and the judiciary. In this way we aim to produce graduates who can demonstrate an adaptable approach to problem solving, an ability to work in a diverse range of situations and subject areas and who have a real concern and regard for their client groups and service users. We believe that it is these graduates who will have a real advantage in the workplace and are likely to be well regarded by prospective employers.
Whilst studying Law we offer a range of placement opportunities and internships with local law firms, charities and small businesses.
The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of your tuition fees, you need approximately £10 to cover the cost of transport to fieldtrips, and in your second and third years, you need approximately £100 per year to purchase core textbooks.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation page for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.