School of Law, Criminology and Government

LLB (Hons) Law

Are you ready to make your mark in the legal world? Our academically challenging law degree will prepare you for a successful career. With a strong focus on developing skills in the workplace, we’ll ground you in the fundamentals of law so you can set your sights high.

Our popular and successful degree has been enhanced to include a range of elements relevant to the revised qualification for solicitors, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. It also allows you to pursue training as a barrister, with our students regularly winning major Bar Scholarships from the Inns of Court.

NSS results for LLB (Hons) Law

We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 return showing that 91% of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 98% agreed the course is intellectually stimulating. According to the 2018 DLHE survey, 95% were in work/study six months after finishing the course.*

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate James Peterson:

"Get to know as many local business people as you can as it is all about connections. Go out to business networking sessions to build up your confidence of being a ‘sales person,’ and get work-based experience. I completed two work experience periods in firms in Cornwall over the summer; this gave me a feel for what the work environment would be like. I also think that you feel more confident when you go for an interview if you have some experience on your CV and something to talk about.
I would recommend that students get as much hands on experience as possible because, although it isn’t easy, it is worth it. Use any connections which you have and try to offer something different to make yourself stand out. Practical experience and connections are invaluable, the more people you know, the better. Demonstrate that you really want to do it."

Read more from James in his case study.

Key features

  • Get ahead with a programme designed to help you stand out with employers, whatever your career goals.
  • Have flexibility and choice in what you study: the first two years include traditional subjects, such as Criminal Law and Tort, alongside learning dispute resolution skills and a range of optional modules. In your final year you have lots of choice so can tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions. Our optional modules include legal subjects such as Family, Employment, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Business, Immigration, Human Rights, and Cybercrime.
  • Study modules with emphasis on developing your legal and employability skills as well as professional practice.
  • Gain valuable, professional experience by participating in our award-winning, pro-bono Law Clinic. Here you work under the guidance of legal practitioners, with real clients making a real difference in the community, without taking time out of your studies. You can do this for credit towards your degree or as a volunteer.
  • Join our outstanding Student Law Society, which offers networking opportunities and organises competitions. Our students have excelled in winning national client interviewing and mooting competitions.
  • Benefit from excellent research-informed and practice-led teaching by highly qualified staff, including legal practitioners. We have internationally renowned researchers in areas such as the environment, marine protection, immigration and intellectual property. We give policy advice, regionally and nationally, and work for change. We publish an on-line journal, the Plymouth Law Review, with contributions from both staff and students.
  • Be part of a supportive community and learning environment, with a dedicated personal tutor system and strong alumni links.

We keep our class sizes small, so we have a close-knit community of like-minded students and staff, which will give you the encouragement and support you need to excel.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll learn about the core theories, principles and processes of the law, introducing you to how it’s studied and practised. You’ll be able to join the Student Law Society and take part in mooting, debating, negotiation and advocacy competitions. We’ve structured the curriculum so that alongside studying the English legal system, Contract, Tort, Public Law and Human Rights, you’ll start to develop the critical thinking and self-reflective skills that will equip you for your chosen career, including through our Ethics and Legal Reasoning Module.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll focus on real-life scenarios and develop practical skills in areas such as negotiation and advocacy through our very successful Dispute Resolution Skills module. You’ll study Property Law and Criminal Law in depth and begin to tailor your degree to your specific interests by choosing from a range of modules including, for example, Family, Employment, Environmental, Intellectual Property, EU, Immigration, Human Rights and Cybercrime. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience volunteering in our award winning Law Clinic.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your research skills with a dissertation on a legal issue that inspires you, or undertake work-based learning for credit, including within our Law Clinic. You’ll be able to further tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions by choosing from a selection of Law modules such as, for example, those preparing for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, and/or those for progression to the Bar Professional Training Course, including Criminal Law and Practice, Business Law and Practice, and Trusts and Practice.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 - 120

A levels: Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.

GCSE: All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DMM–DDM in any subject. 12 Unit BTEC Diploma: D*D to D*D* dependent on subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

International Baccalaureate: 27–30 overall to include Higher Level 4 English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5.

All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

English language requirements 

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU N/A £9,250
International N/A £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) N/A £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Careers

Do you see yourself working as a barrister or taking your legal skills into the business sector? Whatever your chosen path, we’ll work closely with you throughout your degree to help you set your career off in the right direction.

Find out more about career opportunities

Graduate Insight

it is increasingly rare for employers to place emphasis on where you attend university and some firms anonymise job/pupillage/training contract applications.

Jennifer Smith – LLB (Hons) Law graduate

Read more about Jennifer's journey

Resilience, empathy and passion – but what else does it take to be a lawyer for the people?

“A law firm always wants a nice rounded individual. One that knows the theory but can also do the marketing and network. You need empathy, regardless of the practice area. You need resilience. You need to juggle client expectations with your workload and third parties.”

Donna Butler, an associate at GA Solicitors, puts forward a fair case for the power of empathy and studying law at Plymouth.

Find out more about Donna's story

Dhanisha Falguni Chandrakant Bharadia – LLB (Hons) Law – undergraduate profile

Law is a very competitive field. Study hard, stay focused, have the passion for the profession, never give up and aim high!”

Find out more about Dhanisha's story

David Hawkins - graduate profile

The support of the School of Law, Criminology and Government means that students can take part in everything and have an outstanding CV come graduation. All this combined really does mean the law courses have everything a student could ask for.

Find out more about David Hawkins

Student success stories

As well as benefitting from excellent teaching and unrivalled opportunities to learn in the workplace, becoming a Plymouth law student also means you can join one of the most active societies of its kind in the country.

Find out more about the Plymouth Student Law Society

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies

International study pathways with the University of Plymouth International College

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With 96% of all students progressing on to their chosen University of Plymouth degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with UPIC

People

* These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.