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[A] Why choose this Course

1 Internationally recognised qualification
  The University of Chester is an internationally recognised university that provide High rankings in student satisfaction and the employability of its graduates reflect its commitment to excellence in education.
2 Career opportunities in Law
  Many Law graduates go on to become solicitors or barristers. A solicitor is someone who can be approached by the public for initial legal advice on a very wide range of issues such as property, family, and injury compensation as well as crime. Barristers are those members of the legal profession whose main functions are advocacy in court and giving specialised opinion on legal issues. Very popular amongst Law students are careers with Corporate Law firms who specialise in matters like Company Law: Banking: High Level Insurance; Shipping; Corporate insolvency and similar issues. Salaries/ bonuses in these firms are very attractive.
3 Career opportunities in other fields
  A Law degree is not simply a first step in a legal career. It is quite common that Law graduates go on to work in other areas such as accountancy: banking: finance: insurance etc. A Law degree with its basis in Logic and argument provides an excellent grounding for work in such fields.
4 Own business
  Quite a number of lawyers wish to set up their own practice after they qualify and have gained some years’ of experience. Usually they do this in partnership with some other solicitors whom they know, although since the Legal Services Act 2007 solicitors can now set up business with other legal professionals such as barristers. The majority of barristers are self-employed which means that they depend on fees paid directly to them by solicitors. A self-employed barrister works for himself and does not share fees with other barristers.
5 Professional memberships
  All solicitors must be members of the Law Society. The Society organises conferences: updates: information days: continuing professional development and so on. All barristers must be members of one of the four Inns of Court and the Bar Council. Student memberships are available for both Law Society & Council at a small fee. However, the Council does more or less the same as above.
6 Further study
  In order to become a solicitor, a Law graduate has to take a year (full time) or two years (part time) practical course and develop the necessary practical skills to be able to work in a solicitors practice. To become a barrister there is a similar course to be followed (but no accounting or conveyance). Some Law graduates like to undertake more advanced/specialised Study of law. This can be undertaken by completing a postgraduate course in Law known as an LLM (Masters Degree in Law). This can be most helpful in gaining employment.

[B] Course Content, Assessment and Award

The Course is divided into 3 parts with 6 subjects or modules in each part as the table below explains:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Contract Law Criminal Law Equity, Trusts and Property Law II
Public Law EU Law Human Rights Law
Principles of Property Law Tort Company Law
English Legal System and Method Human Rights Law Intellectual Property
Law, Ethics and Morality Law Experiential Evidence
Law in Context Commercial Law International Law

The subjects are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations with exams mostly used for the Accounting and IT subjects and coursework for the others and for which in each subject the pass mark is 40%

If the student

  • Only completes the first 6 subjects/modules or Part 1 they will be awarded a University Certificate of Higher Education in Law
  • Only completes the first 12 subjects/modules or Parts 1 and2 they will be awarded a University Diploma of Higher Education in Law
  • Completes all 18 subjects or parts 1 ,2 and 3 they will be awarded a University Degree ie an LLB Hons in LawThe Class of the degree though will depend upon the average of the marks obtained in the final part 3 of the course

[C] Course start dates and duration

The Course has 3 different start dates throughout the year which are February, July or October.
The year is divided into 3 terms of 13 weeks each with a normal 4 week holiday break between each term
The Course is designed to make it possible to complete the whole degree in either

  • 2 taking 3 terms in each calendar [12 month] year assuming all subjects are passed at the first attempt
  • 3 years if the student only studies for 2 terms in a 12 month year OR has resit subjects in term 3
Degree Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Total modules studied per year Duration
BA in 2 years 3 Modules 3 Modules 3 Modules 9 Modules 18 modules over 2 years of 12 months study per year
BA in 3 years 3 Modules 3 Modules Extended Holidays or Resits of coursework/ exams 6 Modules 18 modules over 3 years of 9 months study per year

A choice of start dates and time taken to obtain the degree gives students the maximum flexibility.

[D] Entry requirements and exemptions

  • A typical applicant will have a minimum of 320 UCAS points, of which 280 points must be obtained from GCE A2 or Vocational A - Level (6 or 12 unit) awards, including a grade C in one subject. The remaining points may be from A2, AS, Vocational A/AS level (3, 6 or 12 units) awards, or from level 3 skills certification. Applicants will not be interviewed. There is no typical applicant background for Law, although the majority of students do have the conventional Curriculum 2000 qualifications. Within those qualifications, most subject disciplines are acceptable, although, again, the majority will have studied arts/social science/business-related curricula.
  • Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered by the Law School in conjunction with the Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions Services in accordance with the precepts and procedures set out in the University Handbook on The Admission of Students. This may particularly apply to those wishing to study the programme part-time, although, as there is no separate part-time mode of delivery, such students will be considered against the same criteria as non-standard full-time applicants.

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