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Southampton Law School

M100 LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws (3 years)

The LLB (Hons) taught at the University of Southampton involves a rigorous study of the law, in which you will learn both the content of the law and develop sound skills of legal analysis. The programme has been specifically developed to fulfil the needs of students wishing to move into the legal professions, becoming Solicitors or Barristers and who need a qualifying law degree (QLD). However as can be seen from the Alumni pages, the LLB provides an excellent platform for careers in many other areas.

Introducing your degree

Apply for our undergraduate law programme and achieve a qualifying law degree (QLD).  Studying the law provides a basis for a variety of possible employment opportunities from being a solicitor or barrister to a career in the fields of criminology, business, media or international relations.


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The three year LLB programme is very popular with undergraduate applicants because of the range of professional skills programmes on offer; those fluent in a second European Language often decide to study the four year LLB (European Legal Studies) programme in order to widen their professional skills and to put their language skills to good use. Applicants interested in learning about law in a different jurisdiction altogether, may find the four year LLB (International Legal Studies) programme an exciting option with travel to e.g. Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Chile.

Graduates with a good first degree in a relevant subject are increasingly finding that the two year accelerated LLB programme, is the right choice, enabling applicants to continue into professional training as a Solicitor or Barrister following completion of their Law degree.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All applications from UK, EU and International students to the Law School must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Contact UCAS on +44 (0)870 112211 or go to:

Please ensure that all questions on the UCAS application form are answered fully, and remember to include your personal statement explaining why you wish to study law.

Please ensure that your reference is from an Academic Referee, who is a person who has taught you in the last three years, and that you include all your academic results on the form.

All UK and EU applications are considered by the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor and all International Undergraduate applications are considered by the International Undergraduate Tutor and Admissions Selectors.

International Applicants may send their qualifications as attachments to email to the International Undergraduate Admissions Tutor if there is insufficient space on the UCAS form

Programme Structure

First year:

All students will study four modules, which they must pass in order to proceed onto the second year of the programme. The modules are Legal System and Reasoning, Contract Law, Criminal Law, and Constitutional and Administrative Law. See the LLB course list. In addition students take part in a rich legal skills programme that includes Team Building and Mooting.

Second year:

All students study four modules. These are Land Law, Law of Equity and Trusts, Tort Law and Law of the EU.

All students are involved in a comprehensive careers and employability programme during their second year, together with further opportunities to practise mooting, negotiation and Streetlaw. Students must pass this year to proceed to the final year of the degree.

Final year:

All LLB students complete the compulsory Legal Research and Writing module, the product of which is a 10,000 word dissertation, written under the guidance of a supervisor. Students also choose four 'full' option modules, or three full option modules and two 'half' option modules. See the LLB modules tab for more details.

Key Facts

The LLB programme teaches you the key principles of English law and develops key skills. Our mooting programme sharpens advocacy and negotiation skills.

In years one and two, you will study the seven compulsory subjects required to obtain your professional exemptions.

In years three you can spread your wings and tailor your degree to your individual interests.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelAAA or for students taking the Extended Project Qualification in the same year as their A2 exams, AAB at A level plus A in the EPQ. Applicants should offer at least two traditional, academic subjects. Dance, General Studies, Photography, Moving Images, Physical Education, Practical Art, Practical Music, Sports Studies and Textiles are not accepted subjects.
International Baccalaureate36 points overall (18 at higher level). An equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University is considered, so please contact us if you require advice on equivalency. LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) is not required.
Selection process:

Decisions are made on the basis of your UCAS application form taking into account:

  1. past academic performance
  2. your predicted grades
  3. academic reference
  4. your personal statement.

No application is rejected unless two assessors have independently reached that decision.

Candidates are not normally interviewed. We select those who demonstrate the potential and commitment to study Law at degree level.

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme

A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University (the excluded subjects above will still apply).

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.


English Language requirements


If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved test prior to joining the University in October. The University’s English Language entry requirement for the Law School programmes is;


  • An overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in each component, or equivalent


The link below takes you to a complete list of the other English language qualifications accepted.


Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission.

If you do not meet the University’s English Language entry requirements for direct entry onto our  programmes, you may be eligible to study on one of the University’s pre-sessional English language courses. For further information on these pre-sessional programmes, please visit the Centre for Language Studies website.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Core modules are required to be passed within all Qualifying Law Degrees, for progression to professional training.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course 

Year 1

Core modules

Legal system and reasoning
Constitutional and administrative law
Criminal law
Law of contract

Year 3

In their final year all students complete the compulsory Legal Research and Writing module, after which they research and complete a legal dissertation with the guidance of a supervisor.

Students must choose at least two full-year options from the list below making a total of 60 CATS (30 ECTS); for the remaining 60 CATS (30 ECTS) students can choose from either the full-year options or from the half-year options listed below as long as the half-year options are equal across both semesters of the final year.

Taught over both semesters

Compulsory module

 Legal research and writing

Optional full-year modules

Admiralty law
Carriage of goods by sea
Commercial Conflicts of Laws and International Litigation
International commercial sales
Company law
Family law
Intellectual property law
International Protection of Human Rights
Law and the human body
Insurance contract law

Semester one

Optional half-year modules

Renting Homes: Law and Policy
Penal policy
Health Care Law 1
Miscarriages of justice
Constitutional Law of Canada
International Criminal Law: Confronting History and Ourselves
Crime and Punishment: Issues and Perspectives

Semester two

Optional half-year modules

Youth justice
Child Support Law
Transitional justice: law, war and crime
Violence and Sex in Law Literature and Culture
Politics and the Criminal Law
Foundations in Cyber Security Law
Equality at Work
Theories of Law and Justice
International Law: How the World is Governed

Only 1 non-Law module may be taken this year in either semester 1 or semester 2

Gender & Society
Global Health
Global Challenges
Sustainability in the local and Global Environment
Social Enterprise
Living and Working on the Web
Security, Emergencies and technologies of Control
Women and Gender in the Arab and Muslim World
Business Skills for Employability
Living and Working on the Web
Ethics in a Complex World 
The Management of Risk and Uncertainty
Understanding Modern China
The Arab World in and Beyond the Headlines
Health Policy and Economics

Language module for semester 1 or 2


Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student.
OtherSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

A law degree can open many doors outside of the profession. About half of our law graduates seek careers in the legal profession, as solicitors or barristers after further study and training. The others enter careers in criminology, business, human resources, international relations, journalism or education - following postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience.

Our LLB programmes are formally accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council of England and Wales as qualifying law degrees (QLD) for students wishing to undertake further professional training to become solicitors or barristers. They are also accredited for practice in many countries worldwide, including India, Australia, Canada and Malaysia.

Our international reputation is high among employers because of the emphasis placed on the development of academic, personal and professional skills.

Study Locations

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