Qualification as a barrister or a solicitor requires both academic and professional skills. By taking this accelerated programme, students gain a thorough grounding in core legal subjects and research skills to satisfy the academic requirement, and gain a qualifying law degree. Opportunities for client counselling, negotiation and further mooting activities are available to 'accelerated' students in the normal way, together with career development and employability skills programmes.
The flagship feature of the new J.D Pathway programme at University of Southampton is the specifically designed module ‘Constitutional Law of Canada’ run over one semester. The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to examine the system of constitutional law of Canada. Students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the political culture in Canada and to critically consider how constitutional law expresses, and seeks to overcome, deep social oppositions. Through the discussion of recent research, case law, legislation and relevant literature the module will consider the response of constitutional law to the various challenges posed by living together in a culture of mutual respect and tolerance. Among the topics that we will consider in this module: the historical development of the Canadian constitutional settlement; sources of the Constitution Law of Canada; federalism; Aboriginal Rights and the Charter of Rights.
View the programme specification document for this course
Graduates with a good first degree, who wish to follow this programme, should apply through UCAS using code M101.
- Students must complete seven compulsory modules to satisfy the professional requirements of the Bar Council and Law Society of England and Wales
- Students, who intend to practise in a jurisdiction outside the UK should check with the relevant governing legal bodies in your own jurisdiction, to ensure that a two year LLB programme satisfies their criteria. This is not currently the case, for example, in Singapore, where a minimum study period of three years is mandated.
First year: This year is the same as in the standard LLB programme. Students must study and pass the four first year modules: Criminal Law, Contract Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Legal System and Reasoning.
Second year: Students must study and pass the four second year modules of Equity & Trusts, EU Law, Land Law and Tort Law in order to satisfy the requirements of obtaining a qualifying law degree.
Non JD pathway students will complete the Legal Research and Writing module, leading to the production of a 10,000 word legal dissertation.
JD pathway students will take the core half-year module Constitutional Law of Canada as well as a Law half-year option or a CIP module of their choice in the alternative semester.
Please note; JD pathway students are still responsible for getting the Canadian NCA Conversion of their degree, see website of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada for more details.
This programme offers a fast, qualifying route through the academic stage of legal training for graduates in non-law disciplines.
Includes JD pathway option, tailored to students wishing to practise in Canada.
Satisfies the professional requirements of the Bar Council and Law Society.
Typical entry requirements
Graduates with a Bachelors (Honours) degree in a law or non-law academic discipline, completed within the last 3-4 years with a final cumulative GPA equivalent to 3.0 out of 4.0. (2.1 equivalent)
LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) is not required.
In accordance with University regulations, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Alternatively, you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.
The following test scores are accepted for direct entry:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all bands
For further information about English language requirements recognised by the University of Southampton visit the University's English Language Proficiency page.
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.
LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) is not required.
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.
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.
The programme allows you to choose free electives. You can choose from CIP modules: Sustainability in the Local and Global Environment; Economics with experiments; Social Enterprise; and Health Policy and Economics, or you can also take a credit bearing language module. These are split into seven stages, from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. Please consult with your home department as to any regulations concerning module options.
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).
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:
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.|
|Stationery||You 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
|Books||Where 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 copying||In 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.
|Other||Some 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.