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M101 LLB Accelerated Graduate Programme (2 years)

This intensive, but exciting two year graduate programme is for students who already have a good first degree in a subject other than law, and who are keen to become a legal professional.

Introducing your degree

Already graduated in a subject other than law? Ever thought of the law as a possible career option? Choosing this LLB Accelerated Graduate Programme can lead you towards a career in the legal profession in just two years. Obtain a qualifying law degree (QLD) by studying the approved modules; Criminal Law, Contract Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Legal System and Reasoning, Equity & Trusts, EU Law, Land Law and Tort Law. The unique J.D Pathway programme at the University of Southampton gives students the opportunity to examine the system of constitutional law of Canada.


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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

To Apply

Graduates with a good first degree, who wish to follow this programme, should apply through UCAS using code M101.


  1. Students must complete seven compulsory modules to satisfy the professional requirements of the Bar Council and Law Society of England and Wales
  2. 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.

Programme Structure

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.

Key Facts

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.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors (Honours)

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.

Language Requirements

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.

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.

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.

Year 1

Taught over both semesters

Core modules
LAWS1012      Legal system and reasoning
LAWS1013      Constitutional and administrative law
LAWS1014      Criminal law
LAWS1015      Law of contract

Year 2

Taught over both semesters

Compulsory module

LAWS3052      Legal research and writing (Non JD pathway students)

Core modules

LAWS3075      Equity and trusts law
LAWS3076      Law of the European Union
LAWS3077      Land law
LAWS3078      Law of torts


Semester one


LAWS3099      Constitutional Law of Canada

Semester two


Optional half-year modules

LAWS3072      Youth justice
LAWS3091      Child support law
LAWS3094      Transitional justice: law, war and crime
LAWS3098      Violence and sex in law, literature and culture
LAWS3128      Politics and the Criminal Law
LAWS3133      Foundations in Cyber Security Law
LAWS3137      Equality at Work
LAWS3138      Theories of Law and Justice
LAWS3139      International Law: How the World is Governed
UOSM2001      Business Skills for Employability
UOSM2008      Living and Working on the Web
UOSM2009      Ethics in a Complex World
UOSM2011      The Management of Risk and Uncertainty
UOSM2018      Understanding Modern China
UOSM2024      The Arab World in and Beyond the Headlines
UOSM2027      Health Policy and Economics
LANGXX15       Language Module


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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