The LLB Honours (Bachelor of Laws) JD Pathway Programme takes a rigorous approach to the study of law in which you will develop a detailed understanding of the content of law; skills of critical analysis and practical application of laws. The Programme enables you to explore the complexity of law as a practice by considering social, political and historical contexts of the law as well as the relationship between legal concepts and how the law applies to resolve practical legal problems. The Programme has been specifically designed to fulfil the needs of those going into the legal professions in Canada and who require a Qualifying Laws Degree (QLD) but the Programme also provides a firm foundation for careers in other areas. We have specifically included the module ‘Constitutional Law of Canada’ as a Core option in Part 3 (2nd Year) for those of you who are seeking accreditation from the Canadian National Committee.
Learning and teaching
The Core modules are delivered in lectures and tutorials. Lectures provide the opportunity for academic staff to present, explore, analyse and discuss key legal doctrines, principles, policies and ideas with the whole class. Tutorials are conducted in smaller groups in order to facilitate discussion and debate about specific topics led by a tutor. You may also be taught by seminar, particularly in optional modules. A seminar provides a structured opportunity to explore, in detail, texts and materials with a tutor and through class discussion.
Each module that you study is assessed to ensure you have met each of the learning outcomes; this is termed summative assessment. For Semester 1 modules, exam based assessment will take place in January and for Semester 2, and full year, modules in May/June. Normally by November of each year you will be informed of the summative assessment deadlines for each module. Each module will also provide you with one formative assessment before you complete your summative assessment. This is intended to provide you with an understanding about your progress in that module. Formative assessment does not count towards your final mark in the module. Your degree result will be calculated by reference to the modules that you study in Part 2 (1st Year) and Part 3 (2nd Year) of your study.
We use a variety of different summative assessment methods; the precise approach depends on the individual module. For the core subjects most modules assess by examination, some by essay, or a combination. There is a degree of variation in the examination method adopted, with some using seen and open-book examinations instead of the traditional unseen examinations. Optional modules are also predominantly assessed by various forms of examination and essay, although a number employ different forms of assessment such as small group presentation, blog entry, portfolio, law reform project or oral presentation.
Please note: As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, this programme may be revised during a student’s period of registration; however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.
Programmes and major changes to programmes are approved through the University’s programme validation process which is described in the University’s Quality handbook.
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, which are encompassed by the Core modules of this programme, 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.
Upon successful completion of the Programme you will obtain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council. As part of the QLD you must study seven foundational law subjects which are covered in Part 2 (1st Year) and Part 3 (2nd Year) of the Programme. Additionally, you must study Legal System and Reasoning in Semester 1 of Part 2 (1st Year) as a core module. This module is designed to give you an introduction to the features of the legal system and also how to read and interpret legal materials/sources. The connection between different subjects is emphasised throughout the programme.
To develop the skills to enable successful study throughout your degree programme, in Part 2 (1st Year) you will take the Compulsory module 'Legal Skills’. This module will enable you to develop your key research, legal analytical and writing skills which are essential for every module. To do so ‘Legal Skills’ will utilise and develop your ability in case analysis and statutory interpretation, using examples from a range of areas. Part 2 (1st Year) also offers you choice between two optional modules, ‘Historical Development of the Common Law’ and ‘Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law’. These modules are designed to develop your critical analytical skills, your understanding of the contested nature of law and legal principle, and to broaden and deepen your capacity to construct and communicate persuasive argument.
In Part 3 (2nd Year) of the LL.B JD Pathway you will continue to study the Core foundational subjects and you are also required to study Constitutional Law of Canada to fulfil the requirement for the Canadian National Committee accreditation. You will also select an optional module. The options offered reflect the research strength of the school, and the diversity of contemporary legal scholarship and practice. Each option is worth 7.5ECTS/15CATS.
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.
The School constantly reviews its module offerings and regularly develops exciting and dynamic new options to reflect the results of the vibrant research being carried out in the School.
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
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.
LAWS3xxx Property Law 1: Land Law
LAWS3xxx Public Law 2: Administrative Justice
LAWS3xxx Property Law 2: Equity & Trusts
LAWS3099 Constitutional Law of Canada
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
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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
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
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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
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.