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M101 LLB JD Accelerated Pathway 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 in Canada.

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Introducing your degree

The Law School at Southampton has been delivering high quality undergraduate degrees in Law for over 60 years. Our alumni occupy leading positions in the legal profession in the UK and around the world. Our law degree is also an avenue to exciting careers in business, government, media, and politics.

Our LLB programmes, all of which lead to a qualifying law degree, are challenging and exciting. Delivered by our expert academic staff working at the cutting edge of legal research into society’s problems, the curriculum has been designed to provide you with a strong foundation in the core subjects, coupled with opportunities to pursue a range of optional modules of your choosing.

The unique JD Pathway programme at the Law School gives students the opportunity to examine the system of consitutional law of Canada.  Studying this unique programme broadens the students knowledge by studying in the UK whilst giving them the degree to practie in Canada.


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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.

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, 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.
  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. 

Programme Structure

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.

Key Facts

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.

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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.

Year 1

Year 2

Semester One


LAWS3xxx Property Law 1: Land Law

LAWS3xxx The Law of Torts

LAWS3xxx Remedies in Contract & Torts

1 Option module from:

LAWS2026 Employment Law

LAWS2027 Family Law: Children, Parents and the State

LAWS2024 Criminal Justice

LAWS2032 Health Care Law and Bioethics

LAWS2039 Principles of Commercial Arbitration Law

LAWS3XXX Admiralty 1 (Liability)

LAWS3XXX Carriage of Goods by Sea 1 (Charterparties)

LAWS3XXX Commercial Conflict of Laws & International Litigation 1

LAWS3XXX Company Law 1 - Structures and Players

LAWS3135 Crime and Punishment: Issues and Perspectives

LAWS3137 Equality at Work

LAWS3097 Globalisation and Law

LAWS3XXX Insurance 1: Introduction to Insurance Contract Law

LAWS3XXX International Commodity Sales

LAWS3101 International Criminal Law

LAWS3XXX IP Law 1: Copyright and Designs

LAWS3XXX Law and the Human Body

LAWS3083 Law and Society

LAWS3089 Miscarriages of Justice

LAWS3XXX Politics of Crime Control

LAWS3071 Renting Homes Law and Policy

LAWS3XXX Tax Law (Income Tax)

Semester Two


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 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

About half of our law graduates seek careers in the legal profession, as solicitors or barristers after further study and training. However, a law degree can open many doors outside of the legal profession. The other graduates enter careers in media, entertainment, politics, business, accountancy, banking, the civil service, police, probation and social services, national and international organisations.

Our LLB programmes are formally accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council as qualifying law degree (QLD) for students wishing to undertake further professional training to become solicitors and barristers. They are also accredited for practice in many other 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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