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M101 LLB JD Accelerated Pathway Graduate Programme (2 years)

Broaden your experience and fast track your ambitions on this two-year accelerated LLB programme, which is designed for graduates with a good first degree from a range of disciplines who are keen to join the legal profession in Canada.

You do not need to take the LSAT test in order to join this programme, removing a challenging step in the application process.

Introducing your degree

Spend two years studying in the UK on this accelerated LLB JD programme and gain a qualifying law degree that is recognised both in the UK and Canada. The flagship feature of the programme is the Constitutional Law of Canada module where you will critically reflect on the evolution of constitutional law in Canada and explore related contemporary debates – excellent preparation for the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) exam on the subject. You will also study the foundational law subjects required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, as well as optional modules to suit your interests.

As you would expect from a Russell Group university, you will be taught by active researchers who bring the latest legal developments to the curriculum. Our staff are leading experts in areas such as maritime and commercial law, health care, intellectual property and information technology law, land and housing law, criminal and public law; many are authors of key text books in their specialist areas.

Overview

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If you are interested in joining the legal profession in Canada, having studied a non-law subject for your first degree, the two-year accelerated LLB JD programme is the ideal choice. With JD programmes becoming more prevalent at Canadian law schools, studying for your qualification in the UK will give you a distinctive edge.

You will graduate with a qualifying law degree that is recognised in both Canada and the UK. In order to practise law in either jurisdiction, you will need to meet the relevant accreditation and/or licensing requirements. JD pathway students are responsible for getting the Canadian NCA conversion of their degree as is required for any law degree undertaken outside Canada. We provide regular information sessions on the NCA conversion and accreditation processes for our students.

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.

Accreditation

  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

This is a full-time degree course taught over two years.

When you arrive, you will take part in a comprehensive induction exercise designed to help you get to know your fellow students and develop your teamwork skills in preparation for starting your first-year law studies.

Compulsory modules across both years of the course cover the ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ (such as criminal law, contract and land law) required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board in order to achieve a qualifying law degree.

Year one also includes compulsory Legal Systems and Legal Skills modules that will introduce you to the workings of the English legal system and develop the key analytical skills that are essential to success in your studies and your future career.

In year one you will be able to choose one of two specially designed optional modules: Historical Development of the Common Law, or Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law. These modules will help you put the law into a broader context of time and theory. Whichever module you choose, you will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of law, develop your critical thinking skills and enhance your ability to construct and present complex arguments.

In the second year, you will choose one option from a wide range, enabling you to pursue an area of law that interests you. Topics include home ownership, youth justice, cybercrime law, company law, insurance, maritime and commercial law, child support law, human rights and public international law, criminal justice, international trade and intellectual property law. 

Studying the Canadian constitution

On the second-year core module, Constitutional Law of Canada, you will gain an understanding of the political culture in Canada and its evolution. You will critically consider how, in contemporary Canada, constitutional law is called upon to mediate deep historical social divisions and tensions and also to foster a social and political culture of tolerance and equality. 

Professional and transferable skills

As you would expect from a research-led, Russell Group law school, embedding transferable skills across the curriculum is important to ensure you are well equipped for your future career, hence:

  • You will be helped to improve your critical analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Your presentation skills will be developed through participation in tutorials and mooting competitions (a specialised form of legal debate, essentially a mock case). In the first year, you will take part in a moot judged by external legal practitioners, which is intended to help you improve your skills in constructing and presenting an argument.
  • Library and other exercises are designed to help you develop appropriate research and writing skills.

Research-led education

You will learn from leading academics engaged in exciting research on issues of daily significance, ranging from the transfer of land and assets, to the protection of prisoners’ rights, to contractual transactions, and the constitutional and public policy issues of the day. Many of the teaching staff are active members of the Law School’s research centres and closely engaged in law reform, nationally and internationally.

Our expert staff include: 

Professional links

Our strong links with the legal profession enhance your career options.

  • Solicitors and barristers – many of them former students – regularly visit to give guest lectures and career talks, giving you helpful insights into the profession and how to build a career.
  • Our links with the profession mean that we can offer a range of prizes and placements for high-performing LLB students, sponsored by leading law firms, which could enhance your CV and boost your employment prospects.

There are opportunities to get involved, for example, by:

  • applying for a place on one of our prestigious marshalling schemes, shadow a senior member of the judiciary in the High Court or Court of Appeal.
  • working with legal professionals to provide advice through the Housing Clinic or Small Business Clinic.
  • researching a legal topic to present to sixth-form college students as part of the Streetlaw programme.

In addition, our student-run societies hold employability skills workshops, mooting competitions, guest lectures and networking events. Societies include the University of Southampton Law Society, Inns of Court Society, Mooting Society, Lawyers without Borders and the Canadian Law Society.

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

The University of Southampton is in the top one per cent of universities worldwide and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities.

Gain a rigorous qualifying law degree, recognised in the UK and Canada, from a renowned law school in two years - excellent preparation for the NCA exam.

Learn from inspiring, expert academics, many of whom have written key text books in their specialist areas.

Join a close-knit, friendly learning community in which you will be challenged and supported to achieve your ambitions.

Take advantage of a bespoke careers programme, including recruitment fairs attended by the ‘magic circle’ of law firms and leading sets of barristers – key career destinations for our law students.

Join the Canadian Law Society, which helps Canadian students settle in and offers careers and NCA exam support.

Enjoy a valuable study-abroad experience that will be enriching academically, professionally and personally.

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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.

Modules

Typical course content

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

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.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

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:

TypeDescription
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. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

The Law School has a dedicated employability coordinator who runs a wealth of career-focused activities. These include:

  • an annual law careers fair attended by around 50 law firms, including the ‘magic circle’ of five top law firms.
  • a one-week Employability Skills Programme to help you develop key transferable skills, including practitioner-led events.
  • presentations and workshops led by prestigious law firms including a writing skills clinic led by a former partner of a magic circle firm.
  • visits to law firms, local courts, social security and employment tribunals.
  • talks about postgraduate opportunities for those considering further studies.

You will graduate from a highly-regarded school with an in-depth knowledge of the law and the ability to think independently and communicate effectively – a firm foundation for a career in law as a solicitor or barrister. You will also be well placed for success in the world of industry, banking, government, the media or politics. Our graduates work in law firms, barristers’ chambers, industry, and in governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

Learning & Assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, and through independent study. Our inspiring academics use a range of teaching methods to enhance your learning experience, for example, highly interactive lectures that incorporate digital voting tools and social media.

Group exercises, problem-solving tasks and case studies are also used; these exercises help to embed your knowledge and to apply it to real-world scenarios and current topics.

Modules are assessed through exams and/or written assignments. Your tutors will give feedback on your progress throughout the course, and formative assessments will help you identify areas for improvement.

Facilities

You will have access to excellent learning facilities to support your studies. These include:

  • superb library resources including comprehensive collections in all the main subject areas such as contract law, property law, maritime law, criminal justice and public law as well as European and international resources, all housed in the main University library.
  • extensive electronic resources, which ensure that you can access the teaching resources wherever you are.
  • in particular, we have extensive library resources on Canadian constitutional law and books on related Canadian legal subjects.
  • electronic resources such as Westlaw, Lexis and Lawtel, which host an extensive array of Canadian law reports.
  • Westlaw’s one-stop-shop, ‘Law Source Canada’, which supplements primary sources with the analytic tool, KeyCite Canada.
  • HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library, which currently has almost 100 Canadian law journals.
  • a purpose-built moot room in which you can practise your debating skills.

Supporting your studies

From guidance on the application process to advice on accreditation and career paths when you graduate, we support our students every step of the way. 

Within Southampton Law School you will be a member of a friendly, dynamic learning community. Every student is allocated a personal academic tutor who can advise on course-related matters or direct you to one of the University’s many support services. In addition, our Director of Canadian Admissions and Recruitment acts as a contact for all Canadian students throughout their studies.

We also operate the Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme whereby second-year students act as mentors for new students, offering guidance on the social and academic aspects of university life at Southampton.

The Canadian student community

There is a welcoming Canadian community at Southampton. There are usually around 30 Canadians studying law and around 100 taking other courses across the University. The active student-run Canadian Law Society acts as the professional and social hub for the Law School’s Canadian students. The Society arranges a wide range of activities including social events, academic workshops, information sessions, career development and personal support activities.

Study Locations

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