This is a general degree which will provide you with a broad legal education and sets law in a wide context. If you take the 4-year sandwich route, the Law Society may credit your work experience against the solicitors' two year traineeship requirement and we have negotiated a special arrangement with the College of Law, which guarantees all graduates who achieve a lower second class degree or better a place on the College of Law's Legal Practice Course programme.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff – 340 - 390 points, fromGCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer AAB, preferably including English or History, plus a B in either an AS or EPQ) OR 3 A levels (typical offer AAB, preferably including English or History). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted as 4th AS or A-level only.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Society, Health and Development or Business, Administration and Finance, including an A-level in a relevant subject such as English or History for Additional and Specialist Learning. Extended Project Qualification in a relevant subject preferred.BTEC ND DDD in Business or Public Services together with either an AS-level or Extended Project Qualification.IB Diploma 35 points.Access Pass, including Distinction for all Level 3 units.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English.Course AimsLaw is a dynamic, diverse and challenging subject, which is in a constant state of evolution as society seeks new legal solutions to contemporary problems. Thus the study of law takes one to the centre of many of today's great social and political issues; pick up any newspaper and it is possible to find numerous articles related to law.
Law is not something that is abstract or remote; it is the way that society, through Parliament and the courts, lays down its rules and gives practical effect to those rules. Although we may not always be conscious of it, the law permeates all aspects of our daily lives and from time to time individuals will find themselves in need of the specialist services of a lawyer. Lawyers must be able to understand how the law is made and applied, and how it relates to the daily life of the community and to the needs of individuals.
On a wider level the law is a fascinating academic discipline in its own right which provides insights into how and why society evolves and develops rules for attaining its objectives.
It is through the country's leading law schools that we equip the lawyers of tomorrow with the analytical skills needed to ensure that our laws fulfil the tasks that our society sets for them.
This is a general degree which will provide you with a broad legal education and sets law in a wide context.Course ContentComing to university will often be your first steps towards the path of independent, adult living. But more than that, we hope and expect you to come for a substantive purpose: to succeed in what is likely to be the most intense and challenging educational programme you will ever undertake. We offer you the opportunities to achieve that success - and we expect you to seize them.
All students take a core set of modules. At Level 3 you will take a number of law options and you will also study a particular area of law in depth for your major final year projectTypical ModulesLevel 1 CoreContract Law
English Legal Institutions and Method
Public Law Level 2 CoreEuropean Union Law
Trusts Level 3 CoreMajor Project Levels 3 OptionsThe following are examples of the other modules that may be available but these can change from year to year and there is no guarantee that an option will run in any particular year.
Children and the Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Human Rights
International Minority Rights
Modern Legal History
Sentencing and Penology
TaxationTeaching and LearningOur approachAs a Brunel Law student, you are automatically drawn into the front line of legal scholarship. You do not come here to be spoon-fed with dry and dusty legal facts, but to learn how to think critically. We do not want you simply to absorb knowledge, but also to analyse and deploy it.
We expect you not just to convince yourself that you have understood legal principles, but also to be able to convince your fellow students, your teachers and perhaps most importantly - your potential employers - that you understand them.Expert staffMany UK law schools have members who are not active scholars. In contrast, every lecturer at Brunel is firmly engaged on the front line of legal work. They are producing new ideas, challenging established orthodoxies: they are all in the business of convincing judges and legislators that existing laws need to be changed.
This invariably means that the intellectual and academic experience we can offer you as a student, is rich, stimulating, and dynamic.How will I learn?Lectures - these are formal presentations by staff which last an hour, covering general principles and explaining difficult concepts. Handouts, giving references, further reading and summaries of points covered, are usually provided.Seminars - are smaller groups (15 students) meeting for an hour to discuss particular problems and topics with a tutor. In each subject, there is usually a fortnightly seminar, for which your are expected to prepare in advance.Essays - are designed to help you learn and practice skills of legal analysis and expression, and also form part of the process of assessing your work.Private study - is much more important at university than in sixth form or college. Learning to use your time to the best effect is an important part of your university career.One-to-one - You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.AssessmentAt Levels 1 and 2, all courses are assessed by essay and examination. At Level 3, all courses (except the major project) are assessed by essay and examination.CareersOpportunities for law graduates arise in a wide range of activities. You may take advantage of your professional exemptions and train to become a barrister or solicitor, but your degree could take you into careers other than law, including industry, commerce, public administration and the social services.