Law (LLB (Hons))

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The award
LLB (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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About Law at University of Kent

Kent Law School is renowned for its world-leading research and its distinctive ‘critical approach’ that places law within the wider context of society. This creates an exciting environment in which to gain your Qualifying Law Degree. Our degree programme Law is a stimulating degree that sharpens your thinking and your powers of persuasion while giving you extensive legal knowledge. You study the detail of the law, as well as its history. You analyse judgments and legal developments while taking into account the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This ‘critical approach’ enhances what is already a fascinating subject. It helps you to fully understand the law and there are many chances to discuss and debate its role in society. Teaching is via lectures, small group seminars and case studies. Our popular mooting programme, hosted in a dedicated space within the £5m Wigoder Law Building, gives you the chance to develop advocacy skills in a simulated courtroom setting before a bench comprised of local judges, practising barristers, solicitors and lecturers. Kent Law School has a supportive environment and your lecturers have office hours where they provide guidance on a one-to-one basis. We also provide: the Skills Hub offering tailored guidance, five days a week in term time a law librarian to guide you in the use of online and printed resources. You can also study Law with: French German Spanish Quantitative Research Accreditation All of our undergraduate Law degrees are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as Qualifying Law Degrees for entrants in 2020. They also contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers. Year abroad It is possible to study for a year in Europe on our European Legal Studies programme. Alternatively, you can study for a year in Asia or Canada on our International Legal Studies with a Year Abroad programme. Student view LLB student James talks about studying Law at Kent. Study resources Kent Law Clinic is based within our new, purpose-built building. It is ideal for developing your practical skills and has a replica courtroom for mooting. Our academic resources are extensive. You have access to a wide range of materials, including: collections of legislation and case law in UK, European and international law Lawlinks, our award-winning gateway to online legal resources major legal databases that are used on a daily basis in the legal profession audio recordings of your lectures. Extra activities There are plenty of activities related to your studies, including: Kent Student Law Society for aspiring solicitors Kent Temple Law Society for those intending to go to the Bar Kent Critical Law Society Kent Canadian Law Society Nigerian Law Society European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Kent. Kent Student Law Society and Kent Temple Law Society arrange events that are attended by members of the legal profession, many of them Kent alumni. They include QCs, judges, barristers, solicitors and members of the Bar Council and Law Society. In previous years, events have included the: Kent Law Fair Kent Law Ball Temple Dinner. Kent Critical Law Society has also put on events where students, academics and practitioners can debate topical – and often controversial – legal issues. Professional network We have approximately 100 legal professionals registered on our Professional Mentoring Scheme, and leading law firms visit the campus to attend the annual Kent Law Fair, offer mock interviews, or run workshops. We regularly hold careers talks given by practising lawyers (many of whom are Kent alumni) and host guest lectures given by some of the leading legal figures of our time. Graduate applicants If you have a degree in another subject, you can apply for our Senior Status programme. This allows you to complete the LLB in two years rather than three.

Kent Law School emphasises research-led teaching, which means that the modules taught are at the leading edge of new legal and policy developments. 

Most modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations and continuous assessment, the ratio varying from module to module, with Kent encouraging and supporting the development of research and written skills. Some modules include an optional research-based dissertation that counts for 45% or, in some cases, 100% of the final mark. 

Assessment can also incorporate assessment through oral presentation and argument, often in the style of legal practice (such as mooting), and client-based work and reflection through our Law Clinic. 

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the principal features of the English legal system, including its institutions, procedures and sources of law
  • the concepts, principles and rules of a substantial range of English legal subjects, including an in-depth knowledge of some areas of law and, depending on options, an in-depth knowledge of the law of the European Union, International law and Comparative law 
  • the relationship between law and the historical, socio-economic and political contexts in which it operates
  • a range of theoretical and critical perspectives which can be applied to the study of law.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual abilities to:

  • effectively apply knowledge to analyse complex issues
  • recognise and rank items and issues in terms of their relevance and importance
  • collect and synthesise information from a variety of sources
  • formulate and sustain a complex argument, supporting it with appropriate evidence
  • recognise potential alternative solutions to particular problems and make a reasoned choice between them
  • independently acquire knowledge and understanding in areas, both legal and non-legal, not previously studied
  • demonstrate an independence of mind and an ability to critically challenge received understandings and conclusions
  • reflect constructively on your own learning processes.

Subject-specific skills

Application & problem solving

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • recognise the legal issues arising in a factual situation 
  • identify and apply the case and statute law relevant to it
  • provide an informed and reasoned opinion on the possible legal actions arising from it, and their likelihood of success.
Sources, research and evaluation

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • identify the legal and related issues that require to be researched
  • effectively locate and use primary and secondary legal and other relevant sources
  • conduct independent legal research using paper and electronic resources
  • critically evaluate an area of law both doctrinally and in terms of its socio-economic and other consequences
  • function in both the English and the broader milieu of International law and, during the year abroad, the law of another jurisdiction.

Transferable skills

Communication and literacy

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • use the English language, both orally and in writing in relation to legal matters and generally, with care, accuracy and effectiveness
  • engage constructively and effectively in arguments and discussions of complex matters 
  • give a clear and coherent presentation on a topic using appropriate supporting materials
  • read complex legal and non-legal materials and summarise them accurately
  • employ correct legal terminology and correct methods of citation and referencing for legal and other academic materials
  • produce work in appropriate formats.
Teamwork, numeracy and IT

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • work collaboratively in groups to achieve defined tasks, to respond to different points of view and to negotiate outcomes
  • word process their work and use a range of electronic databases and other information sources

The programme aims:

  • to attract and meet the needs of those contemplating a career in the legal profession and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in law and legal issues
  • to contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
  • to provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal institutions and procedures of the English legal system
  • to provide a grounding in the major concepts and principles of English law, the law of the European Union, and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • to develop a critical awareness of law in its historical, socio-economic and political contexts and to introduce students to a range of different theoretical approaches to the study of law
  • to offer a range of modules covering the foundations of legal knowledge, as defined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, which will enable students who successfully complete them to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree
  • to offer a range of options to enable students to study some selected areas of law in depth
  • to provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
  • to offer the opportunity to acquire direct experience of legal practice and to critically reflect on it through participation in the University Law Clinic
  • to enable students to manage their own learning and to carry out independent research, including research into areas of law they have not previously studied
  • to develop general critical, analytical and problem-solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of different legal and non-legal settings
  • to provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in the legal professions and other fields.

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