Law (LLB (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
LLB (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Law at University of Kent

Our research-led teaching encourages you to take a critical view of the law, engaging with the latest research undertaken by expert academics. Our diverse, international community of staff and students provides a dynamic and engaging environment to gain the professional legal skills and knowledge you need to change the world we live in. Reasons to study a Law degree at Kent Top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2022 and The Times Good University Guide 2022 State-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated moot courtroom Study the issues that matter to you through our broad range of modules Prepare for a successful career – this degree helps facilitate your ambitions to work in law as a solicitor or barrister, or as a lawyer internationally Get involved in real legal practice and assist real clients through Kent Law Clinic Take part in co-curricular activities including lawyering skills modules in Mooting, Mock Trial Advocacy, and Negotiation Join one of our student-led law societies Participate in innovative and meaningful projects like Critical Law TV and the Kent Law Review Learn from legal professionals on our Professional Mentoring Scheme Study in a supportive environment with academic advisors and our Skills Hub which helps you succeed and achieve What you’ll learn Our law degree sharpens your thinking and your powers of persuasion whilst you gain extensive legal knowledge. You study the detail of the law, as well as its history. You analyse judgments and legal developments while considering the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This critical approach facilitates your ability to interrogate and investigate the law. Not only does this enhance what is already a fascinating subject, but it also enables you to build well researched evidence bases and advocate your position, which is critically and vitally important in whichever professional occupation you aim to pursue. Our popular mooting programme develops your advocacy skills in a simulated courtroom setting before a bench comprising local judges, practising barristers, solicitors and lecturers. Our Employability Support enables you to make connections, build your network, develop an understanding of the profession and plan for your future. See the modules you’ll study Accreditation This degree will help you prepare for a career in law as a solicitor or barrister. All of our undergraduate Law degrees contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers, and provide a strong foundation for students who wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE).

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
  • 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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