Law with a Foundation Year (LLB (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
LLB (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Law with a Foundation Year at University of Kent

Kent Law School is renowned for its world-leading research and an approach which enables you to think critically about law within the broader context of society, considering it's role and impact, and the potential it has to change the world we live in. Our Law with a Foundation Year - LLB (Hons) degree programme  Law with a Foundation Year extends access to the degree to students from a wide variety of qualifications and educational backgrounds. It is the ideal programme if you have completed a university entry level qualification but have grades below the level required for entry to the degree directly. During the Foundation Year you complete modules which prepare you for the study of Law, and which develop your academic skills to enable you to confidently progress to a university degree. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year at the required level (see below), you move on to the first year of our Law LLB (Hons) 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. Teaching on the Law degree takes place 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 timea law librarian to guide you in the use of online and printed resources. As a foundation year student, you are a full member of the University and can take part in all student activities. Progression requirements from the Foundation Year to the LLB To progress from the Foundation Year to the LLB in Law, students must pass all components of the Foundation year with a 60% overall average including 60% in Academic Skills Development and 60% in the Law module. Accreditation 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). 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 lawLawlinks, our award-winning gateway to online legal resourcesmajor legal databases that are used on a daily basis in the legal professionaudio recordings of your lectures. Extra activities There are plenty of activities related to your studies, including: Kent Student Law Society for aspiring solicitorsKent Temple Law Society for those intending to go to the BarKent Critical Law SocietyKent Canadian Law SocietyEuropean 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 FairKent Law BallTemple 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.

Foundation Year

Please see the course prospectus entry for the International Foundation programme for information about how the Foundation Year is taught and assessed.

Kent Law School

Teaching

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

We use a variety of teaching methods, including;

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations.

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

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

Intellectual Skills

Subject-specific skills

Transferable skills

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  • The awardLLB (Hons)How you will study find outHow long you will study4 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

Entry requirements

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