Year of entry 2024
This two-year course is designed for those who already have an undergraduate degree in a non-law subject who wish to convert to a career in law. It provides you with the opportunity to learn about the law, both in the traditional sense of ‘thinking like a lawyer’ and in the broader sense of law as a social institution.
You will gain expertise in analysis, research, logical argument and more as you develop an understanding of key topics within law and the legal sector.
The degree gives you an in-depth grounding that will enable you to progress to the vocational stage of legal education, should you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. It’s also recognised in several other jurisdictions.
You’ll cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge and develop your legal research skills. A wide range of optional modules will also enable you to follow your interests in specialist legal areas. You’ll gain diverse skills that will be invaluable to you as a global citizen, as well as in your professional career – whether you choose to enter the legal profession or not.
The School of Law is based in the purpose-built Liberty Building on our city centre campus. It has excellent facilities for law students including individual and group study areas, communal and social spaces and a dedicated Moot Court theatre – where students can practice mooting in a court-like environment.
As a law student you will learn in a range of spaces across the campus including large lecture theatres, seminar classes and new state of the art digital learning rooms. These allow students to actively work in small groups with the involvement and guidance of lecturers.
In your first year you’ll take a set of compulsory modules that provide a firm foundation of knowledge in key areas of English law, such as contract, criminal law and constitutional law.
You will also study Foundations of Law, a two-part module designed to prepare you for the demands of studying law at undergraduate level. It covers both the technical details of legal skills and the key legal theories that underpin our understanding of what law is, whilst helping you to evaluate what it ought to be.
By the end of your first year, you will have had the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills that enable you to progress into your second year and are central to your future employability.
You’ll continue to study compulsory modules in your second year, expanding your knowledge and focusing on subjects such as EU law, land law, torts and equity and trusts. At the same time you will choose a selection of optional modules, giving you the chance to gain specialist knowledge in topics that suit your own interests and career plans. You could choose to study modules on topics such as family law, human rights or company law.
To demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained throughout the course, you will have the option to complete a short dissertation – an independent piece of research on a legal topic of your choice. You will further develop and hone your skills so that by the end of your second year you can be confident that you are ready to enter the career of your choice.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|English Contract Law 1
|English Contract Law 2
|Foundations of Law 1
|Foundations of Law 2
|Constitutional and Administrative Law 1
|Constitutional and Administrative Law 2
|Criminal Law 1
|Criminal Law 2
Year 2 compulsory modules
|European Union Law
|The Law of Trusts
Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic
|International Human Rights Law
|Youth Crime and Justice
|Cyberlaw: Law and the Regulation of the Information Society
|Gender and the Law
|Health Care Law
|Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective
|Privacy & Media Law
|Commercial Law: Domestic and International Sales
Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published after May 1st. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Learning and teaching
One of the key aims of this course is to teach you to ‘think like a lawyer’. This means that you won't merely be able to practice law. Instead, it brings together technical legal skills with key transferable skills; these allow you to apply and evaluate the law in a range of situations and employment contexts.
You’ll learn through a varied and exciting range of pedagogical approaches, which include lectures, workshops and seminars. These will be supplemented and supported by materials and exercises provided through our secure online platform Minerva, as well as the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
This is a demanding course geared towards self-motivated and independent learners. You’ll spend most of your time in independent study doing research and preparatory reading. We have excellent library resources for you to use with over 40,000 volumes in the Law collection, in addition to extensive electronic access to legal materials and journals.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
To help you develop the variety of skills you will need in your future career, we assess modules using a range of different methods. These include (but aren’t limited to) online open book assessments, coursework, group work and presentations. Topics will reflect our dynamic curriculum, which reflects contemporary developments and debates.
You will learn how to write succinctly, how to carry out research and how to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. You will also learn how to bring together evidence from different sources, as well as how to understand and evaluate contemporary debates.
A-level: A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a non-law subject.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £24,750 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
We typically receive a high number of applications to our courses in the School of Law. The number of applicants exceeds the number of places available so, to ensure that we treat all applications fairly and equitably, we wait until after the UCAS equal consideration application deadline has passed before making a final decision on applications.
If we put your application on hold for review after the UCAS application deadline, we will send you an email to let you know. Although you may have to wait longer than usual to receive a decision, you will hear from us by mid-May at the latest, in line with the deadline that UCAS sets universities for making decisions on applications submitted by the January UCAS deadline.
Offer decisions are made based on an overall review of applications including predicted grades, breadth of knowledge demonstrated through qualifications, personal statement, extra-curricular and work experience, and contextual information. We look for enthusiastic and talented students who have the potential to succeed in their studies with us and contribute to our community.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
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As a graduate of this degree there are several professional and academic pathways available to you, whether you envisage becoming a lawyer or you intend to specialise in a specific area of law at postgraduate level.
Our graduates have secured successful law careers in countries across the globe including Canada, China and the United States. Our law degrees have also equipped students for work in firms such as Pinsent Masons, Eversheds, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Irwin Mitchell and Addleshaw Goddard.
For students wishing to pursue a legal practice career in the UK, all of our law courses satisfy the degree requirements set by the Bar Standards Board should you wish to qualify as a barrister. For more information visit the Bar Standards Board website.
Alternatively, if you plan to be a solicitor you will need to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and have two years’ full time equivalent work experience. For more information visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
The School of Law also maintains close communications with various national and international regulators. This means that in addition to the Bar Standards Board, this programme is recognised in several international jurisdictions. For further information please contact the relevant regulator in your chosen jurisdiction.
Beyond legal practice, law is a highly transferable degree. Many graduates choose to pursue careers in other fields including business, education and the civil service.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
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