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Course overview

Law is for everyone. You don’t need to have studied law before, whatever your background, your contribution will be a valuable one.

A law degree is a highly regarded qualification. You are trained to think, to question and to challenge. Many students study law to become a legal professional such as legal executive, solicitor or barrister, but a Teesside law degree opens up a wide range of professional roles for you, including the criminal justice field, within probation services, law enforcement and in the third charitable and voluntary sectors. You could also be successful in management, recruitment or human resources. Whether you’re starting a career, developing an existing one or changing direction, a law degree presents many opportunities to you.

The law can, and does, change on a daily basis – that's what makes it such a fascinating and vibrant subject to study. As a graduate you’ll be a creative problem solver, and an effective researcher, you interpret, analyse and critique complex information. You’ll have highly developed written and oral communication skills and be able to formulate reasoned arguments and challenge decisions. You gain a valuable suite of skills and attributes, confidence, adaptability and resilience to succeed in your chosen career.

Studying law at Teesside isn’t all about attending traditional lectures and sitting exams. We recognise that students learn in different ways and our innovative teaching and learning approaches, and diverse assessment methods prepare you for the 21st century workplace.

You will also have the opportunity to empower members of the local community to access justice through the work of our award-winning Student Law Clinic.

Top reasons to study this course

  • You will be a valued member of our law community – fully supported and encouraged to succeed on the course, and beyond. We know our students and they know us.
  • Your skillset is transferable and highly valued by a range of employers.
  • Your fellow students will come from a range of backgrounds You learn in an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment, which will enrich your learning experience.
  • Your experienced and knowledgeable course team are research active and many are highly regarded researchers within their field.
  • Our well-established links with the legal and other professions across the region and beyond creates opportunities for work experience, placements and permanent employment.

 

Course details

We are fully appraised of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) proposal for changes to legal education and training and mindful of the recent introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). These developments will be accommodated in appropriate changes made to the course going forward. For further information on these changes consult the SRA website at www.sra.org.uk.

Please note that module titles may be subject to change.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Law of Contract

Contract law is one of the most fundamental aspects of law. All contracts are agreements but not all agreements are contracts. This module explores the differences between informal agreements and those enforceable in law. It also covers issues that can arise within a contract including when someone is misled, when a party changes its mind about a contract, when one party does not perform a contract in whole or in part, and when property delivered as part of a contract is defective. In all of these cases you study the established principles for allocating responsibility.

At the end of the module you can look at a problem scenario, identify the legal contractual issues involved and propose a solution or offer advice to the parties involved. This module is very relevant to the business environment.

Law of Tort

You encounter a range of civil actions associated with tort and are introduced to tort as a compensation system. Module content draws on the issues of claiming compensation after an accident. Unlike criminal law, which determines guilt, you come to understand the way that tort seeks to apportion liability and award damages to compensate the injured party.

The most prominent area of tortious liability is negligence. You examine the elements required to establish liability in detail. The importance of understanding the components of negligence and how to minimise the risk of liability is relevant to all businesses. Other forms of tortious liability include trespass (to land and to the person), defamation and nuisance - you consider a range of these torts.

We emphasise developing your critical awareness of the issues underpinning the legal process of tort and enhancing your analytical abilities and written presentation skills. You consider how our society has adopted a litigation culture and the potential drivers.

Law, Life and Commercial Awareness

You develop your skills and competencies that underpin the study and practice of law, and introduce consideration of general transferable skills for any workplace.

You carry out practical exercises on a variety of topics where you develop skills and have the opportunity to reflect on your own acquisition and development over the course of the module.

Legal Foundations

This module begins the skills development which forms the basis not only for successful legal study but also for success in legal practice or indeed any other career. Initially the focus is on the basic skills for legal study and the fundamental processes of legal reasoning followed by consideration of the key skills of the lawyer in practice and an appreciation of the transferability of those skills.

The Citizen and the State – Civil Liberties and Human Rights

This module provides an opportunity to consider the relationship between the state and individuals, it examines the Human Rights Act 1998 and the growing significance of European Convention rights for the UK citizen. This is a crucial area of legal study which provides important foundations for subsequent study.

The Citizen and the State - The Constitution

The subject matter of this module concentrates on the structure and functions of the state and is concerned with the interaction between the organs of state. In particular the way in which power is exercised by parliament and the government is considered.

 

Year 2 core modules

Contemporary Issues and Legal Research

This module allows you to engage with research topics being pursued by members of academic staff at the University and in the wider academic community.

You are introduced to current issues in the legal profession by visitors with experience in the field. Seminars supplement your learning in this area and are followed up with complementary workshops and advanced reading.

Criminal Law

As perhaps the best known aspect of the legal system, criminal law presents an interesting and challenging area of study.

You are introduced to the English legal system and gain an understanding of the nature and purpose of criminal law, the principles of criminalisation and the basic elements of a crime. You examine some controversial aspects of criminal law, including, for example, particularly problematic criminal offences and defences and the way the criminal law responds to social problems.

Employment Law

Employment law consists of a series of statutory provisions and common law principles concerned with the regulation of the employment relationship. You study the contract of employment and a number of statutory employment rights (including, most notably, unfair dismissal).

At the individual level you examine discrimination in terms of sex, disability and equal pay. At the collective level, you consider collective bargaining, trade union law and industrial conflict. To a large extent, the law concerns the civil liberties of the citizen, as an employee, taking into account Britain’s former membership of the European Union.

The Law of Equity and Trusts

You consider how equity has developed alongside the common law to provide justice in cases where the law provides no remedy or where the remedy is inadequate. You come to understand that the common law only provides the remedy of damages whereas equity provides additional remedies. These can include specific performance and injunctions - both are often the desired outcome of civil action.

You explore the legal ownership of property and its history. You are introduced to the law’s most important contemporary uses in relation to family provision, pension funds and the operation of charities.

 

and two optional modules

EU Law

This module aims to introduce you to the general constitutional and legislative structure of the European Union. It also explores the operation of EC law, considering its relationship with domestic law and explains the function and application of some of the substantive legal provisions.

Land Law

Law relating to the transfer of land affects us all. No piece of land is the same as another and the law has developed in the last 900 years to reflect this. Historically, land law was about large interests and traditional estates. This changed during the 20th century as more people aspired to be owner-occupiers and the individual home owner replaced the landlord as the dominant figure. In the latter part of the 20th century the owner-occupier couple replaced the single, predominately male owner.

Today, the process of compulsory land registration is completing the transformation of this subject. The focus of this module is co-owned, registered land as land law is taught in its modern, social context.

 

Final-year core module

Dissertation

This module begins with formal lectures and seminars covering topics like how to conduct a dissertation and the research process – timetabling, supervision, structure and guidelines will be covered. You will be provided with a supervisor to support and guide you through the dissertation process. Personal development is embedded within the process as you are expected to complete a reflective diary.

 

and optional modules

Corporate Law

This module examines the law relating to public and private limited companies. It defines the legal framework, both statutory and common law, within which companies operate. You will learn to assess the conduct of a company, its members and directors, and the legal obligations. You will consider the law relating to all the main aspects of its operation - from forming a company to winding it up.

Criminal Law Theory

This module promotes a critical understanding of some of the theories that underpin our criminal law. From general legal philosophies to their particular effects on specific areas of criminal law, you explore the theories of culpability and blameworthiness in the context of specific academic debates.

You question which types of conduct should be criminalised, how the criminal law should treat mentally disordered offenders, when we should exempt individuals from criminal liability, whether the test for recklessness is subjective or objective, and whether there a place for negligence in criminal law.

EU Law

This module aims to introduce you to the general constitutional and legislative structure of the European Union. It also explores the operation of EC law, considering its relationship with domestic law and explains the function and application of some of the substantive legal provisions.

Family Law

Explore cohabitation, marriage, separation and divorce and consider the various legal aspects of these relationships. Examine how the law regulates the interaction of parties within a relationship, defining their rights and responsibilities, minimally during the course of the relationship, but in detail should it end.

The module also concentrates on children in family law. Traditionally the law focused on parents but modern developments, particularly those resulting in the Children Act 1989, have focused more on the rights of the child and the responsibilities of parents and others taking the place of parents.

You examine how private law (which regulates the relationship of the child to others) and public law (which focuses on child protection) are brought together.

International Law

This module examines the principles and structures underpinning international law. You explore the sources and modes of development of international law and look into key international institutions and the operation and enforcement of international law in specific areas. The topic is considered in the context of current international issues.

By studying the nature of international law you become able to critically analyse the extent to which international law performs its function. The content of this module may vary to take account of current issues.

Land Law

Law relating to the transfer of land affects us all. No piece of land is the same as another and the law has developed in the last 900 years to reflect this. Historically, land law was about large interests and traditional estates. This changed during the 20th century as more people aspired to be owner-occupiers and the individual home owner replaced the landlord as the dominant figure. In the latter part of the 20th century the owner-occupier couple replaced the single, predominately male owner.

Today, the process of compulsory land registration is completing the transformation of this subject. The focus of this module is co-owned, registered land as land law is taught in its modern, social context.

Law of Civil and Criminal Evidence

This module focuses on the law of evidence in both the civil and criminal spheres. It examines key aspects of the admissibility of evidence and challenges you to explore the practical implications of the rules. Whilst the module is particularly suited for those who wish to continue their studies and join the professions, it is an academic module and examines the law of evidence from the academic viewpoint.

Medical Law

This module covers medical and mental health law in a broad context. You study the medical professions, and liability in medical law with a focus on medical negligence. You also cover birth and death, assisted reproduction and other topical debates. Spanning across the subject is the issue of consent – its scope and its implication for those with disability.

You explore compulsory detention in hospital, and treatment for those with a mental disorder and the law in relation to their discharge. You also examine how the law affects those without capacity.

Student Law Clinic

Teesside Law Clinic gives students the opportunity to work with real people on real cases, offering advice to members of the public in a number of areas of law. In addition to this students will have the opportunity to be involved in at least one Streetlaw project during their time in the clinic.

The number of places available within the Student Law Clinic is assessed on a yearly basis and as such an application process exists for potential candidates. The clinic will require students to commit to 4 hours per week, which will be on a rota basis. This is a pass/fail component of the course. In addition, weekly seminars will take place.

As part of the module students will be working on a number of live cases assessed under the supervision of a member of staff. In-course assessment accounts for 40% of total mark. This will be in the form of an essay of 2,000 words on a choice of area from 5 options. End-course assessment accounts for 60% of the total mark. This will be made up of a portfolio of evidence containing work carried out on 1-3 client files and a reflective essay of 1,500 words.

The Law of Succession

Many of the issues raised on this module relate to practical situations – you will be required to solve difficult and complex legal problems. Other issues are more theoretical - you will do some independent research, extracting your information from a variety of sources including the course manual, textbooks, journals, reports and electronic sources.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Under the guidance of experienced and committed staff your learning involves the use of a range of digital media to facilitate a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and guided activities. In our interactive lectures, legal principles and ideas are explored with larger groups, while in the smaller seminar groups issues can be discussed in more depth. Workshops are informal sessions in which you can extend your knowledge or seek further clarification of issues. Apart from scheduled teaching sessions, staff are readily available to provide further academic support and guidance. In addition, throughout the academic year, a variety of distinguished guests deliver lectures which enhance your learning experience and broaden your legal education.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods are varied and include essays, problem-solving questions, examinations, presentations, mooting, poster presentations and a dissertation. You also undertake 'formative' assessments, that do not count towards your overall mark but provide you with feedback to enable you to realise your full potential in the assessments that do count.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 88-112 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). A level law isn't essential. You must also have GCSE English at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent.


For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

The Law Section at Teesside has long established links with the local legal community. In addition to the opportunities provided by participating in the Law Clinic module, further prospects for interaction and networking opportunities with professionals have been facilitated by establishing a family law clinic and through our current Contemporary Legal Issues and Legal Research module.

You are encouraged and supported in your efforts to acquire work experience with a range of legal professionals where available. There are also opportunities for relevant voluntary work including through the University’s VolunTees scheme and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Career opportunities

Whilst many of our graduates do choose to continue their studies through a range of professional courses or opportunities for further academic research, others have successfully secured employment in such varied fields as teaching, management, human resources, the media, retail and a number of criminal justice agencies and related organisations and pressure groups.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: M100 LLB/LAW
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 88-112 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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Part-time

2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Minimum of 4 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Start date: September
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Teesside Law Clinic

Teesside University is committed to ensuring our students graduate with the best possible skills for employment in the legal profession. Through Teesside Law Clinic we work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to provide our students with real opportunities and practical skills in law.

 

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