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Law (with Foundation Year)

Law (with Foundation Year) LLB (Hons)

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

 

M108 LLB/LawFY

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Course overview

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 within the criminal justice field, probation services, law enforcement and in the 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, with the ability to 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, and develop the 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 have the opportunity to spend time in our replica court room which has the features of a modern court and offers invaluable courtroom experience in first-class facilities.

You obtain real-world experience through empowering members of the local community to access justice by providing pro bono legal advice through the work of our award-winning Law Clinic which works in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations. This experience gives you chance to develop professional and practical skills and experience and knowledge of law which are crucial to any future career in legal practice as well as being very transferrable and useful in careers beyond law.

We have strong employment links with law firms, charities and voluntary sector organisations in our region which provide unique employability opportunities. We have an exceptionally talented law team from a variety of backgrounds including the legal profession and academia, enabling you to learn first-hand from their experience.

This course includes a foundation year - ideal if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1 of a degree.

Jacksons Law scholarship
A £6,000 scholarship is available for undergraduate students based in the North East undertaking the LLB (Hons) Law or LLB (Hons) Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice course within Teesside University Law School. Find out more about eligibility criteria and application details.

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 create opportunities for work experience, placements and permanent employment.

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Course details

You study the foundations of legal knowledge, including Contract Law, Administrative and Constitutional Law, the Law of Tort, Land Law, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, and European Union Law. These subjects are required for you to progress to further training to qualify as a barrister, and will be invaluable to your future qualification as a solicitor.

At Teesside University you study all of the foundations of legal knowledge you need if you want a law career at the Bar.

Working alongside The University of Law we offer expert training to the next generation of legal professionals. Graduates will be able to access a tailored support package to assist in the next steps of solicitor qualification.

Our degrees offer maximum flexibility for all students, personalising your student journey for your career aspirations. For example, you may choose to substitute a foundation of legal knowledge module for another optional module.

For information about recent changes to legal education visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority website (sra.org.uk).

Please note that module titles may be subject to change.

Course structure

Foundation year core modules

Academic Study Skills Toolkit

This module will assist you in developing the personal and academic skills that you will need for undergraduate study. It focusses on developing skills such as information retrieval, evaluation, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills and group work.

Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to the historical and contemporary development of social science disciplines and will provide examples of theoretical challenges and the ways in which research is applied in society. You will gain an understanding of the critical differences between disciplines and how interdisciplinary research is fostered through collaboration. You will also be introduced to academic standards, ethical guidelines and research protocols, personal development planning and to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to your degree course and beyond.

Fake News: Propaganda and Polemics, Past and Present

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills in thinking critically about the information and analysis presented in an array of media in today’s digital world, drawing on the methodologies of a range of disciplines within the social sciences, humanities and law. You will explore examples of the debates over fake news in both the past and present, and look at how fake news can be used to both support and undermine the status quo, enabling you in the process to become more savvy and engaged citizens.

Historical and Popular Crime, Justice, Law and Psychology

This module introduces you to the history of crime and justice, using media representations and crime fiction as a way of exploring crime over time, including aspects such as changes in society, law and education in this context.

Project

This module allows students to identify an area of interest related to their undergraduate degree and to explore this through a small scale research project where students will be required to produce an analysis of an area of focus.

Teesside: History, Literature, Culture, and Society

This module provides you with an opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the Teesside region. You will learn about Teesside’s history, culture and society through the examination of various topics which will give you a deeper understanding of the region, both past and present.

 

Year 1 core modules

Administrative Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights

You focus on the role played by public bodies, exploring how the law impacts on the individual and the remedies available when powers of the state are abused. You examine the Human Rights Act 1998 and the significance of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950 for the UK citizen, and explore the duties of public authorities to protect and uphold fundamental human rights.

Constitutional Principles of the UK and the EU

You explore the relationship between an individual and the state, focusing on constitutional principles relating to the UK and to the EU post-Brexit. The UK constitution comprises a series of powers and customs based on the traditional role of the Monarch. Much of this power is now exercised by Parliament and the Government, and this module explores the interaction between the organs of state. You develop an understanding of the key institutions of the EU and explore the relationship between EU and domestic law pre- and post-Brexit.

Fundamentals of the English Legal System

Skills for successful legal study and success in either legal practice or a non-legal career are the focus of this module. You look at the use and sourcing of legal materials, legal research and how to tackle legal questions. You learn the fundamental processes of legal reasoning beginning with the doctrine of judicial precedent, followed by an examination of judicial approaches towards interpreting statute. You learn the key skills of the lawyer in practice, enabling you to identify and practice the necessary skills for the conduct of cases including the preparation and presentation of arguments.

Law in Practice in the 21st Century

Develop the knowledge, skills and competencies that underpin the practice of law in the modern world. You consider what lawyers do, how law firms operate and how they respond to the unpredictable context of the fourth industrial revolution. You examine the internal and external factors that challenge the future provision of legal services and develop employability skills through practical exercises.

Law of Contract

All contracts are agreements but not all agreements are contracts, therefore it’s essential to identify the elements which distinguish purely informal agreements from those which are enforceable in law. You examine a number of issues that may arise once a contract is made, for example one party might change their mind, one party may have misled the other, property delivered may be defective, or one party may not perform the contract in whole or in part. In each case the law of contract has established principles for allocating responsibility.

Law of Tort

You explore a range of civil causes of action which fall within the scope of the law of tort, and study the theoretical underpinning and principles of a number of torts, and undertake guided research in specified areas to identify the relevant law. The important tort of negligence is considered in detail and in the context of an ever-rising number of personal injury claims, together with a number of other forms of tortious liability.

 

Year 2 core modules

Criminal Law

You are introduced to the nature and scope of the criminal law and elements of criminal liability. You study key specific criminal offences, including murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences against the person, theft and related offences, inchoate offences and modes of participation, and learn about important defences to criminal conduct.

Employment Law and Practice

Statutory provisions and common law principles which are concerned with the regulation of the employment relationship are examined in this module. You study the contract of employment, and statutory employment rights, and discrimination in terms of sex, race,?disability, age?and equal pay. You consider collective bargaining, trade union law, industrial conflict, and practical elements, such as drafting claim forms.

Future Directions (Research, Careers and Development)

This module focuses on personal and professional development planning by encouraging self-evaluation, self-reflection, and development of key transferable skills. You engage with practitioners in law and other relevant professions (including non-legal professions), who provide insight into their work, and you learn about professionalism and legal ethics, which prepares you for the challenges of professional life. You develop research and academic writing skills and to take a more critical approach, in preparation for your research project/dissertation in your final year.

Land Law

Land law is one of the foundations of legal knowledge. No one piece of land is the same as another and although in history land law is about large interests, the subject changed in the 20th century as the owner-occupier replaced?the landlord as the dominant figure and, in the later part of the century, the owner-occupier couple replaced?the single, usually male, owner. Compulsory land registration is now in the process of completing the transformation of the subject and it is predominantly co-owned, registered?land,?which is the focus of the subject, other forms being used to point out differences rather than as a norm.

The Law of Equity and Trusts

The Law of Equity and Trusts developed as a doctrine in order to provide justice in cases where the common law did not provide an adequate solution. It also operated to prevent individuals from behaving unconscionably by insisting on a strict application of the common law, to the detriment of another person. One of the most fundamental creations of equity is the trust, whether express, implied, or constructive. Whilst an express trust enables individuals to make provision for chosen individuals or charities, either as lifetime gifts or by Will on death, an implied or constructive trust protects the rights of beneficiaries who would otherwise be left without a remedy as a result of another person’s unconscionable behaviour. Equity also sets the legal framework in which wider remedies such as proprietary estoppel, lapse, tracing assets, equitable damages, liens, specific performance, injunctions, and other doctrines operate which are not within the scope of those provided by the common law. It continues to develop as a doctrine.

 

and one optional module

Employability and Work Experience

Gain academic credit for participating in work experience related to criminology, criminal justice and sociology. You may find your own work experience (subject to approval from your module tutor) or you can take advantage of work experience opportunities offered as part of the module.

Work experience must be performed to an agreed job description and person specification for a minimum of 60 working hours. To take part you must complete a DBS check, along with any other security checks required by your work experience provider. You must also agree to and sign a legal agreement outlining the obligations of yourself, the University and the work experience provider. Alongside your work experience you explore employability issues and skills through a number of interactive workshops led by professionals from within and outside the University.

This module has limited places and participation is subject to a selection process involving an application, shortlisting and interview.

European Union Law: Free Movement (Level 5)

Together with the Constitutional Principles of the UK and the EU, this module provides you with the coverage of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge. You are introduced to substantive legal provisions of EU law and build upon the general constitutional and legislative structure of the European Union studied previously. You also explore EU competition law and EU external relations with the rest of the world.

 

Final-year core module

Dissertation

You conduct an in-depth, self-directed and self-managed research project on a selected substantive area of law. You develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of your chosen topic and develop your academic and transferable skills to a high level.

 

and four optional modules

European Union Law: Free Movement (Level 6)

Together with the Constitutional Principles of the UK and the EU module, this module ensures coverage of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge. You are introduced to the substantive legal provisions of EU. In addition, you will explore EU competition law and EU external relations with the rest of the world.

Family Law

You explore the rights of parents, which have been of prime concern but modern developments, particularly those resulting in the Children Act 1989 have stressed the rights of the child and the responsibilities of parents and others taking the place of parents.

You explore the formation and dissolution of formal relationships between adults together with a consideration of other aspects of these relationships.

In respect of each formal relationship, you consider how the law regulates the interaction of the parties, defining their rights and responsibilities. ed. You also examine the suitability of the remedies available in the context of domestic abuse in formal and informal relationships.

International Business Law

You examine the principles of international business law, its history, evolution and current challenges. You examine the purpose and objectives of the regulation of international trade relations based on the philosophies and theories that influence such relations. You develop an understanding of the substance of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) covered agreements and how these apply to disputes arising from the violation of WTO agreements.

Law Clinic

This is your opportunity to gain valuable practical experience offering advice to members of Teesside’s wider community in different areas of law. Under the supervision of the director of clinical legal education, you work on live client cases, developing practical legal skills and competencies. You also have the opportunity to be involved in other legal projects during your time in the Law Clinic.

Law of Civil and Criminal Evidence

You focus on the law of evidence in both civil and criminal spheres. You examine key aspects of the admissibility of evidence at trial and explore the practical and theoretical implications of the rules.

Litigation and Advocacy

You focus on aspects of criminal and civil litigation and the processes involved in various stages of the procedure. You develop an in-depth understanding of the procedural rules, and an ability to communicate complex processes and factors when presenting material in civil and criminal proceedings.

Medical Law

You explore the medical professions and move on to liability within medical law, mainly by means of medical negligence. Increasingly important are the issues related to criminal responsibility both of medical practitioners and of those with medical conditions. These issues will be considered along with those relating to birth and death, assisted reproduction and suicide and other topical areas of debate. Significant issues are relevant to every area, in particular the issue of personal autonomy and consent to treatment, and the legal positions of those with and without capacity are considered.

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.

Welfare and Immigration Law

You apply and develop your understanding of welfare and immigration?law and explore an extensive range of issues faced by citizens in the welfare state, particularly in the context of the societal change brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the growing struggles resulting from the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Wills and Probate

Wills and Probate involves complex questions relating to Wills, trusts and the extent to which individuals can control the devolution and ownership of their assets after death. Many of the issues raised on this module relate to practical, real-life situations and this is reflected in the fact that students will be required to solve difficult and complex legal problems in seminars and in their assessed work.

 

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, and we have a robust system of personal tutoring to support our students to reach their full potential. 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, e-portfolios, reflective tasks 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 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in English.

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 School at Teesside has long established links with the local legal community. In addition to the opportunities provided by participating in the Law Clinic/employability modules, further prospects for interaction and networking opportunities with professionals are facilitated by our active Student Law Society and within a variety of modules.

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, as well as 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.

 

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Full-time

Entry to 2023/24 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£15,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: M108 LLB/LawFY
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 32-64 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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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.

 

Teesside University Law School

At Teesside University Law School we have over 30 years' experience of delivering high-quality education in the field of law and criminal justice.

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