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Law and Practice LLB(Hons)

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

16 September 2024

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. Our flexible course structures mean that you can wait until the end of Year 2 to decide whether you want to follow an academic route and enroll onto our LLB (Hons) Law, or take one of our practice-focused courses, i.e., Law and Practice or Master’s in Law and Practice.  
  2. Employability skills are embedded within our curriculum, and a range of extra-curricular activities are on offer. You can benefit from hands-on experience at the Legal Advice Centre. You’ll participate in national and international Moot competitions, a professional mentoring scheme, the Law School challenge and a law Careers Fair, developing both legal and employability skills as well as networking for future careers.   
  3. In addition to specialised legal databases (i.e., Westlaw, Lexis Library) and journals (via Heinonline, Jstor), you’ll have access to over 200 law eBooks (textbooks) via Law Trove. These are all included in your course fees.   

Our Law and Practice LLB(Hons) course prepares you for an exciting career in legal practice, with special emphasis on getting you ready to take the new Solicitor’s Qualifying Exams (SQE1). Whether your aim is to become a solicitor or to work in industry, this course will ensure you stand out.

This course is designed to develop your skills in advocacy, legal drafting, and legal research, allowing you to develop competences which are required to be a solicitor. You’ll also gain a host of transferrable skills, such as:

  • how to construct an argument
  • how to communicate with clients
  • attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own and as part of a team.

Why study Law and Practice LLB(Hons)

Our flexible course structures mean that you can wait until the end of Year 2 to decide whether you want to take an academic route and enroll onto our LLB (Hons) Law or one of our practice-focused courses, i.e., Law and Practice or Master’s in Law and Practice.

Employability skills are embedded within our curriculum too. Plus, a range of extracurricular activities are on offer. You can benefit from hands-on experience at the Legal Advice Centre as well.

You’ll participate in national and international Moot competitions, a professional mentoring scheme, the Law School challenge and a law Careers Fair, developing both legal and employability skills as well as networking for future careers.

In addition to specialised legal databases (i.e., Westlaw, Lexis Library) and journals (via Heinonline, Jstor), you’ll have access to over 200 law eBooks (textbooks) via Law Trove. These are all included in your course fees.

You’ll be taught my both practitioners and legal academics who bring their industry and research expertise into classroom teaching.

Plus, 91 per cent of graduates from this subject are in work and/or further study 15 months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 19/20, UK domiciled graduates).

Together with the Functioning Legal Knowledge modules (Criminal Law, Contract Law, Land Law Tort, EU, Public Law), you’ll study a range of practice focused modules, including:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Administration of Estate
  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice

Throughout the course, you’ll also take a variety of option modules to help you find your law area of interest, as well as access our purpose-built mock courtroom, which simulates a real-life, legal environment and will help you hone your skills.

Away from campus, you’ll gain relevant real-world experience. After the second year of the course, you’ll put your knowledge and skills to the test in an optional 48-week work placement in your area of interest, in the UK or abroad.

This course will prepare you for a variety of potentially exciting careers in a range of fields in the industry. As you’ll develop competences that are required to be a solicitor, you may find career opportunities as a solicitor, paralegal, legal assistant, legal advisor, and legal executive. The transferrable skills you’ll develop will further open opportunities in both public and private sectors graduate level jobs.

Course detail

Core modules:

21st Century Legal and Employability Skills

This module aims to develop your professionalism and ability to work effectively in groups and individually to develop the following skills; legal research and referencing skills, advocacy, interviewing, presentation, effective and persuasive writing and legal drafting. It also aims to develop your understanding of your personal development of transferrable and employability skills required for successful post study employment. Overall, the module will focus on equipping you with the necessary legal and employability skills, and professionalism, which today’s graduates require to effectively develop a career following graduation.

Contract Law

This module explores all the foundational and fundamental aspects of the creation of a legal agreement that is, contract. It explores how a contract comes to light, how it can evolve based on the inclusion of certain terms and how the courts keep upholding underlying principles which underpin contract while balancing ideas of justice and public interest and policy. You will learn some of the key doctrines in Contract law, key debates and discussions on the underlying idea of contract law, the evolution of its principles and doctrines, the role of contract and the limits to what it can achieve.

Criminal Law

This module will enable you to acquire a thorough understanding of the principles of criminal liability, and how these principles are applied to specific offences. A range of offences will be considered, including homicide, offences against the person (such as assault and battery) and property offences (theft, burglary, robbery and fraud). You'll also acquire knowledge of the basis of a defendant’s liability and the skills to apply your knowledge in problem situations.

English Legal System and Method

The English legal system is complex, rooted in history and constantly evolving. This module introduces you to the key elements of the English legal system and also looks at the procedure to enact legislation, an analysis of the anatomy of an Act of Parliament, delegated and secondary legislation and principles of statutory interpretation. A brief history of the evolution of common law is also considered, together with an analysis of the current English court system and the continuing importance of the doctrine of precedent. In this module you'll also learn the methods and techniques necessary for using legal resources, such as cases and legislation to construct legal arguments.

Law in Society

This module explores the original theories of law, as well as legal theories which disprove the myth of law as inherently neutral. By exploring areas such critical race theory, feminism and/or postmodernism, this module is inspired by Woodie Guthrie: this module kills fascists. The module explores depictions of law and legal injustices in popular culture and looks at the nature of human rights, the Human Rights Act 1998, and the place of the individual in society.

Public Law

Are the powers of the government unlimited? Can the UK Parliament really ban smoking on the streets of Paris? Is the rule of law a fiction? This module provides you with an introduction to key concepts, theories and research of the legal rules which govern how the state works. Emphasis is placed on the law relating to the United Kingdom constitution, the legal framework in which the Government and Parliament operate, and the relationship of Her Majesty’s subjects to Governmental and regulatory actions and decisions. As there is no single document which you can look up and read which says ‘The UK Constitution’ on the front, this module asks you to consider the question of whether the UK has a legal or political constitution and what that means for society.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2024 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2025, please view the 2025-26 course information.

What our students have to say


Huddersfield Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus

Watch our profile video to hear Josh describe why he chose to study Law at the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included Altaf Solicitors, Ashman’s Solicitors, CEIC Centre d'estudis Cunit, Conveyancing Liability Solutions (CLS) Ltd, PPG Architectural Coatings EMEA, Ridley and Hall and Taylor Price Legal Ltd.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

You can find more information on placements here.

My placement gave me the hands-on experience of working in a professional environment and as a result has prepared me for the next stages of my career. The placement has given me a platform to develop and gain more skills and now I am at the stage where I am very confident in my ability.

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Mavua Maluasi, Assistant Underwriter, placement at CLS Risk Solutions

Your Career


Previous graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as industrial disease paralegal, legal administrative assistant, legal assistant in organisations including Slater and Gordon, Greenhead Solicitors, Ramsden Solicitors LLP.**

* Percentage of graduates from this subject who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 20/21, UK domiciled graduates, other activities excluded).

**Source: LinkedIn

86% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us. In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc. We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health, finance or personal issues you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities. Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

Important information

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by our terms and conditions, Handbook of Regulations and associated policies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan.

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

Changes to a course you have applied for but are not yet enrolled on

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment. We may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will discuss with you other suitable courses we can transfer your application to. If you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

Changes to option modules:

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have an equivalent range of options to that advertised for the course. We will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes:

We will only make major changes to non-optional modules on a course if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change is a change that substantially changes the outcomes, or a significant part of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum. For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators or a commissioning or accrediting body. We may also make changes to improve the course in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback or to ensure you are being taught current best practice. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment, or pandemics.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but may happen sooner in an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed in accordance with the student protection plan.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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