This graduate entry, two-year LLB programme is ideal if you are looking to start a career in law, whether as a barrister or a solicitor, or if you are interested in the legal system and the ways in which laws are made and upheld. You will be equipped with a wide range of transferrable skills which are highly sought after by employers.
On completion of this course, you will be exempt from the academic stage of training for the legal profession, allowing you to proceed directly to the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course.
You will consider the laws which apply to a variety of situations arising within the legal system. This will develop your understanding of how the law regulates agreements between individuals, and the relationship between the individual and the state. In addition to acquiring invaluable legal skills in research and oral presentation, you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of subjects in fields such as family law, medical law, company law and public international law.
Our School of Law has a reputation for high quality research and teaching. Whilst studying Law at Royal Holloway you will explore the fundamental principles of justice, equity and equality within the framework of English and European law. Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees that our subject leaders provide you with cutting-edge materials and engage you in intellectually challenging debates. You will also receive individual attention, and have the flexibility to develop expertise within a specialist field.
- Develop an understanding of how the law regulates agreements between individuals, and individuals and the state.
- Acquire invaluable legal skills in research and oral presentation
- Have the opportunity to choose from a range of subjects. Study areas of law such as family law, medical law, company law and public international law.
Core ModulesYear 1
Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative and Human Rights Law)
Constitutions establish and control the powers of the state and regulate the relationship between the state and its citizens. This module examines the UK’s uncodified constitution, primarily considering the main characteristics of the British system of government, including the division of powers between the legislature, executive, and judiciary and between Westminster and the devolved regions; key constitutional concepts and their associated challenges, including Parliamentary sovereignty, conventions, the rule of law, and human rights protection before and after the Human Rights Act 1998; and how administrative law, particularly judicial review, controls the actions of the government and public authorities.
The Law of Contract
Contracts form the legal basis of commercial transactions. This module examines the legalities regarding the formation of contracts, the capacity to contract and the performance of legal obligations as well as remedies for breach of contract. In particular, you will examine the following areas: introduction to contract; invitation to treat; offer and acceptance; consideration; Promissory Estoppel; intentions to create legal relations; implied terms; express terms; exemption clauses; unfair contract terms; mistakes; types of misrepresentation; misrepresentation and remedies; duress; undue influence; frustration and force majeure; breach of contract and remedies; and third-party rights.
Over time, criminal law has developed into a sophisticated body of precisely formulated legal rules which are to be applied to human conduct, igniting debate on a broad range of issues regarding law, morality and public policy. This module focuses on the substantive rules of criminal law within this broader social debate. In particular, you will examine general principles of criminal liability, covering a range of fatal and non-fatal offences against the person and some offences against property, including: actus reus and mens rea; offences against the person; property offences; the inchoate offences; the liability of accomplices; and defences for various crimes.
This module examines the various types of interests which can exist in land, including the rights and duties under these interests, how they can be protected against third parties acquiring other interests in the land, and how they can be transferred. In particular, you will examine fundamental concepts; contracts relating to land; adverse possession; leases and licences; mortgages; co-ownership and the family home; freehold covenants; easements; and protection of interests in land (both registered and unregistered).
The English Legal System, Methods and Legal Practice (Legal Skills)
This module serves as a comprehensive introduction to the English legal system focusing on building an understanding of the common law approach as a legal methodology and its evolution and influence in England and Wales. You will examine various sources of law; the civil and criminal justice systems including the structure and function of the courts; the role of magistrates, judges and the jury; as well as the impact of the Human Rights Act on the criminal and civil justice systems. You will develop legal research skills, including, library and database searches; referencing written work (with OSCOLA) and guarding against plagiarising; and in brief preparing a Moot. Furthermore, you will work with the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to prepare and present a professional curriculum vitae, and learn how to write cover letters and other documents in a professional format.
European Union Law (EU Law)
This module examines the role of the European Union (EU) in the free movement of peoples, goods, services and capital. You will explore the legal enforcement of treaties on which the Union is based, with a consideration of both national and international systems. You will examine these treaties and the various EU institutions created under them (and incorporated into domestic law), examining their legal and policy-making powers. In particular, you will look at the laws and functions of the EU Institutions including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and the Court of Justice of the EU, and explore how free movement works across national borders and how the law of the EU is enforced.
Equity and the Law of Trusts
In this module you will examine equity and its relationship with the common law. You will explore the concept of a trust and the laws associated with governing the creation and administration of trusts. You will explore the development of equity historically and explain how purpose trusts operate. You will look at how charitable trusts are created and consider the duties of trustees. You will consider the nature and scope of fiduciary obligations and consider when those obligations might be breached and the consequences of such. You will also consider particular types of trusts, including secret trusts, resulting and constructive trusts.
- Law of Tort
Optional ModulesYear 1
- All modules are core
- Law Dissertation
- Company Law
- International and Comparative Human Rights Law
- Law of Evidence
- Public International Law
- Family Law
Teaching & assessment
We offer high quality teaching providing you with 12 to 15 contact hourse a week. You will attend regular tutorials in small groups where you will discuss a range of legal topics. Our staff are friendly and engaging, and you will have the opportunity to contribute to topics at the cutting edge of international research in law.
We use a variety of different methods of assessment. These include essays on particular controversial issues, advisory questions where you apply your knowledge of law to particular scenarios, or critical analysis of recently published research. Some modules also involve oral presentations helping you prepare for a possible future career as a barrister.
Assessment is both summative and formative, and you will be provided with detailed comments on essays and other coursework. Many modules also have a written examination in April or May, and progression to the second year is dependent on passing the core modules.
The combination of quality and range of assessments will help you to develop a wide portfolio of skills and learning.
A Levels: BBB
A first degree is required to apply for this course. You will need to have obtained a UK Upper Second Class (2:1) (Honours) or equivalent, however there is flexibility for you to make an application with a Lower Second Class (2:2) (Honours) if you can demonstrate relevant work experience.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A - levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio - economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 6.0. Reading 6.0. No subscore lower than 6.0.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. 54 in writing. 54 in Reading. No subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please visit here. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Your future career
A Law degree at Royal Holloway makes you highly employable in the UK and internationally.
On completion of this course you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experiences essential to entering the legal profession. Alternatively, you may move onto further study and pursue a career in research and evaluation in academic and policy contexts.
You will have developed a wide variety of transferable skills, such as critical reading, report writing, interviewing, mooting, along with voice training and negotiating. These could be applied to a career in the criminal justice agencies.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
International students tuition fee per year**: £16900
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
*The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations, and for students starting a degree in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 for that year, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates has not yet been confirmed for students starting a degree in the academic year 2019/20.
**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions.
***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.