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LLB (Hons) Law



Start date: September
Duration: 3 years full-time (+ optional 1 year abroad)
UCAS code: M100
Course fees: See Undergraduate Fees

This Qualifying Law Degree introduces you to all the subjects you need to develop a critical understanding of modern English law. From the very beginning of your course we teach you how to study law; how to find, understand and apply the legal knowledge, texts, cases and terminology that will take you through your degree and facilitate your learning.

Danielle Manson

A Law degree from Sheffield provides a solid academic foundation upon which to build your career, but it also equips you with the ability to put this knowledge intro practice. Pro bono volunteering with the MJRC prepared me for the reality of a legal career beyond the lecture theatre.

danielle manson, pupil barrister, 25 bedford row

Start your career with the Sheffield LLB.

  • Innovative - research-led teaching at a Russell Group University Law School
  • Flexible - a wealth of optional modules to tailor the course to your interests
  • Employability - develop your professional skills in our Employability and Skills Initiative workshops delivered directly by members of the legal profession.
  • Work experience - over 200 places in our voluntary law or criminology schemes
  • Global opportunities - optional year abroad, with over 40 destinations to choose from

The first year modules are compulsory and cover all the foundations of legal knowledge you'll require in order to take you into more advanced study in the following years, allowing you to build your LLB to suit your strengths and career aspirations.

In your second and final years you will discover a huge amount of choice and flexibility. Foundational options allow you to build on the subjects you have already studied and take you through to advanced legal knowledge. A wide choice of specialist options allows you to dedicate yourself to your academic strengths and chosen career path.

On this course you can opt to take your third year abroad if you wish, extending your studies to four years in total. There are many destinations across the globe: more choice than any other UK law school. You don't have to decide on this until the beginning of year two.

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Programme structure

Year 1

Core modules

Compulsory coverage of the subjects required for the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)

Semester 1 Contemporary Issues in Law and Justice (20 credits) Criminal Law and Justice (20 credits) Law of Obligations (Contract, Torts & Restitution) (20 credits)
Semester 2 Remedies in Private Law (20 credits) Public Law in the UK and the EU (20 credits) Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts) (20 credits)

Skills and values

The skills and values programme takes place throughout both semesters, and will continue into the second and final year of the course.

Year 2

Foundation option modules

Semester 1 *Foundation option (20 credits) *Foundation option (20 credits) Foundation option (20 credits)
Semester 2 *Foundation option (20 credits) *Foundation option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits)

*Including selected coverage of the subjects required for the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).

Year 3 - optional year abroad

Gain world knowledge and extend your studies by another year to gain an extra dimension to your CV and become more attractive in today’s competitive job market. You can opt to go abroad in your third year, returning to Sheffield for your fourth and final year. You don’t need to decide on this now, and we’ll provide you with all the information to make a decision on this in Year 2 of your degree. There are some fascinating destinations to choose from, and studying abroad will allow you to compare our criminal justice system with that of another country. While you’re abroad, all your studies will be in the English language.

Where can I go on a year abroad

Final Year
Semester 1 Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits)
Semester 2 Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits)

Foundation option modules

Students may choose one Level 2 module.

View foundation option modules

Specialist option modules

Students have a wide choice of optional modules available to them.

View specialist option modules

We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.



Real world, real work

During your degree, you can join our in-house and community-based volunteering schemes, which provide you with the chance to help and advise real clients. There are opportunities to work at the local courts, or work with victims and witnesses of crime within local charities, or work in our Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre evaluating cases of possible wrongful imprisonment. In this way your criminological and real-world awareness is enhanced and you also use your education and skills to the benefit of others.

Your employability

Our goal is to prepare you for the world of work in a relevant area. We provide a wealth of extracurricular sessions so you can gain the latest information from working law and criminology professionals, develop your own networks and hone your professional awareness skills.

Follow this qualifying law degree and your career path could lead you to become a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales. Our LLB Law degree is widely recognised by a number of bar councils abroad, providing an ideal starting point for a law career elsewhere in the world. Other employers also find our graduates well equipped for work in management, business and finance, research or academia.

Our graduates

Many Sheffield LLB Law graduates are now at the top of their professional lives as judges, barristers, CEOs, or Senior Partners in international or national law firms. Our recent graduates also do well in securing pupillages or training contracts. We are in the top ten suppliers of pupils to the Bar. While some students gain contracts with “Magic Circle” law firms, independent research has highlighted that Sheffield supplies more former students to regional and national firms than any other law school.

97% of our graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on an applicant's merit and satisfactory references. As a general rule we do not interview standard entry candidates.

Standard offers are A Level grades AAA or international equivalent

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How to apply

How to apply

Whether you are from the UK or overseas, you must apply through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) between 1 September and 15 January.


In order to apply to any UK university, you need to contact UCAS for an application pack:

Tel: 0871 468 0468

You can also talk to the UCAS team on their social media portals:

Twitter: @ucas_online

Click here for more information on our applications process

International Students

You can apply online. Alternatively, UCAS forms are available from the British Council and by contacting UCAS:

Tel: 0044 871 468 0468 or 0044 330 333 0230 (international call rates apply) and choose option 1

Click here to find out more about the application process, including details on international qualifications

Mature Students

We welcome mature students and are committed to ensuring they have an equal opportunity of access to our courses. We do not set an upper age limit for entry. Click here for more information.

Please remember to highlight in your personal statement that you are applying as a mature student. This will ensure that the Admissions Tutor considers your application appropriately.

Applicants with disabilities or dyslexia

We welcome disabled students and are committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that students with disabilities can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the university's academic and support services.

Specific information for students with a disability or dyslexia is available by: