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Law (European and International) LLB

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Course description

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This is a four-year course including a year of study abroad in a choice of over 70 destinations. It covers all the basic subjects in the Common Law of England and Wales, but with an emphasis on the European and international legal contexts.

You study the principles of comparative law in the first year and international law in the second year. You spend your third year studying law - in English - at one of our partner universities overseas. You then return to Sheffield to complete your degree.

The LLB programmes are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board as Qualifying Law Degrees for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

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Title: Law (European and International) LLB course structure
UCAS code: M120
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Contemporary Issues in Law and Justice

The module is one of the core subjects of the degree, through which students cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It introduces students to techniques of analysing the contributions of law in addressing social problems. Case studies will be explored, based on the research expertise of School staff and selected to demonstrate controversies in the law and a variety of approaches to legal analysis. Students will be challenged to identify how different perspectives on law relate to one another, and how they are portrayed through various media. The module provides a foundation for more advanced critical analysis of the law.

20 credits
Criminal Law and Justice

This module will introduce students to the concepts, theories and institutions of criminal law and justice, and its place in society. It will develop an understanding of the essential concepts of criminal liability. It will focus on the main institutional and procedural features of the criminal justice system, with the aim of stimulating an enquiring attitude towards the practice of criminal process. Students will have the opportunity to practise applying these processes to factual scenarios. The module provides a firm foundation for the more advanced study of criminal law and also of criminal evidence, criminal justice and criminal process.

20 credits
Law of Obligations (Contract, Torts & Restitution)

The module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, which cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It introduces students to the Law of Obligations, within the context of the Common Law. It facilitates an understanding of basic principles of Contract, Tort and Restitution (as appropriate), engendering an understanding of the substantive law, whilst recognising and appreciating the role of these comparators as illustrative of the broader nature of the Common Law. The module provides a firm foundation for more advanced study in the areas of contract, torts, restitution and unjust enrichment.

20 credits
Principles of Comparative Law

This module seeks to introduce students to comparative law. It will introduce students to the comparative method of legal research and question the role, function and value of comparative research. A study will be made of the major civilian and common law legal traditions. This will be undertaken both to give students an insight into how other legal systems work and to question the extent to which it is proper to talk about 'legal families'. This will lead on to a comparison between the civil and common law approaches to law. Case studies will be used to demonstrate a comparative approach to legal studies.

20 credits
Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts)

This module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, through which students cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It introduces students to the concepts, theories and institutions of property law, and its place in society, focussing on the mechanisms for the creation, protection, transfer and loss of the different types of property right, specifically in Land Law and in Equity and Trusts. Students have the opportunity to practise the application of these mechanisms to factual scenarios. The module is essential for more advanced study of property-related subjects, including commercial property law, intellectual property law, and environmental law.

20 credits
Public Law in the UK and the EU

This module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, through which students cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It covers the key principles of constitutional, administrative, EU and Human Rights Law, enabling students to acquire knowledge of the key institutions and laws of the UK and the EU relevant to the constitutional and administrative justice systems of those legal orders. The module challenges students to explore at least one contemporary constitutional debate in some depth. The module provides a firm foundation for the more advanced study of a range of areas of public law.

20 credits
Core Legal and Study Skills 1 (CLASS1)

This module supports students throughout Level 1 of their undergraduate studies. Following a programme of group learning experiences, lectures, tutorials, and self-reflection, it offers professional and peer support to students as they begin their University studies. It teaches the `English Legal System¿ element of the `Foundations of Legal Knowledge' taught through the other Level 1 Law modules, providing a basis for subsequent legal learning. It provides guidance to ensure students navigate the programme to their specific needs and interests. In doing so, the module will create a foundation for communities of learning that will sustain them throughout their degree.


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. 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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment

Learning

You'll learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and small group teaching. Independent study is the key to academic success, including research and reading.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

Study with us and you will be taught by international experts. We're a top 10 law school that’s helping to shape the law and global society. We provide world class learning and teaching, and carry out research of global relevance.

Our teaching is research-led, meaning you benefit from the latest thinking, keeping your learning at the forefront of your subject.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible

Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAA

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB

A Levels + additional qualifications | AAB + A in a relevant EPQ AAB + A in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 36 34

BTEC | D*DD in a relevant subject (Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship or Personal and Business Finance) DDD in a relevant subject (Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship or Personal and Business Finance)

Scottish Highers | AAAAA AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA B + AA

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject , 45 at Level 3 including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit 60 credits overall in a relevant subject , 45 at Level 3 including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit

Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • At least two of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects

    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • BTEC relevant subjects include Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship or Personal and Business Finance. Access relevant subjects include Law, Business Studies/Management, Humanities or Social Science

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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All of our courses prepare you for the challenges of professional life. Learning to identify and address the complex legal, moral, ethical or social questions that underpin the law is key to your success here. Your teachers will be researching the very latest aspects of law and criminology and amongst them are practising legal professionals. Their discoveries become yours, as their research filters into teaching.

Top law firms regularly visit us to meet our students and take a hands-on approach by contributing to your wider education. They also interview our high-achieving students for jobs.

We have over 200 places for voluntary work experience, which gives you the chance to do real client work that has a positive impact in the community. You can get involved in our free legal clinic and the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, an opportunity to work on cases of wrongful imprisonment. You can work on our commercial pro bono project, on our criminal justice initiative or at the courts, providing help and support to individual litigants. You can also work with several local charities as a trained adviser, helping individuals with their legal problems.

Our degrees have a strong international focus to prepare you for a career that could take you anywhere. Our study abroad scheme is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and includes destinations in Europe, Australia, China, the US and Canada.

School of Law students are based in Bartolomé House which is in close proximity to the whole University campus. Teaching takes place in Bartolome House and across the University campus, all within walking distance.

Facilities

You'll have access to our very own Moot Court where you'll have the opportunity to argue a fictional case as if representing a client and can also take part in national and international mooting competitions.

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Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017


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A world top 100 law department

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

90% overall satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019

UK top 10 for research excellence

Research Excellence Framework 2014


Graduate careers

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Many of our students enter the legal profession, either as barristers or solicitors. For those planning to become solicitors, we have an in-house Legal Practice Course which is a masters programme. Many of our graduates secure training contracts as solicitors in top law firms.

Our former students have joined global, national and regional law firms, barristers' chambers and have become judges. Three Lord Justices of Appeal are among our former graduates and regularly visit to support us. With all the opportunities and skills on offer here, our students have also taken up careers in the criminal justice system and in a wide range of managerial professions.

Practice of law

Following all our LLB courses, you'll be eligible to take the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course for entry to the legal profession in England and Wales, either as a solicitor or barrister.

Fees and funding

Fees

Additional costs

The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

Examples of what’s included and excluded

Funding your study

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

Visit us

University open days

There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

Open days: book your place

Taster days

At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.

Upcoming taster sessions

Applicant days

If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

Campus tours

Campus tours run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Book your place on a campus tour

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