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M101 Law LLB Undergraduate  2018


UCAS code M101
Degree LLB
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 or 4 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A-Level
International Baccalaureate
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications

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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 2856

Course Summary


The LLB degree is a highly flexible three-year, full-time course. There are approximately  280 students on each year of the LLB. While providing a solid grounding in the main areas of English law, and the skills required in legal research and practice, it also allows for individual specialisation through a variety of optional modules offered by the School and other departments in the University.

The degree course provides the opportunity to obtain a Qualifying Law degree as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority  and the Bar Standards Board. (Please note: whether or not a degree exempts a student from the academic stage of training to be a solicitor or barrister depends on the modules that the student studies. In practice virtually all of our students choose to study the modules that are required by the Law Society and Bar Council, and thus do gain a Qualifying Law Degree.)

Year 1

The modules which students take in their first year are designed to provide a solid foundation of legal knowledge which can be built upon in subsequent years. Students will study all of the following:

  • Introduction to English Law and Legal Method (20 credits)
  • Tort Law (20 credits)
  • Contract Law (20 credits)
  • EU Constitutional Law (20 credits)
  • UK Constitutional Law (20 credits)
  • The Individual and the State (20 credits)

Year 2

In the second year, you will need to study three further modules in order to obtain a Qualifying Law degree. You may then take a further three optional modules, giving you the chance to tailor the course to your own requirements. The compulsory modules for Qualifying Law degree purposes are:

  • Criminal Law 
  • Land Law 
  • Trusts and Equity.

An indicative list of optional modules is given in the list below. However, students may also, at the discretion of the departments concerned, elect to take a 20-credit module from the open modules (at first or second year) offered by another department at Durham University.

Level 2 Optional Modules

  • Advanced Issues in Public Law (20 credits)
  • Commercial Law (20 credits)
  • Employment Law (20 credits)
  • The European Internal Market and its Citizens (20 credits)
  • Public International Law (20 credits)
  • Religion and Law (20 credits)
  • Law, Gender and Society (20 credits)
  • Law of Family Relationships (20 credits)
  • Evidence and Criminal Process (20 credits)

Year 3

In the final year, you will study one compulsory 40-credit Dissertation module and four optional modules. Students must choose at least three modules (60 credits) from Level 3 (with an indicative list given below), with the possibility to select one module from Level 2. It may also be possible for you, at the discretion of the departments concerned, to elect to take a 20-credit module from the open modules offered by another department at Durham University at second or third year (although if the chosen module is at Level 2, you will not be entitled to choose a Level 2 Law module).

Level 3 Optional Modules

  • Company Law (20 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)
  • Law of the International Community (20 credits)
  • Law and Medicine (20 credits)
  • Competition Law(20 credits)
  • International Human Rights (20 credits)
  • Interscholastic Mooting (20 credits)
  • International Criminal Law (20 credits)
  • Advanced Issues in Employment and Discrimination Law (20 credits)
  • Legal History (20 credits)
  • Comparative Constitutional Law (20 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (10 credits)
  • Law in Practice (10 credits)

Full details of the topics covered in individual modules are available on the Law School website

Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.

Please note that the Law School at Durham does not offer a 'Senior Status' LLB. The only undergraduate courses currently on offer are the three-year, full-time, LLB; and the four-year LLB (Year Abroad). Both are applied to using the UCAS code M101 (applicants for the LLB (Year Abroad) opt into that degree course when they come to the end of the first year of the LLB). It is also not possible to combine Law with another subject.


Study Abroad

Law School

The LLB with a Year Abroad (YA) programme comprises all of the content of the three-year regular LLB, plus an exciting additional year spent at one of our European or international partners during the third year of study. At present, Durham Law School has partnerships with universities in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Singapore.

Durham University has further institutional links with universities in the USA, Canada, China and New Zealand. Graduates of degrees such as this are highly sought after by employers, and may be particularly suited to working in an international context. LLB (YA) students may study at some of our partner universities in English, whereas for others, foreign language skills are necessary. Students must apply for the regular LLB at Durham through UCAS, and then apply to transfer onto the LLB (YA) in their second year of study. Students are selected on academic merit and, where appropriate, on linguistic ability.

For further information about Year Abroad opportunities please visit:

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Course Learning and Teaching

Students on this programme learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.
All of these are supported by a state of the art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and tutorials are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with academic staff. Indeed, we are one of only a handful of law schools that teaches in groups as small as eight students.

This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree programme is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year.

Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the programme) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation—supported by one-on-one supervision—that makes up a third of final year credits.

In this way the degree programme systematically transforms the student from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the programme.

Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their studies. Please contact the Law School for further information.
  • Mature applicants are invited to send a copy of their curriculum vitae to the Law School Admissions Secretary for advice before submitting a formal application through UCAS.
  • We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer.
  • Typical IB score 38 to include 666 in higher level subjects.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses. 
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
  • Completion of the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) Examination is required.

We do not interview candidates for the LLB degree.

LNAT: National Admissions Test for Law

Durham Law School uses the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) to assist in selecting applicants for admission. The LNAT is used by several Law schools at universities in the UK and is a uniform test for admission to their undergraduate Law degrees. Anybody who wishes to be admitted to an undergraduate Law degree at one of the participating Universities must sit the LNAT as well as applying through UCAS.

Performance in the LNAT is one of a number of grounds on which admissions selectors determine the relative merit and potential of applicants. As a part of this process, performance in the LNAT may be used to distinguish between otherwise similar candidates, alongside the other evidence available to admissions selectors from a candidate's UCAS application.

It is important to note the following:

  • Both parts of the LNAT examination - the multiple choice score and the essay - are always considered by admissions selectors when assessing an application;
  • No minimum score is required for the multiple choice part of the LNAT.

In our assessment of an LNAT essay, admissions selectors in the Law School look - in particular - for evidence of the following positive attributes:

  • Focus on the particular question;
  • Clarity of expression and fluency of prose;
  • A logical progression and structure;
  • Reference(s) to relevant evidence;
  • An ability to recognise, and address, counter-arguments;
  • A concise and effective conclusion.

For further details, including registration instructions, deadlines and timescales, sample test papers and details of test centres worldwide, see the LNAT website at:

While it is possible to apply for deferred entry to Law via UCAS, applicants should note that they would be required to take the LNAT test in the year that they apply. For example, a candidate applying in autumn 2015 for deferred entry in October 2017 would be required to take the LNAT in the 2015 admissions cycle.

Science A-levels

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A-levels with an English examination board.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

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Fees and Funding

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Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

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Scholarships and funding 

Career Opportunities

Law School

Durham Law School at Durham University is one of the UK's most distinguished law schools. It is not only one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK, but also has a very strong commitment to teaching and learning. Its courses are highly regarded across the world for their quality, intellectual content and rigour. As a result Durham Law School produces students of exceptional quality and equips them with a diverse range of skills ideal for the workplace.

A Durham Law degree provides students with an excellent foundation for a career in the legal profession. Many of our graduates are called to the Bar and become established barristers at both London-based and regional chambers. Similarly, a large proportion of our graduates become solicitors specialising in a variety of fields at firms across the country. Owing to the breadth of skills acquired when studying at Durham Law School, a Durham Law degree is also an excellent preparation for many other careers, including government (at local, national and European levels) and commerce, industry and higher education.

As a research-led department, the Law School gives you the opportunity to diversify your interests and deepen your legal knowledge with a wide range of optional modules supplementing core elements. Through tutorials you are given the opportunity to have your views interrogated by pioneering legal experts and your peers, which is a challenging but very rewarding experience.

Of those students that left in 2015:

- 80% are in employment or further study

Of those in employment:

- 81% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £23,300

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2014/15 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found

A significant number of law graduates progress onto higher level study following their degree. Around two thirds of Durham graduates progress onto the postgraduate vocational Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Example course providers include College of Law, BPP, Northumbria, Nottingham and York.

Others remain within their academic field of interest and pursue higher level study, often at Durham but also at other prestigious institutions. Similarly some graduates take a different route and pursue postgraduate programmes in areas such as journalism and teaching. 

Employment development opportunities

Durham University also host Career Adviser Talks provided to each undergraduate year group. In the first year, these talks focus
 on getting started with researching careers, the legal profession and other career areas, along with developing employability skills.

Guidance in the second year centres on vacation schemes/mini-pupillage applications and other forms of work experience (including voluntary work experience opportunities).

The final year focuses on graduate schemes outside of the legal profession, recruitment deadlines and on-line application strategies. There is also a separate final year session for students who have failed to get training contracts which provides advice on how to develop a strategy for success in the future. Postgraduate study is also covered.

Professional recognition

A Durham Law degree (LLB or four year LLB (Year Abroad)) will not by itself entitle students to practise either as a barrister or as a solicitor in England and Wales. However, provided that students graduate with a 'qualifying' law degree, your degree will entitle you to gain complete exemption from the Common Professional Examination (CPE).  Durham Law School's LLB programme is designed so as to give students the option of obtaining a 'qualifying' law degree.

We know that students from Durham University have a very high level of technical legal education and that the experience they acquire there contributes to their development. They achieve a wider international vision and a better understanding of clients' business.


Durham University law graduates progress into a diverse range of careers and employment sectors. Several are successful in gaining training contracts as trainee solicitors with employer funding for the LPC. Example employers include Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Dickinson Dees. Others are successful in gaining pupillage at London-based or regional chambers.

Other professions in the public, private and charitable sectors are all represented, with Durham law graduates embarking on careers in marketing, management, research and policy, investment banking, executive recruitment, management consulting, the armed services and trading standards. Examples of high profile recent employers include Accenture, Bank of America, Hilton, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, British Army, UBS, Sagar Wright, and British Irish Rights Watch.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place:

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

Law School


Durham Law School is consistently rated as one of the top research-driven law schools in the UK.
Housed in a state-of-the-art, multi-millionpound development, the Law School offers you outstanding facilities including workrooms, a moot court and a pro bono room. We are committed to providing not only an excellent environment in which to engage with and research the foundational law subjects, but also to offering a degree programme that is diverse and innovative in terms of both content and teaching methods. 

Alongside your studies, you will have the opportunity to engage in a growing number of extracurricular activities led by law students – including mooting and working on a range of pro bono activities – and will benefit from our close relationships with a range of leading employers. The intellectual content and academic rigour of all our degrees is widely renowned: the School produces graduates of exceptional quality who are highly sought after by both legal and non-legal employers across the globe.

  • Ranked joint 1st in the UK for internationally excellent and world-leading research and research impact (REF 2014).
  • 94% of our Law students found their course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2016 (sector-wide average 90%).
  • 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2016.
  • 6th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.


For a current list of staff, please see the Law School web pages.


By choosing to read Law at Durham you will be studying in one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Certainly, there are few places which can match its dramatic setting on a rocky horseshoe bend in the River Wear. The Law School has recently moved to new, purpose-built facilities in the University’s Palatine Centre. This multi-million pound development sees the Law School housed in a state-of-the-art building designed to the specifications of a modern, leading academic institution. Facilities include a Moot Court, dedicated workroom, academic offices, and a Pro Bono Room, as well as a Harvard Style lecture theatre and many seminar and tutorial rooms.