Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) – 2017 entry

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What you'll study

The JD Pathway LLB is a graduate entry LLB that allows you to gain a law qualifying degree in just two years of study. The JD Pathway LLB gives you a solid legal education for the future practice of law. Your first undergraduate degree can be in any area of study.

This degree is particularly popular with Canadian students who wish to return to Canada for the practice of law but it is also useful for anyone who is interested in gaining a law qualifying degree in two years and already possesses an undergraduate degree.

No background in law is necessary as you will be given an introduction to legal principles, analysis and the legal system which will be the grounding for your legal education.

Programme overview

Our Law programmes blend traditional and modern teaching methods to introduce you to a range of legal topics in a stimulating and supportive environment.

You will gain a critical understanding of the law, as well as developing a range of essential skills necessary for careers in the legal professions.

Challenging you not only to understand the law, but also to apply it and consider its impact on society, our Law programmes develop your professional skills - such as negotiation and interviewing - through a series of class-based activities.

You will conduct in-depth research and analysis as part of your classes, before discussing your understanding and evaluation of each topic in small group tutorials.

While you will spend time identifying current legal rules and principles, our programmes are a far cry from the memorisation of dry legal detail.

You will be expected to debate the law, to analyse its application to given situations, and to apply your legal understanding in a national or international context. You will also have the opportunity to study legal areas that are of particular interest to you or your career.

The School of Law at Surrey is renowned for its extracurricular activities and links with local legal organisations that ensure you are prepared for your future legal career.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 5)

You will gain a deep understanding of the main areas of legal knowledge:

  • Law as it regulates the functions of the state (EU law, public law and criminal law)
  • Law as it regulates relations between private individuals (contract law and tort law)
  • Law as it regulates the ownership and control of land and other property (land law and equity and trusts).

In your first year, you will be introduced to the fundamental concepts that inform the way in which laws are made, and also to the ways in which law students and legal scholars identify, analyse and criticise those laws.

You will also examine the process by which cases decided by the higher courts and enactments of the Houses of Parliament become ‘the law’, encouraging you to look critically at the law-making process itself.

You will learn about these key legal skills and the English legal system alongside core foundation subjects: contract law, criminal law, public law, EU law and the law of property.

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 6)

Your second year involves analysing European law and tort law, as well as being introduced to equity and trusts and administrative law. In addition to these foundation legal subjects, you can select from a variety of optional modules.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (subject to availability):

Professional Training placements

Students on our Senior Status Law programme can choose to take a Professional Training placement at the end of the second year.

Many Professional Training placements are paid, with the opportunity to experience a variety of contexts, including solicitors’ offices, local authority legal departments, nongovernmental organisations and corporations.

Professional recognition

All programmes are Qualifying Law Degrees (QLD). A QLD provides exemption from the academic stage of the Law Society and Bar examinations.

Teaching and assessment

Each core module is assessed by either coursework or examination (weighted at 100 per cent). The split between coursework assessment and examination across Years 1 and 2 of the LLB programmes is approximately 50/50. Optional modules may be assessed in a variety of ways.

You will be taught in small group tutorials with our other Senior Status students.

Written examinations are generally two hours long and require you to answer two or three questions out of six posed on the paper. Questions include a combination of problem-based and essay questions that also form the content of tutorials and seminars.

You are marked on your ability not simply to identify the relevant law, but to apply it in a logical manner. You are required to identify inconsistencies in the law and to question and critique the theoretical underpinnings of particular laws and of law in general.

All work is marked in accordance with identified grade descriptors, which ensure that marking is transparent and consistent.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 5 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 15 per cent large group teaching
  • 80 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

Each year, many former students take up permanent employment with prestigious employers who have included Electricité de France, Clifford Chance, Eversheds and other firms of solicitors, sets of barristers’ chambers and legal departments of large companies.

We offer a varied programme of careers sessions, which provide advice and guidance on what you should do to develop a suitable career path.

In combination with our student Law Society, we run a variety of events, competitions and activities, such as mooting and client interviewing, that are not only enjoyable and rewarding, but will also enhance your employability and introduce you to local and regional solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals.

The School of Law also has close links with the University of Law in Guildford and cooperates with the university in a number of career development activities.

2017 Entry requirements

UK students

An undergraduate degree in any subject at 2:1 level (or international equivalent) is required.

Canadian students

Entry for the two-year LLB requires you to have an undergraduate degree:

  • Bachelors or Bachelors with Honours degree where pass mark is 50 per cent: grades of 70 per cent, B- or 3 out of 4 GPA required
  • Bachelors or Bachelors with Honours degree where pass mark is 60 per cent: grades of 75 per cent, B- or 3 out of 4 GPA required

Other international requirements

For information on all other international entry requirements, please contact the admissions team:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.5 IELTS minimum in reading and writing elements

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
LLB (Hons) 2 Years M101 View KIS data set
LLB (Hons) 3 Years M103 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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