Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) – 2018 entry

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Why Surrey?

The JD Pathway is a graduate entry LLB that allows you to gain a qualifying law degree in just two years of study and gives you a solid legal education for the future practice of law, introducing you to a range of legal topics in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Programme overview

On our Law (JD pathway) programme you will gain a critical understanding of the law and develop a range of essential skills, challenging you not only to understand the law, but also to apply it and consider its impact on society.

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.

You will conduct in-depth research, debate the law, analyse its application to given situations, and apply your legal understanding in a national or international context.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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.

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.

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.

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin between the first and second academic year.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Professional recognition

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


You will be taught in small group tutorials with our other JD Pathway students.

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.

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.

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Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Students on our JD Pathway 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.

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.

Graduate prospects

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.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Please see other entry requirements.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (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.

Other entry requirements

UK bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or international equivalent)

For a Canadian bachelor's degree: where the pass mark is 50 per cent, 70 per cent, B- or 3/4 is equivalent; where the pass mark is 60 per cent, 75 per cent, B- or 3/4 is equivalent

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing and 6.0 in each other element.

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

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

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

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

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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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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