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TheLLB with Foundation year is a new type of integrated foundation course. If you aspire to follow a career inlaw, this foundation year will progressively build your knowledge towards gaining entry onto the LLB undergraduate honours degree with Northumbria Law School.

Throughout the year you willdevelop a curiosity about the theory and practice of law and the legal servicessector. During this time, you will learn how to demonstrate effective academicwriting, analysis skills, interpersonal communication and the ability to workin multi-cultural teams.

Our modulesencourage you to look at contemporary legal issues and events, exploring howthe law and legal services sector operate. You will also grapple with ethicalissues, whilst building effective analytical skills. In addition, you will beencouraged to use techniques and processes with an emphasis on building yourpersonal capacity to demonstrate your creativity, critical and independentthinking.

On successfullycompleting the foundation year, the following 3 years of study on the LLB(Hons) programme are designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in legalprinciples. The LLB (Hons) programme includes the study of the 7 foundations oflegal knowledge which are required to make this a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD),the first stage of legal education for those who might want to pursue a careeras a solicitor or barrister. The foundations of legal knowledge areConstitutional and Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Crime, Equity andTrusts, EU, Land and Tort. In addition, specialist options may be studied,along with a research project and involvement in the Student Law Office.

Successful completion of thefoundation year will qualify you to join the following degrees:

Northumbria is ranked 1st in the sector forsustained employment for Law graduates 1 year after graduation and remaining inthe top 10 in the sector 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal EducationOutcomes (LEO) 2017)

TheLLB with Foundation year is a new type of integrated foundation course. If you aspire to follow a career inlaw, this foundation year will progressively build your knowledge towards gaining entry onto the LLB undergraduate honours degree with Northumbria Law School.

Throughout the year you willdevelop a curiosity about the theory and practice of law and the legal servicessector. During this time, you will learn how to demonstrate effective academicwriting, analysis skills, interpersonal communication and the ability to workin multi-cultural teams.

Our modulesencourage you to look at contemporary legal issues and events, exploring howthe law and legal services sector operate. You will also grapple with ethicalissues, whilst building effective analytical skills. In addition, you will beencouraged to use techniques and processes with an emphasis on building yourpersonal capacity to demonstrate your creativity, critical and independentthinking.

On successfullycompleting the foundation year, the following 3 years of study on the LLB(Hons) programme are designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in legalprinciples. The LLB (Hons) programme includes the study of the 7 foundations oflegal knowledge which are required to make this a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD),the first stage of legal education for those who might want to pursue a careeras a solicitor or barrister. The foundations of legal knowledge areConstitutional and Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Crime, Equity andTrusts, EU, Land and Tort. In addition, specialist options may be studied,along with a research project and involvement in the Student Law Office.

Successful completion of thefoundation year will qualify you to join the following degrees:

Northumbria is ranked 1st in the sector forsustained employment for Law graduates 1 year after graduation and remaining inthe top 10 in the sector 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal EducationOutcomes (LEO) 2017)

Course Information

UCAS Code
M757

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
Full-time foundation year followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Law

Northumbria Law School is one of the largest law schools in the UK, with a national and international reputation for excellence in legal education for those interested in studying law.

Northumbria Law School

Northumbria Law School is one of the largest law schools in the UK, with a national and international reputation for excellence in legal education for those interested in studying law.

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The important feature of the Foundationyear is that you will start your studies with a combination of skills andcreative programmes where you develop a real understanding of what the legalservices and competitive sectors want from new employees. You will then move onto develop more specific legal knowledge and skills.

You will build expertise in two ways,first by developing analytical, intellectual and communication skills,essential for further legal studies. This will be achieved through the use ofinnovative teaching methods with an emphasis on practical learning andinteractive teaching approaches, including lectures and small group sessions.The use of technology, such as bespoke web-based materials, lecture recordings,electronic reading lists and online support enhances your learning experience.Second, within the ICE module, where you will develop a legal services businessidea, whilst working and being supported by legal practitioners who know whatskills the sectors demand.

The course embraces a variety ofdifferent assessment formats including blogs or vlogs, examinations,coursework, portfolios, presentations and a project. You will be supported inpreparing for assessments via feedback provided during teaching sessions,through opportunities to submit practice answers and by accessing technologysuch as recording lectures and online practice tests.

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You will learnthe law from experienced legal practitioners and researchers during your legalstudies.

Our LawSchool staff are active researchers, publishing articles and textbooks on anumber of legal topics. We have expertise in a range of areas, including ourinternational reputation in the fields of clinical legal education, evidenceand criminal justice studies.

Thequality and expertise of our staff has been recognised through a wide varietyof awards and nominations including:

  • Attorney General's Award
  • Law Teacher of the Year Award
  • Northern Law Awards
  • Student Led Teaching Awards  

Book an Open Day / Law Foundation Year LLB (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Law LLB. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria Law Schoolis based in City Campus East, located on a purpose built £70 million,multi-award winning development in central Newcastle. Our modern building hasexcellent teaching facilities, including lecture theatres, classrooms and IThubs, which makes for an inviting workspace. There are a variety ofcollaborative working zones, where you can work with your fellow students ongroup projects.

Northumbria Law School

Northumbria Law School is based in City Campus East, located on a modern state-of-the-art £70 million development in central Newcastle.

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Book an Open Day / Law Foundation Year LLB (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Law LLB. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our academics are at the cutting edgeof current legal issues, which enhances your learning experience, giving youthe very latest understanding of key legal issues.

While at the Law School, you will beintroduced to a variety of research techniques. For example, in later years oflegal study you will be required to find, read and interpret a range of materialsto understand what the law is and use it to solve problems. You will also beable to apply your skills in the practical setting of the Student Law Office,researching the law and advising clients on their legal rights. 

Book an Open Day / Law Foundation Year LLB (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Law LLB. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This is really where the Foundationyear comes into its own. The ICE module provides opportunities for you to startto build the all-important connections in the legal world. ICE gives you theopportunity to meet, work with practitioners and develop an entrepreneurialmind-set.

In addition to this, you will benefitfrom extensive embedded careers support throughout your course to help you planyour career and promote your professional development.

Our staff are well placed to providesupport due to their extensive knowledge of the legal profession. You will alsohave the support of the Law School's expert careers advisor and you can networkby attending regular presentations and careers lectures, which are delivered bylaw firms and associated professions.

We have a specialist StudentEmployability Centre which can assist in finding work experience andplacements. You are encouraged and supported to participate in voluntaryactivities such as mooting, mentoring, judicial shadowing, and engaging withstudent societies based in the Law School.

 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Law Foundation Year LLB (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Law LLB. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

When you pass the Foundation year programme,you will move on to the first year of the LLB (Hons) programme. On completionof the LLB (Hons) you will graduate with the attributes needed to succeed inthe legal services sector with a range of academic and professionaltransferable skills, such as research, public speaking, critical thinking, teamwork and commercial awareness, qualities highly regarded by both legal andnon-legal employers. Our range of optional modules on the LLB (Hons) allows youto develop areas of specialism tailored to your career aspirations.

Book an Open Day / Law Foundation Year LLB (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Law LLB. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Merit Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GC

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are various advised books for purchase throughout your course and costs are approximately £120.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LW3000 -

Law and Society (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the role law plays in modern society. You will examine the interrelationship between law and the other social, cultural, economic and political elements that make up the society in which we live. You will consider the profound changes that have taken place in society over the last 200 years and understand how the law has evolved to meet the changing needs and values of that society. You will consider the relationship of law to those changes and assess whether the law has been successful in keeping pace. So for example how well has the law coped with the advance of human rights and civil liberties, or how far has law gone in controlling the internet and cyber-crime or cyber bullying.

You will also be introduced to theories of what law is and what distinguishes a legal rule from other forms of rules and why that might be. For many centuries legal philosophers have asked the question such as “what is law?” and “why should we follow the law?” – you will consider some of the key concepts that lie behind these questions.

The assessment will be through a portfolio of work that will be submitted at the end of the semester, this will include personal reflections and a mark for a group presentation.

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LW3001 -

Law and Ethics (Core, 20 Credits)

This module recognises the important role that ethics has to the practice of law and is designed to enable students to begin to develop the knowledge, thinking skills and practical aptitudes in relation to law and ethics necessary to the successful study and practice of law.

You will be encouraged to consider your own moral positions using Case studies, both real and fictional, (e.g. lifeboat cannibalism, autonomy and end of life cases) to present you legal ethical dilemmas. Using Tutor led and group discussion you will begin to investigate both the basis of your ethical views and to deconstruct moral makeup: and consider challenging questions such as where does your moral sense originate? How do you make ethical judgements and to what extent are your actions guided by these judgements? These and other questions you will face include whether your moral sensibilities are a sufficient foundation for evaluating moral problems, making judgements and acting upon them – especially in consideration of your moral responsibilities to others.

Basic moral philosophical distinctions will be made between the nature of moral judgements and argument (e.g. are there any objective moral truths) and ethical principles (e.g. what does it mean to be a ‘good person’ and why?). A range of ethical stances will be examined and account taken of the historical development of ethical thought and its relation to law in particular areas e.g. insanity, marriage, children, homosexuality, animals.

Building on these ideas, the second part of the module will explore case studies using class debates, research tasks and films selected from the Muckle law film collection sessions. Wherever possible, contemporaneous events in the media will be incorporated to make the module content current. Links will be made to Year 1 modules such as Public Law, Crime, Contract, Property and Tort to illustrate the centrality of ethics to the making and practice of law. Themes will include Criminal Justice, Human Rights and Freedom to resist the law, Equality, Medical and Scientific development (eg abortion, right to life and euthanasia )

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LW3002 -

Law Research Project (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to build on your understanding of wider legal issues, gained in previous modules and to provide an opportunity to further enhance your skills and Academic practices. You will use this module to identify and explore key areas of Law, such as Human Rights, Criminal Justice and Equality which sit outside the traditional 7 Foundations of Law and use this to develop the skills which lawyers are expected to demonstrate, such as being able identify, select and evaluate diverse sources of legal information, critically examine and appraise a specific area of Law. Further, in producing a coherent, independent research project you will also demonstrate the ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesis and to communicate your findings efficiently and effectively both orally and in writing.

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LW3003 -

Academic Practice for Law (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop academic skills, knowledge and understandings to support your future study of law. You will build an awareness of the importance of examining knowledge and beliefs critically; and to develop the ability to recognise, analyse and evaluate your own and others’ beliefs and knowledge claims in a variety of contexts. In doing so you will learn about the different types of sources and resources which are integral to higher education study. You will begin to engage in generating your own views, arguments and develop the skills, which you will need in order to express these views clearly across a range of media. This is an innovative module where you will from the start engage with challenging aspects of the legal world whilst building important academic skills and practices. In particular you will develop the following skills:

• Reading and understanding academic texts and legal source materials
• Time management
• Research skills
• Essay writing
• Discussion & presentation skills
• Examination techniques

You will be assessed in two ways: firstly, through the submission of coursework; and secondly, through a presentation of issues arising from the coursework. You will be awarded either a pass or a fail mark for each component, and for the module overall. You will need to pass both components to pass the module.

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LW3005 -

Law in Action (Core, 40 Credits)

This year-long module is designed to introduce you to the real world of criminal and civil legal practice. Working within the Law School’s vibrant community of academic and legal practitioners, you will focus on two fictitious case scenarios of the kind that criminal and civil lawyers regularly encounter in practice. Working individually and in groups you will begin to identify the legal problems arsing in the scenarios and start to generate and present solutions to the problems your clients face. In doing so, you will develop key legal skills of oral and written communication, fact management, case analysis and legal research – skills that are central to the work of the practising lawyer. You will also begin to develop your knowledge of crime and tort law as you begin to resolve the legal issues in your client’s case.
The knowledge and skills you develop in this module will be invaluable to you in your later studies in law, as well as in your future legal careers. You will become more confident when identifying solutions to legal problems and when communicating with the public and your peers. You will also begin to appreciate the challenges and opportunities faced by the legal services sector in England and Wales and the broader context within which the law operates.
Lectures will introduce you to the area of criminal and civil practice, will highlight the role of key professionals and will inform and provide a context for the work you carry out in tutor supervised workshops, and tutor guided workshops (Hub sessions). Lectures, workshops and Hub sessions will help you to deepen knowledge and understanding, giving you an oportunity to practice and develop your analysis and problem-solving skills as you learn how criminal and civil law is applied to resolve legal problems in the real world.

You will benefit from technology-enhanced learning, including webcasts and feedback opportunities to build your skills, knowledge and understanding, equipping you for the module assessments and beyond.
No prior knowledge of law is required to study this module which complements the other modules offered on your Foundation programme, as well as the Approaches to Law and Lawyering Skills module offered in year 1 on the MLaw Degree at Northumbria.

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