About the course
This degree programme is perfect for you if you have an interest in law and recognise its relevance to the world of business and finance. It is a full-time programme offered in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. The first two years are studied at our Bromley Campus with the final year at Canterbury Christ Church University.
A Law degree is recognised as one of the top degrees to have in your possession. Employers seeking senior staff or managers in many areas tend to appreciate the benefits associated with this qualification.
This is a qualifying law degree. This means that it is formally recognised by the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives as containing all the key law subjects needed before studying for one of the legal professional qualifications in a graduate capacity. In this degree, the law is combined with some practical areas of business which will prepare you for the economic realities of legal practice or business generally.
The LSEC Professional team offer the CILEx Graduate lawyer qualification on a part-time basis. This can be studied alongside the degree to complete the academic stage of the Legal Executive qualification for when you graduate. Details of this course can also be found on the College website.
Studying with us provides many benefits that students should consider when making their selection:
- Smaller class sizes allow for more individualised lessons and homework
- Greater accessibility to tutors and lecturers
- Links with the University provide our students the best of both worlds.
- Convenient location for many students, especially those with local commitments, or those wishing to minimise their expenses.
- Lecturers with both teaching and work experience provide a balance between academic excellence and practical applicability.
- Links with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, gives students the opportunity to obtain a professional qualification while completing their degree.
- Links with local employers and businesses.
Our past and present students have indicated in feedback that they have been impressed with the support received, the quality of the learning and teaching and study materials available.
How to apply
- UCAS code M202
- Apply via www.ucas.com
- The institution code for Canterbury Christ Church University is C10
What you will study
- The programme includes core modules such as criminal law, contract law, tort and property law. It also has business orientated modules which include management and company law.
- Mooting clubs and legal writing competitions are also available
- 5 GCSEs - grades A*-C including English and maths
- Level 3 Access to HE Diploma
- You will require a minimum of 72 UCAS points from level 3 qualifications
- Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa need to provide an IELTS 6 with minimum required component scores 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Additional Entry Requirements
- Selection is by interview and internal tests
If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.
Year 1: Level 4
Constitutional Law: This module aims to provide an understanding of the constitution of the United Kingdom, explaining the major institutions within this system, and the major constitutional doctrines governing the United Kingdom. The students are introduced to the concepts of Human and Fundamental Rights and should gain a critical understanding of the ways in which the laws they study in other modules are made.
Contract Law: This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and structures of the law of contract. It seeks to promote a critical and reflective approach to both the theory and practice of modern contract law, and in so doing, the ability to respond critically and analytically to the legal arguments espoused in the case law. In light of this the module also aims to facilitate student’s abilities in problem solving through the application of case law and statute in certain situations.
Criminal Law: This module aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the key principles and concepts of Criminal Law and the ways in which criminal liability arises in a range of contexts. The socio-political context will also be explore to interrogate the inter-relationships between politics and law. The substantive law is explored within the context of the criminal justice system
English Legal Institutions and Method: The aims of this module are to introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of the English legal system within the framework of legal methodological training. It aims to ensure that students reach competency in the range of intellectual, research, reasoning and communication skills that are key to the successful study of law. It is designed to do this through engagement in practical exercises, clinic simulations, drafting proposals for legislation and deconstructing the language of law. It also aims to introduce students to English legal institutions and the legal system they are part of and engage students in the critical evaluation of those institutions and system. The essential legal skills of method and reasoning are introduced alongside the critical evaluation of the theoretical dimensions of the English legal system, its financing, institutions and personnel. In terms of academic skills, the module will equip students to research, analyse and develop arguments from primary and secondary sources.
People Management in the 21st Century: The aims of the module are to develop student understanding of group and individual dynamics in organisational settings. It encompasses both classical and emerging issues in organisations such as sustainability and ethical considerations.
Business Analysis: The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to accounting and finance. It examines the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting and the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making.
Year 2: Level 5
Administrative Law: This module aims to offer students a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of administrative law. This is the study of governmental power and it examines the role of legal intervention. The module promotes a critical and reflective approach to both the theory and practice of administrative law. This enables the student to respond critically and analytically to the complex issues arising from regulation of administrative practice and judicial review.
Tort Law: The main aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the key principles and concepts underpinning the study of the law of tort which occupies and important place within the common law of obligations in the UK. The course requires students to become acquainted with the basic elements and principles of tort law applicable to the law of England and Wales and to enable students to understand how tortious liability arises in various contexts. Students will be introduced to specific torts in order to assist them in forming an appreciation of the ways in which they impact upon the individual as well as how they operate within a social, economic and political framework. The tort of negligence is at the core of the syllabus.
Property Law: This module aims to provide students with a sound and critical knowledge and understanding of the legal rules and policy governing property in England and Wales. The module aims to engage in a holistic critical discussion of the age-old problems, paradoxes and choices confronting every legal and political system in the regulation of ownership of corporeal and incorporeal things. In particular, the module will focus on the implications and issues surrounding ownership of land. It will examine the main theories on the question of ownership and distribution of wealth and seek to understand the choices that have been adopted in England and Wales.
Corporate Law: This modules aims to help students achieve an in-depth understanding of the main legal principles underlying to the corporate form of business organisation. This module will also allow students to identify and apply relevant case law and statutes to practical situations; in this sense the students will be able to critically examine issues within corporate law and its relationship and application to situations which arise within the commercial and corporate world. The areas of law covered in this module are appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in law, business, accountancy and management, among others.
Management and Leadership: The aims of the module are to promote the study of management and leadership within organisations and the ability to systematically apply knowledge and understanding to complex and ambiguous situations in order to evaluate and justify recommendations for improved practices.
Project Management: The module aims are to critically examine the role of project management within a contemporary business context and to explain how specific project management applications play an important role in achieving successful business outcomes. Finally, the module aims to examine the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of project management. Students completing this module can apply for the Association for Project Management Introductory Certificate.
Core Modules for Year 3 at Canterbury Christ Church University Campus as Options vary year to year
Individual Study 1: The aim of individual study is for students to research and analyse a law topic of their own choice. They will review, analyse and assess existing literature and any relevant empirical data to produce an in-depth review of their topic, constructing a well-reasoned argument based on their findings.
Equity and Trusts: This module builds upon the understanding gained when studying Property Law in Year 2. It adopts a critical approach to the study of equity. It aims to provide students with a sound grasp of the rules, principles and concepts relating to equity and trusts by looking first at the historical development of principles of equity and the application of equitable remedies, before moving on to consider the substantive law of trusts.
European Union Law: This module is designed to offer an understanding of the constitutional framework of the European Union. It will introduce and critically examine the role of the institutions and the perceived lack of democratic legitimacy of the Union. The module will cover the legal rules governing the free market and analyse their outcomes in depth.
International Law: This module aims to provide an understanding of the interactions between public international law and international relations by explaining these areas from a critical perspective focusing in their reality, impact and effects on national life.
Assessment is through a variety of methods, but is primarily unseen exam as this is a requirement for the qualifying law degree. Exams take place in January and May. Other assessments will be staged throughout the academic year. There are exams, coursework, group work and presentations. Full guidance will be provided to allow students to fulfil their potential.
COST AND LOANS
You can apply for a student loan for this course.
Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.
You will be required to cover the cost of:
- Text books
- Travel to other sites - Where required
- Library Fees and Fines - If you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines applicable
- Printing and photocopying - Ypu will need to cover the cost of any printing or photocopying undertaken to support your learning
- Graduation ceremonies - It is free for you to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by you.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
The lessons take the form of small class lectures during which discussions and activities are used to encourage and develop understanding. As with all degrees, there is a significant amount of independent study involved. In particular, research and reading in preparation for seminars is a must. Seminars are student led sessions designed to promote cognitive development and deeper analysis of the topics covered.
There are three hours of lectures and one hour for seminars for each module each week. Independent study may be guided learning, preparation for seminars or purely independent reading. For every hour in class, the student should expect to spend at least two hours on independent work.
A mooting club or writing competitions are also available as options and will be supported by a lecturer.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week.
Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.
INDEPENDENT LEARNING/OVERALL WORKLOAD
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
For the Dissertation in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.
LSEC also offer the lawyer qualification of a Legal Executive through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)
Through the teaching of the CILEx qualifications we have connections with local businesses and law firms. We also have a specific law twitter account and the Programme Leader for Law has over 3,000.Linkedin connections with law professional and recruitment agencies.
Lecturers teaching on the programme are selected to have both an academic and practical background which can be shared with our students. Many have studied and worked at the same time and are able to relate to the problems many of our students face.
The degree takes students through the different academic levels until they achieve independent learning and organisation skills, and analytical skills, at honours level. Those skills are developed through specific training and practice, and through subject specific tasks and assessments. The ability to work independently, to organise that work effectively and to analyse information objectively and thoroughly are skills that will be of immense value in the workplace.
For students wishing to enter into one of the legal professions this degree is recognised as a qualifying degree and is designed to hone the legal mind. For students wishing to enter into other professions or the world of business, the combination of law and business is a solid and practical grounding with applicability to many areas of work.
Law graduates work in both the private sector as legal advisors, and in the public sector, for example witiin the courts, in large businesses as managers or within legal teams, in the civil service, assisting ministers or drafting new laws to go before Parliament.
Students wishing to move onto completing a Masters and/or PhD will find the skills developed on this course will serve them well at these higher academic levels.