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LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice - distance learning over 4 years –

A collaboration between City, University of London and CILEx Law School

  • A law degree with a practical bias to improve your employability
  • A four-year distance learning LLB that allows you to earn alongside study
  • Competitive fees payable over 4 years allows cost to be managed
  • A foundation for training as a solicitor, barrister or Chartered Legal Executive
  • Jointly delivered by City University London and CILEx Law School combining academic rigour and distance learning expertise
  • Total fees £18,000 over four years - £4,500 per year

The LLB in Legal Practice is a law degree with a difference. It enables you to combine essential legal knowledge with practical legal skills while gaining a valuable law degree from City, University of London.

Developed jointly by The City Law School, part of City University London, and CILEx Law School, the degree is taught via supported distance learning, so you can study from anywhere in the UK. The legal practice electives fulfil all the academic study required to become a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (if a pass is achieved at the requisite level), which is what makes this programme so distinctive.

In common with other law degrees, the LLB in Legal Practice will also prepare you for further training if you want to become a solicitor or barrister. On graduating you will be able to apply legal theory to practical law with confidence, making you more employable than graduates who have studied a traditional law degree.

Fees for the 2017 intake are £4,500 in each of the four years. The programme attracts tuition fee loan funding from Student Finance England. If you are interested in pursuing a tuition fee loan, you would need to check your individual eligibility directly with Student Finance England.

Who is the course for?

This LLB is for anyone who is interested in:

  • gaining a qualifying law degree to use as a basis for further vocational training as a solicitor or barrister;
  • becoming a Chartered Legal Executive and achieving a law degree along the way;
  • having a head start amongst other law graduates in understanding how academic law is applied in legal practice
  • retraining to a new career on redundancy, particularly if you are currently working in a law-related career such as the police service

What will I study?

You will study the core law modules that are common to all law degrees that qualify you for further study to become a solicitor or barrister. You will also select from elective modules in years three and four, which include the practical elements that make this degree so distinctive. The choice of elective modules allows you to tailor your study to your career aspirations by choosing the areas of legal practice that interest you most.

Find out more about the programme specifications.

Year 1

  • Legal Methods
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law

Year 2

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Law of Tort
  • European Law

Year 3

  • Land Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • One module from the list of electives

Year 4

  • Advanced Legal and Commercial Skills
  • Two modules from the list of electives

List of electives

Practice-based electives

You must study two practice-based electives during Parts 3 and 4 of the course. At least one of the practice-based electives must be linked to an academic module.

  • Civil litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Criminal litigation
  • Probate Practice
  • Family Practice
  • Employment Practice
  • Company Practice

Electives that are not practice-based

  • Commercial and Agency Law
  • Company Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Family and Child Law
  • Employment Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • LLB Dissertation

How will I be taught?

The course starts with a two-day induction course on 16-17 September 2017. This is designed to give you the skills needed to manage your study successfully. After the induction session you will be set a weekly programme of work for each of the modules.

For each module the syllabus is delivered through a dedicated online learning area giving access to specially designed materials, webcasts and exercises. Formative assessments give you practice in applying the knowledge that you have gained, and feedback from tutors helps to develop your understanding of the subject matter.

The detailed weekly timetable means that you will have a structure to work to, and you will have access to the teaching and support teams to give advice and guidance by phone and email as you go along.

There is a revision weekend to help you prepare for exams, where expert tutors will guide you through the syllabus highlighting key topics and explaining points of special significance.

The induction, revision and exam sessions are all held at City University’s premises in London. Other than this there is no attendance requirement. CILEx Law School is a specialist in supported distance learning, and although you will not need to attend classes regularly, you can be assured that you will have all the support you need to achieve success.

What are the entry requirements?

You will be admitted to the programme either on the basis of recent academic achievement or through evidence of achievement in the sphere of paid or voluntary work. If you are relying on academic achievement you should have:

  • Key skills or GCSE English language at grade C or IELTS at 6.5 (for overseas students)
  • And should satisfy ONE of the following
  • GCE A level passes in 3 subjects at grades ABB
  • GCE A level passes in 2 subjects at grades AB and AS passes in 2 subjects at grades BB taken at the same sitting
  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma at Distinction grade + 1 GCE A level at grade B or above
  • Advanced GNVQ at Distinction grade + 1 GCE A Level at grade C or above
  • Scottish Certificate of Education with 5 passes of which 3 are at the higher level, grades BBBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in 6 subjects at the higher level, grades BBBBCC
  • International Baccalaureate with a minimum of 30 points with at least 5 in each subject
  • ACCESS qualification indicating academic strength
  • A pass in the law units and skills elements of the Foundation Degree
  • Pass in a CILEx Level 6 law and practice course or professional skills course
  • Pass in CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice
  • Pass in CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice
  • Pass in CILEx Law School Certificate in Criminal Prosecution or Criminal Justice Administration

Alternatively, you should provide evidence of your motivation and commitment to a degree programme of legal studies through your achievements in the workplace. If you do not have the qualifications to apply for the LLB then you can still qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer through the traditional route.

When are the fees payable?

The annual fee of £4,500 covers all course materials and tuition. If you are made an offer, a deposit of £150 will be payable at the point you wish to accept your offer. £2,100 is then payable upon registration with City University London, and the remaining £2,250 payable by 31 January 2018.

These fees relate to UK residents. If you reside overseas, an additional annual fee of £150 will be payable to cover additional postage/telephone costs.

What does the course lead to?

You will have access to City University's careers service who has designed a bespoke programme for students on this course.

As the course is a qualifying law degree, on graduation you will be eligible to undertake further training towards becoming a solicitor or barrister, or as a Chartered Legal Executive.

Qualifying as a solicitor or barrister

To become a solicitor or barrister under the current regulations, you must study either the post-graduate LPC (Legal Practice Course) to become a solicitor, or the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course), if you want to be a barrister. After completing either the LPC or BPTC, both branches of the profession require you to undergo a further period of training with an employer, called the Training Contract and Pupillage respectively. However regulations are under review and are likely to have changed by the time you complete your law degree, so it is important that you read the information below.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced that the current regulations governing how to become a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2018, but it is currently consulting on possible changes. More information is available on the SRA's website

The Bar Standards Board has announced that the current regulations governing how to become a barrister will remain in place until September 2017. It is conducting a consulation during 2016. Further information is available on the Bar Standards Board's website.

Qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive

The degree has been designed to ensure that you will be eligible for Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives*, subject to paying exemption fees to CILEx so that your LLB be will be accepted in lieu of the usual CILEx exams. As a guide, the fees payable to CILEx in 2016 are £660 to cover first registration, annual membership and exemption fees, and you should expect these to increase over the four-year period of your course. You must achieve at least 50% in each of the legal practice exams in order to be able to use these for exemption. To become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer you must also acquire a period of qualifying employment. We strongly recommend that you seek employment as a paralegal while you are studying for your degree if you want to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer so that you can start building up your portfolio of evidence and period of qualifying employment alongside your studies. More information on becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer is available at www.cilex.org.uk.

As the rules currently stand, law graduates who then become Chartered Legal Executives and then complete the LPC are currently exempt from the solicitors’ training contract. The rules on training contract exemption are entirely a matter for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and may change without notice. The information in this section is in outline only, and you should ensure that you seek full details from the professional bodies about their respective routes to qualification during the period of your degree.

*Please note that this exemption is subject to continued agreement from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Why City, University of London?

The City Law School, incorporating the former Inns of Court School of Law, was the first University Law School in London to educate students and practitioners at every stage of legal education.

The City Law School is part of City, University of London. Founded in 1894, the University is a 'top 20' university, ranked 18th in the UK and fourth in London, in the Guardian University Guide 2017. The University is also one of the top 10 Universities in the UK for graduate employment.

We aim to develop the professional, dynamic, highly motivated, and "practice-ready" lawyers of the future. 

CILEx Law School

City, University of London has linked up with CILEx Law School due to its unrivalled pedigree in delivering distance learning courses in law and legal practice. CILEx Law School provides a named contact during office hours to help and advise you on course related matters, as well as handling the administration of your study exercises. When you enrol on the course you will be given access to CILEx Law School’s Student Area for your course-specific resources.

How do I apply?

Please read the guidelines for applicants below and complete the online application form. You will be required to provide one letter of reference in support of your application, from someone who is able to comment on your academic suitability for the programme (please refer to the reference form, and guidelines document below). You may be required to provide a second reference, if requested by the admissions team. For further information, or to request a course leaflet, please call Rosemary Verlander-Smith on 01234 844305 or email rosemary.verlander-smith@cilexlawschool.ac.uk.

Online application form

Guidelines for applicants

Reference form