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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Law and Legislative Studies

UndergraduateLLB

Year of entry:
UCAS code: ML12

What you'll study

A unique qualifying law course with a 12-month placement in Westminster. This hands-on degree gives you an in-depth understanding of the legislative system.

The third year of this course is spent in Westminster, working for a Member of Parliament or a peer.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Systems of Justice

    Develop your understanding of law as a fundamental social institution. You'll develop your intellectual skills and competencies, learn how to 'think like a lawyer', and reflect critically on your understanding of justice, with reference to contemporary social issues.

  • Introduction to Law and its Study

    This module provides you with a basic introduction to law and the key skills necessary for its study. In particular, you will develop and practise skills of academic writing, problem solving and research that are required to successfully study law.

  • British Government

    In the age of Brexit, who governs Britain? Discover the institutions of the British state from 10 Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament, from Whitehall to the devolved assemblies, and from the Conservative Party to Labour.

  • Public Law

    In this module, you will study the law governing the UK state. You'll develop an understanding of such matters as parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law, the separation of powers, the three branches of government, human rights and judicial review.

  • Criminal Law

    Develop a strong and critical understanding of the core values underlying criminal law in England and Wales. You'll focus on topics including property offences, non-fatal offences against the person, defences and inchoate offences.

  • Understanding the European Union

    Learn about the history and politics of the European Union. You'll assess the EU's main actors, such as the European Council, Commission and European Parliament. And you'll also consider its core policies, including the European Single Market, economic and monetary Union, environmental policy and the Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as the implications of Brexit.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • The Contemporary House of Commons

    Study the functions of the UK House of Commons and how they are shaped by the changes in the political environment. Having looked at what MPs do collectively, the module concludes by looking at what members do individually, primarily as constituency representatives.

  • Comparative Legislatures

    Examine the role of legislatures and their functions, looking at how they fit within particular systems of government. You'll explore case studies such as the Westminster model, the US Congress, the Brazilian, German, South African and Chinese parliaments and the European Parliament.

  • Tort Law

    You will study the general framework and key concepts of the law of tort. You'll analyse the principles and rules governing liability for negligence, analyse the principles governing tort damages, consider the grounds of liability and evaluate the role of tort law in modern society.

  • Paths of Research

    Discover the full range of research techniques and skills used in the academic study of politics. This module introduces everything you'll need for conducting research in your own area of interest within the field of politics, from statistical analysis to using texts.

  • Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform

    Study the UK Parliament in the context of constitutional change, both actual and proposed. Examine the work of the House of Lords and the consequences of incremental change within Parliament. Explore electoral reform, pressure for a Bill of Rights, devolution, referendums and membership of the European Union.

  • Obligations II - The Law of Contract

    Develop an understanding of the main rules and principles relevant to the law of contract under English law. You'll focus on contract formation and enforceability, factors that may render a contract void, the interpretation of contractual terms and potential remedies for breach of contract.

Industrial placement

The third year is spent in Westminster working for a Member of Parliament or a peer. While on placement, you’ll also complete the following modules.

  • Research Proposal
  • Research Paper
  • Self-Evaluation Document

You’ll have access to our exclusive seminar series which regularly features presentations by senior Parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.

You’ll be fully supported throughout your internship – both in Westminster by former Hull placement students who now work there full-time, and by our dedicated member of staff in Hull who will be in regular contact.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • European Union Law

    This module provides basic knowledge of the law of the European Union. You'll consider the operation of the internal market and how to access it; the state of Brexit negotiations; and the available alternative models for continuous partnership with the EU.

  • Trusts: Managing for Others

    This module will introduce you to the legal concept of the trust and help to develop an understanding of the role the device plays in facilitating and regulating the management of wealth for others in modern society.

  • Equality and Human Rights (Global Challenge)

    Explore the nature of prejudice and discrimination. You'll develop a critical appreciation of equality and human rights issues and acquire an understanding of anti-discrimination law and policy, including approaches such as feminism, difference theory, the social model of disability, heteronormativity and cisgenderism.

  • Land Use and Regulation

    Develop insight into the political, social and economic issues surrounding the use and regulation of land. You'll cover topics such as co-ownership, leases, and private and public regulation of the use of land.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Administrative Law

    Examine the nature of the state and consider the ways the law shapes and controls public power. You'll consider the development of the principles of judicial review and how these might change, as well as the role of the ombudsmen and complaints systems, and the potential role of tort law.

  • European Human Rights Protection

    Develop critical understanding of the nature of European human rights law, gain the ability to identify and evaluate aspects of human rights law and learn to apply human rights law to research questions and actual cases.

  • International Law and the Use of Force

    Gain a valuable insight into the legal regulation of the resort to armed force by states. You study the UN Charter framework, including the general prohibition on forcible action, self-defence and military action authorised by the UN Security Council.

  • Science, Law and New Technologies

    This module provides basic understanding of how science works and is used in law. It addresses the legal and ethical issues raised by certain novel technologies, such as driverless cars, genetic modification and genetic engineering.

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More about this course

A specialised and unique course with a 12-month placement in Westminster, this hands-on course offers you an in-depth understanding of law and the political system. You’ll learn to think like a lawyer, and apply your knowledge of legal and political science to social problems and challenges.

  • It's a qualifying law degree approved by both the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (subject to the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, currently under development)
  • We run the UK's largest integrated Westminster placement scheme - providing you with unmatched access to the corridors of power.
  • 99% of law students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018)
  • Hull was ranked in the top 300 universities globally for law in the QS World University Rankings 2017.
  • Gain hands-on experience providing legal advice to members of the public, under expert supervision, in our Legal Advice Centre.

Studying this course at Hull opens doors of opportunity if you're considering a career in government or legal practice. In fact, there are so many of our graduates now working in Westminster that they’ve affectionately become known as 'the Hull Mafia'.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

37%

2%

61%

Second year

50%

50%

Industrial placement

100%

Final year

20%

80%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Law has been taught at Hull since 1927 and our staff are at the forefront of research, scholarship and teaching.

Our graduates are so numerous at Westminster and Whitehall, they’ve become known as the 'Hull Mafia'.

You'll have the opportunity to provide legal advice to real clients through our Legal Advice Centre and Law Clinic.

Take part in mooting, negotiating and client interviewing competitions with our active Law Society.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff Points: 128 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 32 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with 45 credits at distinction

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

While a number of our graduates embark on legal careers as solicitors or barristers, many use their degree as a springboard for a career in management, teaching or the Civil Service. Our strong links with local firms allow for vacation placements, and a series of seminars provided by the Careers Service help you to boost your employability.

Law graduate destinations include: Barrister • Solicitor • Legal Executive • Translator • Paralegal • Prosecutor/Senior Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service • Circuit/Senior Circuit Judge • Legal Clearances Adviser • Administrative Officer • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Professor • Law alumni.

Politics graduate destinations include: MP • Political Researcher • Research Assistant • Senior Official in Local Government • Public Relations Officer • Social Science Researcher • Politics alumni.