Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 10/08/2020
College College Arts and Law
School Birmingham Law School
Department Law
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title LL.B. Law with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 925A
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The LLB Law programme provides a broad education about law and legal processes in England and Wales and the European Union and the constitution of the United Kingdom. The study of law equips students with knowledge and skills for a variety of careers – including in the legal professions, public sector and commercial organisations. For students seeking to become practising lawyers in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, the LLB Law degree gives exemption from the first stage of professional examinations. Students are exposed to a wide range of approaches to the academic study of law — including analysis of the creation and application of legal rules, the impact of law on individuals, organisations and society, the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of law, and the moral and political values expressed in law and legal processes.
The LLB Law programme provides a supportive environment in which students take responsibility for their own learning and aim to become effective life-long learners, with opportunities to review and reflect upon their academic and personal achievements through personal development planning.
Regulation is increasingly transnational and the provision of legal services is increasingly international. The Year Abroad Option gives students an opportunity to develop a truly globalised outlook by experiencing another academic and legal culture. The year abroad will also enable students to study a greater range of substantive legal subjects, developed in line with the specific and unique expertise of colleagues at other institutions.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The legal rules, principles and concepts of the "core" branches of law: Public Law (including constitutional law, administrative law and human rights); Law of the European Union; Criminal Law; Civil rights and obligations (including contract, tort and restitution); Property Law; Equity and the Law of Trusts
The main legal institutions and law-making processes of England & Wales and the European Union
The significance of social, political, economic or commercial contexts in which legal rules and principles are developed and operate and of ethical issues and dilemmas which arise for those making law and engaging in legal decision making.
Basic elements of the theoretical concept of law (jurisprudence)
A range of other areas of law and legal processes (according to the optional modules taken by the student)
Experience of other legal and academic cultures (according to whether the student participates in the intercalated year abroad option).
According to the module, one or more of the following: lectures; seminars; individual seminars; WebCT and self-directed reading and thinking. Futher information is available in the modules descriptions.
Informal assessment (not accounting towards credit) takes place through written assignments in every module and tutors assess the capacity of students to effectively participate in seminars. According to the module, one of more of the following: formal examinations; assessed essays; longer dissertations. Further information is available in the module descriptions.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Ability to identify and locate a range of legal material relating to England & Wales and the European Union (including legislation, case law and academic commentary) using printed and electronic sources
Ability to analyse legal material by:
bringing together relevant information;
following logic in argument;
understanding judicial techniques of precedent and statutory interpretation;
dealing with complex facts;
judging what is relevant or irrelevant;
advising on the application of legal rules to facts in real or hypothetical problems.

Capability to evaluate and speculate about law and law-related material by:
assessing and criticising arguments;
assessing whether significant information is not available or presented in argument;
evaluating the impact of law;
considering alternative policy options.

Oral and writing skills necessary to communicate facts and ideas and to offer advice about law.
Some basic skills in numeracy (including scepticism about data and the ability to use numerical/statistical data in argument).
Teamwork skills needed to work effectively as a member of a small group.
Ability to carry out, working independently with limited guidance, research projects (including identifying accurately the issues that require research, compiling bibliographies and using an academic referencing system).
Ability to use basic information technology for legal research and writing (including word-processing, email, the Internet, electronic databases of legal material).
Ability to monitor, reflect and build upon learning experiences and plan for personal and career development
According to the module, one or more of the following:
lectures;seminars; individual supervision; CANVAS; self-directed reading and thinking;training sessions in the use of information technology for legal research and writing.
Progress reviews with personal tutor; CEPLER Professional Development Scheme; personal study; reflecting on implications of individual feedback on formative work; reflecting on individual and generic feedback on summative assessment

Further information is available in the module descriptions
According to the module, one or more of the following:
“unseen” examinations; course essays/project work; longer dissertations.
Informal assessment (not counting towards credit) takes place through written assignments in every module and tutors assess the capacity of students effectively to participate in seminars.
Students can accummulate points on the CEPLER CPD scheme, and a record of their achievements appears on their transcript.
Further information is available in the module descriptions