You will study foundation elements of legal theory, and your independent research project will give you the opportunity to focus on an area of law that interests you. Taught by experienced tutors, including qualified solicitors and barristers with significant professional expertise in all areas of law, the breadth of knowledge and skills in Leeds Law School will ensure you receive specialist support on a wide variety of topics, from medical negligence to anti-terrorism law.
Teaching will be delivered in small face-to-face classes combined with online lectures that can be accessed at a time and place to fit with your busy schedule.
Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister, and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones.
Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister, this route will remain unchanged until summer 2017 at the earliest. The route of a qualifying law degree or GDL, and then the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2019.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) will announce their findings as soon as possible and their decisions will then affect the available routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.
For more information visit the SRA and BSB websites.
Law qualifying courses have been taught by our Leeds Law School since 1979 and many of our alumni now act as mentors to our students, helping them to get ahead by offering careers advice, work experience and even job opportunities.
A specialist study room, accessible only by students on our postgraduate courses, is fitted with computer terminals and legal texts. We also have a courtroom where you can put theory into practice in simulated trials.
Leeds is one of the largest legal centres outside London and offers a wealth of job and placement opportunities. You'll benefit from our close links with firms in the city and from the contacts and possible career opportunities provided by your professional mentor.
BA (Hons) Business Studies and LLM Qualifying Law Degree
My undergraduate course gave me a strong academic grounding and independent study skills, which enabled me to cover three years of essential undergraduate material in just one year on my masters course. It was intense, but my tutors were really supportive and went out of their way to tailor their teaching to my needs.
Teaching and learning
Study the role of the law in defining, creating, imposing, regulating and enforcing freely negotiated and agreed contractual obligations between two or more contracting parties.
Examine civil law liability for a wrong or 'tort', including negligence, occupier's liability and trespass to the person, considering how tort protects reputation and personal integrity.
Understand the relationship between the different organs of the State and the individual, including royal prerogative, human rights, judicial review and police powers.
You will explore and develop ideas on a legal topic of your choosing in a written submission.
Explore the founding principles of the law of the European Union to enable critical understanding of the nature and purpose of European developments and regulations.
Study the fundamental issues relating to the concept of property, its ownership, and the rights and obligations created by the ownership of land.
Understand the general principles of law governing criminal responsibility set within their social context, the concept of moral responsibility and the philosophy of punishment.
Learn how and why trusts are created, their different and legal frameworks, the principles of equity affecting their creation and the use of trusts in practice.
Studying the LLM Qualifying Law Degree at Leeds Beckett University gives you the opportunity not only to obtain a masters level qualification in law but also to satisfy the academic stage requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
Fees & funding
Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.
Once you've decided what course to study, here is a step-by-step guide of what to do next.
Apply directly to us via our online application site *.
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- Teacher Training (PGCE & EYTS)
- PG Dip Legal Practice PG Dip Law
- Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR): Advanced Certificate & Advanced Diploma
- MA Social Work
- MA Art Psychotherapy
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4YOUR OFFERReceive your offer - remember, the sooner you apply the sooner an offer can be made. Please note that certain courses do have set application deadlines so you should check before applying. Some courses may require you to attend an interview or submit a portfolio before an offer can be made.
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10WELCOME WEEKAttend Welcome Week and begin your course.