You will be equipped for both legal practice in a fast-changing world and for the realities of business in a globalised economy. This course will teach you how to make strategic business decisions based on complex legal evidence. Your modules will enable you to develop the communication skills, adaptability and professionalism you will need to succeed in today's dynamic global environment. As a qualifying law degree, this course is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as meeting the academic requirements of your legal training, and completion will enable you to undertake further study in order to become a solicitor or barrister.
This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.
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 Legal Practice Course (LPC) to qualify as a solicitor or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister; this will remain unchanged until August 2020 for solicitors and August 2019 for barristers.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) have issued a common protocol for guidance. This can be found by visiting the SRA website.
Our Leeds Law School regularly welcomes guest speakers in prominent legal positions and you will be able to access their lectures digitally.
Leeds Law School has a dedicated new building at the heart of our City Campus, with its own bespoke courtroom and state-of-the-art teaching spaces.
You will have the opportunity to take part in regional and national competitions, some run in conjunction with local legal practices, to hone your skills in mooting, negotiation, mediation, debating and interviewing, enhancing your CV and showcasing your expertise to potential employers. You will develop your interpersonal and employability skills giving legal presentations to schools and community groups, and you will put theory into practice at a pro bono clinic, where you will offer supervised legal advice to the public.
We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.
Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.
To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.
Visit our distance learning guide for a complete list of technical requirements.
- Sandwich year
- Specialist facilities
- Part-time study available
- Study abroad option
- Expert careers service
- 24/7 Library
- University accommodation
- TEF Silver Award
Teaching and learning
This is a qualifying law degree and you will hone the expertise you will need to become professionally qualified. You will be able to analyse and challenge contemporary issues in law and specialise to match your career aspirations through international business and law option modules. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
Caroline is an experienced solicitor with expertise in civil litigation, particularly contract and tort law, and she has worked on high-profile cases for law firms in London and Leeds. She joined Leeds Beckett in 2014 and teaches Tort, Contract and English Legal System, Method & Skills modules at undergraduate level. On the university’s Legal Practice Course, Caroline teaches a variety of legal skills, including practical legal research, writing, interviewing and advising.
The strength of studying another subject in addition to a qualifying law degree lies in the breadth of opportunities that will be open to you upon graduation. Supplementing your legal knowledge with finance, business or management experience will be a huge asset to you, whether you choose a career in law or follow another path.
Fees & funding
This course doesn't currently have any active start dates.
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.