Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
You can choose to study this course over four years, with a foundation year. If you choose this option, the first year of your study will be delivered by our partner, Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC) on our Cambridge campus. In years 2 to 4 you have the option to study with us in Chelmsford or Cambridge. January start available in Cambridge for the three-year course only.
You want to become a solicitor or barrister, or hone your legal knowledge for careers in business, finance and public service. Our LLB (Hons) Law degree is accredited by the SRA and BSB, so you know you’re in good hands. Study in Cambridge or Chelmsford, work with qualified lawyers in our law clinics, and get hands-on experience in mock court rooms. When you graduate, you’ll be equipped with in-demand skills that will take you far, whichever career path you choose.
Since undertaking this highly-regarded degree, I have provided research assistance for an academic publication and achieved a solicitor training contract in a top London city commercial law firm, representing both Anglia Ruskin and my future employers in the prestigious Training Contract and Pupilage Handbook.
Our three year LLB (Hons) Law degree is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Boards (BSB), and as such is the first step to becoming a solicitor or a barrister in the UK. But if you hope to use your interest in law for a different career, such as business or policy making, our LLB (Hons) will help you develop key transferable skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving, that can broaden your options.
Our modules blend the academic with the practical, with options including Human Rights Law, Sports Law and Intellectual Property Law. Your assessments will range from exams and essays to mooting, online discussions and group work, allowing you to test your progress using career-oriented methods. In the final year, you will also have the option to take up work experience with a local law firm and use your analytical and reflective skills to investigate your own future career options.
This combination of professional and academic law is reflected in our staff team, which consists of practising solicitors as well as research-active academics. You will always find someone to talk to, whether it’s about the course, your career or more personal matters.
We work actively to improve your career prospects. Our personal tutor system will offer you structured support, and we have a dedicated law employability champion as well as faculty employability staff. You can also take part in our mentoring scheme, to get first-hand advice and guidance from a legal professional.
Outside of the course, you will find more help and advice at our careers events, and through the Student Union’s Law Society, who arrange entry to competitions such as the national Mooting and Client Interviewing competitions as well as guest speakers and field trips.
Additionally, by choosing and completing particular modules on the course, you can graduate with two awards: the LLB (Hons) and the Higher Diploma in Paralegal Practice from the National Association of Licensed Paralegals, which can help you secure a job as a paralegal.
From your first year, you will have the opportunity to work in our Law Clinic, supporting and advising members of the public on legal issues. In Chelmsford, you will have the chance to volunteer for the personal support unit at Chelmsford County Court, where you will help people who are going to court without a lawyer through the trial process.
The world of law never stands still, which is why – with input from our students and employers – we're refreshing this course. Taking real-world challenges as our starting point, there'll be even more of a focus on practical, hands-on learning – and more opportunities to ignite your career. This page has details of the modules we'll be introducing from September 2020.
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As well as being a first step to becoming a solicitor, barrister or paralegal, our LLB (Hons) Law will equip you with transferable key skills required for many related roles, including business and commerce, policy making, public services or banking and finance.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
You can get law careers advice from many sources at ARU, including your tutors, the employability service and the student-led Law Society. We offer a range of schemes and opportunities to enhance your career opportunities. They include:
You might also decide to continue with your academic law work after you graduate, and move on to one of our LLM courses:
Our assessments include both traditional exams and essays as well as more innovative career-oriented methods, including mooting, online discussions, group work and presentations, ensuring you have many different and relevant opportunities to test your learning.
You want the benefit of a thriving and highly regarded school where you can develop your skills and confidence for a potentially complex and competitive career. Graduating with this kind of specialist knowledge makes you valuable to employers, confident that you’ve learnt the tools to do the job. You know what it takes to be a professional in your field and we design our courses to get you on the right track, and to get you practicing in a safe environment as soon as possible. With professional accreditation to back up the theory of your degree, you’ll stand out from the crowd of other applicants and be ready for your first graduate job.
You can study LLB (Hons) Law on our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses. Both are equipped with a mock court room, allowing you to practice legal representation in a realistic setting, as well as modern teaching facilities and extensive libraries with open-access study areas. You can access our online library at any time, both on- and off-campus, and your in-class activities will be supported by many online learning materials.
Cambridge and Chelmsford both have three courts (Crown, Magistrates and County) very close to the ARU campus, making it easy to attend cases relevant to your studies. The benefits for law students of attending court cases have been outlined in a recent Guardian article.
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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