Law LLB (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

January, September

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.

Full description


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:

  • our undergraduate researcher scheme, which will allow you to become a research assistant to a member of academic staff working in your field of interest
  • a mentoring scheme for second years that will match you with legal professionals who can guide and advise them on career issues
  • our Law Clinics which gives you the chance to gain experience in advising clients under the supervision of qualified practitioners
  • guest lectures from judges, solicitors and barristers
  • focused employability events such as guest panels of legal professionals and careers fairs.

You might also decide to continue with your academic law work after you graduate, and move on to one of our LLM courses:

Modules & assessment

Level 3 (foundation year)

  • Foundation in Law and Policing
    This module will provide students with the necessary skills to begin studying at level 4 in courses related to Law, Policing and Criminology. Students will be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including thinking critically, researching and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate numeracy and ICT skills, and communicating effectively verbally and in writing. Students will also be introduced to specific concepts related to their degree programmes including an introduction to the English legal system, business law, criminal law and the criminal justice system and ethics. Real-world examples of the law in action will be highlighted, and students will practice applying the law to case studies. The module is made up of the following eight constituent elements: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC); Information Communication Technology (ICT); Critical Thinking; Composition and Style; Ethics; Fundamentals of Law; Business Law; Criminal Law.

Year one, core modules

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
    Constitutional and Administrative law is all about legal power: where it is located in the British constitution and how and by whom its use is scrutinised and checked. This foundational subject for those considering a career in the legal profession, provides a broad framework in which all other areas of substantive law operate, whilst also reflecting on the historical development of liberal values and contemporary notions of citizenship that underpin modern British society and values. Initially you’ll focus on the constitution of the United Kingdom, providing you with a solid foundation in the main structures, relationships and themes in domestic constitutional law. Consideration will be given to questions such as: What are the key features of the constitution? Where is power located in the United Kingdom? What is parliamentary supremacy and how has it been impacted upon by such things as EU membership, the Human Rights Act 1998, devolution and Brexit? After considering key areas of constitutional law, you’ll move on to administrative law and related matters. The focus will be on the main non-parliamentary ways in which decision-makers are held to account and will involve looking at inquiries and ombudsmen and the important function of judicial review which you’ll examine through authentic, real world case studies. Finally, you’ll be introduced to human rights and civil liberties, particularly the substance and impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 and its place conceptually and practically within law.
  • Legal Method and Skills
    You’ll be introduced to key concepts in English law and will be a cornerstone of knowledge for students throughout their LLB. The key theme running throughout the module is that law is dynamic. You’ll cover areas such as statutory interpretation and case precedent, civil and criminal legal systems, legal research, human rights, advocacy, negotiation and interviewing, access to justice, writing and analysis skills. You will develop your basic legal skills, including fact handling, case reading, analysis of statutes, and legal research, together with more transferable skills in oral and written communication and group working. There is particular emphasis upon key aspects of writing skills, including referencing and enabling you to understand and conform to the conventions of good academic practice. You’ll also explore the importance of these fundamental legal aspects and skills in enabling substantive law to be studied and practised effectively.
  • Foundations of Criminal Law
    You’ll gain the knowledge and understanding of the core principles and rules of criminal law, concentrating on the principles of criminal liability relating to a range of criminal offences and specific defences. You’ll examine and analyse case studies to understand the relevant legislation and case law in relation to the offence and identify the lines of defence. By analysing these case scenarios, you’ll identify key facts governing criminal liability and relate these to the applicable law, as well as evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case. The knowledge gained will help not only those interested in a career in the criminal justice system but also those interested in careers in non-governmental organisations (e.g. charitable organisations). You’ll become familiar with the key organisations, and their personnel and responsibilities, such as the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office and other organisations in the non-governmental sector.
  • Contract Law
    You’ll gain a foundation in the basic principles relating to the formation of contracts, developing the idea of consensus and the rules and principles governing enforceability, performance and discharge of contracts. You’ll be introduced to common law and equitable principles as well as relevant legislation. In addition to studying 'black letter' law, you’re encouraged to critically assess the law and to evaluate it in a social, political and economic context. During group sessions you’ll take part in mooting activities, as preparation for your assessment but also as a means of developing your problem-solving, case location, communications and argument.

Year two, core modules

  • Law of Tort
    You'll develop a thorough understanding of the major areas of the law of tort, including key concepts and principles with particular emphasis on their application and evaluation as the law operates in society. You'll gain a sound knowledge of the principles of tort, enabling you to suggest solutions to factual problems and analysis of contemporary issues. You'll also develop an appreciation of those within the sector such as courts, insurers, employers and the Health and Safety Executive.
  • Preparation for Undergraduate Major Project
    This module builds on the skills of academic research and writing which were introduced at Level 4. It provides a sound grounding for more advanced research and writing needed at Level 5 and beyond. In particular, this module will provide guidance, support and information in order to prepare and equip you for the Major Project in your final year of study. Key practices permeating the module include the planning and design of high quality work, selection and synthesis of appropriate research material, effective communication, critical thinking and ethics. Practical exercises will help you develop your ability to employ these practices effectively. The module contributes to the transferable skills held in high regard by employers, particularly the ability to manage information effectively, to work independently and to communicate effectively orally in presentations and through writing.
  • European Union Law
    You'll build on your existing knowledge of the institutional foundations of EU law and discuss how it operates in practice, the enforceability of EU law in domestic courts and the relationships that exist between the Court of Justice of the EU and the domestic courts. You'll then explore the essential topics of EU substantive law to answer a series of questions about the practical effects of EU, the nature of the single market, the implications of European citizenship and the extent of the rights of persons to move freely within the EU. You'll also cover the law governing free movement of goods, persons and services including migrant workers, the self-employed and businesses. By focusing on the impact of EU Law on the regulatory autonomy of member states, you’ll be able to conduct legal analysis and the reasoning essential for practising in the legal professions. You'll also be encouraged to participate in the EU mooting competition to put your skills and knowledge into practice.
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
    You'll be introduced to the concept of property and proprietary rights, as they are recognised and protected in equity, and explore the nature of the trust. We'll include an historical account of the development of and distinction between law and equity before examining the nature of equitable rights and remedies. Over the module you'll gain a sound knowledge and understanding of equity and the law of trusts, developing your critical analysis to suggest reasoned solutions to factual problems. It covers the importance in a legal practice, possibly as a commercial or family practitioner, of property, conveyancing and succession as well as fiduciary relationships, charitable status and trustee duties.
  • Ruskin Module
    Ruskin Modules are designed to prepare our students for a complex, challenging and changing future. These interdisciplinary modules provide the opportunity to further broaden your perspectives, develop your intellectual flexibility and creativity. You will work with others from different disciplines to enable you to reflect critically on the limitations of a single discipline to solve wider societal concerns. You will be supported to create meaningful connections across disciplines to apply new knowledge to tackle complex problems and key challenges. Ruskin Modules are designed to grow your confidence, seek and maximise opportunities to realise your potential to give you a distinctive edge and enhance your success in the workplace.

Year two, optional modules

  • Company Law in Context
    This module introduces you to the fundamental principles of company law and will set the legal framework in which business entities operate. The module aims to capture the dynamism of company law and to develop your awareness of the place and function of company law in a practical and theoretical context. The module aims to develop an understanding of the legal principles and theories underpinning the law relating to companies and focuses on four major areas: corporate personality, rights and liabilities; corporate governance and corporate social responsibility; shareholders rights and remedies; companies in financial difficulties. The module will facilitate both a 'black letter' and socio-legal approach to law and will provide both a practical and theoretical framework for the law relating to company law. You'll be encouraged to adopt a critical approach to their study of the law relating to companies by considering the external factors which influence corporate law, such as political, economic and social issues.
  • Law of Succession
    You'll acquire the knowledge and understanding of the law of succession, the planning process that should be followed prior to death, the rules around intestate succession and the opportunities that exist to vary the distribution of the will, alongside gaining understanding on how to deal with property after death. You'll study the nature and form of wills, the formalities for validity and the requirements for mental capacity. Your focus is on analysis and application of the law in a realistic, factual scenario, looking at the legal consequences of actions taken and to provide effective legal advice to those seeking to dispose of or inherit property.
  • International Human Rights Law
    On this module, you'll consider the law and philosophy of human rights. You'll begin by examining the nature of rights, why they exist and their purpose, along with philosophical and theoretical perspectives of rights from ancient times to the present day. You'll also study international and regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights at the UN, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Inter-American Human Rights system, as well as specific human rights and human rights violations. For much of the module, you'll consider contemporary human rights concerns, such as enforced disappearance, torture and the use of human rights in armed conflicts. In the final part of the module, you'll examine responses to massive human rights violations such as truth commissions and domestic prosecutions.
  • Legal Work Experience
    You'll prepare for the transition from education to work by applying the theory and skills from the classroom in a practical way whilst raising awareness of and reflecting on your needs and attitude to learning and work. You'll explore how work and learning interacts, increasing your self-reliance and confidence whilst developing your understanding of your needs and those of your work experience and potential future employers. Within your work experience you'll use the theory and knowledge gained in the classroom, utilising the skills of analysis and reflection, team work, communications and presentations to undertake a project and evaluate how the work experience has affected your future employment potential, progression plans or career aspirations.
  • Child and Family Law
    You'll explore the interesting and topical area of law relating to families and children. You'll consider the ways in which the state regulates the dissolution of marriage and the division of family property, and what remedies are available to deal with domestic abuse. We will concentrate on private law provisions, primarily disputes between parents and the issues arising from them. Particular attention will be paid to the dynamic nature of the relationship between parents, children and the state. You'll also examine the relationship between private decision making i.e. using alternative dispute resolution methods and state imposed solutions by courts, including the procedural matters. The module content is highly relevant to professional legal practice, whether as a paralegal, legal executive, solicitor or barrister in the context of child and family law, and will be particularly useful for volunteering in the Law Clinic.

Year three, core modules

  • Land Law
    The module starts with the consideration of the question, 'what is land?' You'll explore the nature of ownership and the legal and equitable estates and interests that can exist in land and examine how estates and interests are protected including the systems of unregistered and registered title to land. Whilst looking at the underlying principles of land law, you'll study the various estates and interests in greater detail, including leasehold estate and third party interests such as mortgages, easements and covenants, co-ownership and the role and duties of trustees and beneficiaries of co-owned land.
  • Civil Litigation
    You'll cover basic law and procedures involved in acting in a civil litigation claim. You'll look at interviewing a client and taking instructions in a basic litigation matter. Based on a case study in the context of a personal injury matter, you'll take client instructions and explore the evidential basis of the claim, consider the costs and funding and the steps needed in the personal injury protocol before considering other causes of action such as simple breaches of contract and reviewing the implications of the claim not being settled. As part of the module, you'll draft a simple claim and look at the procedural steps that need to be taken to issue a claim in the County Court and serve it on a defendant before considering the draft of their defence.
  • Major Project
    The individual Major Project will allow you to undertake a substantial piece of individual research, focused on a topic relevant to your specific course. Your topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff. The project will require you to identify/formulate problems and issues, conduct research, evaluate information, process data, and critically appraise and present your findings/creative work. You should arrange and attend regular meetings with your project supervisor, to ensure that your project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction.

Year three, optional modules

  • Agency and Sale of Goods Law
    This module consists of two subject areas: 'Agency' and 'Sale of Goods'. The study of Agency will involve you examining and critically reflecting on the choices commercial parties need to make given the case-law and impact of the Commercial Agents Regulations. This study applies to all forms of agency contract, including those of travel and estate agents, commercial factors, shipping and insurance brokers. You'll consider the rights and obligations of these parties both under the agency contract itself and under contracts made by agents on their principal's behalf. Studying Sale of Goods law is relevant to everyone, whether in business or as a consumer. You'll focus on transfer of ownership and the implied terms relating to fitness for purpose and quality, covering both legislation and case-law. Studying both areas will improve your commercial awareness and sensitivity to often conflicting interests of commercial parties. You’ll develop a range of analytical and decision-making skills that will help you within the business, professional or commercial sectors as well as in a career as a commercial lawyer.
  • Criminal Litigation and Evidence
    On this module, you'll cover the basic law and procedure involved in acting in a criminal case. You'll look at interviewing a client and taking instructions in relation to a criminal charge. Your work will be based on a case study, starting with the arrest of a client and continuing through caution, practice and procedure in the police station and the test for charging. This will include police powers of arrest and search and the rights of the person detained in the police station. You'll cover the professional conduct aspects of attending at the police station and of conducting the case to its conclusion, as well as costs and funding. Post-charge, you'll cover the first court appearance, including bail and pleas, before moving on to taking further instructions, building a defence case, practical application of evidence and trial venue, followed by summary trial. You'll be assessed through coursework in which you'll analyse and apply legal and factual information to complete two practice-based tasks typical of those encountered in legal practice by paralegals. This module is compulsory if you want to complete the National Association of Licensed Paralegal's (NALP) Higher Diploma in Paralegal Studies.
  • Employment Law
    You'll learn about the sources and institutions of employment law and examine the law relating to the formation, content and termination of contracts of employment, the nature of the employment relationship and the status of employees and others performing services. You'll discuss the protection offered to employees in relation to dismissal and the impact this has on employers, as well as considering issues of business reorganisation and managerial prerogative, and their relationship with the law of employment through the law relating to redundancy and transfer of undertakings. You'll also consider issues of discrimination in employment (including equal pay). You're advised to have prior knowledge of contract law. Employment law as a subject will give you knowledge of the workplace and the relationship between employers and employees, so is particularly valued in careers such as Human Resources Management.
  • Public International Law
    Issues of Public International Law are frequently in the news, whether it concerns the actions of states (such as the use of force against another state) or the role of the individual (such as the responsibility of individuals for war crimes under international criminal law). You'll examine the international dimension of law, covering the essential principles of Public International Law, developing your ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context. The content is grouped around five key themes: the nature and sources of international law; statehood and territory; the resolution of disputes and the enforcement of international law; the individual and responsibility under international criminal law and the legal regulation of the use of force. You'll also be encouraged to develop cultural sensitivity, since Public International Law is a subject exposed to the complexity of international relations.
  • Issues in Medical Law
    The relationship between law, medicine and ethics is a topic of enormous contemporary interest and relevance. You'll explore the legal, moral and ethical concepts and the dynamics of the doctor/patient relationship and the often conflicting issues which underlie it. You'll examine the critical relationship between the law and the practice of medicine, including the medical standard of care, consent to treatment and patient confidentiality. You'll also be introduced to areas of medical law including clinical negligence, patient confidentiality, consent to medical treatment, assisted reproduction, abortion, end of life decisions (including physician assisted death) and the withdrawal of treatment from sick infants including the assessment of the impact of human rights law.
  • Sports Law (Cambridge only)
    You'll be introduced to sports law and the development of sports law from the setting up of the first international sports federations in the nineteenth century, through to the gradual establishment of key contractual rights for athletes in the twentieth century; the role of the European institutions in creating the ‘European model of sport’, and what effect that model has had on sport globally; the concept of transnational law and the rise of lex sportiva, and what those concepts mean to different scholars; the impact that the EU right to free movement and competition law have had on sports; and the role arbitration plays in settling sports disputes.
  • Clinical Legal Experience
    In this module, you could get the chance to experience the application of law to real-life scenarios, assisting clients attending the Law Clinic or related clinical experience such as Support@Court. You’ll have the opportunity work alongside legal practitioners, observing the different styles and approaches of legal advice. You’ll be encouraged to develop client care and interview skills and reflect on the role of the Law Clinic within the wider context of legal advice and access to justice. This module centres on the practical professional experience and work you will do in the clinic such as preparing concise, accurate, advice notes, discussing cases with the legal practitioners and distilling legal advice into a practical note for the client, but also introduces family law, access to justice, legal professional conduct and client care. You’ll experience a diverse range of family forms, including same-sex and cohabiting couples, sometimes through the prism of domestic abuse or violence. The assessment helps to encourage reflection on these experiences and consideration of the wider issues of access to justice. This module requires you to successfully pass the application process to become a Law Clinic volunteer and you must complete a minimum number of advice sessions to be able to complete the assessment.
  • Islamic Law and Finance
    In this module, you'll be introduced to Islamic law and finance where you'll examine the sources of Islamic law, methods of Muslim jurisprudence, key principles and common practice areas of Islamic finance such as riba (interest), aqd (contract), bay' (sale), ijarah (lease), wakalah (agency), sharikah (partnership), rahn (mortgage), hawalah (debt), qardh (loan) and zakat (welfare tax), including comparing them to corresponding areas of English law and key practice areas of law firms today to enable you to grow your commercial and practical awareness. We will introduce Islamic law's conflicts with human rights to enable you to see current problem scenarios and reforms taking place by Muslim jurists today. You will be introduced to this growing legal discipline, to increase your commercial knowledge and awareness and provide you with the skills and knowledge to be adaptable and employable in tackling clients from a diverse range of cultural and religious backgrounds.

Optional modules available in years two and three

  • Anglia Language Programme
    The Anglia Language Programme module will allow you to study a foreign language as part of your course. You may choose to take two language modules in place of options on your course from the second semester of your first year, or in the second or third year. You can choose from the following: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish. In order to experience the learning of a new language, you must select one that you have not learned before.


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.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

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Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Additional study information

On-campus facilities

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.

Local legal resources

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.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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.

Loans and fee payments

International students

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.

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Funding for UK & EU students

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.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

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 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.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

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.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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