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 solicitors 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 Anglia Ruskin, 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
  • a Personal Support Unit in Chelmsford that offers you an opportunity to gain experience by offering support to unrepresented litigants
  • our Law Clinic in Cambridge, 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
    This module is all about legal power: where it's located in the British constitution and how, as well as by whom, its use is scrutinised and checked. Constitutional and administrative law is foundational for all law students because it provides a broad framework in which all other areas of substantive law operate. In the first part of the module you'll focus on the constitution of the United Kingdom, receiving a solid foundation in the main structures, relationships and themes of domestic constitutional law. You'll consider questions such as: What are the key features of the constitution? Where is power located in the United Kingdom? What's parliamentary supremacy and how has it been affected by EU membership and the Human Rights Act 1998? You'll then look at administrative law and related matters, focusing on the main non-parliamentary ways in which decision-makers are held to account. You'll look at inquiries and ombudsmen, as well as the important function of judicial review. Finally, you'll look at human rights and civil liberties, particularly the substance and impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, and the nature and extent of police powers. Throughout, your work will have an emphasis on the dynamic nature of the British constitution, with reference to relevant contemporary events.
  • Contract Law
    This module will give you a foundation in the basic principles relating to the formation of contracts. This subject develops 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'll be encouraged to critically assess the law and evaluate it in its social, political and economic context. The knowledge and understanding gained through the study of this module will enable you to develop specialist knowledge in other areas, such as employment law.
  • Foundations of Criminal Law
    This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the general principles of criminal law, of selected criminal offences against the person and against property and of general and specific defences. You'll focus on the academic aspects of the subject rather than the procedural, although aspects of procedure are included where particularly important to understanding and evaluating the law as it operates in society.
  • Legal Method and Skills
    This module will introduce you to fundamental aspects of the English legal system, sources of law, legal personnel, the doctrine of precedent, and principles of statutory interpretation. The key theme running throughout the module is that law is dynamic and changing. You'll 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. Developing your writing skills, including referencing and enabling you to understand and conform to the conventions of good academic practice, will be of particular importance - such transferable skills will enhance your employability.

Year two, core modules

  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
    This module will introduce you to the concept of property and proprietary rights as they're recognised and protected in equity. You’ll also explore the nature of the trust. You'll be given an historical account of the development of, and distinction between, law and equity, before examining the nature of equitable rights and remedies. Group lectures will provide you with a structured outline and an introductory critique of topics and concepts. You'll focus on selected topics, cases, journal articles and other materials, which you'll be required to read and analyse (with limited guidance), and discuss or apply in the context of moderately complex problem-solving. You'll take part in group discussions, critical appraisal and application, developing a range of transferable employability skills such as location and analysis of resources; legal argument; oral communication; and problem-solving. This is one of the foundation subjects that you must pass to gain exemption from the academic stage of professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor, which have importance to legal practice in the property field, conveyancing and succession, as well as to the commercial and family practitioner.
  • European Union Law
    In this module you'll address some central questions about the European Union legal order, such as: why was the EU created and what does it do? Who makes EU law and what form does it take? How is this law enforced? You'll then build on this understanding of the structures and principles of EU law to discuss essential topics of EU substantive law, answering a series of questions about the practical effects of EU law. You'll be taught in large group sessions and tutorials. The large group sessions will provide a structured outline and introductory overview of topics and concepts. The tutorials will focus on the areas that you prepare in your independent study, and allow for case analysis and the practical application of the case law of the ECJ, developing your skills in reading and analysing ECJ case law, and of applying substantive EU law. This module is one of the foundation subjects you must pass to gain exemption from the academic stage of professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor contributes to your development of skills in reading and analysing ECJ case law and the application of substantive EU law.
  • Law of Tort
    On this module, you'll develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the major areas of the law of tort, including key concepts, principles and such detailed rules as are necessary to illustrate those broad principles as they apply in particular situations. This will help you to develop a wide range of legal skills, including those directly linked to employability: research, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility, time management, case-reading, analysis and application, evaluation of the law as it operates in society; written and oral communication in a formal setting. This module is one of the foundation subjects that you must pass to gain exemption from the academic stage of professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor.
  • Legal Research Skills
    This module will build on the skills of academic research and writing that you were introduced to at Level 4. It'll give you a solid grounding in the more advanced skills needed at Level 5. In particular, it'll provide you with guidance, support and information in preparation for your major project in the final year. You'll attend weekly sessions that'll give you guidance on appropriate use of supervisor, choosing your topic, literature reviews and how to develop research aims and objectives, ethics and research methodology. Practical exercises will develop your ability to locate and manage legal information and to consider of the ethical implications of research, as well as helping you develop higher-level academic writing skills. The module will also help you learn transferable skills held in regard by employers, particularly managing information effectively, working independently and communicating effectively in writing. You'll be assessed by means of a portfolio of exercise, which includes the compulsory ethics training course.

Year two, optional modules

  • Law of Succession
    This module will introduce you to the law of succession as it relates to the planning process that should be followed prior to death. You'll study the nature and form of wills, examine the formalities for making a valid will and consider the requirements in terms of mental capacity. You'll acquire knowledge and understanding of the law of succession as it relates to dealing with the property of the deceased. You'll consider the rules of intestate succession and the opportunities that exist for varying the distribution in the will or under the intestacy. You'll also study the rules relating to the administration of the estate of the deceased. You'll be taught in large group sessions, tutorials and e-learning activities. The large group sessions will provide you with a framework for the topic, allowing you to explore areas of particular interest, topicality or difficulty in more depth. In the tutorials, you'll focus on the analysis of primary legal sources and the application of the law of succession to realistic factual scenarios, so as to identify the legal consequences of actions taken and provide effective legal advice to those seeking to dispose of property on death and those seeking to inherit it.
  • Law of Business Associations
    This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of company law and partnership law, setting the legal framework in which business entities operate. You'll look at the dynamism of company law and develop your awareness of the place and function of company law in a practical and theoretical context. You'll develop an understanding of the legal principles and theories underpinning the law relating to partnerships and companies, focusing on five major areas: partnership law; 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 give you a practical and theoretical framework for the law relating to business associations. You'll be encouraged to adopt a critical approach to your study of the law relating to business associations by considering the external factors which influence corporate law, such as political, economic and social issues.
  • Family Law
    This module will introduce you to the ways in which the state regulates the formation and termination of marriage. In addition, you'll consider some of the ways in which the state may regulate conduct within the marriage or within non-marital family units (e.g. domestic violence and other conduct) by regulating occupation of the family home and by methods of controlling harassment and molestation. You'll also address the economic issues that confront marital and non-marital families and explore the legal and equitable solutions that have emerged. You'll examine property rights and the family home, statutory interventions and the adjustive jurisdiction, and also explore the relationship between private decision-making and state imposed solutions. The module content is highly relevant to professional legal practice in the context of Family Law. However, you'll also develop a number of employability skills that are transferable and highly valued by employers in a wide range of workplace settings. In the regular weekly tutorials, you'll need to apply the law to fictitious, but realistic, scenarios, thereby developing your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking skills. The problem-solving element will require you to apply the law to a realistic factual scenario, involving a range of moderately complex issues, and to give clear, reasoned legal advice.
  • 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.

Year three, core modules

  • Civil Litigation
    On this module, you'll cover the basic law and procedure involved in acting in a civil litigation claim. You'll learn how to interview a client and take instructions in a basic litigation matter. Your work will be based on case studies and set in the context of a personal injury matter, but you'll also need to consider other causes of action, such as simple breaches of contract. You'll need to apply your knowledge relating to liability and quantum to a practical scenario. You'll be assessed through coursework (3,000 words), 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 Higher Diploma in Paralegal Practice.
  • Land Law
    This module, which you must successfully complete to receive a qualifying law degree, begins with an introduction to wider theories of property law, before demonstrating the difference between proprietary and non-proprietary rights and traditional legal and equitable principles. You'll then focus on key topics within land law, with an emphasis on problem-solving. The theme of this module is the 'family home', and using fictitious homes, you'll explore the legal and social problems that have to be balanced in the application of land law. Therefore, you'll be encouraged to understand and relate to socio-political aspects of land law as well as its practical applications. If you take this module by distance learning, your teaching will be based on extensive distance learning packs, supported by contact with tutors via the VLE. If you attend on-campus, you'll take part in large group sessions and tutorials. You'll be presented with a range of materials and assessment techniques including pictures, maps, and web content to increase your visual literacy and creativity. You'll be assessed through a problem-solving exercise relating to a number of aspects of the syllabus (3,000 words) requiring you to analyse and apply of various aspects of land law (50%), as well as a two-hour examination at the end of the module.
  • 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 in examination and critical reflection of 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 the law of Sale of Goods is relevant to all, 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. You're advised to have prior study of the Law of Contract. Studying both areas will improve your commercial awareness and sensitivity to often conflicting interests of commercial parties. This module will help you further develop a range of employability skills, including problem-solving, analytical skills, decision-making skills and oral communication, and is especially relevant if you're attracted to a business, professional or commercial career, as well as if you hope to work as a commercial lawyer. You'll be assessed through coursework made up of a case study and an essay, in which you'll critically evaluate an aspect of the law.
  • Child Law
    On this module, you'll explore the interesting and sometimes complex area of law relating to children, concentrating mostly on private law provisions and the issues arising from them. You'll pay particular attention to the dynamic nature of the relationship between parents, children and the state, as well as addressing the topical issue of alternative dispute resolution in cases concerning children. You'll undertake wide-ranging independent study using primary and secondary sources, as well as attending both large group sessions and tutorials. You'll gain knowledge of Child Law, its relevance and the reality of its application in a contemporary society, which requires interpersonal sensitivity. You'll be assessed through coursework that includes problem-solving as well as an element of critical evaluation (maximum length 3,000 words).
  • Criminal Litigation
    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
    On this module 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. You'll be assessed through online discussions, and will take (and receive feedback upon) a formative online assessment prior to starting the final, summative assessment.
  • Issues in Medical Law
    The relationship between law, medicine and ethics is a topic of enormous contemporary interest and relevance. On this module, you will explore the legal, moral and ethical concepts and the dynamics of the doctor/patient relationship, and the often conflicting issues that underlie it. You will examine the critical relationship between the law, and the practice of medicine, including the medical standard of care, consent to treatment and patient confidentiality. These particular areas will give you a framework for discussions in the more topic-specific elements of the course. You will be introduced to selected 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. Large group sessions will give you a structured outline and an introductory critique of the topics and concepts involved, while your tutorials will usually be interactive, inviting your participation. These will focus on selected issues in medical law, supported by specific articles and cases that you will need to read and analyse beforehand and, as appropriate, apply in the context of problem solving and interactive debate. If you are planning to practice in the area of clinical negligence and personal injury, or have an interest in this area of law, this module is particularly well-suited to you.
  • Legal Work Experience
    This module will allow you to prepare for the transition from education to work, helping you make the best of your skills and abilities and investigate possible future careers, particularly careers in the legal profession, the para-legal sphere or related careers. As well as developing your specific knowledge and understanding relevant to those needs (the precise nature of which will vary according to the work experience context), you'll explore how work and learning interact, and develop skills and attributes that will enhance your employability, such as self-managed learning, self-reliance and confidence. You'll negotiate a project that will utilise the knowledge and skills you've already gained through your studies. You'll be expected to use graduate skills such as analysis and reflection, teamwork, different methods of communication, report writing, and presentation skills. Integral to your assessment will be your evaluation of how the work experience has affected your future employment potential, your progression plans or your career aspirations. You'll need to agree with your work experience employer or agency, as well as the Module Tutor, specific ways in which you can achieve the learning objectives within your chosen work-experience environment. This agreement will provide you with a background against which you'll prepare a portfolio that documents and reflects on your work experience.
  • 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). On this module, 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. You'll be assessed through a 3,000 word piece of coursework.
  • Sports Law (Cambridge only)
    On this module, you'll be introduced to sports law through a series of lectures on key areas of the topic. You'll study its development from the setting up of the first international sports federations in the 19th Century, through to the gradual establishment of key contractual rights for athletes in the 20th 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. You'll prepare short presentations that will form the basis of discussion in seminars, as well as taking part in a mock arbitration over two seminars, for which you'll be allocated roles to prepare. You'll develop a range of skills relevant to employability, including independent research, the analysis of complex issues and time management. If you intend to enter the legal profession, the practical understanding of arbitration will be particularly relevant for you. Your summative assessment will be a 3,000-word piece of coursework.

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?

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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 2019/20 or 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (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

You 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


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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International students

You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

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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