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Programme Specification

 

Programme Summary Information

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Programme Title:

LLB

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University of Sunderland Course Code

BMLAW

UCAS Code

M100

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Awarding Institution

University of Sunderland

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Teaching Institution(s):

University of Sunderland

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Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body

SRA/Bar Council

 

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Programme Description

 

Overview

The LL.B is a qualifying law degree and satisfies the educational stage of training required for entry onto the Legal Practice Course and the Bar Professional Training Course. It provides learning opportunities which enable you to specialise in theoretical aspects of law, but in addition, it also allows you to engage in practical activities – working with the theoretical principles and concepts in practical environments; indeed in the final year, students can elect to work in our Law Clinic which provides real legal advice on a pro bono basis to members of the public. The programme will prepare you for a range of career opportunities including the vocational stage of training for a career with the legal professions and by the end of it, student will have developed the necessary intellectual, personal and key skills to enable them to function as independent, autonomous, articulate and reflective individuals.

 

What’s covered in the course?

Stage 1: The fundamental objectives behind Level 4 (Stage 1) are to provide an outline of the English Legal System and to introduce you to a number of the basic skills that must be acquired in order to succeed in the pursuit of a QLD. You are introduced to the English Legal System and Legal Method and to the basic principles of the constitution, of criminal law and of contract. These four modules provide a foundation of knowledge upon which later modules can build (and indeed may be dependent). In addition they provide the opportunity to begin the development of essential legal skills e.g. the ability to undertake basic research using both primary and secondary legal sources, the ability to apply legal knowledge to actual or hypothetical situation, and the ability to identify, and respond to, relevant facts.

 

Stage 2: The core modules at Level 5 (Stage 2) cover two further foundation subjects; Practical Tort Law and Property and Practice. Stage 2 is designed to ensure that you are able to use, and indeed continue to develop, the skills acquired in Stage 1 and demonstrate ability to understand, synthesise material and apply legal doctrine. It also provides a knowledge foundation for the optional subjects in Stage 3. Practical Tort Law, in some respects, is the companion to the Practical Contract Law in that both make up the law of obligations. Further, as with most of the foundation subjects, it supports the study of a number of option modules including Medical Law, Sports Law and Personal Injury and Industrial Disease. Property and Practice infuses the theoretical study of land law with the study of conveyancing. This module allows students to develop an in-depth understanding of the law of property whilst developing an appreciation of how property law issues arise in a practical context.  Students will learn about the scope, nature and effect of estates and interests in land, and the obligations and rights of tenants, land-owners and trustees. You are then offered the opportunity to select 60 credits of optional modules.

 

Stage 3: There is one core module at Level 6 (Stage 3) – Equity and Trusts – which is the last of the foundation subjects. In addition to completing this module, you can choose 100 credits from a wide range of option modules. This means that you have the opportunity to tailor your degree so that you study modules that are most appropriate for your own career goals, and/or modules which are of particular interest to you. Stage 3 modules provide an opportunity to ensure that you not only demonstrate knowledge, but also develop skills of critique, judgement and handling of complex materials; you will also be required to work much more independently and be able to demonstrate an ability to articulate personal values and choices in your chosen areas. At stage 3, you can opt to work in the Sunderland Student Law Clinic which provides you with the opportunity to gain practical experience of working in a law firm setting. You will be dealing with real clients, conducting client interviews, and drafting and providing legal advice for the client. You will work under the supervision of a practicing solicitor and will work in a ‘firm’ with other students. You will develop the ability to work in a professional environment and learn how to manage files and documentation in a professional and efficient manner. There are a wide range of option modules available at stage 3. In addition (or as an alternative to Clinic) there are a number of more traditional, theoretical modules such as Medical Law, International Law, and Sports Law as well as a number of practical modules Personal Injury and Industrial Disease Law, Commercial Law, and Law of Evidence.

 

Where will I study?

On Campus at Sunderland or at a partner college overseas

 

 

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Programme Awards

7a

Name of Final Award

Level

Credits Awarded

 

LLB (Hons)

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360

7b

Exit Awards and Credit Awarded

 

 

Certificate of Higher Education in Law

Diploma of Higher Education in Law

LLB

4

5

6

120

240

300

 

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Programme Specific Regulations

 

Yes

 

 

9a

Mode(s) of Study

Location/Campus

Duration of Study

Full time

Sunderland

3 years

Part time

 

 

Apprenticeship

 

 

 

9b

Is this programme delivered at a Transnational (TNE) partner?

Yes

 

Is this programme delivered at UK Further Education Colleges?

No

 

 

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Entry Requirements

 

The admission requirements for this programme as stated on the course page of the University of Sunderland website at https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/, or found by searching for the course entry profile located on the UCAS website are correct.                                                         YES

 

This programme is suitable for students to enter with advanced standing (eg APL)             YES

 

Where applicable use the space below to detail any specific arrangements – eg APL only permitted to a specific level  Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

 

In taking any APL into account, the programme team must ensure that by the end of your programme you will have covered all of the foundation subjects required by the professional body. You may therefore be required study credits at Sunderland which will result in you having more than 120 credits at any one stage.

 

 

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Programme Learning Outcomes

 

By the end of stage 1 of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:

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Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to situations of limited complexity in order to provide arguable conclusions for concrete problems (actual or hypothetical)

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Bring together information and materials from a variety of different sources and produce a word-processed essay or other text and to present and reference such work in an appropriate form

3

Use primary and secondary sources, including electronic sources, identifying the principal rules, which are laid down and apply basic techniques of legal interpretation to them.

4

Understand and use the English language proficiently in relation to legal matters

5

Perform adequately assigned tasks within a group setting and to take part in group discussion

6

Demonstrate a basic ability to make some assessment of their own progress, ask for help when needed and follow guidance given by way of feedback

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Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the principal institutions, features and procedures of the English Legal system

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Demonstrate a knowledge of a range of legal concepts, values and principles

 

By the end of stage 2 of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:

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Identify accurately issues which need researching and, using paper and electronic information retrieval systems, obtain up-to-date legal information

10

Read and discuss legal materials, which are written in technical and complex language and to recognise and rank items and issues in terms of relevance and importance

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Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions

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Present knowledge or an argument in a way which is comprehensible to others and which is directed at their concerns

13

Use, present and evaluate (where relevant and as the basis for an argument) information provided in numerical or statistical form

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Demonstrate a detailed and accurate knowledge and understanding of a substantial range of major concepts, values, principles and rules of the English Legal system

 

By the end of stage 3 of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:

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Produce a synthesis of relevant doctrine and policy issues from a variety of materials

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Make a critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments

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Act independently in planning and undertaking tasks in areas of law which have already been studied

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Undertake independent research in areas of law which have not previously been studied starting from standard legal information sources

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Express with reasons personal judgements concerning the concepts, values, principles and rules in a range of areas of law

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Demonstrate a study in depth and in context of some substantive areas of the legal system

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Demonstrate a critical understanding of legal doctrine and policy within the social, economic, commercial or political contexts

 

 

12. Programme Requirements

There are optional modules on this programme:  Yes

Level 4:

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

LAW149

Legal Skills and Method

30

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

LAW121

Practical Contract Law

30

1, 4, 6, 8

LAW115

Criminal Law and Procedure

30

1, 2, 3, 4, 8

LAW122

Public Law and the Law of the European Union

30

1, 3, 4, 6, 8

 

 

 

Level 5:

 

In order to complete this programme  a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

LAW251

Practical Tort Law

30

9, 11, 12, 14

LAW253

Property Law and Practice

30

9, 10, 11, 12, 14

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete Option modules totalling 60 credits: Option modules available on this programme are as below: please note that there may be instances where not all options will be available.

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

LAW245

Business Law

30

9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

LAW249

Civil Litigation

30

9, 10, 11, 12, 14

LAW252

Law in Society

30

9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

 

Level 6:

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 20 credits):

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

LAW350

Equity and Trusts

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete Option modules totalling 100 credits: Option modules available on this programme are as below: please note that there may be instances where not all options will be available.

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

LAW307

Law Research Dissertation

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW306

Family Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW344

Law of Evidence and Criminal Practice

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW317

Succession

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW318

Medical Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW320

Organized Crime and Terrorism

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW325

Commercial Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW327

Sports Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW328

Employment Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW331

Intellectual Property Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW333

Coroner’s Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW337

Industrial Disease and Personal Injury Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW348

Sunderland Student Law Clinic (Half Option)

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW340

Sunderland Student Law Clinic

40

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW341

International Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW349

Law in Society

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

LAW351

Public International Law

20

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

 

 

 

 

13.  Employability

The programme contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes.  Please refer to Integrated Curriculum Design Framework  when completing this section.

 

 

Professional

display a professional attitude and the behaviours, skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to society through work, research and community engagement

 

 

The LLB is the academic stage in the qualifying process for both solicitors and barristers. At its heart therefore, there is a ‘professional’ core. The programme is designed to prepare students for the legal profession and throughout many of the modules (Contract, Tort, Property, Equity, and a range of options) students will consider not just the theoretical, academic aspects of the law, but also many of the practical professional skills relevant to legal practice. The culmination of this is perhaps the Sunderland Law Clinic module in the final year, where students will engage with the local community in the provision of a pro bono service, working on real cases on behalf of real clients. Outside of the formal curriculum, students are able to engage with activities such a client interviewing, client negotiating and mooting and take part in both regional and national competitions in this regard. The assessment strategy in a number of practical modules across the programme also requires students to communicate orally and in writing within a professional context and in a professional manner. The programme and the extra curricula activities allow for the further development of professional skills directly related not only to the legal profession but to careers in a range of management and service organizations. The programme encourages, and provides opportunities for, the development of key professional skills that are transferable to a range of careers; abilities to research, to work independently and as a member of a team, to reflect on one’s own performance and provide and respond to feedback, and to make critical judgments are all addressed throughout the modules.

 

 

Adaptable

are adaptable to change have resilience and are personally capable of problem solving and innovation

 

 

The foundation of most of the formative and summative assessment activities across the programme at all stages is the case study; often times in the form of a problem which requires the student to provide concrete advice in the resolution of that problem. Students need to demonstrate an ability to adapt when faced with changing information and be responsive to the needs of the ‘client’ (whether real or fictitious) within the rules of professional behaviour and the constraints of practice. The programme seeks to help student develop resilience in managing their workloads, their preparation outside of the classroom and their assessments, and particularly in their response to feedback. Within the practical assessments at all three levels of the programme, and within the live client environment, students must demonstrate that they can be innovative in their resolution of disputes/problem solving whilst also acting within clear legal parameters.

 

 

Engaged

are united by a desire to give something back to society and to develop communities locally, regionally and globally.

 

 

 

Much of the motivation behind the completion of a law degree is the desire to give something back and to help individuals/groups within communities. Whether the focus be in criminal or civil law, those working in the legal profession as well as within careers that are related to law e.g. HR departments and advisory organizations within the voluntary sector, the programme provides students with the knowledge and skills to be able to make a contribution to their communities both within the working environment and beyond. In addition whilst many law degrees deliver the academic content, the human interaction with live clients is missing. At Sunderland, the LLB provides this opportunity for students allowing them to work in a pro bono service as part of their degree.

 

 


14. Additional Costs: Are there any additional costs on top of the fees?

List any additional costs the students will have to meet and whether this is optional (e.g. an optional field trip) or essential (e.g. buying a lab coat). Give an estimation of the approximate cost which may be a range. This information should be replicated in the Module Guide and will be published on the course page. Please note for Apprenticeships, there should be no additional costs to students.

 

 

No, but all students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials

 

Yes (optional). All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials. In addition there are some additional costs for optional activities associated with the programme (see above)

Yes (essential). All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials. In addition there are some essential additional costs associated with the programme (see above)

 

 

 

Periodically across the course of your programme, you may be offered the opportunity to participate in one or more ‘trips’. Every year, there is a visit to London specifically to include a visit to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court. You may also be offered the opportunity to visit Amsterdam with a view to going to The Hague and the European Court of Human Rights. If you wish to take part in these optional activities, you may be asked to pay a contribution towards the costs.

 

 

15. Version Control

Programme Specifications are checked annually and updated when changes are made to the programme.

 

Version

Number

 

Date

Details of change

Author

V1

Document created

01/10/19

Moving onto the new template

Karen Hadley

V2

Document changed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROGRAMME SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Programme Regulations

Name of Programme: LLB

Award Title LLB (Hons)

Level of Award 6

Interim or Exit Awards Certificate of HE; Diploma of HE; LLB; LLB (Hons)

 

Professional statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation Joint Academic Stage Board acting on behalf of both the Law Society of England and Wales and the General Council of the Bar.

http://www.sra.org.uk/students/jasb/joint-academic-stage-board.page

 

These programme regulations should be read in conjunction with the University regulations to be found at https://my.sunderland.ac.uk/display/AQH/Academic+Regulations

 

Stage 1:

Core modules:

 

Code

Title

Credits

LAW149

Legal Skills and Methods

30

LAW121

Practical Contract Law

30

LAW115

Criminal Law and Procedure

30

LAW122

Public Law and the Law of the European Union

30

 

 

Progression Regulations

When a student has failed a Stage 1 module at both the first attempt and when subsequently reassessed under 4.3.1, he or she may, at the discretion of the Programme Assessment Board, be permitted to progress to the next Stage of study and to trail a failed module to the value of up to 30 credits in order to attempt that module again, once only, during the next academic year at the next normal occasion of assessment for the module.

 

Stage 2:

Core modules:

 

Code

Title

Credits

LAW253

Property and Practice

30

LAW251

Practical Tort Law

30

 

Option modules: Students choose from the following optional modules to a total of 60 credits

 

LAW245

Business Law

30

LAW249

Civil Litigation

30

LAW252

Law in Society

30

 

Progression Regulations

When a student has failed a Stage 2 module at both the first attempt and when subsequently reassessed under 4.3.1, he or she may, at the discretion of the Programme Assessment Board, be permitted to progress to the next Stage of study and to trail a failed module to the value of up to 30 credits in order to attempt that module again, once only, during the next academic year at the next normal occasion of assessment for the module.

 

Compensation Regulations (stages 1 and 2)

When a student has failed a module regarded as one of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge (LAW149. LAW121, LAW115, LAW122, LAW251, LAW253) with an overall mark of between 35-39% at the second or fourth attempts, and would be eligible for programme-level compensation under regulation 4.2.3, the Programme Assessment Board may exercise its discretion to compensate that module provided that the student has not previously been compensated at programme level in another foundation subject. Programme level compensation will not be permitted in LAW122 or LAW253. The standard compensation regulations apply across all other LL.B modules. If a student has been counselled and does not wish to obtain a qualifying law degree, the Programme Assessment Board may exercise its discretion to compensate foundation subject module(s) in accordance with the standard regulation 4.2.3.

 

Practical arrangements

Where LAW149, LAW121, LAW115, LAW122, LAW253 or LAW251 is compensated at programme level, an action will be placed on the programme leader to contact the student to provide counsel. If the student wishes to enter legal practice as a solicitor, no further compensation will be permitted at a subsequent PAB. A student accepting compensation in LAW149, LAW121, LAW115, LAW122, LAW253 or LAW251 will be counselled by the programme leader in respect of there being no further possibility for compensation in foundation subjects at a later stage if the student wishes to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree. If the student does not wish to accept compensation, or if a student wishes to train for a career at the bar, the programme leader will contact the Chair of the PAB to raise an action to reverse the decision, so the student will become fail and repeat.

 

As is currently the case, if the student does not wish to enter legal practice at all, and communicates this to the programme leader, and/or if the student is on the final attempt at a foundation subject module, programme level compensation can still occur to entitle the student to progress in the normal way. The student would be counselled that their Law degree would not be regarded as ‘Qualifying’ for the purposes of the SRA or the BSB.

 

Stage 3:

Core modules

 

Code

Title

Credits

LAW350

Equity and Trusts

20

 

Optional modules: Choose modules to the value of 20 credits from the following list:

 

Code

Title

Credits

LAW306

Family Law

20

LAW307

Law Research Dissertation

20

LAW344

Law of Evidence and Criminal Practice

20

LAW317

Succession

20

LAW318

Medical Law

20

LAW320

Organized Crime and Terrorism

20

LAW325

Commercial Law

20

LAW327

Sports Law

20

LAW328

Employment Law

20

LAW331

Intellectual Property Law

20

LAW333

Coroner’s Law

20

LAW337

Industrial Disease and Personal Injury Law

20

LAW348

Sunderland Student Law Clinic (Half Option)

20

LAW349

Law in Society

20

LAW340

Sunderland Student Law Clinic

40

LAW341

International Law

20

LAW351

Public International Law

20

 

Progression Regulations: None

 

Regulation regarding maximum period of registration:

The maximum period of registration on a programme of study is three times the normal full-time registration period. For students who wish to obtain a qualifying law degree recognised by the SRA/Bar Council of England and Wales or a degree that is recognised by the Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board, the maximum period of registration on a programme of study is 6 years.