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Sept 2020

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Dr Judith Bourne
Dr Judith Bourne

Senior Lecturer - Law
020 8240 8224

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Begin your career in law in a friendly, stimulating environment. Develop skills and tailor your studies to match your aspirations.

Law is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.
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Why study Law?

If you're interested in becoming a barrister or solicitor, or pursuing a career in commerce or government, our Law LLB degree will give you the foundation you need to be successful.

You will learn the core ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board in order to pass the academic stage of training and progress on to the vocational stage.

Future changes to the qualification routes for solicitors with the introduction by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (‘SQE’) mean that if you start a law degree course in the 2021/22 academic year or later, you would need to pass the SQE to qualify as a solicitor.

The degree's focus on practical (as well as theoretical) teaching means you can develop the analytical and critical skills essential for formulating legal arguments. You'll also have the opportunity to study a range of specialist subjects that are relevant to your own aspirations.

With a wide range of option modules - including work-based learning placements - and a diverse variety of assessment methods, such as simulated negotiation exercises and delivering presentations, you will learn through experiencing the law, not just through exams.

Why St Mary's?

The St Mary’s Law degree is taught by leading academics in the field, and former solicitors and barristers, in an open and friendly environment, with emphasis given to supporting students as individuals.

We work hard to help you to develop your employability skills and this degree programme will allow you to experience: an employment tribunal; Supreme and County courts; Bank of England; and Lloyds of London, to name just a few.

Commercial awareness workshops give you the chance to develop awareness of topical issues. In addition, guest lecturers, which have in the past included a practitioner teaching a domestic violence workshop and a former prisoner running a workshop on aspects of Criminal Justice, feature regularly on the programme.

You may also have the opportunity to observe practitioners at a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and at a pro-bono legal advice service for the local community. You may even be able to shadow a judge at a local court.

The degree programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery and the Centre for Law and Culture. You're encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events as these opportunities will enable you to develop learning beyond your undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and career development.

Key facts

  • 92% overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS)
  • This programme offers both practice-focussed vocational modules and those exploring research based legal theory and cultural issues encouraging in-depth study and extended learning.
  • The friendly, enthusiastic lecture team will be teaching areas they have either practiced or carried out research in and are available for individual support for students.
  • Employability is at the heart of the programme through active engagement with the local legal community, its modules and extra curricular activities such as mooting, mock trials and excellent commercial awareness workshops.
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

NEWS: Latest updates from the St Mary's law programmes...

Course content

Year one

  • Criminal Law 
  • Human Rights Law 
  • Law of Contract 
  • Legal Process and Introduction to the Practice of Law 
  • Public Law 
  • Sources of Law and Academic Legal Skills 

Year two

  • Company Law and Corporate Governance 
  • Consumer and Commercial Law 
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Family Law 
  • Land Law 
  • Law of the European Union 
  • Law of Tort 
  • Practical Legal Skills, Ethics and Professional Responsibility 
  • Sports and the Law 

Year three

  • Employment Law 
  • Extended Essay in Law 
  • Insurance Law 
  • Introduction to Sharia Law 
  • Law of International Trade 
  • Work based learning for Law  
  • Equity and Trusts Core
  • Law Research Project Core
  • International Criminal Law Optional
  • Medical Law and Ethics Optional
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

Although many Law graduates will go on to their vocational training in order to practise law as a barrister, solicitor or legal executive, others become paralegals, work in human resources or set up their own businesses.

Almost half of graduates use their Law degree to enter careers in the private and public sector, public services, commerce and government.

A Law degree is highly valued by employers in all sectors because it equips graduates with a range of highly transferable skills, as well as a detailed and analytical knowledge of law.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Law students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The degree makes use of a range of traditional and innovative teaching methods including lectures, seminars, practice vivas, mock client interviews and interactive workshops, as well as online discussion forums, podcasts and audience response systems.

The teaching team has a significant amount of experience teaching in higher education and in the practice of law. The team includes barristers, solicitors and research-active career academics who provide academic support and pastoral care.

In addition to group contact time, you are encouraged to visit lecturers for supportive friendly one-to-one tutorials for general guidance and feedback on work or formative assessments.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on an individual basis in a variety of ways throughout your degree. Assessments will include essays, case studies, presentations (group and individual), vivas, in-class tests, examinations, skills portfolios, reflective e-portfolios and simulated exercises including client interviews and negotiations.

These are designed to assess you but also to enhance your academic and employability skills. They aim to be challenging but for you afterwards to be able to reflect on your increased confidence in carrying out research, producing written work and in your oral skills, all essential for the workplace.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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