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

  • This programme offers both practice-focussed vocational modules and those exploring research based legal theory and cultural issues.
  • Opportunity to study a range of specialist subjects that are relevant to your own aspirations.
  • The team includes barristers, solicitors and research-active career academics who provide academic support and pastoral care.
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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.

Previous students have undertaken placements in the local and wider London area, in private and sole practitioner solicitor firms, barristers' chambers, charities, and the Youth Justice Board.

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.

There are opportunities for you to sign up to observe at legal advice clinics in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. 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.

Foundation year

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

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Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required

BBC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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Additional requirement information

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent). GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths, or an equivalent qualification, is required.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Law.

Course content



Year one

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

Year two

  • Law of the European Union Core
  • Land Law Core
  • Practical Legal Skills, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Core
  • Law of Tort Core
  • Family Law Optional
  • Company Law and Corporate Governance Optional
  • Sports and the Law Optional
  • Consumer and Commercial Law Optional
  • Criminal Justice Optional
  • Feminist Perspectives on Law: Past and Present Optional
  • Intellectual Property Law Optional
  • Jurisprudence Optional

Year three

  • Law Research Project Core option
  • Extended Essay in Law Core option
  • Equity and Trusts Core
  • Public International Law Optional
  • Law of International Trade Optional
  • Employment Law Optional
  • Banking Law Optional
  • Insurance Law Optional
  • Introduction to Sharia Law Optional
  • European and International Employment Law Optional
  • Medical Law and Ethics Optional
  • Law and Religion Optional
  • Intellectual Property Law Optional
  • Employment Law in the Workplace Optional
  • Cultural Legal Studies Optional
  • Work Based Learning for Law Optional
  • International Criminal Law Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • Jurisprudence Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 16%
  • Independent study: 84%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

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

* 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 judith.bourne@stmarys.ac.uk.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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