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A law degree from St Mary's will provide you with a solid foundation for whichever law profession you decide to pursue.

  • 91% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2021.
  • Gain the analytical skills required for a career in the Law
  • Develop the transferable skills required for the legal workplace

Why study Law?

Our LLB Law degree is a three-year qualifying law degree (QLD) after which a student may continue on to the next stage of training to enter the legal profession: the BPTC for barristers or the LPC/SQE for solicitors.

However, an LLB Law degree is an ideal programme for students who wish to enter a diverse range of professions outside of the legal profession, such as jobs in the City, civil service, criminal justice/social/probation services, the charitable sector or Business world. A Law degree will equip you with the skills required to think critically, construct arguments, and process large amounts of data.

If you want to challenge injustice or make a difference in your professional life, then this is the ideal degree programme.

Becoming a Barrister

Our LLB Law degrees are ‘Qualifying Law Degrees’ (QLD) and are recognised by the Bar Standards Board. The completion of one of these degrees will satisfy the academic requirements for admission to the Bar, although you will still need to pass an aptitude test and embark on (and pass) the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Becoming a Solicitor

Since the September 2021 anyone who has not started a QLD is now able to qualify as a solicitor through the Solicitor’s Qualification Exam route (SQE). The candidate must:

  • complete both stages of assessment, SQE1 and SQE2
  • complete a degree-level qualification or equivalent
  • complete two years of qualifying work experience (QWE)
  • satisfy the SRA’s character and suitability requirements

Our LLB and BA (Hons) Law degrees are ideal courses to ground your legal knowledge and help prepare you for the SQE, although you will still need to embark on a course that will prepare you for passing the SQE after graduation.

Why St Mary's?

The Law School is situated just a 30 minute train journey to legal London. The Supreme Court, Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice, The Law Society, Parliament, and the Inns of Court are all easily accessible from our campus.

We also have excellent links with Kingston Crown Court, which has in the past offered marshalling opportunities for our students.

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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Law, Criminology and Politics Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the Law undergraduate degree.


Course lead

Tracy McManus
Course Lead - LLB Law

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Entry requirements

48-72UCAS points required

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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.

GCSEs

GCSE grade 4/C or above in English and Maths, or an equivalent qualification, is required. We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

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).

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Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

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Course content

The optional modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2021/22 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2022/23.

Foundation year

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Year one

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Year two

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Year three

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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.

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Career opportunities

A law degree is a gateway to a career as a solicitor or barrister, but it's not the only path you can choose.

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.

Jobs you can do with a law degree

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Law (with a Foundation Year) include:

  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Consumer rights adviser
  • Legal executive
  • Customs officer
  • Employment advice worker
  • Insurance claims inspector
  • Probation officer
  • Charity officer
  • Detective
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Forensic accountant
  • Local government officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Journalist
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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 wide range of learning and teaching strategies. Law is predominantly taught in a classroom environment through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

Lectures are held weekly and provide a guide to a topic, highlighting important areas and providing information on matters that may not be readily available from other sources.

Seminars are normally held once a week for each module. The seminars provide opportunities for you to consolidate your learning. 

Tutorials are provided for weekly and allow you to discuss a piece of prepared work, for example, a single problem question on a one-to-one basis. Tutorials will also be used as a way of providing feedback to draft plans and also completed assignments.

In addition to these formal sessions, you will be expected to organise meetings with other students in the form of study groups and to prepare for group assessments.

You will also have an opportunity to take part in field trips to the local courts.

We make extensive use of Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment. It's used as a to share important information and resources and for encouraging learning engagement.

In the first year there is an emphasis on tutor-led learning, moving towards a greater degree of self-directed learning in the second year, culminating in a self-managed research project in the third year. 

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

Assessment types and criteria are clearly linked to the learning outcomes of course. Assessment criteria are used to ensure that you understand the knowledge and skills each assessment is seeking to develop.

You will encounter a variety of different assessment methods, each used to test your subject knowledge, skills and understanding:

  • Written examinations
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Oral assessments
  • Log
  • Work placement supervisor assessment
  • Poster presentation 
  • Portfolio
  • Practical legal skills
  • Multiple-choice question exams (MCQs)

Feedback

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

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

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

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Facilities

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Fees and funding

2022/23 fees

  • Home: £9,250
  • International: £13,650

*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.

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 submit and enquiry.

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.

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Meet your lecturers

Meet the team

Academic spotlight

Dr Judith Bourne (Head of Department - Law, Criminology and Politics)

Dr Judith Bourne

Before working at St Mary's, I had worked at a central London university, and when I visited St Mary's for the interview I fell in love with the green, leafy and spacious campus. 

It is a great privilege to support students to overcome any issues and then watch them succeed. I always shed a tear (or two) of pride for my students at graduation...

Currently, I am editing a book on race and am embarking on a new project with the Inns of Court: ‘Race and the Legal Profession’. Part of this project involves recovering 'lost' BAME barristers' lives from the archives.

Read Judith's story

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Further information


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Visit the campus

Upcoming 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.

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.

Launch the virtual tour

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