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Are you fascinated by the law? Do you want to develop and apply your critical thinking and analytical skills in a legal context? Are you excited about the impact you could make in a legal profession?

Law at Leeds Trinity University is fully Qualifying Law Degree, which means you'll complete the first stage of training for your career as a barrister or solicitor. You'll cover the full range of law subjects required for training as a barrister or solicitor, such as The English Legal System, Public Law, Contract Law and Justice, Human Rights and the Law.


Course Benefits

  • Train for a career as a solicitor or barrister, for which a qualifying law degree is required, or a career in legal services or other professions and industries, for which a law degree is valuable.
  • Leeds is a major centre for legal services.
  • Placement opportunities are integral to the course.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You'll open doors to a wide range of legal careers, thanks to our focus on giving you an all-round legal education. You'll develop critical thinking and analytic skills in a legal context, as well as an awareness and understanding of law in the context of social justice.

We keep our class sizes much smaller than other universities, allowing us to give you high levels of individualised student support. We're also one of the only universities to include professional work placements with every traditional degree, so you'll graduate with extensive professional experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

What's more, Leeds was recently named the fastest growing legal centre in the UK, making it the perfect place to start your legal career. 

By studying Law at Leeds Trinity University, you'll be well-prepared for a career in the legal profession, legal services sector or a range of professions and jobs which benefit from a Law degree.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Year 1

You will study six modules, three of which are foundation subject modules –The three foundation subjects in the first year are: 1) English Legal System - introduces the legal system of England and Wales, its institutions and processes as well as key powers in law-making and legal interpretation, 2) Public Law, which covers the Constitutional Law and Administrative Law elements of the Joint Statement, and 3) Contract Law which covers basic but very widely used legal principles. In addition to these foundation subjects you will also take a module in Human Rights, Ethics and Society, which will help you understand other legal topics and the social justice context as you progress through your degree. The Legal Skills module will develop your legal literacy, research and communication skills.

Year 2

All modules, apart from the Professional Development and Placement programme are required foundation subjects. You will study 1) Law of the European Union - the treaties and court judgments that help refine and guide the law of member states, 2) Land Law, which covers ownership of land and buildings on it, 3) Criminal Law, governing the punishment of offenders, and 4) Torts, which explores liability in cases of accident or damage. You will also study Advanced Legal Skills over both Semesters 1 and 2, which will further develop your skills of analysis, collation and synthesis, and critical judgement and evaluation.

Year 3

In your final year you will be required to take the final foundation subject, Equity and Trusts, in semester 1. The remainder of the year is made up of optional modules, each of which is worth 20 credits and is run in either semester 1 or 2. At least one optional module must be a law option, while the remaining optional modules may be law or non-law. During the year you will continue to develop your practical skills and employability skills. A selection of non-law option subjects offers the opportunity for you to expand your law study into areas such as Business; Journalism; Working with Children, Young People and Families; Criminology and Sociology; and Politics. These option modules either cover additional aspects of the law (the development of law in international relations, or the practice of court reporting) or explore the relation of law to business practice, social policy, or sociological theories.​


On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • LAW4002 - The English Legal System
  • LAW4022 - Contract Law
  • LAW4032 - Legal Skills
  • LAW4042 - Public Law
  • LAW4052 - Law of the European Union
  • LAW4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • LAW5012 - Land Law
  • LAW5022 - Criminal Law
  • LAW5032 - Torts
  • LAW5042 - Advanced Legal Skills
  • LAW5052 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • LAW5072 - Human Rights and Social Justice

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6422 - Business and Management Strategy
  • BMM6462 - Business Ethics
  • BMM6492 - Corporate Sustainability
  • BMM6582 - e-Business and e-Marketing
  • CYP6072 - Child and Youth Justice
  • JOU6902 - Law for Journalists
  • LAW6002 - Equity and Trusts
  • LAW6012 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • LAW6022 - Employment Law
  • LAW6032 - Family Law
  • LAW6042 - Comparative Law
  • LAW6052 - Law Research Report
  • PTC6022 - Democracy and Democratization
  • PTC6072 - Counter-Terrorism and the State
  • PTC6082 - Freedom of Speech
  • SOC6022 - Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC6032 - Violence in the Family

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 - 20% of scheduled learning and teaching; 240 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 960 hours of independent teaching

Year 2 – 15.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 190 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,010 hours of independent teaching

Year 3 – 14.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 177 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,023 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes. 

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  

Most of the modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group supervised activities. Level 6 modules involve more independent learning and research. These modules include a variety of learning and assessment methods including analysing 'real world' case studies, problem based learning, leading seminars, poster presentations and mini-conferences.

On this course students undertake two professional work placements in the summer term in Level 4 and Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 students are required to undertake a 40-credit Major Research Project module, in a topic area of their interest, to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions with all module information and lecture slides posted. We also use e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus and these include access to over 1,600 psychology journal titles. The department uses social media and has its own 'twitter' account.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 46.7% coursework; 43.3% written exams; 10% practical exams

Year 2 – 38.3% coursework; 46.7% written exams; 15% practical exams

Year 3 – 77.6% coursework; 15.8% written exams; 6.5% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this course include diagnostic essays, focus group reports, individual and group presentations and poster presentations, work placement assessment, work placement report and work placement reflective portfolio, leading a seminar, seminar report, ethical submissions for research, 'real world' case studies and report writing.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​ ​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Professional Work Placements

During each year of your degree, you'll get exclusive opportunities to work with law and legal service providers. In Year 1, you'll complete a seven-week programme of preparation, training and placement work. You'll complete at least one six-week placement in your second year, with the option to complete a second placement between your second and third year. In your final year, you'll have the option to take a Professional Learning through Work module in your third year. This is a year-long project, which gives you the chance to work on a live brief from a legal employer.

More about placements

You'll graduate with a fully Qualifying Law Degree, which means you'll have completed the first stage of training for your career as a barrister or a solicitor. You'll also be prepared for a wide range of other legal roles, such as notary, costs lawyer, licensed conveyance, trade mark attorney, patent attorney.

A Law degree develops key transferrable skills that would also be useful in other professions such as chartered accountant, civil service administrator, immigration adviser, third sector, company secretary, barrister's clerk, criminal justice system.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Educationand PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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