If you’re looking to study law, or have even confirmed your place at university and are packing everything (literally) you own into boxes in preparation for the big moving day, you might be wondering what you’re going to study throughout your course.
Oh, that’s right. After all the fresher’s parties have ended and the takeaway’s have stopped tumbling through your front door, you’ll actually do some studying at university.
What are university modules?
Teaching for most degree courses is split into modules, with each module carrying a number of credits. Over the course of three years you’ll study 360 credits worth of modules, and at the end of it you’ll bag yourself a Qualifying Law Degree (woo!).
Modules are basically a set of classes (lectures, seminars, workshops) on the same topic. Each module will have a set of assignments you’ll have to complete in order to pass the module. Some assignments may carry more weight than others. For example, a presentation may amount to 10% of your module mark, an essay may amount to 40% and an exam could amount to 50%.
So where does first class marks, 2:1’s and 2:2’s come into it? For each assignment, you’ll be marked out of 100. A mark of 50-59 is a 2:2, 60-69 is a 2:1 and 70 or above is a first. To pass a module you usually need to score 40.
Therefore, you can get 40 in every single module at university, and this will give you a Qualifying Law Degree. However, just coasting through your degree isn’t enough to get you a training contract. You’ll need to impress with the top marks and know when to strike a balance between work and play.
What law modules will I study in first year?
Law, unlike courses such as history or English literature, has compulsory modules across all universities. These are: Constitutional/Administrative Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Equity & Trusts, EU Law, Land Law, Public Law and Tort Law.
It’s unlikely that you’ll study all of these modules in first year. A lot of universities, for example, will run modules on Constitutional and Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Contract Law in first year, with a couple of modules on legal skills and reasoning and how the law works in practice.
You’ll then complete the other compulsory modules in second year (Land Law, Tort Law, EU Law and Equity & Trusts).
Law modules aren’t easy, and getting your head around statutes and cases is hard enough. However difficult or boring you may find contract law, every student has to study it, and you won’t be on your own in your loathing of some law topics.