LLB (Hons) Law (Preston)

School of Justice




Our Law degree provides the essential training you’ll need to become a successful solicitor or barrister and it’s truly fascinating. You’ll learn about groundbreaking research topics like war crimes trials and women in prison.

Course information

One of the greatest benefits of studying this programme is the opportunity to enhance your learning and development through extra-curricular activities. Not only will you get the chance to gain hands-on experience with real legal cases, but you will also undertake further training in mooting, mediation and arbitration. 

You will study a range of modules and receive guidance on the various pathways you can take in order to customise your learning, follow your interests and align your degree with your career aspirations. You can also learn about groundbreaking research topics such as war crimes trials, hate crimes, and women in prisons from leading academics. 

With our broad and insightful syllabus, you will graduate with a practical grounding in how the law operates and how legal practices work.

We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include interactive online sessions, e-learn activities, workshops, reflective clinical legal education, group work, research exercises, presentations, mooting and debating as well as the more traditional seminars and lectures. You will have more structured class contact in year one of your law programme to support your transition to Higher Education. 

The Law degree comprises a wide range of modules which provide you with an understanding of various areas of the law as well as, at the University of Central Lancashire, a skills spine which is embedded throughout your three years. This spine ensures that you obtain key transferable and employability skills which are then consolidated in core and optional modules. 

The approach to teaching and learning is 'student-centred': this means responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on student initiative in self-managing your own programme of study.

Staff help by providing appropriate learning materials and support, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and online student support. You will be encouraged to adopt an independent approach to learning through effective use of private study time in researching information and responding to tasks and questions. You will be supported both academically and pastorally through this process by academic staff responsible for the modules studied and also by an academic advisor, who is an academic member of staff with special responsibility for looking after you throughout your education at the University.

Our lecturers are from both academic and professional backgrounds ensuring our commitment to research informed teaching is maximised. You will be taught by leading academics and by staff who are professionally qualified as solicitors and barristers hence giving you a sound understanding of substantive law and its practical application.

Our Professors usually teach on the course so you will get to hear first-hand about groundbreaking research topics such as war crimes trials, women in prison and criminal law. You will also benefit from the professional experience of staff and from the School’s commitment to research-informed teaching. 

The School is at the cutting-edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas, including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Over 50% of our research is classed as internationally significant or world leading. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe, and International War Crimes. There are opportunities for students to contribute to research projects through intern schemes.

You’ll benefit from outstanding facilities, including our impressive moot courtroom which looks just like a real court. It’s used extensively for extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, advocacy training and visiting speakers. The Library on the Preston Campus contains a dedicated Law Library featuring a wide range of textbooks, law reports and journals as well as providing a quiet space to study. 

Our Pro Bono Law Clinic, Business Clinic and Mediation Clinic give you first-hand experiences of legal practice, providing countless opportunities to deal with real cases. Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by a range of employers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to County Councils and solicitors’ firms. You’ll enhance your experience through travel. You could visit the European Commission in Brussels, the European Parliament and the European Commission in Luxembourg.

This course is validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, meaning that it is a qualifying law degree. Our LLB provides the first stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister. To learn more about the routes into becoming a solicitor or barrister, visit

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Successful completion of our LLB Law degree can provide you with the basis to undertake the next stage of training as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course) or in becoming a solicitor. The degree is also valued in careers in management, banking, retail, marketing and more.

We have superb links with the law profession, police and probation services, and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.

Our Law graduates are highly sought after and you’ll find our alumni working as judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK and around the world. 

You’ll develop skills that are attractive to a range of employers – you could find yourself working for a football club or insurance company, within the probation service or the police force, for the civil service or a local government office – in a variety of roles in addition to a solicitor or barrister: CEO, business leader, teacher, academic, researcher, or board representative.

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