68,150 students were studying this subject in 2014/15.
- 79% UK
- 21% international
- 86% full-time
- 14% part-time
Top five graduate destinations:
- Professional, scientific, and technical
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Public administration and defence industries
- Financial and insurance
- Health and social work
What courses are available?
Courses at universities and colleges in the UK range from LLB degrees that provide the skills and knowledge required to practice in law, to BA/BSc degrees that focus on law more as an academic subject. As with other academic courses, its possible to combine many different subjects together. Common combinations include law with business, management, criminology, accounting, policing and a modern foreign language.
Subject combinations and available course option include:
- single, joint, and multiple subject combinations
- full-time, part-time and flexible study options as well as courses with a placement (sandwich courses)
- qualifications ranging from BA/BSc (Hons) and LLB degrees, through to HND, HNC and Foundation Certificates
A key consideration when choosing courses is whether or not you wish to pursue a law related career and choose to take a ‘qualifying’ law degree (LLB). Completion of an LLB degree will exempt you from the need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law which non-law graduates have to complete if they wish to become a solicitor etc.
Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:
- Trainee solicitor
- Legal services – Level 4 – e.g. conveyancing technician, licensed conveyance, chartered legal executive, senior claims handler
There are also a range of advanced apprenticeships (equivalent to A levels) available in legal services where you can train for example to be a legal assistant, adviser or paralegal officer.
A levels – To get on to a law degree you will usually require a minimum of two A levels, with three A levels and A grades needed for the most popular courses. It is not a requirement to have A level law. Be aware that a few universities may not accept subjects such as PE, art, photography and dance as one of the three main A levels. In addition to A levels or equivalent you will also need five GCSEs (A-C) including science, English, and maths.
‘Competition for places on law degree programmes is fierce and you will need a strong academic record with at least three good passes in any academic A level subjects to get into most universities.’
The Law Society
Vocational courses – Other Level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC extended diploma in business) may be accepted for some law degrees as an alternative to A levels.
Some courses require applicants to pass the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT).
Universities are looking for:
- evidence that you are well informed about the subject and have strong interest/motivation, which could be demonstrated by:
- relevant work experience/shadowing or voluntary work
- additional reading and research of particular topics
- membership of related societies/clubs – e.g. a debating society
- a range of interests outside of academic study – e.g. sport, music, voluntary work
- a well written statement that demonstrates evidence of analytical skills and independent thinking
- ability to work individually and in teams
Key areas of employment
Where can I find out more?
Visit the websites of the following professional bodies to find out more about courses and careers in law.