What is a Bachelor of Laws?
The Bachelor of Laws is an undergraduate degree course specialising in the study of law in theory and practice by teaching the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare you for progression into the careers of a solicitor or a barrister.
It is the first step towards a professional legal career and is highly regarded as a qualification offering transferrable skills of use in many senior managerial positions in commerce and the wider business community.
What is an LLB?
An LLB (sometimes LL.B) actually refers to a Bachelor of Laws degree and stands for Legum Baccalaureus in the Latin language. It is often the case that the abbreviation LLB is used more often than Bachelor of Laws, but both refer to the same qualification. The abbreviation LLB will be used as a designation (letters after their name) if you have successfully passed the Bachelor of Laws degree.
Bachelor of Laws Degree Syllabus
The Bachelor of Laws syllabus aims to prepare you for a future as a legal professional, whether that will be a solicitor, barrister, legal executive or paralegal. The syllabus covers the necessary theory and knowledge, but within the context of the law practice. and also covers the area of commerce in relation to the running of a legal practice.
The Bachelor of Laws is taught over three stages, with an award at the end of each stage. The qualifications associated with each stage are as follows:
• Stage 1 - Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Studies)
• Stage 2 - Diploma of Higher Education (Legal Studies)
• Stage 3 - Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Each stage comprises of compulsory and optional modules, and is a Qualifying law Degree in terms of offering direct access into training for the careers of a solicitor or barrister. The syllabus provides a solid foundation in the English legal system.
Compulsory modules include areas such as:
• Criminal Law
• Family Law
• Employment Law
• Contract Law
• Consumer Law, and the
• Law of Equity and Trusts
Optional subjects include:
• Commercial Contract
• Property Tax
• Media, and
• Public and International Law