Pursuing a career in law is both immensely rewarding and extremely competitive. Getting accepted onto a law course is one thing, but you then need to keep up with the workload and, ultimately, find a job in a crowded workplace.
If it's a path you're considering, you're sure to have questions about applying and studying for a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree. We asked experts from BPP University College to answer 10 of the most common – here’s what they had to say.
How do I apply to study an LLB?
It is like most university courses; you apply through UCAS if you are looking to study full time. If you’re planning on a part-time mode of study, you may have to fill out an application direct with the institution of your choice.
If I do an LLB Law and decide that I would like to do an LLB Business Law can I change?
Yes, in most cases you can. After your first semester you usually select modules that you would like to do and you can then select the business element modules.
Can a student get Student Loans Company (SLC) funding for an LLB?
Yes, like other undergraduate courses, SLC is available. Other funding such as scholarships and grants are also available depending on your situation.
Can I go on to study Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) with this degree?
Yes, the majority of time this is the perfect next step once you have completed your LLB. Here at BPP University College, you are guaranteed a place on our LPC if you achieve a 2:2 on your LLB with us.
Can the programme be studied online?
Not all institutions offer an online version of an LLB but some do, including ourselves. It is the same standard of teaching, just with more flexibility.
When does the programme start?
The traditional September start will be apparent throughout institutions across the UK. Some may offer alternative start dates such as January and May. The institution may even offer the chance to complete an accelerated degree, enabling you to finish the degree in a shorter space of time without affecting the standard of teaching that you receive.
Do I need any experience to get on to an LLB?
Not really, you should all start from the beginning when being accepted onto an LLB. If you have experience it won’t do you any harm but it is not essential to get onto an LLB.
I don’t have enough points, is it still worth me applying?
Just because you have fallen short with your UCAS points doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road. In some cases it is worth trying your hand as you may still achieve a place, but this is not always the case. There are always foundation and pathway courses which you can enrol onto with few points. If you pass that course, you can often progress onto the full LLB.
There are a lot of institutions that offer an LLB. How do I know which is the right one for me?
The only real way of finding out which institution is the one for you is to do your research. Order the prospectus, go to open days and if needs be, give someone a ring/email at the institution and ask all the questions that you want answering. It is a big step in your life and it is important you know as much as you want to know before making your decision.
I've seen the term 'Pro Bono' mentioned a lot when looking at LLB courses.
What does this mean? This is where you get to put into practice what you are learning on your LLB, working on real-life cases. It translates from Latin as 'done for the public without compensation'. This therefore means that you get to work on real-life legal cases without getting paid for it and more for the chance to get experience. This is a really useful aspect to an LLB course.