The open university law programme

Our law degree has been developed in association with The College of Law and is the UK’s most popular undergraduate taught law degree. It is a Qualifying Law Degree approved by the Law Society (Solicitors Regulation Authority) and Bar Standards Board. Since 1998, over 3,000 students have graduated with LL.B. (Hons) degrees. Our modules have been praised by senior judges, eminent lawyers and internationally acclaimed legal academics. We have consistently received a high ranking in the National Student Survey.

The Law Programme currently has over 6000 students in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, countries in continental Europe and countries elsewhere in the world. It is the largest taught undergraduate law degree programme in the UK.

The law modules are developed in partnership with The College of Law and delivered using The Open University's renowned and high quality 'supported open learning'. You will have the support of a tutor who will be available to guide you through your studies and who will support you by email and telephone and by providing comprehensive feedback on your assignments.

There are tutor groups throughout Britain and students may attend tutorials at timed regular intervals throughout each module, meeting other students and working in groups. Tutorials are face to face, online or by telephone, depending upon the module and where you live. Our tutors are solicitors, barristers and established law lecturers.

Assessment is in the form of regular assignments marked and commented on by your tutor throughout each module. These assessments are designed to help you move through the study materials and are worth 50% of the final mark. The remaining 50% is determined by either an end of module assessment (extended essay) or an examination.

A set of study materials is especially developed for your module and contains an appropriate combination of interactive manuals with numerous activities designed to teach you; text books (so you do not have to buy any books); detailed guidance on studying and assessment designed to improve your skills; and a study calendar which enables you to plan your time flexibly and study law without giving up your job, and alongside family and other commitments.

There is also a provision of electronic resources which include a website for each module; virtual learning environment resources (called 'i-tutorials'); test and feedback exercises; podcasts; and access to legal databases for legal research.

OU Law graduates are guaranteed a place on The College of Law's prestigious Legal Practice Course (LPC) for up to two years after graduation: the next step in qualifying as a solicitor. So we are with you every step of the way.

The Open University Centre for Law has over 5,000 students, 250 Law Associate Lecturers and 3,000 LLB graduates. The Open University are experts when it comes to helping people fit learning around their job – in fact around 70% of OU students work full or part time during their studies.

Find out about studying at The Open University and how to apply.