Combining law with studies in another subject can be an excellent way to develop knowledge and skills that will not only make you a better lawyer but, should you not be interested in a legal career, can act as an excellent foundation for careers in other areas, such as banking, the civil service and management. It also allows you to introduce variety into your studies, as well as contextualising your legal knowledge within a business, political or cultural context. Other subjects can also reinforce your legal knowledge, for example business studies deepening understanding of company law and political studies improving understanding of constitutional and administrative law.
The Law with Management Studies degree is completed in two four-term years (or in two years and three months for September entrants) and will help you to become a confident, competent lawyer, able to practise almost anywhere in the world. Law with Management Studies is an English ‘qualifying law degree’.
Combining law with management studies allows you to understand the business and financial environment within which the law functions. Additionally, once you are a practising lawyer, it enables you to understand the needs of your clients better, thereby producing more tailored, commercially aware advice. Thus this combined programme begins the training process that allows you to become a successful commercial lawyer.
Where the management element of this combined degree is concerned, the management studies subjects are designed to develop skills in solving business problems that are transferable organisationally and internationally across business environments. Business and management are approached as live subjects at Buckingham, and so practical and real-life projects are introduced to enhance the learning experience and to produce graduates equipped to meet the needs of commerce and industry. This approach is often highly participatory and may involve visits to selected companies to complement classroom activities.
With an English ‘qualifying law degree’ from Buckingham you will be recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (formerly the Law Society) and the Bar Standards Board as qualified to be exempt from the academic stage of training for entry into the legal profession. Every LLB programme at Buckingham (whether single honours or combined honours) provides our graduates with this qualification. Some countries have additional requirements and if you are an overseas student you should confirm exactly what subjects you must take in order to qualify for your jurisdiction. We can usually accommodate these requirements.
As a result of studying for the Buckingham LLB you will become proficient in written and oral presentation, perfect your research techniques and learn to solve problems in a logical and structured way.
A second class honours degree or better guarantees you a place on our LLM programme in International and Commercial Law, increasing your specialist knowledge and enabling you to acquire two degrees in only three years.
Full course information in the University Handbook
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The A-level (or equivalent) requirements for this course are shown in the silver box (above). Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
Applicants who do not meet our minimum requirements at A-level may be considered for our Foundation Pathway, depending on grades.
Applicants with no previous knowledge of the chosen language must begin in September for a fast-track induction programme. To commence studies in January, applicants must have at least grade ‘C’ GCSE in their chosen language.
You may apply either through the national UCAS university admissions system, or at any time directly to the University using our own online application form. Our UCAS code is B90.
Because of our two-year degree we find that the age range of our student body varies between those who have recently completed A-levels (or equivalent) to more mature students. Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.
The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.
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If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.
The Admissions Assistant for Law would be happy to answer any questions you may have:
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We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work and by the QAA.
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in the practise of law either as solicitors or as barristers qualified to practice in the United Kingdom and also in other overseas jurisdictions with excellent contacts with the professions and can offer networking opportunities for students. We also have a ‘Streetlegal’ programme which assists students in obtaining legal practice experience.
Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students with our excellent Personal Tutor system which supports student every step of the way:
The University of Buckingham’s distinctive style of small group teaching makes our Law School different from almost all others in the UK. A profession in Law invariably requires intense discussion of the nature of problems, understanding different viewpoints and analysis to resolve them and we believe our teaching style provides outstanding preparation for these challenges. Mooting and negotiating are compulsory elements in our Legal Skills module and our students also have the opportunity of practical sessions and stimulating external competitions.
Combined Honours Law allows students to take the core foundation subjects and devote the remaining one-third (120 units) of the degree to another subject area. This might be a Modern Language, Computer Skills, Psychology, Business or a wide range of others.
The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.
All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.
An annual Legal Workshop is held, in partnership with current practitioners, allowing you to practise advising clients and to present short cases as though in court.
We have a high graduate employment rate, The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ranked Buckingham top for graduate employability with 98.1% in July 2015.
Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.
“The 2-year degree at Buckingham really appealed to me. I have friends who had studied here so I knew it would be hard work! The best thing is that I feel really well supported; the Law School staff are very dedicated. Working in small tutorial groups helps – we can discuss our work with our tutors and gain a real understanding of the subjects. The library is very modern with excellent facilities – there is everything here to help you succeed. I’m hoping to continue studying for an LLM after completing my LLB at Buckingham – two qualifications in less than three years.”
Nnenna Ukachukwu LLB Law
“I decided to include Spanish as part of my Law degree for several reasons; first and foremost, to get a leg up on the competition as far as employability. In my country, the United States, a sizable and growing section of the population speaks Spanish as their mother tongue so it can go a long way toward securing that ever so important 1st job. Second, I thought (correctly I might add) that studying a language would break up the heavy reading load that a Law degree entails … some mental / linguistic gymnastics for the brain to keep the work interesting. The third and most important reason, I wanted to be able to sit around the dinner table with my friends in Estepona and have a real conversation … I’m almost there!”
Sharmaigne Shives Law with Spanish
The following fee illustrations provide an insight into the cost savings which can be made by studying at the University of Buckingham.
You may also find it useful to visit the following fee related information on our site:
Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:
The following automatic awards are available to undergraduate Home students:
An International Law Scholarship, worth up to 25% of the LLB international fees is available through our Law School.
Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page.
*The University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.
We guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.
Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.
If you’d like to find out more, visit our Accommodation pages or get in touch with our Accommodation Team.
We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.