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An LLB law degree might be your first choice if you’re considering studying law at university. But what is the LLB, what are some LLB courses on offer, and will you have to take the LNAT? Find out below!

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What Is LLB?

The LLB is a three-year higher education qualifying law degree which leads to the next stage in training to enter the legal profession: either the LPC for solicitors (soon to be replaced by the SQE) or the BPTC for barristers.

The LLB degree is not to be confused with a law BA, which would need to be followed by a law conversion course in order to lead to a qualification.c

LLB law degrees are offered by hundreds of universities across the UK. It is therefore important to do your research and make sure you choose the one that’s right for you.

Many universities offer degrees with an additional year to study French Law or German Law. Other universities offer joint law courses such as politics, philosophy and law LLB.

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What Does LLB Stand for?

The LLB is an abbreviation of the Latin ‘Legum Baccalaureus’ which translates to a Bachelor of Laws degree.

LLB Courses

Below are some of the UK’s top qualifying law degree courses including entry requirements, fees and start dates. Please note, this table has been compiled using ranking websites as a guide, but is not a definitive list.

UniversityEntry RequirementsComplete University Guide Ranking (for Law 2021)Price
University of AberdeenABB,
34 points
6Scotland/EU: £1,820
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £9,250
International: £15,300
Abertay UniversityBCC,
29 points
28Scotland/EU: £1,820
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £9,250
International: £14,000
Aberystwyth UniversityABB-BCC
30-28 points
42Home/EU: £9,000
International: £13,600
Aston University AAB-BBB,
32 points
46Home/EU: £9,250
International: N/S
Bangor UniversityABB-BBB
At least 120 UCAS points
45Home/EU: £9,000
International: £14,800
University of BirminghamAAA,
32 points
24Home/EU: £9,250
International: £18,870
Bournemouth UniversityMinimum 2 A Levels58Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,100
University of BristolA*AA or A*A*B,
38 points
Contextual Offer: AAB,
34 points
19Home/EU: £9,250
International: £19,500
Brunel University LondonABB,
31 points
52Home/EU: £9,250
International: 15,400
University of BuckinghamBBB-BBC
31-32 points
55Home/EU: £12,600
International: £17,800
Cardiff UniversityAAB-ABB,
35-33 points
30Home/EU: Awaiting confirmation
International: Awaiting confirmation
University of ChesterBBB-BBC (incl 120 UCAS Tariff points)70Home/EU: £9,250
International: £12,450
Coventry UniversityBBB, 30 points69Home/EU: £9,250
International: £13,900
De Montfort UniversityBBB,
28 points
59Home/EU: £9,250
International: £13,250
University of Derby120 UCAS Tariff points65Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,045
University of DundeeABB,
32 points
11Scotland/EU: Awaiting
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Awaiting confirmation
International: £18,150
Durham University A*AA,
38 points
10Home/EU: £9,250
International: £20,500
University of East Anglia - UEAAAB or ABB with an A in the Extended Project
33 points
29Home/EU: £9,250
International: £15,900
Edge Hill University112-120 UCAS Tariff points60Home/EU: £9,250
International: £12,250
University of EdinburghA*AA (min. ABB),
43 points
7Home/EU: Awaiting confirmation
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £9,250
International: £20,950
University of ExeterAAA
36-34 points
13Home/EU: £9,250
International: £17,600
University of GlasgowAAA,
38 points (min. 34)
5Scotland/EU: Awaiting confirmation
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £9,250
International: £18,370
Glasgow Caledonian UniversityBBB (incl English/Law)
28 points (incl Maths and English)
23Scotland/EU: Awaiting confirmation
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £9,250
International: £12,250
University of GloucestershireBBB (incl 120 UCAS Tariff points)66Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,680
University of HullN/A41Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,500
King's College LondonA*AA,
35 points
4Home/EU: £9,250
International: £23,550
Keele UniversityBBB-ABC
32 points
34Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,320
University of KentAAA-ABB
34 points
22Home/EU: Awaiting confirmation
International: £17,020
Lancaster UniversityAAB
35 points
15Home/EU: £9,250
International: £18,700
University of LeedsAAA,
35 points
14Home/EU: £9,250
International: 19,500
University of LeicesterAAB,
33 points
37Home/EU: £9,250
International: £16,825
University of LincolnBBC,
29 points
44Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,100
University of LiverpoolABB,
33 points
35Home/EU: £9,250
International: £17,450
Liverpool John Moores UniversityBBB, 26 points49Home/EU: £9,250
International: £15,600
38 points
9Home/EU: £9,250
International: £21,570
London South Bank UniversityABB39Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,470
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityBBB,
26 points
54Home/EU: £9,250
International: £16,500
Middlesex UniversityMinimum 2 A Levels53Home/EU: £9,250
International: £13,400
Newcastle UniversityAAA,
34 points
31Home/EU: £9,250
International: £18,600
Northumbria University128 UCAS Tariff points50Home/EU: £9,250
International: £15,500
University of NottinghamAAA,
36 points
12Home/EU: £9,250
International: £18,420
Nottingham Trent UniversityBBB48Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,500
University of PlymouthMinimum of 2 A Levels
27-30 points
47Home/EU: £9,250
International: £13,800
University of Portsmouth128 points from 3 A Levels of equivalent
38Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,300
Queen Mary University of LondonA*AA,
36 points
27Home/EU: £9,250
International: £19,500
Queen's University BelfastAAA,
17Northern Ireland/EU: £4,395
England, Scotland and Wales: £9,250
International: £16,900
University of ReadingAAB,
34 points
32Home/EU: £9,250
International: £16,475
Robert Gordon UniversityBBB,
30 points
40Scottish/EU: £1,820
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £5,000
International: £14,000
University of SheffieldAAA,
36 points
18Home/EU: £9,250
International: £18,500
Sheffield Hallam UniversityMinimum 2 A Levels63Home/EU: £9,250
International: £13,650
SOAS University of LondonA*AA-AAB,
37 points
43Home/EU: £9,250
International: 17,750
University of SouthamptonAAA,
36 points
26Home/EU: £9,250
International: £17,560
University of StirlingABB,
36 points
20Scotland/EU: £1,820
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £9,250
International: £13,100
University of StrathclydeAAB-BBB,
38 points
8Scotland/EU: £1,820
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £9,250
International: £15,700
University of SunderlandMinimum 2 A Levels56Home/EU: £9,250
International: £12,000
University of SurreyABB-BBB
32 points
61Home/EU: £9,250
International: £16,800
University of SussexAAA-AAB,
34-36 points
33Home/EU: £9,250
International: £18,500
Swansea UniversityAAB-BBB
32-34 points
36Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,150
Teesside UniversityN/A62Home/EU: £9,250
International: £13,000
UCLA*AA,-AAB (Contextual offer),
39 points
3Home/EU: £9,250
International: £20,640
Ulster UniversityABB, 27 points64Northern Ireland & EU: £4,395
England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands: £9,250
University of WarwickAAA, 38 points25Home/EU: £9,250
International: £20,210
University of West LondonBBC (incl 112-128 UCAS Tariff points)67Home/EU: £9,250
International: £12,500
University of WestminsterABB-BBC
27 points
57Home/EU: £9,250
International: £14,000
University of the West of England112 UCAS Tariff points68Home/EU: £9,250
International: £13,500
University of YorkAAA or A*AB or A*A*C, 36 points16Home/EU: £9,250
International: £17,890
University of CambridgeA*AA,
40-42 points
1Home/EU: £9,250
International: £21,168
University of EssexBBB,
30 points
51Home/EU: £9,250
International: £16,860
Oxford UniversityAAA,
38 points
2Home/EU: £9,250
International: £27,285

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What Are the LLB Modules?

There are seven compulsory LLB modules that you must study in order to complete this degree.

You normally study these LLB subjects in the first and second years of your law degree. In the third year of your course, you are usually able to select around four subjects of your choice.

Compulsory LLB Subjects
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Contract Law
Property/Land Law
Equity & Trusts
EU Law
Tort Law

You can also choose to write a law dissertation at most universities as one of your LLB modules.

You should choose law modules that may be relevant to your future career if you have thought that far ahead. Otherwise, selecting modules from the law degree syllabus that genuinely interest you and will keep you motivated is a great idea.

If you choose an LLB degree program with an option to study law abroad, you will typically do this in the third year of your course.

Don’t forget that different universities have different course structures, so you should check the university law undergraduate pages for more information!

Admission Process

The process for applying for an LLB law degree is the same as applying to any other degree course. You will make your choices and submit your application through UCAS.

Your UCAS law application includes your grades, a personal statement and a teacher reference. Your law personal statement can really make you stand out from the crowd, so it’s important you write it well.

You can choose up to five universities on your UCAS form. You don’t have to apply for the same course at each university. However, it is important to apply for similar courses so that your law personal statement remains relevant for every course that you apply to.

When making applications via UCAS, your school will often guide you through the process and make you aware of the key deadlines.

However, we recommend that you also take personal responsibility so that you submit your application on time.

Will I Have to Sit the LNAT?

If your LLB law degree is at an LNAT university, you will have to take The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT). This is an entrance test that some universities require you to take during your application process. The test challenges your verbal reasoning skills, ability to understand and interpret information and capabilities to draw conclusions. It is not a test of your legal knowledge.

To find out more about the test, take a look at our LNAT section. 

The UK universities that require you to take the LNAT are:

UK LNAT Universities
University of Bristol
Durham University
University of Glasgow
Kings College London (KCL)
LSE London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
UCL Faculty of Laws

Go to our LNAT section for more information on the law entrance exam.

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