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Gain a degree accredited Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board
Law exists to regulate pretty much everything we do, which is why it remains such a relevant and fascinating subject to study.
Study criminal law in each year
This three year course will develop your knowledge and understanding of legal frameworks to give you the opportunity to pursue a career as a barrister or solicitor.
The course provides debate, discussion and learning on the seven core areas of knowledge, as you develop your academic and practical skills to prepare for a career within the profession.
We also offer you the unique opportunity to study criminal law in each year of your degree.
We use a variety of assessment methods beyond just traditional exams in order to fully prepare you for your professional career, including mock trials and client interviews.
Support for SQE 1
We also offer specific support put in place to help prepare you for the first Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination after you graduate.
Start your journey
Our law courses are suitable for those who have previously studied law, but previous study of law is not required.
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Study criminal law every year as you learn the foundations of legal knowledge
Fundamentals of law
Our Law degree develops your knowledge and understanding of real world legal skills in preparation for your progression into the profession.
You will study many aspects of the law, including the foundation of legal knowledge subjects of:
- Criminal law
- Contract law
- Tort law
- EU law
- Public law
- Land law
- Equity and trusts
Explore our optional modules
You will also have opportunities to study:
- Family law
- International human rights law
- Company law
- International environmental law
- The relationship between law and society
- The impacts of morals and policy on the development of criminal law
Select a year
Introduction to the English Legal SystemThis module introduces you to the different aspects of the English Legal System. You will examine the different ways laws are made and interpreted in court. You will form an understanding of the different personnel and courts within the English Legal System and how effectively these operate. This module will also include an introduction to legal research and methods.
Criminal Law IThis module introduces you to the different aspects of Criminal Law. You will examine the theory Underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability. You will develop an understanding of a range of criminal offences and be able to analyse and evaluate related case law. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.
Introduction to Political IdeasThis module introduces you to the academic analysis of politics. You will gain an understanding of politics both as an activity and as a discipline. The module focuses on the space of politics, and the conceptual approaches, ideology, schools, and methods in Politics
Contract Law IThis module introduces you to the different aspects of Contact Law. You will study the nature of contract law and the fundamental elements of contract. You will develop an understanding of contract terms and exclusion clauses. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.
EU Law IThis module introduces you to European Union Law and impetus behind the formation of the European Union. You will examine the law-making institutions of the European Union, the different sources of EU Law and the relationship between EU Law and English Law. You will examine the impact of the different EU Laws on the enforceability of an individual’s legal rights. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.
Constitutional LawIn this module you will study the different aspects of Constitutional Law. You will examine the nature and the structure of the UK Constitution, as well as the impact of membership of the European Union and the Human Rights Act 1998. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.
Law and SocietyThis module provides an interdisciplinary view of Law. You will study what is meant by both law and society, as well how law can be used as a mechanism of social control. You will also consider how the law adapts to changing social norms and opinions. Finally, you will study the role of law in promoting and protecting individual rights, equality, and diversity.
Environment and State in Britain since 1945This module explores the British state’s evolving stewardship over the environment since the end of the Second World War. You will examine the connected environmental challenges that the state has faced in this time including pollution, urban change, resource depletion, species conservation and control, epidemics, extreme weather, the threat of nuclear war, and climate change.
EU Law IIIn this module you will continue to study EU Law. You will examine the substantive law of the European Single Market, focusing on free movement of goods, services and people. You will also look at individual rights under EU Law including the protection of fundamental rights linked to EU citizenship.
Tort Law IThis module introduces you to the concept of Tort Law and a range of torts including negligence, product liability, trespass to the person and defamation, as well as relevant defences and remedies. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.
Administrative LawIn this module you will continue to study Public Law by focusing on Administrative Law. You will examine the development of Administrative Law in England, Judicial Review and Police Powers
International Human RightsThis module examines different sources of Human Rights Law, the impact of this Law on the English Legal System and considers different substantive areas of Law under the European Convention Human Rights including absolute, limited and qualified rights.
Tort Law IIThis module develops your understanding of Tort Law, building on the knowledge you developed in Tort I. You will study a range of torts including nuisance, trespass to land, Rylands v Fletcher, occupiers’ liability, vicarious liability and breach of statutory duty, as well as relevant defences and remedies.
Criminal Law IIThis module continues to develop your understanding of Criminal Law. You will examine homicide and non-fatal offences. You will also develop an understanding of a range of defences. You will be able to analyse and evaluate related case and statutory law and proposed reforms.
Professional Skills And Client CareThis module develops an understanding of the central professional skills required to work in the legal profession. You will develop key vocational and employability skills in simulated employment situations.
Company LawIn this module you will study the law relating to the practical aspects of setting up and running a business. You will learn about business organisations, rules and procedures. You will also examine the different types of tax in relation to businesses.
Law DissertationYou will produce a dissertation which, as the culmination of your undergraduate studies, will enable you to engage with, and participate in, research and scholarship appropriate to your object of study
Land Law IIn this module you will study how property is classified, the registration of land and the doctrine of tenures and estates. Your studies will examine role and impact of statutory law, common law and equity in relation to the classification and ownership of land.
Land Law IIIn this module you will continue your study of Land Law. You will examine the topics of easements and profits, mortgages, licenses, covenants relating to freeholds and the rules of perpetuity.
Equity and Trusts IIn this module, you will study how the law of equity was developed, the different types of trusts, and the requirements for a valid trust.
Equity and Trusts IIIn this module you will continue your study of Equity and Trusts focusing on the areas of law relating to when a trust is up and running, as well as considering the nature of charitable trusts.
International LawThis module introduces you to international law: the body of law which governs the legal relations between or among states and nations. You will study the theories, principles and processes of international law, including its sources, legal personality, jurisdiction and realms of responsibility. In addition, you will also be introduced to debates about the regulation of international activities, including the use of force, dispute settlement processes, human rights, and the role of the UN.
Family LawThis module provides a study of several key aspects of Family Law; the Law which regulates interpersonal relationships between adults and children.
Committing Crime Under DuressThis module provides an in-depth study of the criminal defence of duress by examining its historical development, current restrictions, reform proposals and drawing comparisons to other common law jurisdictions.
Intellectual Property LawThis module provides a study of the Law of Intellectual Property. You will examine different areas of intellectual property: patents, copyright, industrial design, registered trademarks, unregistered trademarks (passing off), computer programs and databases, and confidential information. You will consider the conditions for protection, scope of protection, duration and remedies.
Morals and Policy in Criminal LawThis module provides an in-depth study of several key cases in the development of criminal law doctrine. You will examine how morals and policy have influenced these decisions.
Develop strong professional links and seize vital networking opportunities
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of experienced expert staff with our smaller class sizes
Smaller class sizes
You will learn in small groups to allow our experienced and expert staff to mould their teaching around you.
Teaching sessions are interactive and include case analysis, interpretation of statutes, debates and discussion on every core aspect of English law.
More than just exams
We use a wide range of assessment methods rather than relying just on exams.
As such, none of the modules are 100% exams, but rather a blend of coursework, mock trials, presentations, academic posters, mock client interviews, and negotiations.
Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress.
Preparation for SQE
Dedicated support for new postgraduate examinations for solicitors
The way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales has changed through the introduction of a new postgraduate examination process known as the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, known as SQE 1 and SQE 2.
You will be supported in preparing for the first of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examinations, which you can sit after completing your degree.
This will include:
- How to make a bail application.
- The role of a duty solicitor in a police station.
- How to bring a claim in the civil courts.
- The methods of resolving a dispute without resorting to court.
Gain vital experience through our strong links with professional settings
During your second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement that will give you vital real-world experience of working within the law profession.
You will have the choice of taking this work placement at a local law firm (e.g. Irwin Mitchell), an in-house legal department of a large company, Citizen’s Advice, or at a local authority.
These placements can lead to additional opportunities, with students having sealed coveted mini-pupillage positions at law firms to enhance their professional prospects.
Open up your future career options
This course is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law degree, which allows you to work towards becoming a solicitor or barrister.
All Solicitors must pass the Solicitor Qualifying Exam (SQE Parts 1 & 2), with the University of Chichester offering specific support for our students to take the first part after they graduate.
Other career paths include:
- Legal secretaries
- In-house lawyers
- Human resources
- Local and national government
- Civil services
Some Law students choose to pursue a career within teaching. At Chichester, we offer postgraduate options to allow you to qualify as teacher.
- PGCE Primary (5-11)
- PGCE Primary (5-11): Modern Languages
- PGCE Secondary (with subject specification)
Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)
Access to HE Diploma
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When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.