At Brighton Business School we focus on ensuring that our students develop the full range of knowledge, intellectual capabilities and skills that they need to succeed and flourish in a modern law and business environment.
Both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses fulfil the 'academic' stage of training for the purpose of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister.
- Undergraduate law courses
- Postgraduate law courses
- Professional body recognition
- Specialist resources
At undergraduate level we offer a degree in:
The full-time Law degrees takes three years to complete, or four years in the case of students who choose the 'sandwich degree' option, which involves a year-long work placement between their second and final year.
You can study our postgraduate courses either part-time or full-time:
The part-time Diploma in Law/CPE takes two years to complete on the basis of attendance at the University one day per week, and students usually combine study with a full-time job, often in legal practice, working, for example, as a paralegal. The full-time version takes one year to complete and requires attendance at the university on two days per week.
Students who successfully complete the Diploma in Law/CPE may obtain a Masters in Law (LLM) by successfully completing a dissertation module.
Law with Business LLB(Hons) is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the General Bar Council. It is a 'qualifying law degree' which means that all graduates will have completed the academic stage of training for a solicitor or barrister.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Law is recognised by The Law Society and the General Council of the Bar as a Common Professional Examination (CPE) course. This is the principal route by which non-law graduates may complete the academic stage of training to become solicitors and barristers.
As required by the law professional bodies which regulate LLB and CPE courses (the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board), all our law students study English Legal System, Method and Skills, and the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge: Contract Law, the Law of Torts, Public Law (including Human Rights), European Union Law, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, and Land Law.
In addition, LLB (Hons) Law with Business students study modules in Understanding Financial Information, Marketing and Information Systems, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Corporate and Finance Law, and Employment Law.
There are optional modules in subjects such as Consumer Law and Practice, the Law of International Trade, International Law, Intellectual Property Law, Family Law and a range of business-related subjects, such as Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development.
All law students have the opportunity to further explore law subjects of special interest to them through independent research, via project and dissertation modules. Recent topics covered by students have included media law, medical law, family law, housing law, and international law.
The tools of the lawyers trade are primary sources of law, such as statutes and cases, and secondary sources, such as books, periodicals and journals. At Brighton, we have an excellent state-of-the-art library, the Aldrich Library) which houses a good paper collection of these materials.
However, increasingly, the emphasis both in legal academia and in legal practice, has switched from paper resources to electronic resources, and law students at the University can access an excellent range of primary and secondary law materials from leading law databases which the University subscribes to: Westlaw, Lawtel, Lexis Nexis Butterworths and Heinonline.
These electronic databases can be accessed by students via any computer connected to the internet, whether on or off campus. Students are trained to make effective use of these databases at an early point in their course.
Friendly and supportive
At any one time, there are 250-300 students enrolled on the LLB and CPE courses at Brighton, which is large enough for there to be a vibrant law student community, but small enough for there to be a personal and friendly atmosphere where staff know students by name and can closely monitor their progress.