How will I be taught?
Treating every student as an individual is central to the College's ethos. You will have unparalled access to highly qualified and experienced academic staff who are friendly, responsive and committed to helping you to achieve your academic, personal and professional potential. Studying the Law LLB, you'll enjoy a varied but integrated range of teaching and learning styles throughout the College's dymanic programme of teaching including:
You study two modules in Law concurrently in each of the Michaelmas and Hilary terms for a total of four modules in each academic year. Our highly qualified lecturers have teaching experience and research interests in the relevant subject area.
In your one-to-one tutorial your tutor will engage critically with you, entering into your individual point of view and working with you to clarify, challenge, defend and develop your arguments and ideas. You will prepare an essay of up to 2,000 words for every one-to-one tutorial related to one of the degree modules you are studying during that term. Your essay will be the basis of your discussion with your tutor. This form of intellectual engagement is considered to be the gold standard for identifying and drawing out a student’s potential.
Small group tutorials
In small group tutorials, you and a small group of students will meet with your tutor to discuss one of the themes of the module. You will be required to read in preparation for each of your group tutorials and you will also prepare and present an argument for a certain number of them. These will be an opportunity for you to discuss and debate with your tutor and your fellow students, and to give and receive both praise and constructive criticism.
Law classes are interactive lectures that take place in smaller groups of students. These are led by a lecturer and provide the opportunity for students to ask questions.
Law seminars take the form of small group discussions with a lecturer. You will prepare assignments for every seminar and will regularly submit a written presentation or make individual or group oral presentations in your seminars. The aim of your Law seminar is to give you an opportunity to develop your writing skills, your understanding, and your ability to argue coherently. Seminars also enable lecturers to assess your progress and clarify difficult aspects. You will discuss your reports with your lecturers at Collections during the last week of each term.
Formative assessment is based mainly on your seminar presentations, your essays, your answers to problematic questions or discussion pieces. The marks awarded by NCH academic staff are for guidance only and will not contribute to your degree classification. Your written submissions provide the opportunity for feedback from your lecturers to help you to develop your analytical and writing skills ahead of formally assessed essays and examinations. This is an opportunity to try out different ideas and approaches without the pressure of being ‘examined’. Formative assessment is also provided through computer marked assignments.
At the end of term, you will have a Collection in which you will receive verbal feedback from all of the Law lecturers who have been teaching you.
Summative assessment is provided in each subject by a three-hour unseen written paper examination (plus 15 minutes reading time) examined by the University of London. The exceptions to this are: Common Law Reasoning and Institutions and the Laws Dissertation optional course (Year 3) and the Laws Skills Portfolio.
You will study the University of London syllabus, and your examinations will be set and marked by the University. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a University of London degree. The LLB requires you to pass all of the examinations for each part or stage in a single examination sitting. If you failed one or more of the examinations in a part or stage, you would be required to take all the examinations for that part or stage again. You can sit the examinations a maximum of four times.
In order to be awarded an honours degree, you are required to have been examined in, and to have completed to the satisfaction of the University of London, twelve full modules or the equivalent.
A Skills Portfolio must be submitted to the University of London in the student’s third year to satisfy the requirements for obtaining a Qualifying Law Degree.
If you plan to use your degree to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister in a different jurisdiction (other than England and Wales), you need to check the rules for that jurisdiction, especially required modules and other points, such as the maximum number of times that you can sit the examinations. It will be your responsibility to meet these requirements, so you should check with the regulator in the jurisdiction where you hope to qualify as a lawyer before you apply.