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Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB)

Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move. If you want to practise law professionally, a law degree is the first step – but it’s also a great asset for many other careers. The OU’s Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB) is the most popular qualification of its kind in the UK. By the end of your studies, you’ll have the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law, together with skills of legal analysis and methods; and you’ll be well prepared for further study or career development.

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Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. 
  •  You’ll start Stage 1 with an introductory law module followed by a module that builds your knowledge of the concepts of law, law making and legal skills. 
  • At Stage 2, you’ll study two modules covering contract and tort law, and public and criminal law. 
  • Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study a module with a focus on equity, trusts and land law, plus a module covering European Union law. You’ll complete your degree by choosing one from a choice of three options.  

You’ll start with an introduction to the study of law – exploring why laws exist; how they’re applied and interpreted; key concepts such as legal personality, culpability and legal liability; and the role played by the legal system. You’ll then consider the nature of legal obligations; morality and justice; and the meaning of justice in a legal system.

You'll study both of the following:


We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying with a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and producing diagrams or screenshots
  • finding external/third party material online.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.
It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
To become a solicitor or barrister, you’ll need to complete this degree within six years. This includes any modules you may be wanting to add to this qualification through credit transfer. 

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

Classification of your degree

On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you'll be awarded the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). You'll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.
The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.
If you are unable to complete all three stages of this qualification you will still be able to claim an exit qualification. For the successful completion of Stage 1 (120 credits) you will be able to claim a Certificate of Higher Education in Law (T31). For the successful completion of both Stages 1 and 2 (240 credits of study) you can claim a Diploma of Higher Education in Law (W56).

Recognition in your country

If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career.