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Law (Media and Digital Industries)

LLB (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Law

UCAS Code: 2R14 (2W11 with Professional Placement)

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

LLB  (three years full-time)
LLB with Professional Placement (four years full-time)

Fees:

UK - £9250 per year

International - £12,000 per year

In Brief:

  • Overall satisfaction with Law courses at Salford is 95%; and 94% of students would recommend study at the University of Salford to others (Source: NSS 2017)
  • Gain a qualifying law degree, accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, with contemporary specialist skills that will set you apart in the employment market
  • Enhance your employability with a year-long professional placement with a law firm; during this year, you will not pay University fees and you will earn a salary for your work
  • Benefit from strong industry links to help develop your skills in real-world situations
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Studying Law at Salford combines the intellectual rigor of a qualifying law degree with the real-world focus and commercial awareness that barristers and solicitors seek when recruiting new trainees.  You will gain a solid foundation in the subjects at the heart of every qualifying law degree, and alongside this will acquire a strong business education.  As a law graduate with specialist digital knowledge and skills, you will be equipped for career success in modern professional practice or business.

By the time you graduate, you will have high level legal and business skills and your employability will be strengthened by exposure to the key principles of business and entrepreneurship.  If a career in the legal profession is not your ultimate goal, you will be equipped for career success in any corporate, business, public service or third sector employment.

The programme also offers a wide range of learning outside the classroom including an exciting series of guest lectures and industry visits.  There is a dynamic Law Society (run by students on the Law programmes) which organises extra-curricular activities – including Mooting, law debates and trips - as well as social events and competitions that will enhance your student experience and help you make new friends and connections

The programme is accredited by the Bar Standards Board and by the Solicitors Regulation authority. To satisfy the requirements of the legal professional bodies for the award of a qualifying law degree you will take nine generic core law modules, and four other specialist law modules. You will also take five business/digital related module.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/business-foundation-year for details.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Structure

Studying Law at the University of Salford gives you a solid grounding in:

  • The foundation subjects at the heart of every qualifying law degree
  • Specialist studies in some key commercial and business law subjects
  • Core modules focussed on the principles of business and entrepreneurship.  

The course normally runs over three academic years, or four years if you decide to take a professional placement.  

Each academic year is divided into two semesters, during which you will study three modules worth 20 credits each, making a total of six modules studied each year worth 120 credits. On graduation you will have taken eighteen modules altogether, which makes up the 360 credits required for an honours degree.  

If you take a professional placement year between your second and third years, you will accumulate a further 60 credits.  

To satisfy the requirements of the legal professional bodies for the award of a qualifying law degree you will take nine generic core law modules, and one other specialist law module. In years two and three you will have the opportunity to select an option from a range of specialist law, business and management modules.

YEAR 1      

You will explore the rules that govern legally binding agreements between parties, and the importance of informed negotiation skills in making contracts.                  
This module allows you to review the law relating to civil wrongs, such as negligence, and when and how compensation can be claimed if one person negligently causes harm to another.                  
This module gives you a practical introduction to the sources of law, court structures and court systems, as well as many of the basic concepts studied later in the course. You will develop key skills in interpreting the law and undertaking legal research.                  
You will examine punishment by the state of offenders and the general principles of criminal liability, along with an examination of principal offences and defences.                  
You will develop a theoretical and practical introduction to Accounting. This module will help students understand the fundamentals of basic accounting methods.  It will introduce students to the production of financial statements for decision makers in various organisational structures.                  
This module provides you with an introduction to key aspects of the theory and practice of marketing – an essential subject for the long-term prosperity of organisations and applicable to all specialisms within business.                  

YEAR 2      

If, at the end of your first year, you wish to change to another course, and as long as you have successfully completed your year 1 studies, you can transfer to another Law or Business with Law course at the start of your second year.    

CORE MODULES

You will consider the legal nature of ownership and possession of land, the classification of property in English law, and how interests in land are created and transferred.                    
This module examines trademarks, patents and copyrights – some of the most valuable assets needing protection in a developed economy.                  
This module explores the rights and obligations of the citizen and the state, judicial review of administrative action, and the constitution of the UK.                  
This module gives you a general introduction to European Union Law, dealing with the structures and institutions of the EU, the obligations imposed upon the EU Member States, and the rights conferred upon EU citizens.                            
This module focuses on developing an understanding of the interrelationships and behavioural manifestations at three levels of analysis in organisations, namely: individual, group and organizational. You will also explore the dynamic nature of personal, social and professional relationships across a broad range of business, public and voluntary organisations and the broader international external environment.                
You will look at the history, context and implications of media law and regulation and consider some of the legal moral, social and political debates which exist in this area of law.  Issues such as the freedom of the press, reporting restrictions and pre-trial publicity will be examined as well as defamation, privacy and harassment.                  

OPTIONAL YEAR      

On completion of Year 2 you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year.  If you choose to study abroad, you will pay your normal fees to University of Salford (which are often lower than the fees of the University you are studying at) and may be able to access grants to cover your travel costs.    

All of our undergraduate students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.                

During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.                    

YEAR 3  

CORE MODULES

You will develop a critical awareness and capability to analyse the impact of digital technologies on businesses and other organisations. You will also learn about the underlying concepts underpinning digital technologies, in addition to contemporary issues in the rapidly changing areas of IS/IT practice, research and development.              
This module covers a growing area of legal practice. In today's online society an understanding of the law in cyberspace is now vital. You will consider topics including cybercrime, data protection and internet regulatory issues.              
This encompasses the study of trusts and their uses, looking at both structures and remedies where traditional contractual and tortious rules have proved inadequate.              

OPTIONAL MODULES

This module builds upon the study of the general law of contract, covering specific contracts in both a commercial and consumer context, such as sales and supply of goods, credit agreements and insurance.              
Designed to enable students to acquire a sound knowledge of the role played by negotiation within legal practice, the Client Care module is a unique and highly practical offering at UG level.  Throughout the module students will develop and strengthen their capability to demonstrate good practice in legal writing, as well as a real appreciation of professional conduct issues arising in modern UK practice.  The aim of the module is to enable all student to build skills and real awareness of the importance of client care within legal practice giving them a real competitive edge in any legal and customer facing roles.    
TBC    
This module covers the law relating to the formation, financing and management of companies, and related corporate activity.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points LLB: 112-120 points
With Professional Placement: 120 - 128 points
GCE A level BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBB-ABB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM for the three year programme
DDM with Professional Experience Year
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 31 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International students should possess (or expect to achieve) a qualification equivalent to the above (as defined by NARIC) with an English language capability of IELTS 6 or equivalent.

Applicant profile

If you are looking to study Law, you will need to be prepared to work consistently and to meet the standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree.

Law and its business components involve a high level of self-directed study and research outside of the classroom. You will be required to read each week, and digest and critically analyse complex source materials.

You will also be required to critically evaluate source materials and the academic arguments of others to help construct your own logical, ethical and well-resourced arguments.

Applicants will be expected to be up-to-date with news and enjoy reading, debating and developing their own arguments.

But, as well as this hard work and dedication, you will meet great people like yourself, have access to a wide range of learning activities and open the doors to an exciting and rewarding career.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Tuition fees for Home/EU students beginning their course in September 2018 will be announced as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government. Tuition fees for 2017 were £9,250 per annum for Home/EU students; we expect this figure to rise slightly for 2018.

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £12,000 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £13,320 per year

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford Student Bursary

For more information please see our funding section.

Teaching

Our staff are legal experts who have experience of working in the real world as well as academia so our teaching is strongly industry-focussed and industry-informed.  You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods which keep your studies interesting. Lectures, seminars, practical workshops, mooting exercises and case study classes are used across our modules and ensure variety in your learning experience. This is further enhanced by our Virtual Learning Environment and the use of podcasts, blogs, discussion boards and electronic voting systems, which making classes highly interactive.

Settling in

Every first year Law student has a peer mentor, a student in their 2nd or 3rd year of Law who remembers what it was like to be a new student and will help you with settling in.

You will also have a personal tutor and support from the progression team who can answer your questions, point you in the right direction or help with any problems.

Outside the classroom

There is a dynamic Law Society (run by students on the Law programmes) which organises extra-curricular activities – including Mooting, law debates and trips - as well as social events and competitions that will enhance your student experience and help you make new friends and connections.

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme, you have the incredible opportunity to spend a semester or a full year studying on an international exchange with one of our global partner institutions in Europe, the US or the rest of the world. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practice to help this opportunity become a reality.  

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skill sets living and studying in a different country.  

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skill sets living and studying in a different country.  

Wherever you go in the world, you pay your normal fees to University of Salford (which are often lower than the fees of the University you are studying at).  There are grants available to help with travel costs.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

Studying Law (Media and Digital Industries) opens up opportunities in a wide variety of career paths both within and outside the legal profession.  Because of their rigorous intellectual training and highly developed skills in research, analysis and communication, law graduates are in high demand by employers.  The media and digital elements of the course give you a contemporary and much sought-after focus.

Career Prospects

By the time you graduate, you should be able to demonstrate a sound legal skillset and academic knowledge as well as high commercial awareness and business acumen.

Some of our law graduates move into the legal profession as trainee barristers or solicitors. Many others choose to practice their legal skills within a business organisation or develop their career in financial services, banking and other managerial opportunities in the private, public and third sectors.

Links with Industry

We have strong relationships with legal firms which opens up excellent opportunities for you to learn from and network with solicitors and barristers:  

  • All Law students have the opportunity of a week-long mini-pupillage shadowing a barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers in Salford
  • Students can apply to the CLOCK scheme through which you can practise what you’ve learned by offering legal support and advice to people who otherwise might have none
  • There is an exciting series of guest lectures and industry visits when you can network with Law professionals. Recent speakers have included Wilf White, Head of communications at the Bar Standards Board; and lawyers from DWF LLB

Placement Opportunities

You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement as a paralegal assistant with a law firm giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course.  Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.

You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation.  Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations; some legal, some commercial – in 2016-17, these included such as Shoosmiths law firm and the NHS.  You will arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement.  The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results.

During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.

There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

Further Study

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s beautiful Peel campus just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Teaching is held in

  • Maxwell, home to large lecture theatres, study spaces and academics’ offices as well as a selection of food and drink outlets
  • Chapman, a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to the dedicated business school student support including the school office and the Employability Hub.  It is the base for the Law society, has a mock court where Moot debates are held and has several open study spaces.  

The University’s library is open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year and offers a wide range of study support including 360,000 books, 600,000 electronic books, silent study areas, collaborative working areas, PC suites and lap top loan.  It is right next to Lady Hale – and to the University’s supermarket!

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