Law (Media and Digital Industries)
LLB (Hons)

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International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Law (Media and Digital Industries) at Salford

1.

94% of our LLB (Hons) Law students are satisfied with the quality of their course (source: UNISTATS)

2.

Benefit from the opportunity to take a professional placement with a law firm

3.

This course is desgined to provide you with a solid foundation in the subjects at the heart of every qualifying law degree

Course Summary

As a law graduate with specialist digital knowledge and skills, you will be equipped for career success in modern professional practice or business.

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.

If a career in the legal profession is not your ultimate goal then, like all law graduates, you will still be in high demand from employers across business and other sectors. Your employability will be further strengthened by exposure to the key principles of business and entrepreneurship.

As a graduate with high level legal and business skills you will be equipped for career success in any corporate, business, public service or third sector employment.

Course Details

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 digital and media 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 professionalplacement.  

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 four other specialist law modules. You will also take five business/digital related 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

Subject to successfully completing your studies, at the end of year 1 you may choose to transfer to year 2 of any of the following courses:

  • LLB Law with Management
  • LLB Law with Professional Placement
  • LLB Law with Management
  • LLB Law with Management with Professional Placement
  • LLB Corporate Law
  • LLB Corporate Law with Professional Placement
  • BSc Business & Management with Law
  • BSc Business & Management with Law with Professional Placement

CORE MODULES

This module helps you develop an understanding of the deployment, taxonomy, theory and practice of human-computer interaction and interactive systems. You will gain an appreciation of the technology's impact on the use of computer systems in organisations and society in general.
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.
You will learn about the role of law across international boundaries by considering of the rules of public and private international law. This module puts these rules into a context of international trade law and intellectual property law.
This project develops your ability to initiate, implement, review and appraise management objectives and decisions within the context of a dynamic and competitive market environment. It will help you develop an understanding of the complex interactions that characterise decision-making in an organisation, and the importance of thinking beyond a single functional perspective.
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.

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.

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

Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: DL Interactive, NatWest, Barclays, The Cooperative Bank, BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.

You can choose to undertake a study exchange abroad for one semester or one year during your second year. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practise to help this opportunity become a reality.

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

Salford Business School study abroad opportunities are available across Europe and the rest of the world – don’t miss out on this exciting chance to learn while exploring new places and making friends from all over the world!

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 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.
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 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 encompasses the study of trusts and their uses, looking at both structures and remedies where traditional contractual and tortious rules have proved inadequate.
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.

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 Minimum of five at grade C or higher, to include English language and maths
UCAS tariff points LLB: 260-300 points
With Professional Placement: 280-320 points
GCE A level LLB: BCC with a minimum of two A2 passes
With Professional Placement: BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM/DMM - DDM
International Baccalaureate indicatively 24 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (25 points with experence year)

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 6.5 or equivalent.

Applicant profile

Any student wishing to embark on legal study (and its business components) must be prepared to work consistently and to meet the demanding standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree.

Law and its digital business components involve a high level of self directed study and research outside the classroom. Every week and in every law module you will be required to read , digest and critically analyse complex primary source materials.  In all your modules you will be required to critically evaluate source materials and the academic arguments of others and to 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

Teaching

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.

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

Law graduates are in high demand by employers in all sectors, and have the option of entering the traditional binary legal profession as a barrister or solicitor or choosing  a more generic career path in, for example  business, financial services or the third sector.

Because of their rigorous intellectual training and highly developed skills in research, analysis and communication, law graduates are always in high demand by employers.  

The legal profession expects its trainees to demonstrate high commercial awareness and business acumen, as well as having a sound legal skillset and academic knowledge.  

The majority of our law graduates choose to practice their legal skills in alternative business structures, while others develop careers in financial services, banking and other managerial opportunities in the private, public and third sectors.

Alumni Profile

Chris Smith, LLB (Hons) Law graduate, 2012

“The course was intellectually demanding, requiring hard work and dedication, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to pursue a career in the legal profession and to those looking to enhance their future career opportunities. The skills developed throughout the course are some of the most sought after by prospective employers.”  

“The greatest advantage in studying Law at Salford was the quality of teaching. The lecturers were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. This was immediately apparent upon my arrival, and I never felt uncomfortable asking a question or discussing a particular point with any of my tutors. That experience really helped me to excel and develop my confidence throughout the degree.”  

“After graduating I managed to secure a training contract with a reputable law firm and am currently studying the Legal Practice Course before starting as a trainee solicitor in 2014. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to study at Salford and wouldn't be in the position I am without the support of staff, the guidance they provided and the experiences I had during my time there."

Links with Industry

The Salford LLB is unique in offering paralegal placements with a North West law firm for a duration of 9-12 months. This takes place between years two and three, and students have the opportunity to learn valuable work-based skills in a professional legal environment.

This is an excellent opportunity which allows the student to graduate with the LLB (Hons) Law: Media and Digital Industries (with Professional Placement) degree, which few other universities are able to offer.

Our School has forged strong links with HL Interactive, which has provided significant placement opportunities to our students over the years.

Based in the centre of Manchester, HL Interactive covers a wide range of services including credit service, conveyancing, litigation and negligence.

You will also have the opportunity of a mini-pupillage at a local barristers’ chambers, as well as other short placement options.

Salford Law has developed strong links with local professions and opportunities exist for students to engage with a wide range of firms and practices.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Full-time International£12,000

Additional Costs

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

Financial support for this course

Additional Costs

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

 

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is 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 all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.