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What is an LL.B?


So I’m studying for an LL.B Degree but WHAT IS an LL.B?

LL.B stands for Legum Baccalaureus which is Latin (if you hadn’t guessed!) meaning Bachelor of Laws. It is what the study of Law at an undergraduate level is called :] Undergraduate of course being your first degree :]  If your wanting to study Law this is the route that most people take, during the LL.B at Sunderland you study the seven modules that give you a qualifying law degree. The 7 modules being: Criminal Law, Contract Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law,  EU Law, Tort Law, Land Law and Equity and Trusts. These modules are studied over the full 3 years and alongside these you can chose other option modules to take, and Sunderland certainly have a large variety! Some universities will not have these modules as set core modules so you will have to remember to pick therm when choosing your options, and if you don’t then you don’t get a qualifying law degree! So why stress about it! Pick a university that has the 7 modules as core modules so any “optional” modules are what you are free to pick! :]
See the full list of option modules available at Sunderland University here: .

So what is involved in studying for the LL.B? 
Its not a walk in the park, when studying law you have to put the effort in to reap the rewards, but trust me you really do reap the rewards when you do. The majority of your work will be spent looking through books,cases and various materials provided by lecturers. The legal data bases’s of Lexis, Westlaw and JustCite will become your best friends as these hold everything you will need when studying on the LL.B and if its not there you don’t need it! They save you HEAPS of time in finding cases and legislation and save you looking through books to find what you need, this doesn’t render books useless or unneeded as they can still provide you with valuable information that the databases don’t and give you the information in more context :] You also have the work the lecturers provide which helps to guide you in the right direction with your study, but a little deviation isn’t a bad thing (hey deviation lead me to my dissertation topic! :] )

Experience’s during the LL.B

During the LL.B at Sunderland there have been LOTS of different opportunities to get involved with and its down to you as the student to be pro-active in getting involved in them and in bettering yourself! The department organise events such as guest speakers which can range from solicitors/barristers giving lectures to other lecturers from various universities that will give subject specific research seminars. There are also career evenings put on during the year allowing students to network with various professionals that are within the desired route you may wish to take. Various competitions in mooting and debating are also held over the year and there are also options to participate in student led research seminars for those not wishing to become solicitors/barristers but are more inclined to become academics or other professions.

What about after the LL.B?

After the LL.B is dependant upon which career route you wish to take.
You may wish to continue onto the Legal Practitioners Course (LPC) which a qualification that if you wish to become a solicitor, it is something you will need to have! It can be studied part time or full time and lasts either a year or two years (depending on how you study!) and will give you the necessary qualifications and skills to move toward becoming a solicitor.
More information here:
Full Time
Part Time

To become a Barrister you would need to enrol onto the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) which is offered at many universities and is much like the LPC, it will teach and train you in advocacy, legal drafting and all other essential skills required when becoming a Barrister.  The course is for 1 year  full time however some institutions may offer this part time (its best to just look around :] )

If however becoming a barrister or solicitor isn’t for you (I’ll be honest its not for me!)  you may wish to move onto something else! You may want to continue Legal study further and study for a masters degree, Sunderland offers two Masters degrees (LLM’s) ,
Criminal Law and Procedure ( ) and the other in Human Rights (

Or you may wish to go into teaching, at which point (depending on the age group you want to teach!) you may wish to enrol on the  Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) ( Which is a year long course for ages 5-11  OR the Post Compulsory Education and Training  (PCET) ( which is aged 11+ and is also a year long course!


So there is a whistle stop tour of what an LL.B is, what it entails, experiences whilst on the LL.B  and what you can do after it! I know its a rather long post but hopefully you find it beneficial! If you have any questions feel free to comment here or to message me on my Facebook page! ( I’d be happy to help!

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  • Name: Karina Rooney
  • Age: 19
  • Studying: LLB Law
  • Hometown: Sedgefield
  • Ambitions: To complete a master’s degree in Criminal Law and become an academic

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