• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Laws (Honours) (graduate entry) from The Open University UK 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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Overview

If you already have a degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can choose this route to a law degree.  

Key features of the Laws (Honours) (graduate entry) from The Open University UK

  • Recognised by the law profession as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) in England and Wales
  • Covers the seven ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ as required for a QLD
  • Provides the first academic stage of training for solicitors and barristers in England and Wales
  • Offers practical experience through an online law clinic
  • Gives you an understanding of the role and place of law in today’s society

Skills for career development

This degree course will give you the chance to develop yourself beyond the boundaries of your normal work environment, giving you skills and knowledge that you can readily put into practice on a daily basis in a wide range of professional contexts. It develops specialist legal and transferable skills, including:

  • an in-depth knowledge of the foundation subjects of law and of the legal system of England and Wales
  • an ability to apply legal principles to resolve issues
  • an ability to present and make a reasoned choice between different opinions and solutions
  • an ability to read and discuss complex and technical legal materials
  • competence in the use of basic IT, databases and websites
  • thinking critically about your own learning and performance and taking steps to improve them.

Career relevance

Studying law opens up many career options, whether in law or law-related fields. Legal careers include solicitor, barrister, legal executive and paralegal. Solicitors and barristers usually work in private practice, in central or local government, commerce, industry, the armed forces or in professional bodies. 

Solicitors and barristers in England and Wales need to complete three stages of training: 

  • Academic – a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) 
  • Vocational – a Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors. Alternatively the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.  
  • Professional – a training contract for solicitors or ‘pupillage’ for barristers

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 5 years for QLD status or 12 years for non-QLD status

  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contract law and tort law 
  • Public law and criminal law 
  • Equity, trusts and land 
  • European Union law
  • Law, society and culture 
  • Exploring legal boundaries 
  • Justice in action 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • To study this qualification, you need to have completed a bachelor degree (ordinary or honours), a masters degree, or a PhD, from a recognised UK or overseas university. If you meet this entry requirement, please complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) graduate entry application form.
  • Proficiency in the English language. 
  • Access to a computer with broadband internet access, which will be vital for online learning.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12048 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12048 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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Laws (Honours) (graduate entry)
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