Law with Quantitative Research - LLB (Hons)

Kent Law School brings the study of law to life and prepares you for a successful career in law. Our LLB in Law develops your critical and analytical skills, enables you to think about the role of law in society, and provides hands-on experience through opportunities to work on real cases in our Law Clinic. A law degree from Kent prepares you for a career in law and opens doors to many other professions. On this programme you also develop valuable quantitative research skills which are in high demand by employers.

Overview

Our research-led teaching encourages you to take a critical view of the law, engaging with the latest research undertaken by expert academics. Our diverse, international community of staff and students provides a dynamic and engaging environment to gain the professional legal skills and knowledge you need to change the world we live in.

Reasons to study a Law with Quantitative Research degree at Kent

  • Top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2022 and The Times Good University Guide 2022
  • State-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated moot courtroom
  • Study the issues that matter to you through our broad range of modules
  • Prepare for a successful career – this degree helps facilitate your ambitions to work in law as a solicitor or barrister, or as a lawyer internationally
  • Adding a quantitative research minor to your programme opens your mind to new ways of thinking
  • Starting with no assumed statistical knowledge, you graduate with an advanced package of practical quantitative skills alongside your subject-specific knowledge
  • Get involved in real legal practice and assist real clients through Kent Law Clinic
  • Take part in co-curricular activities including lawyering skills modules in Mooting, Mock Trial Advocacy, and Negotiation
  • Join one of our student-led law societies
  • Participate in innovative and meaningful projects like Critical Law TV and the Kent Law Review
  • Learn from legal professionals on our Professional Mentoring Scheme
  • Study in a supportive environment with academic advisors and our Skills Hub which helps you succeed and achieve

What you’ll learn

Our law degree sharpens your thinking and your powers of persuasion whilst you gain extensive legal knowledge. Study the detail of the law, as well as its history, analyse judgments and legal developments while considering the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This critical approach facilitates you to interrogate and investigate the law, enhancing what is a fascinating subject, enabling you to build well researched evidence bases and advocate your position, which is vitally important in whichever professional you pursue.

In addition to your Law modules, you study modules focusing on Quantitative Research. Statistics and data analysis are increasingly important in a huge range of fields, including policing and criminal justice, business and finance, and the media. Quantitative methods are important in the academic study of law, offering a toolkit to compare legal systems across time and space, analyse policy and explore the relationship between the law and wider society.

See the modules you’ll study

Accreditation

This degree will help you prepare for a career in law as a solicitor or barrister. All of our undergraduate Law degrees contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers, and provide a strong foundation for students who wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE).

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*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

    A typical offer would be to achieve Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

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    34 points overall and 17 points at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Academic Skills Development and 60% in the Law module (plus 60% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 6/B or equivalent).

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

The Law School welcomes and accepts a range of domestic and international qualifications for entry (including but not limited to BTEC qualifications and Access to Higher Education programmes).  We welcome enquires about the required level in individual qualifications.

All applicants are also expected to meet the University’s general entry requirements.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (standard route), 2 years full-time (Senior Status route)

The LLB Law with Quantitative Research methods is carefully designed to take you from a basic level, with no assumed prior knowledge of quantitative methods, to a complete package of practical quantitative skills, all while gaining a thorough grounding in law.

Your quantitative research studies are completed alongside a complete grounding in law, with scope to specialise with advanced optional law modules in Stages 2 and 3.

The course structure below gives examples of the kinds of module you can expect to take during the programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Converting to a Quantitative Research Minor after Stage 1

Students studying other undergraduate programmes in Law may convert to LLB Law with Quantitative Research after Stage 1 (subject to completion of the compulsory first year Law modules and consultation with the Director of Studies for Law or their nominee).

To catch up on the quantitative research skills learned in the first year of a quantitative research minor, converting students must attend and pass the Quant GROUP Summer School, in the summer after Stage 1, in order to be eligible to convert.

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £14000
  • International full-time £18600

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

Kent Law School emphasises research-led teaching, which means that the modules taught are at the leading edge of new legal and policy developments. 

Most modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations and continuous assessment, the ratio varying from module to module, with Kent encouraging and supporting the development of research and written skills. Some modules include an optional research-based dissertation that counts for 45% or, in some cases, 100% of the final mark. 

Assessment can also incorporate assessment through oral presentation and argument, often in the style of legal practice (such as mooting), and client-based work and reflection through our Law Clinic. 

For the Quantitative Research modules, in addition to learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, project supervision, and statistics classes, you have opportunities for hands-on research in the ‘field’ through placements and field trips. Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework in equal measure.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • attract and meet the needs of both those contemplating a career in the legal professions and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in law and legal issues
  • provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal institutions and procedures of the English legal system
  • provide a sound grounding in the major concepts and principles of English law, the law of the European Union, and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • develop a critical awareness of law in its historical, socio-economic and political contexts, and to introduce students to a range of different theoretical approaches to the study of law
  • offer a range of modules covering the foundations of legal knowledge
  • offer a range of options to enable students to study some selected areas of areas of law in depth
  • provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
  • offer the opportunity to acquire direct experience of legal practice and to critically reflect on it through participation in the University Law Clinic
  • enable students to manage their own learning and to carry out independent research, including research into areas of law they have not previously studied
  • develop general critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of different legal and non-legal settings
  • provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in the legal professions and other fields
  • provide a pioneering educational opportunity within the UK context combined with student engagement in a range of disciplines, enabling students to progress into high-level careers and related postgraduate opportunities
  • provide students with the statistical and analytical tools to independently and successfully conduct advanced quantitative research
  • help students make persuasive arguments using quantitative research, and to critically assess the arguments made by others within legal and non-legal settings
  • help students link theoretical knowledge with empirical enquiry, so that they understand how to conduct and critique social research in the real world.  

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the principal features of the English legal system, including its institutions, procedures and sources of law
  • the concepts, principles and rules of a substantial range of English legal subjects, including an in-depth knowledge of some areas of law and, depending on options, an in-depth knowledge of the law of the European Union, international law and comparative law
  • the relationship between law and the historical, socio-economic and political contexts in which it operates
  • a range of theoretical and critical perspectives that can be applied to the study of law
  • a cross-disciplinary approach to qualitative and particularly advanced quantitative reasoning and the application of these methods to the analysis of complex societal problems
  • the principal sources of social sciences information and data relevant to law and socio-legal studies.

Intellectual skills

You develop the intellectual skills to:

  • effectively apply knowledge to analyse complex issues
  • recognise and rank items and issues in terms of their relevance and importance
  • collect and synthesise information from a variety of sources
  • formulate and sustain a complex argument, supporting it with appropriate evidence
  • recognise potential alternative solutions to particular problems and make a reasoned choice between them
  • independently acquire knowledge and understanding in areas, both legal and non-legal, not previously studied
  • demonstrate an independence of mind and an ability to critically challenge received understandings and conclusions
  • reflect constructively on your learning processes
  • appropriately use quantitative analytical methods – including advanced methods – in handling, analysing and presenting statistical data across relevant disciplines.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the subject-specific skills to:

  • recognise the legal issues arising in a complex factual situation
  • identify and apply the case and statute law relevant to it
  • provide an informed and reasoned opinion on the possible legal actions arising from it, and their likelihood of success
  • identify the legal and related issues that require to be researched
  • effectively locate and use primary and secondary legal and other relevant sources
  • conduct independent legal research using a range of resources, both paper and electronic
  • critically evaluate an area of law both doctrinally and in terms of its socio-economic and other consequences
  • handle and interpret quantitative evidence in differing intellectual contexts
  • construct arguments within law and socio-legal studies using quantitative empirical evidence.

Transferable skills

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • use the English language, both orally and in writing in relation to legal matters and generally, with care, accuracy and effectiveness
  • engage constructively and effectively in arguments and discussions of complex matters
  • give a clear and coherent presentation on a topic using appropriate supporting materials
  • read complex legal and non-legal materials and summarise them accurately
  • employ correct legal terminology and correct methods of citation and referencing for legal and other academic materials
  • produce work in appropriate formats
  • work collaboratively in groups to achieve defined tasks, to respond to different points of view and to negotiate outcomes
  • present and evaluate information in a numerical or statistical form
  • word-process their work and use a range of electronic databases and other information sources
  • make appropriate use of analytical methods – including advanced methods – in handling, analysing and presenting statistical data in diverse real-world settings
  • use IT and software to word-process, store, retrieve and analyse quantitative data and conduct various forms of computer-based analysis.

Independent rankings

Law at Kent scored 88% overall and was ranked 9th for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2022.

Careers

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent employment record, with Kent Law School graduates commanding some of the highest starting salaries in the UK. Law graduates can go into a variety of careers, including:

  • solicitor or barrister in a private practice
  • company lawyer
  • legal work within government
  • legal work within the charity and NGO sector
  • non-legal careers, such as banking, finance and management.

The quantitative skills gained in the LLB Law with Quantitative Research programme help set you apart from the crowd as a multi-skilled graduate able to analyse, interpret and explain quantitative data. These attributes are invaluable in the field of law; the rise in the availability and use of data means that quantitative skills are also increasingly in demand in a range of other fields, including business, finance, government, the civil service, journalism and the media.

Help finding a job

Kent Law School has an active careers programme – leading law firms and prominent members of the legal profession visit the University to meet our students. We also work with employers to create work placement opportunities for our students.

The Law School's dedicated Employability and Careers Development Officer can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

You also have access to the University's friendly Careers and Employability Service.

Work experience

Our award-winning Kent Law Clinic gives local people access to free legal advice and representation. As a student, this gives you the chance to work on real cases under the guidance of qualified lawyers. You take on clients and sometimes have the chance to act as the client’s advocate in court or at a legal tribunal.

One of the particular strengths of this programme is the opportunity to complete a quantitative work placement as part of your degree. Workplace experience is highly valued by employers, and the placements offered involve applying quantitative analysis for business and organisations across a range of sectors, giving you the opportunity to add concrete workplace achievements to your CV.

The Q-Step centre boasts a team of world-class quantitative researchers,
and innovative technology-based teaching methods. Our Placement Officer provides one-to-one support in arranging your placement if you choose this option in Stage 3. Please see www.kent.ac.uk/qstep for more information.

Career-enhancing skills

Our approach to law helps you to develop:

  • a detailed knowledge of the law
  • sophisticated legal research and writing skills
  • practical skills in mediation, negotiation and interviewing clients.

On this programme you also gain and develop advanced quantitative research skills through modules that offer specialist training in cutting-edge techniques, as well as training in how to understand, explain and critique data in diverse real-world settings.

You gain intellectual, analytical and practical skills that are vital to lawyers but also useful in many other professions. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • manage your time effectively
  • work independently or as part of a team.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Professional recognition

Our degree programmes contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers. They also provide a strong foundation for students who may wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) in the future.
 
Our critical approach to law and legal practice enables students to develop creative intellectual and transferable skills which prepare them for contemporary legal practice – in the UK and worldwide, and for successful careers in many fields.

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If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

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