Law

Law - LLB (Hons)
with a Foundation Year

Study Law at Kent and become part of one of the top 20 law schools in the UK. Learn to take a critical view of the law, work on real cases in our Law Clinic and put theory into practice. A law degree from Kent opens doors, not only into the legal profession but to many other areas, such as politics, business, the civil service and the NGO sector.

Overview

Kent Law School is renowned for its world-leading research and an approach which enables you to think critically about law within the broader context of society, considering it's role and impact, and the potential it has to change the world we live in.

Our Law with a Foundation Year - LLB (Hons) degree programme

Law with a Foundation Year extends access to the degree to students from a wide variety of qualifications and educational backgrounds. It is the ideal programme if you have completed a university entry level qualification but have grades below the level required for entry to the degree directly.

During the Foundation Year you complete modules which prepare you for the study of Law, and which develop your academic skills to enable you to confidently progress to a university degree. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year at the required level (see below), you move on to the first year of our Law LLB (Hons) programme.

Law is a stimulating degree that sharpens your thinking and your powers of persuasion while giving you extensive legal knowledge. You study the detail of the law, as well as its history. You analyse judgments and legal developments while taking into account the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This critical approach enhances what is already a fascinating subject.

Teaching on the Law degree takes place via lectures, small group seminars and case studies. Our popular mooting programme, hosted in a dedicated space within the £5m Wigoder Law Building, gives you the chance to develop advocacy skills in a simulated courtroom setting before a bench comprised of local judges, practising barristers, solicitors and lecturers.

Kent Law School has a supportive environment and your lecturers have office hours where they provide guidance on a one-to-one basis. We also provide:

  • the Skills Hub offering tailored guidance, five days a week in term time
  • a law librarian to guide you in the use of online and printed resources.

As a foundation year student, you are a full member of the University and can take part in all student activities.

Progression requirements from the Foundation Year to the LLB

To progress from the Foundation Year to the LLB in Law, students must pass all components of the Foundation year with a 60% overall average including 60% in Academic Skills Development and 60% in the Law module.

Accreditation

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).

Study resources

Kent Law Clinic is based within our new, purpose-built building. It is ideal for developing your practical skills and has a replica courtroom for mooting.

Our academic resources are extensive. You have access to a wide range of materials, including:

  • collections of legislation and case law in UK, European and international law
  • Lawlinks, our award-winning gateway to online legal resources
  • major legal databases that are used on a daily basis in the legal profession
  • audio recordings of your lectures.

Extra activities

There are plenty of activities related to your studies, including:

  • Kent Student Law Society for aspiring solicitors
  • Kent Temple Law Society for those intending to go to the Bar
  • Kent Critical Law Society
  • Kent Canadian Law Society
  • European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Kent

Kent Student Law Society and Kent Temple Law Society arrange events that are attended by members of the legal profession, many of them Kent alumni. They include QCs, judges, barristers, solicitors and members of the Bar Council and Law Society.

In previous years, events have included the:

  • Kent Law Fair
  • Kent Law Ball
  • Temple Dinner.

Kent Critical Law Society has also put on events where students, academics and practitioners can debate topical – and often controversial – legal issues.

Professional network

We have approximately 100 legal professionals registered on our Professional Mentoring Scheme, and leading law firms visit the campus to attend the annual Kent Law Fair, offer mock interviews, or run workshops.

We regularly hold careers talks given by practising lawyers (many of whom are Kent alumni) and host guest lectures given by some of the leading legal figures of our time.

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Make Kent your firm choice – The Kent Guarantee

We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*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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    A level

    CDD

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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.

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    IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; we also welcome applications from IB Certificate students who have achieved 4s in all subjects

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    N/A

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

Law with an Foundation Year is designed to accommodate students who have completed a level 3 qualification (such as A levels) but have not met the requirements to entry the degree directly, including students with comparable international qualifications. We consider applicants taking a wide variety of qualifications, and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about whether the qualification you are taking, or the grades you have achieved, are acceptable for entry.

Typical entry requirements for 2022 entry remain published on the UCAS course search website. These provide a rough guide to our likely entry requirements for Clearing applicants. 

During Clearing (after 5 July), our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies and so may be higher or lower than those published on UCAS as typical entry grades. Our Clearing vacancy list will be updated regularly as courses move in and out of Clearing, so please check regularly to see if we have any places available. See our Clearing website for more details on how Clearing works at Kent.

If you are an international student, you may also be interested in the University’s 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 are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

Entry requirements for Law LLB - FAQs

Find answers to many common queries about the application process on our website.