This programme is designed to offer a unique method of study. It combines the convenience of distance learning with the advantage of regular attendance at seminars. At these seminars you will receive guidance and support from enthusiastic staff who are experienced in helping students develop the analytical and research skills necessary for an understanding of the law.
Three subjects are studied each year over three terms (October to June) and you will complete your degree in four years.
We welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds, from those who are looking for a change of career to those who are returning to education after a long absence. Our experience shows that all students bring their own valuable contribution to the programme and all can be equally successful in gaining an LLB provided they demonstrate sufficient commitment and motivation.
Applications are welcomed from students of all ages. There are no formal entry requirements for mature students on this programme. However, all candidates are interviewed and motivation and work experience are taken into consideration. Younger students will normally be expected to have gained the equivalent of three grade Cs at A-level, but all applications will be fully considered and weight given to experience and potential.
The programme is fully recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board. As such, it enables our graduates to proceed to take the professional examinations that lead to qualification as a solicitor or a barrister.
There are no formal entry requirements for mature students. Younger students will normally be expected to have gained the equivalent of three grade Cs at A-level. However, all applications are fully considered and all candidates are interviewed. Motivation, work experience and most importantly potential are always taken into consideration.
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Programme Director for an informal interview. He would also be happy to answer any questions you may have:
Terms and conditions for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >
The LLB (Part-time) programme follows a traditional three term academic year starting in October with examinations each June and you will complete your degree in four years. Unlike the full-time students, your summers are free. Teaching takes place on Wednesday evenings during term time for two 90-minute sessions, and attendance is compulsory. During each evening two subjects will be covered with the subjects rotating on a pre-set timetable. During these sessions there is ample opportunity to explore any areas of difficulty with your tutor.
In addition to the once-a-week contact teaching hours, you will also have to make a substantial commitment to private study and seminar preparation. Rather like a distance learning programme you will be provided with a comprehensive range of materials at the beginning of each year. This will include recommended textbooks for each subject and a comprehensive Study Pack containing seminar study notes and materials, exercises, revision guidance notes and relevant cases and articles. It is a unique feature of our course that you will be able to study at home at a time convenient to yourself allowing time for discussion and exploration of more complex areas of law during the weekly seminars.
High calibre staff
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
Assessment methods for this course are 30% coursework and 70% exam for all subjects. with the exception of Introduction to Legal Studies. The exams are taken in June of each year of study.
Preparation for work
All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment.
Graduates from the Part-time LLB programme at Buckingham have used their law degree as a springboard to many different forms of professional success. Some use the degree to progress their careers in a wide range of professions, including management, human resources and the police force. Others use the degree to switch to a career in the law. To illustrate, those graduates who now work as solicitors do so in a wide range of law firms and areas of practice, including Latham and Watkins (City of London), EMW Law (Milton Keynes) and McKeag and Co (Newcastle). Others still have started their own law firms, such as Pauline Purcell of Purcell solicitors in Milton Keynes.
What our students and alumni say
The following are insights into the experience, both on and then after the degree, of some our part-time LLB graduates. They can be read in more detail by following this link: Students’ views (part-time LLB).
- Marcos Kauffman (LLB 2016)
The subject of law, and its impact on societies and businesses, has always fascinated me. However, due to entering the job market very young and focusing my studies on professional development around business, manufacturing and supply chain, I was unable to study law until later in my career, which brought me to the part-time LLB at Buckingham. Read more >>
- Lisa Buckridge (LLB 2010)
Although originally intending to go to university immediately after school, life and health got in the way. I was lucky enough to be taken on in a law firm as a paralegal and never lost sight of my dream of being a solicitor. It was my employer who suggested that I consider the University of Buckingham’s part-time Law degree as this offered the qualification I wanted with exceptionally high quality teaching. Read more >>
- Matt Boddington (LLB 2007)
The early course lectures start by addressing basic study skills, and pretty soon you find your feet. Once up and running you find that you have pet subjects (perhaps not the ones you might have guessed you would enjoy) and favourite tutors who just seem to explain things in a way that makes the penny drop. Hopefully something extra-curricular will grab you too – for me it was mooting which satisfied my argumentative streak! Read more >>
Read more about what our current students and graduates think of the programme
Total tuition fees*
|Part-time LLB Law 12-term (4-year) – (September start)||£1,176||£3,528||£14,112|
Tuition fees are inclusive of all study materials, textbooks and examination fees.
At the beginning of each year, you will receive copies of the recommended course textbooks and casebooks for each subject to be studied in that year. You will also receive a comprehensive ‘study pack’ containing seminar study notes and materials, exercises, revision guidance notes and pointers, together with relevant cases and articles.
Fees can be paid, interest free, in instalments via monthly direct debit so there is no need for a large up-front payment. One third of your fees for the term (currently £392) is paid on registration, followed by two further monthly payments (September 2016 tuition fees are £3,528 per annum). If you wish to pay your fees in this way, please contact our Student Fees office.
A ‘Tuition Fee Loan for eligible part-time students at private university or college’ is also available to Buckingham students. More information is available via the gov.uk website.
A scholarship worth half of the total fees of a Part-time Law degree is on offer to local people thanks to the generosity of Pauline Purcell, the founder and Managing Director of Purcell Solicitors. Pauline is one of the earliest graduates of the course and is a shining example of the opportunities the part-time LLB creates for its students.
Due to the mode of study on this course you will not normally need a room in University accommodation during your degree.
However, if you require short-term accommodation in Buckingham we would be happy to provide a list of local bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation. Alternatively, please contact our Accommodation Office for advice.