Whether you aspire to work in a top-tier law firm, improve access to justice, or pursue a career in international business, studying a degree in Law, Law and Criminology or Law with Business Management at Buckingham lets you take the first step.
Our Law programmes provide the foundations to build your legal career. If you study on our Law and Criminology degree, you’ll also graduate with knowledge relating to crime, criminal justice and criminal behaviour.
All our law programmes provide thorough preparation for the Solicitor’s Qualifying Exams and satisfy the academic component of training for becoming a barrister. They also provide the foundation to practise across the common law world. You can also undertake our Master of Laws (LLM) upon finishing your undergraduate degree, to gain specialist knowledge, completing your graduate studies to Master’s level in three years.
Studying Law is also valuable experience for other careers such as banking and finance, local and national government and employment in industry.
We also offer a part-time law degree study option, which offers more flexibility: attend lectures one evening a week and graduate with a law degree in just four years.
Why choose Buckingham
Study Law, including Law and Criminology and Law with Business Management at Buckingham, the home of the two-year degree, ranked in the top 10 for Graduate Prospects (The Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022). Students are at the heart of everything we do: our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies. You will love our personalised teaching model, dedicated student support team, and beautiful, safe campus. To hear more from our law students, watch our video about Law at Buckingham.
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“I found the staff in both the Law School and Buckingham as a whole to be nothing but supportive and encouraging of my goals. The accelerated degree program gave me an advantage over graduates from other universities and allowed me to complete both an LLB and LLM within 3 years. Buckingham also provided me with many opportunities for work experience with senior practitioners and judges. I was also given the opportunity to provide consumer advice in the Law Clinic. This practical hands on experience is not present in most universities and gave me an edge over other candidates in job interviews.”
Aaron Tate, LLB and LLM graduate
Your future career
Pursue a career as a lawyer or adapt to roles in a wide range of sectors, including non-government organisations (NGOs) and the public sector. A law degree will develop your abstract and critical thinking and practical problem solving, all of which are key skills for not only lawyers, but managers, consultants, politicians, journalists, financiers, international aid workers, and more.
Within the first five years of their career, graduates earn an average of around £31,000.*
*Legal Cheek 2019
We support your employability through a Professional Development Portfolio, in which you write reflectively about the professional skills you acquire and use during your time at university. These skills will help you in your studies as well as being crucial for your future career.
Meet our Dean and Programme Directors
Dr Sarah Sargent, Reader in Law
Director of the Part-Time LLB Programme
A qualified lawyer in the US, Dr Sargent has a wide range of publications in the areas of international human rights law, indigenous rights, cultural heritage, child welfare and adoption laws, medical law, and horsemanship.
Dr Patricia Covarrubia, Reader in Law
Director of LLM Programme
Dr Covarrubia is Reader in Law and an IP consultant at the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk, co-funded by the EU Commission. Dr Covarrubia holds an LLM in European Law and a PhD in Intellectual Property. Her research interests include geographical indications and indications of origin, compulsory licences in the pharmaceutical industry, and the protection of traditional knowledge. Dr Covarrubia has also been the recipient of scholarships and grants from Brunel University, the World Intellectual Property Organization and The University of Buckingham, allowing her to further her research in her areas of interest.
Dr Adolfo Paolini, Reader in Law Commercial Law
Associate Dean of Law
A specialist in banking law and company law, Dr Paolini is the joint author of the practitioner reference, Directors and Officers Liability Insurance which received the prize for ‘Best Book 2009’ from the British Insurance Law Association. Dr Paolini holds the Insurance Law Consultant position at the international law firm Clyde & Co.
Dr Francis Grimal, Reader in Public International Law
Director of the Full Time LLB
A specialist in Public International Law, Dr Grimal has a range of publications in the areas of ‘threat of force, jus ad bellum, missile defence shields, AI and Autonomous Self-Defence, cyberwarfare, militarization of outer space,’ to name a few. He is also the Book Review Editor for the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law
Our law programmes offer a range of placement opportunities, including the Street Legal Scheme, which connects you with local law firms and chambers for internships and other legal workshops. These schemes offer an excellent insight into the legal workplace and are an excellent starting point for exploring alternative careers in areas such as governance, banking and finance.