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Undergraduate degrees

Studying law at the University of Reading provides the perfect blend of rigorous academic study and practical legal experience.

You will learn from experienced academics who are enthusiastic about their subject, and from leading experts in specialist areas such as medical law, environmental law and international law. Some of our academics are expert advisers to government and policy-makers, international organisations and civil society organisations.

Why study at Reading School of law?

Our ethos as a friendly, inclusive law school means that we are focused on developing our students into competitive, well-rounded candidates who are prepared for a wide range of careers. With teaching from leading academics, world-leading research, excellent graduate career prospects, individual support and guidance, and an exciting curriculum combining academic rigour with practical legal experience and exclusive placement opportunities, we can help you to excel.

Watch our graduate Manon Williams  talk about her experience as a law student at Reading.

90% student satisfaction

In 2020, our students gave us a 90% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey (for more details, ask us at

"The University of Reading is one of the top universities for law and the campus is so picturesque. This University has a great atmosphere, along with high-quality teaching and opportunities for practical experience.”

Louise Astill

LLB Law graduate

exciting and relevant modules

Gain a thorough understanding of the workings of the English legal system, with the chance to tailor your studies to your interests.

innovative learning environment

Find out about our practical approach to learning and what we do to support you during your legal studies.

Co-curricular opportunities

Boost your employability by developing your skills and experience through a variety of pro bono projects, negotiation and client interviewing competitions.

a springboard to a rewarding career

As well as preparing you for the legal profession, studying law provides you with transferable skills which are valued by a diverse range of careers.

broaden your horizons

Want to see more of the world? Take the opportunity to travel as you study.



First Year

Compulsory Modules

Contract Law

The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the techniques of legal reasoning characteristic of a system based largely upon decided cases.

Criminal Law

This module will address the application of a range of criminal offences and defences. It will provide the student with an appreciation of the development of the criminal law by precedent and statutory interpretation. The module will outline the difficulties of enforcing the law, the need for reform and the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Legal Skills

To introduce students to teaching methods and expectations applicable to higher legal education and legal study skills they will need to study law as an academic discipline. To provide students with opportunities to develop and practice key skills, including transferable skills. The majority of the module will be taught as a 3 week intensive course at the beginning of the Autumn Term.

Public Law 1

The module aims to introduce students to the essential features of the British constitution and of UK and European legal and political institutions. In addition, key features of the English legal system will be explored in their constitutional context.


To introduce the student to the underlying principles of the law of tort.

The module also aims to develop the capacity to present an argument orally and in writing and to defend it against opposing points of view.


Optional Modules include:

Research and Writing Skills

Research and Writing Skills allows a student to undertake work on a set topic, in response to a problem scenario presented to them by a 'client'. Students who take part in this module will develop the ability to apply legal concepts and rules to 'real-world' problems, to formulate an argument and communicate it clearly, and to do so within the specified parameters of a client-centred project.

Second Year

Compulsory Modules

Equity and Trusts

  • To introduce the fundamental concepts and basic remedies of Equity
  • To examine the main principles of Express Private Trusts, Administration of Trusts, Resulting and Constructive Trusts, and Charitable and Purpose Trusts.

European Union law

This module aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the main institutional, constitutional and substantive features of the legal system of the EU. It aims to equip students with knowledge of the developing legal and constitutional framework of the expanding EU and its impact on the national legal orders of the Member States. The module will focus on a range of aspects of the internal market, the role - and interaction - of the institutions in the lawmaking process, the relationship between EU law and national law and the judicial remedies available to institutions, Member States and private parties.

Land Law

The module helps students understand how rights over property (particularly land) are created and transferred. It covers, for example, co-ownership of land, land registration, mortgages, and how courts enforce both legal and equitable obligations in relation to land.

Public Law 2

The module aims to introduce students to the essential principles of administrative law and civil liberties, and will develop a critical appreciation of these issues. It will introduce and overview the basic legal form, frameworks, and limitations, on the protection of civil liberties in the legal and constitutional system of the UK. It aims to build on the knowledge acquired in Constitutional law of UK and legal and political institutions of the Council of Europe.

Research Project

To provide students with a hands-on experience of the academic research process, from the formulation of a research question through to the production of a research output;

  • To provide a forum for the development of key skills relating to the presentation of ideas in written form;
  • To give students the opportunity to obtain an in-depth understanding of a specific topic.

Optional Modules

2 x optional modules, including the following:

International Law

This module provides a grounding in basic concepts and general principles of international law. Students will be encouraged to examine the legal basis of international law, the sources of the law, territory, jurisdiction and the resolution of international disputes, as well as substantive topics such as the use of military force, armed conflicts and international crimes

Banking Law

The module addresses the concept of banking regulation and supervision from a UK and a global perspective. It also addresses specific aspects of banking law, for example, the bank and customer relationship and the duty of banks to maintain confidentiality. The module also aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop and sharpen their logical and analytical skills as it relates to banking law issues. The module is designed to stretch the student's analytical mind, to enable them to resolve practical legal issues which may arise in banking and provide a clear understanding of the significant role played by banks in society. The module considers banking law generally from a practical, theoretical and legal perspective with the exploration of cases.

Foundations of International Law

This module is designed to introduce students to international law and the international legal system. It teaches the key foundational aspects of that system, such as the way in which international law is created (with a particular focus on treaties and customary international law), the subjects of the international legal system (the states of the world, but also international organisations, individuals and others), international dispute settlement mechanisms, and how states are found responsible for breaches of international law. It also gives students the opportunity to engage with the process of international law-making, through an interactive treaty negotiation exercise. Examples will reflect the Chinese experience as much as possible.

Crime and Society in England and Wales

This module adopts a historical and socio-legal approach to the study of the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales since 1750. It views the Criminal Justice System as a product of its history, and of the social, political and economic context in which it developed. It traces the shifting nature of this history and context in order to promote an understanding of the forces which shaped the Criminal Justice System, and the needs and objectives which it was designed to meet, and how these have changed over time. This facilitates a critical assessment of the fitness for purpose of different aspects of the system in the light of current social and political contexts.

Third Year

ALL Compulsory Modules

Children, Family and the State

To offer students new learning opportunities through a more practical and critical examination of public child law, adoption and private law diversion. To embed employability skills through authentic assessment, allowing students to develop new skills alongside a deeper understanding of the law.

Company Law

This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of company law in England and Wales, exploring key areas relating to the formation, structure, operation and activities of companies, and examining the regulation of companies. Students will engage deeply with case law, legislation and legal reform, and will consider the law from a range of perspectives including business needs and pressures, theoretical bases for corporate regulation, and policy considerations.


This module aims to encourage an understanding of crime as a social phenomenon, of theoretical and empirical analyses of offenders and offending behaviour, and of social and legal responses to crime. It is intended to encourage students to develop core analytic and critical skills in relation to their knowledge of this area.


This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to write a major piece of work (max. 12,500 words) the research for which has been undertaken by private study.

Environmental Law

This module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of certain key areas of environmental law and regulation. The module adopts an Anglocentric approach although it also reflects the substantial impact of EU and international law in the international sphere.

Family Law

This module aims to provide students with a working knowledge of the private law relating to the family and to family breakdown, including the law of family financial provision. It aims to give students the opportunity to develop their research skills and the habit of independent, critical thought, in particular by encouraging them to consider critically the continuing agenda of family law reform.

Gender and Law

This module provides a critical analysis of the significance of gender in a range of legal areas. It introduces students to a range of theoretical approaches to the study of gender and law and equips them with the critical tools to apply a gender critique to established legal concepts, categories and reasoning in a variety of contexts.

Please note that this module will be capped; if it is oversubscribed the places will be allocated by random ballot.

Intellectual Property Law

This module explores the field of intellectual property law and provides students with an introduction to the intellectual property system, with particular emphasis on the laws of copyright, patents, passing off, trademarks and breach of confidence. It identifies and explores the rationales for intellectual property protection; and enables students to assess their practical day to day implementation.

International Human Rights Law

This module aims to provide students with a core knowledge of the principal international human rights treaties, conventions and resolutions concluded under the auspices of the United Nations and to introduce them to the international systems that operate to ensure the enforcement, implementation and monitoring of international human rights standards. The module will also explore current issues of controversy in international human rights law.

International Law

This module provides a grounding in basic concepts and general principles of international law. Students will be encouraged to examine the legal basis of international law, the sources of the law, territory, jurisdiction and the resolution of international disputes, as well as substantive topics such as the use of military force, armed conflicts and international crimes


This module aims to provide students with a critical introduction to various approaches to legal philosophy and to encourage students to question the nature of the phenomenon of law and its significance as a form of social control.

Labour Law

This module aims to examine the law governing employment relationships. By examining the legal rules in their historical, social, economic and political context, the module adopts a critical approach to the way that labour relationships are constituted and regulated.

Law in Philosophy and Literature

The module aims to enrich students' understanding of, and sharpen their ability to critically reflect about, some of the major questions, principles and concepts of political morality that attend the study of law. It does so by introducing students to a selection of relevant works of literature, as well as philosophical writings. The module will examine such topics as justice, the rule of law, legitimate authority and democracy through the work of writers such as Hannah Arendt, Plato, William Shakespeare, John Locke, Sophocles, Katherine Mansfield, Joseph Raz and Martha Nussbaum.

Medical Law

To give students a sound understanding of common law reasoning in medical law. To enable them to see the extent to which ethics contributes to this fast developing subject.

Revenue Law

To teach the general principles, most important detailed rules, and most pervasive problems of classification, of the UK's law of direct taxation; with particular emphasis on the taxation of business income.

Technology, Privacy and Internet Regulation

This module provides students with an understanding of the challenges of regulating developing technologies and cyberspace, with a particular focus on issues relating to privacy, liberty, freedom of expression and the protection of personal data in the online environment. The module examines regulatory theory in the context of a borderless online environment, taking a domestic, international and comparative perspective to examine specific legal problems that have arisen or been driven by technological development. The module will interrogate:

  • The nature of privacy, freedom of expression and theories of regulation as applied to developing technology and the internet;
  • Privacy protection, data protection and cross-border data flows;
  • Liability of internet platforms and intermediaries for the crimes and infringements committed by internet users;
  • Social networks, platform economics and regulating surveillance capitalism; and
  • Contracts, choice of law, choice of jurisdiction and conflict of law in the online world

Writing Credit Pro Bono and Professional Practice

The Writing Credit allows the School to evaluate a student's ability to research a topic, critically analyse it, develop an argument, use and cite legal and other materials correctly and to do so within a specified number of pages (and to a specific format).




LLB Law with International Foundation Year


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