Develop your legal skills and knowledge – and build valuable, real-life legal experience – with our highly practical LLB Law.
Join the University of Reading’s School of Law, where you’ll benefit from the expertise and practice of established legal scholars and enjoy a global community. We actively shape law and policy; our experts regularly contribute to international and UK policy development and law reforms, and we encourage students to learn and question the purpose and impact of laws. In the National Student Survey 2023, 90% of our students said that teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (90% of respondents studying in the School of Law).
Shaping your degree as per your interests
Our LLB course is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board and provides you with the first qualification for entry into the legal profession.
In the first two years of the LLB, you are provided with the foundations of legal knowledge through modules in core areas, including criminal law, contract law and public law. From your first year, you will also be able to choose from a range of specialist optional modules depending on your interests.
You can choose to complement your legal study with modules from outside our School, including languages, politics, and business courses such as entrepreneurship.
In the final year of your degree, focus on your interests by selecting from a wide range of popular modules, including:
- Technology, Privacy and Internet Regulation
- Foundations of International Law
- Banking Law
- Commercial Law
- Family Law.
Learn from experts
Our tutors include legal practitioners, advisers to government and policy-makers, international organisations, and civil society organisations.
You will be taught by experts specialising in a range of different areas, from criminal law and contract law, to environmental law, commercial law, and international law.
Our academics work at the forefront of their disciplines, exposing you to the latest developments in the field.
A year abroad with LLB with International Legal Studies
We also offer a year abroad programme: LLB with International Legal Studies.
This route offers you the chance to study legal systems and experience cultures outside of the UK. You’ll deepen your understanding of law and expand future work opportunities within sectors such as international law, business, human rights, and international or governmental organisations.
Students on the three-year LLB course can transfer onto this programme, allowing you to spend an additional year studying abroad, within or outside Europe, subject to the availability of placements with our partners.
Professional practice and community impact
During your degree, you will have the opportunity to take part in client interviewing, negotiation and mooting competitions, with work experience placements offered as prizes. The School of Law also hosts one of the largest pro bono programmes in the UK, giving you the opportunity to work with charities and organisations on a voluntary basis.
We work on a diverse range of projects, with organisations such as:
- Citizens Advice
- Thames Valley Police
- Resolve Mediation
- Access to Law
- Reading Community Court.
Along with co-curricular activities, these projects will give you the chance to promote justice and have a direct impact on the local community.