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LLB (Hons) Law, Media & Creative Industries (with Foundation Year option)
LLB (Hons) Law, Media & Creative Industries (with Foundation Year option)

LLB (Hons) Law, Media & Creative Industries (with Foundation Year option)

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • This course requires 104–120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*CC, ABC, BBB or BCC, BTECs DDM or DMM. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

  • If you do not meet these requirements, you may want to consider our foundation year, a one-year course that will prepare you for degree-level study.

English Requirements

  •  If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Course Information

The media industry is evolving and changing, impacted by new and emerging technologies, meaning the laws that govern it are too. Develop the knowledge to get ahead in the areas of intellectual property and media regulation on this exciting law degree.

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the media & communication skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree. 

  • Understand the digital world and how the law interacts with it 

  • Examine issues around the control of information and technology as well as responsibility within various forms of media for content 

  • Gain as much experience as possible by attending court, taking part in moot courts and undertaking an optional work placement 

  • Join the Law Society where you'll network and socialise with others in addition to supporting charity work and CV building, there's something for everyone 

  • Take part in field trips to Law Courts, Parliament and the Inns of Court

  • 94% of graduates felt academic staff on our law courses were good at explaining things.

UCAS Code: M100

With Foundation Year: M102

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Foundation year

Core units

  • Academic & Professional Practice: You will build your confidence in both academic and professional skills. This unit will cover the academic skills which will be required at degree level study and you’ll practice them throughout the unit with support from key university services including the library and study skills team. There will also be the opportunity for you to reflect on and develop your own professional skills through interactions with employers, careers services and online resources. 

  • Collaborative Communication Project: The unit focuses on the centrality of communicaiton, both as a process and as a project. Through the collaborative development of a communication solution to a specific communication problem, the unit aims to promote the principles and practices of team-based iterative project work. 

  • Understanding Contemporary Britain: During this unit you will be introduced to key aspects of culture and society in Britain today. You will develop an understanding of the relationship between developments in culture, politics and society in the making of modern Britain and be able to identify a number of different critical perspectives on those developments. 

  • Law & Government: You will trace a case study through the United Kingdom's political and legal system, following the case study from its inception in a political party's election manifesto, through the legislative process, to how the judiciary interprets its provisions within a court of law. Building out from this case study you will develop an understanding of practical and theoretical underpinnings of politics and law. 

Year 1

Core units

  • Legal Skills & Systems: You will be introduced to English Legal Skills and Systems examining the background and structures within the English Legal System.

  • Law of Obligations 1: This unit focuses on the law of obligations and specifically the law of contract. Upon completion you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the constituent elements of contract law and the relevant principles to be able to evaluate and apply them.

  • Constitutional and EU Law: You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of UK constitutional and to the past and future relationship with the European Union as a source of domestic law. You will learn how to understand and demonstrate knowledge of constitutional law and aspects of EU law, and to apply that knowledge to a range of legal scenarios. 

  • Property Law: You wil gain an overview of the legal classifications and concepts of property, and specifically examine the private law relating to rights, estates and interests in land in England and Wales.

  • Human Rights Law: The unit will provide you with knowledge of an area of UK law which is pervasive. It will sharpen your understanding of the continuing importance of the common law and expand your awareness of the international influences on the development of UK law. 

  • Criminal Law: You will study the core legal principles of criminal liability relating to a range of criminal offences and the substantive law of the major offences against the person and property and the partial and general defences.

Year 2

Core units

  • Law of Trusts and Estates: Equitable interests and trusts provide a dynamic source of private law rights, obligations and remedies. Recognised as the most important of equity’s creations, the trust concept is used prolifically in spheres such as pensions, tax, commerce and asset protection, both inter vivos and testamentary. This unit aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding necessary in the recognition, creation and administration of various statutory, express and implied trusts.

  • Law of Obligations 2: This unit aims to provide an academically challenging examination of the issues in the Law of Torts and an introduction to the Law of Restitution; and to develop your ability to apply the fundamental principles of these areas of Law to a wide range of situations.

  • Practical Administrative Law: This unit helps to prepare you for your placement and final year Legal Research Project. You will gain an understanding of administrative law in the United Kingdom and learn how to demonstrate this understanding of administrative law through development of key legal skills in relation to legal research and advocacy.

Option units (choose three)

  • Family Law: This unit will provide you with an understanding of and skills in family law and practice. You will be encouraged to review the law in the light of social, economic and political influences and to be aware of developments which reflect changes in society’s view of the family. 

  • Corporate Law: You will be exposed to a variety of academic and theoretical perspectives on the corporation, including historical and economic perspectives. You will examine core doctrines of company law and explore contemporary issues in company law and related disciplines, including corporate crime, corporate governance and corporate finance.

  • Practical Commerical Law: This unit aims to provide you with a good knowledge and understanding of domestic commercial law of England and Wales within the business context. You will engage with such substantive areas of law relating to commercial transactions including the sale of goods and the principles of agency law. Furthermore, you will be able to gain an insight into business forms as well as various aspects of the rules of civil practice and procedures and how these apply within the business context.

  • Employment Law: The employment framework is one within which a significant number of businesses operate and as a result, a knowledge of the key laws which govern it and an understanding of the key potential areas of risk is essential.You will examine the issues within employment and labour law faced by employers, employees and workers and develop the ability to apply the fundamental principles of employment and labour law to a wide range of workplace situations and draw appropriate conclusions.

Placement year

You can complete an optional (minimum) 30-week work placement in the UK or overseas which gives you the opportunity to experience legal practice and make contacts for the future. If your placement meets the necessary criteria it can count towards 20 weeks of your training contract after graduation. 

You may take a study abroad placement for up to the equivalent  of one semester (6 months) which will count towards the 30 weeks required for the placement and then complete the remainder of the 30 weeks placement working in industry.

Final year

Core units

  • Legal Research Project: This unit aims to provide you with the opportunity to conduct research on a topic relevant to law and to reflect upon and undertake subject matter related to any relevant work-based learning experience. You will develop critical thinking, your conceptual undertanding of law and will evaluate new and existing research. 

Alternatively you can choose to take the Dissertation unit as an option choice.

Option units (choose five including at least two option units in law subjects*):

  • Informational Interests and the Law*: The unit will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the wider legal context associated with the creation, collation, processing, communication and storage of information.  It specifically addresses the disruptive impact of modern technologies on existing legal and regulatory categories and frameworks. You will identify current and future areas of disruption, and critically evaluate the use, success and appropriateness of law and regulation as a response mechanism to the management of ‘Informational Interests’. 

  • Intellectual Property Law*: Intellectual property is recognised as one of the driving engines of a high-technology economy. As such the advances in technology as well as business practices have a significant impact on intellectual property laws. You will gain an understanding of the general principles of the substantive laws relating to contemporary issues in intellectual property law and their application within the industry.

  • Media and Entertainment Law*: You will study the various issues surrounding the mass media and popular culture. Due to advances in technology and the media, Media and Entertainment Law is of increasing significance in legal professional practice, industry and business, it crosses over various legal fields including but not limited to intellectual property law, tort law and contract law.  

  • Law, Entrepreneurship and Creative Indsutries*: During this unit you will examine key areas of law relevant to entrepreneurship and the creative industries, including employment, company law and intellectual property law and upon completion be able to demonstrate your ability discuss and apply the legal principles relevant to this the industries.

  • Employment Law*: This unit aims to provide a technically and academically challenging examination of the issues in employment law faced by employers and employees. You'll develop the ability  to apply the fundamental principles of employment law to a wide range of situations.

  • Criminal Justice*: You will gain a critical understanding of the subject of criminal law and the criminal justice system which goes beyond the foundation subject and purely domestic law. You will be encouraged to review the law in light of broader influences, eg social, corporate and political, and from various comparative and socio-legal perspectives. 

  • Law of International Trade*: This unit deals with the core of international commercial law: the legal regulation of international commerce from the perspective of the traditional export transaction; that of the sale and exportation of goods by sea. This allows for an in-depth exposure to international sale contracts and those contracts with which they are intertwined, notably the contract of carriage, the contract of insurance and the contract under which payment is to be made by a bank for the goods.

  • Dissertation: This unit can be taken as an option choice and an alternative to the Legal Research Project. You will plan and execute a dissertation of 10,000 words. The aim of the dissertation is to provide you with the opportunity to conduct research on a topic relevant to law. You will develop critical thinking and will evaluate new and existing research. In particular, the dissertation aims to develop your conceptual understanding of Law.

  • Entrepreneurship for the Creative Industries: The cultural and creative industries are increasingly dependent on new forms of economic engagement, while creative individuals increasingly expect to have ‘portfolio careers’. You will explore some of the tools, skills and strategies that can be utilized to build a career as an independent producer or freelance worker in the contemporary creative industries.

  • Understanding Distribution: Distribution is often the least considered area of attention for independent filmmakers, yet it is the portal through which filmmakers must go in order to reach an audience. This unit aims to explore the history, theory and practice of film distribution, and investigate where it may be going in future. 

  • Media, Crisis and Conflict: Periods of crisis, such as war, conflict, civil unrest, epidemics, famines, and natural disasters, can alter the complex relationships between media, audiences and governments. This unit will analyse these relationships through four interrelating themes: journalism and the representation of crisis; crisis, power structures and geopolitics; audiences and the dynamics of public opinion; and crisis response and management. 

  • Celebrity Culture: You will be introduced to celebrity as a site of cultural and political power, and be equipped with the skills to evaluate the risks and opportunities that celebrity culture poses for contemporary media as a site for democratic debate. This unit allows you to engage with the social, economic and political implications of the pervasive and seemingly everyday phenomenon of celebrity.

  • Community and Digital Engagement: This unit will help you to develop a critical and practical understanding of community and digital engagement with a view to acquiring advocacy techniques that can engage citizens in local problem-solving. Drawing on theories of participation, mobilisation, activism, social movements, urban environmental education and digital literacy, the unit brings together traditional methods of community outreach and intervention with emerging forms of multimedia and digital engagement.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The media and entertainment industry has grown significantly in the past 20 years, meaning legal professionals with a good knowledge of the sector are in demand. Complex legal rights govern media organisations of all sizes, with intellectual property rights now considered to be highly prized assets.

This course will prepare you for work in the entertainment industry and open the door for a varied range of careers within this sector. In many cases, this will mean going on to take professional examinations once you have completed the academic stage of your legal training, preparing you for work in the legal profession.

85% of our students studing law courses are working or studying 15 months after graduating, of which 80% are in a professional/managerial role.

Among the roles you can take on are:

  • Solicitor

  • Barrister

  • Paralegal

  • Legal Executive

  • Litigation Executive

  • Regulatory Compliance Officer.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 624 ($) GBP per year

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