Which law pathway is right for me?


06th Apr 2018



Here at the University of Essex Online, we have four exciting undergraduate LLB law degrees to choose from: LLB Law, LLB Law with Business, LLB Law with Criminology and LLB Law with Psychology.

Each of these courses has its own unique aspects, but knowing which pathway is right for you can be a challenge. Let us give you a helping hand with our guide to finding that dream law role:


Our courses


Our law degree is an extremely popular programme, offering students the opportunity to achieve a degree without compromising their work or family commitments. The programme is a great way to take those first steps towards practising law professionally. This programme is SQE-focused, meaning that you will cover a lot of the topics assessed on the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

Law is a widely recognised and highly respected subject and the knowledge gained will open up many opportunities for you to develop your career both inside and outside the legal field. Studying law prepares you for a career in many sectors. Roles in finance, human resources, education, local and central government, the voluntary sector or management all benefit from a legal background.

You may also want to check our blog 7 transferable skills you’ll develop by studying law.


Law with Business

This programme is perfect for students who wish to gain a Qualifying Law Degree while also developing a wider range of business-related knowledge and skills. A country’s laws and legal systems influence many decisions within a business, so this knowledge can be invaluable to an employer. Even if a graduate is employed in a non-legal role, they are often able to provide valuable advice as a result of their understanding of contract law, land law, company law and much more.The versatile business-specific modules on this programme also ensure that students are equipped with the desirable management, communication and financial skills required to excel in professional, global business environments.


Law with Criminology

These two areas can often be mistaken for the same subject, but they are actually very different. Criminology explores both the social and personal aspects of crime. It examines some of the most serious concerns we face as a society. The study of law provides you with a thorough academic training in the discipline of law. It enables you to develop a critical awareness of common law and legal principles and build knowledge of the UK and EU legal systems. The great thing about this pathway is that you don’t have to choose between the two, you can study them both!

This degree will broaden your knowledge on two very challenging subjects as well as expanding your range of transferable skills that you will develop. If you are working in professions such as HR, Civil Service, Accountancy, Criminal Justice, Legal Services, Police, Probation and the Prison Service then this course will give you the skills and knowledge acquired to excel and progress in your career.


Law with Psychology

Our new LLB (Hons) Law with Psychology will allow you to acquire a solid grounding in both legal and psychological principles, embracing all the subject-specific abilities, intellectual skills, practical professional skills and general transferable skills needed for a wide range of careers.

As with our other law pathway programmes, this course will also allow you to obtain a qualifying degree for those who wish to complete the academic stage of legal education, while gaining a broad understanding of the theoretical positions, practice and operations in psychology.


Do your research

With any course that you are considering you should always make sure you do your research beforehand. What are your ambitions? Where do you want your career to go? How will this degree help you? These are questions you may want to consider. Whilst all our qualifications are awarded by the University of Essex, which is a highly prestigious and recognised university in the UK, we cannot guarantee how other institutes or future employers may recognise our courses. Therefore, if you have a specific career or job in mind you should do some further research into this before applying.


Ask for advice

Your family and friends or people in your life who you trust will always give you sound advice and have your best interest at heart. So, it may be worth speaking to them to see what they think about your new adventure. Colleague and mentors may also be able to help you in your decision-making process. You may even find someone who has already done the course or a course tutor to speak to. They will be able to help with your more specific questions about the course. But remember that it is your decision and you need to feel happy with the choice you make so don’t let anyone put you off.


Reasons to study with us

Our courses are 100% online, part-time Qualifying Law Degrees, through which you can complete the academic stage of legal training. Our students study on a virtual learning platform, watching interactive lectures and using resources that are tailored specifically for online education.

Online and part-time education is extremely flexible and allows students to work while studying. It’s perfect for people with demanding family or career commitments. Progress is monitored through assignments and our virtual online platform, which are frequently assessed and validated using a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Our students are also assigned a dedicated Student Support team who act as a point of contact and mentor. We’re extremely proud of the student support we offer all of our students and we have consistently received outstanding overall student satisfaction ratings from the independent National Student Survey, scoring 93% for overall student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.


Still not sure?

Why not get in touch with our Admissions Advisers who will be happy to help with any questions you may have.

Ready to start your journey? Download our prospectus today!