LLB (Hons) Law

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Teaching Quality
Learning Resources
Assessments & Feedback
Academic Support
Enjoyment Factor

Reviews

Anonymous

Overall the structure of the course is excellent as it helps you understand the areas of the law and get more depth better. In first year the compulsory modules are contract law, criminal law, land law and public law. This is very good as it allows you to gain a basic understanding so that you will be able in second year to understand equity and trusts as well as tort law. Lastly, in our last year we are able to choose a 'specialty' as 3 out of 4 courses are your choice thus allowing you to choose whatever you prefer and in essence gain a specialty.

Anonymous

I enjoy my degree because I feel it is sufficiently challenging and the teaching style is good as it allows you to progress independently but you can also get a lot of help from other on your course as well as from professors. However I feel the assessment style can be a bit difficult as a lot of modules are purely based on a final exam as opposed to including a coursework element.

Anonymous

Many would be very impressed upon knowing that I’m doing a law degree, but at the same time, they would most likely to think of me as a boring and dry person. TRUST ME! I’m not! and doing a law degree does not only involve memorizing huge chunks of texts!Law is always evolving to meet the needs of the changing world. Let me give you an example, ever since social media started being a hit for the society, the law has slowly evolved extensively to include many areas such as confidentiality and harassments. See? We don’t just study law from 100 years ago!Queen Mary is also the best place for us to do law! Why? It’s such a friendly environment with many assistance from either the school or the teaching team, they literally help you in your academics, jobs, volunteering experiences and even your personal life!

Anonymous

The degree is correctly formulated and well coordinated, which allows students to grasp the topic, and also understand the principle in the correct manner. The wide range of modules available with the esteemed academic make it easier for the students. The tutorials are friendly, while the lectures cover the course content to a noteable extent. The learning resources are also very wide and engaging.

Anonymous

The lack of contact hours (12 hours a week) makes this course heavily independent. The course is essentially self taught. There is two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial per module. This abundant free time is not to be spent in leisure however.The essential reading list is lengthly. There are chapters from the textbooks as well as from case books. On top of this there are case reports to read, some of which can be incredibly long. For example 'Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington LBC' which was one of the cases to be read for 'Equity and Trusts' was 64 pages long and Lord Browne-Wilkinson's judgement alone was 10,000 words. Alongside all of this there are also occasionally articles that are also a part of the essential reading make up. You will probably never read all of the essential reading for any one given topic ...let alone the recommended reading.The work load will drive you insane. After the Christmas break you will probably have a mental breakdown once a fortnight in which you entirely regret your decision to read Law. It is the hardest thing you will ever do. People told me that a Law degree would be hard and I was like 'yeah but I'm smart so I'll be fine' ...I was very wrong.The course is entirely exam for mandatory modules but some optional modules do have coursework components. There are no January exams or tests throughout the year that contribute to your overall grade. It all rests on your performance on one set of exams per module.It can be incredibly interesting at times but it is not for the faint hearted.

Anonymous

The degree is interesting, current and relevant to each student in some way. However, the content given in lectures is not sufficient to gain a 2:1 therefore a vast amount of reading is necessary (hundreds of pages for essential reading plus extra reading every week). This takes up a lot of time as you should take notes alongside.There are plenty of resources in the library and provided by the lecturers to help you gain a high grade but the teaching quality is not what I expected. There is a range of teaching styles and some lecturers (especially second semester of Equity and Trusts) expect you to find the majority of information independently and are less willing to help you when you have a question.The feedback given for assessments is poor and minimal, from my experience, which does not help you in any way or give you guidance on how to improve. Some lecturers (for Family Law) are very opinionated and have conducted research themselves on the topics you study, and I feel that in order to get a good grade in these subjects you must go against what you really believe and argue in favour of what they have found, as is the case in our tutorials.Although challenging, as expected, it is a good degree to have at such a high rated university but the feedback and support given could be improved.

Anonymous

Very challenging course with lots of independent studies and requires a critical thinking in learning every new aspect of law. With the help of staff and resources available in Queen Mary, it helps first year students to adapt into the university life better

Anonymous

A lot of information is provided on law careers and alternative careers, both on and outside of the course.Lectures and tutorials are usually well delivered, but sometimes there does not seem to be enough time to cover very expansive topics and the reading can be quite dense. However, most of the tutors are very engaged and knowledgable of their topics.The quality of the course is of a very high standard, but this equally means it is demanding of students to work hard

Anonymous

The degree is very well thought. Lecturers and tutors are very helpful both during their usual classes but also for the opportunity to attend their office hours and ask further questions. The standard is really high. Therefore, I highly encourage students to get as much as they can from the opportunity to interact with their teachers, read the secondary reading as it is really important and just not to leave anything behind.

Anonymous

A Law degree is a very competitive and demanding degree. You should be really thorough in time management and note-taking. These will be useful not only when deadlines come up, but also when exams come up. The assessment is quite difficult, since in some subjects the final grade is derived completely by the final exams and not any assignments during the year. The key is to be organized from the start, and never be in a position to have to catch up chapters and chapters .

Anonymous

I really enjoy the course and the overall structure of my course. The lectures are well presented and i like the fact that there are weekly tutorials which really allow you to engage in the discussion about the position of the law today in its current system. The assessment structure is good however i would have preferred a 100% exam based system as personally i dont do as well in coursework than i do in exams.

Anonymous

Queen Mary's is well known for its law department. The university provide a high quality Bachelor of Law. The teachers are really easy to approach and helpful. The facilities are really modern with a high quality wifi everywhere. There are a lot of different countries represented by the students of the degree.

Anonymous

QMUL has been great to me - my professors are the coolest and most experienced people with amazing qualifications and involvement in all the important areas in my field. QM does provide a lot of opportunities in terms of networking, work experience, research, publishing, involvement in university affairs, etc. The only thing I wish that the LLM programme at QM had was more assessments as we have almost none throughout the year and the first assessment we submit is the exam itself. Also, the LLM programme provides just one two-hour class a week for each module and this limits the learning opportunity, although not by a lot.

Anonymous

The structure of the course is similar to any other LLB programme however Queen Mary offers excellent module option with interesting topics such as law and literature and environmental law. The teaching standard tends to be good with some excellent teachers. All are very approachable. For me the best thing about QM is the student societies which offer lots of opportunities for work placement. I would say the worst thing about the degree is you are not pushed to achieve high grades and really have to chase feedback and make an effort to improve yourself.

Anonymous

Content & Structure: Very detailed and interesting Complexity: Varying degrees- gets challenging Teaching - Majority to high standard Assessment: Enough Enjoyment: Very Much

Anonymous

Content is broad and covers many fields, frm criminology to public relations, to European level and everyday issue.Further, the best thing about this course is that they allow you to pick the models to our liking which makes it even more exciting and personalised.Teachers and tutors are welcoming and friendly and ready to support us.As of the campus, QMUL is located in Mile end where you can find anything you may need as a student. Parks, lakes are in the nearby which helps us relax our mind . The city and Westfield Stratford too.The degree is a x3 years course which opens many doors and professional fields.

Anonymous

Content covers a variety of legal topics giving a broad understanding of law.Teaching quality is excellent, teachers are always willing to answer questions.Learning resources are extensive, access to legal databases and library resources online.Assessments and feedback occurs twice a year which is a good opportunity for exam practice but there is no mock exams in 2nd or 3rd year which would be useful as the exams are so long.Academic support is available but work is very much independent, there is little interaction with other students.Enjoyment factor is medium, law is very challenging and often lonely as you do not socialise with others on your course due to independent work.

Anonymous

I don't think anyone could possibly prepare you for the demands of a law degree. I knew it was going to be hard but I can't say I realised 'how' hard. I think many students pursue a law degree simply because of the 'wow' factor it entails which is true, whenever you mention your degree title to anyone, you instantly feel proud. However, many people were dropping out in first year and I think that was mainly because they simply did not enjoy studying the law. I have learned that enjoyment of the subject is absolutely crucial and would recommend to everyone that even if you're a bit unsure about pursuing a law degree, I would hold back and consider your options a bit more.If, however, you are certain that you are passionate about learning all about law, then it is the right degree for you. Over the years of your degree, you are required to pack as much of the core law topics in as possible. This means you often feel completely overwhelmed with information. After your first year however, you learn how to study more effectively and this is why most law degrees' first year exam scores do not count towards your overall degree grade. Law is a very exciting area and you are often taught by the leading academics in their areas. It is an extremely useful degree as not only does it look impressive, you are learning extremely valuable skills throughout your degree. Studying law has made me a lot more aware of the world around me and has also made me more independent. It is an extremely competitive subject to be involved in, with all of your fellow classmates all competing rigorously for a limited amount of places, but if you are extremely hard-working and passionate about the law, it is a very rewarding degree to pursue.

Anonymous

Wish there were more summative assessments as most courses are 100% exam. There are some pretty decent lecturers. Some tutorial tutors are not helpful.

Anonymous

Queen Mary is an excellent place to study, located in the East End of London, you are in the prime prosition to enjoy the whole of london. It is also the only campus university in London, giving you the same inclusive and homely feel whilst also allowing you to experience the full potential of the city. The course itself is excellent. The lecturers and engaging and the tutorial groups are small, allowing you to make the most of the information you have been given and enhance your understanding.

Anonymous

During first year the topics studied are land law, public law, contact law and criminal law. They are great to start off with and ease you into the degree. You receive more reading options than you can images with essential and reccomended separated to give guidance. The teaching is great, I have 1 tutorial and 2 lectures every day apart from Wednesday which I get off and is a good chance to catch up on work. There are so many societies to get involved with - we have 8 for law alone and there are extra opportunities within law such as being part of the legal advice centre and in second and third years giving real legal advice! It's a great university which I would recommend to anyone. 

Anonymous

The content of the course is incredibly interesting and is taught in such a way that the subject-matter of the lectures correspond with the tutorials, so that your knowledge on the subject builds and develops in a manner that enables you to understand and retain it better.

Anonymous

Very structured approach, interesting content especially in final year as we get to choose our own modules. Teaching at QM is second to none and are always thorough and make sure you fully understand the basics before progressing

Anonymous

Law is a difficult and challenging subject, and I find that it is different to anything I may have encountered at school. Be prepared to spend hours in the library teaching yourself seemingly abstract concepts as only 3 hours per subject per week of contact hours are scheduled (2h lecture and 50 min tutorial). Course content is very rich and requires time to focus and understand what is the underlying message and how one can apply that to any given scenario. Tutors expect you to be efficient with extra readings - it is deemed 'extra' as is not part of the textbook however it is generally required to be able to form opinions and educated answers to problem questions. Tutors also vary in teaching methods - some are very strict in keeping to the textbook and cases and answering questions in the course outline, others tend to prefer a group discussion where everyone can add and formulate their own answers. Assessment is 100% formative with one 4h exam in May for the 1st year and majority of 2nd year. Some of the optional modules allow coursework however it is mostly 50% of the grade, so exam technique needs to be strong going into this degree.

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