University Calendar 2012/13
Section VII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Business and Law

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Academic Unit Southampton Law School
Final Award LLB (Hons)
LLB(Hons) (European Legal Studies)
LLB (Hons) (International Legal Studies)
LLB (Hons) (Maritime Law)
LLB (Hons) (Accelerated)
Programme(s) LLB (Hons)
LLB (Hons) (European Legal Studies)
LLB (Hons) (International Legal Studies)
LLB (Hons) (Maritime Law)
LLB (Hons) (Accelerated)
Last modified August 2012

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
The School of Law follows the University's commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities and individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedure as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs.

The Programme follows the University regulations specified in Section IV : Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes.

Where in accordance with Ordinance 7.2 modules completed at other places of learning by a candidate are counted as equivalent to examinations in the programme for the Bachelor of Laws, the School may permit such a candidate to qualify for the degree by following such a programme of study and completing such examinations as it shall specify.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
Mode of attendance shall be by full time study only.

Duration of ‘normal’ study shall be for LLB (Hons) and LLB (Hons) Maritime Law 3 years, LLB (Hons) (European Legal Studies) and (International Legal Studies) 4 years, and LLB (Hons) (Accelerated) 2 years.

A candidate for the degree of LLB (Hons) (European Legal Studies) or for the degree of LLB (Hons) (International Legal Studies) shall be required to follow a programme of study abroad for such period and under such conditions as may be approved by the School. Normally the programme of study abroad will last for one academic year following the second year of study.

The LLB (Hons) comprises four core modules in year 1, and a further 4 core modules in year 2. The final year includes one compulsory module (leading to submission of a 10,000 word dissertation) and four optional modules. Two half-options may be studied in place of one full option. The availability of optional modules is dependent on staffing and timetabling constraints, and it cannot be guaranteed that every option will be available in any particular year. Additional optional modules may be made available from time to time. It may be necessary to limit the number of candidates taking a particular module.

For the LLB (Hons) (Accelerated) programme candidates follow the same year 1 and year 2 course of study as the LLB (Hons) and, in addition in year 2, they complete the dissertation module.

All modules are taught throughout the academic year and those in years 1 and 2 are required by the Law Society and the Bar Council to enable the degree to have ‘Qualifying Law Degree’ status, carrying exemption from the academic stage of qualification for admission to the Law Society or the Bar of England and Wales.

Please refer to the Programme Specifications at http:\\ for further details of available modules, their credit values and other general programme content.

3. Progression
The LLB programme follows the University’s general progression rules as set out in Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Undergraduate and Integrated Masters Programmes (University Calendar, Section IV), save that, in order to satisfy the requirements of the Law Society and the Bar Council of England and Wales, all modules studied in Parts I and II are core and no compensation for failure is permitted. A student who fails in Part I or II in modules up to 30 ECTS may be referred in those modules.

Candidates shall not normally be entitled to present themselves for any examination unless they have regularly attended (see 7, below) and performed the prescribed work of the programme to the satisfaction of the Head of Law. For the purpose of this Regulation, examination shall include all methods of assessment. Candidates' attention is also drawn to the University's General Regulations concerning non-attendance.

In accordance with Regulation 2, candidates studying for the LLB (Hons) (European Legal Studies) or for the LLB (Hons) (International Legal Studies) degree will be required to have completed successfully the programme of study abroad to progress to the final Part (Year) of the degree.

4. Assessment
The performance of candidates shall be assessed by the Board of Examiners in accordance with the University ’s Regulations Governing Examinations, and are subject to confirmation by the School.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
The School of Law follows the University’s general regulations concerning undergraduate degree classification with the exception of the award of first class degrees.

A list of final year candidates who have satisfied the Board of Examiners will be issued with the names arranged in alphabetical order within the following classes: first class honours, second class honours (in two divisions), third class honours.

The final award is made by Senate on the recommendation of the School to candidates who have satisfactorily completed an approved course of study and have satisfied the assessment requirements.

For further details of the processes and procedures that ensure the successful completion of the degree please see the Examinations Handbook.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Students, who apply to study the LLB (Hons) (European Legal Studies) with good language skills and would like to study law in another European jurisdiction, at the end of year two, will spend a full academic year overseas at one of several designated universities within the EU. They must successfully complete the academic requirements of that year as set down by the Institution of study and will then return to the UK to complete their final year, which is the same as the core LLB.

Similarly students who apply to study the LLB (Hons) (International Legal Studies) will follow the same structure as above but will chose to study at a designated University.

7. Other
These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.

The School requires students to attend regularly. A student will be deemed not to have regularly performed the prescribed work of a particular module where unauthorised absence exceeds 30% in classes where attendance is recorded. Where this occurs, the candidate will not be permitted to sit the examination for that module and a fail mark will be recorded. This will result in a retake or resit, although assessed work marks may be carried forward to the Supplementary Examination in September. Any recorded absence will be deemed to be unauthorised unless written evidence of medical or other exceptional or substantial circumstances is submitted for consideration by the relevant year Senior Tutor, showing how this might have affected the candidate’s ability to attend the course.

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