You touched on a bit of reality that I have discovered in many online law schools: you have to memorize a lot of concepts and rules of law in a relatively short period of time. The program you described at the University of London is similar to online law schools here. The student is expected to know all the black letter law for criminal law, torts, and contracts and is expected to be able to apply the black letter law to hypothetical situations almost flawlessly after studying for just one year. Then your future depends on the first year law students' exam. That kind of program would work perfectly if the person studying online did not have to work or take care of a family. It really takes two years to memorize all you need to know for the FYLSE.