Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

English and German Law LLB and Baccalaureus Legum

With growing demand in Europe for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction, this four-year double degree programme involves two years of study both at UCL and in Germany, leading to the award of a Bachelor of Laws degree from UCL and the Baccalaureus Legum from the Universität zu Köln.

Key Information

Degree Programme
English and German Law LLB and Baccalaureus Legum
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Total intake (by subject area)
175 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
14 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
84% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Complete fluency in German required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. Complete fluency in German is required.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Complete fluency in German required

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Complete fluency in German required

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades A*A. Complete fluency in German is required.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • This programme leads to the award of both the Bachelor of Laws degree from UCL and the Baccalaureus Legum from the Universität zu Köln.
  • You will be taught by distinguished academics who are cutting-edge researchers in their diverse fields. Their knowledge of law and their significant experience and influence will enrich your learning.
  • The international scope of our degrees is reflected in the content of different topics, itself reflecting the expertise of our staff in international and comparative law.
  • This degree is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, for the purpose of exemption from the academic stage of professional qualification.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The first two years of study for this programme are the same as for the three-year LLB degree, with these exceptions:

First-year students are required to take a course in German Law, taught in German and including law, legal institutions and legal terminology. The department does not offer language tuition and students will be responsible for maintaining, or, if necessary, improving their linguistic ability in German to meet the academic demands of the degree.

Second-year students are required to take the European Legal Studies course, which includes tuition in German about the law and legal system of Germany.

The third and fourth years of study are spent at the Universität zu Köln studying towards the German Law degree (Baccalaureus Legum) in accordance with the host university's requirements for the degree programme. During this time, students will be registered as full-time undergraduates of the host university.

The Baccalaureus Legum is not a fully qualifying law degree in Germany but students are given the opportunity to remain enrolled at the Universität zu Köln after completing the LLB and Baccalaureus Legum in order to take the German First State Exam.

Students enrolled on this programme will not be permitted to transfer to the three-year LLB degree (subject to exceptional circumstances).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Contract Law
Criminal Law
Introduction to German Law
Property Law I
Public Law

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

European Legal Studies (with German Law)
European Union and Human Rights Law
Property Law II
Tort Law

Optional courses

All second-year courses are compulsory.

Year Three

Study in Germany

Students are registered in the Baccalaureus Legum degree programme as full-time undergraduates of the Universität zu Köln.

Final Year

Study in Germany

Students are registered in the Baccalaureus Legum degree programme as full-time undergraduates of the Universität zu Köln.

Your learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials of eight students. We encourage substantial student participation and class discussion in seminars and tutorials on the basis of prepared work. Considerable emphasis is placed on small group teaching where you will benefit from individual attention and advice.


You are required to pass written examinations each year for most courses; in some cases an essay also counts towards the final course mark.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: English and German Law LLB and Baccalaureus Legum.


As a Law student you will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of how the law works and how it may be changed, to sharpen your powers of reasoning, and to develop both a technical expertise in solving legal problems and a capacity to determine whether the solution is fair and just.

The wide range of skills and subjects learned throughout your degree open up many opportunities when you graduate. Many UCL Law graduates move directly to further vocational study, training to become solicitors or barristers. However, recent graduates have also chosen employment in government, political service and commercial management as well as undertaking further academic study.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, LLM at the University of Cambridge (2013)
  • Full-time student, Staatsexamen, State of Nordrhein-Westfalen (2012)
  • Full-time student, Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at the University of Oxford (2010)
  • Full-time student, Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at the Universität zu Köln, Germany (2010)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,690 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Bentham Club Scholarship

UK, EU, Overseas

E Bufton Bursary

UK, EU, Overseas

Mishcon Bursary in Laws

Up to £400
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on both academic merit and financial need

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

We are seeking dedicated candidates who have an aptitude for exploring arguments and ideas. Your ability to formulate and express thoughts and opinions is critical, as is demonstration of the reasoning skills which are at the heart of a legal education. You should possess an informed interest in current affairs and the world around you.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


Candidates are assessed through their UCAS application, the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) and, in some cases, by interview. You are required to take the LNAT as soon as possible after submitting your UCAS application and no later than 20 January in the year in which you are applying. Applicants must link LNAT registration details to UCL.

Although your proven academic achievements are important, a detailed knowledge of law is not required. Demonstration of your perseverance in past achievements (e.g. in your academic work), along with a strong, genuine and intelligent motivation for studying law, will contribute to your successful admission to UCL.

Candidates are required to demonstrate complete fluency in German in addition to the standard entry requirements.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students