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  • Start date: September 2016

Law with German Law LLB

Within a dynamic and changing European context, knowledge of another European national legal system and its law is a valuable asset, both academically and professionally. This four-year programme includes a year at the Universität zu Köln or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and leads to the award of a Bachelor of Laws degree from UCL.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Law with German Law LLB
UCAS code
M142
Duration
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Law
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

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
German required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs
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

Points
39
Subjects
A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects including German at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

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, to include German

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include German at Advanced Higher

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*, to include German.

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

  • Spend your third year abroad studying German Law at one of UCL's partner universities in Germany - the Universität zu Köln or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 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 are the same as for the three-year LLB degree, with two 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 year of study is spent abroad at a host partner university in Germany. The typical course of study for a certificate in German Law comprises three full-year courses or six one-semester courses in Civil/Private Law, Public Law, and other option courses in German Law.

In the final year, you will return to UCL and will choose four subjects from the list of optional courses. One of them could be a research essay on a legal subject of your choice, subject to approval by the department.

Students enrolled on this programme will not be permitted to transfer to the three-year Law LLB (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

Year Abroad

You will spend your third year at an approved university in Germany.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

All final year courses are optional.

Optional courses

You will select four courses from a wide range of options. Options may include:

Access to Justice and Community Engagement
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Commercial Law
Company Law
Conflict of Laws
Corporate Insolvency Law
Crime and Criminal Justice
Criminology
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Family Law
History of English Law
Intellectual Property Law
Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Law of Evidence
Law of Taxation
Lawyers:Practice and Ethics
Medicine, Ethics and the Law
Public International Law
Research Essay
Roman Law
Unjust Enrichment

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.

Assessment

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: Law with German Law LLB.

Careers

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.

Destinations

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

  • Research Assistant, Universität Passau (2013)
  • Legal Researcher, Picshare Ab (2012)
  • Legal Intern, Barclays Capital (2011)

*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

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£15,660 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding

Scholarships

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

Value
£1,000
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria

E Bufton Bursary

Value
600
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria

Mishcon Bursary in Laws

Value
Up to £400
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria
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



Selection

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.

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