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 Universidad Carlos III in Madrid and leads to the award of a Bachelor of Laws degree from UCL.
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 16 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 175 (2017 entry)*
- Spanish 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
- A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Spanish 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:
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 Spanish
A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Spanish at Advanced Higher
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA, to include Spanish.
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
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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.
- Spend your third year abroad studying Hispanic Law at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.
- 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.
All UCL Laws undergraduate programmes are recognised as qualifying law degrees (QLDs) by the two main legal professional bodies, the Bar Council and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, for the purpose of exemption from the academic stage of their professional examinations.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Laws.
- 84% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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 module in Hispanic Law, taught in Spanish 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 Spanish to meet the academic demands of the degree.
Second-year students are required to take the European Legal Studies module, which includes tuition in Spanish about the law and legal system of Spain.
The third year of study is spent abroad at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. The typical programme of study for a Certificate in Hispanic Law comprises four full-year courses or eight one-semester courses in Civil/Private Law, Public Law, and optional courses in Hispanic Law.
In the final year, you will return to UCL and will choose four modules from a list of options. 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).
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Introduction to Spanish Law
Property Law I
All first-year modules are compulsory.
European Legal Studies (with Spanish Law)
European Union and Human Rights Law
Property Law II
All second-year modules are compulsory.
You will spend your third year at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.
All final-year modules are optional.
You will select four modules from a wide range of options. Options may include:
Access to Justice and Community Engagement
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Conflict of Laws
Corporate Insolvency Law
Crime and Criminal Justice
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
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials of eight. 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 modules; in some cases an essay also counts towards the final module mark.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Law with Hispanic Law LLB.
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 (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Campaign Organiser, Liberal Democratic Party
- Training Contract, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
- Paralegal, Financial Services Authority
- Full-time student, Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School
*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £16,690 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2017 entry will be published when they are available.
Mishcon Bursary in Laws
- Up to £400/yr
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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 2017
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 at UCL.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students