Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017


This three-year programme combines theory and research with practical application and skills-based training. Students may also have the opportunity, after year two, to extend their studies by a year and spend part of their degree studying abroad in the USA, Australia or Singapore. No previous knowledge of law is assumed or required.

Key information

UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
16 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
175 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Law subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

No specific subjects.
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.

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

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma with grade A in the Core, including at least two GCE A-Levels at grades A*A.

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

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.

Degree benefits

  • 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 faculty in international and comparative law.
  • Transfer may be possible to the four-year joint LLB/JD degree, where years three and four are spent at the University of Columbia, New York, or the Law with Another Legal System LLB, where year three is spent at the University of New South Wales in Australia or the National University of Singapore.
  • 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.

Degree structure

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).

In the first year of the programme, following an introduction to legal method, you will study the compulsory modules in Public Law, Contract, Property I and Criminal Law. Progression to the second year of study is contingent upon passing all first-year examinations.

In the second year you will take four more compulsory modules: Tort, Property II, EU and Human Rights Law, and Jurisprudence. As in the first year, progression to the final year is contingent upon passing all second-year examinations.

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


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory modules

Contract Law
Criminal Law
Property Law I
Public Law

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

European Union and Human Rights Law
Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Property Law II
Tort Law

Optional modules

All second-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

All final-year modules are optional.

Optional modules

Select four modules from options which 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
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Family Law
History of English Law
Intellectual Property Law
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.


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

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: 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:

  • Associate, Milbank Tweed
  • Trainee Solicitor, Clifford Chance
  • Trainee Solicitor, Hogan Lovells
  • Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • University Traineeship Programme, International Courts of Justice

*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 and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Student view

I've been able to grow and develop the skills I will need as a future lawyer. Soon I will be shadowing a judge at the Royal Courts of Justice, and that's definitely as a result of being a UCL Law student and society member. Lorraine Chimbga - Law LLB (Third Year)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.

UK/EU students
£TBC (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£18,300 (2017/18)

UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at 9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website


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.

Departmental scholarships

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

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 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 to UCL.

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

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