Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

Bachelor of Law (UCL) and Bachelor of Law (HKU) LLB

With growing demand worldwide for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction, this four-year double degree programme involves two years of study at UCL and two years at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). This will lead to the award of two Bachelor of Laws degrees – an LLB from UCL and an LLB from HKU.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Bloomsbury
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (See Degree benefits)
Applications per place
15 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
175 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to Law subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

No specific subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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 Skills Challenge Certificate plus two GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA.

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

  • This programme leads to the award of two LLB degrees: the Bachelor of Laws degree from UCL and the Bachelor of Laws from HKU.

  • The programme gives students the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of Hong Kong law, to experience study abroad and engage with different cultures and regional legal perspectives, and to engage in vocational placements both at UCL and in Hong Kong.

  • In both institutions 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.


All UCL Laws undergraduate programmes are recognised as qualifying law degrees (QLDs) by the two main legal professional bodies—the Bar Standards Board 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).

The first two years of study are the same as for the three-year LLB degree: four compulsory modules are studied in each year. A compulsory extra-curricular placement at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice will also be undertaken during the first year.

The third and fourth years of study are spent at HKU. In the third year you will study compulsory subjects and in the fourth year you will study a combination of compulsory and elective subjects as well as undertake a vocational internship.

Please note: students enrolled on this programme will only be permitted to transfer to the three-year LLB degree at UCL or the four-year LLB degree at HKU in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the respective institutions.


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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Contract Law
Criminal Law
Property Law I
Public Law
Compulsory extra-curricular placement at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice (accounting for 12 HKU credits)

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

All second-year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Business Associations (6 credits)
Common Core 1 (6 credits)
Common Core 2 (6 credits)
Commercial Law (6 credits)
Constitutional Law (6 credits)
Introduction to Chinese Law (6 credits)
Law and Society (6 credits)
Legal Research & Writing I (6 credits)
Legal Research & Writing II (6 credits)
The Legal System of Hong Kong SAR (6 credits)
Practical Chinese for Law Students (6 credits)
U English (or disciplinary elective) (6 credits)
Summer dissertation (12 credits)

Total: 84 credits at the University of Hong Kong

Please refer to the Faculty of Law website at HKU for further details and a programme outline.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Common Core 3 (6 credits)
Common Core 4 (6 credits)
Disciplinary electives (30 credits)
Free electives (24 credits)
Mooting & Dispute Resolution (6 credits)
Vocational Internship (12 credits)

Total: 84 credits at the University of Hong Kong

Optional modules

Please refer to the Faculty of Law website at HKU for further details and a programme outline

Your learning

During your time at UCL you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials comprised 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: Bachelor of Law (UCL) and Bachelor of Law (HKU) LLB.


Law and lawyers operate across borders and London and Hong Kong are recognised as globally leading centres for law. This programme allows students to gain an understanding of the legal knowledge and professional skills required to practise in both jurisdictions.

Parallel to its internationalised curriculum, this programme incorporates placements at both UCL and in Hong Kong to enhance students’ career skills. The wide range of technical capacities and subjects learned throughout your degree will open up many opportunities for you when you graduate.

The wide range of skills and subjects learned throughout your degree open up many opportunities when you graduate. Many UCL Laws graduates move directly to further vocational study and train to become solicitors or barristers. Recent graduates have also chosen employment in government, political service and commercial management. Some have selected to undertake further academic study. 


The first cohort of students on this programme is due to graduate in 2020; therefore no information about career destinations is currently available. Please see the first destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of the undergraduate Laws programmes at UCL for a selection of representative careers.

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 2013-2015 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19). Fees for years 3 & 4 are paid directly to HKU; please see www.law.hku.hk/programmes/fees.php.
Overseas students
£20,040 (2018/19) Fees for years 3 & 4 are paid directly to HKU; please see www.law.hku.hk/programmes/fees.php.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL 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.

For a full list of departmental scholarships available in Law, please visit our website for full information  

Additional costs

You will be required to cover the cost of airfares between London and Hong Kong.

Departmental scholarships

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 a demonstration of the reasoning skills that are at the heart of a legal education. You should possess an informed interest in current affairs and in the world around you. Your motivation and interest in studying abroad and particularly at HKU will also be taken into consideration.

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 2018


Candidates are assessed through their UCAS applications, 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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