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Mrs Shibhan Atack

Email: admissions.laws@ucl.ac.uk

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English and German Law LLB and Baccalaureus Legum

UCAS code: M146

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 University of Cologne.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA
Subjects Complete fluency in 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, with no score lower than 5. Complete fluency in German is required.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. 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 University of Cologne.
  • 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.

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 University of Cologne 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 University of Cologne 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).

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.

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).

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 University of Cologne.

Final Year

Study in Germany

Students are registered in the Baccalaureus Legum degree programme as full-time undergraduates of the University of Cologne.

Further details on 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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Music at the University of Cologne, Germany (2010)
  • Full-time student, Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at the University of Oxford (2010)
  • Full-time student, Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at the University of Cologne, Germany (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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.


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.

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.

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

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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