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Law with Another Legal System (Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong)

After successfully completing the first year of the LLB Law programme you may wish to apply to transfer to the LLB Law with Another Legal System (Australia, Singapore or Hong Kong) programme

This four-year programme will allow you to spend your first two years of study at UCL, the third year studying overseas in Australia, Singapore or Hong Kong* and the fourth and final year completing your studies at UCL. You will apply in the second year. Candidates will be selected primarily on academic merit. We will also consider your motivation for applying to the programme.

*Please note that list is subject to change and specific placements cannot be guaranteed. 

You must successfully complete all four years of the programme to be awarded a Bachelors Degree with honours, but the classification of your degree will be determined by results in the second and fourth years (credits are weighted at 3 and 5 respectively). You will be assessed according to the regulations of the overseas university where you are studying in the third year.

Tuition fees are paid to UCL for all four years of study (reduced for the third year). No tuition fees are paid to the overseas university.

Following the offer of a study abroad year, admission to your allocated host university is confirmed by that university and is subject to completion of a formal application to them. Our partners do reserve the right to reject candidates if they have not completed the formal application or do not consider the candidate to meet their academic requirements. Placements at our partner institutions are negotiated on an annual basis and are therefore subject to change or withdrawal without prior notice.

Please note: this programme is not available to apply to through UCAS.

All our undergraduate programme degrees are compliant with the Common Protocol on the Academic Stage of Training for the purposes of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister. All of our programmes are compliant with the QAA subject benchmark statement for law and contain the seven "Foundations of Legal Knowledge" subjects as well as the skills associated with graduate legal work such as legal research. 

Qualifying as a Barrister or Solicitor in England & Wales

1.    Solicitor

Please note that the SRA is bringing in a new, independent centralised assessment for all would-be solicitors on 1 September 2021 (the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (‘SQE’)). Transitional arrangements will apply to anyone who, by 21 September 2021, has completed, started or accepted an offer of a place on a qualifying law degree and starts the course on or before 31 December 2021, so that applies to students who start their degree at UCL Laws in September 2021. Anyone who falls within this group will have until 31 December 2032 to qualify as a solicitor under the existing routes, as long as the courses remain available (i.e. undertaking the Legal Practice Course and a 2-year training contract) or through the SQE route.

The routes to qualifying as a solicitor will change for students starting the Law degree programmes at UCL (and elsewhere) from 2022. You will need to undertake the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination (SQE) to qualify as a solicitor. Your law degree will not exempt you from the SQE assessment, but the foundations of legal knowledge subjects studied on your degree at UCL Laws (criminal law, contract & tort law, property law, public law (including constitutional law, administrative law & human rights), equity & trusts, EU law) will be assessed in the new SQE 1 exam (in addition to other areas of law and practice). In order to qualify as a solicitor after your degree at UCL Laws, you will need to complete:

•    SQE1 on legal knowledge
•    SQE2 on practical legal skills and knowledge
•    two years' full-time (or equivalent) qualifying work experience
•    pass the SRAs character and suitability requirements.

You will find further information about the SQE on the SRAs website (link above). For more information you should refer to the SRA website.

2.    Barrister

In order to become a barrister, the requirement to complete the academic component of Bar training will not change. There are three components to training to become a barrister. These are:

the academic stage;
the vocational stage; and
the pupillage (work-based learning). 

Subject to approval, the Bar Standard Board’s (‘BSB’) only regulatory involvement in undergraduate law degrees which started in or after academic year 2019/20 will be the continuing requirements that law degrees are compliant with the QAA subject benchmark statement for law and that degree courses contain the "Foundations of Legal Knowledge" subjects as well as the skills associated with graduate legal work such as legal research. All our undergraduate programme degrees are compliant with the QAA subject benchmark statement for law and contain the "Foundations of Legal Knowledge" subjects as well as the skills associated with graduate legal work such as legal research. For more information you should refer to the BSB website.

Year 1

Prior to the start of teaching, you will be required to complete some pre-course reading for the Laws’ Connections induction course (approximately 15 hours). This will be sent to you prior to the start of the academic year. You may also be asked to complete some pre-course reading for some of the year 1 modules. When you join UCL laws, you will start with a two-week induction programme: Laws' Connections: Legal Doctrine and Contemporary Challenges.

Laws' Connections is designed to be an inspiring introduction to the study of law here at UCL Laws, and to the role of law in addressing social challenges. It has two elements:

  • Introduction to the Study of Law 
  • Case Studies

In the case studies on topics such as climate change, homelessness, the gig economy, medical accidents and the family home, we shall think hard about the role of lawyers and law in addressing significant social problems and introduce some important legal ideas and concepts, and also some important legal skills. You shall also get to know the people you will be studying with for the coming years. 

You will take four compulsory modules during year one of the programme:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Property Law I
  • Public Law
Year 2

During year two of the programme, you will take four compulsory modules:

  • European Union Law
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Property Law II
  • Tort Law
Year 3

You will complete your third year of study at either the University of New South Wales in Australia, the National University of Singapore (NUS), or Hong Kong University (HKU)*.

*Please note that list is subject to change and specific placements cannot be guaranteed. 

You will be provided with information to help you prepare for your year abroad, including information and resources concerning financial considerations, passports and visas, the availability of private accommodation, local education authority documentation, travel arrangements, and insurance.

The overseas university will also send you information regarding term dates, student registration, and enrolment. Throughout year two, you will also have opportunities to meet returning fourth-year students who have completed their year abroad and with current visiting students from overseas universities.

University of New South Wales 
You will undertake a minimum of 24 credits per semester.
Visit the University of New South Wales website for information about the UNSW.  

National University of Singapore 
You will undertake a minimum of 12 modular credits per semester. 
Visit the National University of Singapore website for information about the NUS.

Hong Kong University 
You will undertake a minimum of 24 credits per semester.
Visit the HKU website for information about HKU. 

Year 4

During year four of the programme, you will be able to choose four optional modules. The modules available may include: 

  • Access to Justice and Community Engagement
  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Contract Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Criminal Processes
  • Criminology
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Care Law
  • History of English Law
  • Human Rights in the UK
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Internet Law
  • Introduction to Competition Law and Consumer Protection
  • Law and Social Inquiry
  • Law of Taxation
  • Law, Innovation and Public Policy 
  • Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law
  • Public International Law
  • Research Essay
  • Roman Law
  • Unjust Enrichment