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

With growing demand worldwide for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction, this programme gives students the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of English & Welsh law & Hong Kong law

UCAS course code: M103

You should review the information provided below in conjunction with the UCL Prospectus page for this degree programme.

Involving two years of study at UCL and two years of study in Hong Kong at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), this programme leads to the award of both a Bachelor of Laws Honours qualifying law degree from UCL and a Bachelor of Laws degree from HKU.

The programme allows students to experience study abroad and thus engage with different cultures and regional legal perspectives, and to engage in vocational placements both at UCL and in Hong Kong. A great benefit of the programme is professional skills development for future legal practice in both jurisdictions.

Please note, if you wish to apply to this programme you will need to provide an additional statement as to why you would like to apply to this programme specifically. This should be sent to laws-admissions@ucl.ac.uk clearly stating your UCAS ID number. The statement should not exceed 500 words. 

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.

Structure

Years one and two of the LLB at UCL will be largely identical to the three-year LLB degree, except students on the UCL-HKU dual degree programme must take an additional compulsory extra-curricular placement in the UCL Centre for Access to Justice in Year one at UCL. Years three and four are spent at HKU. As part of the HKU element of the programme, you will undertake a vocational placement.

The Access to Justice placement, organised and overseen by the UCL Centre for Access to Justice, forms an important part of your UCL-HKU dual degree programme. The placement must be completed whilst at UCL but accounts for 12 HKU credits. It is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the principles of access to justice underpinning the role of law in society. You will also develop skills in becoming reflective practitioners as you begin to put your newly acquired legal knowledge to practical use in the community.

The projects may vary each year, but recent projects include volunteering at the UCL Legal Advice Clinic and teaching students in local schools about human rights.  You will complete the placement activity and attend seminars and project training, carry out independent reading and complete reflective academic journal entries. The perspective of the course is both analytical and practical. 

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

During the first year, you will also undertake a compulsory extra-curricular placement at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice (accounting for 12 HKU credits). 

Year 2

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

  • European Union Law (30 credits)
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (30 credits)
  • Property Law II (30 credits)
  • Tort Law (30 credits)
Year 3 & 4

The third and fourth years of study are spent at HKU, studying towards their LLB in accordance with the host university’s requirements for the degree programme. During this time, students will be registered as full-time undergraduates of HKU.  You will need to pay the relevant fees directly to HKU.

During the two years of study at HKU, you will study 168 credits (84 credits in each academic year). You will undertake a vocational internship and a dissertation over the two years.

Students who intend to do the PCLL course after their degree must take Land Law III, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Evidence (24 credits in total) as part of their disciplinary electives.

Please note: Students enrolled on this programme will not be permitted to transfer to the three-year LLB degree (subject to exceptional circumstances). 

More information

Applicants for the programme are required to apply via either HKU or UCL using the relevant admissions processes for each university. Applicants for the programme applying to both HKU and UCL will be disqualified from the admission process to this programme. 

You may be considered for the M100 LLB Law if you are unsuccessful in gaining a place on M103 LLB Bachelor of Laws (UCL) and LLB Bachelor of Laws (HKU). If you wish to be considered for the M100 in addition to M103 please let us know at the time you submit your UCAS application, this should be done via email, stating your UCAS ID to admissions.laws@ucl.ac.uk

Apply now through UCAS