UCL Faculty of Laws


LLB Dual Degree English and German Law with Universität zu Köln

Within a dynamic and changing European context, there is growing demand in Europe for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction

UCAS course code: M146

UCL Laws offers a dual degree programme involving two years of study at UCL and two years of study in Germany at the Universität zu Köln.

This programme leads to the award of both the LLB English and German Law honours degree from UCL and the LLB from the Universität zu Köln.

The LLB is not a fully qualifying law degree in Germany, but after completing the UCL LLB and Köln LLB, you will be given the opportunity to remain enrolled at the Universität zu Köln in order to take the German First State Exam.

Please note, to be eligible to enrol on and satisfy all academic requirements for the German First State Exam, if you are applying on the basis of UK A-Level qualifications, you must have studied Mathematics or a natural science subject as one of your three A-Level subjects.

In addition to the standard entry requirements to the course, you will also be required to demonstrate complete fluency in German. Students who are enrolled on this programme are not normally allowed to transfer to another LLB programme at UCL Laws.


The structure of the programme during years one and two (when you will be based at UCL), are similar to years one and two of the LLB Law programme, with the exception of an additional module which is taught in German and is focused on German law.

This programme is recognised by the two main legal professional bodies, the Bar Council and the Law Society, for the purpose of exemption from the academic stage of their professional examinations.

Year 1

Prior to the start of teaching, you will be required to complete our 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:

  1. Introduction to the Study of Law
  2. Case Studies

Students will each take two case studies in their first two weeks at UCL on subjects such as climate change, homelessness, the gig economy, medical accidents and the family home.   In the case studies, 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 of course get to know the people you will be studying with for the coming years.

You will then study the same modules as students on the LLB Law programme during year one.  You will also take an introductory module on German law, legal institutions, and legal terminology, which is taught in German and runs throughout the year.

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Property Law I
  • Public Law
  • European Legal Studies (German) I
Year 2

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

  • European Legal Studies (German) II
  • European Union Law
  • Property Law II
  • Tort Law
Year 3 & 4

During years three and four, you will be registered on the Bachelors of Law degree programme as full-time undergraduates of the Universität zu Köln (and not of UCL). You will be required to pay the relevant fee to Universität zu Köln.

See the Universität zu Köln website for further details