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

During year one of the programme, you will take five compulsory modules:

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

During year one, you will study the same modules as students on the LLB Law programme, including a short introduction to legal method at the beginning of the year. 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.

Year 2
  • 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