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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

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

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.

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 German 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.

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

The structure of the programme during years one and two (when you will be based at UCL), is 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. 

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 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 a full-time undergraduate of the Universität zu Köln (and not of UCL). You will be required to pay the relevant fees to Universität zu Köln. 

See the Universität zu Köln website for further details.