The LLB Law degree three-year programme leads to the award of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from UCL
UCAS course code: M100
You should review the information provided below in conjunction with the UCL Prospectus page for this degree programme.
There is also the possibility of transferring to the four-year Joint LLB/JD degree, where students spend years three and four at the University of Columbia in New York or the Law with Another Legal System (Australia, Hong Kong or Singapore) LLB, where students spend their third year at either the University of New South Wales, Hong Kong University or the National University of Singapore.
All of our undergraduate programme degrees are recognised as a ‘qualifying law degree’ by the two main legal professional bodies, the Bar Standards Board (‘BSB’) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘SRA’), for the purpose of exemption from the academic stage of their professional examinations.
Please note that the SRA is proposing to introduce a new, independent centralised assessment for all would-be solicitors on 1 September 2021, although this is still subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board. The SRA has announced that transitional arrangements will apply to anyone who, before 1 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. 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 still remain available (undertaking the LPC and a 2-year training contract).
For students who accept a place at UCL Laws after 2021, your law degree will not exempt you from the SQE assessment but the foundation subjects studied on your law degree at UCL Laws (criminal law, contract law, tort law, property I & II law, public law, EU law) will all be assessed in the new SQE 1 exam. This means studying the foundation subjects in your law degree will still be required in order to pass the SQE 1. You will find further information about the SQE on the SRAs website: https://www.sra.org.uk/students/sqe/transitional-arrangements/
The LLB programmes begin with an intensive two-week induction programme. You will also take four 30 credit modules per year. During years one and two of the programme, all modules are compulsory. Year three of the programme consists of four optional modules (in your final year, you can replace one of your 30 credit modules with two 15 credit modules).
Many modules are taught by a weekly lecture combined with a biweekly tutorial, but teaching methods vary (especially in the final year) and can include seminars with or without tutorials.
Your performance will be assessed by a variety of summative assessments, including examination (closed book, open book, take home, timed etc), coursework, presentation or a combination of methods of assessment.
You will also submit and receive feedback on formative assessments throughout each academic year.
- Year 1
Prior to the start of teaching, you will be required to complete some pre-course reading (approximately 15 hours). This will be sent to you prior to the start of the academic year.
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. In the case studies, we shall think hard about the role. 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
During year three 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
- 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