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 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 "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
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.
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.
The current 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. The Final year 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 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
- 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
In the final year 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