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LLB Law

The LLB Law degree three-year programme leads to the award of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from UCL

Overview

UCAS course code: M100 

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

This three-year programme teaches students from across the globe the skills to reflect critically on your understanding of the law, how the law works and how and if it can be changed. 

As a UCL Laws student, your modules will be taught through weekly lectures combined with a bi-weekly tutorial or in seminars, but teaching methods can vary, especially in your final year. During lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the principles of law, and to understand its role in governing the relations between the individual, the state, and society.

Through discussion and debate with your classmates and tutors, written assignments and presentations, you will develop your ability to communicate in a clear and effective way, sharpen your powers of reasoning, and gain the technical expertise to solve legal problems.

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.

Highlights

  • Learn directly from world-renowned academics and practitioners in the legal field. 
  • Be a part of our global student community and take advantage of our unrivalled UCL Law Society which, together with the Faculty, delivers an outstanding programme of activities and events each term.
  • Develop your skills and legal knowledge by taking part in activities such as mooting, client interviewing, debating, and negotiating competitions.  
  • Get involved in pro-bono opportunities, allowing you to provide legal advice and give back to the local community.  At UCL Laws, pro bono encompasses a wide range of voluntary opportunities that use the law and legal knowledge as an effective tool for social change. The Centre for Access to Justice (CAJ) provides Faculty-level oversight and management of the UCL Laws Pro Bono Programme, facilitating a broad range of projects for UCL students to get involved in. These range from student-led projects to others organised with partner organisations or otherwise wholly administered and run by the CAJ.
  • Access specialist careers support from our in-house Careers Consultant. 
  • Work in our state of the art Faculty, Bentham House, which provides an inspiring home for our staff and students. Located in the heart of central London, UCL Laws provides a unique opportunity to draw on the resources of the centre of the UK’s government, legal and financial communities.

Programme structure

The current LLB programmes begin with an intensive two-week induction programme, Laws' Connections: Legal Doctrine and Contemporary Challenges. Prior to the start of teaching, students 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.

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 

The case studies cover topics such as climate change, homelessness, the global financial crisis, fake news and falsehoods, and the family home. You will be encouraged to think hard about the role of lawyers and the 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.

Students take four compulsory 30 credit modules during Years 1 and 2. In the final year of the programme, students choose optional modules totalling 120 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Two week induction programme, Laws Connections: Legal Doctrine and Contemporary Challenges

  • Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Case Studies

You will take the following compulsory modules in Year 1:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law 
  • Property Law I 
  • Public Law
Year 2

During Year 2 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 optional modules totalling 120 credits. Students choose from a wide range of optional modules based on the research interests of UCL Laws academics. The modules available may include:

  • Access to Justice and Community Engagement 
  • Administrative Law 
  • Advanced Contract Law 
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • Animal Justice
  • Commercial Law 
  • Company Law 
  • Conflict of Laws 
  • Criminal Processes 
  • Criminology 
  • 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 
  • Introduction to the Law and Regulation of Banking, Financial and Fintech Services
  • Law and Religion
  • Law and Social Inquiry 
  • Law of Taxation 
  • Law, Economics and Society: The Foundations of Capitalism
  • Law, Innovation and Public Policy 
  • Lawyer, Ethics and Organisations
  • Legal Shakespeare
  • Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law 
  • Philosophy of Criminal Law
  • Public International Law 
  • Research Essay 
  • Roman Law 
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Unjust Enrichment    

Final year students can also choose to study 30 of their 120 credits in another UCL Department or at another University of London institution (subject to space).

Assessment 

Students will be assessed by a variety of summative assessments (e.g. written examinations, take-home papers, coursework essays, presentations or through a combination of methods of assessment).

You will also submit and receive feedback on formative assessments throughout each academic year.

View data on the proportion of UCL Laws LLB students achieving specific degree classifications in 2016 – 2021.

Accreditation 

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