Within a dynamic and changing European context, knowledge of another European national legal system and its law is a valuable asset, both academically and professionally
UCAS course code: M141
You should review the information provided below in conjunction with the UCL Prospectus page for this degree programme.
This four-year programme includes a year in France at Université Panthéon-Assas – Paris II*.
Students will have the opportunity to apply for one of two options, at the end of term one in their second year, depending on their level. Students are automatically eligible for the Certificat supérieur but can apply to the Module Convenor in order to complete the Licence 3 instead.
Successful students will be awarded either a Bachelor of Laws from UCL and the University certificate from Paris II “Certificat supérieur de droit français et international” or a Bachelor of Laws from UCL and the French national degree Licence 3.
Upon graduation, students who have been awarded a Bachelor of Laws from UCL and the French national degree Licence 3 will be eligible to apply to study on a Master 1 programme in Paris II or any other French University. Upon completion of their Master 1, they will automatically be entitled to progress onto a Master 2 (LLM level). Students who have been awarded a Bachelor of Laws and a Certificate in French Law will be eligible to apply to study for a Licence 3 in Paris II.
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
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.
*Please note this is subject to change and specific placements cannot be guaranteed.
The structure of the programme during years one, two and four (when you will be based at UCL), is similar to years one, two and three of the LLB Law programme, with the exception of an additional module which is taught in French and is focused on French law.
The French Law module in Years 1 and 2 will provide you with the skills needed in your year abroad in France.
During the year in France, you will have a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and social welfare at the French university.
University accommodation is guaranteed during your year in France.
For all courses with one year study abroad the overseas university will also send you information regarding term dates, student registration, and enrolment.
Throughout year two, you will have opportunities to meet returning fourth-year students who have completed their year abroad and with current visiting students from overseas universities. On an occasional basis, representatives from Paris II will visit UCL to deliver classes and information meetings.
For information regarding access to the French Barreau, visit the Paris II website.
For further information regarding academic aspects of the programme, the academic contacts are: Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin, UCL (email@example.com) and Joël Cavallini, Paris II Assas (Joel.Cavallini@u-paris2.fr)
NOTE: Students enrolled on this programme will only be permitted to transfer to the three-year LLB degree in exceptional circumstances.
You must study and pass the required number of credits for your ‘Laws With’ Study Abroad Programme, in order to pass the Study Abroad element of your degree programme. If you fail a module, and do not therefore secure the required credits, you must make the necessary arrangements via the host university to re-sit the module wherever this is possible. Please contact the Undergraduate Office to discuss. We are always there to assist and support students. As soon as your results/re-sit results are available, your marks must be forwarded to the Undergraduate Office, and provided you have satisfied UCL Laws’ requirements, you will pass the Study Abroad element of your degree programme.
Students who do not pass the year abroad will automatically transfer to the final year of the three-year LLB programme in the next academic year, following the year abroad, BUT students who transfer from a Laws with programme to the straight LLB programme must study and pass Jurisprudence in their final year and will therefore only choose three additional 30 credit modules (or equivalent) in their final 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 study the same modules as students on the LLB Law programme during year one. You will also take an introductory module on French law, legal institutions, and legal terminology, which is taught in French and runs throughout the first year.
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Property Law I
- Public Law
- European Legal Studies (French) I
- Year 2
During year two of the programme, you will take four compulsory modules:
- European Legal Studies (French) II
- European Union Law
- Property Law II
- Tort Law
- Year 3
You will spend the third year of the programme studying at UCL’s partner university in France. Our current partner university is the Université Panthéon-Assas – Paris II.
During the year in France, you will have a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and social welfare at the French university. The tutor will help you to choose your modules and will be able to approve your choices.
Prior to your departure in year two, you will be provided with information to help you prepare for your year abroad, including information and resources concerning financial considerations, passports and visas, the availability of private accommodation, local education authority documentation, travel arrangements, and insurance.
The overseas university will also send you information regarding term dates, student registration, and enrolment. Throughout year two, you will have opportunities to meet returning fourth-year students who have completed their year abroad, current visiting students from overseas universities and representatives from Paris II.
Université Panthéon-Assas – Paris II
The typical course of study consists of:
- Civil / Private Law (two semesters) with tutorials
- Public Law (two semesters) with tutorials
- Three full-year (or six semester) options
- Support tutorials in both Private and Public Law to help you prepare your tutorial sessions
You will be required to complete and pass 60 ECTS credits during your year abroad.
Assessment is based on written or oral examinations and class attendance and tutorial participation. Students may also apply prior to departure, at the end of term one of their second year, to the Module Convenor for European Legal Studies to undertake more courses during their year at Université Panthéon-Assas – Paris II to gain a Licence qualification in addition to the LLB.
The typical course of study for the Licence consists of:
- Five semester subjects with tutorials
- Eight semester options
Assessment is based on written or oral examinations and class attendance and tutorial participation.
University accommodation is guaranteed during your year in France.
Visit the Université Panthéon-Assas – Paris II website for more details.
- Year 4
During year four 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