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LLB Law with German Law

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: M142

This four-year programme includes a year at the Universität zu Köln or the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and leads to the award of a Bachelor of Laws degree from UCL.

Throughout the programme, you will be responsible for maintaining (or, if necessary, improving), your German language skills in order to meet the academic demands of the degree. Students who are enrolled on this programme are not normally allowed to transfer to another LLB programme at UCL.

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. 


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. 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. For those students who start an undergraduate programme at UCL Laws in 2022 or later, 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 law, tort law, property I & II law, public law, EU law) will be assessed in the new SQE 1 exam (in addition to other areas of law and practice.  You will find further information about the SQE on the SRAs website (link above). 

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

Structure

The structure of the programme during years one, two and four (when you will be based at UCL), are similar to years one, two and three of the LLB Law programme, with the exception of an additional module which is taught in German and is focused on German law.

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.

This programme is recognised by the two main legal professional bodies, the Bar Council and the Law Society, for the purpose of exemption from the academic stage of their professional examinations.

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 keen 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 choose 3 additional x 30 credit modules (or equivalent) in their final year (not the usual 4 x 30 credit modules).

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 students 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 then 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.

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 first year.

You will therefore take five compulsory modules during year one of the programme:

  • 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

You will spend the third year of the programme studying  at one of UCL’s partner universities in Germany. Our current partners are the Universität zu Köln and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Students can request assignment to a particular partner university and we do our best to accommodate all preferences, however, placement at the preferred choice of partner university cannot be guaranteed.

During the year in Germany, you will have a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and social welfare at the German 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 and with current visiting students from overseas universities.

The typical course of study consists of:

  • Civil / Private Law (two semesters) 
  • And/or Public Law (two semesters) 
  • Optional modules (varies by host university and depends on the credit weighting of courses)

You will be required to complete and pass 60 ECTS credits during your year abroad.

Assessment is based on written or oral examinations.

Some university accommodation is available.

Visit the Universität zu Köln and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München websites 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 

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