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: M144
This four-year programme includes a year at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 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 Spanish language skills in order to meet the academic demands of the degree. Students who enrolled on this programme are not normally allowed to transfer to another LLB programme at UCL.
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 Spanish and is focused on Spanish 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 our 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
Students will each take two case studies in their first two weeks at UCL on subjects such as climate change, homelessness, the gig economy, medical accidents and the family home. In the case studies, 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 of course 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 Spanish law, legal institutions, and legal terminology, which is taught in Spanish and runs throughout the year.
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Property Law I
- Public Law
- European Legal Studies (Spanish) I
- Year 2
During year two of the programme, you will take four compulsory modules:
- European Legal Studies (Spanish) II
- European Union Law
- Property Law II
- Tort Law
- Year 3
You will spend the third year of the programme studying Hispanic Law at UCL’s partner university in Spain. Our current partner is the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Generally, students are assigned to a university in Spain however, requests for assignment to a particular partner university will be considered.
During the year in Spain, you will have a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and social welfare at the Spanish 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)
- Public Law (two semesters)
- One full-year option or two one-semester options in Spanish Law (although this varies and depends on the credit weighting of courses).
Assessment is based on written or oral examinations.
Some university accommodation is available.
Visit the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 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
- 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
For further programme information, including programme-specific entry requirements, visit the UCL Prospectus site.
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Annie Wood, UCL Laws LLB Law with Hispanic Law student 2014-18