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
You should review the information provided below in conjunction with the UCL Prospectus page for this degree programme before applying for this programme.
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. Students will not receive a degree from the partner university, but the UCL degree will reflect the study abroad experience. You must successfully complete all four years of the programme to be awarded a Bachelors Degree with honours, but the classification of your degree will be determined by results in the second and fourth years (credits are weighted at 3 and 5 respectively). You will be assessed according to the regulations of the overseas university where you are studying in the third year.
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 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.
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 only choose three additional 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 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 Spanish law, legal institutions, and legal terminology, which is taught in Spanish 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 (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.
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)
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 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid website for more details.
*Please note this is subject to change and specific placements cannot be guaranteed.
- 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
"UCL has first-class teaching"
“What sets UCL apart is that we are taught to be sceptics from the first tutorial, and to question the status quo. UCL has great extra-curricular activities, and the staff are always trying to help you."
Annie Wood, UCL Laws LLB Law with Hispanic Law student 2014-18