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English and German Law Dual Degree LLB

With growing demand in Europe for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction, this four-year dual degree programme involves two years of study both at UCL and at the Universität zu Köln in Germany, leading to the award of a Bachelor of Laws degree from each institution.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
M146
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Accreditation
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB)
Application deadline
15 January 2021
Location
London (Bloomsbury) for years 1 and 2, Universität zu Köln, Germany for years 3 and 4

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
Complete fluency in German required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades
AAB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Complete fluency in German required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
39
Subjects
A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. Complete fluency in German is required.

Contextual offer

Points
International Baccalaureate Diploma with 36 points overall, and a combined score of 17 achieved in three higher level subjects with no score lower than 5 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Complete fluency in German required.

Additional tests

LNAT

Student applying for Law programmes must take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).


UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Complete fluency in German required

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Complete fluency in German required

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA. Complete fluency in German is required.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • This programme leads to the award of two LLB degrees: the LLB Bachelor of Laws from UCL and the LLB Bachelor of Laws from the Universität zu Köln.

  • You will be taught by distinguished academics who are cutting-edge researchers in their fields. Their knowledge of law and their significant experience and influence will enrich your learning.

  • The international scope of our degrees is reflected in the content of different topics, itself reflecting the expertise of our staff in international and comparative law.

Accreditation

The degree is recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. At the time of writing, the training requirements of the legal professions are under review. Please see our website FAQs for more information.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

We start the first two weeks of the first academic year 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.

The first two years of study are similar to the three-year LLB degree: four compulsory modules are studied in each year.

Students on the programme are also required to undertake a European Legal Studies (German) module (taught in German) in both years one and two at UCL.

In year 1, the module introduces the German legal system/methodology, and core concepts of Constitutional Law.  In year 2, topics include German Contract law and the Law of Obligations.

Years 3 and 4 are spent at the Universität zu Köln studying towards the German Law degree in accordance with the host university's degree requirements.

During this time, students will be registered as full-time undergraduates of the host university. They will however remain under the pastoral care of a UCL academic mentor and the UCL Laws Undergraduate Office throughout their time in Germany.

Students are given the opportunity to remain enrolled at the Universität zu Köln after completing the UCL LLB and Köln Bachelor of Laws in order to take the German First State Exam.

Please note, to be eligible to enrol on and satisfy all academic requirements for the German First State Exam, in the instance you are applying on the basis of UK A level qualifications, you must have studied mathematics or a natural science subject as one of your three A level subjects.

The department does not offer language tuition.  Throughout the programme, students will be responsible for maintaining, or, if necessary, improving their linguistic ability in German to meet the academic demands of the degree.

Please note: students enrolled on this programme will only be permitted to transfer to the three-year LLB degree in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of both institutions.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a LLB (Hons) in English and German Law Dual Degree.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Laws' Connections
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • European Legal Studies (German) I
  • Property Law I
  • Public Law

Further module information is available on our website.

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

  • European Legal Studies (German) II
  • European Union Law
  • Property Law II
  • Tort Law

Further module information is available on our website.

Optional modules

All second-year modules are compulsory.

Study in Germany

Students are registered in the Bachelor of Laws degree programme as full-time undergraduates of the Universität zu Köln.

Students must take a total of 12 compulsory courses and 6 electives while at Universität zu Köln, with a flexible choice of creating your schedule each semester.

Study in Germany

Students are registered in the Bachelor of Laws degree programme as full-time undergraduates of the Universität zu Köln.

Students must take a total of 12 compulsory courses and 6 electives while at Universität zu Köln, with a flexible choice of creating your schedule each semester.


Your learning

While at UCL, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials with approximately 8 students. We encourage substantial student participation and discussion in seminars and tutorials on the basis of prepared work. Considerable emphasis is placed on small group teaching where you will benefit from individual attention and advice.

In Cologne you will learn to be self-organised as you will choose between certain courses and create your own schedule. 

Each week of years 1 and 2 of the programme students will have at least four x two-hour lectures and 2 small group tutorials each week of terms 1 and 2. In addition to formal learning and teaching events such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you will have to undertake independent private study. Whilst everybody is different, we expect you to dedicate about 30 hours of private study per week. It may be more some weeks. Many students organise informal study groups and find working with colleagues helpful.

Assessment

You are required to pass written assessments each year for each of your modules at UCL. Some modules are assessed by way of presentation, for example, too.

In Cologne, you are required to pass written examinations at the end of each semester. Furthermore, you have to take 5 tutorials in your two years at the University of Cologne and one colloquium in Comparative Law. It is your choice whether you undertake your research essay with UCL or Cologne (varied regulations apply).

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: English and German Law Dual Degree LLB.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Careers

As a law student, you will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of how the law works and how it may be changed, to sharpen your powers of reasoning, and to develop both the technical expertise to solve legal problems and the capacity to determine whether a solution is fair and just. This programme allows students to gain legal knowledge of both jurisdictions.

The wide range of skills and subjects learned throughout your degree open up many opportunities when you graduate. Many UCL Laws graduates move directly to further vocational study and train to become solicitors or barristers. Recent graduates have also chosen employment in government, political service and a range of industries. Some have selected to undertake further academic study. 

*Please note as this degree programme is small, career data has been aggregated with other LLB programmes at UCL.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£22,080 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

This programme is taught both at UCL (years 1 and 2) and the Universität zu Köln in Germany (years 3 and 4). You should consider the additional travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with undertaking this programme in two locations.

You will pay UCL tuition fees to UCL in years 1 and 2, and you will pay Universität zu Köln tuition fees to Universität zu Köln in years 3 and 4.

If you have any questions or concerns about the additional costs, please contact the Laws Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information (details given on this page).

In addition, please note that if you wish to study abroad during your programme at UCL, this is likely to incur additional costs. Studying abroad may cost between £200 –£1000 per month depending on where you choose to study. The cost of studying abroad can be difficult to predict as it will depend on your priorities and choices. There is more information available on the UCL Study Abroad website.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

For a list of departmental scholarships available in Law, please visit our website for full information.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We are seeking dedicated candidates who have an aptitude for exploring arguments and ideas. Your ability to formulate and express thoughts and opinions is critical, as is demonstration of the reasoning skills that are at the heart of a legal education. You should possess an informed interest in current affairs and the world around you.

As students will spend time in both London and Cologne with English and German students, excellent language skills are mandatory for this study programme.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2021



Selection

Candidates are assessed through their UCAS applications, the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) and, in some cases, by interview. You are required to take the LNAT as soon as possible after submitting your UCAS application and no later than 20 January in the year in which you are applying. Applicants must link LNAT registration details to UCL.

Although your proven academic achievements are important, a detailed knowledge of law is not required. Demonstration of your perseverance in past achievements (e.g. in your academic work), along with a strong, genuine and intelligent motivation for studying law will contribute to your successful admission to UCL.

Candidates are required to demonstrate complete fluency in German in addition to the standard entry requirements.

Before applying, you must review our website for further details on the application process/entry requirements and read though our list of FAQs.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


UCL is regulated by the Office for Students. Universität zu Köln is regulated by the TBC.