Law with German Law LLB
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. This four-year programme includes a year at the Universität zu Köln or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany and leads to the award of a Bachelor of Laws degree from UCL.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB)
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2022
- London (Bloomsbury) for years 1, 2 and 4 and either Universität zu Köln, Germany or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany for year 3
- German required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- AAB (more about contextual offers)
- German required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including German at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.
- 36 (more about contextual offers)
- A total of 17 in three higher level subjects, including German at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.
LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test)
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
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, to include German
A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include German at Advanced Higher
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*AA, to include German.
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: 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.
You will spend your third year abroad studying German law at one of UCL's partner universities in Germany—the Universität zu Köln or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
The year spent abroad studying German Law will enhance your critical analysis skills and equip you for the fourth and final year at UCL.
In your final year at UCL, you will be offered a wide range of modules which will give you the opportunity to explore certain fields more in depth and build an expertise.
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.
All our undergraduate programme degrees are compliant with the QAA subject benchmark statement for law and contain the "Foundations of Legal Knowledge" subjects for the purposes of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister, as well as the skills associated with graduate legal work such as legal research.
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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 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 & 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.
The third year of study is spent abroad at a host partner university in Germany. The typical course of study for a certificate in German law comprises three full-year courses or six one-semester courses in Civil/Private Law, Public Law, and other optional modules in German Law.
In the Final Year you will return to UCL and will choose 120 credits from a list of optional modules. One of them could be a research essay on a legal subject of your choice, subject to approval by the department. Subject to availability and approval, it may also be possible to take up to 30 credits from modules outside of Laws in place of a Laws module.
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.
Students enrolled on this programme will only be permitted to transfer to the three-year LLB degree in exceptional circumstances.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a LLB (Hons) in Law with German Law.
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.
- Laws' Connections
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- European Legal Studies (German) I
- Property Law I
- Public Law
Further module information is available on our website.
All first-year modules are compulsory.
- European Legal Studies (German) II
- European Union Law
- Property Law II
- Tort Law
Further module information is available on our website.
All second-year modules are compulsory.
You will spend your third year abroad at one of UCL's partner universities in Germany—the Universität zu Köln or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
All final year modules are optional.
You will select 4 modules from options which 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
- Intro to Competition Law
- 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
Current module information is available on our website.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials with approximately 9 students. We encourage substantial student participation and class 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.
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.
You are required to pass written assessments each year for each of your modules. You may also be assessed by way of, for example, group work/presentation.
Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Law with German Law LLB.
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 a technical expertise in solving legal problems and a capacity to determine whether a solution is fair and just.
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.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £23,300 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
This programme includes one year abroad (Year 3) at one of our German partner institutions, either the Universität zu Köln or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. You should consider the additional travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with this period of study abroad.
You will not pay tuition fees to the host institution but you will continue to pay a percentage of your tuition fees to UCL during the year abroad.
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–£1,000 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).
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.
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.
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