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Bachelor of Law (UCL) and Bachelor of Law (HKU) LLB

With growing demand worldwide for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction, this four-year double degree programme involves two years of study at UCL and two years at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). This will lead to the award of two Bachelor of Laws degrees - an LLB from UCL and an LLB from HKU.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
M103
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, Hong Kong University for years 3 and 4

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
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
No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
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.

Contextual offer

Points
36 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 17 achieved in three higher level subjects with no score lower than 5.

Additional tests

LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test)

All students applying for Law programmes must take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) before their application will be considered. More information is also available on the UCL Laws website.


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.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus two GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA.

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 in two leading financial centres in the world: the LLB Bachelor of Laws degree from UCL and the LLB Bachelor of Laws from HKU.

  • The programme gives students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of English & Welsh and Hong Kong law, to experience study abroad and engage with different cultures and regional legal perspectives, and to engage in extra-curricular placements at both UCL and HKU.

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

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 the same as for the three-year LLB degree (with one addition): four compulsory modules are studied in each year.

A compulsory extra-curricular placement at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice will also be undertaken during the first year.

The third and fourth years of study are spent at HKU. In the third year you will study compulsory subjects and in the fourth year you will study a combination of compulsory and elective subjects.  You will also undertake a legal placement and write a dissertation at HKU.

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

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a LLB (Hons) in Bachelor of Law (UCL) and Bachelor of Law (HKU).

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
  • Property Law I
  • Public Law
  • Compulsory extra-curricular placement at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice (accounting for 12 HKU credits)

Further module information is available on our website.

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

  • European Union Law
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Property Law II
  • Tort Law

Further module information is available on our website.

Optional modules

All second-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

Year 3 and 4 modules at HKU (84 credits per year with some flexibility of sequence):

  • The legal system of the HK SAR (6 credits)
  • Law and Society (6 credits)
  • Constitutional law (6 credits)
  • Commercial law (6 credits)
  • Business associations (6 credits)
  • Legal research and writing I (6 credits)
  • Legal research and writing II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Chinese Law (6 credits)
  • Mooting and dispute resolution (capstone) (6 credits)
  • Practical Chinese for law students (6 credits)
  • Disciplinary electives (30 credits)
  • Free electives (30 credits)
  • Common Core courses (24 credits)
  • HKU Legal Internship (12 credits)
  • Dissertation (12 credits)

Total: 168 credits for years 3 and 4 at HKU

Please refer to the Faculty of Law website at HKU for further details.

Compulsory module(s)

Year 3 and 4 modules at HKU (84 credits per year with some flexibility of sequence):

  • The legal system of the HK SAR (6 credits)
  • Law and Society (6 credits)
  • Constitutional law (6 credits)
  • Commercial law (6 credits)
  • Business associations (6 credits)
  • Legal research and writing I (6 credits)
  • Legal research and writing II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Chinese Law (6 credits)
  • Mooting and dispute resolution (capstone) (6 credits)
  • Practical Chinese for law students (6 credits)
  • Disciplinary electives (30 credits)
  • Free electives (30 credits)
  • Common Core courses (24 credits)
  • HKU Legal Internship (12 credits)
  • Dissertation (12 credits)

Total: 168 credits for years 3 and 4 at HKU

Please refer to the Faculty of Law website at HKU for further details.


Your learning

At both UCL and HKU, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials with approximately 8 (UCL) to 10 (HKU) 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.

At HKU, you will also be exposed to a range of inter-disciplinary and subjects to widen your horizon.

Each week during years 1 and 2 of the programme, students will attend at least four x two-hour lectures and two x 1 hour small group tutorials in 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.

Assessment is similar at HKU, save that most courses are arranged on a semester basis (with two semesters).  Most senior year electives are assessed by one or more research papers.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Bachelor of Law (UCL) and Bachelor of Law (HKU) 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.

Law and lawyers operate across borders and London and Hong Kong are recognised as globally leading centres for law. This programme allows students to gain legal knowledge of both jurisdictions.

Parallel to its internationalised curriculum, this programme incorporates placements at both UCL and in Hong Kong to enhance students’ career skills. The wide range of technical capacities and subjects learned throughout your degree will open up many opportunities for you when you graduate.

Many UCL and HKU 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 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.

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.

Additional costs

This programme is taught both at UCL (years 1 and 2) and Hong Kong University (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 HKU tuition fees to HKU 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 a demonstration of the reasoning skills that are at the heart of a legal education. You should possess an informed interest in current affairs and in the world around you.

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.

Please visit our website for specific application instructions for this programme.

Before applying, you must also review our Faculty website for further details on the application process, 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. Hong Kong University is regulated by the University Grants Commission.


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