Laws, undergraduate (LLB and CertHE Common Law)

Overview

Study for a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree of international standing as an independent or locally supported learner

This programme is for you if you:

  • Want to obtain an LLB degree of international standing which has provided the first step on a career route for many thousands of practising lawyers worldwide.
  • Wish to develop a critical awareness of the common law legal tradition and be able to apply analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of legal and non-legal settings.
  • Would like to enhance key skills of communication, information literacy, analysis and argument.

Note: if you intend to practise as a lawyer, barrister or solicitor, we strongly recommend that you check on the requirements of the professional body in the jurisdiction in which you wish to practise before committing yourself to the degree.

Key dates
LLB application deadline 1 October in the year before you intend to sit your first examinations
LLB registration deadline 30 November in the year before you intend to sit your examinations
CertHE Common Law registration deadline 31 October in the year before you intend to sit your examinations 
Examinations take place May/June

Programme aims and values

The Laws Programme is committed to:

  • Offering expert guidance in law. Our study materials are informed by current research and scholarship and engage with contemporary legal issues. Students are offered the opportunity not only to know the law but to understand it.
  • Providing a wealth of resources. With our Online Library and Laws Virtual Learning Environment, you have a resource-rich learning environment in which to develop your legal research skills.
  • Promoting independent learning. We support you in developing your capacity to manage your own learning.

By studying with us you will:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the foundation subjects of Common Law.
  • Learn to analyse and critically evaluate legal and non-legal primary and secondary materials.
  • Develop critical awareness. You will learn how to stand back and consider the ‘bigger picture’, developing an awareness of the context of law, nationally and globally.

Prestige and career progression

In a world where degree providers are proliferating, the University of London’s LLB offers the security of an internationally recognised 'gold standard' established for over 100 years. The University of London was the first to offer a degree in English Law, in the 1890s. Upon graduation you will be joining a distinguished group of solicitors, barristers and judges around the world who began their careers by obtaining their law degree through the University of London International Programmes. The academic direction of the LLB and CertHE Common Law is provided by a Consortium of outstanding University of London Law Schools: Birkbeck, King's, LSE, Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL. Four of these Colleges (UCL, King’s, LSE, and Queen Mary) are ranked in the top 50 worldwide for law, and all are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for law (QS World Rankings 2016).

Flexible study at reasonable cost

You have 3-8 years to complete the LLB (or a minimum of two years on Graduate Entry) and 1-5 years to complete the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law. Fees are payable as you progress rather than as a single lump. The following are examples of University fees for the whole programme of study: for the LLB from £3,111 for Graduate Entry students studying over two years from £4,473 for Standard Entry students studying over four years, and from £1,632 for the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law (you will also need to pay fees to the teaching institution). Please note that these examples are calculated using current fees for 2016-17 and so do not reflect any annual change in fees. Further details of fees payable to the University are provided on the Fees page.

Structure

Structure and syllabus

Note: Prospective students should read the Programme Specification and Programme Regulations for information and rules regarding registration as a LLB student as there are rules that govern what modules may be chosen and the order in which they are studied.

Standard Entry Route - Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)

Level 4 - compulsory modules

Contract law
Criminal law
Legal system and method [Registration with the Online Library is a requirement for successfully completing this course.]
Public law

Level 5 - compulsory modules

Tort law
Equity and Trusts
EU law

Level 5 - optional modules

Commercial law
Family law
Administrative law
International protection of human rights

Level 6 - compulsory modules

Property law
Jurisprudence and legal theory

Level 6 - optional modules

Civil and criminal procedure
Company law
Conflict of laws
Criminology
Evidence
Intellectual property
Introduction to Islamic law
Labour law
Public international law
Laws Dissertation

Standard Entry Route - Non Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)

Level 4 - compulsory modules

Contract law
Criminal law
Legal system and method [Registration with the Online Library is a requirement for successfully completing this course.]
Public law

Level 5 - compulsory modules

Tort law

Level 5 - optional modules

Administrative law
Commercial law
Equity and Trusts
EU law
Family law
International protection of human rights

Level 6 - compulsory modules

Jurisprudence and legal theory

Level 6 - optional modules

Company law
Civil and criminal procedure
Conflict of laws
Criminology
Evidence
Intellectual property
Introduction to Islamic law
Labour law
Public international law
Property law
Laws Dissertation

Graduate Entry Route - Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)

All Graduate Entry students will be required to take Laws skills for graduates (LA1050) upon first registration.

Level 4 - compulsory modules

Contract law
Criminal law
Public law

Level 5 - compulsory modules

Tort law
Equity and Trusts
EU law

Level 6 - compulsory modules

Jurisprudence and legal theory
Property law

Level 6 - optional modules

Civil and criminal procedure
Company law
Conflict of laws
Criminology
Introduction to Islamic law
Labour law
Intellectual property
Evidence
Laws Dissertation
Public international law

Graduate Entry Route - Non Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)

All Graduate Entry students will be required to take Laws skills for graduates (LA1050) upon first registration.

Level 4 - compulsory modules

Contract law
Criminal law
Public law

Level 5 - compulsory modules

Tort law

Level 5 - optional modules

Administrative law
Commercial law
Equity and Trusts
EU law
Family law
International protection of human rights

Level 6 - compulsory modules

Jurisprudence and legal theory

Level 6 - optional modules

Company law
Civil and criminal procedure
Conflict of laws
Criminology
Evidence
Intellectual property
Introduction to Islamic law
Labour law
Laws Dissertation
Property law
Public international law

Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law

Essential: To study the CertHE Common Law you must attend a recognised centre which is listed on the Institutions Directory.

Compulsory modules

Contract law
Criminal law
Legal system and method [Registration with the Online Library is a requirement for successfully completing this course.]
Public law

To study the CertHE Common Law you must attend a recognised centre which is listed on the Institutions Directory.

Study materials

How you study

You receive specially designed learning materials and have access to a significant array of online resources. Please note that online access is a requirement for registration to the LLB and the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law. The cost of your materials is included in your initial and continuing registration fees.

The study materials are designed to guide you through the syllabus for each module and direct your reading of the prescribed textbooks, study packs and Online Library resources. Although all study materials are specially produced for self-directed learning, many students choose to pay for additional educational support through an independent teaching institution either full time or part time, and benefit from the more formalised support this provides. CertHE Common Law students must have registered through, and be studying at, a teaching institution that has been specifically recognised for this purpose by the University of London.

You are strongly advised to apply to us and wait for confirmation that you are eligible to register before enrolling with an institution. Enrolment with an institution does not mean that a student is automatically registered with the University.

Study materials include:

  • Subject Guides. These are provided for each module you study. The guide will take you systematically through the module topics, with instructions on reading, learning activities (with feedback) and guidance on answering sample examination questions. The subject guides for the Level 4 compulsory modules are provided on the website.
  • Study Packs. Key recommended readings in the subject guides are available online.
  • Statute books. These are provided for all modules where a statute book is permitted in the exam.
  • Student Guide. The Student Guide is produced for the benefit of all students. It includes information, advice and guidance on the different stages and different demands of the student life cycle. It will be a valuable point of reference throughout your studies.
  • Programme Specification and Regulations. These tell you about programme structures, how to enter for exams, marking schemes, transfers etc., and are provided in electronic format.
  • For further information on essential reading, further reading, statute books and casebooks for each module please see the Booklist 2015-2016 [pdf: 32pgs 656KB].

Study support and online resources 

  • Laws VLE - The password protected Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides a centralised location for accessing many resources including: electronic versions of your study materials; past examination papers; online audio and video lectures; module updates and discussion forums.
  • Online legal research exercises - Designed to build and enhance your ability to find primary and secondary legal materials using electronic sources, and to conduct legal research generally.
  • Online Library - Gives access to Justis.com, JSTOR, ABI/INFORM, Lexis® Library, Westlaw, Academic Search Complete, Business Search Premier, and Casetrack.
  • The Laws Blog helps you to stay in touch with what is happening on your programme and includes key events and developments throughout the year.
  • Regional Revision Courses – These courses are taught by University of London approved tutors and offer support to students around the world preparing for examinations. They are an excellent opportunity to meet other students on the programme and to focus on important areas of study within each module. The events are hosted over four days with two different modules taught each day. Dates and further information is available Undergraduate Laws webpages and students are invited to book in advance.

What our students say

María Belén Bastone, Argentina

"Studying with the University of London International Programmes has been an exceptional and highly recommended experience. It offered me the opportunity to achieve an LLB degree while having a job and continuing my studies to get another degree in my own country. It has been a mind-opening experience for me, which certainly enriched me both personally and professionally."

María Belén completed her University of London LLB in 2013 and graduated as an Attorney at Law in Argentina with First Class Honours in 2015. She is a Junior Associate at the internationally recognised law firm Baker & McKenzie, and also Academic Director of the LLB programme at AIE, the University of London’s registered centre in Argentina.

Fees

Fees

The fees below refer to the 2016-2017 session only and are effective from 1 March 2016.

LLB and CertHE Common Law2016-2017
Application fee (LLB only)(non-refundable)£ 84
Registration fee£ 816
Continuing registration fee£ 375
Examination fee per 30 credit module£ 204
Credit transfer/Accreditation of prior learning fee (per module)£ 45
Full year’s transfer fee (Credit transfer/Accreditation of prior learning)(3 or 4 modules)£ 180
Laws skills pathway 1 (dissertation)*£ See note below
Laws skills pathway 2 (research project)*£ See note below
Individual modules2016-2017
Application fee (non-refundable)£ 84
Application fee for presently registered LLB students (non-refundable) £ 42
Individual module fee (includes an examination attempt) £ 408
Extension of registration fee (per annum, per Individual module)£ 204
Re-sit fee (for one paper)£ 204
Other fees (where applicable)
Late registration fee**£ 100
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*Only students who registered before 2015-16 can complete a Laws Skills Pathway.  The fees are: Laws skills pathway 1 - £300 and Laws skills pathway 2 - £206.  The Dissertation is now an optional Level 6 module for all students registered from 2016-17 who have successfully completed 180 credits and achieved an average overall mark equivalent to a 2:2 classification.  The fee for this module is £358.

*Applicable to those students seeking a Qualifying Law Degree.

When to pay

The application fee is payable when you make your application. The closing date for applications is 1 October. If you meet the entrance requirements, you will be invited to register.

The initial registration fee is payable in order to be registered with the University as an International Programmes student. The closing dates for LLB registration and Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law registration are 30 November and 31 October respectively.

The examination fee is payable when you choose to enter an examination. Examination entries are accepted from mid-December to the closing date of 1 February. The examination fees also apply to students entering resit or referred papers in November after the May or June examinations.

The continuing registration fee is payable in the second and subsequent years of registration at the time when you confirm the modules that you will be registered for during that year. The closing date for continuing registration is 1 November.

The Laws Skills Pathway 1 or 2 fee is payable in the final year for students who are seeking a Qualifying Law Degree. It is payable at the time of completing your final year continuing registration and must be paid by the date specified in the continuing registration invite letter.

An application fee may be payable if you wish to have prior learning considered for accreditation on, or transfer to, the degree programme. A full year’s transfer fee is payable if a whole year of prior learning is transferred to the degree. Such applications may be made throughout the year.

An extension of registration fee is payable if you are permitted to extend your period of registration for a stand-alone Individual module. Such requests may be made throughout the year.

**A late registration fee of £100 will be charged if payment is not received by the deadlines specified for initial or continuing registration.

How to pay

All University fees must be paid in pounds sterling (GBP). The University accepts:

  • Western Union - Quick Pay.
  • Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron, JCB).
  • Sterling banker's draft/cheque.
  • International money/postal order.

Further details are given in payment methods.

Other costs

In addition to fees payable to the University, you should budget for textbooks (this may well be in the region of £300 per year if you are taking four modules in one year) and the cost of any course or tuition you choose to take or (for the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law) are required to take.

You should also budget for the fee levied by your local examination centre. Examination centre fees are not included within the fees set out above. This fee will vary from centre to centre and you should contact your proposed examination centre(s) for details of their fees to factor them in to the overall cost of completing the programme. Find contact details for all our examination centres.

The University of London is only responsible for the examination centre fee charged at London centres. You will be charged £50 per sitting when using London examination centres.

Note

Fees are subject to annual revision and typically may be increased by up to 5% per annum. The University reserves the right to amend previously announced fees, if necessary. Generally, students whose fees are paid by sponsors will be expected to correspond directly with their sponsor regarding fees. The University can provide an invoice, if needed, upon request. Materials will not be despatched and VLE access will not be available until fees have been received. For a full list fees that may be applicable, please see the fee schedule.

Please use the enquiries form for any questions: http://enquiries.londoninternational.ac.uk

Assessment

Assessment

Note: Students are advised to consult the General Regulations, Programme Regulations and Module Descriptors for details about Assessment.

All modules (except the LLB final-year Dissertation option) are assessed entirely by written examinations at the end of each stage of study.

Examinations are held in May/June at local centres in over 180 different countries including London (please see the Assessment and examinations section of our website for further details).

All summative assessment is set and marked by academics appointed by the International Programmes as Chief Examiners/Examiners, and is marked to the same standards as for students studying in the UK at one of the colleges of the University of London.

See Quality and Standards for more information.

Requirements

Academic Requirements

To satisfy the entrance requirements for the LLB (and for Individual Modules) you must:

*Applications will be considered from applicants who do not meet the normal minimum age requirement for admission. Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision taken at the discretion of the University of London.

If you are not automatically eligible then you will be individually considered by the Admissions Panel. The Admissions Panel will consider qualifications which are not published under the Qualifications for Entrance Schedule, incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas / degrees) and substantial relevant work experience. If we cannot accept you with your current qualifications and experience, we will advise you what qualifications you could take in order to become eligible in the future.

Graduate entry to the LLB

The following are eligible to apply for graduate entry:
  • Graduates holding an undergraduate degree from an acceptable university in the United Kingdom or any other European country or in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela or Zimbabwe. 
  • Graduates holding an undergraduate degree from an acceptable university in Bangladesh which is at least two-years full time in duration plus a Master’s degree from an acceptable university in Bangladesh which is at least two-years full time in duration. 
  • Graduates holding an undergraduate degree from an acceptable university in India which is at least three-years full time in duration.
  • Graduates holding an undergraduate degree from an acceptable university in Pakistan which is at least four-years full time in duration or graduates holding a 2 or 3 year bachelor’s degree plus a Master’s degree.
  • Graduates holding an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the USA. Applications from students with other degrees not listed above will be considered at the discretion of the University. Professional qualifications cannot be considered for graduate entry. Please contact us if you would like further advice about eligibility for graduate entry.
  • Graduates holding a professional degree from an acceptable university in Sri Lanka.
  • Graduates holding a bachelor’s degree (honours) from an acceptable university in Sierra Leone.

Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law

To be eligible to register for the CertHE Common Law you must:

  • normally* be aged 18 years of age or older before 1 September in the year you register with the University and
  • be admitted to a course of instruction at a teaching institution which has been recognised for this purpose by the University of London (for further details see advice about choosing an institution).

Entrance onto the CertHE Common Law is determined locally by University of London recognised teaching institutions. All candidates are required to sit an entrance test and attend an interview at a recognised teaching institution in order to assess their suitability for the programme. Each institution will have their own admissions criteria. Candidates should contact their chosen institution directly for this information.

English language requirement

The language of instruction, reading and assessment is English. To succeed on our programmes you need a good level of competence in English. If you doubt your ability in written or spoken English we advise you take a course and test in English language before enrolling on the programme.

Required standard of English

You will usually meet the English language requirement for undergraduate programmes if you:

  • hold a UK GCSE / GCE O level in English at grade C or above
  • have five years secondary schooling taught solely in English or have passed GCE A levels or IB in essay-based subjects
  • have passed an International Foundation programme that permits entry onto a recognised UK bachelor's degree
  • hold a full Postgraduate award, or a full first degree or Associate degree taught and examined in English from an institute that is acceptable to the University
  • have passed, within the past three years, an Associate degree, Diploma or Higher Diploma awarded by an acceptable institute / polytechnic / university in Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore, or
  • have passed, within the past three years, a test of proficiency in English language from an organisation acceptable to the University.

Where an applicant does not meet the required English language level but believes they can demonstrate the required level for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

Please note if an applicant satisfies one of the above conditions yet provides evidence of a test of proficiency in English language, awarded within the past three years, which is below the University’s minimum requirements then they will be required to retake such a test before being offered admission.

The Am I qualified page has more information, including the Qualifications for Entrance document that lists some of the qualifications recognised by the University of London International Programmes.

Recognition of prior study

The University will assess all requests for credit transfer/Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) on a case by case basis and a fee is payable. For further details see the accreditation of prior learning section of the website.

For programme specific guidance on the recognition of prior learning and credit transfer, see the Programme Regulations.

Computer Requirements

Students will require regular access to a computer with an internet connection to use the International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where many of the programme’s study resources are located. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities, and other resources.

It is suggested that the computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2 MB

and the following applications installed:

  • a word processor that accepts Microsoft Word formats (.doc)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, or other PDF reader.
Academic leaders

Academic direction - Laws - LLB

The University of London Undergraduate Laws Programme is governed academically by the six University of London Colleges with Law Schools or Departments. Collectively, they are known as the Laws Consortium. The six Colleges are: Birkbeck, King’s College London, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary, SOAS, and UCL (University College London).

Academic leaders

Simon Askey

Director, Undergraduate Laws Programme

As Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme Simon is responsible for the academic co-ordination of the assessment process and matters relating to student progression and performance. His role also involves management; administration; regulatory and committee work; inspections; and elements of marketing and ‘ambassadorial’ activity. Simon also leads on the skills agenda and the development of the Laws Skills Portfolio.

Read Simon's full academic profile.

Tracey Varnava

Deputy Director, Undergraduate Laws Programme

As Deputy Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme, Tracey is involved in the development and implementation of strategy and policies to support the ongoing enhancement of the Laws programme, with particular responsibility for the management and development of compulsory modules. She also advises on quality assurance and regulatory matters and contributes to the review and enhancement of information and support provided to students and registered teaching centres.

Read Tracey's full academic profile.

Patricia McKellar

Associate Director, Undergraduate Laws Programme

As Associate Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme, Patricia drives development and implementation of the learning, teaching and assessment strategy specifically in relation to the embedding of e-learning technologies and the development of an interactive learning environment. Working very closely with colleagues in the Laws team Patricia has particular responsibility for guiding and supporting the college-based academic staff in implementing the strategy in their particular modules.

Read Patricia's full academic profile.


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