OverviewLaw (Senior Status) is a two-year LLB programme for advanced students (those with a degree in another discipline). It is primarily designed for graduates who wish to obtain a qualifying law degree but will also be of interest to those non-law graduates who have an interest in reading law as a second academic degree.
The Senior Status programme attracts students from all around the world, so there is the opportunity to get to know people from many different countries.
The Senior Status Society, run by students on the programme, is more social than the other careers focused societies and exists to support and welcome students who have already had the ‘first time at university’ experience. There is a great sense of comradery amongst the Senior Status students and the society has co-ordinated a range of events, such as networking event at the Canadian Embassy.
Why study law at Queen Mary?The School of Law at Queen Mary is ranked first in London for law, and third in the UK, behind only Oxford and Cambridge by the Guardian University Guide 2016. Our students are also happy with us, giving an overall satisfaction rating of 91 per cent in the most recent National Student Survey.
Law Student SocietiesAlongside our degree programmes students can take advantage of the large number of student run law societies and get involved with departmental events and networking opportunities through becoming a student ambassador.
Legal Advice CentreThe School of Law was the first law school in London to set up a Legal Advice Centre (LAC), offering free legal advice to members of the public. Our students volunteer in an advisory capacity and work alongside qualified solicitors from top city law firms. The LAC enters its 10th year in 2016 and has a number of award winning projects; its most recent, SPITE , aimed at victims of revenge porn has been nominated for a number of awards in its first year of running.
Plus two modules or a combination of full/half modules totalling two.
Module options include:
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
- Commercial and Consumer Law (final year only)
- Company Law (final year only)
- Comparative Law: Asian and African Legal Systems
- Comparative European Law
- Criminology (also available as a half module)
- Cultural Diversity and the Law
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Commercial Transactions
- International Environmental Law
- International Human Rights
- Labour Law
- Law and Medical Ethics (final year only)
- Law of Evidence
- Law, Modernity and the Holocaust
- Media Law (final year only)
- Modern Legal History
- Public International Law
- Revenue Law
- United Kingdom Human Rights Law
- Use of Force in International Law
Half modules include:
Typical tariff or grades required: 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
The Senior Status programme is primarily designed for non-law graduates, particularly those who wish to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree. This means that applicants who have previously studied law modules (particularly the Foundation elements of English law) at degree level may not be eligible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further guidance on this point.
For any other enquiries, please go to our FAQ section or contact the School of Law:
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7882 3924
You can also call the Enquiries Hotline (UK callers only) on Freephone 0800 376 1800.
International students should contact the Admissions Office:
Learning and teachingFirst year students studying the Senior Status LLB typically have 15 hours of contact time per week. Each module normally has a two-hour lecture supplemented by a one hour weekly or fortnightly tutorial.
Our academic staff are world leaders in their fields; many have been involved with high profile organisations such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and the European Commission.
We also have Graduate Student Advisors, these are current postgraduate students who offer support and advice either individually or to groups of undergraduates on a range of topics including academic and non-academic matters.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study (which amounts to around 28 hours spent in your personal time). Your individual study time will be spent preparing for, or following up on, formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
The Senior Status LLB is mainly assessed by examination, though some of the optional modules have elements of coursework. In the final year of all the law programmes, there is the option to research and write a dissertation on a legal topic in place of a taught module.
Law Library Service:
School of Law students have access to state of the art library resources and e-learning facilities. Read more here:
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
Because you already have a degree, you are not eligible for student loans and grants from the UK government towards the cost of your tuition fees or living costs. This means that you will need an alternative source of funding to cover these costs.
For more information about how you can pay your tuition fees in instalments see: www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Most students who are self-funding, because they are not entitled to the usual student loans and grants, fund their tuition fees and living costs through a combination of: financial support from family / friends, personal savings, part-time and vacation employment and personal bank loans. If you are able to live rent-free, eg, with family, during your studies, this will reduce the amount of money that you need each year. You would need to cover your tuition fees each year plus money to cover your day-to-day expenses and course costs such as books etc. However, if you are living independently, you will need to cover your tuition fees each year plus around £11,000 for a 52-week year for your rent, bills and living costs. These living costs are based on average student costs and will vary according to your own circumstances.
The School of Law offers a £1,000 per year bursary for Senior Status students. You can apply to be considered for a School of Law bursary once you have enrolled.
Unfortunately, as you already hold a degree, you are not eligible for the standard QMUL bursaries.
Other financial help on offer at QMUL
We offer one-to-one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at QMUL.
You can find the full range of guides here: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/publications/studentadvice
The guides that are of particular use to self-funding undergraduates are:
- Additional sources of funding: This guide includes information about Professional and Career Development Loans, which are government subsidised study loans from certain banks.
- Planning your budget and cutting costs.
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
If, having read these guides, you would like one-to-one advice from one of the specialist welfare advisers in the Advice and Counselling Service, please contact us. Advice can be provided by telephone and email if that is easier for you:
- Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
- email: email@example.com
Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Law go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers in the legal services (barrister, solicitor, paralegal, legal advisor) either in the UK or in other jurisdictions, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into sectors such as public administration and finance.
The national 2012 destination survey confirmed that 93% of the School’s graduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 83% already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary’s School of Law graduates have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £23,038.
The broad range of skills gained through courses in the School of Law, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities (such as mooting) and work experience, has enabled students to move into a variety of roles. For example, recent UK graduates from the School have procured roles as:
- Trainee Solicitor - CMS Cameron McKenna Ltd
- Corporate Banker - Baker Tilly
- Trade Mark Attorney - IPulse
- Trainee Insurance Broker - Arthur J Gallagher
- Case Administrator - London Probation Trust
- Intern - Clifford Chance
- Paralegal - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
- Trainee Solicitor - Sidley Austin
- Audit Manager - Standard Chartered Bank
Throughout the course, students have access to an annual QM Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 90 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Recent careers events in the School of Law include a Barristers networking evening, training contracts panel discussion with Simmons & Simmons, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Holman Fenwick Willan, commercial awareness workshop led by Freshfields, Alternative Careers in Law Speed Meet and the annual QM Law Fair featuring 30 law firms. There are one-to-one appointments with the Law Careers Consultant every Monday throughout the year, for support with job and work experience applications, interview practise and career choice questions. The QM Careers team run a range of employer events throughout the year that Law students can attend, including a Politics Careers Panel and Experience Journalism Workshop.
Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study. Legal work experience is available through the Law School’s pro-bono society and Legal Advice Centre. Other opportunities can be found through QProjects, a local work experience scheme, QRecruit, which advertises internships and temporary work, Experience Works, a part time work fair, and volunteering with QMSU Provide. There are also over 1400 vacancies to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.
Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers and Enterprise Centre pages.
ProfilesName: Rebecca Fay, USA
Studying: LLB Senior Status
"Having graduated with an undergraduate degree in Politics, I was keen to study law in a university that would challenge me academically and provide me with opportunities to engage in meaningful extra-curricular activities. The School of Law at Queen Mary has not disappointed! The quality of teaching within the department is phenomenal, as reflected in our impressive national rankings. I have been supported throughout my studies by approachable staff that go the extra mile to ensure that students succeed. I have been active in the Pro Bono Group and the Law Society which have given me opportunities to work with lawyers from some of London's top commercial firms. I have worked with Lawyers Without Borders and a local legal advice centre which have provided an excellent insight into a career as a solicitor. I believe that the Department of Law at Queen Mary has given me a thorough academic grounding in law as well as the opportunity to develop skills needed in my future career."
Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?
“Queen Mary was always the obvious choice for me. Not only is the School of Law well regarded by employers but its location in London is ideal for finding potential internships.
“As a School of Law Bursary winner, I was without the constant financial worry I had initially expected and consequently, I was able to fully commit to my studies. For example, I competed in the George Hinde Moot Competition which enabled me to showcase my advocacy skills to a practicing judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Experiences like this are invaluable.
How did you find your academic experience at QMUL?
“Attending lectures led by academics at the forefront of their respective areas of expertise is not to be underestimated. Law demands individual hard work but it is reassuring to know that the teaching staff will be on hand to help answer questions one may have, whether that be via email or through their weekly office hours. The contact time Queen Mary professors offer to students is undoubtedly one of the School’s strengths and enhances your learning experience.”