This LLB follows the same programme structure as the traditional three year course, with the exception that you will spend your third year abroad in an EU country. This will enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of at least one other EU legal system; you will complete the final year of the LLB in your fourth year.
You will benefit considerably from your year overseas. Most students return with excellent results from the overseas assessments, and the extra understanding and insight gained is of considerable benefit to your final year of study. Fluency is important if you are planning to live abroad. If you want to study in a different language then you should be prepared to attend some legal language classes here during your first two years and arrive with suitable proficiency in the language. For students not studying in English this is an A grade at A level, or a 6 at HL IB.
Many of our connections with the EU institutions are very well established, therefore you can be confident of an enriching and exciting experience wherever you go.
Currently we run exchanges with the following universities:
Tuition in English:
- Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium
- University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
- Università di Bologna, Italy
- Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Bocconi University Milan, Italy
- Stockholm University, Sweden
Tuition in native language:
- Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), France
- Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), France
- Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
- La Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Due to the spirit of Erasmus, the placement abroad should not be in a country where you have previously resided.
The fees for the third year of the programme are significantly lower, with Home/EU students paying 15 per cent of the usual cost and Overseas students responsible for 50 per cent tuition fees.
Why 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 Societies
Alongside 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 Centre
The 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 one full or two half-modules from the list below.
During the third year of the programme, students spend an academic year studying law at a university outside the UK with which the Department of Law has an exchange programme under the Erasmus scheme. The list of available places may change from year to year. Students select their host institution midway through year two.
For 2014-2015, the Department of Law has exchange programmes with the following institutions:
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (tuition is in English)
- University of Copenhagen, Denmark (tuition is in English)
- Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, France (tuition is in French)
- Université of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France (tuition in French)
- Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin, Germany (tuition is in German)
- Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands (tuition is in English)
- Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (tuition is in Spanish)
- Universita Di Bologna, Italy (tuition in English)
- Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece (tuition in English)
- Bocconi University Milan, Italy (tuition in English)
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
- Plus three modules or a combination of full / half modules totalling three
Module options include:
- 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: A*AA (GCE A-level).
Excluded subjects: General studies, critical thinking.
Subjects and grades: Minimum of 37 points overall with combined total of 18 points from three higher level subjects.
Students wishing to study at an institution that does not teach in English must have fluent language skills and be prepared to take language classes provided by the College.
Vocational and other qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. Please visit our further information page below.
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.
For any other enquiries, please go to our FAQ section or contact the School of Law:
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7882 3924
For international students:
You can also call the Enquiries Hotline (UK callers only) on Freephone 0800 376 1800.
International students should contact the Admissions Office:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Learning and teachingFirst year students studying the three-year LLB typically have 12 hours of contact time per week. Each module normally has a two-hour lecture supplemented by a one hour weekly or fortnightly tutorial. We offer small group tutorials so it is easy for you to meet the teaching staff to discuss ideas and get support.
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. Your individual study time could 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 English and European Law LLB is mainly assessed by examination, though some of the option modules have elements of coursework. In the third year spent at a European university, assessment takes place in the form of written assignments and examinations. 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.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
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 Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
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), whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as public administration or business.
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 roles such as:
- Trainee Solicitor - CMS Cameron McKenna Ltd
- Corporate Banker - Baker Tilly
- Trademark Attorney - IPulse
- Trainee Insurance Broker - Arthur J Gallagher
- Case Administrator - London Probation Trust
- Paralegal - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
- Intern - Clifford Chance
- Trainee Solicitor - Sidley Austin
- Contract Support Officer - Legal Services Commission
- 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: Ruben Peralta, Spain
Studying: LLB English and European Law
“As a student in the School of Law at Queen Mary, you quickly learn why it is one of the top law schools in the country. The wide variety of modules available and the quality of the lectures and tutorials create an ideal setting for a great learning experience. The law faculty ensures that its students are prepared to commence work in a law firm or barristers chambers by the time they have completed their degree course. The year I spent abroad has probably been the most amazing experience of my life. Leaving the comfort of your home university for a European university, being forced to communicate in a foreign language and meeting new people from different countries and cultures on a daily basis, helps develop and strengthen your character. During my year abroad I have benefited greatly both academically and socially. You get the chance to be immersed in a different education system, with different teaching approaches, forcing you to learn how to adapt quickly and to be resourceful - skills that are valued highly in the professional world. Socially, it is a once in a lifetime experience to meet a wide variety of personalities and make new friends - it is a friendly, welcoming and highly multicultural environment which I highly recommend to all future students."
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.”