In the first year you will take all core modules, whilst the second and third years offer a broad range of optional modules to allow you to widen your interests. Select the course structure tab above to see how these fit into your programme.
The LLB Law is taught to the highest of standards at Queen Mary, we engage visiting lecturers who are at the forefront of legal practice in the City, as well as our own academics who are leading researchers in the sector.
Should you wish to extend your study for a year, there are a number of programmes you can apply to in your second year of the LLB with a wide range of practice and study abroad opportunities. Currently the largest of these is the LLB Law with a Year in Practice from which students embark on paid internships at leading US law firm Reed Smith.
Placement year optionsThese programmes add an extra year of study to the existing three on the LLB.
- M130 LLB (Hons) Law with a Year in Practice (Four years)
- M102 LLB (Hons) Law with a Year in Hong Kong (Four years)
- M103 LLB (Hons) English and Chinese Law (Four years)
- M104 LLB (Hons) Global Law (Four years)
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.
London locationLondon provides a huge number of opportunities for you to become part of the legal world during your studies. With some of the most famous law firms and chambers based here, there are endless networking opportunities. We have a long-standing relationship with Snaresbrook Crown Court, and work closely with many City law firms through academic connections, the student societies, and our Legal Advice Centre.
Plus one full or two half-modules from the list below.
- 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)
- Medical Negligence (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.
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.
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.
- Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAB
- Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
- Cambridge Pre-U: D2, D3, D3 (combinations with A levels will also be considered, please contact us for more information)
- European Baccalaureate: 80-85%
Subjects and grades required: Minimum of 80 - 85%
- Access qualifications
We will hold all UCAS applications until January before drawing up a shortlist based on the information in the UCAS form about your pre-Access experience, academic record, personal statement and academic reference. In February/March we shortlist candidates and may request an updated academic reference. A shortlisted candidate may be invited for interview and/or further assessment. An applicant will generally be required to obtain 60 credits as a minimum, and obtain at least 45 level 3 credits at Distinction (the Department may also specify level 3 subjects in which we require a Distinction).
- European qualifications
We accept a wide range of EU qualifications. See the undergraduate law international pages for more information.
- International qualifications
We accept a wide range of International qualifications. View the undergraduate law international pages for more information.
- Foundation Courses
We do consider students from a wide range of foundation courses, however, please be aware that entry is highly competitive and the entry target for successful applicants would be around 75-80% overall.
- BTEC National Certificate (12 units): D*D
Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.
- BTEC National Diploma (18 units): D*D*D
- Certificate of Legal Method: Distinction
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: http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/international/index.html
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 teaching
Learning and Teaching:
First 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. 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 LLB is mainly assessed by examination, though some of the option 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.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
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, paralegals, legal advisor), whilst others transfer skills gained during study into sectors such as public administration or business.
The national 2012 destination survey confirmed that 91% LLB Law graduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 81% already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary’s School of Law graduates have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £24,190.
The broad range of skills gained through this course, 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
- Trainee Solicitor - Reed Smith
- Corporate Banker - Baker Tilly
- Trade Mark Attorney - IPulse
- Trainee Insurance Broker - Arthur J Gallagher
- Case Administrator - London Probation Trust
- Intern - Clifford Chance
- Fair Trading Officer - Gateshead Council
- Trainee Solicitor - Sidley Austin
- Paralegal - Discovery Communications Europe Ltd
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: Joe McDonald
Studying: LLB Law
“When I applied, the Department of Law at Queen Mary was one of the best in London for the quality of teaching and research – since then it has only increased in quality. I also loved the idea of studying and living in London, and as the only campus-based university in the centre Queen Mary was the perfect choice.
“The campus has numerous places for socialising, whether you want a coffee, snack, meal or a pint. Even better, if you step outside campus you are venturing into one of the coolest parts of London with Hackney, Shoreditch and Brick Lane – for a curry and a cocktail – all nearby. And with the new Westfield shopping centre at Stratford even your retail therapy needs are met.
“I am on the committee for the Bar Society, which has been a great experience and allowed me to see the high-flying world of barristers in London first hand. I am also captain of the 1st XV Rugby team who have been really successful.
“One of my most memorable experiences here was going to dinner at one of the Inns of Court where we were seated with many senior barristers and judges. There were lots of very interesting traditions as part of the meal.”
Name: Frances Ridout
Studied: LLB Law (graduated 2006)
Currently: Criminal law barrister at 15 New Bridge Street Chambers
How did you find out about your current job?
I spent a number of years applying for a criminal pupillage and after some disappointment was lucky enough to receive an offer, shortly after completing my bar qualifications.
How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for work?
While at Queen Mary I was able to undertake a lot of pro-bono work. This helped me properly understand the role of a lawyer in practice, not just in theory. In addition, my course challenged me and ensured that I knew what hard work was!
What does your current job involve day-to-day?
I am in court on a daily basis representing defendants in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. My work involves smaller hearings as well as trials and written advice. I often work late into the evening because papers (and cases) can be allocated late the day before.
What are your most and least favourite aspects of your job?
The best aspect of my job is that no two days are even remotely the same. Every morning my commute is to a different court and each brief requires different skills. I enjoy the challenge that this inevitably presents. I am now not sure how I would ever cope if I were to be given a desk job! But the long hours and last-minute nature of the work can be exhausting.
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.”