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English and European Law

M120 LLB (Hons) 4 years


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?

In 2018 we were ranked 34th best university in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 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.



Year 1

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please contact law-admissions@qmul.ac.uk.

Year 2

Plus one full or two half-modules from the module options list below.

Year 3

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.

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).

*At Panthéon-Assas, Queen Mary law students can choose to do the ‘Licence path’ or the ‘regular undergraduate programme’ path. The Licence path results in the award of a French undergraduate law degree after the successful completion of the year abroad at Assas. This path is more intensive, involves a greater number of lectures and seminars, and leaves less module choice, because the structure of the Licence programme is decided and set by Assas. The regular programme path is less intensive and allows more module choice (including some modules from Master 1), but does not result in the award of a French undergraduate law degree. For either option, there is a compulsory requirement for our students to complete a two-year French language course at Queen Mary, which stretches over four academic terms (two terms in Year 1 and two terms in Year 2, followed by the year abroad in Year 3). This course concerns language and law-related exercises. This requirement currently applies to all students, regardless of whether they are native speakers of French or not. The French language course requirement also applies to applicants for the year abroad at Sorbonne.

Year 4

Module options include:

Half modules include:

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades A*AA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 37 points overall, including a minimum total of 18 points from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
GCSEAt least six GCSE passes at grades AAAABB or 777766 are required, including English and Mathematics.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Highers and other Baccalaureates. Please see our International Admissions Page for individual country requirements.

For 2018 entry onwards, the School of Law will be considering foundation programmes taken at Russell Group universities only, and in addition the CEG ONCampus IFP pathway and the UFP.

From 2019 entry onwards, the School will consider only the foundation programmes taken at Russell Group universities, and the CEG ONCampus IFP pathway (but not the UFP).

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.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

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.

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.

Independent Study:

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 funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £17,450

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
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk


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.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

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.

Graduate employment

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.


Name: 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."
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