English and European Law

Entry Year:2019

Key information

Degree
LLB (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
M120
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades A*AA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,500
Funding information
English and European Law
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Overview

Gain a global perspective and study law at one of our prestigious European partner universities.

Our LLB in English and European Law gives you the chance to experience life in a European country, study law in a different jurisdiction, and diversify your legal portfolio beyond the UK.

This four-year degree follows the same module structure as the traditional Law LLB, with an additional year studying abroad. We have well-established relationships with universities throughout the European Union, including Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy and Greece, where tuition is taught in English; and in France, Germany and Spain, where tuition is taught in the native language.

In your first year you’ll study the core principles of law and learn the skills you need to read and apply legal documents, such as Acts of Parliament, EU legislation and case reports. Your second and final years will allow you to choose from a broad range of specialist fields – such as human rights law, criminology, intellectual property and medical negligence.

You can be confident of an enriching and exciting experience wherever you go, and your time spent abroad will give you a solid understanding of a European legal system and expand your general legal knowledge - aiding your final year of study, which you’ll complete back in London.

Structure

Year 1

  • Elements of Contract Law
  • Land Law
  • Law in Context
  • Law of the European Union
  • Public Law

 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Tort Law

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

Full modules

  • Comparative European Law
  • Comparative Law: Asian and African Legal Systems
  • Criminology (also available as a half module)
  • Cultural Diversity and the Law
  • Dissertation
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Transactions
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Labour Law
  • Law, Modernity and the Holocaust
  • Law of Evidence
  • Modern Legal History
  • Public International Law
  • Revenue Law
  • United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Use of Force in International Law

Half modules

  • Comparative European Law: European Legal Systems
  • Comparative Law: European Integration
  • Democracy and Justice
  • Law and Literature: Justice in Crisis
  • Law and Literature: The Foundations of Law
  • Law, Justice and Ethics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

You’ll spend your third academic year studying law at a university outside the UK under the Erasmus scheme. You’ll select your host institution midway through your second year. Due to the spirit of Erasmus, your overseas placement should be in a country where you haven’t previously lived.

Queen Mary currently partners with the following universities:

Tuition in English

  • Belgium – Katholieke Universiteit
  • Denmark – University of Copenhagen
  • Greece – Aristotle University Thessaloniki
  • Italy – Bocconi University Milan
  • Italy – Università di Bologna
  • Netherlands – Universiteit Leiden

Tuition in native language

  • France – Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)*
  • France – Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)*
  • Germany – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Spain – La Universidad Complutense de Madrid

*If you choose to study at Panthéon-Assas or Panthéon-Sorbonne, you’ll need to complete a two-year French language course at Queen Mary.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Compulsory

  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Plus full or half modules totalling three full modules from the list below. You can also choose to write a dissertation on a legal topic of your choice as an alternative to a taught module.

Full modules

  • Commercial and Consumer Law 
  • Comparative European Law
  • Comparative Law: Asian and African Legal Systems
  • Company Law 
  • Criminology (also available as a half module)
  • Cultural Diversity and the Law
  • Dissertation
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Transactions
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Labour Law
  • Law and Medical Ethics 
  • Law, Modernity and the Holocaust
  • Law of Evidence
  • Media Law 
  • Medical Negligence 
  • Modern Legal History
  • Public International Law
  • Revenue Law
  • United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Use of Force in International Law

Half modules

  • Comparative European Law: European Legal Systems
  • Comparative Law: European Integration
  • Democracy and Justice
  • Law and Literature: Justice in Crisis
  • Law and Literature: The Foundations of Law
  • Law, Justice and Ethics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Students are eligible for an Erasmus grant, paid monthly, which will help with additional tuition fees and/or living costs whilst studying abroad.

Testimonial

It is a fantastic opportunity to live in another country with support from the Erasmus network and grant. This year has prepared me for my final year at Queen Mary and equipped me with the skills necessary for a career abroad.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

First-year law students receive approximately 12 hours of contact time per week. For each module there is usually a two-hour lecture supplemented by a one-hour weekly or fortnightly small group tutorial.

For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. This time is spent reading, preparing for formal study sessions, working on projects and revising for exams.

Assessment

The English and European Law LLB is assessed through examinations, coursework, oral presentations and mid-term essays. In your third year spent at a European university, assessment will focus on written assignments and examinations.

In the final year of all our law programmes, students have the option to research and write a dissertation on a legal topic in place of a taught module.

Resources and facilities

The School of Law offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Law Library service, home to state-of-the-art library resources and e-learning facilities
  • the School’s Legal Advice Centre (LAC), giving you the opportunity to work alongside trained solicitors and advise members of the public on real issues.
  • Graduate Student Advisors – friendly and experienced postgraduate students who can offer support and advice.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades A*AA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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 and March, applicants are shortlisted and an updated academic reference may be requested. A shortlisted applicant may be invited for interview or further assessment. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, all of which must be at Distinction. (The School of Law may specify particular Level 3 subjects in which we require a Distinction.) Typically, successful candidates are aged 21 and above at the start of the Access programme.
GCSEAt least six GCSE passes at grades AAAABB or 777766 are required, including English and Mathematics.
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.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

A degree from the School of Law opens up an enormous number of roles for our graduates. Many apply their degree knowledge directly, entering legal roles such as barrister, solicitor, paralegal and legal adviser. Others use the broad range of skills gained during study in other sectors, such as public administration and business. The English and European Law LLB opens up further opportunities for an international career in law or business.

Recent graduates from the School of Law have been hired by:

  • Arcadis LLP
  • Chambers and Partners
  • Deloitte
  • Dentons
  • House of Commons
  • Macfarlanes LLP.

Career support

During your time at the School of Law you will have access to a bespoke careers programme, including:

  • one-on-one appointments throughout the year with your assigned academic adviser
  • workshops and events to help you identify your career options, train you in recruitment and selection methods and provide you with networking opportunities
  • an opportunity to apply for a six-week mentoring scheme with a leading law firm
  • over 120 employer-led events per year, from seminars to large fairs, which host major legal employers on campus including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes, Linklaters, Herbert Smith Freehills, Eversheds and Blackstone Chambers.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the School

Law is taught to the highest of standards at Queen Mary. The School of Law is ranked first in London and third in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018, behind only Oxford and Cambridge.

Located on the doorstep of London’s legal district, we have links with major law firms and frequently host visiting lecturers at the forefront of legal practice in the City. Our academics are some of the UK’s top legal minds, including a number of QCs, who advise high-profile international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the British Parliament and foreign governments.

The School is home to the Legal Advice Centre (LAC), through which students work alongside solicitors to offer free legal advice to the local community.

We have a lively and engaged student body, who run several law-based societies.

Contact us

School of Law

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3924
Email: law-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)