English and French Law

Entry Year:2019

Key information

Degree
LLB (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
M106
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades A*AA at A-Level. This must include A-Level French (or DELF at B2 Level). General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£20,850
Funding information
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Overview

Broaden your legal horizons by studying English and French law at world-class law schools in London and Paris.

Our double degree in English and French Law is run jointly with Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. This new integrated programme brings together expertise from two first-class law schools, giving you an impressive knowledge of the French and English legal systems and a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a bilingual legal culture.

Your first two years in London will cover the foundations of English legal knowledge - elements of contract law, land law, law in context, tort law, equity and trusts, criminal law, public law, and law of the EU. Your third and fourth years in Paris will cover French law, comparative law, international law and European law. Upon graduation you'll qualify to practice law in France, England and Wales.

If after your first or second year you wish to stay in London, you have the flexibility to transfer to our traditional Law LLB and complete your degree at Queen Mary.

Professional recognition

This double degree will satisfy the academic stage of qualification for the purpose of entry into the legal profession in England, Wales and France. The LLB is recognised as a qualifying law degree by both branches of the legal profession in England and Wales, and allows the appropriate exemptions from professional examination requirements.

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Structure

You'll take a French language test at the start of the programme. French language classes are compulsory if you do not meet the required level, and otherwise are optional. All third and fourth year modules are taught in French, except Jurisprudence and Legal Theory.

Year 1

Taught in English at Mile End campus, Queen Mary

  • Elements of Contract Law
  • Land Law
  • Law in Context (half-module)
  • Law of the European Union (half-module)
  • Public Law

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Taught in English at Mile End campus, Queen Mary

  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Introduction to French (Public and Private) Law (taught in French by visiting Paris 1 academic staff)
  • Tort Law

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Taught in French in Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University

  • Droit administratif 1
  • Droit administratif 2
  • Droit civil 1
  • Droit civil 2
  • Droit constitutionnel 1
  • Droit constitutionnel 2
  • Droit de la famille
  • Droit des libertés fondamentales
  • Droit des sociétés 1
  • Droit des sociétés 2
  • Droit international public
  • Droit pénal général

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Taught in French in Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University

  • Contrats spéciaux
  • Droit général de l’obligation
  • Droit international prive 1
  • Droit international prive 2
  • Jurisprudence and Legal theory (taught in English by Queen Mary academic staff)
  • Eight optional modules

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

The courses are delivered in the language and according to the customs of each country. At Queen Mary, you'll receive approximately three hours of weekly contact time per module, comprising lectures led by academic staff and smaller seminar groups.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and/or examinations in May or June.

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. This must include A-Level French (or DELF at B2 Level). General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include French at Higher Level (or DELF at B2 Level).
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.

Applicants must have an A-level in French at grade A (or equivalent).

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.

Selection process

If you are pre-selected, you'll be invited to attend an interview in either Paris or London. Interviews will be conducted in both French and English. You'll be assessed on your motivation, academic level and linguistic capacity.

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.

Careers

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. Our English and French Law LLB will arm you with a sound knowledge of the French language and understanding of French law and legal culture, opening up further opportunities for an international law career.

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 studies 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.

About the Schools

School of Law - Department of Law

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

Our academics are some of the UK’s top legal minds and have expertise advising high profile international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank and foreign governments.

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

Panthéon-Sorbonne

The Panthéon-Sorbonne is located in the lively Latin Quarter of central Paris and has over 40,000 students. Its large global alumni includes the Prime Ministers of France, Jordan, Niger and Georgia.

The Sorbonne Law School – ranked 30th in the world and top university in France by the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject – brings together teaching and research activities in the area of law. Our mission is to train men and women capable of addressing the legal challenges of today and tomorrow.

Contact us

School of Law

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3924

Email: law-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

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