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English and European Law

Entry Year: 2021
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Key information

Degree
LLB (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
M120
Institution code
Q50
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UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£21,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

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 and Italy, where tuition is in English; and in France, Germany and Spain, where tuition is 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.

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Structure

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Public Law
  • Land Law
  • Contract Law I: Formation and Vitiation
  • Contract Law II: Terms, Breach and Remedies
  • Law in an Online Context – Semester A
  • European Union Law – Semester B

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Tort Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts

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

Full modules

  • Family Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Criminology
  • Competition Law
  • The Practice of Law in a Clinical Environment
  • Law Review
  • Health Law
  • Principles of Revenue Law
  • Securing Human Rights Compliance: A Case Study on the United Kingdom

Half modules

  • United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Advanced United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Employment Law: Tribunal Practice and Procedure
  • Commercial and Consumer Law

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. You’ll select your host institution midway through your second year. Your overseas placement should be in a country where you have not previously lived.

Queen Mary currently partners with the following universities:

Tuition in English

  • Austria - University of Vienna
  • Belgium – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Denmark – University of Copenhagen
  • Italy – Università di Bologna
  • Italy – Bocconi University Milan
  • Netherlands - Utrecht University
  • 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 – 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.

At Panthéon-Assas the intensive ‘Licence’ path will give you a French undergraduate law degree and involves more lectures and seminars with less module choice.

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

  • Family Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Criminology
  • Competition Law
  • The Practice of Law in a Clinical Environment
  • Law Review
  • Health Law
  • Principles of Revenue Law
  • Securing Human Rights Compliance: A Case Study on the United Kingdom
  • Media Law
  • Dissertation
  • Company Law
  • Law and Pharmacology

Half modules

  • United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Advanced United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Employment Law: Tribunal Practice and Procedure
  • Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Corporate Insolvency Law
  • Intellectual Property - Copyright and Related Rights
  • Intellectual Property - Industrial Property
  • Criminal Sentencing

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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.

Kajal Kandeth, LLB English and European Law (2018)

Teaching

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.

A new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) regime is expected to come into place in September 2021 which will affect the process that students go through to become a qualified solicitor. Queen Mary is dedicated to ensuring that students are equipped with the experience and skills required to undertake the SQE and any other post LLB bar qualification internationally.

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.

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. 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 10th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022 and 29th in the world by QS World University rankings by subject 2021.

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.

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