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English and French Law

Entry Year: 2021

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LLB (Hons)
4 years
September 2021
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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.

The Double Degree in English and French Law was ranked 1st in France in 2020 for the second consecutive year by Eduniversal Classification of the best Licenses, Bachelors and Grandes Écoles.

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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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

  • 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

Taught in English at Mile End campus, Queen Mary

  • Tort Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Introduction to French Public Law
  • Introduction to French Private 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 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.

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 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.


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.


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.

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About the Schools

School of Law - Department of Law

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.

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.


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 20th in the world and top university in France by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 - 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.


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