Do you already have a university degree, and want to add an LLB to your CV?
Our Senior Status LLB is an accelerated version of the three-year Law LLB. Designed for students who already have a degree in another discipline, this two-year programme is an excellent option for anyone considering a legal career, along with those who have a general interest in law. It’s also well-suited to those with a law degree obtained outside the UK which has not included any core UK law modules.
During 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 year will allow you to choose from a broad range of specialist fields – such as human rights law, criminology, intellectual property and medical negligence.
You’ll have access to the student-led Senior Status Society, which offers support and guidance with coursework and organises events and opportunities exclusively for Senior Status students.
- Criminal Law
- Contract Law I: Formation and Vitiation
- Contract Law II: Terms Breach and Remedies
- Land Law
- European Union Law
- Public Law
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
- Equity and Trusts
- Tort Law
Plus full or half modules totalling 2.5 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.
- Commercial and Consumer Law
- Company Law
- Comparative European Law
- Comparative Law: Asian and African Legal Systems
- Criminology (also available as a half module)
- Cultural Diversity and the Law
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Commercial Transactions
- International Environmental Law
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
- Law and Medical Ethics
- Law of Evidence
- Law, Modernity and the Holocaust
- Media Law
- Public International Law
- Revenue Law
- United Kingdom Human Rights Law
- Use of Force in International Law
- 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.
[The Law Senior Status programme] is well structured and intellectually stimulating. The campus location is perfect, only a few minutes away from central London. This makes it very easy to attend different law firm events and take part in the larger legal community. I have been able to get involved with the law department and participate in work experience schemes. As the recipient of the Senior Status Scholarship this year, I have also benefited from the many opportunities that the department offers.
Teaching and learning
Senior Status students receive approximately 15 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 typically includes written exams, oral presentations, midterm essays and coursework.
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 award-winning 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.
2:1 honours degree or equivalent.
There is no set subject requirement, but traditional academic subjects are preferred.
This programme is designed for non-law graduates. If you have previously studied law modules at degree level - particuarly the Foundation elements of English law - you may not be eligible for this programme. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
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.
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.
Loans and grants
You will not be eligible for student loans or grants from the UK government towards tuition fees or living costs, as students on this programme must already have an undergraduate degree. You will need an alternative source of funding to cover these costs – read our guide on ways to fund your studies.
It is possible to pay your tuition fees in installments. Find out more about fees and funding.
Scholarships and bursaries
The School of Law offers a £1,000 per year bursary for Senior Status students. You can apply for this bursary once you have enrolled.
Get specialist support on financial and welfare issues from our Advice and Counselling Service as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
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 pool 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.
Recent graduates from the School of Law have been hired by:
- Arcadis LLP
- Chambers and Partners
- House of Commons
- Macfarlanes LLP.
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.
About the School
Law is taught to the highest of standards at Queen Mary. The School of Law is ranked 30th in the world and 7th in the UK by QS World University rankings by subject.
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.