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Law

Entry Year: 2021

Key information

Degree
LLB (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
M100
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades A*AA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£21,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Overview

Law covers nearly all aspects of human activity – from the contract you enter into when you buy a chocolate bar to your right to express yourself freely.

Queen Mary’s long-established Law LLB is your first major step to becoming a barrister or solicitor. This renowned degree incorporates all the compulsory modules needed to meet Bar Council and Law Society requirements, and has a strong focus on analysis, attention to detail, argument and communication. It’s an excellent option for students pursuing a legal career or with a general interest in law.

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 third years will allow you to choose from a broad range of specialist fields – such as human rights law, criminology, intellectual property and medical negligence.

Students accepted into this course may then opt to apply for the competitive and highly prestigious Law in Practice LLB. This extended four-year degree gives you the unique opportunity to complete an eight-month paid work placement at leading law firm Reed Smith.

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Structure

Students who gain a place on the Law in Practice LLB will study their first two years at Queen Mary, and complete their final year back on campus after the work placement in their third year.

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

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

I found Queen Mary an excellent place to study due to its vibrant community and wide range of activities available from the 300+ societies on campus. The School of Law’s programmes are taught by experienced academics who have made significant contributions to the development of the law in the United Kingdom.  The academics provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the law and how legal professionals apply it in practice. The university also offers great opportunities to kick start your career such as the Legal Advice Centre, and its prime location near one of the biggest financial and legal hubs in the world provides you with endless opportunities.

Osama, LLB Law, 2021

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

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.

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.

Careers

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
  • 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, and support with applications for the Year in Practice LLB with Reed Smith
  • 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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Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3924

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