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Bachelor of Laws

LLB

Our world-class LLB is of international standing. It has been the first step in the careers of thousands of practising lawyers around the world.

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Natasha decided to follow in her father's footsteps and enrol for an LLB with the University of London.

Develop a critical awareness of the common law legal tradition and apply problem-solving skills to a range of legal and non-legal settings.

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You can receive local support from a local teaching institution, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

Course details

Our Bachelor of Laws programme is divided into routes. Your choice will depend upon a number of factors:

  • Do you wish to study for a Qualifying Law Degree (where the majority of your modules are pre-set), or a Non-Qualifying Degree (which allows you more choice)?
  • Do you hold a degree that makes you eligible for Graduate Entry? (Study 9 modules to complete, instead of the usual 12.)

Standard Entry Route - Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)

Standard Entry Route - Non-Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)

Graduate Entry Route - Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)

Graduate Entry Route - Non-Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)

  • If you are not eligible for the LLB, can you access a local recognised teaching institution? This may allow you to study the CertHE Common Law and progress to the LLB.

If you wish to study for a Qualifying Law Degree, we recommend that you check the requirements of the professional body in the jurisdiction in which you wish to practise before committing to the degree.

The Programme Specifications and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what modules may be chosen and the order in which they must be studied.

Local teaching support

Our courses are designed to be studied independently, but if you would like to attend classes, you can enrol at one of our approved local teaching institutions around the world and benefit from local study support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

To receive teaching support, you must apply directly to a teaching institution. Institutions may set earlier deadlines than the course deadlines listed above.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics from the Laws consortium. These include:

  • Module guides (see samples under Legal system and method, Criminal law, Contract law and Public law).
  • Study packs with key reading.
  • Statute books, provided for all modules where they are permitted in the exam.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Laws Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and audio and video lectures.
  • Discussion forums for each module, where you can share perspectives with fellow students from all over the world, and a Director’s forum for academic queries.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. Access more than 10 legal databases, including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and other valued materials.
  • Lecture Plus+: for select modules, you can view a recorded lecture and engage afterwards in dedicated discussion forum.
  • Formative assessment: for some modules, you have an opportunity to receive feedback on how you are performing against the criteria applied by examiners.

Regional revision courses

Taught by approved tutors, these are for students around the world preparing for exams. Meet other students on the programme and focus on important areas within each module.

Assessment

All modules (except the Dissertation) are assessed entirely by written examination. These are held in May/June and October at local centres around the world. You can sit a maximum of two modules in the October session.

Our exams are set and marked by academics appointed as examiners. They reflect the same standards as those who study on-campus at the University of London Law Schools.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

To register for the LLB, you will usually be aged 17+ by the date of registration and satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

Each application is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the standard requirements, our Admissions Panel will consider factors such as alternative or incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas / degrees) and relevant work experience.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

Graduate entry route

For graduate entry, you will need a first degree rather than a professional qualification.

You must also complete our short online course, Law Skills for Graduates, and achieve a score of 80% on the assessment. Without this, your registration will be transferred to the Standard Entry route.

What do I need for graduate entry?

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2017-2018 session. These are subject to annual increases of up to 5% per annum.

Academic year

2017-2018

Application fee (non-refundable)

£ 88

Registration fee

£ 450

Module fee

£ 140

Examination fee (per 30-credit module)

£ 170

Credit transfer (per module)

£ 47

Full year's transfer fee

£ 187

Dissertation

£ 372

Laws Skills Portfolio*

£ 212

Indicative Cost: LLB (Standard Entry)c. £ 4,500
Indicative Cost: LLB (Graduate Entry)c. £ 3,500

You pay as you progress rather than in a single payment. The indicative costs are a guide to what you would pay if you allow for average fee increases and complete your qualification within the minimum time (with no resits).

*Payable in your final year. You only need to complete the Law Skills Portfolio if you meet all of the following:

  • Your date of registration precedes 30 November 2014;
  • You want a Qualifying Law Degree;
  • You passed the Tort law module before May 2016.

See the Programme Regulations for more details.

Individual modules (standalone)2017-2018
Application fee (non-refundable)£ 88
Application fee for registered students (non-refundable)£ 44
Individual module fee (includes one exam attempt)£ 423
Extension of registration (per year, per module)£ 212
Resit fee (per paper)£ 170

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year);
  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre);
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

The University of London was the first to offer a degree in English Law in the 1890s, and continues to offer the security of an internationally recognised 'gold standard'.

Upon graduation, you will join a distinguished group of solicitors, barristers and judges from all over the world who began their careers with a University of London LLB.

What do employers think of our graduates?

The academic direction of the LLB is provided by a Consortium of outstanding University of London Law Schools: Birkbeck, King's, LSE, Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL.

Three of these (UCL, King’s and LSE) are ranked in the top 20 worldwide for Law (QS World Rankings 2017) and in the UK's top five (The Complete University Guide 2017).

Programme Directors

Simon Askey is Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme. Simon is responsible for the academic co-ordination of the assessment process and matters relating to student progression and performance. He began teaching law in 2001, with a primary focus on legal methods and legal skills, and he is co-author (with Ian McLeod) of Studying Law, which is in its fourth edition.

Patricia McKellar is Associate Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme. Patricia drives the learning, teaching and assessment strategy for e-learning technologies and interactive learning, supporting college-based academic staff to implement this in their modules. She was formerly Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law at the University of Strathclyde, where she developed a number of innovative e-learning initiatives.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

UK-based students may be entitled to apply for an undergraduate Student Loan or the Sir John Cass Scholarship. Equally, some of our approved teaching institutions around the world offer discounts or scholarships for the face-to-face tuition they offer. (Check with your local institution for details.)

More on funding your study.

Queen Mary College Scholarship

The annual Queen Mary College Scholarship enables one LLB student from anywhere in the world (except Malaysia) to transfer to Queen Mary and complete their degree in London. It is offered to the applicant who achieves the highest marks in all four Level 4 modules at their first attempt.

Maria Belen Bastone - Undergraduate Laws LLB, Argentina

Maria Belen Bastone - LLB - Argentina

"It has been a mind-opener experience for me, which has certainly enriched me both personally and professionally."