Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Is this programme for me?
This programme is for you if:
You want to obtain an LLB degree
of international standing
which has provided the first step on a career route for many
thousands of practising lawyers worldwide.
You wish to develop a
critical awareness of the common law
legal tradition and be able to apply analytical and
problem-solving skills in a range of legal and non-legal
You would like to enhance
key skills of communication,information literacy, analysis and argument.
Note: if you intend to practise
as a lawyer, barrister or solicitor, The University strongly recommend that
you check on the requirements of the professional body in the
jurisdiction in which you wish to practise before committing
yourself to the degree.
Programme aims and values
The Laws Programme is
The University support you in developing your capacity to manage your
Providing a wealth
With the University's Online Library and Laws Virtual Learning
Environment, you have a resource-rich learning environment in
which to develop your legal research skills.
guidance in law
University's study materials are informed by current research and
scholarship and engage with contemporary legal
issues.Students are offered the opportunity not only to know
but to understand it.
‘transferable’ intellectual skills
You have many opportunities to develop analytical and
problem-solving skills and learn how to construct arguments.
Enabling you to
develop critical awareness
Learn how to stand back and consider the ‘bigger picture’,
develop an awareness of the context of law, nationally and
language of law
Learning how to use legal discourse is crucial for success.
Written and oral communication skills are vital.
About your learning experience
Further information about the sort of
experience you can expect if you study with us on the Laws progamme is
available at 'Studying Law
with the University of London – understanding the learning experience'
[PDF: 7pgs, 334KB; New Window].
degree consists of 12 units when taken through the Standard
Route. Applicants who already have an undergraduate degree
acceptable to the University may complete the LLB in two years
through the nine-unit Graduate Entry Route.
The Diploma in Law
consists of four units. It is a qualification in its
own right and also provides an entry route to the LLB.
Successful completion of the Diploma gains credit for the first
four subjects of the LLB degree. The Diploma must be studied at
an institution that has been given 'Permission to teach'. A
number of British universities recognise the Diploma as an entry
qualification for becoming a second-year, campus-based LLB
Prestige and career
In a world where degree
providers are proliferating, the University of London LLB offers
the security of an internationally recognised 'gold standard'
established for over 100 years. The University of London was the
first to offer a degree in English Law, in the 1890s. Upon
graduation you will be joining a distinguished group of
solicitors, barristers and judges around the world who began
their careers by obtaining their law degree through the External
System. The academic direction of the LLB and Diploma in Law is
provided by a Consortium of outstanding University of London Law
Schools: Birkbeck, King's, LSE, Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL.
Flexible study at a
You have 3-8 years to complete
the LLB (or a minimum of 2 years on the Graduate Entry Route)
and 1-5 years to complete the Diploma. For the LLB, the total
fees payable to the University range from £2,330 on Graduate
Entry Route A, to £3,765 on LLB Scheme B. For the Diploma in
Law, the total fee payable to the University is £1,257 (you will
also need to pay fees to the teaching institution). Please note
these figures do not reflect any annual fee increase and assume
completion in the minimum study period permitted.Study materials include:
Studying English Law
with the University of London
Study packs, including key
Learning skills for
Recent developments in
Past exam papers and
Skills portfolio guide
You will need to provide some
additional textbooks, so before you register for the programme
the University do advise you to consider the facilities available to you
locally, and how accessible books are likely to be.
Study support and online
You can either study the LLB independently
at a pace that suits you, or enrol for additional classes at a local
institution either full time or part time, and benefit from the
more formalized support this provides.
Laws VLE The password
protected Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides a centralised
location for accessing many resources. It hosts Law subject
pages provided by legal academics, subject guides, discussion
forums and facilities for you to set up your own profile page.
Offer a 'taster' so that you can try out the type of skills
that you will be expected to develop as you work through the
Online legal research exercises
Designed to build and enhance your ability to find primary and
secondary legal materials using electronic sources, and to conduct
legal research generally.
Online Library Gives
access to Justis.com, JSTOR, ABI/INFORM, LexisNexis Professional,
Westlaw, Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, Casetrack
and UK Statute Law database.
A one-day induction held in London in late September
each year to introduce new students to studying for the Diploma
in Law and LLB. Prospective students are welcome to attend in
order to find out more about the programme.
There are four weekend courses held in London each year in November/December,
February, March and April. Tuition is given by experienced law
lecturers. Similar courses are also provided by the University
of Cambridge and SPACE in Hong Kong.
You will also have access to
news items, Examiners' reports and past exam papers, student
handbook, subject guides, Regulations and reading lists.
Summary of key dates
17 October (EU)
in the year before
you intend to sit your first exams
|LLB registration deadline
|Diploma in Law registration
|Exams take place