LLB Law with a Modern Language
- UCAS Code: M2R9
- Duration: 4 years (1 year abroad)
- Typical UK entry requirements: AAA / AAB - including a Modern Language
- Interview required? No
- Qualifying Law degree? Yes
- Optional modules? Yes, during year abroad
This joint honours degree incorporates modules from the School of Law and French, Italian or Spanish modules from the School of Modern Languages. As many leading law firms have branches in other countries, having language skills, knowledge of another legal system and the experience of having lived abroad can give a distinct competitive advantage when beginning your legal career. Your language studies will be supported by the excellent facilities within the School of Modern Languages, including state-of-the-art language labs, a dedicated Modern Languages Study Centre, a film theatre, TV and internet resources.
In your first year you will study the fundamentals of the legal system and develop your legal skills within the School of Law. Your time in the School of Modern Languages will be spent developing your language skills - students can choose between French, Italian or Spanish language and these can be taken at either beginner or advanced level.
In your second and final years, you will build upon this knowledge and your skills by studying modules in both Law and Modern Languages.
Your third year will be spent at a university in France, Italy or Spain, studying Law and language modules. Our partner institutions include the University of Granada, Jean Moulin University in Lyon, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and the University of Florence.
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During your degree, you will develop:
- Knowledge and understanding of Law in the UK and the country of your year abroad
- Language skills
- An appreciation of the social and policy issues underlying the law
- Skills in legal and academic reasoning (including logical analysis and problem solving).
- Skills in legal and academic research
- Transferable skills, particularly in oral and written communication in English and a Modern Language, independent learning and information handling.
Teaching and Assessment
- Large group lectures
- Small tutorials (7–8 students)
- 11 hours of teaching time per week (approximately)
- 20 hours of self-study time (approximately)
- Assessment by essay and/or exam
- Teaching and assessment methods at the host university may vary. Students will be required to pass their year abroad according to the assessment rules of the host university (although results will not count towards the final degree mark)
As many leading law firms have branches in other countries, having language skills, knowledge of another legal system and the experience of having lived abroad can give a distinct competitive advantage when beginning your legal career.
This programme is a qualifying law degree and so will prepare you for the next step towards becoming a legal professional. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales after graduation you will need to complete the LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) along with a training contract as a trainee solicitor or pupillage as a trainee barrister. Applicants wishing to become lawyers outside of England and Wales should consult the appropriate country’s legal statutory body to check the requirements. Information for Canadian applicants.
A law degree is also an excellent stepping stone to graduate roles in a wide variety of employment sectors. Many employers regard law graduates as well rounded with highly transferable skills like problem solving, constructing arguments, research and time management.
The School of Law, together with the student Law Societies and the University's Career Development Service, provide comprehensive careers support to all students (whether they wish to pursue a traditional legal career or not) – helping with career choice, applications, interviews and providing information on employment and internship opportunities.
An A level (or equivalent) in any Modern Language is required for entry but this does not have to be the language that will be studied whilst at University, as you can take French, Italian or Spanish at beginner level (if your A Level was in a different language) or advanced level (if your A Level was in that language and you wish to develop your ability further). See our entry requirements
Students should initially apply for the three year LLB (M100) and will then be able to apply to transfer to the LLB with a Year Abroad scheme during their first year. Find out how to apply