LLB Law with a Year Abroad
- UCAS Code: M100
- Duration: 4 years
- Typical UK entry requirements: AAB
- Interview required? No
- Qualifying Law degree? Yes
- Optional modules? Yes
Do you want to broaden your horizons and academic experience? Enhance career opportunities? Make new friends and experience life in a different culture? The LLB with a Year Abroad scheme will allow you to fulfil these wishes.
This degree programme is open to all students on the three year LLB degree programme (M100), but extends it to being a four year programme. You spend your third year abroad at a university in one of a number of different countries. Foreign language skills are often not needed, as many partner universities teach in English, even when the local language is not English. Language classes are available at the University and these classes are usually subsidised.
Most students are able to claim their student loans during their time abroad, in addition to other grants and bursaries that are also often available.
Our current partner institutions
- Australia: Flinders University (Adelaide)
- Australia: Macquarie University (Sydney)
- Australia: La Trobe University (Melbourne)
- Australia: University of Western Australia (Perth)
- Canada: University of Windsor
- Cyprus: University of Nicosia
- Denmark: University of Copenhagen
- France: Jean Moulin University (Lyon)
- France: Université de Strasbourg
- Finland: University of Helsinki
- Germany: The Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University (Frankfurt)
- Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong
- Italy: University of Florence
- Malta: University of Malta
- Norway: University of Oslo
- Singapore: Singapore Management University
- Spain: University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
- Sweden: University of Stockholm
Please note that this list is subject to change.
Your modules whilst in Leicester will follow the same scheme as the 3 year LLB Law degree (M100) although you will now do the modules that you were due to do in your third year in your fourth year.
During your degree, you will develop:
- Knowledge and understanding of Law in the UK and the country of your year abroad
- An appreciation of the social and policy issues underlying the law in the UK and the country of your year abroad
- 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, independent learning and information handling
- Language skills for students spending their year abroad in countries where English is not the local language.
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.
Students should initially apply for the three year LLB (M100). Students must achieve at an average of least 50% and have a good attendance record in their first year modules in order to be allowed to transfer. 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.