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Graduate Entry LLB

The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) is a senior status law degree which allows non-law graduates to achieve an LLB law degree in just two years rather than the usual three.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016


Full-time: two years


Full-time: £9,000


Full-time: £14,000

Who is it for?

This course is for graduates who have a proven academic track record who wish to gain a qualification in law either for legal professional purposes or to advance their careers in law related fields.

For students who intend to practise in law in the UK, the GE LLB Programme offers graduates the possibility of obtaining exemption from the academic stage of training over two years instead of the one year Graduate Diploma. Not only does this give students the chance to take electives in legal subjects but also gives them the chance to acquire work experience in the summer vacation.

The course attracts many international students, particularly Canadians who, once they graduate, are well on the way to satisfying the Canadian NCA requirements.


The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) is a senior status law degree which allows non-law graduates to achieve an LLB law degree in just two years rather than the usual three.

You will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the core legal subjects as well as learning about more specialist areas of law. There is also the option of participating in mooting competitions to further strengthen legal and debating skills.

Successful completion of this course qualifies you to progress to one of the two professional courses all UK lawyers are required to take the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.


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The GE LLB is a qualifying law degree recognised by the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority and the Bar Standards Board as satisfying the academic stage of qualification for legal practice in the UK.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

A degree (in any subject), of at least a second class honours standard, conferred by a institution in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards. Or, an approved degree conferred by a institution outside the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and a very good knowledge of the English language.

North American Applicants

For applicants that have studied for their degree in North America, we usually require a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The rules governing admission to practise law vary from country to country. Before applying, applicants wishing to take  the GE LLB as a step towards becoming a lawyer outside England and Wales are strongly advised to check with the appropriate body in the country in which they wish to qualify/practise that these courses are accepted.

In reaching our selection decisions we will take account of:

  • Academic performance
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • Professional and legal work experience
  • Personal statement
  • Commitment to studying law
  • References

English requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should hold the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 7 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for the Graduate Entry LLB must be made online through UCAS.

You can apply online at

UCAS code: M110

of graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey were in employment of further study 6 months after graduation.
Explore the seven core subjects studied on an LLB course in two years rather than three
Satisfy the requirements for admission to the Professional Stage of legal training


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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Student views

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Teaching and learning

Students on the programme are taught in a separate cohort of Graduate Entry LLB students for the core subjects and together with the LLB third year students for electives.

Instruction in the use of legal materials, legal writing, mooting and in legal research (including use of electronic retrieval systems) is an integral part of the course.

Students can choose at least three subjects in their second year from an extensive list of interesting elective courses.

Tuition fees include textbooks in all of the seven core subjects.

Students have a wide range of extra-curricular activities to engage in such as mooting and client interviewing. The Law School also has an extensive pro bono programme with a Pro Bono Fair at the beginning of the year to inform students of what is available.


Assessment is by a combination of written examination and coursework. Students have the opportunity in the second year to write a dissertation on a legal topic of their choice of 15,000 words instead of a taught elective.


Students are taught by a combination of lectures and tutorials, which in total consist of around 10 hours contact each week in year one, rising to about 12 in year two.

In addition students are expected to engage in private reading for up to 8 hours per week per subject in order to support their learning and prepare for tutorials.

Year One

  • Constitutional and administrative law LG2002 (30 credits)
  • Contract Law LG2003 (30 credits)
  • Criminal Law LG2004 (30 credits)
  • Tort Law LG2008 (30 credits)

In addition you will also be required to study and pass a test in the English Legal System.

  • English Legal System LG2001 (15 credits)

Year Two

  • Equity and Trusts LG2005 (30 credits)
  • EU Law LG2006 (30 credits)
  • Land Law LG2007 (30 credits)

In addition in Year Two you will take elective modules totalling 75 credits from a list of elective subjects, including:

  • Banking law LU3089 (30 credits)
  • Commercial and Agency Law LU3088 (30 credits)
  • Company Law LG3083 (30 credits)
  • Employment Law LG3087 (30 credits)
  • Family and Child Law LG3086 (30 credits)
  • Human Rights Law LG3085 (30 credits)
  • Public International Law LG3084 (30 credits)
  • Justice Law and History LG3097 (30 credits)
  • Law of Evidence LG3099 (30 credits)
  • Canadian Constitutional Law LG3092 (30 credits)
  • Constitutional Law of the USA LG3091 (30 credits)
  • LLB Dissertation LG3096 (30 credits)
  • Competition Law LG3070 (15 credits)
  • Islamic law LG3072 (15 credits)
  • Immigration Law LG3094 (15 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration LG3074 (15 credits)
  • Criminal Justice LG3100 (15 credits)
  • City Enterprise Services LG3101 (15 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law LG3076 (15 credits)
  • International Criminal Law LG3077 (15 credits)
  • Legal Skills LG3079 (15 credits)
  • Maritime Law LG3080 (15 credits)
  • International  Economic Law LG3098 (15 credits)
  • Media Law LG3103 (15 credits)
  • Commercial Property Law LG3078 (15 credits)
  • Canadian Corporate Law LG3102 (15 credits)
  • Aviation Law LG3106 (15 credits)
  • Jurisprudence LG3104 (15 credits)
  • Forensic Science LG3105 (15 credits)
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility LU3107 (15 credits)
  • Family Law LG3108 (15 credits)
  • Government, Law and Democracy LG3109 (15 credits)
  • EU Law and the Global Legal Order LG3110 (15 credits)
  • Fundamental Principles of Regulation of Leisure Industries LG3111 (15 credits)
  • Sports Law LG3112 (15 credits)
  • European Human Rights Law LG3114 (30 credits)
  • International Human Rights Law LG3115 (15 credits)

You may choose to complete a dissertation in place of one of these electives. The range of elective subjects offered in any one year is subject to availability and demand.

  • Student
    My decision to study at The City Law School was greatly influenced by the opportunities for academic excellence at post-graduate level, coupled with an extensive range of resources from the Careers Centre to develop my professional skills.

Career prospects

Most students graduating from the programme take the next steps towards qualification as a practising lawyer. In the UK, that entails taking either the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor or taking the Bar Professional Training Course to become a barrister.

For students who return to Canada to practise, that will require taking the examinations set by the National Committee on Accreditation to obtain a Certificate of Qualification.

Some students will enrol for an LLM programme, normally at an institution in the UK, and in the past students graduating from the programme have taken LLMs at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, KCL and LSE.

Students have also taken LLM programmes in Canada, which will also satisfy the requirements of the NCA. In the past a few students have taken an LLM in the US in order to be eligible then to take the New York Bar examinations.

Students who have not wished to practise have entered careers in financial services, banking, with NGOs and in the civil service.

83.3% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Applications for the Graduate Entry LLB must be made online through UCAS.

You can apply online at

UCAS code: M110

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