Graduate Entry LLB GE 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.
On the course, you have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the core legal subjects as well as learning about specialist areas of law. You also have the additional option of participating in mooting competitions to further strengthen your 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.
The City Law School and Canada
The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) attracts international students from all over the world. In particular, a large number of Canadian students have undertaken the course. A number of our teaching staff are also from Canada.
Why City's Graduate Entry LLB?
- Explore the seven core subjects studied on an LLB course in two years rather than three
- Benefit from studying the core subjects as part of a separate cohort of GE LLB students.
- Satisfy the requirements for admission to the Professional Stage of legal
training (LPC / BPTC)
- Develop your legal skills in mooting, legal research and legal writing
- Receive free textbooks in your seven core subjects
- Develop advising skills by taking part in the City Enterprise Services, a pro bono service for start up businesses
A degree (in any subject), of at least a second class honours standard, conferred by a university in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards. Or, an approved degree conferred by a university 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
You can apply online at www.ucas.com
UCAS code: M110
Applicants whose first language is not English should hold the following qualifications:
- IELTS: 7 or above
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.
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 at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- 22nd September 2014
- 2 years
Course ContentIn Year One you will study four of the seven core foundation subjects that are usually covered in an undergraduate law degree. In Year Two you will study the remaining three core subjects and have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of particular areas of law by choosing three elective subjects.
- Constitutional and administrative law
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Tort Law
In addition you will also be required to study and pass a test in the English Legal System.
- Equity and Trusts
- EU Law
- Land Law
In addition in Year Two you will take three options from a list of elective subjects, including:
- Aviation Law
- Banking Law
- Canadian Constitutional Law
- Canadian Corporate Law
- Commercial & Agency Law
- Commercial Property Law
- Company Law
- Competition Law
- Constitutional and administrative law
- Criminal Justice
- Employment Law
- Forensic Law
- Family and Child Law
- Human Rights Law
- Immigration Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Commercial Arbitration
- International Criminal Law
- International Economic Law
- Islamic Law
- Justice, Law and History
- Legal Skills
- Maritime Law
- Media Law
- Professional Ethics
- Public International Law
- US Constitutional Law
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.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, which occupy around 10 hours each week. You will be taught in a separate cohort of Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) 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 also an integral part of the course.
The predominant method of assessment is by written examination but some core modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination.
Mooting is a great way to develop important legal skills such as research and analysis whilst also gaining experience of public speaking and argument. At The City Law School we run an annual internal mooting competition where students act as a counsel to argue a point of law before a judge.
This year's City Scholars Moot 2012 was an all GE LLB final with students Merrow Golden, Althea Brooks, MacKenzie Common and Eden Ifergan facing this year's competition judge Lady Hale in the Supreme Court.
Pro Bono enables you to provide legal advice to those who may otherwise not have access to such services. It gives you invaluable experience and a chance to develop your legal skills. At The City Law School you will have the opportunity to volunteer to work with one of our Pro Bono volunteering organisations that needs legal assistance.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2014 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £12,500 (2014 entry)
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.For further information and ideas about funding your course, visit Financing your study.
Successful completion of this course qualifies you to progress to the professional legal skills courses all UK lawyers are required to take, the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course(BPTC) for barristers. City Law SchoolGE LLB graduates are guaranteed a place on our LPC (subject to meeting entry requirements) and are strongly encouraged to apply for our BPTC (*The Bar Standards Board does not allow providers to guarantee places on the Bar Professional Training Course).
Many of our alumni have gone on to become successful solicitors and barristers. Find out what our GE LLB alumni did next.