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GE LLB Graduate Entry LLB

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As a non-law graduate, this fast-track senior status law degree will enable you to achieve an LLB law degree in just two years rather than the usual three.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018

Duration

Full-time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 *

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,500 *

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.

If you intend to practise in law in the UK, the GE LLB Programme offers you 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 you the chance to take electives in legal subjects, but also gives you 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.

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Objectives

The Graduate Entry LLB enables you to:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in the core legal subjects
  • Achieve an LLB law degree in just two years rather than the usual three
  • Learning about specialist areas of law
  • Participate in mooting competitions (optional) to further strengthen your legal and debating skills
  • Progress, on completion of the degree, 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

Accreditation

Solicitors Regulation Authority Bar Standards Board

This 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

To apply for this degree, you will need one of the following:

  • A degree (in any subject), of at least a second-class honours standard, conferred by an institution in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards.
  • An approved degree conferred by an 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, if you wish to take the GE LLB as a step towards becoming a lawyer outside England and Wales, we strongly advise you to check with the appropriate body in the country in which you 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.

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 www.ucas.com

UCAS code: M110

100%
of graduates responding to the 15/16 DLHE survey were in employment or further study six months after graduation
Fast-track
Complete the seven core subjects studied on an LLB course in two years rather than three
LPC / BPTC
Satisfy the requirements for admission to the Professional Stage of legal training

More about fees

*Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Funding

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

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Scholarships

City Law School scholarships

The City Law School is firmly committed to a generous programme of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Our scholarships range in value and include both partial and full fee waiver awards.

Find out more about the scholarships offered by the City Law School.

Student views

Hear what it’s really like to study the two year law conversion programme at City University London, featuring three GE LLB students from Canada.

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Teaching and learning

On this programme, you will learn in a separate cohort of Graduate Entry LLB students for the core subjects and together with the LLB third year students for the elective modules you will take in your second year.

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

You can choose six subjects in your second year from an extensive list of interesting elective courses to suit your interests.

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

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

Assessment

Assessment is via a variety of methods, including written coursework, portfolios, multiple choice questions tests, oral and written examinations, as well as project work and activities undertaken as part of a team. In the second year, you have the option to write a 15,000-word dissertation on a legal topic of your choice instead of a taught elective.

Modules

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, which in total consist of around 10 hours contact each week in year one, increasing to about 12 hours each week in year two.

In addition, you are expected to engage in private reading for up to 8 hours per week, per subject, to support your learning and prepare for tutorials.

Year One

In year one you will study the following core legal subjects:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law (30 credits)
  • Contract Law (30 credits)
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • Tort Law (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

In year two you will study the remaining core legal subjects:

  • Equity and Trusts (30 credits)
  • EU Law (30 credits)
  • Land Law (30 credits)

In addition you will take a total of six 15 credit elective modules. The range of elective subjects offered, which is subject to availability and demand, includes:

  • Advanced Issues in International Law (15 credits)
  • Aviation Law (15 credits)
  • Canadian Constitutional Law – Foundational Principles (15 credits)
  • Canadian Corporate Law (15 credits)
  • Child Law (15 credits)
  • Commercial Property Law (15 credits)
  • Competition Law (15 credits)
  • Constitutional Law of the USA – Foundational Principles (15 credits)
  • Constitutional Law of the USA – Modern Controversies (15 credits)
  • Criminal Justice (15 credits)
  • Discrimination Law (15 credits)
  • Employment Law (15 credits)
  • EU Law and the Global Legal Order (15 credits)
  • Forensic Science and the Legal Process (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Commercial Law (15 credits)
  • Free Movement of Goods, Persons and Services in the Internal Market (15 credits)
  • Further Issues in Commercial Law (15 credits)
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law (15 credits)
  • Government, Law and Democracy (15 credits)
  • Human Rights Law in the UK (15 credits)
  • International Banking Law (15 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
  • International Criminal Law (15 credits)
  • International Economic Law (15 credits)
  • International Human Rights Law (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Solicitor’s Professional Qualification (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Transnational Law (15 credits)
  • Jurisprudence (15 credits)
  • Justice, Law and History (15 credits)
  • Law and Film (15 credits)
  • Law of Evidence - The Evidential Implications of Criminal Investigation (15 credits)
  • Law of Evidence: Safeguarding Reliability and Protecting Witnesses (15 credits)
  • Law of the European Convention of Human Rights (15 credits)
  • Law relating to Public Companies (15 credits)
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (15 credits)
  • Legal Skills (15 credits)
  • Maritime Law (15 credits)
  • Medical Law and Bioethics (15 credits)
  • Pro Bono Training (academic) (15 credits)
  • Pro Bono Training (practice) (15 credits)
  • Sports Law (15 credits)
  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (15 credits)

There is also the possibility to write a 30 credit dissertation.  This is classed as a ‘double’ module so students choosing this option will be limited to choosing four additional elective modules.

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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.

If you intend to practice in Canada, you will be required to take 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 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.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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

You can apply online at www.ucas.com

UCAS code: M110

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