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.
The Graduate Entry LLB enables you to:
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.
To apply for this degree, you will need one of the following:
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:
Applicants whose first language is not English should hold the following qualifications:
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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
*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).
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.
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.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
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 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.
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.
In year one you will study the following core legal subjects:
In addition you will also be required to study and pass a test in the English Legal System.
In year two you will study the remaining core legal subjects:
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:
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.
The above list of modules is subject to change, as elective modules are only offered subject to staff availability and student demand
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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.