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English Law & French Law LLB and Maitrise en droit (French equivalent of LLB)

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Overview

Our joint LLB / Master 1 programme provides a challenging bi-juridical and bilingual education that is respected and valued by a wide range of employers. Our prestigious programme is the oldest and largest of its kind in Britain and France, leading to two separate degrees that form the first major step towards qualifying for practice in France, England and Wales, or both. 

The programme benefits from a partnership with international law firm Reed Smith LLP, to support your learning and future career development.

Key benefits

  • Recognised globally as one of the UK's premier law schools.
  • Teaching by internationally respected, leading academics and visiting lecturers and practitioners from City law firms.
  • Unrivalled location for law, based in the East Wing of Somerset House on the Strand, with the Royal Courts of Justice, Law Society and Inns of Court all on your doorstep.
  • Consistently high student satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey.
  • Excellent legal research resources at the College's impressive Maughan Library.
  • Active student-run societies organising social and career-oriented functions as well as mooting competitions.
  • Our programme benefits from a new partnership with international law firm Reed Smith LLP, to support your learning and future career development.
  • The Dickson Poon Undergraduate Law Scholarship Programme  offers prestigious and generous scholarships to outstanding new Law students at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. Up to 30 scholarships will be awarded to the 2017-18 cohort of students. Scholars will receive financial support of £5,000 per year for the duration of the degree course to which they are admitted. Scholars will also receive complimentary King’s accommodation during the first year of their LLB course.

Key information

UCAS code M121

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours at King's plus other award at partner institution

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London. This is a dual award programme which also leads to an award from Université Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas)

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law

Locations

 

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Course detail

Description

Our LLB law degree in London and the Master 1 en droit in Paris will provide a platform for a professional career in either the UK, France or both countries. Studying in France is a key part of this programme and what makes our approach distinctive is the way our fully qualified French legal academics and practitioners train you in the French method of legal education while you are still in London. This means that you be able to make the most of your time in France.

This is a four-year programme. You will study for an LLB in English Law & French Law at King’s and a Master 1 degree of the University of Paris II. In lieu of the third year of the LLB (M100) degree course, you will study for two years in Paris. The third and fourth years of study provide 120 credits, taken equally from each year and treated in the same manner as the final year of your three-year LLB degree.

Teaching 

We have a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, with consistently high student satisfaction ratings for Law in the National Student Survey. Our teaching methods centre on lectures, smaller tutorials and seminars. Through these smaller groups, you will have the opportunity to apply the legal principles you have learned to specific problems, while our new research-dedicated seminars offer you an opportunity to engage with our academics.

You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide advice on any academic and personal issues and offer some careers assistance. We attach great importance to maintaining good relations between staff and students and our Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets regularly to discuss issues and ensure that students are receiving the support they need to maximise the benefit of their time at King’s.

Assessment

Assessment for the required modules in English law is 70 per cent exam-based and 30 per cent based on coursework (except for Jurisprudence & Legal Theory). Assessment for the required modules French law is exclusively through examination.

Regulating body 

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

This programme is further regulated by the:

  • Law Benchmark Statement (2000)
  • Criteria for degrees (University of London)
  • Joint Statement of the Law Society and the General Council of the Bar (1999)
  • H-level descriptors of the framework for higher education qualifications (2001)

 

Location

The Dickson Poon School of Law is located in the heart of the British legal world with the offices of major law firms, the Law Society, the Inns of Court and the Royal Courts of Justice all within walking distance. Based at the Strand Campus in Somerset House East Wing, one of London’s most beautiful and iconic buildings, the School boasts a stylish new home for its staff and students, including student common rooms, teaching and seminar rooms and a moot court room. The Maughan Library contains a vast array of legal texts, reference materials, periodicals and datasets and is equipped with online databases such as Westlaw UK, Lexis, Justis, PLC and Kluwer Arbitration. We also produce our own legal periodical, the King’s Law Journal.

Special notes

We have many highly active student-run societies as well as King's award-winning students’ union, KCLSU, who organises a wide variety of social, sporting and cultural activities.

Both the King’s College London Law Society and Bar Society organise a number of social and career-oriented functions such as: internal and external mooting competitions; skills workshops; mock interview sessions; lecture series with prestigious barristers and other legal practitioners; and the Annual Black Tie Dinner; and the Inaugural Freshers’ Party. The Mooting Society leads workshops and practice moots for novices as well as competitions tailored to specific modules.

The Pro Bono Society supports and promotes legally-related volunteer work and education to the community, and runs a number of exciting projects, including StreetLaw; Amicus; Law Mentoring; and The Legal Clinic (assisted by esteemed City law firm Speechly Bircham) to mention a few. Involvement with the society is a great way to contribute to the community as well as looking great on your CV due to the skills gained in the process.

Structure

Year 1

Currently, students study the modules shown below. King's reviews its modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School for further advice.

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. 

Students take five required modules, the four listed below as well as French methodology class.

Required Modules

The following 30-credit modules are required for this course:

  • Introduction to French methodology and to French Public Law (non-credit bearing)

Optional Modules

There are no credit-bearing optional modules for this course in Year 1 however students will be able to attend an optional French language class. Students whose first language is not French are encouraged to attend this class if it is deemed necessary.

Year 2

Students will also be able to attend an optional French language class. Students whose first language is not French are encouraged to attend this class if it is deemed necessary.

Required Modules

The following modules are required for this course:

  • Introduction to French methodology and to French Private Law (non-credit bearing)

 

Optional Modules

In addition, you will take 30-credits from optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Public International Law
  • Labour Law
  • Family Law
  • Law of Personal Taxation
  • Human Rights Law
  • Advanced Constitutional Law
  • Company Law
  • Russian Legal System
  • Competition Law
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Anti-Discrimination Law
  • Law and Social Theory
  • Consumer Protection: Advising Global Business and their Customers
  • Law and Economics
  • Intellectual Property
  • Private International Law


Or 15-credit modules, such as:

  • Comparative Constitutional Law 1: Structures
  • Finance, Credit and Security
  • Criminal Law Theory
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Debt Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency
  • Transnational Company Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law 2: Protection of Rights

Year 3

Year 3 is spent at the Université Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas). All classes and examinations are conducted in French. Details of the course structure will be communicated after students are accepted onto the programme and have commenced their studies.

Required Modules

A typical year may include:

  • Droit civil 1 (contrats spéciaux)
  • Droit des affaires 1 (droit des sociétés : introduction générale, typologie des sociétés, sociétés de personnes, SARL)
  • Droit de l’Union européenne 1 (droit institutionnel)
  • Procédure civile
  • Droit international public 1
  • Droit fiscal
  • Droit des libertés fondamentales
  • Droit administratif des biens
Optional Modules

Students choose from one of the following options:

Either Droit privé
Students who choose this option are required to take:

  • Droit du travail 1 (relations individuelles de travail)

In addition, students are required to take one of the following modules:

  • Histoire du droit de la famille
  • Histoire du droit des affaires
  • Droit civil 2 (droit de la famille)
  • Droit des affaires 2 (sociétés par actions, valeurs mobilières, groupes de sociétés)
  • Droit du travail 2 (relations collectives de travail)


Or Droit public

  • Contentieux administratif
  • Histoire du droit administratif
  • Philosophie du droit
  • Droit des relations de travail dans le secteur public
  • Droit social (droit du travail et droit de la protection sociale)
  • Droit de l’Union européenne 2 (droit matériel)

Year 4

Year 4 is spent at the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas). All classes and examinations are conducted in French. Details of the course structure will be communicated after students are accepted onto the programme and have commenced their studies. 

Students will follow any of the 8 Maîtrise specializations listed below.

  • Master 1 Droit mention Carrières judiciaires et sciences criminelles
  • Master 1 Droit mention Droit des affaires
  • Master 1 Droit mention Droit européen
  • Master 1 Droit mention Droit international
  • Master 1 Droit mention Droit notarial
  • Master 1 Droit mention Droit privé
  • Master 1 Droit mention Droit public
  • Master 1 Droit mention Droit social
Required Modules

Each specialisation includes a number of compulsory and optional modules.

Optional Modules
Each specialisation includes a number of compulsory and optional modules.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

A*AA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 766

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D2 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

88% overall

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

French.

Preferred subjects

No preferred subjects.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A-levels: A*AA. Required subject: French (grade A).

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition, applicants must have A-level grade A in French (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D2 D3 D3 including D3 French. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with 11 Distinctions and two A-levels at grades A*A or D*DD with 14 Distinctions and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A-levels at grades A*A or D*D with 10 Distinctions and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A-levels at grades A*A or D* with five modules at Distinction and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher French (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 766 including HL6 French. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities in general such as reading, debating, theological interests etc. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We are also looking for applicants with an enthusiasm to study a law degree programme and have thought through their reasons for considering this subject option. The King’s degree programme focuses on the study of law as an intellectual discipline. Law may be regarded as a social science, a branch of ethics or as part of political philosophy, and all of these perspectives are explored within the learning environment of King's. It also can form the first major step towards qualifying for practice as a solicitor or barrister. Applicants outside of the UK should indicate why they particularly wish to study English law.

Community activities: We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricula activities will also be recognised. King’s aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work: Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those with any experience of legal work experience.

Note: Deferred entry is not possible on this course.

Selection procedure

All applicants are required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) by 20 January. Your application will be considered late if we have not received your results by that date. This applies to all "Home/EU" and "Overseas" applicants. However, for some Overseas applicants dispensations may be granted on an individual basis only where there is no LNAT centre in the candidate's country or no centre within a reasonable distance from his or her residence. Please see the LNAT website for further details.

Please note, if you are reapplying through UCAS this year you must also take the LNAT again this year. LNAT results will not be carried over from one year to the next.

Those wishing to apply for the LLB English Law & French Law (LM121) programme must apply through UCAS.

If you are applying for admission for M121, M122, M190 or LM21 and also wish to be considered for the Law LLB (M100) programme you must make a separate entry on your UCAS form.

The standard three A-level offer for the LLB is A*AA. However, we wish to encourage applications from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and will consider candidates without the standard qualifications.

Resits

Please be aware that we do not to accept resit students for entry to any of our undergraduate Law programmes. We require all relevant qualifications to be successfully completed in the first sitting, e.g. completing an A level within two years. We will only consider resits if there are significant mitigating circumstances affecting your first ‘sitting’. In these situations we still cannot guarantee that your application will be considered, but you should make reference to these circumstances within your personal statement and academic reference. We will then request further information if necessary. Please note, we consider taking the same subject again at the same level, even within a different qualification, to be a resit.

Interviewing:

Are interviews offered? Yes 

Are all applicants interviewed? No. Only candidates deemed to be borderline or from non-traditional academic backgrounds may be called for interview. 

Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on basis of information provided on UCAS application form. 

Offer holder events: All applicants who receive an offer will be invited to attend an open day (usually in March or April). Further details will be provided to successful applicants.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £19,650 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

King’s partner universities include University of Paris 2 (Pantheon-Assas), therefore you are not required to pay tuition fees to University of Paris 2 (Pantheon-Assas). However, you will have to pay certain administrative fees which may typically include but are not limited to registration fees/Social Security premium to University of Paris 2 (Pantheon-Assas).

However you should budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Transcription

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

King’s Law graduates are popular with many employers. The majority of our students choose to become solicitors in leading law firms. Some choose broader business roles such as financial analyst, management consultant or graduate trainee across a variety of sectors. Others find their law degree opens up opportunities in international development, advisory work, the public sector and teaching. Although the employment market is competitive, many of our students have been very successful in obtaining posts with the firms or sets of chambers for which they wanted to work.

Many law firms will target our students because they have come to associate King’s with very high-quality, motivated applicants, comparable to those from other top law schools both in the UK and overseas. King’s Careers Service can provide you with all the information and support you need to make an informed career choice and to increase your chances of success.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as a:

  • Lawyer
  • Civil Servant
  • United Nations Official
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax Advisor
  • Head of Trading
  • Management Consultant
  • Journalist 
  • Publisher
  • Paralegal
  • Entrepreneur
  • Academic

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