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English Law & American Law LLB and JD

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Our English Law & American Law course allows you to obtain an LLB law degree from King’s in London and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University, New York or Georgetown University, Washington D.C. The first and second years follow the LLB course, with the third and fourth years spent at Columbia University or Georgetown University. Selection for transfer is made after completion of the first year of LLB.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits 

  • Recognised globally as one of the UK's premier law schools.

  • Teaching by internationally respected, leading academics, visiting lecturers and practitioners from global law firms.

  • Unrivalled location for law, based in Somerset House East Wing 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.

  • A dedicated careers team who provide tailored guidance on how to access the legal profession.
  • Active student-run societies organising social and career-oriented functions.

Key information

UCAS code M100

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 Columbia University, New York or Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



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Course detail


King’s School of Law operates a joint LLB/JD degree programme with Columbia University in New York City, USA and Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA.

Selection for transfer to this programme takes place after the completion of the first year of the Law LLB (M100). The first and second years follow the pattern of the Law LLB degree while the third and fourth years are spent studying at Columbia University or Georgetown University.

To qualify for Columbia University you must take Law of Property, Law of Tort and Law of Trusts. You will also need to take part in a moot (mock trial) while at King’s.

To qualify for Georgetown University you must take Law of Property, Law of Tort and Contract Law. 

Further information about Columbia Law School and Georgetown Law Center can be found on their webpages, but please note that King’s applicants do not follow the standard JD admissions procedure.

Selection will be chiefly on the basis of academic performance during the first year at King’s. Columbia and Georgetown will review applications of nominated students for final approval. The programme is highly selective and is not open to American citizens or those who have spent significant time in the United States. Please note that this programme is limited to seven students per annum. Please also note that standard tuition fees are payable to Columbia and Georgetown for Years 3 and 4 of the programme. 

Teaching at King's

We have a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, with consistently high student satisfaction ratings for Law in the National Student Survey. All required modules are taught through lectures, small group tutorials and seminars. These tutorials and seminars will give you the opportunity to apply the general legal principles you have learnt to specific problems, and allow you to engage with our academics and explore issues further in depth.

You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide academic and pastoral support during your studies. We attach great importance to maintaining good relations between staff and students and our Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets regularly to discuss how we can collectively enhance the student experience.

Assessment at King's

Assessment of required modules will typically consist of an examination supplemented by written coursework, such as a written essay, where applicable. Assessment in optional modules varies and may encompass, for example, examinations, essays, moots, or a negotiation exercise.

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 (2015)
  • 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)


This course is primarily taught at the Strand and Waterloo campuses.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Years 3 and 4 are taught at Columbia University or Georgetown University. 

Special notes

Students can engage in real client work through the School’s Legal Clinic established in April 2017. Students who spend their final year of their degree at King's can select the Student Law Clinic module, while students of all years can apply to volunteer with the clinic during the academic year or over the summer holiday. Supervised by the Clinic's in-house solicitor as well as solicitors from high street and corporate/commercial law firms (e.g. Duncan Lewis and Farrer), students learn transferable skills such as effective communication and teamwork and see the law in a practical context. Through the Clinic students can also engage with third sector partners such as the Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice or participate in its Mediation project or public legal education activity).

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 & Mooting 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; as well as the Inaugural Welcome Party at the start of the academic year and the Annual Black-Tie Dinner. The KCL Law Society supports students who wish to pursue careers as solicitors while the Bar & Mooting Society help students understand the path to qualification as a barrister. 

The Pro Bono Society supports and promotes legally-related volunteer work and education to the community, and runs many exciting projects, including the Amicus Chapter, Human Rights Project, Junior Lawyers Against Poverty; Law Mentoring; and Legal Outreach. 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.

There are various other societies within the Law School which students can get involved in, such as Lawyers Without Borders, King’s Women in the Law, Intellectual Property and Information Law Society and Criminology Society. 


Year 1

The first year will be the standard LLB course stucture and modules as students will not be able to apply for this course until after the completion of year 1 LLB.

Each course is divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

The following modules are required for this course:

  • Legal Reasoning and Legal Services (non-credit bearing)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules for this course:

Optional Modules

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

• Advanced Constitutional Law (30 credits)

• Anti-Discrimination Law (30 credits)

• Commercial Law (30 credits)

• Company Law (30 credits)

• Competition Law (30 credits)

• Consumer Protection: advising global businesses and their customers (30 credits)

• Criminology and Criminal Justice (30 credits)

• Criminal Law Theory (15 credits)

• Environmental Law (30 credits)

• Family Law (30 credits)

• Finance, Credit and Security (15 credits)

• Human Rights Law (30 credits)

• Intellectual Property Law (30 credits)

• Labour Law (30 credits)

• Law and Economics (30 credits)

• Law and Social Theory (30 credits)

• Law of Personal Taxation (30 credits)

• Medical Law (30 credits)

• Moral Philosophy (15 credits)

• Principles of Enterprise Governance (30 credits)

• Public International Law (30 credits)

• Russian Legal System (30 credits)

• Transnational Company Law (15 credits)

Year 3

In Year 3 you will study at Columbia University, New York, USA or Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. Details of the course structure will be communicated after students are accepted onto the programme and have commenced their studies.

Required Modules
You will complete a range of modules from Columbia University or Georgetown University.
Optional Modules

Year 4

In Year 4 you will study at Columbia University, New York, USA  or Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. Details of the course structure will be communicated after students are accepted onto the programme and have commenced their studies.

Required Modules
You will complete a range of modules from Columbia University or Georgetown University.
Optional Modules

Entry requirements


Required subjects

You will need to complete year 1 of your LLB to be able to apply.


Preferred subjects



Further information and other requirements

There is no direct entry to this programme. Students on the King's LLB (M100) may apply for transfer once enrolled. Transfer is not guaranteed.

Selection procedure

Those wishing to apply for the English Law & American Law LLB and JD course must apply through UCAS for the Law LLB course (M100) and then apply to transfer to the desired degree during the second year of the course.

Fees and funding

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 costs 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel to and around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For information on fees and funding for undergraduate courses at King's, visit our fees and funding webpages.

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 in 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, 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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