Our LLB law degree in London and the Master 1 en droit in Paris will provide a platform for a professional career in England, Wales or France. Studying in France is a key part of this programme and what makes our approach distinctive is the way our 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 course. 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.
The European Lawyer programme can be combined with the Anglo-French programme. After having completed the latter, students add one year at Humboldt University (LLM Europäisches Recht und Rechtsvergleich), the University of Rome La Sapienza (Laurea Magistrale) or the University of Amsterdam (LLM International and European Law). Applications for the European Lawyer programme are managed internally as students near the end of their undergraduate studies.
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.
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)
Years 1 and 2 of the course are 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 University of Paris II.
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.
Students and alumni of the programme form a unique association designed to support the specific needs and requirements of current students on the programme, and foster ongoing contacts with and between alumni: the AJPK (Association des Juristes Panthéon-King's). The AJPK is made up of two student bodies: the London and Paris “Bureaux”, made up of student representatives elected annually among the students. The AJPK caters to the international nature of the course, the need for interpersonal support, and the will to foster an intercultural dynamic. Its mission is to provide help, support, and opportunities to its members. The Conseil de l'AJPK was founded in 2014. It acts as an umbrella structure that brings alumni on board, to work with the representatives of the AJPK Bureaux to provide continuity and the involvement and insights of former students. It has three main objectives:
- Assisting current students of the course both in London and Paris.
- Promoting the programme and supporting student and alumni events.
- Maintaining and developing a well-functioning alumni network.
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.