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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 course provides a challenging bi-juridical and bilingual education that is respected and valued by a wide range of employers. Our prestigious course 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. 

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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.
  • A thriving Professional Skills portfolio including professional skills modules, a legal clinic, and mooting programme.
  • 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 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

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The Dickson Poon School of Law

English Law & French Law

In association with Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, The Dickson Poon School of Law is home to one of the most prestigious Anglo-French dual degrees. Find out more about this special programme in this video featuring interviews with teachers, students and alumni of the course.

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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 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.

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)

Location

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.

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.

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. 

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 at King's you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. 

Required Modules

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

  • Legal Reasoning and Legal Services (non-credit bearing)
  • 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 you 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

Required Modules

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

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

You 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.

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)

• 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

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 you are accepted onto the course and have commenced your studies.

Required Modules

A typical year may include:

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

In addition, you choose from one of the following options:

Either Droit privé
If you choose this option you 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

If you choose this option, you may typically choose from the following options:

  • 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 you are accepted onto the course and have commenced your studies. However, a typical year may include one of the following 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 required modules that will be communicated once you have started your studies.

Optional Modules
Each specialisation includes a number of optional modules that will be communicated once you have started your studies.

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

Entry Requirements
A-Level A*AA

Must include grade A in French.

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. 

Access to HE Diploma

D: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

Applicants must have an A-level in French at grade A (or equivalent).

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.

Cambridge Pre-U  D2 D3 D3

Must include grade D3 in French (Principal Subject).

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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Must include grade A at A-level in French.

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including Grade A in French.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Must include grade A at A-level in French.

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including Grade A in French.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Must include grade A at A-level in French.

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 in Highers

and

AA in Advanced Highers

Must include French as an Advanced Higher at grade A.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points Including 766 in three Higher Level subjects and including French as a Higher Level subject at grade 6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band B  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language 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. To facilitate the assessment of your application however, we encourage you to take the LNAT by mid-December. Due to the competitive nature of the programme, it is unlikely we will be able to consider your application further if we do not receive your LNAT results by 20 January. 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 English Law & French Law LLB (LM121) programme must apply through UCAS.

If you are applying for admission for English Law & French Law LLB and Maitrise en droit (M121), English Law & German Law LLB and MLLP or Certificate in Rechtswissenschaften (M122), English Law & Hong Kong Law LLB and JD (M190) or Politics, Philosophy & Law LLB (LM21) and also wish to be considered for the Law LLB (M100) course 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. 

Application deadline: 15th January 2019.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

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. Future fees will depend on Government legislation. 

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is £20,600 per year.

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 costs
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel to and around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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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