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English Law & German Law LLB and LLM or First State Exam (erste juristische Staatsprüfung)

UCAS code: M122

Key information

Course type:
Single honours at King's plus other award at partner institution
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
4 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

Our Anglo-German course at King’s provides a challenging bi-juridical and bilingual education that is respected and valued by a wide range of employers. Our course is equally suitable as a platform for students who want to practice in England and Wales but wish to obtain an in-depth knowledge of German law or those who intend to practice in Germany, or both.

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 global law firms.
  • Unrivalled location for law, with the Royal Courts of Justice, Law Society and Inns of Court all on your doorstep.
  • 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.
Melina Testimonial

The English Law and German Law LLB is a truly unique programme.

Melina, 2nd Year English Law and German Law LLB

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Our LLB English Law & German Law course offers you two different pathways. You will spend the first two years of study at King’s College London. During the second semester of the second year, you must choose either ‘The First State Exam’ or the LLM option for the continuance of your studies. Please note that students can only opt for the First State Exam pathway if their school leaving certificate is equivalent to the German “Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung” and is also subject to an assessment by Humboldt University. Students who also want to practice law in Germany will be interested in pursuing the First State Exam, while the LLM will be an attractive option for students who want to practice in England and Wales but wish to obtain an in-depth knowledge of German law.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

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

Special features

Study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity for a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

This course is further regulated by the: • Law Benchmark Statement (2015) • Criteria for degrees (King’s College 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 (2014)

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
German
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

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.

Must include grade A in German. Alternatively, for applicants who have not studied German at the required academic level, we can consider the TestDaF alongside 3 A-levels. The minimum level required is TestDaF level 4 (TDN4) in all four components.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 766 in three Higher Level subjects, and including German as a Higher Level subject at grade 6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Alternatively, for applicants who have not studied German at the required academic level, we can consider the TestDaF alongside the qualification listed above. The minimum level required is TestDaF level 4 (TDN4) in all four components.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There is no GCSE requirement for this programme.

LNAT

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 you have not sat your LNAT 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Acceptance onto the First State Exam pathway is subject to eligibility and approval by both King's College London and Humboldt University. Students are eligible provided that their school leaving certificate is equivalent to the German "Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung" for legal studies.

Those wishing to apply for the LLB English Law & German Law (M122) 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.

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 2021.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We have a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, with consistently high student satisfaction ratings for Law in the National Student Survey and are committed to maintaining that tradition. 

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

Teaching at Humboldt

Contact hours and expected self-study time at Humboldt University of Berlin vary and are communicated once students are accepted onto the programme and commence their studies.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Coursework

Assessment in optional modules varies and may encompass, for example, examinations, essays, moots, or a negotiation exercise.

Assessment at Humboldt

Assessment of required modules will typically consist of an examination supplemented by written coursework, such as a written essay, where applicable.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Our LLB English Law & German Law course offers you two different pathways. You will spend the first two years of study at King’s College London. During the second semester of the second year, you must choose either ‘The First State Exam’ or the LLM option for the continuance of your studies. Please note that students can only opt for the First State Exam pathway if their school leaving certificate is equivalent to the German “Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung” and is also subject to an assessment by Humboldt University. Students who also want to practice law in Germany will be interested in pursuing the First State Exam, while the LLM will be an attractive option for students who want to practice in England and Wales but wish to obtain an in-depth knowledge of German law. The ‘First State Exam’ option Students who opt for the ’First State Exam’ option will spend the first two years at King’s College London where they will study courses on English and German Law. They will spend the third and fourth year abroad at Humboldt University of Berlin. Students will attend further courses on German Law and Foundations of Law in at Humboldt University in order to be eligible to sit the First State Exam. You will first generally complete the Grundstudium by studying the foundations of German law (e.g. Legal Philosophy, Legal History or Law and Sociology). For the purpose of completing the Grundstudium, Humboldt will recognise the German law subjects undertaken at King’s. You will then study the subjects prescribed by Humboldt to complete the Hauptstudium (e.g., Company Law, Family Law, Labour Law, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law). In order to be awarded a qualifying law degree by King’s College London you must study European Law at Humboldt University. Subsequently, you will attend preparation classes for the first state exam and complete the First State Exam in Berlin. Humboldt University will recognise the studies at King’s for the purposes of the Schwerpunktbereich No. 8 (Foreign Law/Studies at Foreign Partner Universities), which counts for 30% of the First State Exam. The LLM option Students who choose to pursue the LLM option will spend their third year at Humboldt University. You are required to study subjects in the following areas: foundations of German Law, German Private Law and German Public or Criminal Law. In order to be awarded a qualifying law degree by King’s College London you must study European Law at Humboldt University. However, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of additional modules. In order to gain an insight into the day-to-day practice of different legal professions you are required, during your year at Humboldt, to complete two placements with law firms or other public or private organisations. Finally, you will have to submit a Master thesis of 40-50 pages. In your fourth year you return to King’s College London where you will choose 90 credits from the general list of optional Law modules. In addition, you will have to study Jurisprudence & Legal Theory. The Anglo-German course can also be combined with the European Lawyer programme, after having completed the former, by adding one year at University Paris II (Maitrise en droit), the University of Rome La Sapienza (Laurea Magistrale),the University of Amsterdam (LLM), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LLM), or the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (LLM).

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

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

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £9,250 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

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

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Our LLB English Law & German Law course offers you two different pathways. You will spend the first two years of study at King’s College London. During the second semester of the second year, you must choose either ‘The First State Exam’ or the LLM option for the continuance of your studies. Please note that students can only opt for the First State Exam pathway if their school leaving certificate is equivalent to the German “Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung” and is also subject to an assessment by Humboldt University. Students who also want to practice law in Germany will be interested in pursuing the First State Exam, while the LLM will be an attractive option for students who want to practice in England and Wales but wish to obtain an in-depth knowledge of German law.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

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

Special features

Study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity for a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

This course is further regulated by the: • Law Benchmark Statement (2015) • Criteria for degrees (King’s College 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 (2014)

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
German
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

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.

Must include grade A in German. Alternatively, for applicants who have not studied German at the required academic level, we can consider the TestDaF alongside 3 A-levels. The minimum level required is TestDaF level 4 (TDN4) in all four components.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 766 in three Higher Level subjects, and including German as a Higher Level subject at grade 6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Alternatively, for applicants who have not studied German at the required academic level, we can consider the TestDaF alongside the qualification listed above. The minimum level required is TestDaF level 4 (TDN4) in all four components.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There is no GCSE requirement for this programme.

LNAT

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 you have not sat your LNAT 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Acceptance onto the First State Exam pathway is subject to eligibility and approval by both King's College London and Humboldt University. Students are eligible provided that their school leaving certificate is equivalent to the German "Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung" for legal studies.

Those wishing to apply for the LLB English Law & German Law (M122) 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.

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 2021.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We have a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, with consistently high student satisfaction ratings for Law in the National Student Survey and are committed to maintaining that tradition. 

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

Teaching at Humboldt

Contact hours and expected self-study time at Humboldt University of Berlin vary and are communicated once students are accepted onto the programme and commence their studies.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Coursework

Assessment in optional modules varies and may encompass, for example, examinations, essays, moots, or a negotiation exercise.

Assessment at Humboldt

Assessment of required modules will typically consist of an examination supplemented by written coursework, such as a written essay, where applicable.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Our LLB English Law & German Law course offers you two different pathways. You will spend the first two years of study at King’s College London. During the second semester of the second year, you must choose either ‘The First State Exam’ or the LLM option for the continuance of your studies. Please note that students can only opt for the First State Exam pathway if their school leaving certificate is equivalent to the German “Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung” and is also subject to an assessment by Humboldt University. Students who also want to practice law in Germany will be interested in pursuing the First State Exam, while the LLM will be an attractive option for students who want to practice in England and Wales but wish to obtain an in-depth knowledge of German law. The ‘First State Exam’ option Students who opt for the ’First State Exam’ option will spend the first two years at King’s College London where they will study courses on English and German Law. They will spend the third and fourth year abroad at Humboldt University of Berlin. Students will attend further courses on German Law and Foundations of Law in at Humboldt University in order to be eligible to sit the First State Exam. You will first generally complete the Grundstudium by studying the foundations of German law (e.g. Legal Philosophy, Legal History or Law and Sociology). For the purpose of completing the Grundstudium, Humboldt will recognise the German law subjects undertaken at King’s. You will then study the subjects prescribed by Humboldt to complete the Hauptstudium (e.g., Company Law, Family Law, Labour Law, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law). In order to be awarded a qualifying law degree by King’s College London you must study European Law at Humboldt University. Subsequently, you will attend preparation classes for the first state exam and complete the First State Exam in Berlin. Humboldt University will recognise the studies at King’s for the purposes of the Schwerpunktbereich No. 8 (Foreign Law/Studies at Foreign Partner Universities), which counts for 30% of the First State Exam. The LLM option Students who choose to pursue the LLM option will spend their third year at Humboldt University. You are required to study subjects in the following areas: foundations of German Law, German Private Law and German Public or Criminal Law. In order to be awarded a qualifying law degree by King’s College London you must study European Law at Humboldt University. However, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of additional modules. In order to gain an insight into the day-to-day practice of different legal professions you are required, during your year at Humboldt, to complete two placements with law firms or other public or private organisations. Finally, you will have to submit a Master thesis of 40-50 pages. In your fourth year you return to King’s College London where you will choose 90 credits from the general list of optional Law modules. In addition, you will have to study Jurisprudence & Legal Theory. The Anglo-German course can also be combined with the European Lawyer programme, after having completed the former, by adding one year at University Paris II (Maitrise en droit), the University of Rome La Sapienza (Laurea Magistrale),the University of Amsterdam (LLM), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LLM), or the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (LLM).

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

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

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £9,250 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

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

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours at King's plus other award at partner institution
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
4 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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