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English Law & Spanish Law LLB and Grado en Derecho (Spanish equivalent of LLB)

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Overview

Our Anglo-Spanish 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 or Wales but wish to obtain an in-depth knowledge of Spanish Law, those who intend to practice in Spain, 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 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 M123

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 Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law

Locations

 

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The Dickson Poon School of Law

English Law & Spanish Law

In association with Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, The Dickson Poon School of Law offers a dual-degree in English and Spanish law. Find out more about this special programme in this video.

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Course detail

Description

Our LLB English Law & Spanish Law course is a dual degree leading to two separate awards from two leading law schools. You will get the opportunity to study for two years at King’s College London, followed by two years at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded with an LLB from King’s and Grado en Derecho from UPF.

By studying this course you will gain exposure to two legal systems with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of a number of areas of the law involved in the English and the Spanish legal systems. 

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. Students on this programme will also have the opportunity to study modules on Spanish Law which will be taught and assessed in Spanish prior to studying Spain.

You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will advise on 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.

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 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).

Location

Years 1 and 2 of the course are primarily taught at the Strand and Waterloo campuses with your third year and fourth years taking place at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

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. 

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:

  • Elements of the Law of Contract (30 credits)
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • Public Law (30 credits)
  • European Law (30 credits)
  • Legal Reasoning & Legal Services (non-credit bearing)
  • Spanish Law 1 (non-credit bearing)
Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules

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

  • Law of Tort (30 credits)
  • Law of Property (30 credits)
  • Law of Trusts (30 credits)
  • Spanish Law 2 (non-credit bearing)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Public International Law (30 credits)
  • Labour Law (30 credits)
  • Family Law (30 credits)
  • Law of Personal Taxation (30 credits)
  • Conflict of Laws (30 credits)
  • Commercial Law (30 credits)
  • Human Rights Law (30 credits)
  • Anti-Discrimination Law (30 credits)
  • Advanced Constitutional Law (30 credits)
  • Medical Law (30 credits)
  • Information Privacy Law (15 credits)
  • Copyright & Designs (15 credits)
  • Patents & Breach of Confidence (15 credits)
  • The Law of Personal Property (15 credits)
  • Core Topics in Commercial Law (15 credits)

Year 3

Year 3 is spent at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The marks for modules taken at UPF in the third and fourth years are converted into 120 UK credits, 60 credits for Year 3 and 60 credits for Year 4.
Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

Year 4 is spent at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The marks for modules taken at UPF in the third and fourth years are converted into 120 UK credits, 60 credits for Year 3 and 60 credits for Year 4.
Required Modules
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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

88% overall

 

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

Required subjects

Spanish

Preferred subjects

No preferred subjects

Further information and other requirements

Entry Requirements
A-Level A*AA

Must include grade A in Spanish.

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 Spanish 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 Spanish (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 Spanish.

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 Spanish.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Must include grade A at A-level in Spanish.

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 Spanish.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Must include grade A at A-level in Spanish.

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 Spanish.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers AAA in Highers

and

AA in Advanced Highers

Must include Spanish 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 Spanish 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 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.

Those wishing to apply for the English Law & Spanish Law LLB (M123) 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 2020.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £23,550 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

During your two years abroad you will be required to pay Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) tuition fees plus a small fee for recognition of the credits you have earned at King’s. No fees to
King’s are required in your third or fourth year but you will be required to pay UPF fees directly to the institution. Please note that the 2019–20 tuition fees, and the fees for subsequent years of study, may be subject to increases, in line with UPF and King’s terms and conditions. You should also 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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