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Law with American Legal Studies LLB

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Overview

Our Law with American Legal Studies LLB is an exciting way to obtain an understanding of the law of England and Wales, while also having the opportunity to learn more about the sources of the law in America; its legal concepts, institutions and how it is administered. The first two years of this course are based in London, the third year is spent at one of our partner universities in the United States and the fourth year is spent back at King's. Selection for transfer is made after completion of the first year of the King's Law 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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law

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Course detail

Description

Students on the Law LLB (M100) programme may apply during their second year to transfer to this course. The Law with American Legal Studies LLB is an exciting four-year degree programme offering you a fantastic opportunity to spend one year studying law abroad at one of the following partner universities:

The programme structure involves three years of study at King's (years 1 + 2 and year 4), while year 3 is spent abroad in the US. Selection is on the basis of academic performance, seriousness of purpose and maturity.

By studying two legal systems for three years at King's and one year at one of the universities listed above, you will have a better understanding of the law by being able to compare both systems, will be in a better position to advise clients in legal practice and have the opportunity to widen your intellectual horizon. The course also allows you to appreciate culturally and socially diverse environments and thereby contribute to a better understanding of both countries.

 

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

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.

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 following 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 you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

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

Year 2

You are required to take the following modules:

Required Modules
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of 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

Required Modules
Studying approved modules at either University of North Carolina, Cornell University or University of San Diego in the US.
Optional Modules

Year 4

You are required to take the following module:

Required Modules
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a range of optional modules. These may typically include the optional modules listed in Year 2, along with the following modules:

• Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property (30 credits)

• British Legal History (30 credits)

• Comparative Private Law (15 credits)

• French Legal System and Laws (15 credits)

• Hot Topics in Law, Technology & Society (15 credits)

• International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)

• Machine Intelligence, Surveillance & Society (15 credits)

• Private International Law (30 credits)

• Student Law Clinic (15 credits)

Entry requirements

 

Required subjects

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

Preferred subjects

N/A

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 Law with American Legal Studies LLB 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 types of employers. The majority of our students choose to become solicitors in a wide range of firms including Magic Circle, US and other leading law firms and specialist niche firms. Some choose broader business roles such a financial analyst, management consultant or graduate trainee. 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 you but they expect very high quality, motivated applicants in line with those from other top law schools both in the UK and overseas. King’s Careers Service provides you with all the information and activities you need to make an informed career choice and to increase your chances of success.

 

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

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

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