The Law with European Legal Studies LLB is an exciting four-year degree course offering you a fantastic opportunity to spend one year studying law abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe:
The course structure involves three years of study at King's (years 1 + 2 and year 4), while year 3 is spent abroad at a European partner university. Applicants may require a very high degree of competence in the relevant language depending on which partner institution they apply to.
The LLB degree is classified on the basis of the English degree results only, although students must pass the year abroad to be awarded the English Law with European Legal Studies LLB.
Students apply to the programme via an internal application process in semester 1 of year 2. Selection will be chiefly on the basis of academic performance during the first year at King’s.
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.
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
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 (2014)
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.
Year 3 is taught at a European partner university.
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.
Students interested in this programme may also be interested in the King’s branch of The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA). ELSA is an international organisation run by and for students and recent graduates, who are interested in achieving academic and personal excellence in addition to their legal or law-related studies at university
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.