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Law with Transnational Legal Studies LLB

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Our exciting Transnational Legal Studies LLB provides you with a qualifying English law degree and the opportunity to study a highly diverse and interesting range of module options whilst studying in London with the option of spending one semester at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. The course brings together participating institutions from a range of countries and traditions to focus on transnational legal studies, rather than purely upon international law. Selection for transfer is made after completion of the first year of LLB.

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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The LLB Law with Transnational Legal studies course at King's is exciting and novel in bringing together participating institutions from a range of countries and traditions to focus on transnational legal studies, rather than purely upon international law. As a King's student on this course you will be able to study global issues with students from top universities in the United States, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, Singapore, Brazil, Italy and Canada.

Both practising and academic lawyers work in an increasingly global community and there is consequently a strong interest in transnational aspects of legal study. The course strikes a balance between teaching the required modules needed to obtain a qualifying English law degree and the opportunity to study a highly diverse and interesting range of module options.

Students on the Law LLB (M100) course may apply during their second year to transfer to this course. The Law with Transnational Legal Studies LLB is an exciting four-year degree course offering you a fantastic opportunity to spend one year studying law at the Centre of Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in Holborn with the option of spending one semester in Georgetown University.

The course structure involves three years of study at King’s (years 1 + 2 and year 4), while year 3 is spent in Holborn, London or with semester one in Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and semester two in Holborn, London.

The course brings together participating institutions from a range of countries and traditions to focus on transnational legal studies, rather than purely upon international law.

If you successfully complete semester one at Georgetown and semester two at CTLS you will be awarded an LLM from Georgetown University as well as an LLB from King’s.


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 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.

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.


Year 1

Currently, students study the following required modules. We review our options 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 30 credit modules:

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Year 2

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

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)

• 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

You will spend your third year at the Centre of Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in Holborn, London or at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA in semester one and at the CTLS in Holborn, London for semester two.

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

Required Modules

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

  •  Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (30 credits)
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



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 Transnational 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

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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 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. 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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