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Bachelor's Degree in European Legal Studies (LLB)

This 4-year programme gives you the opportunity to gain a rigorous legal education and study law in another European country, broadening your horizons and boosting your employability. Designed to challenge and inspire future legal professionals, this course is formally accepted by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council of England and Wales.

Having mastered the qualifying law degree subjects in your first 2 years, you'll spend your third year studying at one of our partner institutions in a European country. Most destinations offer modules taught in English. For others you can spend 2 years studying the language before you go. We currently have partners in:

  • Athens (Greece)
  • Bergen (Norway)
  • Bologna (Italy)
  • Fribourg (Switzerland)
  • Granada (Spain)
  • Leuven (Belgium)
  • Lyon (France)
  • Malta
  • Oslo (Norway)
  • Paris (France)
  • Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Vienna (Austria)

As well as gaining valuable insights into a different legal system, you'll develop the confidence and independence that comes from living in another country.

You’ll return to Southampton for your final year, during which you'll take a number of optional modules and complete your dissertation.

As part of your degree you can:

  • experience law in action by applying to shadow a senior member of the judiciary in the High Court or Court of Appeal
  • work alongside legal professionals to advise students at the Law Clinic
  • engage with our academic research groups including the Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality and Law, and the Institute of Maritime Law
  • study modules outside of law to broaden your knowledge

During your degree you can enhance your skills and forge even stronger links within our friendly community by joining a student-run society. These include our Law Society, Inns of Court Society, Mooting Society, Lawyers without Borders and the Canadian Law Society.

Admission requirements

A-levels

AAA

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level

BTEC

  • D in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels
  • DD in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Diploma plus A grade from one A-level
  • DDD in the Law or Applied Law BTEC Extended Diploma

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Criminal Law
  • Foundations of Contract Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Legal System and Reasoning
  • Public Law 1: Foundations

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Historical Development of the Common Law
  • Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law

Year 2

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Land Law
  • Public Law 2: Administrative Justice
  • Remedies in Contract & Torts
  • The Law of Torts

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law: Children, Parents and the State
  • Foundations in Criminal Evidence Law
  • Health Care Law and Bioethics
  • Introduction to Commercial Law
  • Introduction to Public International Law
  • Principles of Commercial Arbitration Law

Year 3

You'll spend this full academic year at a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus+ exchange programme. You'll study aspects of the legal system and the substantive law of that country, taking 4 modules (or equivalent) in each semester.

Year 4

  • Criminal Law
  • Foundations of Contract Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Legal System and Reasoning
  • Public Law 1: Foundations

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Historical Development of the Common Law
  • Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB (Hons))
  • Name of award: LLB European Legal Studies
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career opportunities

As a graduate of a highly regarded course with insight into another country's legal system, you'll be well prepared for a global career.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • law (including as solicitors and barristers)
  • politics
  • business
  • accountancy
  • banking
  • civil service
  • probation service and social services
  • national and international organisations
  • media
  • entertainment

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