Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree

Bachelor of Laws

LLB

Available to study anywhere in the world

Our world-class LLB is of international standing. It has been the first step in the careers of thousands of practising lawyers around the world.

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The Bachelor of Laws degree is an internationally recognised award that you can study flexibly, anywhere in the world.

Develop a critical awareness of the common law legal tradition and apply problem-solving skills to a range of legal and non-legal settings.

Study this programme at a teaching centre near you

You can receive local support from a local teaching centre, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

Our LLB has two routes and your choice will depend upon whether you have a degree or not.

  • Do you hold a degree that makes you eligible for Graduate Entry? (Study 9 modules to complete, instead of the usual 12.)

Standard Entry Route

Graduate Entry Route

  • If you are not eligible for the LLB, can you access an approved local teaching centre? This may allow you to study the CertHE Common Law and progress to the LLB.

We recommend that you check the requirements of the professional body in the jurisdiction in which you wish to practise before committing to the degree.

The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what modules may be chosen and the order in which they must be studied.

Key dates

November 2020 intake
Application deadline 1 October 2020
Registration deadline 30 November 2020
Programme starts November 2020
May 2021 intake
Application deadline 1 April 2021
Registration deadline 1 May 2021
Programme starts May 2021

How you study

Local teaching support

Our programmes are designed to be studied independently, but if you would like to attend classes, you can enrol at one of our approved local teaching centres around the world and benefit from local study support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.

To receive teaching support, you must apply directly to an approved teaching centre. Teaching centres may set earlier deadlines than the programme deadlines listed above.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics from the Laws consortium. These include:

  • Module guides
  • Statute books, provided for all modules where they are permitted in the examination.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Laws Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to programme materials, resources, and audio and video lectures.
  • An Online Induction is available twice a year offering live Q&A sessions on the VLE, study skills, the Online Library and Level 4 modules.
  • Discussion forums for each module, where you can share perspectives with fellow students from all over the world, and a Dean’s forum for academic queries.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library. Access more than 10 legal databases, including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and other valued materials.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
  • Lecture Plus: for some modules, you can view a recorded lecture and engage afterwards in a dedicated discussion forum.
  • Formative assessment: for some modules, you have an opportunity to receive feedback on how you are performing against the criteria applied by examiners.
  • Multimedia module guides: for each module these guides use multimedia resources to breakdown the topics in each chapter of the module guide.

Study events

  • The London Study Support Event provides you with academic guidance from a University of London-approved tutor. Usually held in November, the event focuses on the core content of the first half of each module guide. Each day includes an overview of key topics, learning activities and guidance on planning your studies.
  • The London Revision Event typically takes place in March and focuses on revision for your examinations. Each day includes an overview of core topics and guidance on what examiners are looking for in an examination answer.

Student support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a teaching centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Assessment

All modules (except the Dissertation) are assessed entirely by written examination. These are held in May/June and October at local examination centres around the world. You can sit a maximum of two modules in the October session.

Our examinations are set and marked by academics appointed as examiners. They reflect the same standards as those who study on-campus at the University of London Law Schools.

More about examinations

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

To register for the LLB, you will usually be aged 17+ by the date of registration and satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

Each application is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the standard requirements, our Admissions Panel will consider factors such as alternative or incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas / degrees) and relevant work experience.

If you are not eligible for the LLB, you may be able to study the CertHE Common Law and progress to the LLB. This programme must be studied at an approved local teaching centre.

Alternatively, you might be interested in our International Foundation Programme. This pre-university programme is equivalent in standard to qualifications studied in Year 13 (i.e. A levels) and must also be studied at an approved local teaching centre.

Graduate entry route

For graduate entry, you will need an acceptable undergraduate degree rather than a professional qualification.

You must also complete our short online course, Introduction to English law, in your first year of study.

What do I need for Graduate Entry?

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Fees

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2020-2021 session. These are subject to annual increases of up to 5% per annum.

Academic year

2020-2021

Application fee (non-refundable)

£101

Registration fee

£518

Module fee £160

Examination fee (per 30-credit module)

£196

Credit transfer/ Recognition of prior learning fee (per module) (non-refundable)

£55

Dissertation

£428
Indicative Cost: Standard Entry LLB £5108
Indicative Cost: Graduate Entry LLB £3912

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Individual modules (standalone) 2020-2021
Application fee (non-refundable) £ 101
Individual module fee £ 246
Examination fee (per 30-credit module) £ 196

You pay as you progress rather than in a single payment. The indicative costs are a guide to what you would pay if you allow for average fee increases and complete your qualification within the minimum time (with no resits).

More about programme fees.

See the Programme Regulations for more details.

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year);
  • tuition costs (if you choose to study at an approved local teaching centre); and
  • examination centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your examinations.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on GST

Career opportunities

The University of London was the first to offer a degree in English Law in the 1890s, and continues to offer the security of an internationally recognised 'gold standard'.

Upon graduation, you will join a distinguished group of solicitors, barristers and judges from all over the world who began their careers with a University of London LLB.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching centre.

Academic leadership

The academic direction of the LLB is provided by a Consortium of outstanding University of London Law Schools: Birkbeck, King's, LSE, Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL.

Three of these (UCL, King’s and LSE) are ranked in the top 20 worldwide for Law (QS World Rankings 2020) and two of these (UCL, LSE) are in the UK's top ten (The Complete University Guide 2020).

Programme Deans

Simon Askey is Dean of Undergraduate Laws. Simon is responsible for the strategic direction of undergraduate programmes in law and the academic co-ordination of the assessment process and matters relating to student progression and performance. He began teaching law in 2001, with a primary focus on legal methods and legal skills, and he is co-author (with Ian McLeod) of Studying Law, which is in its fourth edition.

Dr Yvonne Jacobs is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Laws. Yvonne works with the Dean on the academic co-ordination of the assessment process and matters relating to student progression and performance. She has previously taught at Liverpool University and held the posts of LLB Course Director at City, University of London and Principal Lecturer and Senior Personal Tutor at BPP University.

Patricia McKellar is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Laws. Patricia drives the learning, teaching and assessment strategy for e-learning technologies and interactive learning, supporting college-based academic staff to create distance learning resources and to implement technology enhanced learning in their modules. She oversees the extensive student support initiatives employed by the programme and promotes and develops student engagement. Patricia travels regularly for the programme, presents at national and international conferences and has published articles on legal education. She was in legal practice for a number of years and, prior to her appointment at University of London, was a Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law at the University of Strathclyde, where she developed a number of innovative e-learning initiatives.

Funding your study

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

UK-based students may be entitled to apply for an undergraduate Student Loan or the City’s Business School Scholarship. Equally, some of our approved local teaching centres around the world offer discounts or scholarships for the face-to-face tuition they offer. (Check with your teaching centre for details.)

More on funding your study

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María Belén Bastone, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Argentina

Maria Belen Bastone - LLB - Argentina

"It has been a mind-opener experience for me, which has certainly enriched me both personally and professionally."