The LLB (Hons) European Legal Studies Programme, aims to provide up to 20 Southampton LLB students with an opportunity to combine their UK undergraduate studies with a year abroad, by studying law in a European jurisdiction. Participating students complete the LLB programme in four years and are awarded the degree of LLB (Hons) (European Legal Studies) in recognition of their European legal skills. The degree is still a Qualifying Law Degree, for the purposes of undertaking further professional training.
View the programme specification document for this course
All applications from UK, EU and International students to the Law School must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Contact UCAS on +44 (0)870 112211 or go to www.ucas.ac.uk
Please ensure that all questions on the UCAS application form are answered fully, and remember to include your personal statement explaining why you wish to study law.
Please ensure that your reference is from an Academic Referee, who is a person who has taught you in the last three years, and that you include all your academic results on the form.
All UK and EU applications are considered by the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor and all International Undergraduate applications are considered by the international undergraduate Tutor and Admissions Selectors.
International applicants may send their qualifications as attachments to email to the International Undergraduate Admissions Tutor if there is insufficient space on the UCAS form
In years one and two, you will study the eight compulsory subjects required to obtain your professional exemptions. Please see LLB module list for details of each compulsory module.
First year: You will study four core modules: Legal System and Reasoning, Contract Law, Criminal Law, and Constitutional and Administrative Law. In addition you will take part in a rich legal skills programme that includes Team Building and Mooting.
Second year: You will study four core modules: Land Law, Law of Equity and Trusts, Tort Law and Law of the EU. All students are involved in a comprehensive careers and employability programme during the second year, together with further opportunities to practise mooting, negotiation and Streetlaw.
Third year: You will spend this full academic year abroad, at a designated European University, (see below), thereby becoming a participant in the 'Erasmus' Exchange programme. During this year, students study aspects of the legal system and substantive law of that country, taking four modules or equivalent in each semester, resulting in a total credit of 60 ECTS.
It is important that students have a high level of proficiency in the language of the country they plan to visit and an A level standard or its equivalent is required, where the taught language is not English.
In your final year: All students complete the compulsory Legal Research and Writing module, after which they research and complete a legal dissertation with the guidance of a supervisor. Students will also choose four ‘full' option modules, or three option modules and two ‘half' option modules.
European Exchange Destinations
At present, designated exchange universities are located in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Norway and Switzerland. Arrangements change from year to year, but currently we have links with the following. Click on a link for the relevant University Home Page:
Vienna, Austria Leuven, Belgium Lyon, France Nantes, France Paris, France Rouen, France Athens, Greece Bologna, Italy Foggia, Italy Malta University of Bergen, Norway University of Oslo, Norway Madrid, Spain Switzerland
We use a variety of different methods of assessment, the precise method depending on the module. Most modules will also include formative assessments which are held in order for the student to receive feedback.
Spend a full academic year at a university in another European country.
Study law and develop your language skills under the Erasmus exchange programme.
UCAS Code: M125
If you wish to pursue a career in law, the LLB is accredited as a qualifying law degree by Professional and Regulatory bodies in England and Wales and a number of different countries, therefore suitable for those who intend to practise in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including Australia, New Zealand Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong Canada and Cyprus.
Typical entry requirements
|GCE A-level||AAA or for students taking the Extended Project Qualification in the same year as their A2 exams, AAB at A level plus A in the EPQ. Applicants should offer at least two traditional, academic subjects. Dance, General Studies, Photography, Moving Images, Physical Education, Practical Art, Practical Music, Sports Studies and Textiles are not accepted subjects.|
|International Baccalaureate||36 points overall (18 at higher level)
A wide range of equivalent international qualifications are considered, so please contact us if you require advice on equivalency.
LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) is not required.
English Language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved test prior to joining the University in October. The University’s English Language entry requirement for the Law School programme is;
An overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in each component, or equivalent
The link below takes you to a complete list of the other English language qualifications accepted.
Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission.
If you do not meet the University’s English Language entry requirements for direct entry onto our programmes, you may be eligible to study on one of the University’s pre-sessional English language courses. For further information on these pre-sessional programmes, please visit the Centre for Language Studies website.
Decisions are made on the basis of your UCAS application form, taking into account:
- past academic performance
- your predicted grades
- academic reference
- your personal statement.
No application is rejected unless two assessors have independently reached that decision.
Candidates are not normally interviewed. We select those who demonstrate the potential and commitment to study Law at degree level.
If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme
A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications(the excluded subjects above will still apply).
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Core modules are required to be passed within all Qualifying Law Degrees, for progression to professional training.
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course
Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
View the language modules on offer for this course
Please consult with your home department as to any regulations concerning module options.
You will spend this full academic year abroad, at a designated European University, thereby becoming a participant in the 'Erasmus' Exchange programme. During this year, students study aspects of the legal system and substantive law of that country taking four modules or equivalent in each semester, resulting in a total credit of 60 ECTS.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable
from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g.
pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be
specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on
the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to
buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The
library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to
purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit
from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Printing and copying||In most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student.
The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student.
|Placements||There will be costs associated with the one year abroad studying in a
European University Institution.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.