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M125 LLB (Hons) European Legal Studies (4 years)

Introducing your degree

Take a law degree that allows you the opportunity to spend time studying abroad and earns you a qualifying law degree (QLD). This LLB European Legal Studies course is part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme and you can spend your third year studying law in another European country.

Develop an understanding of the country's legal system, substantive law and culture on your way to becoming a legal professional.


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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

To Apply

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

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

Programme Structure

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:

University of Athens, Greece; Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy; Université Paris-Sud II, France; L’Université Lumiere Lyon II, France; University of Malta, Malta; University of Granada, Spain; Katholieke Universitet Leuven, Belgium; Université de Fribourg, Switzerland; University of Vienna, Austria; University of Bergen, Norway; University of Oslo, Norway; University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Please note the above exchange partners are subject to change and may not be the same by the time you reach your third year.

Key Facts

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.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
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 Baccalaureate36 points overall (18 at higher level) An equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University is 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.

Selection process:

Decisions are made on the basis of your UCAS application form, taking into account:

  1. past academic performance
  2. your predicted grades
  3. academic reference
  4. 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.

Contextual Offers

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 an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University (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.

Year 1

Taught over both semesters

Core modules

LAWS1012      Legal system and reasoning
LAWS1013      Constitutional and administrative law
LAWS1014      Criminal law
LAWS1015      Law of contract

Year 2

Taught over both semesters

Core modules

LAWS2016      Equity and trusts law
LAWS2017      Law of the European Union
LAWS2018      Land law
LAWS2019      Law of torts

Year 3

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.

Year 4

In their 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 must choose at least two full-year options from the list below making a total of 60 CATS (30 ECTS); for the remaining 60 CATS (30 ECTS) students can choose from either the full-year options or from the half-year options listed below as long as the half-year options are equal across both semesters of the final year. 

Some modules are taught only in semester one or semester two.

Taught over both semesters

Compulsory module

LAWS3052      Legal research and writing

Optional full-year modules

LAWS3053      Admiralty law
LAWS3054      Carriage of goods by sea
LAWS3055      Commercial Conflicts and International Litigation
LAWS3056      International commercial sales
LAWS3057      Company law  
LAWS3061      Family law 
LAWS3064      Intellectual property law
LAWS3065      International Protection of Human Rights 
LAWS3081      Law and the human body 
LAWS3088      Insurance contract law

Semester one

Optional half-year modules

LAWS3071      Renting homes: law & policy
LAWS3074      Penal policy
LAWS3085      Health Care Law 1
LAWS3089      Miscarriages of Justice
LAWS3099      Constitutional Law of Canada
LAWS3101      International Criminal Law: Confronting History and Ourselves 
LAWS3135      Crime and Punishment: Issues and Perspectives

Semester two

Optional half-year modules

LAWS3072      Youth justice
LAWS3091      Child support law
LAWS3094      Transitional justice: law, war and crime 
LAWS3098      Violence and Sex in Law Literature and Culture
LAWS3128      Politics and the Criminal Law
LAWS3133      Foundations in Cyber Security Law
LAWS3137      Equality ar Work
LAWS3138      Theories of Law and Justice
LAWS3139      International Law: How the World is Governed


Only 1 non-law module may be taken this year in either semester 1 or semester 2;

Semester 1

SOCI2003 Gender and Society
UOSM2004 Global Health
UOSM2010 Global Challenges
UOSM2015 Sustainability in the local and Global Environment
UOSM2022 Social Enterprise
UOSM2033 Living and Working on the Web
UOSM2034 Security, Emergencies and technologies of Control
UOSM2037 Women and Gender in the Arab and Muslim World

Semester 2

UOSM2001 Business Skills and Employability
UOSM2008 Living and Working on the Web
UOSM2009 Ethics in a Complex World
UOSM2011 The Management of Risk and Uncertainty
UOSM2018 Understanding Modern China
UOSM2024 The Arab World in and Beyond the Headlines
UOSM2027 Health Policy and Economics

Semester 1 or 2
LANGXX15 Language Module

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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 copyingIn 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.
PlacementsThere 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

Career Opportunities

A law degree can open many doors outside of the profession. About half of our law graduates seek careers in the legal profession, as solicitors or barristers after further study and training. The others enter careers in criminology, business, human resources, international relations, journalism or education - following postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience.

Our LLB programmes are formally accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council of England and Wales as qualifying law degrees (QLD) for students wishing to undertake further professional training to become solicitors or barristers. They are also accredited for practice in many countries worldwide, including India, Australia, Canada and Malaysia.

Our international reputation is high among employers because of the emphasis placed on the development of academic, personal and professional skills.

Study Locations

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