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

Broaden your horizons and expand your career prospects on this exciting LLB European Legal Studies programme, which combines a rigorous legal education with a year’s study overseas.

Introducing your degree

This LLB degree combines an outstanding qualifying law degree with the chance to study law in a European country, enabling you to broaden your horizons and enhance your career prospects. Designed to challenge and inspire, our comprehensive LLB European Legal Studies programme will give you an in-depth knowledge of the law together with strong critical thinking and communication skills.  Having studied UK law for two years, you will spend a year studying in a European country, learning about a different legal system and immersing yourself in a new culture. You then return to the UK for your final year of study. You will graduate from our highly regarded school with an in-depth knowledge of the law and the ability to think independently and communicate effectively. You will have gained the confidence and independence that comes from living in another country, leaving you ready to embark on a successful legal career.


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Our LLB European Legal Studies is designed to build over four years from foundation subjects through to expert specialist knowledge.

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.


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.

Programme Structure

This is a full-time degree course taught over four years with a year of study at a European university in the third year.

When you arrive, you will take part in a comprehensive induction exercise designed to help you get to know your fellow students and develop your teamwork skills in preparation for starting your first-year law studies.

During years one and two, you will study compulsory modules that cover the ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ (such as criminal law, contract and land law) required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board in order to achieve a qualifying law degree.

The first year also includes compulsory Legal Systems and Legal Skills modules, the former designed to build your understanding of the legal system and the latter to develop the key analytical skills that are essential to success in your studies and your future career.

Your module choices increase as you progress through the course. In year one, you will choose one of two specially designed optional modules, Historical Development of the Common Law or Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law, which will help you put the law into a broader context of time and theory.

In year two, you can choose two modules from a range that includes criminal justice, health care law, commercial, maritime, family, employment and data protection law.

You can also opt to study a language in preparation for your year abroad, although some partner institutions offer tuition in English.

In the final year, you will choose six optional modules from a range of 20 to 25 subjects. Topics include home ownership, youth justice, cybercrime law, insurance, maritime and commercial law, child support law, human rights and public international law, criminal justice, international trade and intellectual property law. You may choose to take an interdisciplinary module, depending on your interests, for example, in global challenges or social enterprise, or perhaps a language module.

In addition to your six optional modules, you will take the compulsory Legal Research and Writing module, which further develops your independent research skills and culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation. You choose the research topic and complete your dissertation with support from your academic supervisor.

European studies

You will spend your third year at one of our Erasmus partner institutions, studying aspects of the legal system and substantive law of your chosen country. You will be required to take four modules or the equivalent in each semester.

Current exchange destinations include:

  • 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

Your year abroad will:

  • increase your personal confidence, opening up a wider range of career options, and broaden your life experience
  • develop your knowledge of a different legal system, showing intellectual curiosity
  • improve your language skills 

Our students return to their fourth-year studies with a more mature, independent outlook and greater confidence – qualities that will impress recruiters in today’s global job market.

Professional and transferable skills

As you would expect from a research-led, Russell Group law school, embedding transferable skills across the curriculum is important to ensure you are well equipped for your future career, hence:

  • You will be helped to improve your critical analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Your presentation skills will be developed through participation in tutorials and mooting competitions (a specialised form of legal debate, essentially a mock case). In the first year, you will take part in a moot judged by external legal practitioners, which is intended to help you improve your skills in constructing and presenting an argument.
  • Library and other exercises are designed to help you develop appropriate research and writing skills.

Research-led education

You will learn from leading academics engaged in exciting research on issues of daily significance, ranging from the transfer of land and assets, the protection of prisoners’ rights, the standards of corporate governance in our businesses, and the impact of technology in diverse areas such as driverless cars and cybersecurity, to the law and ethics of medical treatments, the protection of intellectual property, the management of the oceans and the international trade across them, and the upholding of human rights. Many of the teaching staff are active members of the Law School’s research centres and closely engaged in law reform, nationally and internationally. 

Our expert staff include:

Professional links

Our strong links with the legal profession enhance your career options.

  • Solicitors and barristers – many of them former students – regularly visit to give guest lectures and career talks, giving you helpful insights into the profession and how to build a career.
  • Our links with the profession mean that we can offer a range of prizes and placements for high-performing LLB students, sponsored by leading law firms which could enhance your CV and boost your employment prospects. 

There are opportunities to get involved, for example by: 

  • applying for a place on one of our prestigious marshalling schemes, shadowing a senior member of the judiciary in the High Court or Court of Appeal.
  • working with legal professionals to provide advice through the Housing Clinic or Small Business Clinic.
  • researching a legal topic to present to sixth-form college students as part of the Streetlaw programme. 

In addition, our student-run societies hold employability skills workshops, mooting competitions, guest lectures and networking events. Societies include the University of Southampton Law Society, Inns of Court Society, Mooting Society, Lawyers without Borders and the Canadian Law Society.

Key Facts

A rigorous qualifying law degree that includes a year’s study in Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Norway, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland. Some destinations offer tuition in English.

Learn from inspiring, expert academics, many of whom have written key text books in their specialist areas.

Join a close-knit, friendly learning community in which you will be challenged and supported to achieve your ambitions.

Experience another culture and become more confident and independent during your year abroad.

Benefit from a bespoke careers programme, including recruitment fairs that attract the ‘magic circle’ of law firms and leading sets of barristers – key career destinations for our law students.


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

GCSESouthampton Law School requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 (taken in England) or a Grade C (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales) in English and Mathematics. If you are taking an alternative Mathematics qualification please contact our admissions team via
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.  
Other qualifications

We welcome students with other qualifications eg European or Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and Irish Leaving Certificates.

We also welcome applications from overseas students offering foundation programmes with a substantial amount of academic study. Less than half the programme should be English language tuition and you will be expected to reach a high standard in your programme comparable to our A level requirements.

For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Admissions Team at

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

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.

Returners to Learning

We welcome applications from returners to learning who are over 23 years of age at the start of your proposed degree programme. You will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent serious and successful study (e.g. Access, Return to Education, Open University Foundation Courses). You will be required to undertake a test and interview to determine your academic suitability to pursue the programme.

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.

Year 3

Students studying European Legal Studies will spend this full academic year abroad, at a designated European University, thereby becoming a participant in the Erasmus+ Exchange programme.

Year 4

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

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
LLB Law (European Legal Studies)2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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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

The Law School’s dedicated careers and employability coordinator runs an extensive programme of events and activities designed to boost your career prospects. These include: 

  • an annual law careers fair attended by around 50 law firms, including the ‘magic circle’ of five top law firms.
  • a one-week Employability Skills Programme to help you develop key transferable skills, which includes practitioner-led events.
  • presentations and workshops led by prestigious law firms including a writing skills clinic led by a former partner of a magic circle firm.
  • visits to law firms, local courts, social security and employment tribunals.
  • talks about postgraduate opportunities for those considering further studies.

You will graduate from a highly regarded school with an in-depth knowledge of the law and the ability to think independently and communicate effectively – a firm foundation for a career in law as a solicitor or barrister. In addition, you will have knowledge of another jurisdiction and the experience of living and studying abroad. This combination will be attractive to employers, preparing you for a global career in law. You will also be well placed for success in the world of industry, banking, government, the media or politics. Our graduates work in law firms, barristers’ chambers, industry, and in governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

Learning & Assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, and through independent study. Our inspiring academics use a range of teaching methods to enhance your learning experience, for example, highly interactive lectures that incorporate digital voting tools and social media.

Group exercises, problem-solving tasks and case studies are also used; these exercises help to embed your knowledge and to apply it to real-world scenarios and current law issues.

Modules are assessed through exams and/or written assignments. Your dissertation will also contribute to your final degree classification. You will receive feedback on your progress from your tutors and formative assessments will help you to identify areas for improvement.

Your host institution will determine the academic content of your study-abroad year in accordance with the requirements of the university that you are attending. 


You will have access to excellent learning facilities to support your studies. These include:

  • superb library resources including comprehensive collections in all the main subject areas such as contract law, property law, maritime law, criminal justice and public law as well as European and international resources, all housed in the main University library.
  • extensive electronic resources such as Westlaw, Lexis and Lawtel, which ensure that you can access the teaching resources wherever you are.
  • a purpose-built moot room in which you can practise your debating skills.


When you start your LLB European Legal Studies at Southampton Law School, you will join a close-knit, friendly community engaged in a common endeavour, to give you the best possible legal education. We are a relatively small law school, which means we can offer a high level of support to ensure you achieve your personal and academic ambitions.

Every student is allocated a personal academic tutor who can advise on course-related matters or direct you to one of the University’s many support services.

We also operate the Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme whereby second-year students act as mentors for new students, helping them to settle in and providing informal support on the social and academic aspects of university life.

You will remain part of the Southampton Law School community during your year abroad; we will stay in touch with you throughout the year and you will have access to pastoral support at your chosen European university.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study19%20%0%5%
Independent study81%80%0%95%
Placement study0%0%100%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment57%85%0%37%
Practical exam assessment0%0%0%0%
Coursework assessment43%15%100%63%

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