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Welcome to Southampton Law School


Welcome to Southampton Law School. Our exciting programmes will prepare you for a career in the legal profession and beyond. Our courses are academically rigorous, informed by the latest research and taught with enthusiasm by leading academics.

You will be part of a close-knit, friendly, academic community. As a relatively small law school, we offer a high level of support to ensure you achieve your personal and academic ambitions.

Here you can find information about how to apply for your Study Abroad programme, information about the Law School, accommodation, modules, entry requirements and more. We hope you find everything you need. Contact details for each University can be found at the bottom of the page.

Studying abroad can boost your career opportunities, aid your cultural awareness and help you start your global network of friends and professional contacts whilst still studying.

You will undertake three years of study at undergraduate level in China and then come to Southampton for your final year of undergraduate study to develop your understanding of the common law at the University of Southampton.

Entry requirements

All Study Abroad students must meet the following entry requirements

  • GPA (3 out of 4) or equivalent 
  • English language at IELTS 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each component. Applicants who score IELTS 6.0 overall and 5.5 in each band may join the University’s English pre-sessional programme which will develop the language skills required to follow a degree course or undertake research at a British University. You will also obtain the necessary study skills for effective learning through the medium of English and be introduced to life in Britain and to British culture.

Application process

Step One
Download the application form from the website, you can download it here. Complete the application form (view a sample here). Prepare your application documents – make sure you have your application form, Chinese and English study transcripts and IELTS certificate.

Step Two
Submit your application prepared in Step One and your supporting materials and documents to your home university study abroad coordinator. They will forward your application to the study abroad coordinator here at Southampton Law School for processing.

Step Three
You will hear back from us within 21 days after your home university study abroad coordinator passes your application to us. If you are successful, a conditional or unconditional offer will be issued and forwarded by email.

Step Four
You must accept or reject your offer within 30 working days.

Step Five
If your offer is conditional, you must send us evidence of your ability to meet the condition(s) (transcripts or IELTS) as soon as possible to

Step Six
Once your offer becomes unconditional (or if you were initially issued an unconditional offer), and you have accepted your unconditional offer, a CAS number for your visa can be issued (only within 3 months of your programme commencing).

Step Seven
You need to prepare your visa application and get ready for your arrival, including applying for accommodation by 1 August deadline. Helpful information can be found at: 



Subject to requirements of your university, Study Abroad students are free to choose any modules to a total of 120 credits over one year study on the LLB programme at the University of Southampton. (One semester modules are 15 credits).

View the modules for 2019/2020 entry

Our dedicated study abroad programme coordinators are available to advise you on module choice. As a guide we suggest that you take modules which give you a good foundation in the study of the common law, particularly if you want to continue onto LLM study. We suggest that you consider the following modules if you are interested in commercial and maritime law:

First Year Modules

- Foundations of Contract Law
- Legal System and Reasoning

Second Year Modules

- The Law of Torts
- Remedies in Contract & Tort
- Introduction to Commercial and Maritime Law
- Principles of Commercial Arbitration
- Introduction to Public International Law
- Foundations in Data Protection Law

Third Year Modules

- International Commodity Sales
- International Trade Finance
- Admiralty 1 & 2
- Carriage of Goods by Sea 1 & 2
- Commercial Conflict of Laws and International Litigation 1 & 2
- Company Law 1 & 2
- Insurance Law 1 & 2
- Intellectual Property Law 1 & 2

"1" is a 15-credit taught in Semester 1 and "2" is a 15-credit module taught in Semester 2. "1&2" makes 30 credits together). If you are thinking of continuing to postgraduate study, aspects of these third year modules are available at advanced level in our LLM.


Student support

Southampton Law School is a welcoming, supporting, environment with strong engagement between academics and students who have additional opportunities to meet at various School events. We also offer a range of pastoral and academic support services. Our academics team, support staff and students are friendly and kind and you'll meet students from all around the world. There are many societies to join, find out more about them here

Language support

The Law School provides free-of-charge in-sessional language support for our Study Abroad students whose first language is not English. The support consists of both language seminars and one-to-one writing tutorials.

The themes of every seminar range from writing and problem solving skills to presentation and interview skills. This enables students to practice in oral English and enhance their overall confidence.

Common Law study support
Our study Abroad Students undertake the 'Understanding Common Law' course, which provides international students, especially for those from civil law systems, the essential common law foundation for their study. 

Student mentor support
The Law School recruits Chinese senior student mentors every year to help our students from China. Mentors provide support and advice for study and life in Southampton to help you settle in, and they help us to improve the student’s experience. 

Academic tutor support
Study Abroad students will receive support from the Law School International Students Coordinator and every student will be allocated an academic tutor throughout the academic year.

Library support
A library training session given by our law librarian is arranged for the students at the beginning of the academic year. During the induction meeting with these students, the academic tutor will also point out the relevant support from the Blackboard Study Skills Toolkit and the Library Academic Skills Hub.

Career and internship support
The Law School Staff endeavour to offer opportunities and to make internship recommendations to top students. Law School staff will promote relevant job vacancies.

Further information on student support can be found here

Postgraduate study

The LLM, Master of Laws, Postgraduate programme is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree. Our LLM pathways draw on the highly-acclaimed research strengths of our academic staff that are at the cutting-edge of national and international legal reform and development. The LLM programme allows you freedom to choose from a wide range of modules to match your interests and career aspirations.

View more information

The Law School encourages Study Abroad students to make their study progression to the LLM. Application workshops and admission support will be provided to Study Abroad students at the end of Semester One.

Entry requirements are the same as those for all LLM applicants. Study Abroad students who have successfully passed all modules in the Study Abroad year with an average mark of 50 or higher will be exempt from the LLM language requirement.

View LLM entry requirements

Partnership and financial arrangement
We provide University partner discounts to the students coming from our partner list who progress to the LLM. Contact us below for more information.


Our international students are guaranteed accommodation for one year of study. For more information on the different types of living spaces available, and how to apply, visit our accommodation website

Contact us

For queries for Dalian Maritime University, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics or Shanghai Maritime University, please contact programme co-ordinator:

Dr Meixian Song: 

For queries regarding Jimei University, Sun Yat-sen University or Xiamen University, please contact programme co-ordinator:

Dr Jingbo Zhang: or search for us on wechat: UoSouthampton

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