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School of Law

LLB Law with French Law

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If you want to ...

  • graduate with a qualifying law degree
  • think like a lawyer
  • cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge
  • have a basic grounding in French law
  • develop high-quality linguistic skills in French
  • spend a year in France and experience French culture and legal culture first hand

... then choose LLB Law with French Law.


LLB Law with French Law provides you with the opportunity to learn about the law, both in the traditional sense of 'thinking like a lawyer' and in the broader sense of law as a social institution.

This four year programme which leads to a qualifying law degree, which allows you to obtain maximum exemption from the academic stage of training of both the Bar Council and the Law Society of England and Wales. This allows you to progress directly to the vocational stage of training. It also offers the opportunity to develop language skills and learn about a different legal system.

Over your first and second years, as well as studying foundational Law subjects, you are also introduced to the French legal system. In your third year, you study aspects of French law in France. Our partner universities are Université Lyon III, Université Toulouse I, Université de Lorraine (Nancy II).


Year One

Compulsory modules

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Foundations of Law
  • French Language Awareness and Skills
  • French Public Law

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Criminal Law
  • French Language in Contexts
  • French Private Law
  • Law and Society
  • Researching Law
  • Torts

You will choose an optional to complete your year.

Optional modules may include...

  • Banking and Financial Services Law
  • Company Law
  • Criminology: Theories and Concepts
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • The Legal Profession: Conduct, Law and Ethics
  • Victims, Crime and Victimology
  • Victims, Crime and Justice
  • Youth Crime and Justice
  • War Crimes and Genocide

Year Three

You will spend your year studying at one of our partner Universities in Lorraine, Toulouse or Lyon and take modules on aspects of French and European Law.

Year Four

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • European Union Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Land Law

You will also choose an optional module to complete your year.

Optional modules may include ...

  • Advanced Language Skills
  • Child Law
  • Commerical Law
  • Cyberlaw: Law and the Regulation of Information Society
  • Discrimination Law
  • Evidence
  • Gender and the Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insolvency Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law and the Environment I: Pollution Control
  • Law and the Environment II: Development and Nature Conservation
  • Penology
  • Policing
  • Terrorism and the Law
  • Privacy, Free Speech and the Media
  • Private International Law

The list of modules available can vary each year.

LLB Law with French Law learning and assessment

The study of law involves much more than learning legal principles and rules.

A central aim of LLB Law with French Law is to develop the traditional skill of 'thinking like a lawyer'. However, we recognise that to understand, use and apply the law involves the development of many transferable intellectual skills.

We promote expertise in analysis, synthesis, logical argument, research techniques and methodology, organisation of information, and oral and written presentation of materials throughout the degree programme.

A broader contextual approach, where we examine the law as a social institution and in its relationship with the real world, also complements our legal programme.

LLB Law with French Law is demanding: you need to be both enthusiastic and dedicated to your studies. You will do much of your preparatory work independently, and there is a large amount of reading and information to assimilate.

While we provide learning support through an induction week for new students and subject tutors offers structured guidance about study skills, LLB Law with French Law is geared towards the self-motivated and independent learner. You will also carry out a substantial piece of independent research in your final year.

The Law Library within the Brotherton Library is integral to the working life of both students and staff in the School of Law with over fifty thousand volumes, and extensive holdings covering Commonwealth, American and European Law as well as English law.

The library offers further support through electronic access to legal materials through networked databases, journals and the internet; the library has plenty of workspace and includes large computer clusters.

Teaching methods in Law

Students learn through traditional methods such as lectures, tutorials and seminars. This face-to-face learning is supported through materials and exercises available on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students acquire a plethora of skills during their learning, such as communication skills, problem-solving, independent thinking and research skills.

Assessment in Law

The School assesses some modules by examination only and, increasingly, some by coursework alone.

Where we assess a module by examination and coursework, the proportions of marks for each component of assessment may vary from subject to subject, but the standard pattern is for 25 percent of the marks to be allocated to course-work, and 75 per cent to the examination.

A number of modules have a component of assessment derived from a group work and individual project work. Assessment of oral participation and presentation in seminars is a further feature in some modules.


Teaching methods in the French language

The French department delivers learning through lectures, weekly language classes, oral classes and "travaux pratiques":  classes with a native speaker where you will improve your oral and aural skills through presentations, debates and role-play.

Assessment during your Study Abroad year

LLB Law with French Law is a course that includes a study year in France in your third year where you study law at one of the University of Leeds partner institutions.

During this period, you will study courses at the French partner institution, and also complete a dossier and learning journal for evaluation by the Law School and the French Department.

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