School of Law

LLB Law with European Legal Studies

We are delighted to be ranked 8th in the UK for Law (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018)

This Qualifying Law Degree allows you to learn about the law, both in the sense of ‘thinking like a lawyer’ and seeing law as a social institution both from a UK and European perspective.

You’ll study key topics within law and the legal sector such as contract law and criminal law whilst also developing expertise in analysis, research and logical argument. Throughout the course you will gain a strong legal knowledge from both the UK and European perspective, with year three being spent living and studying abroad at one of our European partner institutions.

A wide range of optional modules will allow you to pursue your interests in specialist legal areas such as cyberlaw, human rights law, environmental law and family law. You could also explore topics in criminal justice and criminology, such as policing or youth crime.

Throughout the course, you’ll gain diverse skills that will be valuable to you as a citizen, as well as in your professional career – whether you choose to enter the legal profession or not.


All our LLB courses are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Council.


Our LLB Law with European Legal Studies is a Qualifying Law Degree. This status means that graduation from the programme exempts you from the Common Professional Examination: the initial stage of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister for both the Law Society of England and Wales, and the Bar Council. This shortens your professional training, should you wish to practise in England and Wales, by one year.

Year one provides you with a firm foundation in contract and constitutional law. Our Foundations of Law module equips you to study law at undergraduate level and gives you the chance to practice mooting. During this year you will also be introduced to the English and European legal systems as well as legal method.

Your second year of study will allow you to develop your critical understanding of legal issues and will give you the choice of a range of optional modules, allowing you to focus on a topic that suits your interests and career plans, such as financial services law, youth crime or employment law.

Year three will be spent studying abroad at one of our European partner institutions where you will have the opportunity to acquire a greater understanding of another legal tradition and the legal structures of European legal frameworks.

Your final year will give you the chance to apply your research skills to an independent dissertation on a topic of your choice, which you’ll work on with your supervisor. At the same time you will study equity and trusts and further develop your interests through optional modules.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Contract Law 30 credits
  • Foundations of Law 30 credits
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law 30 credits
  • Criminal Law 30 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • European Union Law 20 credits
  • Land Law 20 credits
  • Torts 20 credits
  • Law and Society 10 credits
  • Preparation for the Year Abroad 5 credits
  • Researching Law 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Banking and Financial Services Law 20 credits
  • Company Law 20 credits
  • Criminology: Theories and Concepts 20 credits
  • International Human Rights Law 20 credits
  • International Law 20 credits
  • Employment Law 20 credits
  • Family Law 20 credits
  • Victims, Crime and Justice 20 credits
  • Youth Crime and Justice 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Study Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Equity and Trusts 20 credits
  • Long Dissertation 40 credits

Optional modules

  • Cyberlaw: Law and the Regulation of the Information Society 20 credits
  • Evidence 20 credits
  • Gender and the Law 20 credits
  • Health Care Law 20 credits
  • Law and the Environment I: Pollution Control 10 credits
  • Law and the Environment II: Development and Nature Conservation 10 credits
  • Penology 20 credits
  • Policing 20 credits
  • Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective 20 credits
  • Intellectual Property Law 20 credits
  • Commercial Law: Commercial and Consumer Sales 20 credits
  • Private International Law 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Law with European Legal Studies LLB in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

One of the key aims of this course is to teach you to “think like a lawyer”, but we also help you develop the transferable skills that allow you to use and apply the law in different situations.

You’ll learn through traditional methods such as lectures, tutorials, language classes and seminars, supported by materials and exercises provided online through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In your first year, the Foundations of Law module will prepare you for the study of law and allow you to gain practical skills such as group working and mooting.

However, this is a demanding course geared towards self-motivated and independent learners, and you’ll spend most of your time in independent study doing research and preparatory reading. We have excellent library resources with over 50,000 volumes in the Law Library that is held within the Edward Boyle Library, in addition to extensive electronic access to legal materials and journals.


To help you develop the variety of skills you will need in your future career, we assess modules using a range of different methods. These include seen and unseen exams, coursework, group work and oral participation e.g. in discussion groups.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

GCSE: We expect applicants to have a substantial number of GCSE passes at a high standard. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language will also need a grade B in GCSE English language, or another appropriate English language qualification, see below.

When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) this can be considered alongside A Levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Complete 60 credits with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction Grade.



Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (6,6,5 higher).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)


Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAB overall (AA at advanced level).

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Law Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £18,000 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad is a compulsory part of this programme. You’ll spend year three studying at one of our European partner universities where you will gain a greater understanding of another legal tradition as well as having the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture.

During your year abroad, you’ll complete a dossier and learning journal for the School of Law and the to evaluate.

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