Our world-class LLB is of international standing. It has been the first step in the careers of thousands of practising lawyers around the world.
Course structure and modules
Our LLB is divided into routes. Your choice will depend upon a number of factors:
Do you wish to study for a Qualifying Law Degree (where the majority of your modules are pre-set), or a Non-Qualifying Degree (which allows you more choice)?
Do you hold a degree that makes you eligible for Graduate Entry? (Study 9modules to complete, instead of the usual 12.)
Standard Entry Route - Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)
Standard Entry Route - Non-Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)
Graduate Entry Route - Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)
Graduate Entry Route - Non-Qualifying Law Degree (LLB)
If you are not eligible for the LLB, can you access an approved local teaching institution? This may allow you to study the CertHE Common Law and progress to the LLB.
If you wish to study for a Qualifying Law Degree, we recommend that you check the requirements of the professional body in the jurisdiction in which you wish to practise before committing to the degree.
The Programme Specifications and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what modules may be chosen and the order in which they must be studied.
Local teaching support
Our courses are designed to be studied independently, but if you would like to attend classes, you can enrol at one of our approved local teaching institutions around the world and benefit from local study support and the facilities of a campus-style environment.
To receive teaching support, you must apply directly to an approved teaching institution. Institutions may set earlier deadlines than the course deadlines listed above.
We will send you study materials developed by academics from the Laws consortium. These include:
Module guides (see samples under Legal system and method, Criminal law, Contract law and Public law).
Statute books provided for all modules where they are permitted in the examination.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
The Laws Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and audio and video lectures.
Discussion forums for each module, where you can share perspectives with fellow students from all over the world, and a Director’s forum for academic queries.
The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. Access more than 10 legal databases, including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and other valued materials.
Lecture Plus: for select modules, you can view a recorded lecture and engage afterwards in a dedicated discussion forum.
Formative assessment: for some modules, you have an opportunity to receive feedback on how you are performing against the criteria applied by examiners.
Regional revision courses
Taught by approved tutors, these are for students around the world preparing for examinations. Meet other students on the programme and focus on important areas within each module.
All modules (except the Dissertation) are assessed entirely by written examination. These are held in May/June and October at local examination centres around the world. You can sit a maximum of two modules in the October session.
Our examinations are set and marked by academics appointed as examiners. They reflect the same standards as those who study on-campus at the University of London Law Schools.
What qualifications do you need?
To register for the LLB, you will usually be aged 17+ by the date of registration and satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
Each application is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the standard requirements, our Admissions Panel will consider factors such as alternative or incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas/degrees) and relevant work experience.
CertHE Common Law
If you are not eligible for the LLB, you may be able to study the CertHE Common Law and progress to the LLB. This course must be studied at an approved local teaching institution.
Graduate entry route
For graduate entry, you will need an acceptable undergraduate degree rather than a professional qualification.
You must also complete our short online course, Law Skills for Graduates, and achieve a score of 80% on the assessment.
English Language requirements
You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
LLB learning outcomes:
Students will have knowledge and understanding of:
the principal features of the legal system including familiarity with its institutions and procedures;
the key principles and values of a range of legal areas extending beyond the core.
some in-depth knowledge of specialist areas.
Students will be able to:
identify the legal issues arising from particular factual situations;
apply knowledge so as to provide practical and reasoned advice and solutions to particular problems over a wide range of legal areas.
Subject sources and research
Students will be able to:
identify and use primary and secondary legal sources relevant to the topic under study;
identify contemporary debates and engage with these whilst accurately documenting the law in the area.
Analysis, evaluation, critical judgement and synthesis
Students will be able to:
identify issues in terms of policy and doctrinal importance;
produce clear doctrinal synthesis and summary of policy issues;
evaluate law both independently in terms of doctrinal coherence and in relation to other policy perspectives which have been incorporated in the topics studied;
create new or imaginative ways of approaching a problem or analysing material in different ways.
Successful completion of the programme may allow students to progress to a higher level award in the subject area.
Graduate employment routes
A Qualifying Law Degree fulfils the requirements of the Academic Stage of legal training for the purposes of proceeding to the Vocational Stage of training for legal practice in England and Wales. A number of other jurisdictions internationally also recognise the LLB as at least partial fulfilment of the Academic Stage requirements.
The University of London was the first to offer a degree in English Law in the 1890s, and continues to offer the security of an internationally recognised 'gold standard'.
Upon graduation, you will join a distinguished group of solicitors, barristers and judges from all over the world who began their careers with a University of London LLB.
What do employers think of our graduates?
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.