Mode of Attendance: Full-time

In an increasingly interconnected world, the law is no longer the preserve of single jurisdictions as legal issues are no respecters of national borders. A SOAS Law degree addresses this need by providing our students with an educational experience that equips you with a distinctive set of skills far beyond what is offered by most traditional Law Schools.

The SOAS Law programme aims to produce highly-skilled, civic-minded and critically engaged graduates, who can effectively contribute to their communities and societies through the knowledge and skills gained on this course.


  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asian, Middle East and North African (MENA) and Sub-Saharan African regions.
  • This programme will immerse you in the legal traditions and practices of a number of global regions, which will give you a critical understanding of the role of law in the world today.
  • We specialise in key topics including international and transnational law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, comparative law and socio-legal method.
  • In common with other law schools, the degree program will result in our students obtaining a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), allowing you to pursue a career in legal practice should you wish to do so.
  • We are specialists in the delivery of more than forty African and Asian languages. Your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities.
  • You will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a regional language.

Year 2 entry to the LLB

We will consider applications for transfer directly to the second year of the SOAS LLB from students who are currently studying the first year of LLB programmes at other English or Welsh universities. These applications must be made through UCAS.

Applicants are generally required to meet our standard high school entrance requirements but those who have taken the LNAT test and performed well and/or are working towards at least 2.1 level in their current LLB studies may also be considered. Each case will be considered by the admissions team on an individual basis taking into account all aspects of the application including the personal statement and reference which must be from the current university. The personal statement should include the motivation for transferring.

Students on the University of London External Programme must pass all four papers of the Intermediate Examination of the LLB degree. These papers must all be taken on one occasion, and candidates must obtain a total of at least 200 marks overall. Candidates who meet this criterion are not guaranteed admission to the School, as the School considers the whole UCAS application, not just examination results.


The degree structure provides students with a qualifying law degree for the purposes of both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board and exempts students from the academic stage of legal training.

Skills gained include:

  • Specialist knowledge of comparative law, human rights, environmental law and international law.
  • The ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to formulate sound arguments.
  • Ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly.
  • Communication and presentation skills.

SOAS Law graduates have gone on to pursue careers directly related to law or used their skills and expertise to take up professional and management careers in both the private and public sectors. The Law degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Allen & Overy
  • Clifford Chance
  • Baker McKenzie
  • United Nations
  • Linklaters
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Gibson Young Solicitors
  • Liberty UK
  • Slaughter and May
  • CMS Cameron McKenna

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Finance Manager
  • Legal Researcher
  • Paralegal
  • Financial Analyst
  • Procurement Manager
  • Tax Consultant
  • Business Developer
  • Recruitment Consultant


Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

In Year 1 students are introduced to the core elements and principles of the English legal system and provided with the key analytical skills necessary for undertaking a demanding law degree program. During this first-year students’ will also be introduced to elements of legal principles and practice from other countries.

In the second and third years, our students will be even more fully immersed in the distinctively SOAS program. Our students can choose from a wide array of optional courses that draw on the unique research expertise of our staff. The emphasis we place on choice, and research-led teaching, will allow our students to pursue a number of distinct specialisms as their degree progresses, but whichever path they choose to focus on the courses they study will all be imbued with that distinctive SOAS dimension, that stresses critical engagement and understanding of the role of law in the world at large.

Year 1

Students must pass All modules in Year 1 to progress to Year 2.

Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Law and Legal Processes
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract Law
  • Common-Law, Equitable and Comparative Property 1: Property Interests
  • Public Law

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Legal Systems of Asia and Africa
  • Law of Tort
  • Common Law, Equitable and Comparative Property 2: Proprietary Relationships
  • Introduction to EU Law


Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from List of Year 2 Options below to the value of 30 credits.


Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 3

Guided Options

Choose a module(s) from List of Year 3 Options below to the value of 30 credits.


Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules


Choose modules from List of Year 3 Options below to the value of 30 credits.


Choose a module at another University of London (UoL) if not taught at SOAS to the value of 30 credits.


Choose the remain 60 credits from List of Year 3 Options below.

List of Modules (subject to availability)

List of Year 2 Optional Modules

  • Law and Society in South Asia
  • Law and Society in Africa
  • Islamic Law
  • Chinese Law
  • Introduction to Global Commodities Law
  • Foundations of Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • The Art of Advocacy
  • International Environmental Law

List of Year 3 Optional Modules

  • Family Law
  • Law and Society in South Asia
  • Law and Society in Africa
  • Law, Terror and State Power
  • Islamic Law
  • Independent Study Project on a Selected Legal topic
  • Company Law
  • Chinese Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law of Islamic Finance
  • Advanced Comparative Administrative Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Law, Multiculturalism and Rights
  • Law of Commercial Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asylum and Immigration Law
  • Introduction to Global Commodities Law
  • Foundations of Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • The Art of Advocacy
  • International Environmental Law

UoL Options

Up to one 30-credit level 5 or level 6 LLB module in Law taught at another University of London Law School - King’s College, LSE, QMUL, UCL and Birkbeck - subject to approval and provided that a similar module is not taught at SOAS.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with standard qualifications (such as A levels, International Baccalaureate or other High School qualifications considered equivalent to A levels) are not required to take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT), but the School of Law will consider making lower offers (eg AAA, AAB, ABB or 37, 36, 35 in International Baccalaureate) to candidates who do so and perform promisingly in that Test. SOAS accepts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, as well as mature applicants and those with non-standard qualifications. Among these applicants, those with Access to Law qualifications and SOAS Intermediate Certificate Course students are preferred.

  • Interview Policy: We also encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications (including Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the LNAT. We also encourage students taking the SOAS Foundation Courses at IFCELS to apply. Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT.
  • A-Levels: A*AA - AAB
    IB:37 (6/6/6)

Alternative entry requirements

  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 85%
  • French Bacc: 15/20
  • German Abitur: 1.5
  • Italy DES: 85/100
  • Austria Mat: 1.5
  • Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated November 4, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 28, 2020
9,250 GBP
full-time fees per academic year: UK/EU £9,250; Overseas £17,750
June 30, 2020
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