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LLB Law with French Law

Start date
September
Duration
4 years
UCAS code
MR11
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours, Study abroad year
Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee.
Fees for 2021/22:
£9,250 (UK)
£19,740 (International)
More detail.

This undergraduate Law degree has been designed to meet the need for legally and linguistically equipped lawyers who can cooperate and negotiate with European partners within a changing European context.

The French legal system belongs to the continental European family of legal systems known as Civil Law. By contrast, England is the home of Common Law, a family of legal systems which also embraces many nations outside Europe including the USA. During this undergraduate Law degree course you will familiarise yourself with both legal systems, thereby gaining comparative experience of two of the world's major legal families.

Primarily a qualifying law degree course with French as an important subsidiary element, during years one, two and four of the programme, you will study approximately two-thirds English law subjects and one-third French language and French law subjects. In your third year you will have the exciting opportunity to study in France or French-speaking Canada.

For almost 100 years Birmingham Law School have made a major contribution to teaching and scholarship, and you’ll learn from prestigious academics who are working at the top of their field influencing law and policy around the world.

COVID-19

Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

I have loved learning French alongside my legal studies - what's more, being a bilingual law graduate will make me stand out in the competitive field of legal work.

Martha, LLB Law with French Law graduate

Why Study this Course?

  • Study at a top global law school - the University of Birmingham is in the top 100 in the world for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020), reflecting the high quality of our undergraduate teaching and our world-leading research. 
  • Wide-ranging extra-curricular legal opportunities and professional links - our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) is what truly sets Birmingham Law School apart, running pro bono groups and mooting competitions. Opportunities also include placement schemes, the annual law fair, and visits to leading firms, all of which will prepare you for life after Law School. 
  • Extensive choice of modules - you can really tailor your undergraduate Law degree course to suit your interests in final year with our vast range of optional modules.
  • Placement year abroad – with the exciting opportunity to study in Bordeaux, Paris, Québec, or Strasbourg you will experience an incredible new culture, an alternative perspective on Law and a different academic environment.
  • Excellent graduate prospects - 100% of our Law with French Law graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE 2017) and according to the High Fliers Research report The Graduate Market in 2020 the University of Birmingham has been ranked as the second most targeted University by top employers in 2019-2020.

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Modules

Please note: You will take 120 credits of modules in each year of study. The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

First Year 

Students currently study the following modules:

  • Legal Skills and Methods
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Introduction to French Law I
  • Introduction to French Law II

Detailed descriptions of Year 1 compulsory modules.

You will also study two 10-credit French language modules.

Second Year

  • Land Law
  • Law of Torts
  • Legal Foundations of the European Union
  • Legal Solutions
  • Introduction to French Property Law I
  • Introduction to French Property Law II

Detailed descriptions of Year 2 compulsory modules.

You will also study two 10-credit French language modules.

Third Year

In the third year you follow an approved course of study at a French or French-Canadian university. You will acquire a thorough grounding in the law of France or Québec and broaden your education by comparing the English legal system with that of your host country as well as by studying alongside ‘home’ students. We currently offer places at the following universities:

France:

  • Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV
  • Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
  • Université de Strasbourg III
  • Université d'Orléans

Canada:

  • Université Laval, Québec City, Canada

Upon completion of the programme you will receive a Birmingham degree and if your exchange is at Bordeaux IV or Paris you will also receive a Certificat de Droit Français;  or at Orléans, you will be awarded a Licence en Droit.

Final Year

In your final year back in Birmingham, you will study Equity, Trusts, Wills & Formalities. You will also study two compulsory 10-credit French language modules; and you will study four optional modules (to include one module from the Department of Modern Languages or the Dissertation). 

Fees

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2021, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250. Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

  • UK: £9,250
  • International: £19,740

Eligibility for Home, EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.

For further information on tuition fees, living costs and available financial support, please see our pages on undergraduate fees and funding.


Scholarships

  • The Law School offers subject specific scholarships for students of £3,000 p.a. Full details of how to apply can be found on our scholarships page

Tuition fees when studying abroad

For those spending a whole academic year abroad (where available):

  • Students who are classed as UK for fees purposes are required to pay 15% of their normal annual tuition fee
  • Students who are classed as International for fee purposes are required to pay 50% of their normal annual tuition fee

For those studying abroad for just one semester (where available), normal annual tuition fees apply.

Note - Study abroad opportunities vary between courses; please see the course description for details of study abroad options offered.

How To Apply

Standard offer

International Requirements



Typical offer:
AAA
Required subjects and grades:
A level French grade A.
General Studies:
General Studies is not accepted but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:

6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects plus 32 points overall (to include 6 in HL French).

BTEC qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in the following subject areas will be considered: Business and Law alongside an A Level in French. Grades required - D*D*D* and distinctions in all units. Other BTEC Extended Diplomas may be considered if offered alongside an A level in French.
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business or Law combined with two A levels (to include French) and BTEC Diploma in Business or Law combined with an A level in French will be considered.
  • Other BTEC subjects combined with A levels (including French) are considered on a case by case basis provided there is an appropriate subject combination.

We do not require or consider the LNAT admissions test for entry onto our programmes.

We do not accept transfers into the School from any programme including other Law programmes.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.

International Students

Birmingham Law School has a thriving community of over 400 international students across our LLB programmes. We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Our country pages show what qualifications we accept from your country.

If your first language is not English you must provide an English language qualification. Recognised qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band

If you need to improve your level of English in order to meet the minimum entry-level requirement you may be able attend one of the full-time presessional English courses run by our Birmingham International Academy.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

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At Birmingham Law School the staff who teach you are frequent participants in legal debates and contribute regularly to the policy-making process. You will draw on their vast expertise to acquire essential skills that are highly valued in the competitive employment sector, from creativity and independence to team-working, goal-setting and problem-solving.

Critical enquiry, debate and self-motivation, which we call enquiry-based learning, is central to learning and teaching here. This places you at the centre of your own learning process so that you learn through engagement and ownership and not simply by listening.

Respondents to the National Student Survey have acknowledged the enthusiasm of our staff and their ability to explain things clearly and make material intellectually stimulating. We encourage all our students to challenge us and draw their own conclusions.

What you can expect…

Throughout your Law degree you can expect about 13 hours of contact time per week made up of approximately ten hours of lectures and three hours of seminars.

Lectures

Lectures are an important method of teaching used in the School, intended to provide a structured framework for learning and dispensing essential knowledge. They won't tell you all you need to know, but they should help you to navigate the reading you're expected to undertake to pursue your studies effectively.

Seminars

Seminars are smaller group classes, which involve the development and testing of ideas in discussion, with a high degree of student input.

Providing a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas, in all seminars you are expected to be prepared and to participate. This is tremendously important at university level and will help you to clarify and extend your understanding of the topics you are studying, as well as develop confidence in expressing yourself orally.

Seminars in Law also provide an opportunity to learn the difficult but vital skill of applying the law to factual situations. This is assessed in exams through ‘problem questions’. For some seminars you will be given the facts of problem questions in advance, and you devote time to working out your own answers beforehand, then testing those answers in argument during the seminar.

Teaching staff

Students at the University of Birmingham are taught by a mixture of professors, senior lecturers, lecturers and doctoral researchers, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. Many of our teaching staff have published important works about their areas of expertise, whilst others have taught at international institutions and can offer unique perspectives of their subjects.

You can find out more about the members of staff (including their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest) in their academic profiles linked below.

Assessment Methods

Birmingham Law School uses a variety of methods to assess student performance, this includes exams, essays and dissertations. At the beginning of each module, you'll be given information on how and when you'll be assessed for that particular programme of study.

  • Examinations take place at the end of each semester and exam-based modules are typically assessed by a 2 or 3-hour exam.
  • Essays vary in length (1000-4000 words) depending on whether the essay is only part of the assessment for the subject or whether the subject is assessed 100% by essay.
  • The dissertation is an optional module in the final year of the LLB which is an individual research project into a specific topic which varies in length (up to 10,000 words).

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham. 

Feedback

Developing skills and enhancing academic performance is a key part of a university education and the Law School provide feedback on your work throughout your degree.

  • You'll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done
  • Individual feedback on academic performance is provided during progress review meetings with your personal tutor throughout the year.
  • All academic members of staff will have office hours during which you can see them without prior appointment and speak to them on a 1-1 basis to discuss feedback or other academic support you may require.

Legal Skills Academic Support (LSAS)

In addition to the feedback you will receive from academic staff, our Legal Skills Academic Support team will help you to develop skills which are crucial to legal study. We run daily drop-in sessions and weekly workshops open to all undergraduate Law students. Workshops include:

  • How to prepare for seminars and lectures
  • How to answer essay and problem questions
  • How to read cases and articles
  • How to learn from feedback and tackling common mistakes
  • How to manage your time effectively
  • How to prepare for exams

Student support

You will have access to a comprehensive support system to help you make the transition to higher education when you start at Birmingham:

Personal tutors – You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

Wellbeing Officers – Alongside your personal tutor, you will also have access to dedicated wellbeing officers who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond if you need it.

Our Student Experience Team will help you get the most out of your academic experience. They offer research opportunities, study skills support, and help you prepare for your post-university career. They also organise social events, such as field trips, to help you meet fellow students from your course.

Year one

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Year two

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Year three

The third year is spent abroad

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Year four

The above data provides an indication of the type of activity a student is likely to undertake during a typical pathway on their chosen programme of study. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. 

Birmingham Law School's Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) provides a diverse range of opportunities and activities to enhance knowledge, skills, confidence and employability - all the things that help graduates to stand out from the crowd in a competitive jobs market.

Our students can benefit from activities, opportunities, help and resources in areas including:

Careers

  • CEPLER's extensive provision of careers lectures and skills workshops offers advice and guidance on a range of specialist areas of law and legally-related careers, in addition to practical skills sessions on how to present yourself and succeed at interview. View information on our careers lectures provision. Or find out about other careers activities.
  • We are forging links right across the legal community and beyond to public, third sector and non-law commercial organisations to provide valuable work experience placements

Pro Bono

  • CEPLER's Pro Bono Group began in 2009 and has grown from one Street Law Project to a diverse portfolio of opportunities to build your experience and serve the community. Visit the Pro Bono Group page for full details on the range of projects.

Mooting & Advocacy

  • Being able to evidence your experience of advocacy is a key advantage in the over-subscribed legal profession. CEPLER offers skills sessions and three Mooting competitions, as well as Debating and Negotiation.

Education

  • CEPLER is developing new and innovative approaches to teaching to give you experience of real world law. So far, we have introduced two new practice-based modules: Regulation of the Legal Profession, which will encourage you to question assumptions about lawyers and their role in society; and Advocacy, which covers a range of skills such as mooting, negotiation and mediation, along with court observations and presentation skills development.

Professional Accreditation

This degree is a ‘qualifying’ degree; this means that it provides exemption from the first or academic stage of the examinations required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board before you can qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

Barristers

In order to practise in England and Wales the intending barrister must first join an Inn of Court. Many students do this while taking their degree. The School has its own Inns of Court Students’ Association from which details can be obtained about joining an Inn. On successful completion of the degree intending barristers must take a further one-year full-time course, the Bar Professional Training Course, leading to the second part of the Bar examination. There then follows a one-year period of Pupillage – a form of apprenticeship in a barrister’s chambers.

Solicitors

On completion of their degree intending solicitors  take a one-year full-time course. This is called the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Thereafter, there is a two-year training contract (apprenticeship in a firm of solicitors), all or most of which must be taken after completing the LPC. Fuller information on both the Bar and the Solicitors’ professions is given in the Law School Handbook. The official bodies, from which complete particulars should be sought, are as follows:

The Council of Legal Education
4 Gray’s Inn Place
London
WC1R 5DX

The Education and Training Team
Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Cube
Wharfside Street
Birmingham
B1 1RN
ETUQS@sra.org.uk

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