Programmes

LLB Bachelor of Laws

  • Undergraduate
  • Department of Law
  • UCAS code M100
  • Starting 2017

The LLB Bachelor of Laws degree teaches you to understand and critically analyse the rules and institutions which society establishes to secure and promote justice and order.

Our degree emphasises an understanding of law in context. We aim to encourage a broad outlook on legal issues, an understanding of the functions of law and of the legal system, and an appreciation of the place of rules of law in the construction of politics and society. Students learn that law is not a body of knowledge stored in libraries, but a presence all around us, constantly evident in our social, civil and business interactions. To study law with us is not to amass large quantities of stored information, but to explore key issues of fundamental importance to society.

The study of law involves the acquisition of a variety of intellectual skills. In addition to being a preparation for the legal profession, the creative and imaginative powers of reasoning that the study of law develops are valued by many employers. So whilst this is a qualifying degree, meaning you can go straight from graduating to taking the LPC (Legal Practice Course), many students enjoy the intellectual challenge of a law degree before embarking on a career in a range of other sectors.

In addition to the LLB degree, the Department offers a double degree programme with Columbia University Law School in New York. This LSE LLB/JD (juris doctor) programme is open to a limited number of LLB students and applications are invited during the second year of study. For further details please visit our departmental website.

Programme details

Key facts

LLB Bachelor of Laws
Start date 21 September 2017
Application deadline 15 January 2017
Duration Three years full-time
Applications 2016 2,734
First year students 2016 181
Availability Closed
Tuition fee UK/EU fee: £9,250 for the first year (provisional)
Overseas fee: £18,408 for the first year
Usual standard offer A level: grades A* A A
International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level
English language requirements Proof of your English language proficiency may be required
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees, usual standard offers and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections below. 

Programme structure and courses

The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. The LLB consists of three parts: the Intermediate, Part I and Part II examinations, taken over three years. 

First year

In your first year, you will take five compulsory courses: Law of Obligations; Property 1* and Introduction to the Legal System*; Public Law; and Criminal Law as well as LSE100 in the Lent term.  

(*denotes half-unit)

Law of Obligations
Provides an introduction to the law of contract, including formation of contracts, express and implied terms, misrepresentation, exclusion clauses, remedies for breach of contract; an introduction to the principles of the law of restitution; and an introduction to the law of torts: negligence and other specific torts, causation, defences, remedies for torts.

Property I*
Introduces the role of property concepts in legal and social thought. 

Introduction to the Legal System*
Familiarises law students with the basic characteristics and functioning of legal systems.

Public Law
Covers the conceptual framework of public law. 

Criminal Law
Examines the 'general part' of criminal law and selected areas of the special part of criminal law in the context of theories of the aims and functions of criminalisation. 

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.

Second year

In your second year you will take courses to the value of four units from law options, plus LSE100 in the Michaelmas term. One non-law option can be taken in either the second or third year. 

Courses to the value of four units from law options

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist.

Third year 

In your third year you will take one compulsory course, Jurisprudence. You will also take courses to the value of three units from law options. One non-law option can be taken in either the second or third year.

Jurisprudence
Introduces thinking philosophically about the law and familiarises you with the main methodological and normative questions concerning the law and its legitimacy. 

Courses to the value of three units from law options 

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up-to-date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options.  Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place.  These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback.  Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Most courses at LSE are taught through lectures and compulsory classes, which are small discussion groups. In some courses, you may have seminars instead where a short lecture leads on to group discussion. You can expect about 12 to 15 hours of formal tuition each week, as well as LSE100 teaching. Hours vary according to courses and you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide. In addition, the Department of Law runs the LAWS programme in the first year of study to facilitate students’ legal writing skills. All staff hold advice and feedback sessions during which students can discuss their progress on an individual basis.

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students. You can view indicative details for the teacher responsible for each course in the relevant course guide.

You will also be assigned an academic adviser who will meet with you to discuss your academic progress and any problems which you might have. There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Your timetable

The lecture and seminar timetable is published in mid-August and the full academic timetable (lectures/seminars and undergraduate classes) is published by mid-September and is accessible via the LSE Timetables webpages.

Undergraduate student personal timetables are published in LSE for You (LFY). For personal timetables to appear, students must be registered at LSE, have successfully signed up for courses in LFY and ensured that their course selection does not contain unauthorised clashes.

Every effort is made to minimise changes after publication, once personal timetables have been published any changes are notified via email.

The standard teaching day runs from 09:00-18:00; Monday to Friday. Teaching for undergraduate students will not usually be scheduled after 12:00 on Wednesdays to allow for sports, volunteering and other extra-curricular events. 

Assessment

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. You will undertake formative assessments each term and sit summative examinations at the end of each year for the courses you have taken. Your final degree is assessed on the basis of your performance in the second and third years of study. Some of the optional courses in your last two years are examined by essay. You must pass each set of yearly examinations to progress to the next stage of the degree. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Feedback on coursework is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience at the School. Class teachers must mark formative coursework and return it with feedback to you normally within two weeks of submission (when the work is submitted on time). You will also receive feedback on any summative coursework you are required to submit as part of the assessment for individual courses (except on the final version of submitted dissertations). You will normally receive this feedback before the examination period. 

Find out more about LSE’s teaching and assessment methods 

Preliminary reading

If you wish to gain further insight into law, we suggest that you look at one or more of the following books: 

J Adams and R Brownsword Understanding Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 2006)

T Bingham The Rule of Law (Penguin, 2011)

A Bradney et al How to Study Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 2005)

F Cownie, A Bradney and M Burton English Legal System in Context (Oxford University Press, 6th ed, 2013)

E Finch and S Fafinski Legal Skills (Oxford University Press, 5th ed, 2015)

Careers

This is a qualifying degree, meaning you can go straight from graduating to taking the LPC (Legal Practice Course), and recent leavers have secured training contracts at world renowned law firms, whilst others have been taken on as analysts and consultants. Others still have used the legal and social insights gained in their degree to set up their own NGOs or start their own businesses.

The analytical, critical and communication skills and legal and social insights gained within the LLB provide an excellent foundation for many careers and can be applied to a wide range of industries. Recent graduates have gone into fields as diverse as law and legal services, accountancy, banking and finance, government and politics, consulting, tax, charity and development, and education and academia.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Professional training

The Bar
A student with a law degree from LSE will normally be eligible to be considered for a place on the Bar Professional Training Course. You should check the position personally by obtaining the relevant regulations from: The Bar Council, 289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ or barcouncil.org.uk

To enrol for the Bar Professional Training Course, you normally need at least a lower second class honours degree.

The profession of solicitor
To qualify as a solicitor, you will need to serve for two years under a training contract with a practising solicitor, and complete a Legal Practice Course approved by the Law Society. Most law graduates will normally be granted a certificate of completion of the academic stage of training and may attend a Legal Practice Course before entering into a training contract. You should check the position personally with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The SRA have a London office at 2nd Floor, 24 Martin Lane, London, EC4R ODR.

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers. 

Student stories

Jaime Sim

LLB Bachelor of Laws
Hong Kong

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Across league tables, LSE leads for law and this, combined with its superb location next to the Royal Courts of Justice and in the heart of the City of London, meant the choice was not a difficult one. I enjoy the academic challenges offered in my degree, and the opportunity to learn from prominent academics and practitioners continues to thrill me.

Oliver Sidorczuk

LLB Bachelor of Laws
Liverpool, UK

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I love the location of the LSE Law Department. We're in the core of London's legal sphere; next to the Courts, law firms and chambers, the Inns of Courts and Parliament. The academics in the Law Department are all experts in their fields. As law students, we are continually challenged by our teachers to examine new ways of understanding the law's role in modern society. The diversity and background of students at the School makes each seminar an intellectually stimulating experience.


Chrisann Jarrett

LLB Bachelor of Laws
Jamaica/UK

Watch Chrisann's video 

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background. The programme guidance below should be read alongside our general entrance requirements information.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on the UCAS application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- subject combinations
- personal statement
- teacher’s reference
- educational circumstances

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

What we are looking for in an application for LLB Bachelor of Laws

Academic achievement

Successful applicants for this programme are usually predicted to achieve or have already achieved a minimum of A* A A in their A levels (or 38 and above International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) points, with 7 6 6 at Higher level). In addition we are looking for a strong pre-16 academic profile such as several GCSE grades of A and A* (or equivalent), and your GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics grades should be no lower than B. We also consider your overall GCSE subject profile, and your AS grades, if available.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you are predicted or if you achieve the grades that meet our usual standard offer, this will not guarantee you an offer of admission. Usual standard offers are intended only as a guide, and in some cases applicants will be asked for grades which differ from this.

We express our standard offers and where applicable, programme requirement, in terms of A levels and the IB, but we consider applications from students with a range of qualifications including BTECs, Foundation Courses and Access to HE Diplomas as well as a wide range of international qualifications.

Information about accepted international qualifications
Information about other accepted UK qualifications

Subject combinations

We consider the combination of subjects you have taken, as well as the individual scores. We believe a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE and expect applicants to have at least two full A levels or equivalent in these subjects.

There is no ideal subject combination for law. We are looking for evidence of academic excellence, scholarly potential and curiosity. The degree requires a significant amount of reading, research and attention to detail, so a high level of literacy is expected and this is often evidenced by an applicant's choice of post-16 subjects. Applicants offering mostly quantitative subjects at A level (or equivalent) should demonstrate their ability to cope with these aspects of the course through their personal statement, teacher’s reference, extra-curricular activities or performance in GCSE or equivalent qualifications.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level will be considered with one other subject. 

Personal characteristics, skills and attributes

For this programme, we are looking for students who demonstrate the following skills:

- ability to apply logic and follow complex lines of reasoning
- high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
- good communication skills
- ability to ask questions and think independently
- intellectual curiosity
- motivation and capacity for hard work

Personal statement

In addition to demonstrating the above personal characteristics, skills and attributes, your statement should be original, interesting and well-written and should outline your enthusiasm and motivation for the programme.

You should explain whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how this relates to your current academic studies and what additional reading or relevant experiences you have had which have led you to apply. We are interested to hear your own thoughts or ideas on the topics you have encountered through your exploration of the subject at school or through other activities. Some suggestions for preliminary reading can be found below, but there is no set list of activities we look for; instead we look for students who have made the most of the opportunities available to them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their intended programme of study.

You can also mention extra-curricular activities such as sport, the arts or volunteering or any work experience you have undertaken. However, the main focus of an undergraduate degree at LSE is the in-depth academic study of a subject and we expect the majority of your personal statement to be spent discussing your academic interests.

Please also see our general guidance about writing personal statements.

Fees and funding

Every undergraduate student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2017/18

UK/EU* students: £9,250 for the first year (provisional pending final approval by Parliament)
Overseas students £18,408 for the first year

UK/EU undergraduate fees may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years and the overseas fee usually rises by between 2.5 per cent and 4 per cent each year.

*The UK Government confirmed in October 2016 that the fee level listed for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2017/18 will be the same as Home UK for the subsequent years of their undergraduate degree programme.

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home (UK/EU) or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education. 

Further information about fee status classification
Further information about tuition fees

Scholarships, bursaries and loans

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. LSE provides generous financial support, in the form of bursaries and scholarships to UK, EU and overseas students. 

In addition, Government support, in the form of loans, is available to UK and some EU students.

Find out more about tuition fee loans.

Key Information Set

From September 2012, every undergraduate programme of more than one year's duration will have a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS allows you to compare 17 pieces of information about individual programmes at different higher education institutions.

Please note that programmes offered by different institutions with similar names can vary quite significantly. We recommend researching the programmes you are interested in and taking into account the programme structure, teaching and assessment methods, and support services available.

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