Programmes

LLB Bachelor of Laws

  • Undergraduate
  • Department of Law
  • UCAS code M100
  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Open
  • Overseas full-time: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

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.

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Programme details

Key facts

LLB Bachelor of Laws
Academic year (2020/21) 28 September 2020 to 18 June 2021
Application deadline 15 January 2020
Duration Three years full-time
Applications/offers/intake 2018 2,882/497/173
Tuition fee UK/EU fee: £9,250 for the first year
Overseas fee: £21,570 per year
Usual standard offer

A-level: grades A* A A
International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Please see the ‘Assessing your application’ section below for detailed information and guidance on entry requirements.

Programme requirement A range of good grades at GSCE level (if taken) followed by three A-levels (or equivalent). All applicants are required to take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)
English language requirements Proof of your English language proficiency may be required

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 LLB degree is a three year degree consisting of a combination of core and optional courses to the value of 12 units. You will also take LSE100. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

First year

In your first year, you will take five compulsory courses, as well as LSE100 in the Lent term.  

(* denotes a half-unit course)

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. 

Foundational Legal Skills (non-assessed)

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. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review.

Second year

In your second year you will take courses to the value of four units from law options. Options include the following subject areas: medical law, human rights law, commercial law, information technology law, family law, EU law, environmental law, intellectual property law, corporate insolvency law, labour law, criminology, property law, public international law, taxation, media law, competition law, global commodoties law. In addition, you will take LSE100 in the Michaelmas term. One non-law option can be taken in either the second or third year. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review.

Courses to the value of four units from law options

LSE100
Beginning in the Michaelmas 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. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review.

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

For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.

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 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.

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 page.

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 (or 7) and A* (or 8-9), or equivalent, and your GCSE, or equivalent, English Language and Mathematics grades should be no lower than B (or 6). We also consider your overall GCSE subject profile, and your AS grades, if available.

All applicants must sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT). The test must be taken between 1 September 2019 and 20 January 2020. Test centres are available throughout the UK and overseas. LSE only uses the multiple-choice score it its assessment of applicants; the essay is not considered. Find out more about the LNAT.

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.

In addition, we are looking for an applicant's ability to cope with a demanding workload. Whilst taking a fourth AS-level or Extended Project (EP) is not required, the Law Department recognises the value of these additional subjects for providing useful skills and breadth of learning, and would encourage students to take up these opportunities where available. 

We understand, however, that not every student has the opportunity to complete a fourth AS or EP. Consequently, conditional offers will never include a fourth AS or EP, and students who are unable to take these additional qualification will not be at a disadvantage. 

Applicants offering mostly quantitative subjects at A-level (or equivalent) should demonstrate their ability to cope with these aspects of the programme 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 an essay writing subject.

Find out more about subject combinations.

Personal characteristics, skills and attributes

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

- an ability to apply logic and follow complex lines of reasoning
- high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
- good communication skills
- an 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 above in the preliminary reading section, 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. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Most courses at LSE are taught through lectures and classes, which are small interactive 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. Hours vary according to courses and indicative information is listed in the School Calendar (lse.ac.uk/calendar) within the Teaching section of each course guide.

In addition, the Department of Law runs a programme in the first year of study to facilitate students’ legal writing skills. All academic staff hold advice and feedback sessions during which students can discuss their progress on an individual basis. 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.

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 have an academic mentor who will provide general guidance and assistance with both academic and personal concerns. 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

You will undertake at least one assessment for each course during each term. These do not count towards your grade but are designed to help you to develop your skills in legal argument and prepare you for the end of year exams. Please note that assessment on individual courses can change year to year. An indication of the current assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide in the School Calendar (lse.ac.uk/calendar).

Your final degree classification is based on 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. There is also the option do to a dissertation, which is a research based extended essay, in your final year.

Extra-curricular activities

A number of extra-curricular activities are organised by the student Law Society and the Department of Law itself, including but not limited to:

  • Mooting is competitive legal argument about issues arising from a hypothetical legal case that takes place between two teams of lawyers in front of a mock court. Mooting develops the participants’ capacity in legal research, argument, writing and oral advocacy. LSE students take part in internal, national and international competitions. The department has a specially designed Moot Court Room where some of these competitions take place.
  • Pro bono work is unpaid legal work undertaken for the public good. LSE students are involved in a variety of pro bono projects including the Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, various legal advice clinics, assistance to charities, and student-led legal projects.
  • Cumberland Lodge, in the Great Park at Windsor, is the venue for an annual weekend away for staff and students. The purpose is to create an informal and friendly environment where issues related to the law can be discussed.
  • The department holds formal events for students at one of the Inns of Court, culminating in a sit down dinner for final year students, allowing them to celebrate their successes with academic staff and their fellow students.
  • A number of informal events allow staff and students to mix in a social environment, including the very popular annual Staff Student Quiz Night.
  • The diversity of LSE’s student population is reflected in the wide array of LSE Student Union societies. There are over 170 societies with two of them specifically tailored to the needs and interests of LSE law students. The Bar Society helps students to develop their advocacy skills through regular mooting competitions, while the Law Society, a 750-member strong association, organises a packed programme of events for students throughout the year, culminating in the annual Law Ball.

Preliminary reading

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

T Bingham The Rule of Law (Allen Lane, 2010)

S Chakrabarti On Liberty (Allen Lane, 2014)

C Gearty On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe, and human rights (Oxford University Press, 2016)

H Kennedy Eve was Framed: women and British justice (Vintage, 1993)

N Lacey Women, Crime, and Character: from Moll Flanders to Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Oxford University Press, 2008)

P Sands East West Street: on the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016)

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.

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

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

UK/EU* students:

The 2020 tuition fee for new UK/EU students is £9,250 for the first year.

The UK/EU undergraduate fee may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years.

*The UK Government confirmed in May 2019 that the fee level for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2020/21 will be the same as Home UK for the duration of their undergraduate degree programme. Further information can be found on gov.uk website.

Overseas students:

The 2020 tuition fee for new overseas students is £21,570 per year.

The overseas tuition fee will remain at the same amount for each subsequent year of your full time study regardless of the length of your programme. This information applies to new overseas undergraduate entrants in 2020 only.

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.

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, UK Government support, in the form of loans, is available to UK and some EU students. Some overseas governments also offer funding.

Further information on tuition fees, cost of living, loans and scholarships.

Accreditations

  • The qualifying law degree (QLD) is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.
  • Accredited by the Bar Standards Board for the purpose of a qualifying law degree.

UNISTATS data

Every undergraduate programme of more than one year duration will have UNISTATS data. The data allows you to compare 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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