Introduction to the LLB and LSE Law
The LLB programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science is a leading undergraduate law degree, delivered at one of the world's top law schools. In the 2021 QS World University rankings for Law and Legal Studies, LSE Law was ranked 6th (out of 300 worldwide), and 1st in London. The LSE law student body is one of the most cosmopolitan in the world with over 60% international students. You will therefore be joining a cosmopolitan, elite and highly employable band of students should you join the LSE LLB student body.
At LSE, 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.
LSE Law School is the UK's leading legal research institution being ranked the No.1 department in the UK for quality of legal research in both the 2008 and 2014 research assessment exercises. This means that students benefit from being immersed in an environment where academics not only have extraordinary levels of knowledge to impart, but also actively contribute to the development of law, exploring how the law can provide solutions to issues of contemporary significance. However, you shouldn’t assume that because our staff are leading researchers you will be taught by part-time teachers; the vast majority of your teaching on the LLB will be done by permanent members of staff.
The identity of LSE Law School is inextricably linked to its geographical location in the heart of UK legal life. Our campus is adjacent to both the Royal Court of Justice and Lincoln's Inn, one of the four Inns of Court of which all barristers must be members. All four Inns are within a ten-minute walk of our campus. Also within close proximity are the offices of some of London’s most prominent solicitors. Students are immersed in the legal community from the very start of their degree, with the LLB welcome reception being held at one of the Inns of Court.
The objectives of the LLB degree are:
- to equip students with a sound understanding of the foundations of legal knowledge, enabling them to obtain exemption from the common professional examination
- to offer students the opportunity to study law from an extensive catalogue of optional subjects, covering the broad range of legal knowledge
- to develop students' analytical and research skills, equipping them with the generic skills they will need in their future careers, whether legal or not
- to expose students to a wide range of disciplinary approaches to legal study, encouraging them to reflect on the complexity of legal practice and of the variety of ways of understanding law's role in contemporary society#
Year one (compulsory courses)
The first year of the LLB is known as the Intermediate year and consists of five compulsory courses:
LL104 Law of Obligations
LL105 Property I
LL106 Public Law
LL108 Criminal Law
LL109 Introduction to the Legal System
Years two and three (course options)
The second and third years of the degree are known as Part I and Part II. In the second year students choose four courses from our list of course options. In the third year students choose three more options and take one compulsory course in Jurisprudence.
The LLB at LSE offers a wide range of optional courses for students to choose from. Students who wish their LLB to count as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) will need to choose Property II, and Law and Institutions of the European Union, as two of their options. These courses, together with the compulsory first year courses, fulfil the academic requirements of the QLD, allowing students to proceed on to the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.
We strongly recommend that all students take the courses necessary to achieve a QLD even if it is not currently their plan to practice in England and Wales. Often graduates’ circumstances change and having a QLD provides flexibility when considering career options in the future.
Full information about courses and the course selection process in years two and three can be found in the Law Undergraduate Options Book 2022-23.
The delivery of teaching and learning on the LLB complements the degree’s aims and content. Large courses are taught through a combination of lectures and small classes. Classes are more interactive and involve groups of around 15 students in discussion with either a member of academic staff or a research student about particular aspects of the material covered in the lecture.
Seminars are two-hour classes of up to 25 students. Sometimes these will involve small group discussions, or collective class discussions with a member of academic staff, while at other times seminars may consist of academic or student-led presentations. You can expect a challenging, thought-provoking and ultimately rewarding experience.
Written work and other types of formative assessment are set for courses each term and marked by academics. Feedback is provided on those assessments.
Most summative assessment (i.e. assessment which contributes to your final degree result) takes the form of an exam in the summer term. The exams will normally require the writing of essays or answers to legal problems.
A number of prizes are awarded for the best performances in particular subjects and overall.
For further information, please contact Undergraduate Admissions