English and French Law

LLB, Maitrise, 4 years

This is for you if... you are bilingual and want a law degree that provides the perfect foundation for working either for European bodies or law firms with cross-border interests.

Course Description

As many leading law firms have branches in other countries or undertake cross-border work, having strong language skills and qualifying law degrees in two legal systems can give you a distinct competitive advantage when beginning your legal career.

This course is designed for bilingual students. It is run jointly by the University of Leicester and the Université de Strasbourg

The first two years of your course will be spent here in Leicester, leading to the award of the LLB degree (conferred at the end of your time in Strasbourg). You will then move to the Université de Strasbourg. Successful completion of the programme there culminates in the award of a Maîtrise en droit mention “droits français et anglais”. You will also gain a specialisation in private, corporate, or public European law.

When you graduate you will be awarded with two qualifying law degrees: LLB and Maîtrise. These qualifications will reflect your competence in English, French, and European law. The Maîtrise is similar to the LLB in that it qualifies you for the professional examinations in France.

Your bilingualism and proficiency in multiple legal systems will make you a perfect candidate for European bodies, such as the Council for Europe or European Parliament, and law firms with cross-border interests.

Key Facts
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Start date
September 2017

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Why Leicester?

Our dedicated law reference library is a traditional wood-panelled room with quiet study spaces and additional copies of the main law reports, statutes and journals.

You can gain meaningful work experience during your degree with the Legal Advice Clinic, which lets you work closely with a supervising solicitor and barrister.

The Leicester Law School was ranked fifth for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2015.

The Student Law Society is a large and dynamic body which organises  debating, mooting, negotiating and client interviewing opportunities as well as social activities.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will study elements of the English legal system and legal reasoning, as well as three of the seven foundation subjects (contracts, torts, and constitutional and administrative law).


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year, you will build on your knowledge by studying the four remaining foundation subjects (land law, criminal law, European Union law, and equity and trusts).


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

You will spend your third year at the University of Strasbourg.

You will take licence examinations in the following four areas:

  • Droit administratif
  • Droit civil
  • Droit commercial
  • Droit public/constitutionnel

You will then select two option modules in the areas of French law that most interest you. Details of option modules available will be provided by the University of Strasbourg.

During your time in Strasbourg you will have the chance to find a work placement in one of the European institutions located in Strasbourg, assisted by staff in the University of Strasbourg.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 4

Year 4

You will continue your fourth year studies at the Université de Strasbourg, where you will undertake Maîtrise examinations with the option of specialising in private, corporate, or public European Law to obtain one of the three following maîtrises:

  • Droit européen dominante privée
  • Droit européen dominante publique
  • Droit européen des affaires

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching consists mainly of lectures and small group tutorials, with introductory subjects being workshop based. You will also engage in independent study.

In the tutorials, you will engage with the lecture subjects in depth and learn through pair/group work, student presentations, and debates. The tutorial is a good way to deepen your understanding of a subject, which will be brought to life through critical reflection on the content of the law. There are usually no more than eight students in each tutorial, giving you an opportunity to participate fully and have your voice heard. As the groups are small, you will get to know your tutors well during your studies.

With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours a week whilst studying with us. The Law degree is research based, so you will spend lots of time engaged in self study or working in study groups.

We use web-based and electronic course materials to supplement traditional teaching methods and support student learning. There is easy access to computers both in the Law School itself and in the David Wilson Library next to the School. You will be able to access information about your courses and tutorials electronically.

Assessment methods include assessed essays and exams.

NB. The above applies only to the two years spent in Leicester.

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Entry Requirements

No LNAT required - Unlike some universities, at Leicester we do not require you to have taken the National Admissions Test for Law. We are not convinced that LNAT scores provide any information we cannot get from your exam grades and school report.

  • A/AS-levels: AAB including French. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSE: English language at Grade C or above.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 33, including 6 in Higher Level French.
  • French Baccalaureate: 15 overall with at least 13 in English
  • French International Option Baccalaureate: 14 overall with at least 12 in English.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry is not permitted.

Selection Process

You will be required to complete an interview for this course. You will be assessed for language capabilities as well as your passion for the subject of law.

If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Leicester Law School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000.

    Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

  • Starting in 2017

    • £14,740 per year
    • If you take a Year Abroad, your fee will be £2,211 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

    If you are a resident of Canada or have Canadian nationality, you may be eligible for our Canadian Excellence Scholarship or Canadian Entry Scholarship.

Career Opportunities

Two dedicated law careers tutors are on hand to discuss career options, upcoming opportunities and give advice about different firms.

Our Law Fair is held annually and attracts over 40 law firms and other graduate employers, as well as providers of the LPC, BPTC and LLM qualifications.

We host a wide range of external speakers every year, representing the whole legal profession.

You get the chance to develop your legal skills during the course:

  • The Legal Advice Clinic allows you to advise non-law students on legal issues (with support from academics and local solicitors).
  • The Miscarriages of Justice Project enables you to work on real-life potential miscarriages of justice, with a view to referring cases back to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
  • Your professional competencies can be enhanced by getting involved with the debating, client interviewing, negotiating and mooting activities, organised by the Student Law Society.

A law degree is also an excellent stepping stone to graduate roles in a wide variety of employment sectors. Many employers regard law graduates as well rounded with highly transferable skills like problem solving, constructing arguments, research and time management.

This programme is a qualifying law degree and so will prepare you for the next step towards becoming a legal professional. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales after graduation you will need to complete the LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) along with a training contract as a trainee solicitor or pupillage as a trainee barrister. Applicants wishing to become lawyers outside of England and Wales should consult the appropriate country’s legal statutory body to check the requirements. Information for Canadian applicants.


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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
English and French Law LLB Maitrise 4 years full-time M120 Apply Now
English and French Law
LLB Maitrise
4 years full-time

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