English and French Law LLB, Maîtrise, 4 years

Start date:

2019
2020

This four-year bilingual course is a collaboration with the University of Strasbourg. You will graduate with two law degrees: a qualifying LLB and a Maîtrise en droit. You will also gain a specialisation in private, corporate, or public European law.

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Typical offer
AAB
UCAS code
M120
Department
Leicester Law School

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Course description

Course description

This well-established course is designed for bilingual students and is run jointly by the University of Leicester and the University of 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 for a further two years. 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. As many leading law firms have branches in other countries or undertake cross-border work, this course will give you a distinct competitive advantage when beginning your legal career.

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Entry requirements

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-levels: AAB including French. General Studies accepted. 
  • GCSE: English language at Grade C/4 or above.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 33 points including a minimum of 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level French. Plus grade 4 in SL English if not held at GCSE.
  • French Baccalaureate: 15 overall with at least 14 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 – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry is not permitted.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

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 6.5 including 6.0 in writing (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

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

Years 1 and 2 (Leicester): £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.

Years 3 and 4 (Strasbourg): Please see the University of Strasbourg site for details of their fees.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Years 1 and 2 (Leicester): £16,100 per year.

Years 3 and 4 (Strasbourg): Please see the University of Strasbourg site for details of their fees.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

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

If you are a resident of Malaysia or have Malaysian nationality, you may be eligible for a Scholarship.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Whether you're looking for a career in law or are not yet sure where your degree will take you, our dedicated team of Careers Tutors are here to help. With a huge array opportunities to take part in, you'll discover the range of paths available and find the one that's right for you. Along, the way, you'll develop a portfolio of professional skills and also learn what employers are looking for in applications and job interviews. 

Some of the careers initiatives within the School include:

  • Pro bono projects: Our student-led Pro Bono Group offers hundreds of volunteer roles across an extensive range of projects. Advise real clients in our Legal Advice Clinic or help the local community at the courts in Leicester. Or be part of something really different and carry out research to support vulnerable people on death row in the USA – we’re one of only two universities doing this.
  • Legal competitions: The Leicester University Law Society organise mooting, debating, client interviewing, negotiation and mediation competitions for you to develop key transferable skills. For aspiring barristers, we have a brand-new dedicated moot court room and compete in national mooting competitions.
  • Networking events: With strong links to local, regional and national law firms, we'll help you to get your foot in the door. Make connections at our annual law fair which attracts over 40 top law firms (including Magic Circle firms) and through our meet-and-greet sessions with successful graduates.
  • Workshops: Applying for jobs is a skill in itself and we’ll help you to succeed with tailored workshops on CV-writing, application advice and interview techniques.
  • Practice-focused assessments: We’ll teach you how to draft a letter to a client in your first year – an essential skill for any solicitor. 

Our courses satisfy the entry requirements for the LPC (Legal Practice Course) and BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). Applicants wishing to become lawyers outside of England and Wales should consult the appropriate country’s legal statutory body to check the requirements. 

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year, you will study the fundamentals of the English legal system and begin to develop your legal skills, learning how to think critically about the way the law operates. You will also study the three fundamental areas of contract, tort and constitutional and administrative law.

Modules

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, and we will support you with your forthcoming transition to studying French law at the University of Strasbourg.

Modules

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 University of 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.

Why Leicester?

Job prospects are excellent: 95% of our law students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (DLHE)

Our annual Law Fair attracts leading employers - last year all five Magic Circle firms visited Leicester to recruit our students.

You can gain practical legal skills through our Pro Bono Society. Working alongside legal professionals, you’ll advise clients on real-life cases in our Legal Advice Clinic and support the local community at Leicester County Court.

You will definitely want to join the Students' Union's Law Society, which won 'Best Law Society' at the Lawcareers.net awards in 2018. They host a whole range of competitions, networking events, careers workshops, trips and social events throughout the year.

Law at Leicester

Always accessible and willing to help, Lucie’s tutors were a valuable part of her degree.

Teaching and learning

Teaching at Leicester Law School is delivered in two main styles: lectures and small group tutorials. With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours each week.

Lectures will provide you with the framework for each subject, whereas your tutorials will be an opportunity for you to engage with the subjects in more depth. Tutorials are held in small groups of eight or nine students, enabling you to participate fully and have your voice heard. In these group sessions, you will discuss the answers to pre-set questions, developing your critical thinking skills and learning how to confidently articulate your arguments. As the groups are small, you will receive close attention from your tutors and get to know them well during your studies.

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/coursework, exams and multiple choice question papers. Professional legal writing - for example, writing a letter of advice to a client - is also built into our curriculum and you will start developing these practical skills from your very first year with us.

Independent learning

Outside of your teaching, you will continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, preparing for tutorials, working on individual and group assignments, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

Leicester Law School is made up of a vibrant international community of academics, many with leading reputations in their field. We have expertise in a broad range of areas across the legal spectrum and strongly believe in research-led teaching, which allows our modules to draw on the latest thinking and cutting-edge developments. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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

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