English and French Law LLB, Maîtrise, 4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

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.

Typical offer
AAB
UCAS code
M120
Department
Law

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 229 7764
law@le.ac.uk

Leicester Law School website

Course description

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 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. 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.

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/AS-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.

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 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.

Countries list

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): Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were £15,405 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

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. 

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

You will learn about different elements of the English legal system and begin to develop your legal reasoning through your study of three of the seven foundation subjects.

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.

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?

Leicester Law School is ranked fourth for graduate employability in England. (Guardian League table 2018)

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.

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

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.

Law at Leicester

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

Teaching and learning

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.

Apply now

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