Law with a Modern Language

LLB, 4 years

This is for you if... you want to appeal to multi-national law firms, where having language skills, knowledge of another legal system and the experience of having lived abroad can be a distinct advantage.

Course Description

It has never been more useful, in terms of both intellect and employability, to understand more than one language. As many leading law firms have branches in other countries, having language skills and the experience of having lived abroad can give a distinct competitive advantage when beginning your legal career.

Your learning will be divided equally between law and your chosen modern language. Law modules will cover the essential areas of the profession while your languages education will advance your spoken, written and cultural understanding.

You can choose French, Italian or Spanish - all of which can be taken at either beginner or advanced level. Your language studies will be supported by the excellent facilities for modern language students, including state-of-the-art language labs, a dedicated Modern Languages Study Centre, a film theatre, TV and internet resources.

Key Facts
Typical offer
AAB
UCAS code
M2R9
Start date
September 2017
Department
Law, Modern Languages
Contact

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

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5187
law@le.ac.uk

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

We are ranked 8th for Modern Languages by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will be introduced to the core elements of law and begin studying the cultural and linguistic aspects of your chosen language.

Core modules

  • Analysing the English Legal System
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Law, Justice and Society
  • Modern Language modules – your chosen language at Beginner or Advanced level

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

You will advance your language skills while broadening your scope of law to include Criminal Law, European Law and the Law of Tort

Core modules

  • Criminal Law
  • EU Law
  • The Law of Tort
  • Modern Languages modules – your chosen language at post-beginner or post-advanced level

Option modules

Please note: the list of option modules you can choose from is largely the same for Year 2 and your final year. 

Choose one option module from:

  • Caring and the Law
  • Company Law
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Criminology
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Immigration Law
  • Inheritance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence (Philosophy of Law)
  • Law and Gender
  • Law and Political Theory
  • Law of Evidence
  • Medical Law
  • Mental Health 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 Abroad

Year Abroad

The Year Abroad is a fundamental element of our Law with a Modern Language degree, giving you the chance to study in a country related to your course.

Studying abroad is central to what makes our graduates stand out. You will acquire life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. You will have the chance to perfect your spoken and written language and engage with new societies, whist all the time building your independence and becoming more employable. Whether you go on to work in the legal sector, private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

We have links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

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.

Final Year

Final Year

Core modules

Option modules

Please note: the list of option modules you can choose from is largely the same for Year 2 and your final year. 

Choose one option module from:

Or two option modules from:

  • Caring and the Law
  • Inheritance Law
  • Law and Gender
  • Mental Health 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.

Teaching and Assessment

Law

Your Law teaching will consist mainly of lectures and small group tutorials, with introductory subjects being workshop based. You will also engage in independent study. After completing the required reading, you have an opportunity to discuss the subject in more depth within a tutorial. Here you can debate the issues raised in the lectures with your tutor and other students, which may involve activities such as pair/group work, student presentations and debates. The tutorial is a good way to deepen understanding of the subject, as well as bringing it to life through critical reflection on the content of the law.

There are usually no more than eight students in each tutorial so you will benefit from having the opportunity to participate fully and to have your voice heard. You will have the chance to discuss your courses in depth with your tutor and to raise any questions that you might have. 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.

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, unseen exams and MCQs (multiple choice questions).

Modern Languages

You will benefit from small group teaching led by mostly native speakers in your modern languages studies. We strongly believe in the importance of communicative ability as well as linguistic accuracy and our teaching reflects the value we place in language skills.

We have an excellent range of facilities to enhance your learning, including our virtual learning environment where you can access online tutorials and exercises to learn interactively.

Assessment involves a combination of continuous assessment, seminar presentations, essays, and formal exams.

Entry Requirements

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

  • A/AS-Levels: AAB at A-Level. Applicants who choose to study a language at Advanced Level should have an A-Level in that language (French, Spanish or Italian). Applicants who choose to study at Beginner’s level should have an A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language. General Studies is accepted.
  • GCSE: English Language at Grade C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at distinction. Applicants who choose to study a language at Advanced Level should also have A-Level (or equivalent) in that language (French, Spanish or Italian). Applicants who choose to study at Beginner’s level should have an A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 33 points. Applicants who choose to study a language at Advanced Level should have grade 6 Higher Level in that language (French, Spanish or Italian). Applicants who choose to study at Beginner’s level should have a Standard/Higher Level in a foreign language.
  • BTEC Nationals: D*D*D*. Applicants who choose to study at Advanced Level should have a strong GCSE background and an A-Level (or equivalent) in that language (French, Spanish or Italian). Applicants who choose to study at Beginner’s level should have an A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language.

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

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Leicester Law School.

Native speakers

If your native language is French, Italian or Spanish, and you wish to study this language at Leicester, you will normally be required, in the first year of study, to take English language modules in lieu of the foreign language modules in your native tongue. If you have native speaker fluency in both English and your chosen foreign language, you will normally be required to substitute content modules for the relevant language modules.


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

  • 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.)

    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

  • Starting in 2017

    • £14,740 per year

    Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,685 which is 25% 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.

Careers

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.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Law with a Modern Language LLB 4 years full-time M2R9 Apply Now
Course
Law with a Modern Language
Qualification
LLB
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
M2R9
Availability