Law with a Modern Language LLB, 4 years

Start date:

2020

Understanding the law can take you places. Understanding another language can take you all over the world. In this degree, you’ll divide your time equally between law and your chosen language, making you a top candidate for multinational firms.

Typical offer
AAB
UCAS code
M2R9
Department
Leicester Law School, Modern Languages

Admissions enquiries
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Course description

Course description

It has never been more useful to understand more than one language. As many leading law firms have branches in several countries, your language skills and the experience of having lived abroad will give you a competitive edge when beginning your legal career.

The Law with a Modern Language LLB will divide your learning between law and your chosen modern language. Law modules will cover the fundamentals of the English legal system while your languages education will advance your spoken, written and cultural understanding. This is a joint honours course, in which Law modules make up 75% of the content, with Modern Languages modules accounting for the other 25%.

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.

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Entry requirements

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.

Language: To study your chosen language (French, Spanish or Italian) at Advanced level within this degree you will need an A-level in that language. To study at Beginners level you will need a language A-level (or equivalent) but it doesn't have to be in that particular language.

  • A-levels: AAB at A-level. General Studies accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB + EPQ at grade B
  • GCSE: English Language at Grade C/4 or above
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 33 points. Plus grade 4 in SL English if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: D*D*D with a strong GCSE background.

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.

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 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.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

Tuition fees for 2020/21 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2019/20 were:

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2020

  • £16,825 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,206.25, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

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

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

Core 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

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

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 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 Study Abroad Unit.

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 Erasmus+ scheme. 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:

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)

We were ranked 7th in the UK for modern language teaching in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

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.

Law at Leicester

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

Teaching and learning

Law

Teaching 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 8 or 9 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.

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.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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