This 4-year LLB programme gives you the opportunity to gain a rigorous legal education and study law in another European country, broadening your horizons and boosting your employability. Designed to challenge and inspire future legal professionals, this course is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board in England and Wales. Having mastered the qualifying law degree subjects in your first 2 years, you'll spend your third year studying at one of our partner institutions in a European country. Most destinations offer modules taught in English. For others you can spend 2 years studying the language before you go. We currently have partners in Athens, Bergen, Bologna, Fribourg, Granada, Leuven, Lyon, Malta, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna. As well as gaining valuable insights into a different legal system, you'll develop the confidence and independence that comes from living in another country. You’ll return to Southampton for your final year, during which you'll take a number of optional modules and complete your dissertation. Our unique employability skills programme will ensure you consolidate what you learn through exceptional work experience and networking opportunities. As part of your degree, you can experience law in action by: • applying to shadow a senior member of the judiciary in the High Court or Court of Appeal. * working alongside legal professionals to advise students at the Law Clinic in housing, business and family law. • engaging with our academic research groups including the Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality and Law, and the Institute of Maritime Law. • honing your presentation skills on the Streetlaw programme and take part in a range of competitions to enhance your skills, including the Womble Bond Dickinson Team Building Challenge and regional, national and international mooting and negotiation competitions. • and studying modules outside of law you can broaden your knowledge with interdisciplinary study. You can forge even stronger links within our friendly community by joining a student-run society such as the Law Society, Inns of Court Society, Mooting Society, Lawyers without Borders and the Canadian Law Society. You will have access to excellent learning facilities to support your studies. These include superb library resources including comprehensive collections in all the main subject areas such as contract law, property law, maritime law, criminal justice and public law. You can also access European and international resources, all housed in the main University library. We provide anytime access to an extensive range of electronic resources such as Westlaw, Lexis and Lawtel. Practise your advocacy skills in our purpose-built moot room.
This is a full-time degree course taught over four years with a year of study at a European university in the third year. When you arrive, you will take part in a comprehensive induction exercise designed to help you get to know your fellow students and develop your teamwork skills in preparation for starting your first-year law studies. During years one and two, you will study compulsory modules that cover the ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ (such as criminal law, contract and land law) required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board in order to achieve a qualifying law degree. The first year also includes compulsory Legal Systems and Legal Skills modules, the former designed to build your understanding of the legal system and the latter to develop the key analytical skills that are essential to success in your studies and your future career. Your module choices increase as you progress through the course. In year one, you will choose one of two specially designed optional modules, Historical Development of the Common Law or Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law, which will help you put the law into a broader context of time and theory. In year two, you can choose two modules from a range that includes criminal justice, health care law, commercial, maritime, family, employment and data protection law. You can also opt to study a language in preparation for your year abroad, although some partner institutions offer tuition in English. In the final year, you will choose six optional modules from a range of 20 to 25 subjects. Topics include home ownership, youth justice, cybercrime law, insurance, maritime and commercial law, child support law, human rights and public international law, criminal justice, international trade and intellectual property law. You may choose to take an interdisciplinary module, depending on your interests, for example, in global challenges or social enterprise, or perhaps a language module. In addition to your six optional modules, you will take the compulsory Legal Research and Writing module, which further develops your independent research skills and culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation. You choose the research topic and complete your dissertation with support from your academic supervisor. For the most up to date information on modules, please visit our website [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/european-legal-studies-degree-llb#modules] European studies You will spend your third year at one of our Erasmus partner institutions, studying aspects of the legal system and substantive law of your chosen country. You will be required to take four modules or the equivalent in each semester. Current exchange destinations include: University of Athens, Greece Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy Université Paris-Sud II, France L’Université Lumiere Lyon II, France University of Malta, Malta University of Granada, Spain Katholieke Universitet Leuven, Belgium Université de Fribourg, Switzerland University of Vienna, Austria University of Bergen, Norway University of Oslo, Norway University of Stockholm, Sweden Your year abroad will: increase your personal confidence, opening up a wider range of career options, and broaden your life experience develop your knowledge of a different legal system, showing intellectual curiosity improve your language skills Our students return to their fourth-year studies with a more mature, independent outlook and greater confidence – qualities that will impress recruiters in today’s global job market
You will learn through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, and through independent study. Our inspiring academics use a range of teaching methods to enhance your learning experience, for example, highly interactive lectures that incorporate digital voting tools and social media. Group exercises, problem-solving tasks and case studies are also used to embed your knowledge and to apply it to real-world scenarios and current topics. Modules are assessed through exams and/or written assignments. Your dissertation also contributes to your final degree classification. You will receive feedback on your progress from your tutors and formative assessments will help you identify areas for improvement. Facilities You will have access to excellent learning facilities to support your studies. These include superb library resources including comprehensive collections in all the main subject areas such as contract law, property law, maritime law, criminal justice and public law. You can also access European and international resources, all housed in the main University library. We provide anytime access to an extensive range of electronic resources such as Westlaw, Lexis and Lawtel. Practise your advocacy skills in our purpose-built moot room.
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We welcome students with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate. LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) is not required. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications please contact the Faculty Admissions Team at [email protected]
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English language requirements
English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/language.page.
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|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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