About

The Undergraduate Laws Programme

At the University of London students can study for an LLB degree of international standing as an independent or locally supported learner. This distance learning programme has provided the first step on a career route for many thousands of practising lawyers worldwide. Students who graduate will develop a critical awareness of the common law legal tradition and be able to apply analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of legal and non-legal settings. They will also enhance key skills of communication, information literacy, analysis and argument. If you intend to practise as a lawyer, barrister or solicitor, we strongly recommend that you check on the requirements of the professional body in the jurisdiction in which you wish to practise before committing yourself to the degree.

In a world where degree providers are proliferating, the University of London Bachelor of Laws offers the security of an internationally recognised ‘gold standard’ established for over 100 years. The University of London was the first to offer a degree in English Law, in the 1890s. Upon graduation students join a distinguished group of solicitors, barristers and judges around the world who began their careers by obtaining their law degree through the University of London International Programmes. The academic direction of the LLB and CertHE Common Law is provided by a Consortium of outstanding University of London Law Schools: Birkbeck, King’s, LSE, Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL. Four of these Colleges (UCL, King’s, LSE, and Queen Mary) are ranked in the top 50 worldwide for law, and all are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for law (QS World Rankings 2016).

Programme aims and values

The Laws Programme is committed to:

  • Promoting independent learning. We support you in developing your capacity to manage your own learning.
  • Providing a wealth of resources. With our Online Library and Laws Virtual Learning Environment, you have a resource-rich learning environment in which to develop your legal research skills.
  • Offering expert guidance in law. Our study materials are informed by current research and scholarship and engage with contemporary legal issues. Students are offered the opportunity not only to know the law but to understand it.
  • Developing ‘transferable’ intellectual skills. You have many opportunities to develop analytical and problem-solving skills and learn how to construct arguments.
  • Enabling you to develop critical awareness. Learn how to stand back and consider the ‘bigger picture’, develop an awareness of the context of law, nationally and globally.
  • Understanding the language of law. Learning how to use legal discourse is crucial for success. Being able to communicate effectively is a vital skill.

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