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School of Law

LLB Law Single Honours

Programme Code: M100 LLB Duration: 3 years

Overview

2015 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAA
  • IB: 37 (6/6/6)
  • BTEC: DDD
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 85%
  • French Bacc: 15/20
  • German Abitur: 1.5
  • Italy DES: 85/100
  • Austria Mat: 1.5
  • Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

Subjects Preferred: No

Interview Policy: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for an interview.

The SOAS Law Degree will provide student’s with a unique educational experience and equip them with a distinctive set of skills. In common with other law schools, the degree program will result in our students obtain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), allowing them to pursue a career in legal practice should they wish to do so. But more than this, the SOAS law degree will immerse our students in the legal traditions and practices of a number of jurisdictions, and provide them with a critical understanding of the role of law in the world today.

The School of Law at SOAS is one of the most highly-regarded law departments in the UK for the quality of both its teaching and research. In 2014 the Guardian University Guide placed SOAS within the top 10 Law Schools in the UK, whilst in that year’s Research Excellence Framework exercise nearly three-quarters of our research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The School of Law also came within the top five  Law Departments in the country  as regards the proportion of ‘world-leading’ publications. In addition to expertise in English Law, the School of Law has an unrivalled concentration of specialists in the laws of Asian and African countries, with additional areas of expertise in comparative law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, international law and socio-legal method. Lecturers in the Department maintain close links with professional practice and frequently have first-hand knowledge of the latest developments in business, government and international organisations.

While providing our students with a solid grounding in key legal principles and methodologies, we seek to do more than that. The SOAS Law Degree aims at producing highly skilled, civic minded and critically engaged graduates, who can contribute to their communities and societies in myriad ways. In the first year our students are introduced to the core elements and principles of the English legal system, and provided with the key analytical skills necessary for undertaking a demanding law degree program. During this first year students will also be introduced to elements of legal principle and practice from other countries.

However, in the second and third years our students will be even more fully immersed in the distinctively SOAS program. Our students can choose from a wide array of optional courses that draw on the unique research expertise of our staff. The emphasis we place on choice, and research-led teaching, will allow our students to pursue a number of distinct specialisms as their degree progresses, but whichever path they choose to focus on the courses they study will all be imbued with that distinctive SOAS dimension, that stresses critical engagement and understanding of the role of law in the world at large. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, the SOAS law degree truly responds to the needs of a new generation of law students.

Transfers from other universities

We will consider applications for transfer direct to the second year of the LLB from students who are currently studying the first year of LLB programmes at other English or Welsh universities or within the University of London International Programme. These applications must be made through UCAS.

Applicants are generally required to meet our standard school entrance requirements and be working at a 2.1 level in their current LLB studies; although those working at a good 2.2 level may also be considered in appropriate circumstances. Each case will be considered by the admissions team on an individual basis taking into account all aspects of the application including personal statement and reference, which must, with the exception of applicants from the International Programme of the University of London, be provided by your current university.

National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

Applicants with standard qualifications (such as A levels, International Baccalaureate or other High School qualifications considered equivalent to A levels) are not required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT), but the School of Law will consider making lower offers (eg AAA, AAB, ABB or 37, 36, 35 in International Baccalaureate) to candidates who do so and perform promisingly in that Test.

We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications (including Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT.

Structure

All students take a total of 4 units per year.

First year courses are all compulsory. You must pass all 4 units to proceed to the second year and to gain exemption from the professional bodies. In the second year students take two compulsory courses and and any two subjects from the second year options including up to one course in another SOAS department.. In their Final Year students select any four subjects, chosen from the subjects listed as either second or third year options.
In addition finalists may be permitted to take an LLB course offered at one of the other University of London Law Schools (King's College, London School of Economics, Queen Mary, University College and Birkbeck College) and/or a course offered in another SOAS department.

We cannot guarantee to run every option each  whilst additional subjects may be available from time to time. Our options are subject to various conditions, including the availability of places on the course in question (for more detail see Regulation 7.2 of the LLB Regulations in the School Undergraduate Hand-book).

Year One
All courses are Core. Students must pass all four courses to progress to LLB Year 2. Any student who, after any September re-sit, only passes three courses will transfer automatically to BA Law Year 2 and will have a final chance to re-sit the failed exam, and rejoin the LLB, at the end of Year 2.
Year Two
Year Two Options
OR up to one Open Option course at Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced Course from another SOAS department.
Students must pass all their four courses to progress to LLB Year 3. Any student who, after any September re-sit, only passes three courses will transfer to BA Law Year 3 and will have a final chance to re-sit the failed exam, and graduate with an LLB, at the end of Year 3, provided s/he passes all five subjects in that sitting.
Year Three Options
The following courses may be taken in year 3 unless previously taken in year 2:
OR up to one Open Option course at intermediate or advanced course from another SOAS department.
A Student is required to pass 12 subjects over their three years to achieve an LLB (honours), 11 subject to achieve a BA (honours) in Law and 10 subjects to achieve a BA (ordinary) in Law.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

Course Information
Most law units are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars or tutorials; on average one 2-hour lecture a week and 1 tutorial each week. Where a course has relatively low numbers, it is likely that it will run entirely on a seminar basis. Students are expected to prepare for and contribute to classes.

Most law courses are examined by a combination of course work and written examination.

Third year students can also choose to write an Independent Study project on a selected legal topic supervised by one of the academic staff.

Special Features
The Departmental emphasis on Asian and African legal systems means that the SOAS LLB is unique in the comparative and international nature of much of its teaching, even in core English law subjects. All students undertake some study of African and Asian laws and are strongly encouraged to take specialised courses in the laws of selected geographical areas or countries in Africa and Asia as well as to study legal issues in a trans-national context. The growth of environmental law expertise in the School means that the School is now one of the major international Centres for the study of Environmental and Sustainable Developmental Law.

Destinations

The wide-ranging courses at SOAS provide an excellent preparation for a variety of careers. Some choose large commercial firms in the City where they have often found that the level of legal/linguistic expertise acquired at SOAS has led them to postings overseas. Others have preferred smaller firms with a substantial legal aid practice where they can become involved with social issues covered in their studies such as access to justice and ethnic minorities and the law. SOAS law graduates can also be found at the Bar and Crown Prosecution Service; Supranational, national and local government; International organisations, NGOs and Charities, Acadame, Politics, and in the Private and Public sector generally. Since many employers place a high value on the unique combination of rigor and feasibility that legal training engenders, graduates are well placed to embark on careers in academia, journalism, management, consultancy, banking, development programmes and so on.

The SOAS LLB is recognised by the Law Society and the Bar in England & Wales as a Qualifying Law Degree for the purpose of completion of  the academic stage of legal training.  However it is the responsibility of students intending to seek exemption from the academic stage of legal training to satisfy themselves that their qualifications will meet the requirements of the professional bodies.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Allen & Overy LLP
Awan Raza Law Firm
Clyde & Co LLP
China Merchant Bank New York
Clifford Chance
Ernst & Young
Eversheds
Financial Ombudsman Service
Freshfields
Garden Court Chambers
Garvey Schubert Barer
Hogan Lovells
House of Commons
Law Commission
Ministry of Justice
PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal
Quilliam Foundation
Sankota World Unlimited
Shalakany Law Office
Slaughter and May
Unilever
World Food Programme
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Solicitor
Business Development Representative
Financial Analyst
Company Secretary
Tax Adviser
Head of International Relations Department
Adjudicator
Barrister
Paralegal
Member of Parliament
Assistant Consultant
Legal Manager
LLM Candidate
In-House Lawyer
PhD candidate
Temporary Junior Legal Counsel
Legal Associate
Programme Officer, Climate & Disaster
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Never, have I heard or seen the world so at peace, I mean only at SOAS will you see at one and the same time debates and events in support of both Israel and Palestine happening side by side harmoniously.

Rehana Ahmed