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School of Law

LLB Law Single Honours

Programme Code: M100 LLB Duration: 3 years


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2015 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: A*AA
  • IB: 37 (6/6/6)
  • 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: 80%

Subjects Preferred: No

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

Who is this programme for?:

The LLB is a single-subject qualifying law degree, usually chosen by those wishing to pursue a career in law.

The Law Department at SOAS is one of the most highly-regarded law departments in the UK for the quality of  both its teaching and research. The Department has an unrivalled concentration of specialists in the laws of Asian and African countries, with additional areas of expertise in the areas of 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. Each year, the Department attracts a number of distinguished lawyers as Research Fellows or Visiting Instructors. A thriving research community includes the East Asian Law Centre; the Group for Ethnic Minority Studies (GEMS), the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) and the South East Asian Legal Studies Group. The Department also has close links with the internationally-renowned Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and the Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden University, with which it publishes the London-Leiden Series on Law, Administration and Development.
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 by those who have taken the LNAT test and performed well and/or are working towards at least 2.1 level in their current LLB studies may also be considered. 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 come from the 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.


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 optional list. In their third Year students select any four subjects, chosen from the subjects listed as second–year options plus year three options.
In addition a third year student may be permitted to take either or both an LLB course not offered at SOAS which is 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.

Note: not all of the optional subjects will be available in any one year. In some years, the number of optional subjects may, for various reasons, be substantially reduced. Additional subjects may be available from time to time: if this is the case, students will be notified as early as possible.

These options are subject to various conditions, including the availability of places on the course in question and the approval of the Head of the School of Law (for more detail see Regulation 7.2 of the LLB Regulations in the School Undergraduate Hand-book). Please note in particular that third-year students wishing to take any course designated as ‘introductory’ must obtain the consent of the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching).

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.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
Year Two
Year Two Options
OR an Open Option Course
Students must pass all their four courses to progress to LLB Year 3. Students who pass only three courses transfer to BA Law Year 3.
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 level
To be awarded BA Law with Honours, students must pass eleven courses including nine in Law. To be awarded LLB with Honours, students must pass twelve courses including ten 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 every two weeks. Where a course has relatively low numbers, it is likely that it will run entirely on a seminar basis. However, given the relatively small size of the total student intake, all courses will involve a degree of student participation. Students are expected to prepare for classes and to contribute to classes.

All law courses are examined by a 3-hour written examination at the end of the academic year. In addition, students are expected to submit coursework during the year, and 20% of student assessment is based on coursework.

Third year students can choose to write an Independent Study project on a selected legal topic instead of sitting an exam in a taught course.

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 Department means that the Department is now one of the major international centres for the study of environmental and sustainable developmental law .

Although the Department has expanded considerably in the last decade, numbers remain relatively small.


The wide-ranging courses at SOAS provide an excellent preparation for a variety of careers. Many of our graduates go on to become solicitors and we have a co-operation agreement with the College of Law which guarantees places in the Legal practice course for SOAS graduates of a satisfactory standard. Our graduates have been consistently successful in the competition for articles. 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; working overseas or in central or local government; teaching or in the Crown Prosecution service. 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. Exemption from the academic stage of legal training The SOAS LLB is normally recognised by the Law Society and the Bar for the purpose of completion of legal training. Those bodies may have requirements for recognition over and above the School's criteria for the award of the degree. 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
Ernst & Young
Financial Ombudsman Service
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
World Food Programme
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Trainee Solicitor
Business Development Representative
Financial Analyst
Company Secretary
Tax Adviser
Head of International Relations Department
Legal Assistant
Member of Parliament
Assistant Consultant
Legal Manager
LLM Candidate
In-House Lawyer
PhD candidate
Temporary Junior Legal Counsel
Legal Associate
Programme Officer, Climate & Disaster Risk Solution

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