SOAS University of London

School of Law

LLB Law Single Honours

3 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • The School looks for high motivation, good communication skills, and an interest in Asia and/or Africa as well as Law. Students are taken from a wide variety of backgrounds, and mature applicants and those with qualifications other than A-levels or International Baccalaureate are encouraged to apply. Among these applicants those with Access to Law qualifications and SOAS Intermediate Certificate Course students are preferred.
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview.
A Levels:
37 (6/6/6)

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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

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Programme Code: M100 LLB

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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 degrees 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.

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 to produce 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.

The degree provides students with a wide range of analytical and transferable skills and is suitable for any profession in which a non-specialised degree is required. The degree structure provides students with a qualifying law degree for the purposes of both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board and exempts students from academic stage of legal training.

Preferred Subjects

You should ensure that you are taking at least two A levels from the list of preferred subjects (given below). We are happy to accept any subject (including General Studies) as the third A level you offer, provided the other two subjects appear on the approved list. If you are not able to offer two preferred subjects, you should contact the Admissions Office to ascertain whether you can still be considered for admission.

Foreign languages

The A level should be in a language that is foreign to you and should not be in your first language. You should indicate in your personal statement (on your UCAS application) that the foreign language A level you are studying is not your first language.

Preferred A levels:

Ancient History, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Bengali, Biblical Hebrew, Biology, Biology (Salters-Nuffield), Biology (Human), Biology B, Business, Chemistry, Chemistry (Nuffield), Chemistry (Salters), Chinese, Classical Civilisation, Classical Greek, Computer Science, Drama (WJEC specification), Drama and Theatre Studies, Dutch, Economics, Economics B, Economics and Business, Economics and Business Studies (Nuffield), English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature (specifications A or B where applicable), Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, French, Geography A, Geography B, Geology, German, Government and Politics, Gujarati, History, History of Art, History of Art and Design, Information and Communication Technology, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Law, Mathematics, Mathematics (MEI), Further Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Music, Panjabi, Persian, Philosophy, Physics, Physics (Advancing Physics), Physics (Salters-Horners), Polish, Portuguese, Psychology, Psychology A, Psychology B, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh, & Welsh (Second Language).

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.

Key Information Set Data


The LLB is assessed over three years through a combination of unseen exams, essays and other projects. Most modules will have a combination of an end of year exam and an essay, where the balance will ordinarily be 80/20, but this does vary depending on the module.

The availability of optional/elective courses may vary in a given academic session due to factors such as staff absence and student numbers. For an up to date list of courses running in a given academic session please refer to the degree structures as listed on the SOAS website for the degree programmes taught by each Department.

Year One

Students must take five compulsory modules, all core/compulsory full-unit modules.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Law and Legal Processes 155200070 0 Unit Term 1
Criminal Law 155200068 1 Unit Full Year
Contract Law 155200071 1 Unit Full Year
Common Law, Equitable and Comparative Property 1: Property Interests 155200074 1 Unit Full Year
Public Law 155200076 1 Unit Full Year
Year Two

Students must take two core/compulsory full-unit modules, two core/compulsory half-unit modules and one full-unit option (either a law module or open option).

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Legal Systems of Asia and Africa 155200073 Unit
Law of Tort 155200072 Unit
Introduction to EU Law 155200069 0.5 Unit Term 2
Common Law, Equitable & Comparative Property 2: Proprietary Relationships 155200075 Unit
A module from Option list below 1 Unit
Year Three

Students must take four optional modules from the Option list below including (if permitted) an Independent Study Project. Students may also choose to do a final year module offered at one of the other University of London Law Schools: King’s College, UCL, Birkbeck, QM and LSE, and/or another SOAS open option module.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
A module from Option list below 1 Unit
A module from Option list below 1 Unit
A module from Option list below 1 Unit
A module from Option list below 1 Unit
Year Two or Three Option List
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Advanced Administrative Law 155200061 1 Unit Full Year
Asylum and Immigration Law 155200077 1 Unit
Chinese Law 155200055 1 Unit Full Year
Commercial Law 155200062 1 Unit Full Year
Company Law 155200053 1 Unit Full Year
Alternative Dispute Resolution 155200067 0.5 Unit Full Year
Family Law 155200006 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project on a Selected Legal topic 155200041 1 Unit Full Year
Intellectual Property Law 155200059 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Global Commodities 155200080 0.5 Unit
Islamic Law 155200037 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Development 155200030 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Nature 155200081 0.5 Unit Term 1
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Society in Africa 155200033 1 Unit Full Year
Law of Commerical Arbitration 155200066 0.5 Unit Full Year
Law of Islamic Finance 155200060 1 Unit Full Year
Public International Law 155200025 1 Unit Full Year


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Module 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 module 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 modules are examined by a combination of module work and written examination.

Final year students may, with permission, undertake an Independent Study Project, requiring the submission of a 10,000 word essay.

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 modules 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.

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The wide-ranging modules 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
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:
Business Development Representative
Financial Analyst
Company Secretary
Tax Adviser
Head of International Relations Department
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


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