SOAS University of London

School of Law

LLB Single Honours (2022 entry)

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Overview and entry requirments

The SOAS Law degree programme aims to produce highly skilled, civic minded and critically engaged graduates, who can effectively contribute to their communities and societies through the knowledge and skills gained on this course.

In an increasingly interconnected world, law is no longer the preserve of single jurisdictions as legal issues are no respecters of national borders. A SOAS Law degree addresses this need by providing our students with an educational experience that equips you with a distinctive set of skills far beyond what is offered by most traditional Law Schools.

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Why study Law at SOAS

  • UK Top 20 and World Top 200 for Law (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • Our research publications have been rated first in the UK - and our School of Law rated sixth in the UK - in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asian, Middle East and North African (MENA) and Sub-Saharan African regions
  • This programme will immerse you in the legal traditions and practices of a number of global regions, which will give you a critical understanding of the role of law in the world today
  • we specialise in key topics including international and transnational law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, comparative law and socio-legal method
  • in common with other law schools, the degree program will result in our students obtaining a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), allowing you to pursue a career in legal practice should you wish to do so
  • we are specialists in the delivery of more than forty African and Asian languages. Your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a regional language

Year 2 entry to the LLB

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

Applicants are generally required to meet our standard high school entrance requirements but 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 the personal statement and reference which must be from the current university. The personal stement should include the motivation for transferring.

Students on the University of London External Programme must pass all four papers of the Intermediate examination of the LLB degree. These papers must all be taken on one occasion, and candidates must obtain a total of at least 200 marks overall. Candidates who meet this criterion are not guaranteed admission to the School, as the School considers the whole UCAS application, not just examination results.


Programme Code: M100 LLB

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • A Levels:
    Contextualised offer:

    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 Law National Aptitude Test (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. SOAS accepts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, as well as mature applicants and those with non-standard qualifications. Among these applicants those with Access to Law qualifications and SOAS Intermediate Certificate Course students are preferred.

    Interview policy: We also encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications (including Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation courses) all of whom are required to take the LNAT. We also encourage students taking the SOAS Foundation Courses at IFCELS to apply. Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT.

    Please see our 'undergraduate entry reuirements' page for international and alternative entry requirements.

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3 years

Fees 2022/23

Fees for 2022/23 entrants per academic year

UK fees:
Overseas fees:

Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.




Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Year 1

In Year 1 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 principles and practice from other countries.

Year 2 and 3

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.

Year 1

Students must pass all modules in Year 1 to progress to Year 2

Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Law and Legal Processes 155200070 0 Term 1
Criminal Law 155200068 30 Full Year
Contract Law 155200071 30 Full Year
Property I 155200074 30 Full Year
Public Law 155200076 30 Full Year
Year 2
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Legal Systems of Asia and Africa I 155800101 15
Law of Tort 155200072 30 Full Year
Property II 155200075 15 Term 1


Choose modules from the List of Year 2 Guided Option Modules below to the value of 30 credits


Choose modules from the List of Year 2 Guided Option Modules below OR Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

Year 3
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Legal Systems of Asia and Africa II 155800102 15
Introduction to EU Law 155200069 15 Term 2


Choose modules from the List of Year 3 Guided Option Modules below to the value of 60 credits


Choose modules from the List of Year 3 Guided Option Modules below OR choose Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
List of Year 2 Guided Option Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Foundations of Human Rights Law 155200082 15 Term 2
Public International Law 155200083 15 Term 1
Environmental Law in Action: Comparative and Domestic Perspectives 155200088 15 Term 2
International Environmental Law 155200089 15 Term 1
Law and Justice in Contemporary China 155200096 15 Term 1
Criminal Justice, Race and Rights 155800098 15 Term 2
List of Year 3 Guided Option Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Family Law 155200006 30 Full Year
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Africa 155200033 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project on a Selected Legal topic 155200041 30 Full Year
Company Law 155200053 30 Full Year
Advanced Comparative Administrative Law 155200061 30 Full Year
Commercial Law in a Global Context 155200062 30 Full Year
Law, Multiculturalism and Rights 155200064 30 Full Year
Law of Commercial Arbitration 155200066 15 Term 1
Alternative Dispute Resolution 155200067 15 Term 1
Asylum and Immigration Law 155200077 30 Full Year
Law, Terror and State Power 155200091 15 Term 2
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Public International Law 155200083 15 Term 1
Environmental Law in Action: Comparative and Domestic Perspectives 155200088 15 Term 2
International Environmental Law 155200089 15 Term 1
Law and Justice in Contemporary China 155200096 15 Term 1
Law and the Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery, and Post-Slavery 155200097 15 Term 2
Copyright Law 155200084 15 Term 1
UoL Options

Note: Students may take up to one 30 credit level 5 or level 6 LLB module in Law taught at another University of London Law School - King’s College, LSE, QMUL, UCL and Birkbeck - subject to approval and provided that a similar module is not taught at SOAS.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually two hours lecture and one hour tutorial a week. Sometimes, one follows the other in a three-hour bloc. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.

Tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.

Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and final year  modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion.

Contact hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the Department of Law, many undergraduate modules have a weekly two hour lecture or seminar. Some modules may also had an additional hour of smaller group classes weekly or fortnightly.  

More information is on the page for each module.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

This can be taken by final-year students only. Like the Special Subject dissertation, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It involves no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

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SOAS Law graduates leave SOAS as civic minded and critically engaged individuals who can effectively contribute to their communities and societies. With a thorough understanding of the legal dimensions underlying many of our global challenges today, our Law students are valued by employers due to their analytical skills, specialist knowledge, and global perspective

Recent SOAS Law graduates have been hired by:
  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker McKenzie
  • BLM Law
  • BloombergNEF
  • British Medical Association
  • Clifford Chance
  • DAC Beachcroft LLP
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • EY
  • Gibson Young Solicitors
  • HM Treasury
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Legal Cheek
  • Linklaters
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • PwC LLP
  • Simpson Millar Solicitors
  • Slaughter and May
  • The Economist
  • Travers Smith
  • United Nations
  • Vodafone
  • World Cancer Research Fund

A Student's Perspective

From a personal experience, I can confirm that today’s employers become extremely impressed with you if you have a law degree from SOAS, as it provides you with the necessary intellect needed for today’s globalised world.

Hirra Hayat


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