SOAS University of London

School of Law

LLB Single Honours (2018 entry)

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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.

The SOAS Law 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.


  • 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

Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

Find out more on our Law department page.

Applicants who already hold a Level 6 qualification (or equivalent) may be eligible to apply for entry onto the Senior Status LLB, a two year QLD. For more information please visit our Senior Status LLB page.

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

  • We welcome applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds with non-standard qualifications (including the Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT). Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination with A Levels will be required to take the 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 LNAT.
A Levels:
37 (6/6/6)

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Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction (with LNAT)

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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3 years



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.

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.

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 155200073 30 Full Year
Law of Tort 155200072 30 Full Year
Property II 155200075 15 Term 1
Introduction to EU Law 155200069 15 Term 2


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
Guided Options


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
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Africa 155200033 30 Full Year
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Chinese Law 155200055 30
Asylum and Immigration Law 155200077 30 Full Year
Introduction to Global Commodities Law 155200080 15 Term 2
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
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
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project on a Selected Legal topic 155200041 30 Full Year
Company Law 155200053 30 Full Year
Chinese Law 155200055 30
Intellectual Property Law 155200059 30 Full Year
Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets 155200060 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
Introduction to Global Commodities Law 155200080 15 Term 2
Foundations of Human Rights Law 155200082 15 Term 2
Public International Law 155200083 15 Term 1
Copyright Law 155200084 15 Term 1
Environmental Law in Action: Comparative and Domestic Perspectives 155200088 15 Term 2
International Environmental Law 155200089 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.

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).

Learning Resources

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.


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 the academic stage of legal training.

Skills gained include:

  • specialist knowledge of comparative law, human rights, environmental law and international law
  • the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
  • analytical skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to formulate sound arguments
  • ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
  • communication and presentation skills

SOAS Law graduates have gone on to pursue careers directly related to law, or used their skills and expertise to take up professional and management careers in both the private and public sectors.  The Law degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Find out more about Law Graduate Destinations

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

  • Allen & Overy
  • Clifford Chance
  • Baker McKenzie
  • United Nations
  • Linklaters
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Gibson Young Solicitors
  • Liberty UK
  • Slaughter and May
  • CMS Cameron McKenna

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Finance Manager
  • Legal Researcher
  • Paralegal
  • Financial Analyst
  • Procurement Manager
  • Tax Consultant
  • Business Developer
  • Recruitment Consultant

A Student's Perspective

SOAS offers a range of law modules rarely seen at other institutions, this played a significant part in my decision to make SOAS my first choice of university ... It is my belief that these are the modules that set SOAS graduates apart from the graduates of other universities.

Jessica Davies

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