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M108 Law (4 years) Study Abroad in English (Full-Time)

Year Abroad - Melbourne - Stephanie Sandison
Spend a year abroad as part of your law studies

Why study this course?

  • You want to learn critical awareness of the role law can play in our modern society and develop an in-depth understanding of the technical and doctrinal aspects of the law.
  • You want to increase your international experience with a year abroad. Embrace different perspectives and challenge traditional ways of thinking to prepare for the demands of a global legal market and build your global network.
  • You want to study at one of the leading universities in the UK that pioneered a contextual approach to the study of law.
  • You want to develop sought-after legal, research, writing and independent learning skills. As well as debating and presentation skills gained through interactive and group-based learning.
  • You wish to study for a year at one of the excellent overseas universities we have links with, located in Utrecht and Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Budapest (Hungary), Rome (Italy), Berlin (Germany), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Melbourne, Australia

Hear from our students...

Joe Hing, Law with Study Abroad in English

We asked current Study Abroad student Joe to share his experience this year in light of the exceptional circumstances he has faced. It is great to see him remain so positive about his studies. Read his full review here.

Course description

Those choosing this course will follow the same programme as students on our three-year LLB course for your years spent at Warwick. You will spend your third year studying at one of our partner universities offering courses taught in English.

At Warwick Law School, you will gain valuable insights into the impact of economic, cultural and political change on law, legal judgments and statutes and consider how law affects life beyond the courtroom and the lawyer’s office.

Year 1

Core modules in your first year provide a thorough grounding in core legal skills such as Criminal Law.

Year 2

Choose from optional modules tailored to your academic interests, some of which can exempt you from professional law examinations.

Law options available to current students include: International Criminal Law; Comparative Human Rights; Refugee and Asylum Law; Shakespeare and the Law; and Law, Seas and Eco-Systems.

You can also take modules from other departments to reinforce your interdisciplinary skills.

Year 3

In your year abroad, you will take an approved group of modules at your chosen university, on which you will be examined locally.

Year 4

Return to Warwick to complete your final year of studies.

How will I be taught?

Each module usually has two lectures per week, plus regular seminars which offer opportunities for legal problem solving and discussion of ethical or policy issues relating to the law. Staff also have regular office hours in which you can discuss issues outside the seminar setting. We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as performance based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations.

Our contextual approach to law means that we ask for consistent work and for your full commitment throughout the course. In return, we will give you all the support and advice needed to help you realise your full potential.

How will I be assessed?

We offer a variety of assessment methods, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You can also choose to weight your degree towards either examinations or essays.

Did you know? You can tailor your degree towards your career aspirations by selecting elective modules from Warwick Law School and other approved University of Warwick departments? By now, you've probably got an idea of the subjects you like so this is a great opportunity to specialise in a particular area or to take a broader approach to your studies.

What do I need to apply?

A level AAA

International Baccalaureate 38 points.

Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page. We do not require applicants to have passed the LNAT.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units. Substantial study of Law is highly recommended.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking General Studies/Critical Thinking – normally excluded from offers

Further information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days Applicants offered conditional or unconditional places will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day, normally held on a Wednesday in late February, mid-March and early May.

Students studying at either European partner universities (under the ERASMUS+ programme) or taking part in the Worldwide partnerships do not have to pay tuition fees at the host institution. Tuition fees to the University of Warwick are reduced during the year abroad. Currently fees are £1,350 for Home/EU students and £1,800 for overseas students. The year abroad fees for 2017/18 entry students are not yet confirmed. For details see:

Study abroad fees for 18/19

Further information on tuition fees is also available via the Student Finance Office.

The ERASMUS+ programme also supports students studying abroad at European partner institutions by providing a so-called “Erasmus+ grant”. This financial contribution can, for example, be used for travel and maintenance costs under the ERASMUS+ scheme. For further information, contact the International Student Office – Study Abroad team.

Please note, you will normally still be eligible during the year abroad for any funding support you receive. Further information on funding is available via the Student Funding Office.

Course Regulations 19/20

Scheme of Study

Four years full-time study leading to the degree of:

  • LLB (Honours) or
  • LLB (Pass) or
  • LLB (Honours) (QD) - Qualifying Degree status (QD) indicates professional recognition

Students will spend the third year at a university in another country with which the University has a formal exchange agreement and which offers modules taught in English. Students must take modules to a total of 60 ECTS points.

Students studying abroad are required to take such modules at the host university as the Law School may designate from time to time.

Module Options by Year

Qualifying degree

Core Modules
Optional Modules
Examination Scheme

Most modules given by the School of Law are examined by a combination of invigilated examination and course work. A small number of modules are assessed solely by coursework. In some modules the proportion of work assessed by examination is fixed, but in others candidates may choose, subject to the overall limit on assessment, different proportions of assessed work. Where the proportion of examined work is variable, the length of the invigilated examination usually varies accordingly.

Up to 55% of a candidate's work may be examined by assessment. Any candidate who wishes to exceed this limit must apply to the School of Law for special consideration. If the School approves the application it will be submitted for consideration by the Examinations Committee of the Senate.

Many invigilated examinations in Law are preceded by 15 minutes reading time. Some examinations also provide material for students' use (statutes, treaties, cases, etc.).

Year Weightings
  • First Year 0% - 120 CATS
  • Second Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
  • Third Year 33.3% - the equivalent number of 120 CATS as determined by the host institution and Warwick Law School. For instance, 60 ECTS for host institutions situated in Europe.
  • Fourth Year 33.3% - 120 CATS

As a student of ‘Law with a Year Abroad in English’, the Law School has provided me with opportunities that have followed me throughout the world. Initially, I began my third year at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Going to Hong Kong, and HKU more broadly, was one of the best things that I have ever done – academically and socially speaking. However, unfortunately my time here was curtailed as the Protest Movement intensified. Gutted was an understatement. Nevertheless, I was thankful for what came my way next: Australia! Unfortunately, after just a month my time here was cut short before teaching properly got underway. It was weird to say the least. I had been looking forward to my year abroad ever since I commenced my degree. Now I hadn’t even gotten the opportunity to see through an entire semester. I could never have foreseen how it would eventually play out.

Yet in spite of everything, I found myself constantly being thankful for all that I got to experience in the time I had. Few individuals can say that they were able to witness historic developments in Hong Kong. Similarly, few individuals would have had the opportunity to live in two destinations and forge lasting friendships throughout the globe.

For many students, your year and future plans will no doubt have turned upside down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many ways, incoming exchange students and current finalists are the worst affected. However, and with that being said, often there is a positive that presents itself in most – but not all – situations. Whenever possible, you should always endeavour to find that positive. It might just show that things aren’t as bad as they might have initially seemed.

Joe Hing, Law with Study Abroad in English.

Studying at Monash University has enriched my knowledge in a number of interesting legal areas such as environmental law, animal law and biotechnology and the law, to name a few.

Monash Law School adopts a hands-on approach to teaching Australian law. For example, I was placed at the Monash Oakleigh Legal Service as part of the Non-Adversarial Justice module, which enabled me to put academic theories into practice when engaging with real clients seeking real legal help. Furthermore, international legal work experience helps you stand out when applying for jobs!

On the non-academic side of things, the people you meet and the memories you will make with them will make you wish you could pause time. Although a cliché, studying abroad has truly been the best year of my life thus far and I could not recommend it enough to everyone!

Beth Ludborza who studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia

I had the most amazing year in the Netherlands. Moving out of the Warwick bubble allowed me to realise that I can adapt to a completely foreign environment. While at Utrecht University, I took modules in international and European law. Being in the Netherlands, arguably the 'poster-child of international law' I was able to go on school trips to the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice in The Hague. There were students from all over the world in my classes, which made my year abroad experience a lot more international. From a career's perspective, I have gained a more global outlook through my year abroad. I miss living in Utrecht and cycling everywhere; I would definitely recommend students go on a year abroad.

Petra Tang who studied in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Travel is by far the BEST PART about coming to Australia! Each semester you get a week off and then over the Christmas you get around 3-4 months of summer holiday. There are so many amazing places to see, I honestly don’t think I will be able to tick off everything I want to do here before I leave. I have visited some amazing places already: Fiji, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and more!!

Steph Sandison who studied in Melbourne, Australia

Assistance

For all Year Abroad questions, please contact the reception team or the Director of International Programmes.

Marks

Year abroad module marks will be converted into Warwick equivalents and the results released to you in term 1 of your final year. Mark conversion tables are included in the information packs for each destination. Please note that the conversion policy is always subject to change.

Funding

Students studying at either European partner universities (under the ERASMUS+ programme) or taking part in the Worldwide partnerships do not have to pay tuition fees at the host institution. Tuition fees to the University of Warwick are reduced during the year abroad. For details see:

Fees for Home/EU Students

Fees for Overseas Students

The ERASMUS+ programme also supports students studying abroad at European partner institutions by providing a so-called “Erasmus+ grant”. This financial contribution can, for example, be used for travel and maintenance costs under the ERASMUS+ scheme. For further information, contact the Student Opportunity - Student Mobility team.

Please note, you will normally still be eligible during the year abroad for any funding support you receive. Further information on funding is available via the Student Funding Office.

Brexit

The UK left the EU on January 31 2020 and has entered a transition period. For further information on how this affects the Erasmus+ programme and grant, please refer to the Student Mobility website.

Key documents
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Entry Requirements
A level: AAA
IB: 38 points
Duration of study
4 Years
Start date
September