Law with Study Abroad in English LLB
UCAS Code: M108
3 October 2022
A Level: AAA or IB: 38 points
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
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, and also at one of the excellent overseas universities we have links with.
- 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.
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.
...the people you meet and the memories you make 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 - Studied in Melbourne (Law with Study Abroad in English 2015-2019)
Our Law with Study Abroad in English degree follows the same programme as our three-year LLB course for the years you spend 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.
In Year 1 you will be taught core modules at Warwick Law School which will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal skills.
In Year 2 you will choose from optional modules tailored to your academic interests, some of which can exempt you from professional law examinations. You can also take modules from other departments to reinforce your interdisciplinary skills.
Year 3 is your year abroad. You will take an approved group of modules at your chosen overseas university, on which you will be examined locally.
In Year 4 you will return to Warwick to complete your final year of studies.
During your first year you will study the following four core modules:
- Criminal Law: You will develop an understanding of the general principles of criminal law and its operation within society, coupled with an awareness of the social and political forces that influence the scope of the law and its enforcement. You will encounter basic concepts of the structure of English Criminal Law, and gain some knowledge of procedures, theories, and historical and political contexts, so as to understand and debate legal arguments and policy. In your studies, you will be expected to assess and present arguments for and against in open debate and also work collaboratively with your peers on specific tasks.
- Tort Law: You will examine the law of civil liability for wrongfully inflicted damage or injury: the law of tort. We emphasise the processes and techniques involved in judicial (as opposed to legislative or administrative) law-making; the relevance and responsiveness of doctrines thus developed to society’s actual problems; and the policies and philosophies underlying the rules. As well as acquiring knowledge of the application of these technical areas of law, you will develop skills of legal reasoning and critical judgement, with particular reference to insurance, loss spreading, developing medical knowledge, professional standards and consumer protection. Work is undertaken independently and in debate and collaboration with your peers.
- Understanding Law in Context: This module will provide you with a sound introduction to the study of Law at Warwick. It aims to explore the meaning of Law in Context as a concept and approach. It will incorporate an understanding of English legal method within the institutional context of the English legal system and engage with the importance of legal theory in this respect. You will gain a critical overview of the machinery of justice at the heart of the English legal system, become familiar with fundamental legal techniques and develop an understanding of law and theory. All subjects will be taught primarily through participatory and problem-based exercises in workshops (of approximately 20-25 students) where you will have the opportunity to test and develop your fundamental legal and other core skills necessary throughout your studies.
- Law State and the Individual: You will study the sources of law (Acts of Parliament, common law rules, conventions) and foundational concepts (such as the legislative supremacy of Parliament, the rule of law and separation of powers) through the critical reading and understanding of academic material and legal texts. We will consider the role of politics and economics and the institutional and theoretical aspects of the law, alongside the law’s relationship to the state and individuals. You will also become familiar with the purposes, limits and possibilities of legal language and methods. The module consists of a mixture of participatory and problem-based exercises, workshops, and more orthodox lecture and seminar work through which you will develop and test your knowledge and practical legal skills.
In your second year you will study the following two half modules and then choose from a range of optional modules:
- Contract Law: On this module, you will learn to understand and explain the fundamental principles of contract law, one of the building blocks of the common law and which underlies commercial and consumer law. Using primarily a case-law approach, you will have opportunities to study the relationship between case law and statute and to tackle specific problem-solving tasks that will help you develop both your theoretical knowledge, including your understanding of the social context and function of the courts, and your legal writing skills.
- Property Law: On this module, you will focus on the role of law in relation to the ownership, use and development of land. Starting with the basic principles of English land law, you will learn to apply these to hypothetical cases, and analyse, evaluate and critique individual cases and statutory provisions using a series of linked materials on a discrete topic. Working both independently and collaboratively, you will also acquire research skills and be able to speak and write about property law accurately and using appropriate terminology.
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. Further information.
In your final year you will be required to complete the Supervised Project either as a half or full module. You will also select from the range of optional modules available in the Law School. If you are thinking of becoming a barrister or seeking qualification as a lawyer in other jurisdictions, which recognise the Warwick law degree, you will be advised to take The Law of Trusts and Foundations of EU Law modules (subject to Bar Standards Board requirements). Otherwise, you may choose from the optional modules available.
- Supervised Project: The supervised project allows you to undertake independent study to complete one of a range of outputs. These may include a researched dissertation; reasoned policy briefing; a piece of investigative journalism; a video documentary or podcast; or other creative piece of work. The exact form will be agreed with each student. The module aims to provide you with a high degree of responsibility for the learning process and will require you to manage your own learning, reflect on it critically, and seek and use constructive feedback. There is no set syllabus given that each project is individual to the student. However, general skills-based workshops will be provided to introduce you to research methods, research ethics, managing a supervision relationship, and writing to enable you to commence independent project work early in the term. Individual supervision meetings will be focused on substantive issues and on improving quality of the work.
There are a range of optional modules available to you during your second and fourth year of study. See which modules are currently running in the Law School.
The modules due to run next year may vary from the list above, depending on staff availability, research priorities, and student uptake. While we do our best to run as wide a variety of subjects as possible, it is not always possible to offer every module.
You are permitted to study up to 30CATS worth of external modules during your second and third year of study at Warwick University. CATS = Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme. These modules must be honours level and agreed by the external department. If you opt to take a language course as an external option in your final year, this cannot be at beginner's level.
Scheme of Study
Four years full-time study leading to the degree of of LLB (Honours) or LLB (Pass).
Students studying abroad are required to take such modules at the host university as the Law School may designate from time to time.
Students can choose to spend a year abroad at one of the destinations listed below.
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Founded in 1636 and located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, and one of the largest in Europe.
Utrecht University is one of Europe's leading research universities, recognised internationally for a high-quality, innovative approach to research and teaching.
As an international student, you’ll be in good company. Every year, approximately 1,500 international students attend the university to take English-taught degree programmes and other courses.
Academic Year: September-June (two terms)
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
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Erasmus University Rotterdam has been in existence in its present form since 1973.
Its history, however, dates back to 1913, the year in which the Netherlands School of Commerce (Nederlandsche Handels-Hoogeschool, NHH) was founded through private initiative with broad support from the Rotterdam business community.
Erasmus University Rotterdam is a home base for around 26,000 students, of which around 5,000 are international students.
Academic Year: September-May (two terms)
I had the best experience of my life studying and living in Rotterdam last year! I fell in love with the urban city, the unique festival culture and the diverse blend of people that make up this city's population. I thoroughly enjoyed studying at Erasmus University, as there were a wide range of courses on offer. The University also has great facilities and fantastic social opportunities for International students provided by the International Student Network. Having a flexible timetable also gave me plenty of time to explore the country with friends. My trip to 'The fairy-tale village of Giethroon' was a highlight and this certainly shouldn't be missed off the list of things to do in the Netherlands.
- Tofunmi Agbaniyaka
Eötvös Loránd University is a Hungarian public research university based in Budapest and in the top 5% of higher education institutions worldwide.
Founded in 1635, ELTE is one of the largest and most prestigious public higher education institutions in Hungary with 28,000 students enrolled, of which 1000 are international students.
The Faculty of Law at ELTE offers a special study programme for international students so provides an array of small classes in English to take part in.
The historic city of Budapest is a thriving city with stunning architecture, the Danube and many lively cafes and restaurants for you to experience and enjoy.
Academic Year: September-May (two terms)
The Roma Tre University was founded in 1992 and is the youngest university in Rome. It has 40,000 registered students and prides itself on the European and International dimension of its courses.
Choosing to study in Rome will allow you the unique opportunity to become part of a city steeped in thousands of years of history as well as a modern European capital grounded in rich cultural traditions to experience and explore.
Academic Year: October-May (two terms)
So, you are going to study for a whole year abroad in one of the most beautiful places in the world. All the tutors are lovely and speak very good English. It is useful if you can speak a few basic lines in Italian before you go as [Italians'] English skills vary vastly. The nights out in Rome are brilliant as there are lots of places to go and the city is open 24/7 with places to eat and drink. For the day time, my personal recommendations would be to go to Villa Borghese gardens and read a book to relax in the sun. And then, for any time of the day or night, go to Trastevere or Monty for an explore and great food.
- Matthew Banks
Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 based on the principles of freedom and internationality which have guided the university’s development as a leading research institution. With 31,500 students (20% international), the content of the study programs on offer is designed to be international.
Berlin is a great city for students. There are parties, bars, museums, galleries, green spaces and shops in their multitudes so you won’t get bored. History and culture flow through every corner of the city. It is also a very affordable city with a good quality of life.
Academic Year: October-August (two terms)
My year at the Freie Universität Berlin was a great experience overall. Studying there gave me a better insight into the differences between common law and civil law systems. The highlight of my year abroad was representing the Freie Universität Berlin at the Willem C. Vis Moot International Commercial Arbitration Moot. After an intensive written phase, my team got the chance to compete with students from all over the world at the oral hearings in Hong Kong and Vienna. Moreover, living in Berlin helped me improve my language skills and was a great opportunity to meet new friends and explore the lively city.
- Justyna Wisniewska
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) is a Brazilian higher education institution founded in 1944. FGV is a unique institution, not only in Brazil but internationally: a think tank that is a higher education institution with a tradition of creating a profound impact on Brazilian life.
To live in Rio is to experience the golden beaches and lush mountains to the spectacular football matches and samba-fuelled nightlife and fully embrace the rhythm of Rio.
Academic Year: October-May (two terms)
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the oldest university in Hong Kong. As an English-medium university with a history that stretches back more than 100 years, it has grown with and helped shape the city from which it takes its name.
Today, HKU is recognized internationally as a dynamic and comprehensive university of world-class standing. With its distinguished excellence in research and outstanding performance in teaching, it attracts first-class teaching and research staff and brilliant students from around the world.
Living in the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong is an experience to behold. From its epic city skyscrapers, international cuisine to the beautiful hiking trails and more, you won't get bored easily. It could also be a great place to explore other parts of Asia.
Academic Year: September-May (two terms)
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. Going to Hong Kong, and HKU more broadly, was one of the best things that I have ever done – academically and socially speaking.
- Joe Hing
SMU School of Law traces its origins to the year 2000. Set within the heart of Singapore’s thriving cosmopolitan cityscape and organised within a management university, the SMU School of Law has a close proximity to the Supreme Court and many prestigious law firms, which presents a unique proposition for learning the law in context.
As a student at SMU School of Law, you can immerse yourself in a vibrant university life. SMU is located in the heart of Singapore and surrounded by the arts, financial and entertainment districts. Singapore is also home to much bio-diversity and heritage trails, so you can be assured of enriching moments of exploration in the surrounding areas!
Academic Year: September-May (two terms)
Monash University based in Melbourne, Australia was established in 1958. With 74,000 students, Monash University is committed to fostering a welcoming environment that provides all students the opportunity to participate fully in campus life.
Monash is ranked in the top one per cent of world universities – 80th in the world – according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2017–2018). It prides itself as being a youthful organisation, enthusiastic, optimistic and accessible.
Set in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, the city boasts arts, culture, sporting events and bustling cafes and restaurants to keep you entertained.
Academic Year: July-June (two terms)
Travelling is by far the BEST PART about coming to Australia! 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!! If you are hesitant about whether Australia is the place to come, go for it!
- Steph Sandison
Queens University is a community, 175+ years of tradition, academic excellence, research and beautiful waterfront campus made of limestone buildings and modern facilities. But more than anything Queen’s is people. It is one of Canada’s oldest degree granting institutions and has influenced Canadian higher education since it was established in 1841 by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria.
Queen's Faculty of Law is renowned for its special combination of academic excellence and community spirit, placing it within the first rank of Canadian law schools. Queen's offers students a friendly, collegial university experience in the dynamic small city of Kingston, Ontario.
Our dynamic city of Kingston is located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. The waterfront, downtown shopping, and an eclectic student neighbourhood are all steps from the Queen’s campus. Kingston tops national surveys for its high quality of life and vibrant downtown.
Many of our modules are delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops supported by online materials. The lectures will introduce you to a particular topic and then you will spend time investigating a topic in preparation for seminar discussion or practical exercises.
We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as experiential based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations. Research training and personal and professional development are embedded throughout your degree. Our contextual approach to law means that we also provide opportunities to engage in law-related work outside the curriculum. Across your years with us, we will give you all the support and advice needed to help you realise your full potential.
Typically, each module has two hours of lectures per week, plus regular seminars and workshops which offer opportunities for legal problem solving and discussion of ethical or policy issues relating to the law. Staff have regular advice and feedback hours in which you can discuss issues outside of your seminars.
Typically in lectures, depending on the options chosen, class sizes are between 10 to 300 students. Core module lectures consist of approximately 300 students, and there are approximately 16 students per seminar. Some modules teach through workshops involving 20 to 30 students.
Although methods of assessment vary for each module, you will generally be expected to write essays and/or sit a two-to-three-hour examination in your modules. As well as essays and exams, we offer a variety of other assessment methods such as group presentations and reflective diaries, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You will also write formative essays for which you will receive detailed feedback in preparation for your final module assessments. Formative assessments do not contribute towards your final mark.
- 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
A level AAA (Contextual Offer ABB *)
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.
Pre-requisite Subjects: We do not require you to take any particular subjects in order to apply. However, general studies and critical thinking subjects are normally excluded from offers.
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.
Taking a gap year: Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Mature Students: We will be looking for a commitment to academic study and evidence of academic potential, good time management and study skills. Most of our mature students have done a kite marked Access to Law course. Otherwise you will need to have recently completed or be taking examinations in at least two A-Level subjects.
* Contextual Offers: We are committed to admitting the most talented students from a diverse range of backgrounds and may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. We actively welcome and encourage applications from candidates who meet the contextual eligibility criteria. For more information on contextual offers, including full eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit our central contextual offer pages.
Transfers: We do not take students from other universities wishing to transfer directly either from another law degree or another related course.