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M10A Law with French Law LLB (4 years) (Full-Time)

Law with French Law LLB

UCAS Code: M10A

Start Date:
3 October 2022

Entry Requirements:
A Level: AAA or IB: 38 points

Duration:
4 years

Qualification:
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.
  • Aimed at those with a strong grasp of the French language, you want to increase your international experience with a year studying abroad in France. 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 law schools in the UK that emphasises a contextual approach to, and international and comparative perspectives on, the study of law.
  • You want to spend a year abroad at one of our excellent partner universities in Lille, Paris or Bordeaux.
  • 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.

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My year abroad in Bordeaux has exceeded all expectations. The city, the wine and the food are incredible. I'm leaving France with great memories, a solid knowledge of French law and even more solid friendships.

Jure Tuš - Studied in Bordeaux (Law with French Law 2015-2019)

Throughout your studies, you will develop an excellent understanding of core legal principles of both the English and the French legal systems whilst examining the law from a modern, international and critical perspective.

You will gain insight into the impact on the law of cultural, economic and political developments and learn how law affects everyday life in the UK, France and beyond.

You will develop advanced legal, research, independent learning and writing skills and will become a confident communicator, able to participate fully in debates and to present your ideas clearly, both in English and in French.

  • In the Years 1 & 2 at Warwick, you will gain a thorough grounding in English Law and at the same time study French Law modules in French. French Law modules are taught by lecturers qualified in the French jurisdiction and tuition is held in small groups.
  • Year 3 is spent at one of our partner universities in France. Thorough preparation and careful supervision while you are away ensure that you gain the maximum benefit from your year abroad. Whilst abroad, you will take modules in French private and public law. In addition, there is a wide choice of options to study. Students in the past have taken modules such as 'Introduction au Droit penal et aux Sciences Criminelles', 'Les Grandes Théories Economiques' and 'Histoire des faits politiques, économiques et sociaux'.
  • In Year 4 you will return to Warwick to complete your final year of studies and the LLB degree. You will submit a supervised project in place of a full or half module.

Core Modules

Year One

During your first year you will study the following 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.
  • Introduction to French Law and Methodology: This Introduction to French Law and Methodology class is taught in French and runs throughout the year. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of French constitutional law and French legal institutions. During those 2 hours, we encourage participation and class discussion on the basis of newspaper articles and films on current social, political, ethical or legal issues in France and aim to equip you with advanced linguistic competency in French. As the course is taught and assessed in French, you can expect to develop your ability to speak and write good French and become familiar with French legal methodology. You will demonstrate this in an assessed essay and oral presentation raising a political, social and/or legal issue based on a French film or book, and a final exam.

Year Two

In your second year you will study the following three modules and then choose from a range of optional modules:

  • French Law: On this module, taught in French, you will prepare for studying French Law during your third year at a French University. You will focus on the contemporary French legal system and terminology as a basis for further study of French contract and tort law. You will learn to read, understand and comment on French court cases using the appropriate analytical methodology. You will be encouraged to work independently to plan and manage tasks, including identifying your own primary and secondary legal sources and journals and using French legal terminology both in written and oral work. You will also demonstrate your teamwork skills as part of a small group.
  • 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.

Year Three

Students will spend the third year at a university in France with which the University has a formal exchange agreement. Students must take modules to a total of 60 ECTS points. Further information.

Year Four

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. The length of the Supervised Project is either 6000 words (half module - 15CATS) or 12,000 words (full module - 30 CATS).

Optional Modules

There are a range of optional modules available. 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.

External Modules

You are permitted to study up to 15 CATS worth of external modules during your second year of study and/or 30 CATS in your final year (up to 45 in total). 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 a beginners course unless it is beginners accelerated.

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 in France at one of the destinations listed below.

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.

Contact Hours

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.

Class Size

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.

Year Weightings:

  • First Year 0% - 120 CATS
  • Second Year 40% - 120 CATS
  • Third Year 20% - 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
  • Fourth Year 40% - 120 CATS
CATS = Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme

A level AAA (to include French) (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.


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