European Legal Studies - LLB (Hons)

Law is a stimulating degree that sharpens your thinking and your powers of persuasion while giving you extensive legal knowledge. The European Legal Studies programme gives valuable added depth and a European dimension to your degree, as well as offering an unforgettable experience in another country, without any requirement to learn another language.

Overview

Kent Law School is renowned for its world-leading research and an approach which enables you to think critically about law within the broader context of society, considering it's role and impact, and the potential it has to change the world we live in.

Our degree programme

Students on the European Legal Studies degree spend their first two years at Kent, their third year at one of our European partner universities, and the fourth year back at Kent. During your year abroad you are taught entirely in English.

You study the detail of the law, as well as its history. You analyse judgments and legal developments while taking into account the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This ‘critical approach’ enhances what is already a fascinating subject. It helps you to fully understand the law and there are many chances to discuss and debate its role in society.

Teaching is via lectures, small group seminars and case studies. Our popular mooting programme, hosted in a dedicated space within the £5m Wigoder Law Building, gives you the chance to develop advocacy skills in a simulated courtroom setting before a bench comprised of local judges, practising barristers, solicitors and lecturers.

Kent Law School has a supportive environment and your lecturers have office hours where they provide guidance on a one-to-one basis. We also provide:

  • the Skills Hub offering tailored guidance, five days a week in term time
  • a law librarian to guide you in the use of online and printed resources.

If you are interested in developing your skills in a modern European language, we also offer the following three-year programmes:

Accreditation

All of our undergraduate Law degrees contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers, and provide a strong foundation for students who wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE).

Year abroad

In addition to the European Legal Studies programme, we also offer English and French Law, which includes a year at one of our partner universities in France, where teaching is in French.

Alternatively, you can study for a year in Asia or Canada on our International Legal Studies with a Year Abroad programme. Teaching on this programme is in English.

Study resources

Kent Law Clinic is based within our new, purpose-built building. It is ideal for developing your practical skills and has a replica courtroom for mooting.

Our academic resources are extensive. You have access to a wide range of materials, including:

  • collections of legislation and case law in UK, European and international law
  • Lawlinks, our award-winning gateway to online legal resources
  • major legal databases that are used on a daily basis in the legal profession
  • audio recordings of your lectures.

Extra activities

There are plenty of activities related to your studies, including:

  • Kent Student Law Society for aspiring solicitors
  • Kent Temple Law Society for those intending to go to the Bar
  • Kent Critical Law Society
  • Kent Canadian Law Society
  • Nigerian Law Society
  • European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Kent.

Kent Student Law Society and Kent Temple Law Society arrange events that are attended by members of the legal profession, many of them Kent alumni. They include QCs, judges, barristers, solicitors and members of the Bar Council and Law Society.

In previous years, events have included the:

  • Kent Law Fair
  • Kent Law Ball
  • Temple Dinner.

Kent Critical Law Society has also put on events where students, academics and practitioners can debate topical – and often controversial – legal issues.

Professional network

We have approximately 100 legal professionals registered on our Professional Mentoring Scheme, and leading law firms visit the campus to attend the annual Kent Law Fair, offer mock interviews, or run workshops.

We regularly hold careers talks given by practising lawyers (many of whom are Kent alumni) and host guest lectures given by some of the leading legal figures of our time.

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

    A typical offer would be to achieve Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

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    34 points overall or 17 points at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Academic Skills Development and 60% in the Law module.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. 

Please note that the first-year modules listed for this degree are compulsory. Contact us for more detail about the exact composition of this programme of study.

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £14500
  • International full-time £19300

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

Kent Law School emphasises research-led teaching which means that the modules taught are at the leading edge of new legal and policy developments. You are taught by as many of our leading researchers as possible. We also have one of the best student-to-staff ratios in the country, which allows small, weekly seminar-group teaching in all of our core modules, where you are actively encouraged to take part.

Most modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations and continuous assessment, the ratio varying from module to module, with Kent encouraging and supporting the development of research and written skills. Some modules include an optional research-based dissertation that counts for 45% or, in some cases, 100% of the final mark. 

Assessment can also incorporate assessment through oral presentation and argument, often in the style of legal practice (such as mooting), and client-based work and reflection through our Law Clinic.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to

  • To provide a programme which will attract and meet the needs of both those contemplating a career in the legal professions and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in English law and the desire to understand the workings of another jurisdiction whilst pursuing courses with a European, International or Comparative dimension.
  • To contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
  • To provide students with a grounding in English law and the opportunity to acquire an understanding of other legal systems, and the opportunity to study in another jurisdiction topics with a European, international or comparative element
  • To encourage the development of an awareness for European-wide issues, an interest in European culture and the study of a relevant European language
  • To provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal institutions and procedures of the English legal system
  • To provide a grounding in the major concepts and principles of English law, the law of the European Union, and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • To develop a critical awareness of law in its comparative, historical, socio-economic and political contexts, and to introduce students to a range of different theoretical approaches to the study of law
  • To offer a range of options to enable students to study some selected areas of areas of law in depth
  • To offer students an in-depth experience of studying Law at a European partner-university
  • To offer students the opportunity to live and study abroad with the object of promoting European integration
  • To provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
  • To offer the opportunity to acquire direct experience of legal practice and to critically reflect on it through participation in the Kent Law Clinic
  • To enable students to manage their own learning and to carry out independent research, including research into areas of law they have not previously studied
  • To develop general critical, analytical, functional, comparative and problem-solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of different legal and non-legal settings
  • To provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in the legal professions and other fields.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principal features of the English legal system, including its institutions, procedures and sources of law
  • The concepts, principles and rules of a substantial range of English legal subjects, including an in-depth knowledge of some areas of law and, depending on options, an in-depth knowledge of the law of the European Union, the ECHR, International law and Comparative law
  • The concepts, principles and rules of Public Law, the Law of Obligations and several specialised areas of law as studied in a Law faculty of a European partner-institution
  • The relationship between law and the historical, linguistic, socio-economic and political contexts in which it operates
  • A range of theoretical, comparative and critical perspectives which can be applied to the study of law

Intellectual skills

You gain the intellectual abilities to:

  • Effectively apply knowledge to analyse complex issues
  • Recognise and rank items and issues in terms of their relevance and importance
  • Collect and synthesise information from a variety of English, European and International sources
  • Formulate and sustain a complex argument supporting it with appropriate evidence
  • Recognise potential alternative solutions to particular problems and make a reasoned choice between them
  • Independently acquire knowledge and understanding in areas, both legal and non-legal, not previously studied
  • Demonstrate an independence of mind and an ability to critically challenge received understandings and conclusions
  • Reflect constructively on their learning processes

Subject-specific skills

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Recognise the legal issues arising in a factual situation of limited complexity in English, European, Comparative and International law
  • Identify and apply the case and statute law relevant to it
  • Provide an informed and reasoned opinion on the possible legal actions arising from it, and their likelihood of success
  • Identify the legal and related issues which require to be researched
  • Effectively locate and use primary and secondary legal and other relevant sources
  • Conduct independent legal research using a range of resources, both paper and electronic
  • Critically evaluate an area of law both doctrinally and in terms of its socio-economic and other consequences
  • Function in both the English and the broader milieu of European, Comparative and International law.

Transferable skills

Communication and literacy

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Use the English Language, both orally and in writing in relation to legal matters and generally, with care, accuracy and effectiveness. LB2.4(xi)
  • Engage constructively and effectively in arguments and discussions of complex matters in English law and European, International and Comparative law. LB2.4(xi)
  • Give a clear and coherent presentation on a topic using appropriate supporting materials.
  • Read complex legal and non-legal materials and summarise them accurately.
  • Employ correct legal terminology and correct methods of citation and referencing for legal and other academic materials.
  • Produce work in appropriate formats.

Teamwork, numeracy and IT

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Work collaboratively in groups to achieve defined tasks, to respond to different points of view and to negotiate outcomes. LB2.4(ii) 
  • Word-process their work and use a range of electronic databases and other information sources.

Independent rankings

Law at Kent was ranked 20th in The Times Good University Guide 2023.

Law at Kent was ranked 2nd for research quality and 12th for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Careers

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent employment record, with Kent Law School graduates commanding some of the highest starting salaries in the UK. Law graduates can go into a variety of careers, including:

  • solicitor or barrister in a private practice
  • company lawyer
  • legal work within government
  • legal work within the charity and NGO sector
  • non-legal careers, such as banking, finance and management.

Help finding a job

Kent Law School has an active careers programme – leading law firms and prominent members of the legal profession visit the University to meet our students. We also work with employers to create work placement opportunities for our students.

The Law School's dedicated Employability and Careers Development Officer can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

You also have access to the University's friendly Careers and Employability Service.

Work experience

Our award-winning Kent Law Clinic gives local people access to free legal advice and representation. As a student, this gives you the chance to work on real cases under the guidance of qualified lawyers. You take on clients and sometimes have the chance to act as the client’s advocate in court or at a legal tribunal.

Career-enhancing skills

Our approach to law helps you to develop:

  • a detailed knowledge of the law
  • sophisticated legal research and writing skills
  • practical skills in mediation, negotiation and interviewing clients.

You gain intellectual, analytical and practical skills that are vital to lawyers but also useful in many other professions. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • manage your time effectively
  • work independently or as part of a team.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Professional recognition

Our degree programmes contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers. They also provide a strong foundation for students who wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE).

Our critical approach to law and legal practice enables students to develop creative intellectual and transferable skills which prepare them for contemporary legal practice – in the UK and worldwide, and for successful careers in many fields.

Apply for European Legal Studies - LLB (Hons)

Any applicant to Law (this includes all Law programmes, including all joint programmes) who is currently studying or has previously studied Law at university level, even if the qualification was only partly completed or is incomplete, must state this clearly in the qualifications section of the UCAS form, and provide transcripts detailing this study direct to the University where available.

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

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