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Master 1 Droit international et européen and LLB in Law Linked Award - LLB (Hons)

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The Faculté de droit et de science politique, Aix-Marseille Université, France (AMU), in cooperation with Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK (KLS), offers this Linked Award/'2+2' Agreement which makes use of the established Master 1 “Droit international et européen” (AMU) and LLB (KLS).

Overview

A Linked Award/'2+2' Agreement which makes use of the established Master 1 'Droit international et européen' and LLB, offered jointly between The Faculté de droit et de science politique, Aix-Marseille Université, France (AMU) and Kent Law School (KLS).

If selected, you spend the first two years of your law studies at AMU in Aix-en-Provence and the last two years of your law studies at KLS in Canterbury. Upon successful completion of four years of law studies, you obtain both French (Master 1 'Droit international et européen') and English (LLB) law degrees facilitating progression to further professional qualifying examinations in France and in the UK.

AMU is a foremost French university with a very strong and long-standing European and international presence in the academic world. AMU’s Faculté de droit et de science politique is widely acknowledged, both in France and abroad, as one of France’s most prestigious law faculties. Offering outstanding study and research facilities, AMU’s Faculté de droit et de science politique also enjoys an excellent international reputation. For more detailed information, see: https://facdedroit.univ-amu.fr/

The University of Kent is one of the UK’s premier academic institutions producing world-class research, leading the way in many fields of study and enjoying an excellent international rating. KLS has long been the UK’s leading critical law school. In addition to outstanding teaching by distinguished academics having earned a worldwide scholarly standing, KLS features influential research both nationally and internationally. It is reputed for its award-winning law clinic and excellent graduate programmes. For more detailed information, see: www.kent.ac.uk/law.

Entry requirements

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Baccalauréat français, mention Très bien or Bien, or equivalent.

Students will also have to meet AMU’s general entry requirements for French and, if so required by law, will need to apply for and obtain a visa to reside and study in France. In addition, students must show proof of health insurance coverage and, for students who are citizens of an EU country, a European Health Insurance Card. Students must also show proof of civil liability insurance coverage and of repatriation insurance coverage.

The procedure to apply for progression to Year 3 at KLS will be confirmed by the University of Kent, and may require an additional application via UCAS to facilitate entry.

In addition to meeting academic progression requirements set jointly by AMU and KLS, students who are eligible for progression to Year 3 at KLS will also have to meet the University of Kent’s general entry requirements for English and, if so required by law, will need to apply for and obtain a visa to reside and study in the UK.

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular 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.

  • International Foundation Programme

    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

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 Linked Award/ “2+2” Agreement requires the completion of two existing programmes of study which can only be pursued on a full-time basis and are designed to be completed over a total of four academic years. Year’s 1 and 2 are to be taken at AMU studying for the Master 1 “Droit international et européen”. Years 3 and 4 are to be taken at the KLS studying for the LLB. To be eligible for both the Master 1 “Droit international et européen” and the LLB degrees, students must successfully complete all four years:

Stage 1 - AMU

During Year 1, you take modules equivalent to 120 credits (60 ECTS). These modules are compulsory and are as follows: Droit civil (Droit des personnes), Droit civil (Droit de la famille), Droit constitutionnel I and II, Introduction historique au droit, Histoire du droit et des institutions, Introduction au droit, Grands systèmes de droits étrangers, and one English language class per semester

Stage 2 - AMU

You take modules equivalent to 120 credits (60 ECTS). The compulsory modules are as follows: Droit civil (Droit des contrats), Droit civil (Droit de la responsabilité civile), Droit administratif I and II, Finances publiques, Droit pénal et sciences criminelles I and II, Droit de l’Union européenne and one English language class per semester. Students will complement the required number of credits by choosing among a range of optional modules: Droit judiciaire privé, Droit commercial I and II, Droit social I and II, Droit international public I and II, Droit international et européen des libertés fondamentales, Droit fiscal or Droit civil (Droit des biens)

Stage 3 - University of Kent 

You take modules worth 120 credits (60 ECTS). The compulsory modules are as follows: Introduction to Obligations, Foundations of Property (level 5), The English Legal System and Skills, Public Law I and Advanced Level Criminal Law

Stage 4 - University of Kent 

You take modules worth 120 credits (60 ECTS). The compulsory modules are as follows: The Law of Contract, The Law of Tort, Public Law II, European Union Law, Equity and Trusts, Land Law. Students will complement the required number of credits by choosing among a wide range of optional modules.

Additional costs

General additional costs

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

Funding

AMU administrative fees are payable to AMU during Years 1 and 2.

University of Kent tuition fees are payable to the University of Kent during Years 3 and 4.

Teaching and assessment

During Stages 1 and 2, student performance (e.g., assessment methods, marking criteria, progression, condonement, compensation, appeals, resits) is subject exclusively to the regulations of AMU. For further information, refer to the Règlement de Licence and the Charte des examens.

During Stages 3 and 4, student performance (e.g., assessment methods, marking criteria, progression, condonement, compensation, appeals, resits) is subject exclusively to the regulations of the University of Kent. For further information, refer to the Credit Framework.

Successful completion of Years 1 and 2 is a formal requirement for admission to Year 3 at the University of Kent and ultimately for the award of the LLB.

Awards, Transfers, Alternate Exit Awards

Upon successful completion of all four years, students receive the award of Master 1 Droit international et européen from AMU and the award of LLB from the University of Kent.

Subject to meeting credit framework requirements, students may be eligible for alternate exit awards in the event that they do not complete all years of the Linked Award/“2+2” Agreement or for transfer to another programme.

All decisions regarding AMU alternate exit awards and applications to transfer to the Licence 2, Licence 3 or Master 1 at AMU lie within the exclusive jurisdiction of AMU.

All decisions regarding University of Kent alternate exit awards and applications to transfer to the three-year LLB programme at KLS lie within the exclusive jurisdiction of the University of Kent.

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

  1. attract students and meet the needs of students who wish to study law in France and in the UK with a view to obtaining both French (Master 1) and English (LLB) law degrees
  2. provide students with an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of two influential European and worldwide legal traditions and cultures – the civil-law tradition in France and the common-law tradition in the UK – through intensive studies at two foremost European law schools
  3. allow students to develop analytical, problem-solving and research skills with specific reference to two significant legal systems, French law and English law, that will be of use to them both in Europe and worldwide
  4. develop students’ abilities to think critically about law, legal ideas and legal institutions from a comparative perspective
  5. encourage students to improve their command of the French and English languages both at conversational (day-to-day) and specialist (legal terminology) levels
  6. enhance students’ employability prospects by preparing them to undertake professional studies leading to the practice of law in France, in the UK or elsewhere on the European or international scene (for example, within EU or international institutions, within European or international law firms or within European or international corporations)
  7. prepare students for postgraduate studies (“Master 2”/LLM or doctorate) and provide a solid grounding for further specialization in subject areas such as comparative law, EU law or international law
  8. provide students with an overall stimulating intellectual experience informed by leading teaching and current research at AMU and KLS
  9. enable students to experience academic and personal life in two different national, linguistic and institutional environments and develop knowledge and understanding of two cultures and societies
  10. and attract bilingual students from the UK, France and other countries to reinforce international recruitment and contribute to the diversification of the student body at AMU and KLS.

Teaching Excellence Framework

All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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Independent rankings

In The Guardian University Guide 2019, over 93% of final-year Law students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

In the National Student Survey 2018, over 93% of final-year Law students who completed the survey, were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

For graduate prospects, Law at Kent scored 86% in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

Of Law students who graduated from Kent in 2017 and completed a national survey, over 98% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

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 at local and national level, or within international institutions such as the EU
  • 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. For entrants in 2021 who wish to qualify as a solicitor, our programmes can lead to the award of a Qualifying Law Degree, validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 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 this course

European candidates seeking admission to AMU for the Master 1 “Droit international et européen” (AMU) and LLB (KLS) must follow the directions for applying on the AMU website at: https://facdedroit.univ-amu.fr/international/2-2-kent

Interviewing

Students must be fluent in French and English. The admissions process will include an interview of short-listed applicants to assess linguistic ability and general suitability. All interviews will be conducted in French and English by the Linked Award/“2+2” Agreement AMU and University of Kent Directors jointly. All interviews will take place at AMU in Aix-en-Provence during the month of June preceding the academic year for which initial registration is contemplated. In exceptional circumstances, interviews may be arranged by videoconference. Further details will be communicated to short-listed applicants

Contact us

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United Kingdom/EU enquiries

Agreement Co-Director (AMU): 

Dr Jean-François Marchi
Faculty of Law, Aix-Marseille Université
3 Avenue Robert Schuman
F-13628 Aix-en-Provence
France 

T: +33 (0)4 86 91 42 52 (or 42)
E: jean-francois.marchi@univ-amu.fr

Agreement Co-Director (KLS): 

Dr Simone Glanert
Kent Law School, Eliot College, University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NS
United Kingdom 

T: +44 (0)1227 824658
E: S.Glanert@kent.ac.uk

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