The LL.B. (Common and Civil Law with French or Hispanic Studies) degree requires students to complete 18 modules plus one year of study at an approved School of Law in France or Spain in Third Year. The LL.B. Law with Languages programme can be taken with either French or Hispanic Studies. In addition to law modules, students will also study the language module(s) required each semester by the School of Modern Languages.
Under present arrangements, this degree requires four years full-time study (it is also possible to accumulate the required credits by part-time study over a longer period).
Full-time students take 6 modules in each academic year – with 3 modules taken in Semester 1 and 3 modules taken in Semester 2. The balance of the courses is approximately two-thirds Law and one-third Language. The course is designed to allow students to take all the core modules which are required for a qualifying law degree (QLD) while developing proficiency in their chosen language.
Semester 1 of first year begins with an intensive 2 week Induction Programme designed to welcome students to the School; orientate them in terms of their legal studies; highlight key support services for students; and introduce key members of staff – such as the Head of School, the Director of Education, the First Year teaching teams, Advisors of Study and the QUB Careers Advisor for Law. Students will also receive an immersion into the core structures, concepts and features of the UK’s legal system.
Students then take the following compulsory six level 1 modules:
In Second Year, students take the following six level 2 modules (four compulsory Law modules and two Language modules):
Third Year is spent at another European University. French partner universities include the Faculté de Droit of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium or one of a number of French universities including Caen, Dijon, Lyon, Toulouse and Rennes. While students of Common and Civil Law with Spanish spend a year at one of the following Spanish Universities: Alcala de Henares, Salamanca, or Zaragoza.
Further details of Partner Universities
Preparation for the year abroad
In Fourth Year, students will take the following six level 3 modules (four compulsory Law modules and two Language modules):
Although the degree programme is structured to enable students, if they so wish, to take the courses required for going on to the professional stage of legal training in Northern Ireland or England and Wales, entry into the professional stage of training is competitive. It is important to realise that not all students who wish to train as solicitors or barristers actually make it there. Some students may not even wish to become practising lawyers, this is especially true of students taking this degree programme. Other careers which may be open to graduates from this degree programme include journalism and the media, the civil service and public administration, industry and commerce, as well as opportunities in Europe.