King’s College London Law Requirements

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King’s College London Law Requirements

King’s College London Law Requirements



Our long-established LLB degree is a highly regarded programme, recognised around the world for its teaching excellence, access to academic staff and unparalleled location in the heart of legal London.

Key benefits

  • Recognised globally as one of the UK’s premier law schools.
  • Teaching by internationally respected, leading academics, visiting lecturers and practitioners from global law firms.
  • Unrivalled location for law, based in Somerset House East Wing on the Strand, with the Royal Courts of Justice, Law Society and Inns of Court all on your doorstep.
  • Consistently high student satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey.
  • Excellent legal research resources at the College’s impressive Maughan Library.
  • Active student-run societies organising social and career-oriented functions as well as mooting competitions.
  •  The generous The Dickson Poon Undergraduate Law Scholarship Programme aims to support the brightest and best students. The Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and open to all who apply to study Law at King’s and who are offered a place on one of our LLB programmes.

UCAS code M100

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours



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Our LLB Law programme focuses on the study of law as an intellectual discipline. It can form the first major step towards qualifying for practice as a solicitor or barrister, but also represents appropriate preliminary training for a range of other careers in which legal knowledge is an asset. The degree is suitable for students who have a general interest in law but want to find out more about it before deciding on a particular vocation.

We place great emphasis on making sure that you settle in to life as a law student and make the most of the opportunities available to you, which is why our School has consistently scored amongst the highest student-satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey for Law within the Russell Group of top 25 British universities since 2005.

The first year of all our LLB Law programmes is composed of required modules. The second year consists of three required modules, plus one module or equivalent chosen from a list of options. The final third-year students study Jurisprudence & Legal Theory and three modules from a list of options.


All required modules are taught by lectures, tutorials and research seminars. Research seminars cover four topics for each subject throughout the academic year, taught via two-hour teaching classes of 10 at a time. These classes explore research issues relating to required subjects in depth, including from interdisciplinary perspectives.

We have a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, with consistently high student satisfaction ratings for Law in the National Student Survey. Our teaching methods centre on lectures, smaller tutorials and seminars. Through those smaller groups, you will have the opportunity to apply the legal principles you have learned to specific problems, while our new research-dedicated seminars offer you an opportunity to engage with our academics. You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide advice on academic and personal issues and offer some careers assistance. We attach great importance to maintaining good relations between staff and students and our Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets regularly to discuss issues and ensure that students are receiving the support they need to maximise the benefit of their time at King’s.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

This programme is further regulated by the:

  • Law Benchmark Statement (2000)
  • Criteria for degrees (University of London)
  • Joint Statement of the Law Society and the General Council of the Bar (1999)

H-level descriptors of the framework for higher education qualifications (2001)


The Dickson Poon School of Law is located in the heart of the British legal world with the offices of major law firms, the Law Society, the Inns of Court and the Royal Courts of Justice all within walking distance. Based at the Strand Campus in Somerset House East Wing, one of London’s most beautiful and iconic buildings, the School boasts a stylish new home for its staff and students, including student common rooms, teaching and seminar rooms and a moot court room. The Maughan Library contains a vast array of legal texts, reference materials, periodicals and datasets and is equipped with online databases such as Westlaw UK, Lexis, Justis, PLC and Kluwer Arbitration. We also produce our own legal periodical, the King’s Law Journal.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Special notes

We have many highly active student-run societies as well as King’s award-winning students’ union, KCLSU, who organises a wide variety of social, sporting and cultural activities.

Both the King’s College London Law Society and Bar Society organise a number of social and career-oriented functions such as: internal and external mooting competitions; skills workshops; mock interview sessions; lecture series with prestigious barristers and other legal practitioners; and the Annual Black Tie Dinner; and the Inaugural Freshers’ Party. The Mooting Society leads workshops and practice moots for novices as well as competitions tailored to specific modules.

The Pro Bono Society supports and promotes legally-related volunteer work and education to the community, and runs a number of exciting projects, including StreetLaw; Amicus; Law Mentoring; and The Legal Clinic (assisted by esteemed City law firm Speechly Bircham) to mention a few. Involvement with the society is a great way to contribute to the community as well as looking great on your CV due to the skills gained in the process.




Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes.


Required Modules

The following 30 credit modules are required for this course:

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1

Entry requirements

Required grades


Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required subjects

No required subjects.

Preferred subjects

No preferred subjects.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects – University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A-levels: A*AA.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D2 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A or D* with five modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: 35 points and HL 766.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

All applicants are required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) by 20 January. Your application will be considered late if we have not received your results by that date. This applies to all home/EU and overseas applicants. However, for some overseas applicants dispensations may be granted on an individual basis only where there is no LNAT centre in the candidate’s country or no centre within a reasonable distance from his or her residence. Please see the LNAT website for further details.

Please note, if you are reapplying through UCAS this year you must also take the LNAT again this year. LNAT results will not be carried over from one year to the next.

All applications (except for English Law & American Law, English Law with Australian Law, Law with Transnational Legal Studies and Law with European Legal Studies) must be made through UCAS.

Those wishing to apply for the four programmes bracketed must apply through UCAS for the Law LLB programme (M100) and then apply to transfer to the desired degree during the first year of the programme. Applicants who wish to transfer to the Law with European Legal Studies programme and wish to spend their third year in Bologna, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Zurich or Neuchatel must have a very high degree of competence in the relevant language. If you are applying for admission for M121, M122, M190 or LM21 and also wish to be considered for the Law LLB (M100) programme you must make a separate entry on your UCAS form.

The standard three A-level offer for the LLB is A*AA. However, we wish to encourage applications from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and will consider candidates without the standard qualifications.

Alongside your academic achievements, we also take into account your extracurricular activities as described in your personal statement. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them.


Please be aware that we do not to accept resit students for entry to any of our undergraduate Law programmes. We require all relevant qualifications to be successfully completed in the first sitting, e.g. completing an A level within two years. We will only consider resits if there are significant mitigating circumstances affecting your first ‘sitting’. In these situations  we still cannot guarantee that your application will be considered, but you should make reference to these circumstances within your personal statement and academic reference. We will then request further information if necessary. Please note, we consider taking the same subject again at the same level,  even within a different qualification, to be a resit.


Are interviews offered? Yes

Are all applicants interviewed? No. Only candidates deemed to be borderline or from non-traditional academic backgrounds may be called for interview.

Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on basis of information provided on UCAS application form.

Application deadline: January 15 2018.


Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £19,650 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.


Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Transcription costs
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Career prospects

King’s law graduates are popular with many types of employers. The majority of our students choose to become solicitors in a wide range of firms including The Magic Circle, US and other leading law firms and specialist niche firms. Some choose broader business roles such a financial analyst, management consultant or graduate trainee.

Others find their law degree opens up opportunities in international development, advisory work, the public sector and teaching. Although the employment market is competitive, our students have been very successful in obtaining posts with the firms or sets of chambers for which they wanted to work. Many law firms will target you but they expect very high quality, motivated applicants in line with those from other top law schools both in the UK and overseas. King’s Careers Service provides you with all the information and activities you need to make an informed career choice and to increase your chances of success.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as a:

  • Lawyer
  • Civil Servant
  • United Nations Official
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax Advisor
  • Head of Trading
  • Management Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Paralegal
  • Entrepreneur
  • Academic