University of London Diploma in Law

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Laws, undergraduate (LLB and CertHE Common Law)

Study for a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree of international standing as an independent or locally supported learner.

This programme is ideal for you if:

  • You are looking to obtain an LLB degree of international standing which has provided the first step on a career route for many thousands of practising lawyers worldwide.
  • You wish to develop a critical awareness of the common law legal tradition and be able to apply analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of legal and non-legal settings.
  • You want to enhance key skills of communication, information literacy, analysis and argument.

Note: if you intend to practise as a lawyer, barrister or solicitor, we strongly recommend that you check the requirements of the professional body in the jurisdiction in which you wish to practise before committing yourself to the degree.

Key dates
The academic year runs from 1 November to 31 October. There are two application and registration deadlines each year: for entry at the start of the academic year and for entry mid-way through the academic year.
LLB and CertHE application deadlines 1 October for entry at the start of the academic year*

1 April for entry mid-way through the academic year*

LLB and CertHE registration deadlines 1 November for entry at the start of the academic year

1 May for entry mid-way through the academic year

Examinations take place May/June and October

*CertHE Common Law students and those who wish to receive institutional support for the LLB should contact the local teaching institution, which may require you to make an earlier application. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer inviting you to register.

Programme aims and values

The Laws Programme is committed to:

  • Offering expert guidance in law. Our study materials are informed by current research and scholarship and engage with contemporary legal issues. Students are offered the opportunity not only to know the law but to understand it.
  • Providing a wealth of resources. With our Online Library and Laws Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), you have a resource-rich learning environment in which to develop your legal research skills.
  • Promoting independent learning. We support you in developing your capacity to manage your own learning.

By studying with us you will:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the foundation subjects of Common Law.
  • Learn to analyse and critically evaluate legal and non-legal primary and secondary materials.
  • Develop critical awareness. You will learn how to stand back and consider the ‘bigger picture’, developing an awareness of the context of law, nationally and globally.

Prestige and career progression

In a world where degree providers are proliferating, the University of London’s LLB offers the security of an internationally recognised ‘gold standard’ established for over 100 years. The University of London was the first to offer a degree in English Law, in the 1890s. Upon graduation you will be joining a distinguished group of solicitors, barristers and judges around the world who began their careers by obtaining their law degree through the University of London International Programmes.

The academic direction of the LLB and CertHE Common Law is provided by a Consortium of outstanding University of London Law Schools: Birkbeck, King’s, LSE, Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL. Three of these Colleges (UCL, King’s and LSE) are ranked in the top 20 worldwide for law (QS World Rankings 2017), and are ranked in the top 5 in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2017).