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ML13 LLB (Hons) 3 years

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Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019

HEFCE welcomes the confirmation from the Government that European Union (EU) students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, masters, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the academic year 2018 to 2019. The details of this announcement can be found on the government website.

The LLB in Law and Politics joint honours degree was the first of its kind in the University of London. Tt offers you the opportunity to study the closely related disciplines of Law and Politics side by side in a three-year programme. The LLB Law and Politics encompasses the foundations of legal knowledge. These are the essential components that satisfy the Bar Council and Law Society professional requirements which make it a qualifying law degree.

The degree is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in which knowledge of both the legal and governmental systems is of major importance, and should appeal especially to those wishing to study public policy in its legal context. For anybody considering a career in either law or an alternative sector Law and Politics graduates are very employable.

Students who choose the non-qualifying route will transfer on to the BA Law and Politics pathway in their second year of study, and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, not an LLB.

Why Queen Mary?

The School of Law at Queen Mary is ranked 5th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017. Our students are also happy with us, giving an overall satisfaction rating of 91 per cent in the most recent National Student Survey.

Law Student Societies

Alongside our degree programmes students can take advantage of the large number of student run law societies and get involved with departmental events and networking opportunities through becoming a student ambassador.

Legal Advice Centre

The School of Law was the first law school in London to set up a Legal Advice Centre (LAC), offering free legal advice to members of the public. Our students volunteer in an advisory capacity and work alongside qualified solicitors from top city law firms. The LAC enters its 10th year in 2016 and has a number of award winning projects; its most recent, SPITE , aimed at victims of revenge porn has been nominated for a number of awards in its first year of running.

Structure

Year 1:

Core modules:

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please contact lawadmissions@qmul.ac.uk.

Year 2:

Students wishing to graduate with a qualifying law degree:

Plus one module from Politics.
Students wishing to graduate with a non-qualifying law degree:

Plus three modules from Law or Politics of which one full module must be from Politics.

Year 2 Politics options

Year 3

Students wishing to graduate with a qualifying law degree:

Plus one module from Law and one module from Politics.
Non-qualifying:
Four option modules from either Law or Politics. Students must do at least one module from Law and one module from Politics.

3rd Year Politics options:

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for 2017 Entry and General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 37 points overall, including a minimum total of 18 points from three Higher Level subjects.
BTEC See our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. We will hold all UCAS applications until January before drawing up a shortlist based on the information in the UCAS form about your pre-Access experience, academic record, personal statement and academic reference. In February and March, applicants are shortlisted and an updated academic reference may be requested. A shortlisted applicant may be invited for interview or further assessment. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, all of which must be at Distinction. (The School of Law may specify particular Level 3 subjects in which we require a Distinction.) Typically, successful candidates are aged 21 and above at the start of the Access programme.
GCSEAt least six GCSE passes at grades AAAABB or 777766 are required, including English and Mathematics.
Contextualised admissions We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

2017 Entry requirements

GCSE:

Successful applicants will typically have at least six GCSE passes at AAAABB or 777766 including English and Mathematics.

AS/A-level:

Typical tariff or grades required: AAA (GCE A-level).

Excluded subjects: General Studies, Critical Thinking. A-levels in a native language will not normally be included in any offer.

International Baccalaureate:

Subjects and grades: Minimum of 37 points overall with combined total of 18 points from three higher level subjects.

BTEC

Although we do consider BTEC applicants, successful candidates are typically taking at least 1 or 2 A-Levels in combination:

  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (Single Award): D*
  • BTEC Diploma (Double Award): D*D
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (Triple Award): D*D*D.


Further information:
For any other enquiries, please go to our FAQ section or contact the School of Law:

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7882 3924
email: law-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

For international students: http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/international/index.html

You can also call the Enquiries Hotline (UK callers only) on Freephone 0800 376 1800.

 

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

First year students studying for the three year LLB in Law and Politics typically have 12 hours of contact time per week. Each module normally has a two-hour lecture supplemented by a one hour weekly or fortnightly tutorial. We offer small group tutorials so it is easy for you to meet the teaching staff to discuss ideas and get support.

Our academic staff are world leaders in their fields; many have been involved with high profile organisations such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the European Commission.

We also have Graduate Student Advisors, these are current postgraduate students who offer support and advice either individually or to groups of undergraduates on a range of topics including academic and non-academic matters.

Independent Study:
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study (which amounts to around 28 hours spent in your personal time).  Your individual study time will be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.   

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.  However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. 

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area.  This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment:
The law components within the LLB in Law and Politics programme are mainly assessed by examination, though some of the optional modules have elements of coursework. In the final year of all the law programmes, there is the option to research and write a dissertation on a legal or politics topic in place of a taught module. The politics modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework.

Law Library Service:

School of Law students have access to state of the art library resources and e-learning facilities. Read more here:

http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/library/index.html

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £16,450

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

LLB Law and Politics students go on to work in a wide variety of careers across the private, public and charity sectors, applying transferable skills such as research, verbal reasoning, communication and negotiation. Those who decide to take this course as a qualifying law degree may choose to apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers in the legal services (solicitor, paralegal, legal advisor).

The national 2012 destination survey confirmed that 93% of the School’s graduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 83% already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary’s School of Law graduates have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £23,038.

The broad range of skills gained through courses in the School of Law, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities (such as mooting) and work experience, has enabled students to move into roles such as:

  • Trainee Solicitor - CMS Cameron McKenna Ltd
  • Corporate Banker - Baker Tilly
  • Trade Mark Attorney - IPulse
  • Teaching Assistant - Manor Green Primary School
  • Intern - Clifford Chance
  • Case Worker - Peters Legal
  • Legal Services Advisor - University of Bedfordshire
  • HR & Finance Assistant - Pell & Bales
  • Finance Paralegal - Mitsubishi UFJ International
  • Project Assistant - Queen Mary, University of London
  • Intern Analyst - CBRE Investors
  • Trainee Insurance Broker - Arthur J Gallagher
  • Case Administrator - London Probation Trust
  • Paralegal - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
  • Trainee Solicitor - Sidley Austin
  • Audit Manager - Standard Chartered Bank

Throughout the course, students have access to an annual QM Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 90 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.

Recent careers events in the School of Law include a Barristers networking evening, training contracts panel discussion with Simmons & Simmons, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Holman Fenwick Willan, commercial awareness workshop led by Freshfields, Alternative Careers in Law Speed Meet and the annual QM Law Fair featuring 30 law firms. There are one-to-one appointments with the Law Careers Consultant every Monday throughout the year, for support with job and work experience applications, interview practise and career choice questions. The QM Careers team run a range of employer events throughout the year that Law students can attend, including a Politics Careers Panel and Experience Journalism Workshop.

Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study. Legal work experience is available through the Law School’s pro-bono society and Legal Advice Centre. Other opportunities can be found through QProjects, a local work experience scheme, QRecruit, which advertises internships and temporary work, Experience Works, a part time work fair, and volunteering with QMSU Provide. There are also over 1400 vacancies to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.

Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers and Enterprise Centre pages

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