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Law - Senior Status

M101 LLB (Hons) 2 years


Law (Senior Status) is a two-year LLB programme for advanced students (those with a degree in another discipline). It is primarily designed for graduates who wish to obtain a qualifying law degree but will also be of interest to those non-law graduates who have an interest in reading law as a second academic degree.

The Senior Status programme attracts students from all around the world, so there is the opportunity to get to know people from many different countries.

The Senior Status Society, run by students on the programme, is more social than the other careers focused societies and exists to support and welcome students who have already had the ‘first time at university’ experience. There is a great sense of comradery amongst the Senior Status students and the society has co-ordinated a range of events, such as networking event at the Canadian Embassy.

Why study law at 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.

Entry requirements

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

2018 Entry requirements

BTEC See our detailed subject and grade requirements
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

Typical tariff or grades required:  2:1 Honours degree or equivalent.

Further information on our entry requirements.

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.

The Senior Status programme is primarily designed for non-law graduates, particularly those who wish to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree. This means that applicants who have previously studied law modules (particularly the Foundation elements of English law) at degree level may not be eligible. Please contact if you need further guidance on this point.

Further information

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

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7882 3924

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

International students should contact the Admissions Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511

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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

First year students studying the Senior Status LLB typically have 15 hours of contact time per week. Each module normally has a two-hour lecture supplemented by a one hour weekly or fortnightly tutorial.

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.

The Senior Status LLB is 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 topic in place of a taught module. 

Law Library Service:

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

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


Because you already have a degree, you are not eligible for student loans and grants from the UK government towards the cost of your tuition fees or living costs. This means that you will need an alternative source of funding to cover these costs.

For more information about how you can pay your tuition fees in instalments see:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676

Most students who are self-funding, because they are not entitled to the usual student loans and grants, fund their tuition fees and living costs through a combination of: financial support from family / friends, personal savings, part-time and vacation employment and personal bank loans. If you are able to live rent-free, eg, with family, during your studies, this will reduce the amount of money that you need each year. You would need to cover your tuition fees each year plus money to cover your day-to-day expenses and course costs such as books etc. However, if you are living independently, you will need to cover your tuition fees each year plus around £11,000 for a 52-week year for your rent, bills and living costs. These living costs are based on average student costs and will vary according to your own circumstances.

QMUL funding

The School of Law offers a £1,000 per year bursary for Senior Status students. You can apply to be considered for a School of Law bursary once you have enrolled.

Unfortunately, as you already hold a degree, you are not eligible for the standard QMUL bursaries.

Other financial help on offer at QMUL

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 QMUL.

You can find the full range of guides here:

The guides that are of particular use to self-funding undergraduates are:

  • Additional sources of funding: This guide includes information about Professional and Career Development Loans, which are government subsidised study loans from certain banks.
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs.
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

If, having read these guides, you would like one-to-one advice from one of the specialist welfare advisers in the Advice and Counselling Service, please contact us. Advice can be provided by telephone and email if that is easier for you:

Graduate Employment

Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Law go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers in the legal services (barrister, solicitor, paralegal, legal advisor) either in the UK or in other jurisdictions, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into sectors such as public administration and finance.

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 a variety of roles. For example, recent UK graduates from the School have procured roles as:

  • Trainee Solicitor - CMS Cameron McKenna Ltd
  • Corporate Banker - Baker Tilly
  • Trade Mark Attorney - IPulse
  • Trainee Insurance Broker - Arthur J Gallagher
  • Case Administrator - London Probation Trust
  • Intern - Clifford Chance
  • 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.


Name: Rebecca Fay, USA

Studying: LLB Senior Status

"Having graduated with an undergraduate degree in Politics, I was keen to study law in a university that would challenge me academically and provide me with opportunities to engage in meaningful extra-curricular activities. The School of Law at Queen Mary has not disappointed! The quality of teaching within the department is phenomenal, as reflected in our impressive national rankings. I have been supported throughout my studies by approachable staff that go the extra mile to ensure that students succeed. I have been active in the Pro Bono Group and the Law Society which have given me opportunities to work with lawyers from some of London's top commercial firms. I have worked with Lawyers Without Borders and a local legal advice centre which have provided an excellent insight into a career as a solicitor. I believe that the Department of Law at Queen Mary has given me a thorough academic grounding in law as well as the opportunity to develop skills needed in my future career."


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