Pick up any newspaper and it is almost certain that every page will have a story that is directly or indirectly related to the law. Law is not just about people suing their local council – nor is it all high-profile criminal cases involving judges, wigs and the drama of the courtroom. It is a subject that covers nearly all aspects of human activity – from the contract you enter into when you buy a chocolate bar in a newsagent to your right to freely express yourself. At Queen Mary you’ll learn about the law of contract, criminal law, land law, tort, constitutional law, property law, EU law plus jurisprudence (the theory or philosophy of law). Then there’s human rights law, international law, medical law and ethics, competition law, commercial law and all sorts of other specialist areas. A law degree is about analysis, attention to detail, argument and communication. It’s also about learning the skills to read legal documents, such as Acts of Parliament, EU legislation and case reports. Law is fascinating, relevant and demanding, and gives you an excellent foundation for a legal career, among others.
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.
Why study Senior Status Law at Queen Mary?
Queen Mary University of London is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which represents the 24 leading universities in the UK. The Russell Group is made up of universities including Oxford, Cambridge and a number of our fellow London institutions such as UCL, Imperial, LSE and King’s College. Russell Group universities are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research and attract the highest quality students from all over the world.
The School of Law reflects the recent Russell group achievement in that we consistently perform well in external university rankings for law. We outperformed the top ranking law faculties within the Russell Group of British Universities as well as the 1994 group of British Universities. In the Guardian University Guide 2014, we are ranked 6th in the UK and 3rd in London, and the Times Good University Guide 2013 ranks us eighth in the UK and third in London. In the 2011 National Student Survey (NSS), 94 per cent of our students expressed overall satisfaction with their course, indicating our dedication to ensuring a brilliant student experience.
All our LLB programmes are qualifying law degrees and are recognised by the Bar Council and Law Society. You will benefit from the expertise of our staff, many of whom are working at the cutting edge of research in their disciplines and carry out high-profile work advising the United Nations, EU institutions, the Council of Europe, the World Bank, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, NGOs, as well as the British Parliament and foreign governments.
Our active and successful Mooting Society will give you the opportunity to take on the role of a barrister arguing legal points in a hypothetical case. The final of the annual competition is judged by a senior member of the judiciary. You will also have the chance to compete in national competitions. In 2011, we won the first English Law Student Association mooting competition, beating teams from across the country, including Oxford, in the final.
We were the first university in London to have an on-site Legal Advice Centre where students are given the opportunity to place law into a practical legal context. Working under the supervision of volunteer lawyers, students advise clients in areas of law such as employment, consumer, property, defamation, personal injury, medical negligence, intellectual property, contract and human rights. We are fortunate enough to have lawyers from Allen & Overy, Field Fisher Waterhouse Mishcon de Reya, Nabas Legal, Simmons & Simmons and Reed Smith working closely with our students, providing guidance and supervision, as well as training and careers advice.
The experience and connections gained through this award-winning service, as well as our other student led Law-specific groups and societies, can provide invaluable learning experience as well as many networking opportunities that can help you both as a student and in your future in Law.
Our Student Pro Bono Society (described as ‘one of the best’ student pro bono groups in the country) has over 350 members. ‘Pro Bono’ means work done for the public good without compensation. As students develop their skills and legal knowledge, they are able to become involved in increasingly challenging and hands-on projects.
Our students can also choose to become involved in the School’s other societies. There is a Senior Status society specifically designed for students on the course, which runs careers information evenings and social events to help students feel integrated and involved in the department.
The Law Society has the main objective of assisting students within the School of Law with all aspects of their study, running a variety of social, networking, and workshop events throughout the year.
The Bar Society is a student group created for those students wishing to pursue a career at the Bar. Their main aim is to assist in the education of the Department’s undergraduate students in regard to their professional development and experience of life within the profession. The Bar Society endeavours to introduce students to a breadth of experiences from a variety of sources, providing exposure to all members of the legal profession.
The School of Law runs a series of guest lectures which students have the opportunity to attend, including an annual Law and Society Lecture. Previous speakers have included Albie Sachs, Shami Chakrabarti and Sir Ross Cranston. More information can be found on the Events page.
The School prides itself on offering these unique opportunities to our students and considers that they will enrich your learning experience with us and provide you with skills that will last a lifetime.
Plus two modules or a combination of full/half modules totalling two.
Module options include:
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
- Commercial and Consumer Law (final year only)
- Company Law (final year only)
- Comparative Law: Asian and African Legal Systems
- Comparative European Law
- Criminology (also available as a half module)
- Cultural Diversity and the Law
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Commercial Transactions
- International Environmental Law
- International Human Rights
- Labour Law
- Law and Medical Ethics (final year only)
- Law of Evidence
- Law, Modernity and the Holocaust
- Media Law (final year only)
- Modern Legal History
- Public International Law
- Revenue Law
- United Kingdom Human Rights Law
- Use of Force in International Law
Half modules include:
Typical tariff or grades required: 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent.
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.
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:
Learning and teachingLearning 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. We offer small group tutorials so it is easy for you to meet the teaching staff to discuss ideas and get support. 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.
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
Tuition fees for International students
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
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.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2014):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £7,751 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- A Maintenance Grant of up to £3,387 to help towards your living costs
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- Extra amounts of loan or grant if you study for longer than the standard academic year or if you have travel costs because you are studying away from your main campus
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.
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.
ProfilesName: 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."