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, family law, administrative law, tort, property law, EU law… plus jurisprudence (the theory or philosophy of law). Then there’s human rights law, international law, law and medical ethics, family law, commercial and consumer law and all sorts of other specialist areas.
The traditional LLB is a three-year law programme. It includes compulsory course modules in the first and second year: property, trusts, contract, criminal law, tort, constitutional and administrative law and EU law. These satisfy Bar Council and Law Society professional requirements for foundations of legal knowledge and skills. From these strong foundations, you are in a good position to choose from a wide array of modules for your second and third years.
Why study 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 8th in the UK and third in London. In the 2013 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 of 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 a href="http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/mooting/index.html">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. 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.
- Public Law
- Elements of Contract Law
- Land Law
- Criminal Law
- Law of the European Union (half-module)
- Administrative Law (half-module)
- Tort Law
- Equity and Trusts
Plus one full or two half-modules from the list below.
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
- Plus three modules or a combination of full / half modules totaling three.
Module options include:
- 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)
- Ethnic Minorities 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:
- Comparative European Law: European Legal Systems
- Comparative Law: European Integration
- Democracy and Justice
- Law and Literature: The Foundations of Law
- Law and Literature: Justice in Crisis
- Law, Justice and Ethics
Please note: Availability of modules may be subject to change.
Typical tariff or grades required: A*AA (GCE A-level).
Additional information: GCE AS-level acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.
Excluded subjects: General studies, critical thinking.
Subjects and grades: Minimum of 36 points overall and at least 6,6,6 at Higher Level.
Please note that this is under review for 2014 entry. We hope to have an update shortly. If in the meantime you have any questions, please contact the admissions team.
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.
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.
- Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAB
- Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
- International Baccalaureate: 6, 6, 6
Minimum 36 points overall and at least 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level.
- European Baccalaureate: 80-85%
Subjects and grades required: Minimum of 80 - 85%
- Access qualifications
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/March we shortlist candidates and may request an updated academic reference. A shortlisted candidate may be invited for interview and/or further assessment. An applicant will generally be required to obtain 60 credits as a minimum, and obtain at least 45 level 3 credits at Distinction (the Department may also specify level 3 subjects in which we require a Distinction).
- European qualifications
We accept a wide range of EU qualifications.See the undergraduate law international pages for more information.
- International qualifications
We accept a wide range of International qualifications. View the undergraduate law international pages for more information.
- Foundation Courses
We do consider students from a wide range of foundation courses, however, please be aware that entry is highly competitive and the entry target for successful applicants would be around 75-80% overall.
- BTEC National Certificate (12 units): D*D
Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.
- BTEC National Diploma (18 units): D*D*D
Certificate of Legal Method: Distinction
For any other enquiries, please go to our FAQ section or contact the School of Law:
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7882 3924
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.
International students should contact the Admissions Office:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Learning and teaching
Learning and Teaching:
First year students studying the three-year LLB 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. 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 LLB is mainly assessed by examination, though some of the option 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.
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.
For more information:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of bursaries are available to students within the School of Law.
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 Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students including:
- Bursaries of up to £3,000 in year 1, for students from low income households who have the best grades: National Scholarship Programme
- Bursaries of up to £1,500 each year for students from low to middle income households: Queen Mary Bursaries
- A range of Scholarships and Bursaries of between £500 and £7,000 a year for studying certain subjects, living in the local area or coming from low income households: Bursaries, Scholarships and Prizes
Further information can be found at Fees and Funding.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
Information on external Scholarships can be found here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/scholarships/index.html
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
For more information:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079 or email: email@example.com
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:
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £7,675 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- A Maintenance Grant of up to £3,250 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
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, paralegals, legal advisor), whilst others transfer skills gained during study into sectors such as public administration or business.
The national 2012 destination survey confirmed that 91% LLB Law graduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 81% already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary’s School of Law graduates have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £24,190.
The broad range of skills gained through this course, 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
- Trainee Solicitor - Reed Smith
- Corporate Banker - Baker Tilly
- Trade Mark Attorney - IPulse
- Trainee Insurance Broker - Arthur J Gallagher
- Case Administrator - London Probation Trust
- Intern - Clifford Chance
- Fair Trading Officer - Gateshead Council
- Trainee Solicitor - Sidley Austin
- Paralegal - Discovery Communications Europe Ltd
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: Joe McDonald
Studying: LLB Law
“When I applied, the Department of Law at Queen Mary was one of the best in London for the quality of teaching and research – since then it has only increased in quality. I also loved the idea of studying and living in London, and as the only campus-based university in the centre Queen Mary was the perfect choice.
“The campus has numerous places for socialising, whether you want a coffee, snack, meal or a pint. Even better, if you step outside campus you are venturing into one of the coolest parts of London with Hackney, Shoreditch and Brick Lane – for a curry and a cocktail – all nearby. And with the new Westfield shopping centre at Stratford even your retail therapy needs are met.
“I am on the committee for the Bar Society, which has been a great experience and allowed me to see the high-flying world of barristers in London first hand. I am also captain of the 1st XV Rugby team who have been really successful.
“One of my most memorable experiences here was going to dinner at one of the Inns of Court where we were seated with many senior barristers and judges. There were lots of very interesting traditions as part of the meal.”
Name: Frances Ridout
Studied: LLB Law (graduated 2006)
Currently: Criminal law barrister at 15 New Bridge Street Chambers
How did you find out about your current job?
I spent a number of years applying for a criminal pupillage and after some disappointment was lucky enough to receive an offer, shortly after completing my bar qualifications.
How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for work?
While at Queen Mary I was able to undertake a lot of pro-bono work. This helped me properly understand the role of a lawyer in practice, not just in theory. In addition, my course challenged me and ensured that I knew what hard work was!
What does your current job involve day-to-day?
I am in court on a daily basis representing defendants in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. My work involves smaller hearings as well as trials and written advice. I often work late into the evening because papers (and cases) can be allocated late the day before.
What are your most and least favourite aspects of your job?
The best aspect of my job is that no two days are even remotely the same. Every morning my commute is to a different court and each brief requires different skills. I enjoy the challenge that this inevitably presents. I am now not sure how I would ever cope if I were to be given a desk job! But the long hours and last-minute nature of the work can be exhausting.