- 3 Years (Full time)
- Typical A-level offer
- UCAS code
This law degree allows you to learn about the types of law, in the sense of ‘thinking like a lawyer’ and studying law as a social institution within two legal systems, both at the University of Leeds and at a partner university in France.
As a law student you’ll study key topics within the legal sector, such as contract law, criminal law and international law, as well as the broader context of the law and its relationship with society. At the same time, you’ll be introduced to the French legal system and develop your language skills in preparation for your third year studying law in a French university.
A wide range of optional modules will allow you to pursue your interests in specialist legal areas such as company law, human rights law, environmental law and family law. You could also explore topics in criminal justice and criminology, such as policing or youth crime.
Throughout the course, you’ll gain diverse skills that will be valuable to you as a citizen, as well as in your professional career – whether you choose to enter the legal profession or not.
Studying in the School of Law
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Year 1 provides you with a firm foundation in contract and constitutional law. Our Foundations of Law module equips you to study law at undergraduate level and gives you the chance to practice mooting in Moot Court, the School’s dedicated courtroom. Meanwhile, a core language module will help you develop and enhance your French language skills and you’ll gain an understanding of different constitutional systems within Europe.
In the following year you’ll build on your knowledge and skills with an understanding of criminal law and torts. Additional core modules will develop your research skills and examine the broader relationship between law, the legal system and wider society.
Your choice of optional modules will allow you to focus on a topic that suits your interests and career plans, such as financial services law, youth crime or employment law. In addition, you’ll gain a broad knowledge about French private law, and continue with more advanced language study to prepare you to spend Year 3 studying in France.
Year 3 is spent studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in France. Your final year will give you the chance to apply your research skills to an independent dissertation on a topic of your choice, which you’ll work on with your supervisor. At the same time you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of European law as well as key facets of English law such as land law and equity and trusts. A final choice of optional modules will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in an area such as war crimes, discrimination law or penology.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|French Language Awareness and Skills||20|
|Foundations of Law||30|
|Constitutional and Administrative Law||30|
|European Constitutional Systems||10|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|French Language in Contexts||20|
|Law and Society||10|
|European Legal Systems||10|
|Preparation for the Year Abroad||5|
Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
You will choose 20 credits of optional modules in the school.
|State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic||20|
|International Human Rights Law||20|
|Youth Crime and Justice||20|
Year 3 compulsory modules
|Study Abroad: Law with French||120|
Year 4 compulsory modules
|European Union Law||20|
|The Law of Trusts||20|
Year 4 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
You will choose 20 credits of optional modules in the school.
|State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic||20|
|Advanced French Language Skills||20|
|Cyberlaw: Law and the Regulation of the Information Society||20|
|Gender and the Law||20|
|Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective||20|
Learning and teaching
One of the key aims of this course is to teach you to “think like a lawyer”, but we also help you develop the transferable skills that allow you to use and apply the law in different situations.
You’ll learn through traditional methods such as lectures, tutorials, language classes and seminars, supported by materials and exercises provided through our secure online platform Minerva and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In your first year, the Foundations of Law module will prepare you for the study of law and allow you to gain practical skills such as group working and mooting.
However, this is a demanding course geared towards self-motivated and independent learners, and you’ll spend most of your time in independent study doing research and preparatory reading. We have excellent library resources with over 40,000 volumes in the Law collection, in addition to extensive electronic access to legal materials and journals.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
To help you develop the variety of skills you will need in your future career, we assess modules using a range of different methods. These include seen and unseen exams, coursework, group work and oral participation (for example, in discussion groups).
A-level: AAA including A in French and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Two of your A-levels must be in traditional academic subjects. Please see our accepted subjects document to check your subjects.
If your choice of A-level subjects has been constrained by factors outside your control (such as if your school or college did not offer certain subjects), please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office to discuss your application.
Alternative offers will not be made for applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside A-levels.
GCSE: We expect applicants to have a substantial number of GCSE passes at a high standard. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language will also need a grade 5/6 (B) in GCSE English language, or another appropriate English language qualification, see below.
Access to HE Diploma
Complete 60 credits with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction Grade.
D,D alongside an A at A-level in one of our List A accepted A-level subjects document.
D3, D3, D3.
35 overall (6,6,5 higher including French).
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AABBB overall (AA at advanced level including French).
We will consider T levels in appropriate subjects as they become available. In all cases applicants should have GCSE English at 4 or above.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer:
For alternative qualification offers please contact the admissions team.
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, we offer a foundation year for UK students who meet specific widening participation criteria. Learn more about the BA Social Science (foundation year).
Pathways to Law
Pathways to Law provides opportunities for students from state schools in England who are interested in a career in law and who will be the first generation of their family to go to university. It offers support to students from under-represented backgrounds throughout years 12 and 13 and into university. Find out more about Pathways to Law.
- View the Canadian equivalents to GCSE and A-levels.
- View the Indian equivalents to GCSE and A-levels.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £22,250 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
We typically receive a high number of applications for courses in the School of Law. To ensure we treat all applications fairly and equitably, we review applications after the UCAS deadline before making a final decision. All applications received before the UCAS deadline are guaranteed equal consideration. Please see our Admissions Guidance page for more details as well as advice on personal statements.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
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As a graduate of this degree there are several professional and academic pathways available to you, whether you envisage becoming a lawyer or intend to specialise in a specific area of law at postgraduate level. In addition to going to the Bar, our graduates have secured diverse law careers in companies such as Pinsent Masons, Eversheds, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Irwin Mitchell and Addleshaw Goddard.
All our law courses satisfy the degree requirements set by the Bar Standards Board should you wish to qualify as a barrister, for more information visit Bar Standards Board website.
If you plan to be a solicitor you will need to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), for more information visit Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
Law is also a highly transferable degree and many graduates choose to pursue careers in other areas.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.
Study abroad and work placements
Study abroad is a compulsory part of this programme. You’ll spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities in France, studying different aspects of French and European law. You'll have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of French law, the legal system and legal culture. You can also immerse yourself in French culture and enhance your language skills.
During your year abroad, you’ll complete a dossier and learning journal for the School of Law to evaluate.
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