About the course
Our challenging and competitive course gives you the rewarding intellectual experience of discovering the richness of both the French and English legal cultures. We are one of only five universities in the UK which qualifies students for legal practice in both France and the UK.
Your first two years on our prestigious LLB English and French Law course are spent at Essex, where you take the required modules in English Law for you to practice as a solicitor or barrister in the UK. You also take French law in both years, which is taught in French by four full-time academics.
At Essex, we are actively engaged in debates about the meaning of justice in the UK and beyond. We are ranked top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and our Human Rights Centre is a recognised international leader. We work with the United Nations and governments, human rights organisations and corporations all over the world. This means you graduate with a genuine worldview and a network of international contacts.
In your third and fourth years, you study at a partner institution in France, where you follow modules in French law to obtain the Licence en Droit and the Maîtrise/Master 1.
Not only will you learn legal rules, but you will also consider the function of law in society, the philosophy of law, policy issues and law reform. For instance, you address the rights of consumers, family members, prisoners, householders, workers and children.
Please note that you are required to be bilingual in French and English in order to be accepted onto this course.
"Le Double Diplôme en droit français et anglais a été une experience inoubliable et enrichissante. L’Université d’Essex assure un enseignement de qualité et la taille restreinte des promotions, par rapport à la fac en France, permet un suivi personnalisé des étudiants.
Thomas Martial, LLB English and French Law, 2014
"La double-maîtrise offre les deux compétences les plus précieuses que puisse offrir une formation, a fortiori une formation juridique: l’imagination et l’adaptabilité."
Augustin Gridel, LLB English and French Law, 2013
- A qualifying law degree for the purpose of legal practice in the UK
- A Licence en Droit and Maîtrise/Master 1, allowing students to proceed with professional exams in France
Your third and fourth years are spent at one of the following partner institutions in France:
- Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
- Université de Lyon3
- Université de Toulouse-Capitole
Our expert staff
All of our staff for our LLB English and French Law have experience of the French and English academic systems, so they understand the benefits of a dual education and appreciate the need for a supportive environment for international students.
Dr Clotilde Pégorier teaches French Constitutional Law. Dr Pégorier's areas of research include International Criminal law, especially the crime of genocide. She also focuses on the interactions between the different fields of international law such as human right laws and refugee law.
Dr Laure Sauve teaches French Private Law I, an introduction to law and family law, reflecting on how legal cultures shape the minds of legal practitioners.and French Private Law II (law of obligations) and has a particular research interest in French family law, building on her PhD and current research projects with Paris II, projects involving comparing family law across EU member states.
Dr Julian Sterck will teach French administrative law, including the elements of EU law that influences and shapes the current development of French administrative law. In particular, he focuses on the notion of constitutional identity and the legal dynamics it generates in the interactions between domestic constitutional orders and EU law.
Professors from our partner universities in France also regularly visit to teach topical issues in French law. They are additionally available to discuss your progression in France.
- Volunteer at the Essex Law Clinic where you can work alongside practising solicitors to offer legal advice to clients
- Join our l’Association du Double-diplôme, which organises various professional and social events
- Take part in a mock parliamentary debate, acting as an MP to apply the knowledge acquired in your French law module
- Participate in the prestigious Oxford French Law Moot, where judges are drawn from the Cour de Cassation (the French court of final appeal for civil and criminal cases) and a top French law firm
- Peer mentors guide you through your first year
- Take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms and our alumni association
We maintain close and well-established links with the legal profession.
Our recent graduates of LLB English and French Law have progressed towards various legal careers:
- World Health Organisation (legal consultancy)
- Jones Day
- Slaughter and May, London
- Lovells Law, Washington DC
- SBKG, Paris
Others have secured positions across the spectrum of the legal profession, from multi-national city firms, through to large national and regional firms, to local high-street solicitors. Some have gone on to train for the French Bar and Judiciary, or to pursue their studies at Science Po Paris or in Écoles de commerce in France (such as HEC, EDHEC).
We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
UK entry requirements
A in A-level (or equivalent) French also required
IB: 32 points, including Higher Level French grade 6. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.
Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.
The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.
Applicant Days and interviews
Resident in the UK? If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend one of our applicant days. These run from January to April and give you the chance to explore the campus, meet our students and really get a feel for life as an Essex student.
Some of our courses also hold interviews and if you’re invited to one, this will take place during your applicant day. Don’t panic, they’re nothing to worry about and it’s a great way for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the course. Some of our interviews are one-to-one with an academic, others are group activities, but we’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.
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Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2017 we have three undergraduate Open Days (in June, September and October). These events enable you to discover what our Colchester Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
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