Undergraduate courses

Do your career justice

We offer several different law courses. In all of them, you’ll have research-led teaching (with a focus on developing your own research skills), in a truly international environment, opportunities to roll your sleeves up with work at the Law Clinic, alongside some brilliant extra-curricular activities. We take your future career seriously, so throughout the course there’ll be focus on employability.

We have a 3-year LLB degree.

If you want to combine studying law with another subject, we’ve got the following 3-year courses:

  • LLB Law with Business
  • LLB Law with Human Rights
  • LLB Law with Politics
  • LLB Law with Philosophy

You can add an additional year to any of these LLB degrees:

  • A placement year (in the third year) gives you valuable work experience and a chance to develop your legal and professional skills. You can tailor your placement to your interests and could work for a law firm, a company's in-house legal department, the public sector, a charity or NGO, or elsewhere.
  • A year abroad (also in the third year) is a great opportunity to develop your inter-cultural understanding, self-reliance and independence. Many of the destinations we offer do not require a foreign language, though study abroad can be a great opportunity to help you learn a new language.

If you already have an undergraduate degree in another discipline, you can take our 2-year LLB Senior Status.

If your French language skills are as good as your English, we have a long-established 4-year LLB English and French Law (Maîtrise/Master 1) ‘double degree’ course in which you spend two years at Essex then two years at one of our partners in France.

All our LLB degrees are 'qualifying' law degrees, which means you can proceed straight into the professional stage of professional training in England and Wales after graduation to become a solicitor or barrister.

Please have a look at our courses in the pull-down menus below.

LLB courses

  • LLB Law

    Our LLB Law is our flagship course. It covers the key building blocks of the subject, draws on our expertise across a wide variety of areas of the law and gives you opportunities to develop your practical experience and essential legal skills. This means you learn what the law means in theory as well as how it works in practice.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • LLB Law (Senior Status) - conversion course

    Our LLB Law (Senior Status) is a fast-track conversion course for those who have graduated from an undergraduate course in another discipline and want to pursue a career in law. It provides you with the knowledge and skills vital for a career in law, covering the academic stage of training for the legal profession in England and Wales, meaning you can proceed to the Bar Professional Training Course (to become a barrister) or the Legal Practice Course (to become a solicitor), or make the next steps to a common law bar in Canada and other jurisdictions.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • LLB Law with Business

    LLB Law and Business combines a legal training with the study of business practice. Studying this combination of subjects will benefit anyone looking to enter the business world.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • LLB Law with Human Rights

    LLB Law and Human Rights combines a legal training with the study of human rights. Drawing on a range of perspectives including law, sociology, politics and philosophy, the course examines the development and practice of human rights around the world.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • LLB Law with Politics

    Our LLB Law and Politics combines legal education with the critical study of political systems and political culture. Drawing on our leading expertise in public and constitutional law, as well as political science, the course has a strong focus on the rules governing the relationship between the state, branches of government and individual citizens.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • LLB Law with Philosophy

    Our LLB Law and Philosophy combines legal education with the critical study of key philosophical topics. You learn to apply methods of philosophical analysis to legal theory and practice and to consider the legal dimensions of moral and ethical problems.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • LLB English and French Law (Maîtrise)

    The LLB English and French Law (Maîtrise/Master 1) is a four-year course, with the first two years spent at Essex, studying the 'qualifying' law modules. The third and fourth years are spent at one of our three partner institutions in France, where the modules studied will allow you to obtain the Licence en Droit in the third year and the Maîtrise/Master 1 in the fourth year. This degree provides two qualifying law degrees, one for England and Wales, and one for France. Graduates can take the professional examinations necessary to be a solicitor, barrister or an ‘avocat’.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

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Other LLB pathways

  • Direct entry to second year

    Direct second-year entrance is available on the following courses:

    • LLB Law (also available with year abroad

    We cannot accept transfers into our third year because you need to have studied at Essex for at least two years to be awarded a University of Essex degree.

    Requirements

    You are allowed to transfer credits from other United Kingdom universities and be exempted from the compulsory modules at Essex that you have passed elsewhere.

    If you wish to apply you must meet the following requirements:

    • you must have been eligible for entry to Essex through your pre-University studies (for example, you gained at least ABB across 3 A-levels)
    • you must have studied law in your first year at your current University
    • you must have achieved grades satisfactory to us in your first year exams and term-time essays. We require an average grade of 2.1 standard in the first year studied elsewhere.
    • you must provide satisfactory references from those who have taught you at your current University
    • you must provide a good reason for seeking a transfer to the University of Essex

    Applications

    You can contact us informally before submitting a formal UCAS application for direct second-year entry.

    Your formal application must be via UCAS, making sure that you have indicated you wish to be considered for the second year of entry on the application. The reference required on the UCAS form must be from a current lecturer or tutor at the University at which you are currently studying.

    Re-sit examinations

    We cannot accept students who have to re-sit modules.

BA courses

  • BA Philosophy and Law

    Our BA Philosophy and Law combines the study of philosophy with that of law. Both subjects share a range of overlapping interests including ethics, politics, and the nature of law. This course allows you to examine critically what the law is, what it ought to be, and how we can justify legal decisions.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • BA Latin American Studies with Human Rights

    BA Latin American Studies with Human Rights offers a unique opportunity to focus on the politics, culture and history of Latin within a human rights context. As well as learning Spanish and Portuguese you spend a year abroad at a partner institution in Latin America. In addition to core modules specific to the course, optional modules in related subjects are run in collaboration with the Departments of History, Sociology, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, Language and Linguistics, and the School of Philosophy and Art History.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • BA Philosophy with Human Rights

    BA Philosophy with Human Rights combines the study of philosophy with one of its most powerful practical ideas: that all human beings are entitled to the same universal rights. You receive a grounding in philosophy combined with the study of human rights from philosophical, political, legal and sociological perspectives.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • BA Politics with Human Rights

    BA Politics with Human Rights addresses the impact of politics and political events on domestic and international affairs, and how they relate to the worldwide promotion and protection of human rights. You explore different aspects of political science while developing a knowledge of human rights and a variety of research methods.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

  • BA Sociology with Human Rights

    Our BA Sociology with Human Rights combines a grounding in sociology with the study of human rights.

    Search our Module Directory to see the range of undergraduate modules currently available.

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