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 full-time academics.
At Essex, we are actively engaged in debates about the meaning of justice in the UK and beyond. 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. Please note that the organisation of the fourth year in France might be subject to change due to ongoing reform of the French education system.
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.
We are ranked among the top 200 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019) and we are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014), and our Human Rights Centre is a recognised international leader.
Please note that you are required to be bilingual in French and English in order to be accepted onto this course.
Please also note that the Master 1 and Master 2 stages are now integrated in the French system, and entry to Master 1 (which is during the final year of the Double Degree Programme) is via a selective process at the end of the Licence year (third year).
After two years at Essex, your third and fourth years are spent at one of the following partner institutions in France:
Students will pay University of Essex tuition fees for the first and second year of study and will pay tuition fees to their French university for the third and fourth year.
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.
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.
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:
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.
"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
“I studied the double-degree LLB English and French Law (Maitrise) which involved two years at Essex and two in Lyon. Academically it was rather challenging, but my lecturers helped me a lot, so I actually did very well in the end. I also gained strong analytical knowledge by studying legal systems in two different countries. The lecturers were passionate about the subject and they often raised interesting and unexpected issues about law, which was very stimulating.
Settling into social life was easy with all the facilities and support offered by the Students’ Union. I met great people and my experience at Essex definitely had an important impact on me. I am now finishing my degree in Lyon, but I look back on my time at Essex fondly.”
Coline Castelnau, LLB English and French Law, 2018
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.
French Baccalaureate: An overall mark of 14 including 12 in English and 12 in French
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.
A French proficiency test may be required if French is not your first language.
Please note that second year entry to this course is not possible.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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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.
Your first two years of this course are spent at Essex. We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory modules and options chosen from lists. Below is just one example of a combination of modules you could take during your two years here.
After your final year at Essex, you spend your third and fourth years at a partner institution in France. Here you will study further modules in French law. You will need to contact your chosen partner institution for details of the modules they offer.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change.
After two years at Essex, Years 3 and 4 will be spent in France in one of our partner universities: the Université Paris-Nanterre, the Université Toulouse Capitole or the Université Lyon III Jean Moulin. Students will there have the opportunity to choose between various L3 and M1 modules.
£9,250Students will pay University of Essex tuition fees for the first and second year of study and will pay tuition fees to their French university for the third and fourth year.
£15,750Students will pay University of Essex tuition fees for the first and second year of study and will pay tuition fees to their French university for the third and fourth year.
Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
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.
For information on transferring from another university, applying when you are not at school or college, and applying for readmission, please see How to apply and entry requirements
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.
If you're outside the UK and are planning a trip, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you plan a visit to the University.
Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tours allows you to explore our University from the comfort of your home. Check out our Colchester virtual tour and Southend virtual tour to see accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.
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