Undergraduate Course

LLB English and French Law


LLB English and French Law


The details
English and French Law (Maitrise)
October 2020
4 years
Colchester Campus
Law (School of)

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).

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Bar Standards Board for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.
Why we're great.
  • Our lecturers work with the UN, the UK government, and with EU and foreign governments.
  • You gain work experience advising real clients through opportunities such as the Essex Law Clinic.
  • We stimulate your desire to pursue justice and become an agent for change.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Study abroad

After two years at Essex, your third and fourth years are spent at one of the following partner institutions in France:

  • Université Paris-Nanterre
  • Université Toulouse Capitole
  • Université Lyon III Jean Moulin

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.

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 Xavier Aurey teaches French Administrative Law. His areas of research include International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, and Clinical Legal Education. He is especially interested in the use of new technologies to better protect human rights.

Dr Yseult Marique teaches French Private Law. Her areas of research include Regulation and administrative law, especially public-private relationships, Public contracts (procurement, enforcement, corruption), Integrity and ethics in government and business, European administrative law and comparative administrative 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.

Specialist facilities

  • 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 variety of events including conferences, careers fairs and debates
  • 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

Your future

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.

"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

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: ABB

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

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.

International & EU entry requirements

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

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.


Example structure

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.

Foundations of the Law of Obligations

What are the principles of contract formation? And what are the remedial consequences of breach of contract? Study key concepts in contract and tort, and how they are placed in the wider framework of the common law of obligations. Apply your knowledge to resolve legal problems in simulated cases.

View Foundations of the Law of Obligations on our Module Directory

Contract Law

What are the legal consequences of contract failure? How do you calculate damages? Examine key aspects of contract law. Identify legal issues in simulated case studies and learn to construct legal arguments. Apply legal principles and precedent cases to resolve simulated legal problems. Build the numerical skills to calculate damages.

View Contract Law on our Module Directory

Legal Skills

Understand fundamental features of the English legal system? Can you explain the meaning in a legal case? Do you cite legal/academic sources correctly? Examine the structure and role of legal institutions and professionals. Develop key skills for legal study, including group work, presenting information orally and researching legal materials.

View Legal Skills on our Module Directory

Foundations of Property Law

What are the key features of property law? And what is the framework within which a property lawyer operates? Study the fundamental principles of the law of property in England and Wales. Satisfy the property law requirements of professional bodies if you wish to practise law in England and Wales.

View Foundations of Property Law on our Module Directory

Foundations of Public Law

This module introduces the fundamentals of the UK constitution and the foundations of judicial review. The module explores: the nature of the constitution; the structure of governmental power; the sources of constitutional rules; and the fundamental principles underpinning the UK constitution. The module considers the functions of the three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial) and how they are accountable. The module examines the framework for protection of human rights in the UK and introduces the grounds of judicial review.

View Foundations of Public Law on our Module Directory

French Constitutional Law

You’ll receive an overview of French constitutional law, including elements of EU law, and will focus on the techniques of legal writing specific to French law and French legal culture. You’ll acquire an in depth understanding of the style of reasoning and legal development of French constitutional law, and you’ll learn to think and work in French law alongside the English legal system.

View French Constitutional Law on our Module Directory

French Private Law I

You’ll gain an overview of the French legal system and French private law. You’ll look at the legal methods specific to French private law and French legal culture. You’ll acquire understanding of the style of reasoning of French private law and the relevant use of the civil code. You’ll learn to think and work in French law alongside the English legal system, and will gain the necessary background to analyse the key concepts of French private law.

View French Private Law I on our Module Directory

Career Management and Personal Development Skills I

What are the main skills expected of a law graduate? And what key personal factors will inform your career choice? Get ready for the opportunities and challenges of the graduate labour market. Undertake activities, workshops and session that help you develop, building your key skills and competencies.

View Career Management and Personal Development Skills I on our Module Directory

Tort Law

Who is liable for causing psychiatric harm? Or for causing economic loss? Study the foundations of negligence liability, examining further aspects of tort law. Gain experience of applying the principles of negligence liability to duty-based scenarios. Read and critically analyse judicial decisions.

View Tort Law on our Module Directory

Equity and Trusts

What is meant by breach of trust? What are the constitutional elements of a fully constituted trust? How can that trust be terminated? Study the principles governing the law of trusts. Examine the development of equity, equitable principles and equitable remedies. Analyse social and legal contexts in which trusts arise.

View Equity and Trusts on our Module Directory

Land Law

Want to satisfy the land law requirement of professional training? And become familiar with land law terminology? Study the framework within which a property lawyer operates. Examine modern legal tensions around the conveyancing process and social justice (eg protecting the “rights” of those who aren’t legal owners of the property).

View Land Law on our Module Directory

Legal Research

Research is imperative to governing rationally and effectively. You study the differences between various common legal research methods and their relative merits, which is put in to context by studying topics drawn from public law, criminal law and public law. This module also introduces the role of research in influencing policy; the methods used to present research findings and their suitability and effective strategies for structuring academic writing.

View Legal Research on our Module Directory

Criminal Law

How effective is criminal law? How do you break down a criminal law statute to its component parts? And how do you then interpret it? Understand criminal law in England and Wales. Read and critically analyse judicial decisions. Assess and answer factual problems, raising issues of criminal liability.

View Criminal Law on our Module Directory

French Administrative Law

You’ll receive an overview of French administrative law, including the elements of EU law that influences and shapes the current development of French administrative law. You’ll focus on the legal methods specific to French law and will become familiar with French legal culture. You’ll acquire an in depth understanding of the style of reasoning of French public law, and will learn to think and work in French law alongside the English legal system.

View French Administrative Law on our Module Directory

French Private Law II

This module gives you an overview of the French law of obligations (contracts and torts), and focuses on the legal methods specific to French law. You’ll gain the necessary background knowledge of the law of obligations (including the efficient use of the civil code) in order to pursue your studies in French private law at one of our partner universities in France.

View French Private Law II on our Module Directory

Career Management and Personal Development Skills II

This module incorporates a range of teaching activities, workshops and panel sessions that encourage you to take ownership of your personal and professional development in order to compete in the graduate labour market. You will be able to identify, articulate and evidence your employability skills, and will develop a critical understanding of your place in the world of work.

View Career Management and Personal Development Skills II on our Module Directory

Year abroad

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.


  • For most modules, you attend two lectures a week and one fortnightly tutorial
  • Tutorials provide the opportunity to discuss the law, apply the law to factual problems, and develop legal arguments
  • Basic IT skills training is available and training in the use of LEXIS and WESTLAW (legal research tools) is also given
  • You are encouraged to take part in moots (mock trials), negotiation competitions and other practical exercises
  • Your third and fourth years are taught at one of three partner institutions in France


  • Virtually all modules are assessed by a combination of written examination and coursework
  • Examinations are held at the end of each academic year
  • Your first year marks do not count towards your final degree classification

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee


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.

International fee


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.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

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