Please note this course is subject to approval.
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 a few universities in the UK which put students on the right path to qualify for legal practice in both the UK and France.
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, meeting the requirements for the academic stages of training to become a solicitor or barrister in the UK. You also take French law in both years, which is taught in French.
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. You'll also cover topics including, but not limited to:
In your third year, you study at a partner institution in France, where you follow modules in French law to obtain the Licence en Droit.
At Essex, we are ranked in the top 100 Law Schools in the THE World University Rankings 2020 and our Human Rights Centre is recognised internationally. We are proud of our network of international contact and 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.
Please note that you are required to be bilingual in French and English in order to be accepted onto this course.
At present, to qualify as a solicitor or barrister you need to meet the requirements for the academic stage of training for the respective profession, before entering into the vocational training stage. Our LLB degrees meet the requirements for the academic stages of training to become a solicitor or barrister:
Please note that the training requirements of this profession are currently under review, with the SRA planning reforms to the process for qualifying as a solicitor which are due to take effect from 2021. However, any student who commences a QLD before these changes take effect will be able to complete their solicitor training under the existing framework. Please contact us if you require any further information.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates training to become a barrister. New qualification rules are currently being introduced (between 2019-21). The new framework for qualifying to become a barrister will continue to require an undergraduate law degree (or an undergraduate degree in a different subject area followed by a Graduate Diploma in Law). The requirements for the academic stage of training are set by the BSB. Our LLB degrees meet these requirements and, therefore, meet the academic component of training to become a barrister.
After two years at Essex, your third year is 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 their third 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, and between international law and the arts.
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.
Emmanuelle Lemaire also teaches French Private Law. Her areas of research include Comparative Law, Tort Law, French Law and English 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.
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 Student Development Team to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
"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
Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2020 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.
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 year 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.
Your third year 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.
£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 year.
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Once you’ve checked that we have the right course for you, applying couldn’t be simpler. Fill in our quick and easy Clearing application form with as much detail as you can. We’ll then take a look and get back to you with a decision. There’s no need to call us to apply; just do it all online.
We don’t interview all applicants during Clearing, however, we will only make offers for the following course after a successful interview:
The interview allows our academics to find out more about you, and in turn you’ll be able to ask us any questions you might have. Further details will be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for interview.
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