Undergraduate Course

LLB Licence English and French Law

(Double Degree)

LLB Licence English and French Law


The details
Licence English and French Law (Double Degree)
October 2023
3 years
Colchester Campus
Essex Law School

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. We also offer a valuable scholarship, specifically for students on this course.

Your first two years on our prestigious LLB Licence 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. During this time in the UK you also learn French law, which is taught in French. Read about AnnaMarie's experience of studying our Double Degree.

After two years at Essex, your third year is spent at one of the following partner institutions in France, where you follow modules in French law to obtain the Licence en Droit:

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.

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:

  • The functions of the three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial)
  • UK and French constitutional law
  • Law of trusts
  • Principles of negligence
  • Criminal liability

Why Essex?

At Essex, we are ranked 47th for Law in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023 and 3rd in the UK for research power in law (THE research power measure, REF2021). Our Human Rights Centre is recognised internationally. We are proud of our network of international contacts 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.

Our 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

Why choose a three-year double degree?

This three-year degree gives you more flexibility. Following France's Ministry of Education Reform in 2016, our new 3-year programme (LLB and Licence) gives you the flexibility, once completed at end of Licence 3, to select a 2-year integrated Masters course at a University in France. The selection at master level takes place at Master 1 (at end the of Licence 3) and no longer at Master 2 (at the end of Master 1).

Under this new system the Master 1 and Master 2 must both be completed at the same University, so if you change from one degree to another at the end of Masters year 1, you will need to start a new Master's degree from the beginning. The LLB English and French Law (Licence) gives you the flexibility in choosing your masters route. We offer the largest double-degree in the UK.

Please note that you are required to be bilingual in French and English in order to be accepted onto this course.

The English and French Law (Licence) student journey
Licence 1 Licence 2 Licence 3 Master 1 Master 2

University of Essex

University of Essex

One of our partner institutions:

Any University in France

The same institution as Master Year 1

Double-degree Law EU Scholarship

This scholarship scheme is for French double-degree undergraduate Law EU students studying as a new student in the academic year 2023-24 who are classified as international students for fees purposes. The awards offered are a discount of £8,900 automatically deducted from your tuition fees for each year of study at Essex (first 2 years of your course). Find out more about the scholarship and it's eligibility criteria here.

How to apply

If you would like to study in Toulouse, you must apply via Parcoursup to go to the University of Toulouse in your third year. This is the only way for students to join our double degree programme with Toulouse.

If you would like to study in any of the other three French institutions (Lyon, Nanterre and Nice), you can apply to our double degree programme either via UCAS or via Parcoursup.

If you have applied to the degree only via UCAS, you do not need to be interviewed in France - once you receive an offer from Essex via UCAS, you can join the double degree programme (and choose Nice, Nanterre, or Lyon as your partner institution).

However, students who have been accepted in the Double Degree programme via Parcoursup will need to fill in a UCAS or direct application (depending on the circumstances). Students will be contacted in due time with the explanation of the steps to follow to proceed with their registration with UCAS/direct admission.

Professional accreditation

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:


From 2021 there is a new route to qualification for solicitors, the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). This includes a requirement to undertake 2 years of ‘qualifying work experience.’ This can be accumulated across four different organisations. 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.

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 Student Development Team to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

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.
  • Our English and French Law Double-Degree was the winner of the Franco-British Lawyers Society Academic Prize (2018).

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, 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.

Prof 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.

Dr Emmanuelle Lemaire also teaches French Private Law. Her areas of research include Comparative Law, Tort Law, French Law and English Law.

Dr Eugénie Duval teaches French Administrative Law. Her areas of research include Animal Law (farm animal welfare regulations) and Constitutional Law (participatory and representative democracy).

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.

"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, including A in French (or equivalent).

IB: 32 points or three Higher Level certificates with 655. Either must include Higher Level French grade 6.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programme Courses (formerly certificates) 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.
We can also consider combinations with BTECs or other qualifications in the Career-related programme – the acceptability of BTECs and other qualifications depends on the subject studied, advice on acceptability can be provided. 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.


Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.

Components and modules explained


Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.


Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms


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


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


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


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


Career Development Learning Part 1

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 Development Learning Part 1 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

Land law is a topic that affects all of us, playing a fundamental role in regulating people's rights over one of the most valuable and useful legal assets. This module is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of the key features of land law, including its underlying principles and its importance in regulating property relations in response to social policy needs. Students will learn about the distinction between personal property and land, the framework for establishing and enforcing various different interests in land.

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


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 Development Skills Part 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 Development Skills Part II on our Module Directory



The year you will spend in France. After successful completion you will be awarded a Licence de droit.

View Licence on our Module Directory


  • 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 year is 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/UK 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 year.

International fee


Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home/UK fees and funding information

International fees and funding information

What's next

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2023 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

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If you are an undergraduate student residing in the UK who has received an offer to study with us in October 2023, you will receive an email invitation to book onto one of our Applicant Days. Our Colchester Campus Applicant Days run from February to May 2023 on various Wednesdays and Saturdays, and our Southend Campus Applicant Days run from March to June 2023 on various weekdays and Saturdays. Applicant Days provide the opportunity to meet your department, tour our campus and accommodation, and chat to current students. We appreciate that travelling to university events can be expensive. This is why we have increased our Applicant Day Travel Bursary cap, allowing you to claim up to £150 as reimbursement for travel expenses. For further information about Applicant Days, including Terms and Conditions and eligibility criteria for our Travel Bursary, please visit our Applicant Days webpage.

If you are an overseas offer-holder, you will be invited to attend one of our virtual events. However, you are more than welcome to join us at one of our in-person Applicant Days if you are able to, so if you’d like to book a place, please contact our Applicant Day Team at applicantdays@essex.ac.uk

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