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European Law (4 years) (Full-Time)

Why study European Law at Warwick?

  • Warwick School of Law is one of the leading law schools in the world, ranked 38th in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 and renowned for its high-quality teaching and research.
  • We pioneered – and continue to apply – a unique approach to the study of law: one that is contextual, comparative and international. Our approach provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to become solicitors or barristers, examining the impact of economic, cultural and political change on the law, as well as exploring the critical role the law can play in improving social and economic conditions in modern societies.
  • Variations on our LLB present opportunities to study law in several non-UK jurisdictions around the world (in French, German or English). This is complemented by Warwick-based teaching by that draws on the expertise of staff who have first hand experience of teaching and practising law in over 15 non-UK jurisdictions.

What will I learn?

This course includes a year abroad studying at a university in France or Germany, and is aimed at those with a strong grasp of the French or German language. It will enhance your knowledge of doctrinal and technical legal issues, and build your awareness of the role law plays in modern societies, particularly in Europe.

You will develop an excellent understanding of core legal principles, examining the law from a modern, international and critical perspective. You will gain insight into the impact on the law of cultural, economic and political developments, and learn how law affects everyday life in the UK, Europe and beyond. You can also choose optional modules from within and outside the School, including International Criminal Law, Comparative Human Rights, Refugee and Asylum Law, and Medicine and the Law. Certain module combinations can exempt you from professional law examinations (see Law School website for full details). You will develop advanced legal, research, independent learning and writing skills, and will become a confident communicator, able to participate fully in debates and to present your ideas clearly, both in English and in your chosen language.

In your first year you will gain a thorough grounding in English Law, before studying another European legal system in its own national context in your second year. Your third year is spent at one of our partner universities in France or Germany. Preparatory language modules and careful supervision while you are away ensure that you gain the maximum benefit from your year abroad. Students on the German programme also have the opportunity to obtain a German Master’s degree.

Find out more about the European Law with French Law degree course.
Find out more about the European Law with German Law degree course.

How will I learn?

Each module usually has two lectures per week, plus regular seminars which offer opportunities for legal problem solving and discussion of ethical or policy issues relating to the law. Staff also have regular office hours in which you can discuss issues outside the seminar setting. We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as performance based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations.

Our contextual approach to law means that we ask for consistent work and for your full commitment throughout the course. In return, we will give you all the support and advice needed to help you realise your full potential.

How will I be assessed?

We offer a variety of assessment methods, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You can also choose to weight your degree towards either examinations or essays.

Entry Requirements

A level A Level AAA including French or German (whichever is being studied as part of the degree).

International Baccalaureate 38 points overall. To include 6 in Higher Level French or German (whichever is being studied as part of the degree).

Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and
applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units and grade A in A-Level German or French (or equivalent). Substantial study of Law is highly recommended.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking General Studies/Critical Thinking – normally excluded from offers.

Essential Subjects

A level A (or equivalent) in the language which will be studied as part of the degree.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Departmental Open Days Applicants offered conditional or unconditional places will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day, normally held on a Wednesday in late February, mid-March and early May. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

First year core modules may include Introduction to the Law of Property Relations; Criminal Law; The Modern English Legal System; Introduction to Legal Theory; Tort Law; Introduction to Law and Humanities; French Legal Language and Geman Legal Language.

Second year core modules may include General Principles of Constitutional & Admin Law and Contract Law.

Examples of elective modules may include International Law; French Law; German Law; Social Theory of Law; Introduction to Competition Law; Comparative Criminal Justice; Human Rights in Practice; Foundations of European Law; Law and Policies of the European Union; Origins, Images and Cultures of English Law; Law of Labour Relations; Law of Business Organisations; Comparative Human Rights; Medicine and the Law; Gender and the Law; Shakespeare and the Law; Conflict of Laws in a Commercial Context; Child Law and Global Intellectual Property Law & Policy, to name a few.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in European Law lead to?

A law degree provides a solid foundation for careers in many fields. Our graduates are much in demand by national and global employers in law firms, finance, education, communication, large and small companies, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the civil service. Some graduates go on to pursue further academic degrees in the UK or abroad.

Some recent graduate destinations include Paralegal, Shoosmiths; Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Management Consultant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Westminster City Council, Cabinet Officer; Royal Bank of Scotland, Finance Graduate.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAA including French or German (whichever is being studied as part of the degree).
IB: 38 points to include 6 in Higher Level French or German (which ever is being studied as part of the degree).


Degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website

Warwick School of Law

Student blogs

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Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
£9,000 per year - find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.