English and French Law (LLB (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
LLB (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

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About English and French Law at University of Kent

At Kent, we have one of the top law schools in the UK. Kent Law School is renowned for its world-leading research and its distinctive ‘critical approach’ that places law within the wider context of society. This creates an exciting environment in which to gain your Qualifying Law Degree. Our degree programme You study French law and language in your first two years at Kent, alongside compulsory modules in English law. Your third year is spent at university in France, where you are taught in French, and you return to Kent for your final year, gaining a strong grounding in two legal systems. You study the detail of the law, as well as its history. You analyse judgments and legal developments while taking into account the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This ‘critical approach’ enhances what is already a fascinating subject. It helps you to fully understand the law and there are many chances to discuss and debate its role in society.  Teaching is via lectures, small group seminars and case studies. Our popular mooting programme, hosted in a dedicated space within the £5m Wigoder Law Building, gives you the chance to develop advocacy skills in a simulated courtroom setting before a bench comprised of local judges, practising barristers, solicitors and lecturers. Kent Law School has a supportive environment and your lecturers have office hours where they provide guidance on a one-to-one basis. We also provide: the Skills Hub offering tailored guidance, five days a week in term time a law librarian to guide you in the use of online and printed resources. Accreditation All of our undergraduate Law degrees are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as Qualifying Law Degrees for entrants in 2020. They also contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers. Aix-Marseille Université Students who wish to study English Law and French Law but who wish to spend more time in France and achieve a formal qualification in French Law, may be interested in an alternative programme offered by Aix-Marseille Université, France (AMU). Through an agreement with Kent this enables students to study for two years at AMU before progressing to the University of Kent to study the LLB in the final two years of the degree, offering the opportunity to graduate with a Master 1 Droit international et européen, and an LLB in Law: AMU and Kent Law School linked award Modern languages If you are interested in developing your proficiency in a modern foreign language on a three-year programme, you can study: Law with a Language (French)Law with a Language (German)Law with a Language (Spanish) Year abroad English and French Law is a four year programme in which (subject to meeting academic requirements during the first two years at Kent as detailed in the Stage 1 handbook) the third year is spent at one of our partner universities in France, where you will be study law, taught in French. If you would like to study abroad but be taught in English, you can study for a year in Asia or Canada on our International Legal Studies with a Year Abroad programme, or in mainland Europe on our European Legal Studies course. Study resources Kent Law Clinic is based within our new, purpose-built building. It is ideal for developing your practical skills and has a replica courtroom for mooting. Our academic resources are extensive. You have access to a wide range of materials, including: collections of legislation and case law in UK, European and international law Lawlinks, our award-winning gateway to online legal resources major legal databases that are used on a daily basis in the legal profession audio recordings of your lectures. Extra activities There are plenty of activities related to your studies, including: Kent Student Law Society for aspiring solicitors Kent Temple Law Society for those intending to go to the Bar Kent Critical Law Society Kent Canadian Law Society Nigerian Law Society European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Kent. Kent Student Law Society and Kent Temple Law Society arrange events that are attended by members of the legal profession, many of them Kent alumni. They include QCs, judges, barristers, solicitors and members of the Bar Council and Law Society. In previous years, events have included the: Kent Law Fair Kent Law Ball Temple Dinner. Kent Critical Law Society has also put on events where students, academics and practitioners can debate topical – and often controversial – legal issues. Professional network We have approximately 100 legal professionals registered on our Professional Mentoring Scheme, and leading law firms visit the campus to attend the annual Kent Law Fair, offer mock interviews, or run workshops. We regularly hold careers talks given by practising lawyers (many of whom are Kent alumni) and host guest lectures given by some of the leading legal figures of our time.

Kent Law School emphasises research-led teaching which means that the modules taught are at the leading edge of new legal and policy developments. 

Most modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations and continuous assessment, the ratio varying from module to module, with Kent encouraging and supporting the development of research and written skills. Some modules include an optional research-based dissertation that counts for 45% or, in some cases, 100% of the final mark. 

Assessment can also incorporate assessment through oral presentation and argument, often in the style of legal practice (such as mooting), and client-based work and reflection through our Law Clinic.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the principal features of the English legal system, including its institutions, procedures and sources of law
  • the principal features of the law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • the principal features of the French legal system, including its institutions, procedures and sources of law
  • the concepts, principles and rules of a substantial range of English legal subjects, including an in-depth knowledge of some areas of law, and, depending on options, an in-depth knowledge of the law of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights, international law and comparative law
  • the concepts, principles and rules of French Public Law, the French Law of Obligations and several specialised areas of French Law as studied in a French law faculty
  • French legal methodology including, in particular, the French two-part legal plan for essays and case commentaries
  • Both French language and French legal language 
  • the relationship between law and the historical, linguistic, socio-economic and political contexts in which it operates
  • a range of theoretical, comparative and critical perspectives which can be applied to the study of law.


    Intellectual Skills

    On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

    • effectively apply knowledge to analyse complex issues using, where appropriate, the English or French languages
    • recognise and rank items and issues in terms of their relevance and importance
    • collect and synthesise information from a variety of English and French sources
    • recognise potential alternative solutions to particular problems and make a reasoned choice between them
    • independently acquire knowledge and understanding in areas, both legal and non-legal, not previously studied
    • demonstrate an independence of mind and an ability to critically challenge received understandings and conclusions
    • reflect constructively on their own learning processes
    • develop their level of French language both orally and in writing.


    Subject-specific skills

    On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

    • recognise the legal issues arising in a complex factual situation in English and French law
    • identify and apply the case and statute law relevant to it
    • provide an informed and reasoned opinion on the possible legal actions arising from it, and their likelihood of success
    • identify the legal and related issues which require to be researched
    • effectively locate and use primary and secondary legal, and other relevant sources
    • conduct guided legal research using a range of resources, both paper and electronic
    • conduct independent legal research using a range of resources, both paper and electronic
    • critically evaluate an area of law both doctrinally and in terms of its socio-economic and other consequences
    • function effectively in both the English and the French languages and in English and French law
    • formulate and sustain a complex argument (in English and in French), supporting it with appropriate evidence

    Transferable skills

    On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

    • use the English and French languages, both orally and in writing in relation to legal matters and generally, with care, accuracy and effectiveness
    • engage constructively and effectively in arguments and discussions of complex matters in English and in French
    • give a clear and coherent presentation on a topic, in English and in French, using appropriate supporting materials
    • read complex legal and non-legal materials in English and in French and then summarise them accurately
    • employ correct English and French legal terminology and correct methods of citation and referencing for legal and other academic materials
    • produce work in appropriate formats
    • work collaboartively in groups to achieve defined tasks, to respond to different points of view and to negotiate outcomes
    • word-process their work and use a range of electronic databases and other information sources.

    The programme aims to:

    • attract and meet the needs of both those contemplating a career in the legal professions and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in English and French law and legal issues
    • contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
    • provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal institutions and procedures of the English and French legal systems
    • provide a sound grounding in the major concepts and principles of English law, French Law, the law of the European Union, and the European Convention on Human Rights
    • develop a critical awareness of law in its comparative, historical, socio-economic and political contexts, and to introduce students to a range of different theoretical approaches to the study of law
    • offer a range of modules covering the foundations of legal knowledge, as defined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, which will enable students who successfully complete them to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree
    • Offer students an in-depth experience of studying French law in a French law faculty where they will obtain either, a Certificate, Diploma or another French higher education qualification depending upon the law faculty concerned and their individual ability.
    • offer students the opportunity to live and study abroad with the object of promoting European integration
    • offer a range of options to enable students to study some selected areas of law (English, French, comparative) in depth
    • offer students the opportunity to develop their French language skills both at a conversational level and at specialist level (French legal terminology)
    • offer a range of options to enable students to study some selected areas of law (English, French, comparative) in depth
    • provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
    • offer the opportunity to acquire direct experience of legal practice and to critically reflect on it through participation in the Kent Law Clinic
    • enable students to manage their own learning and to carry out independent research, including research into areas of law they have not previously studied
    • develop general critical, analytical, functional, comparative and problem-solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of different legal and non-legal settings
    • provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in the legal professions in England and in France, and in other fields.

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