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Law (European and International) LLB



Start date: September
Duration: 4 years full-time (includes 1 year study abroad)
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An exciting four year course, this Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) includes a year abroad taught in English, at one of our partner universities. We have over 40 destinations across the globe and our list of available places grows each year.

Rachel Carroll

The course is immediately attractive because of the huge amount of destinations available for the year abroad.

Rachel carroll, law (european and international) LLB

Start your career with the Law (European & International) LLB.

  • Innovative - research-led teaching at a Russell Group University Law School
  • Flexible - a wealth of optional modules to tailor the course to your interests
  • Global opportunities - year abroad with over 40 destinations to choose from
  • Employability - develop your professional skills in our Employability and Skills Initiative workshops delivered directly by members of the legal profession
  • Work experience - over 200 places in our voluntary law or criminology schemes

This course will enable you to develop into a highly employable graduate, with a rich knowledge of the wider, regional and international perspectives of the Common Law system. You will also be able to demonstrate to future employers your experience of another legal jurisdiction, together with life skills in adapting to living and working abroad.

The first year modules are all compulsory and include core subjects required by the legal profession, together with an introduction to comparative law - comparing the Common Law with the law and legal systems of other countries. In your second year, foundational options allow you to build on the subjects you have already studied and take you through to advanced legal knowledge. You also study international law in two compulsory modules that will prepare you for your study abroad.

Your third academic year is spent abroad at one of our many partner universities in Europe, or at one of our other partners in non-EU destinations such as Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong. All modules taken abroad are in English and, depending on where you go, there could also be an opportunity to learn the language of the country during your stay.

Back in Sheffield for your fourth year, you’ll select from a wide range of specialist options so you can dedicate yourself to your academic strengths and chosen career path.

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Programme structure

The example course structure below is based on the 2018-19 academic year and may be subject to change in future years.

Year 1

Core modules 

Semester 1 *Contemporary Issues in Law and Justice (20 credits) *Criminal Law and Justice (20 credits) *Law of Obligations (Contract, Torts & Restitution) (20 credits)
Semester 2 Principles of Comparative Law (20 credits) *Public Law in the UK and the EU (20 credits) *Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts) (20 credits)
Full academic year Law School Without It No Success 1 (WINS1) (non-credit bearing)

*Including compulsory coverage of the subjects required for the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)

Skills and values

The skills and values programme takes place throughout both semesters in Year 1 (Law School Without It No Success 1 - WINS1), and continues into the second (Law School Without It No Success 2 - WINS2) and final year of the course (Law School Final Year Success - building on WINS at levels 1 and 2.

Year 2

Foundation option modules

Semester 1 Foundations of International Law (20 credits) *Advanced EU Law (20 credits) *Foundation option (20 credits)
Semester 2 Advanced Issues in International Law (20 credits) *Foundation option (20 credits) *Foundation option (20 credits)
Full academic year Law School Without It No Success 2 (WINS2) (non-credit bearing)

*Including selected coverage of the subjects required for the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)

Study Abroad

As a student on this course, you are prioritised for allocation of a study abroad destination that matches your capabilities and preferences. Remaining places are offered to other LLB students who wish to extend their studies.

Helping you to choose where you want to spend your year abroad are our own returning students who will give you all the local knowledge and an expert overview of what each destination is really like. You'll find tuition fees for the year abroad are vastly reduced, so this four-year course may not be as expensive as you first think. 

There are some fascinating destinations to choose from, and studying abroad will allow you to compare our criminal justice system with that of another country. While you’re abroad, all your studies will be in the English language.

Where can I go on my year abroad?

Final Year

Specialist option modules

Study of specialist areas of law and criminology

Semester 1 Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits)
Semester 2 Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits)
Full academic year Law School Final Year Success (non-credit bearing)

Foundation option modules

Students may choose one of the Level 2 modules required for the QLD.

View foundation option modules

Specialist option modules

Students have a wide choice of optional modules available to them.

View specialist option modules

Learning and assessment

For an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed, please visit the central digital prospectus

Our campus and how we use it:

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.



Real world, real work

During your degree, you can join our in-house and community-based volunteering schemes, which provide you with the chance to help and advise real clients. There are opportunities to work at the local courts, or work with victims and witnesses of crime within local charities, or work in our Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre evaluating cases of possible wrongful imprisonment. In this way your criminological and real-world awareness is enhanced and you also use your education and skills to the benefit of others.

Your employability

Our goal is to prepare you for the world of work in a relevant area. We provide a wealth of extracurricular sessions so you can gain the latest information from working law and criminology professionals, develop your own networks and hone your professional awareness skills.

Follow this qualifying law degree and your career path could lead you to become a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales. Our LLB Law degree is widely recognised by a number of bar councils abroad, providing an ideal starting point for a law career elsewhere in the world. Other employers also find our graduates well equipped for work in management, business and finance, research or academia.

Our graduates

Many Sheffield LLB Law graduates are now at the top of their professional lives as judges, barristers, CEOs, or Senior Partners in international or national law firms. Our recent graduates also do well in securing pupillages or training contracts. We are in the top ten suppliers of pupils to the Bar. While some students gain contracts with “Magic Circle” law firms, independent research has highlighted that Sheffield supplies more former students to regional and national firms than any other law school.

97% of our graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation


Find out more about careers and employability

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

You can find out information on tuition fees, student loans, scholarships, living costs, money management, and additional support on the undergraduate fees and funding web page.

You can look up tuition fees for our full time undergraduate courses on our Fees Look Up tool.


We are committed to giving you as many opportunities as possible to succeed. One of the ways we do this is through the range of scholarships and prizes that are available to you through the School as well as the wider University.

Visit our Scholarships and Funding web page for more information.

Other potential costs

We provide all undergraduate students with an annual allowance on their UCard which is designed to help offset some of the costs for materials and printing. It is up to the individual student to manage this allowance and budget accordingly.


There are no compulsory text books required for the undergraduate courses in the School of Law.

We provide a recommended reading list which is intended to give a general background to your undergraduate course. It is not expected that you will read every book over the course of the year, but you are encouraged to read as widely as possible to inform your coursework, project work and exams. Individual modules will provide more specific reading lists, which include readings that can be accessed electronically via the University's library.

You are encouraged to use the University's Library, which has an extensive collection of recommended books to support your studies.

Reassessment fees

If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam web pages.

Other fees

The Student Services Information Desk provides more information about continuation fees, re-examination fees, re-submission fees and writing up fees.

Study abroad

On this course you will take your third year abroad. For the year that you spend overseas you will pay a reduced tuition fee to Sheffield. No tuition fees are payable to the overseas university. Please be aware that some Universities have additional fees, standard charges or 'non tuition' fees which all students are required to pay.

Additional costs for your year abroad:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Health insurance
  • Visa process
  • Living costs (e.g. food, travel, socialising)
  • Financial Guarantee

Further information is available here

Please be aware that this information can be subject to change if there is a change in policy.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on an applicant's merit and satisfactory references. As a general rule we do not interview standard entry candidates.

Standard offers are A Level grades AAA or international equivalent

More information

How to apply

How to apply

Whether you are from the UK or overseas, you must apply through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) between 1 September and 15 January.


In order to apply to any UK university, you need to contact UCAS for an application pack:

Tel: 0871 468 0468

You can also talk to the UCAS team on their social media portals:

Twitter: @ucas_online

Application process

International Students

You can apply online. Alternatively, UCAS forms are available from the British Council and by contacting UCAS:

Tel: 0044 871 468 0468 or 0044 330 333 0230 (international call rates apply) and choose option 1

Application process

Mature Students

We welcome mature students and are committed to ensuring they have an equal opportunity of access to our courses. We do not set an upper age limit for entry. 

Please remember to highlight in your personal statement that you are applying as a mature student. This will ensure that the Admissions Tutor considers your application appropriately.

Information for Mature Students

Applicants with disabilities or dyslexia

We welcome disabled students and are committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that students with disabilities can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the university's academic and support services.

Information for Disabled Applicants