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LLB (Hons) Law (European and International)



Start date: September
Duration: 4 years full-time (includes 1 year study abroad)
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Course fees: See Undergraduate Fees

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, llb law (european and international)

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

  • 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

Skills and values

The skills and values programme takes place throughout both semesters, and will continue into the second and final year of the course.

More information on skills and values

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)

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

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)

*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)

Foundation option modules

Students may choose one Level 2 module.

View foundation option modules

Specialist option modules

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

View specialist option modules

We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. 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

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

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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

Click here for more information on our applications 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

Click here to find out more about the application process, including details on international qualifications

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. Click here for more information.

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.

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.

Specific information for students with a disability or dyslexia is available by: