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Law (with French Law) LLB



Start date: September
Duration: 4 years full-time (including 1 year study abroad)
UCAS code: M1M2

This four year law course is for students who want to add an international and bilingual dimension to their degree in Law. You will obtain a qualifying degree in English Law and in addition, you will gain a thorough expertise in French Law while strengthening your French language skills. This course is an excellent platform for a career in the UK, France, or both.

Charlotte Stock

Studying for an LLB at the University of Sheffield has helped shape my life and has prepared me for a top legal career. Because I studied French Law I also spent a year in Bordeaux which was a wonderful experience. 

Charlotte stock, law (with French Law) LLB graduate

Start your career with the LLB.

  • Employability - as global politics shifts and changes, lawyers who understand not only the language, but also the law in two countries are in high demand. Brexit will amplify that need as cooperation with European partners will become more complex.
  • Work experience - over 200 places in our voluntary law or criminology schemes. You will also have the opportunity to train your litigation skills by competing in prestigious moot courts.
  • Global opportunities - year abroad at fantastic institutions in France, Belgium, Luxembourg or Switzerland with free French language classes. Sheffield law school boasts an uncomparable number of partners to choose from.
  • Community and support - your programme director is your personal contact point and follows your progress throughout the 4 years of your degree. The program is composed of a tightly-knit group of students which forms a Community inside the Law School Community – you will form strong bonds with your cohort, and benefit from the experience of students in higher years and alumni.
  • Innovative - research-led teaching at a Russell Group University Law School
  • Flexible - a wealth of optional choices to tailor the course to your interests

A high level ‘immersion’ learning experience

You will be taught by French academics and practitioners. Studying French legal method and French substantive law in French while in Sheffield means that you will be ready to hit the ground running when you go on your Year Abroad.

Prestigious and Numerous Partner Universities

We have a large number of partner institutions, all who offer a wide choice of classes as well as free French language classes. At the University of Bordeaux law school, you can earn a ‘Certificat de droit francais’ - an additional diploma recognised in both the UK and France - at the same time!

The Teaching programme

  • First Year: You will study French Legal Terminology alongside your English law subjects. In this class, you will practice the terminology, basic concepts and method on which French Law relies while strengthening your French-language ability. We'll also introduce you to comparative law, in order to gain the tools used by lawyers to compare the strengths and weaknesses of different legal systems.
  • Second Year: You will study French Administrative Law in the first semester, and French Private Law in the second semester – in the conditions of a similar class taught in France. At the end of the year, you will not only be used to the teaching style of our partners, but your knowledge of the method and substance will make you fully ready to do great abroad.
  • Third Year (Abroad): In the University of your choosing, you will study one module of public law of your choosing as well as one of private law, in addition to the other optional modules which interest you the most. Our partners have a vast catalogue of modules to choose from.
  • Fourth Year: Back in Sheffield, you will have the opportunity to tailor your optional module selection from a wide range of choices. You will also have the opportunity to strengthen your international profile by joining one of our teams competing in international moot courts.

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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 Introduction to Comparative Law (10 credits) *Public Law in the UK and the EU (20 credits) *Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts)  (20 credits)
Academic Year French Legal Terminology (10 credits) 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

Core modules

Semester 1

French Administrative Law (20 credits)

*Advanced EU Law (20 credits)
Semester 2

French Private Law (20 credits)

Academic year Law School Without It No Success 2 (WINS2) (non-credit bearing)

Foundation option modules

60 credits to be taken from a choice of foundation optional modules

Semester 1

*Foundation option (20 credits)

Semester 2

*Foundation option (20 credits)

*Foundation option (20 credits)

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

A student must normally pass French Administrative Law and French Private Law before commencing a session of study in an appropriate overseas country.

Study Abroad

The destinations for your year abroad are varied. Currently our students are spending their time in Aix en Provence, Bordeaux, Geneva, Louvain, Lyon, Nancy, or Paris, enjoying the local culture and studying alongside French students. These exchange links have been tried and tested over the years and our students consistently have the time of their lives there.

Click the links to find out a bit more about our destinations.

Final Year

Study of specialist areas of law and criminology

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)
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 AAB (including French) 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:

Website: www.ucas.ac.uk
Email: app.req@ucas.ac.uk
Tel: 0871 468 0468

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ucasonline
Twitter: @ucas_online

Application process

International Students

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

Website: www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/international
Email: app.req@ucas.ac.uk
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