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LLB (Hons) Law (with Chinese Law)

Start date: September
Duration: 4 years full-time (including 1 year study abroad)
UCAS code: M1M5

One of the most exciting law degrees anywhere, LLB Law with Chinese Law is a unique course. Follow this four year programme and you gain an English law degree while specialising in Chinese Law - a distinctive area that makes you highly employable. You don't need to speak, or have studied, Mandarin before you join the course.

Why choose our LLB (Hons) Law (with Chinese Law)?

  • Equip yourself with specialist knowledge and experience
  • Become essentially employable to a wide range of international law firms or corporations
  • Experience life and legal study in a large Chinese city

China is one of the world’s largest economies and is a global hub for industry, manufacturing and commerce. International lawyers with knowledge of the Chinese legal system and its legal service market are in demand. Our course gives you the skills and expertise to succeed.

This course is of particular interest if you are keen to learn about:

• Chinese law
• Chinese culture
• Studying Chinese law abroad in the English language in a top Chinese university during your year abroad
• Preparing yourself to work in a law firm that provides legal services related to business in China
• Advising clients and resolving disputes
• Conducting legal transactions

You don’t need to speak the language in the first instance – we’ll take care of all your tuition needs. While you are in Sheffield you’ll learn Mandarin in year 1, and in subsequent years take up further optional language training. When you’re in China, all your studies will be in English. In Sheffield, you’ll be taught by our expert staff, academic Chinese lawyers with experience of practice. Graduates from this course are of value in global law firms with clients and bases in China.

Your year in China

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Your year in China will ultimately make you eminently employable and provide a rich and unique perspective to any future career. 

Agreements are currently in place with Sun Yat-sen University and Shandong University Qingdao Campus. All partner institutions will be confirmed at a later date, but will all be leading law schools in mainland China. 

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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 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)

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

Plus one core module from the following group:

Semester 1 Chinese for Non-Specialists I (10 credits)
Semester 2 Chinese for Non-Specialists II (10 credits)

Year 2

Foundation option modules

Semester 1 Legal and Political Culture of China (20 credits) *Advanced EU Law (20 credits) *Foundation option (20 credits)
Semester 2

Chinese Law and Legal System (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

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Your year in China will ultimately make you eminently employable and provide a rich and unique perspective to any future career. We’re currently in negotiation with a top Chinese university law school who will teach you in English. Located in one of the largest cities in China, this is ranked among the top 10 Chinese universities.

Agreements are currently in place with Sun Yat-sen University and Shandong University Qingdao Campus. All partner institutions will be confirmed at a later date, but will all be leading law schools in mainland China.

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)

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.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

You can find out information on tuition fees, student loans, and financial assistance on the University webpages.

Tuition fees

On this course you will take your third year in China. 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. Further information is available here

Home and EU information on fees and financing

International student fees and scholarships

Find out more about financial support, the University of Sheffield Bursary Scheme, money management and additional support here.


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 webpage for more information.

Home or overseas tuition fee status?

In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield charges different fees dependent on whether students are classed as Home or Overseas for tuition fee purposes. The decision to class a student as a Home or an Overseas student is determined by government legislation as set out in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. 

Read more about home or overseas tuition fee status.

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 webpages.

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

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 or international equivalent

You do not need to have studied Mandarin to apply

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

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: