Law (European and International) LLB

2024-25 entry
School of Law

This course covers the foundational subjects in the Common Law of England and Wales and provides the opportunity to understand European and international legal issues.

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    Course description

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    Develop your critical understanding of the Common Law of England and Wales with an emphasis on the European and international legal contexts.

    You’ll study the foundations of legal knowledge and the principles of comparative law in your first year to gain a strong grounding in the key areas of law, building on your knowledge in your second year with advanced subjects and international law.

    In your third year you’ll study abroad at one of our many partner universities across the globe. In your fourth and final year, you’ll return to Sheffield where you can build your degree around your passions and career aspirations – choosing from modules like International Trade Law, Intellectual Property Law and Immigration & Asylum Law.

    The spine of this degree is the Core Legal and Study Skills module, which runs throughout your studies at Sheffield and introduces you to mooting, employability workshops and study skills sessions. Because we want you to build confidence in these areas, this module isn’t part of your final grade.

    Alongside your studies you can gain real-world experience right here, with our various pro bono schemes.

    Whatever way you customise this degree, you’ll ultimately graduate with the knowledge and skills you need to start your career.

    Why study this course?

    • Study abroad - further develop your knowledge of another legal system through your year abroad in your third year, where you’ll study in English.
    • Foundation for your career - if you plan to be a barrister, our LLB degrees satisfy the 'foundations of legal knowledge' set by the Bar Standards Board. If you plan to be a solicitor, you can also complete your Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) with the University of Law, right here. Regulations around qualifying for barristers and solicitors have changed recently.
    • Real-world experience - do real client work, advise start-ups and small businesses, investigate possible miscarriages of justice and offer advice that can make a positive difference to the people of Sheffield, all through our many pro bono schemes.
    • Research-led teaching experience - work with international experts in the field of law, and experience learning informed by research rated as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent.’

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Law (European and International) LLB course structure
    UCAS code: M120
    Years: 2022, 2023
    First year

    Core modules:

    Contemporary Issues in Law and Justice

    The module is one of the core subjects of the degree, through which students cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It introduces students to techniques of analysing the contributions of law in addressing social problems. Case studies will be explored, based on the research expertise of School staff and selected to demonstrate controversies in the law and a variety of approaches to legal analysis. Students will be challenged to identify how different perspectives on law relate to one another, and how they are portrayed through various media. The module provides a foundation for more advanced critical analysis of the law.

    20 credits
    Criminal Law and Justice

    This module will introduce students to the concepts, theories and institutions of criminal law and justice, and its place in society. It will develop an understanding of the essential concepts of criminal liability. It will focus on the main institutional and procedural features of the criminal justice system, with the aim of stimulating an enquiring attitude towards the practice of criminal process. Students will have the opportunity to practise applying these processes to factual scenarios. The module provides a firm foundation for the more advanced study of criminal law and also of criminal evidence, criminal justice and criminal process.

    20 credits
    Law of Obligations (Contract, Torts & Restitution)

    The module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, which cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It introduces students to the Law of Obligations, within the context of the Common Law. It facilitates an understanding of basic principles of Contract, Tort and Restitution (as appropriate), engendering an understanding of the substantive law, whilst recognising and appreciating the role of these comparators as illustrative of the broader nature of the Common Law. The module provides a firm foundation for more advanced study in the areas of contract, torts, restitution and unjust enrichment.

    20 credits
    Principles of Comparative Law

    This module seeks to introduce students to comparative law. It will introduce students to the comparative method of legal research and question the role, function and value of comparative research. A study will be made of the major civilian and common law legal traditions. This will be undertaken both to give students an insight into how other legal systems work and to question the extent to which it is proper to talk about 'legal families'. This will lead on to a comparison between the civil and common law approaches to law. Case studies will be used to demonstrate a comparative approach to legal studies.

    20 credits
    Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts)

    This module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, through which students cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It introduces students to the concepts, theories and institutions of property law, and its place in society, focussing on the mechanisms for the creation, protection, transfer and loss of the different types of property right, specifically in Land Law and in Equity and Trusts. Students have the opportunity to practise the application of these mechanisms to factual scenarios. The module is essential for more advanced study of property-related subjects, including commercial property law, intellectual property law, and environmental law.

    20 credits
    Public Law in the UK and the EU

    This module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, through which students cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It covers the key principles of constitutional, administrative, EU and Human Rights Law, enabling students to acquire knowledge of the key institutions and laws of the UK and the EU relevant to the constitutional and administrative justice systems of those legal orders. The module challenges students to explore at least one contemporary constitutional debate in some depth. The module provides a firm foundation for the more advanced study of a range of areas of public law.

    20 credits
    Core Legal and Study Skills 1 (CLASS1)

    This module supports students throughout Level 1 of their undergraduate studies. Following a programme of group learning experiences, lectures, tutorials, and self-reflection, it offers professional and peer support to students as they begin their University studies. It teaches the 'English Legal System' element of the 'Foundations of Legal Knowledge' taught through the other Level 1 Law modules, providing a basis for subsequent legal learning. It provides guidance to ensure students navigate the programme to their specific needs and interests. In doing so, the module will create a foundation for communities of learning that will sustain them throughout their degree.

    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.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    You'll learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and small group teaching. Independent study is the key to academic success, including research and reading.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    Study with us and you'll receive a research-led teaching experience, in which you'll benefit from the latest thinking and teaching by experts.

    We're proud that 91 percent of our research is rated in the highest two categories in the Research Excellence Framework 2021, meaning it is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

    Assessment

    • Coursework
    • Exams
    • Dissertation

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible.

    Standard offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAA

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    AAB + A in a relevant EPQ
    International Baccalaureate
    36
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    D*DD in a relevant subject
    BTEC Diploma
    DD in a relevant subject + A at A Level in an acceptable subject
    Scottish Highers
    AAAAA
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    A + AA
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in either Law, Business Management, Humanities or Social Sciences, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit
    Access Sheffield offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAB

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    AAB + A in a relevant EPQ
    International Baccalaureate
    34
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in a relevant subject
    BTEC Diploma
    DD in a relevant subject + A at A Level in an acceptable subject
    Scottish Highers
    AAAAB
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AA
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in either Law, Business Management, Humanities or Social Sciences, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit
    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Graduate careers

    School of Law

    Many of our students enter the legal profession, either as barristers or solicitors.

    Our former students have joined global, national and regional law firms, barristers' chambers and have become judges. Three Lord Justices of Appeal are among our former graduates and regularly visit to support us.

    With all the opportunities and skills on offer, our students have also taken up careers in the criminal justice system and in a wide range of managerial professions.

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    Five reasons to study at the School of Law

    1. Tailor your degree - choose from a wide range of optional modules to shape your degree to your interests and career aspirations.
    2. Gain real world experience - apply to join one of our pro bono schemes, which gives you the chance to do real client work that has a positive impact in the community.
    3. Study abroad - learn a new legal system whilst having an unforgettable experience. The year abroad is compulsory for students on our four-year degrees.
    4. Learn from experts - our academic staff are researching at the forefront of law and criminology and amongst them are practising legal professionals. Their discoveries become yours, as their research filters into teaching.
    5. Become career ready - we provide you with the skills that employers value, ensuring that when you graduate you are prepared for the global workplace.
    Bartolome house

    School of Law students are based in Bartolomé House which is in close proximity to the whole University campus. Teaching takes place in Bartolomé House and across the University campus, all within walking distance.

    Facilities

    You'll have access to our very own Moot Court where you'll have the opportunity to argue a fictional case as if representing a client and can also take part in national and international mooting competitions.

    Explore facilities in the School of Law
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    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      Number one in the Russell Group
    National Student Survey 2023 (based on aggregate responses)

      92 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      Top 50 in the most international universities rankings
    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

      Number one Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

      Number one for teaching quality, Students' Union and clubs/societies
    StudentCrowd 2023 University Awards

      A top 20 university targeted by employers
    The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers report


    School of Law

    97% of School of Law graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduation

    Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-21

    Fees and funding

    Fees

    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

    Visit

    University open days

    We host five open days each year, usually in June, July, September, October and November. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

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    Subject tasters

    If you’re considering your post-16 options, our interactive subject tasters are for you. There are a wide range of subjects to choose from and you can attend sessions online or on campus.

    Upcoming taster sessions

    Offer holder days

    If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our offer holder days, which take place between February and April. These open days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

    Campus tours

    Our weekly guided tours show you what Sheffield has to offer - both on campus and beyond. You can extend your visit with tours of our city, accommodation or sport facilities.

    Campus tour: book your place

    Apply

    Make sure you've done everything you need to do before you apply.

    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:
    www.ucas.com

    Not ready to apply yet? You can also register your interest in this course.

    The awarding body for this course is the University of Sheffield.

    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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    Terms and Conditions upon Acceptance of an Offer

    2024-2025

    Make sure you've done everything you need to do before you apply.

    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:
    www.ucas.com

    Not ready to apply yet? You can also register your interest in this course.

    This course covers the foundational subjects in the Common Law of England and Wales and provides the opportunity to understand European and international legal issues.