LLB Law with American Law
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Description“The year I spent in the USA was probably the best year I ever had in education. It has often been a talking point in job interviews and no doubt helped me get where I am today: an associate solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department of the City of London Office of Baker & McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms.”
Richard Pike, Law graduate
The LLB Law with American Law degree recognises the importance of the US in modern legal and commercial life. It presents an outstanding opportunity for students in two ways. First, students have the opportunity to study the US legal system and its foundations, the importance of the constitution and its role in modern US society and the role of…
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Richard Pike, Law graduate
The LLB Law with American Law degree recognises the importance of the US in modern legal and commercial life. It presents an outstanding opportunity for students in two ways. First, students have the opportunity to study the US legal system and its foundations, the importance of the constitution and its role in modern US society and the role of lawyers in the US. Second, students spend a year studying alongside US law students at a leading law school in the United States. At the end of the four year degree not only will students obtain an English qualifying law degree they will also have a very good understanding of the US and its legal system.
The LLB Law with American Law degree offers a unique opportunity to study law with a transatlantic dimension. This is a unique programme offered by a UK Law School. You will cover all the compulsory English law modules whilst also acquiring an understanding of the US and its legal system.First and Second Year:
- A distinctive feature of this programme is that we offer specific training in American law during your first two years at the University of East Anglia. You will take compulsory English law subjects alongside American law modules specifically tailored to the course.
- The subjects you will cover include the US legal system and its foundations, the importance of the constitution and its role in modern US society and the role of lawyers in the US.
- The year abroad is spent at a leading US Law School. At present you may attend South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas; Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Alabama; or the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. While you are required to pass the year abroad, the marks do not contribute to your final degree classification.
- The final year is spent at the University of East Anglia. You will take the remaining compulsory English law module alongside optional modules offered by the Law School and the University.
Assessment on the LLB Law with American Law is by a mixture of examinations and coursework. Some optional modules are assessed entirely by coursework while others include seen, pre-release or open book exams. In addition, students are encouraged to submit non-assessed coursework regularly throughout the year, providing an opportunity for written feedback.
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Candidates will be expected to have 3 A levels (see below for typical offer).
Candidates with equivalent qualifications to the A level
requirement are encouraged to apply (eg International
Baccalaureate; Access to Higher Education certificate).
International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the
University's International section of our website.
Students should also have 5 GCSEs including English (grade C) and Mathematics (grade C).
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 18 in the Listening and Writing components; 19 in the Reading component; and 21 in the Speaking component)
- PTE: 62 overall with minimum 55 in all components
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO
Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation
courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English
skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
Visiting Students who wish to participate in an erasmus exchange with the Law School should follow the application procedures laid down by their own University.
Those who wish to come to the University of East Anglia as Visiting Students who belong to Universities with which UEA does not have an exchange agreement should follow the instructions on the non-erasmus visiting students webpage.
Key factors used to assess an application include:
- Past and future achievement in examinations
- Academic interest in the subject
- Personal interests and extra-curricular activities
- The reference
All applications are considered on their own individual merits.
About the School
The Law School at the University of East Anglia is a unique, socially responsible community of excellent research and teaching that not only prepares current students for careers both in law and many other professions, but also engages with the wider community with a vast range of pro-bono work undertaken by our undergraduates as part of our Law Clinic. The School came joint fourth for Teaching in the 2012 National Student Survey.
The School also enjoys excellent links with our alumni and with colleagues in other Schools at UEA with many interdisciplinary modules on our courses utilising the expertise on offer elsewhere in the University. There is now an even greater emphasis on employability on our courses with a strong focus on mentoring, internships and transferable skills.
2013 will see students return to the Law School’s 16th century home, which has just opened after extensive restoration and refurbishment. Earlham Hall is an elegant, secluded building providing student social space, offices, study areas and lecture theatres set in beautiful parkland leading down to the River Yare. Earlham Hall is an amazing base in which to study.
We produce highly employable students in part due to the systems, programmes and opportunities we offer. A core element of the School’s employability strategy, for example, is the maintenance and development of excellent relationships with the wider legal community and beyond. Employment also features as a fundamental part of the curriculum with an active focus on Law in Practice (which develops career management skills) whilst the Legal Method, Skills and Reasoning modules help develop useful transferable skills The School already has a number of scholarships and prizes from law firms and has one of the largest internship programmes of any law school in the UK with 40 places kept solely for UEA law students, whilst the Mentor Scheme matches second year students with established barristers and solicitors.
The School has a strong community engagement ethos. Not only is this of value to the students in instrumental terms but most importantly, the School has a fundamental commitment to community service and to providing assistance to those who need the expertise and enthusiasm possessed by those within the School. We currently have one of the largest pro bono operations of all law schools in the UK with over half of our students engaging with the wider community; a figure due to expand within the next three years which will place every willing student into a pro bono activity, organised by the School.
Teaching Excellence and Facilities
The School provides innovative and stimulating teaching across all areas of the law curriculum. Academics in the Law School have won the University’s prestigious Teaching Excellence Awards in three out of the last four years and in 2012 96% of our students said they were satisfied with the teaching they received ranking us fourth in the country (National Student Survey).
Research-led teaching is offered across all years of the degree, drawing on internationally excellent research in areas such as Media, Internet and Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law and Competition Law.
If you study LLB Law with American Law, Law with European Systems or Law with French Law and Language, you will spend your third year studying abroad. We have links with some prestigious and well-established Law Schools in the US and Europe.UniStats Information Fees and Funding
University Fees and Financial Support: UK/EU
Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found here
University Fees and Financial Support: International
The University of East Anglia will be charging International students £11,700 for all full-time Law School undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.
The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.
Please click here for further information about fees and funding for International students.
Fees During the Year Abroad
As of 2012, students pay the reduced fee of £4,500 during their year abroad. Students do not pay any tuition fees to the host US institution.
Students who are entitled to a student loan will be able to obtain such a loan during their year abroad. In addition, students who receive a local education authority grant who inform the local authority that they are spending a year in the US as part of their degree programme should receive their grant as normal.