how your degree works

Here are some key points for any law student starting at the LSE:


The LLB is three years in length:


The grades you obtain in first year do not count towards your degree classification, which is a great way for you to get started on learning how a good law essay works and learn how you should be making your notes. That being said, they are important as they will be considered by law firms or chambers when you make your internship applications in your second year! 


The first year modules are:

Law of Obligations (Contract and Tort law- each counting as half a unit)

Property I (this is a half unit)

Public Law

Criminal Law

Introduction to the Legal System (this is a half unit)



There are no compulsory courses in Part I of the LLB and students can choose up to four full unit courses in total from the Law course options.  However, if you want to obtain a UK Qualifying Law Degree, your Part I options need to include EU Law and Institutions and Property II (which comprises of Land law and Trusts law). Do note that you may be able to take outside (i.e. non-law options like History or a language module) if your academic advisor approves it


Therefore, an example of a second year’s module choice would look something like:

Law and Institutions of the EU

Property II

Family Law

Civil Liberties and Human Rights


The Law Course options vary and give you a large selection of courses to choose from, giving plenty of choice for you to pursue what interests you

Some options include:

Taxation Law

Law of Evidence

Intellectual Property law

Medical Law

Commercial Contracts

Civil Liberties and Human Rights


You must take LL305 Jurisprudence in Part II, along with courses to the value of three full units (which again, you choose from the Law Course Options*)



First Class Honours: 70-100

  • Four first class marks; or

  • Three first class marks and an aggregate mark which is near the 'normal aggregate' of 540

Upper Second Class Honours: 60-69

  • Commonly referred to as a 2:1

  • Four upper second marks (or above); or

  • Three upper second marks (or above) and an aggregate mark which is near the 'normal aggregate' of 480

Lower Second Class Honours: 50-59

  • Commonly referred to as a 2:2

  • Four lower second marks (or above); or

  • Three lower second marks (or above) and an aggregate mark which is near the 'normal aggregate' of 400.

Third Class Honours: 45-49

Pass: 40-44

Fail: 30-39

Bad Fail: 0-29

first year: intermediate

second year: part i 

third year: part ii

degree classification

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