Fact file - 2014 entry
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:Law with French and French Law
A level offer: AAA
Required subjects: French A level; National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT); general studies not accepted
IB score: 38 (including French at Higher Level)
Available part time: no
Course places: 6
Campus: University Park Campus
The increasing process of economic and political integration in Europe has raised the profile of the lawyer/linguist. These courses are designed to equip students with a legal qualification based on English law and to encourage an appreciation of European law and French law, allied to linguistic competence, and cultural awareness of the country.
In year one you will take Understanding Law, Public Law, Law of Contract, French Language plus two optional modules from French.
In year two you will take Foundations of Tort, French Language, Civil Law, Land Law, Criminal Law, plus one optional module from French.
Year three is spent abroad studying at a French university.
In year four you will take Law of Trusts, Law of the European Union, French Language, plus four optional modules from French.
Typical module options
Introduction to the Politics of Equality
Contemporary French Culture
Intellectuals and Society in Post-War France
French Fiction 1980-2000
See also the Department of French and Francophone Studies
A levels: AAA, National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT); general studies not accepted; French at A level
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less than 22 in any element)
For details please see alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical Year One Modules
Understanding Law (BA)
Introducing you to the basic techniques of legal study, you’ll be encouraged to develop a critical approach to understanding law in its context. You’ll have four hours in lectures and have a two hour seminar per week.
Public Law A
You will examine the nature of constitutionalism and the structure of the UK state, analysing core concepts in this area of law including: limitations on governmental power, the rule of law and human rights. You will also examine changes in parliamentary sovereignty focusing on the UKs membership of the EC/EU and the incorporation of the ECHR via the Human Rights Act. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and have a one-hour tutorial.
Public Law B
You’ll study the procedures and major principles of judicial review of administrative action as well as the fundamental aspects of civil liberties law, including the powers of the police. You’ll spend three hours in lectures and a one-hour tutorial each week.
Law of Contract A
This module is concerned with aspects of the substantive principles of general contract law. Topics include aspects of contract formation and factors. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and have a one hour tutorial.
Law of Contract B
Continuing the study of the principles of general contract law commenced in `Law of Contract A', you’ll learn about topics which include: certain vitiating factors, the contents of contracts, and discharge and remedies. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and have a one hour tutorial.
The French Language I
You’ll develop your understanding of the French language including grammar, written expression, aural and oral skills. Three hours per week will be spent in lectures, workshops, and oral classes with a native speaker studying for this module.
Options available from the Department of French and Francophone Studies
Typical Year Two Modules
You’ll examine the nature of land ownership in English law, the conceptual framework of the creation and transfer of estates and interests in land. You’ll also examine the principal third party interests affecting land, their creation/acquisition and their protection through changes of ownership. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and have a one hour tutorial each week.
In this module you’ll study the general principles of criminal law. You’ll study some offences, ensuring you can then successfully apply these principles to become familiar with critical and analytical legal reasoning skills. You’ll have three hours in lectures and have a one hour tutorial each week.
Foundations of Tort A
You’ll study the tort of negligence and the general principles of the law of tort. You’ll also be taught the techniques of analysing legal problems, allowing you apply and demonstrate understanding to physical injury and damage through answers to problem questions. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and have a one hour tutorial each week.
Foundations of Tort B
This module will develop further your understanding of the tort of negligence and other major torts. You’ll develop additional techniques of problem analysis showing your understanding through essays and problem answers. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and have a one hour tutorial each week.
Civil Law – A Comparative Introduction
This module introduces students to the civil law tradition as practised on the continent of Europe by comparing its history and main features with the common law tradition as practised in the United Kingdom. It will pay particular attention to the legal systems of France, and will emphasise the principal areas of private law (contract, tort and property). You’ll have a weekly two hour seminar.
The French Language II
Building upon the language module studied in Year 1, you’ll also improve your skills in reading, listening, speaking, creative writing and translation. You’ll spend two hours per week in workshops and in oral classes with a native speaker.
Options available from the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
Typical Year Three Modules
Typical Year Four Modules
Law of Trusts
You’ll examine the conceptual context of trusts, and the requirements for the creation and validity of express private trusts and charitable trusts. This module also looks at resulting and constructive trusts, the duties of trustees and the imposition of fiduciary liability, together with associated remedies. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and have a one hour tutorial.
Law of the European Union
You’ll analyse the legal order established by the European Union (EU) treaties and consider the law governing the establishment and operation of the EU. You’ll also consider the substantive law of the EU, involving a detailed examination of the law relating to the internal market, methods for enforcement of EU law and related areas of EU law. You’ll spend around three hours in lectures and have a one hour tutorial to study for this module.
The French Language III
Building on the skills gained in Years One and Two, you’ll develop your oral and written skills, translation into and out of French, creative writing in different registers, linguistic commentary and production of summaries, as well as perfecting your French grammar and vocabulary. In the course of this year-long module, you’ll spend two hours per week in language workshops and in oral classes with a native speaker.
Options available from the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
You will have an in-depth knowledge of English law, an appreciation of European law, and an understanding of how the two relate to each other. You will have a thorough understanding of the culture and society of your chosen country, and you will have perfected your command of the language.
This course is recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 95.7% of first-degree graduates in the School of Law who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,088 with the highest being £42,000.*
In 2012, 97% of first-degree graduates in the Department of French and Francophone Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £18,557 with the highest being £36,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.
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This course involves a period of study abroad during year three. This year will include formal assessments which must be completed successfully in order to progress on the course. The assessment, on average, consists of 20% exam and 80% practical, although the balance of assessment will vary depending on the University attended and the modules selected.
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