Senior Status LLB


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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The School also has the largest concentration of specialist faculty concerned with the study of these areas at any university in the world. SOAS is consistently ranked among the top higher education institutions in the UK and the world and it also offers a friendly, vibrant environment for students in a diverse and close-knit community.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of a QLD, the SOAS Senior Status LLB also provides students with an overview of legal systems in Africa and Asia creating a truly global, and consequently unique, Senior Status LLB. The Senior Status LLB is a condensed degree, allowing students to complete a 3-year undergraduate programme in 2 years. This is an intensive course of study, suitable for high performing graduates. The Senior Status LLB consists of undergraduate modules taught alongside the traditional 3 year LLB students.

While providing our students with a solid grounding in key legal principles and methodologies, we seek to do more than that. The SOAS Law Degree aims to produce highly-skilled, civic-minded and critically engaged graduates, who can contribute to their communities and societies in myriad ways. In the first year, our students are introduced to the core elements and principles of the English legal system and provided with the key analytical skills necessary for undertaking a demanding law degree program. During this first year, students will also be introduced to elements of legal principle and practice from other countries.

However, in the second year, our students will be even more fully immersed in the distinctively SOAS program. Our students can choose from a wide array of optional courses that draw on the unique research expertise of our staff. The emphasis we place on choice, and research-led teaching, will allow our students to pursue a number of distinct specialisms as their degree progresses, but whichever path they choose to focus on the courses they study will all be imbued with that distinctive SOAS dimension, that stresses critical engagement and understanding of the role of law in the world at large. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, the SOAS law degree truly responds to the needs of a new generation of law students.

The degree provides students with a wide range of analytical and transferable skills and is suitable for any profession in which a non-specialised degree is required. The degree structure provides students with a qualifying law degree for the purposes of both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board and exempts students from the academic stage of legal training.


How does a degree in Law help with my career?

The Law Department at SOAS provides students with a thorough, specialist knowledge of comparative law, human rights, environmental law and international law. Students also develop a range of skills valued by many employers including critical judgment skills; problem-solving skills; the ability to formulate sound arguments; and the ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly.

Who do graduates work for?

SOAS Law graduates have gone on to pursue careers directly related to law or used their skills and expertise to get take up professional and management careers in both the private and public sectors. The Law degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions

Destination of 2015 graduates (Undergraduates: single honours degrees and Senior Status LLB degree)

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for undergraduate students this is in January) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. We find out this data in the summer, so here is the latest information from the 73 known destinations of the 2015 UK, EU and International graduates of single honours and Senior Status LLB studies within the department

Example employers

  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker Mckenzie
  • CMS Cameron McKenna
  • Gibson Young Solicitors
  • Kennedys
  • Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Liberty UK
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Ronald Fletcher Baker
  • Womankind Worldwide

Example occupations

  • Advice and Information Volunteer
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Co-Ordinator
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Legal Researcher
  • Marketing and Social Media Intern
  • Paralegal
  • Procurement Manager
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Trainee Solicitor


Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Law and Legal Processes
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract Law
  • Property I
  • Public Law
  • Introduction to EU Law
Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Law of Tort
  • Legal Systems of Asia and Africa
  • Property II


Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from the list of Year 2 Options below to the value of 60 credits.


Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules


Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from the list of Year 2 Options below to the value of 30 credits.


Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from the list of Year 2 Options below to the value of 30 credits.


Choose a module(s) at another University of London (UoL) if not taught at SOAS to the value of 30 credits.

List of Year 2 Optional Modules

  • Family Law
  • Law and Society in South Asia
  • Law and Society in Africa
  • Law, Terror and State Power
  • Islamic Law
  • Independent Study Project on a Selected Legal topic
  • Company Law 155200053
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets
  • Advanced Comparative Administrative Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Law, Multiculturalism and Rights
  • Law of Commercial Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asylum and Immigration Law
  • Introduction to Global Commodities Law
  • Foundations of Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • The Art of Advocacy
  • Environmental Law in Action: Comparative and Domestic Perspectives
  • International Environmental Law
  • Law and Justice in Contemporary China

UoL Options

Up to one 30-credit level 5 or level 6 LLB module in Law taught at another University of London Law School - King’s College, LSE, QMUL, UCL and Birkbeck - subject to approval and provided that a similar module is not taught at SOAS.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

Senior Status LLB will be restricted to non-law graduates holding an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. The standard requirements are UK upper second class honours degree or a US degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. We also welcome applications from other countries whose degrees are equivalent to this level.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Dec 2020

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