LLB Law and French (MR11)

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Course summary

Law is a global profession. An understanding of more than one legal system, language and culture can open up a world of opportunity.

On this four-year, joint honours course you will develop your language and cultural knowledge of France and the francophone world to degree level alongside core units in civil and common law, the world's most prominent legal systems. You will have the chance to spend your third year at a French-speaking partner university. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Centre for Study Abroad.

The course is structured to help you think, write, reason and argue like an international lawyer while gaining a rich understanding of French language, literature, history and culture. It will also help you develop key skills in research and analysis.

Our exciting range of optional units will allow you to specialise during your degree. Many law and language students choose options suited to global law firms and international businesses, such as human rights, environment or technology law - subjects that can open doors to top-flight careers across the world.

Optional units in your second and fourth year provide flexibility to focus on what interests you most about French-speaking countries, their cultures and impacts on the world. You will also further develop your linguistic skills.

Typically, you will spend your third year abroad studying units in French law taught in French.

Your final year at Bristol may include optional units that support your professional aspirations, while your final-year dissertation allows you to engage critically with your chosen topic. Our wide range of specialist units span banking and finance, international and commercial law, criminology, IT, environment, health and human rights law.

A broader cultural experience, advanced language skills and the ability to articulate both the distinctive and common features of different legal systems will see you graduate with a valuable skill set, ideally tailored to the globalised workplace.

In combination with Law, French is only available at post-A level (or equivalent).

For information about the routes to qualification for solicitors and barristers, visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.

Course structure

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

A*AA or A*A*B, with a B in French
D*DD in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma AND B in a French A-level (or equivalent)

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38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level including 5 at Higher Level in French
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 5 at Higher Level in French

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88% overall with 8.0 in French
Advanced Higher: AA, and Standard Higher: AAAAA including A in French
Access to HE Diploma in Humanities, Social Sciences, Law or History (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above. Proven capacity for language learning is also required, usually through a B in A-level French.

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Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/M2 is B, and M3 is C.
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