LLB Law and German (MR12)

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Course summary

Our top-ranking law degree will give you a solid foundation of legal knowledge and an opportunity for you to explore a wide range of legal topics. You will be taught by world-leading academics actively impacting policy and practice in the vibrant and diverse city of Bristol.

An understanding of more than one legal tradition, 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 Germany and the German-speaking world to degree level alongside core units in civil and common law - the world's most prominent legal traditions. You will have the chance to spend your third year at a German-speaking university. To find out more about studying abroad, visit the Centre for Study Abroad.

Choosing the LLB in Law and German at Bristol will enable you to progress onto the Bar Practice Course or prepare, in part, for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), helping you to develop core legal skills and understanding of the seven foundations of legal knowledge.

Get a head start in your legal career by gaining Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) through one of our law clinics, alongside free access to career development resources from our partner, BPP University designed to help aspiring solicitors and barristers.

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.


The routes to qualification for solicitors and barristers have changed. For more information visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.

Course structure

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

Second-year units in law provide the opportunity to deepen your legal knowledge and offer increased flexibility to focus on what legal themes interest you most. You will also have opportunities to develop your linguistic skills and to choose optional units that further your interests in German-speaking communities, their cultures and impacts on the wider world.

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

An exciting range of optional units will help you specialise further in your final year at Bristol, alongside your continued study of German language and culture. Inspired by their year abroad, many law and language students choose units suited to global law firms and international organisations, such as business and finance, environmental, human rights or technology law – subjects that may open doors to prestigious careers across the world. Your Independent Research Project allows you to engage critically with a topic of your choice.

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, including B in German. Where a candidate is not taking an A-level in German, we may accept A*AA or A*A*B plus the following standalone language qualification in German at CEFR level B1: Goethe-Zertifikat.
AAB including B in German. Where a candidate is not taking an A-level in German, we may accept AAB plus the following standalone language qualification in German at CEFR level B1: Goethe-Zertifikat.

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

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

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88% overall with 8.0 in German
Advanced Higher: AA, and Standard Higher: AAAAA including A in German
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 German.

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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.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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