Second Year

‌‌‌‌The information below sets out a few matters which you should take into account when preparing for the second year of the Common Law LLB degree.

See the Common Law Year 2 Timetable 2023-24 for detailed information and follow the instructions on the Registry's website to register:

Planning your curriculum

‌‌‌‌Below is a typical second-year curriculum for a student on the Single Honours in Law Plan

Law and Government (compulsory)
Jurisprudence (compulsory)

Foundations of Evidence Law (compulsory)
Equity and Trusts (compulsory)
European Union Law (compulsory)
Land Law (compulsory)

Option module: worth at least 10 and not more 20 credits. 

If you are studying on a joint honours or law and languages plan, your curriculum will be different.  Please refer to your MyCampus plan for further information.

Planning your curriculum

Along with the remaining LLB compulsory subjects, second year has a range of options. You may wish to take subjects that will assist towards qualification as a lawyer within a Common Law jurisdiction. 

If you wish to broaden your curriculum, then you might consider taking options in other subject areas (generally options outside the School of Law must be at Year 1 and can be found in the online course catalogue). 

Please refer to your MyCampus plan for an overview of available courses. 

Entry to Honours

At the end of year two, students who qualify for Honours will automatically continue on a Law Honours Plan on MyCampus and will be expected to complete a further two years of study. Any student who does not qualify to continue to Honours will be contacted by the Chief Adviser and will be placed on the three-year Ordinary LLB plan with the expectation that they will graduate after one more year of study. 

Qualification for Honours requires that you: 

  • complete 240 credits by the end of the second year of study; and 
  • achieve a D3 or better in all the compulsory courses specified in your Academic Plan (for example, Jurisprudence is not a requirement in Year 2 for Law with Language students but it is in some LLB Plans); 
  • achieve a C3 or better in a prescribed number of credits in Law courses at Year 2. 

 The final requirement varies according to your Academic Plan. 

  • If you are taking Law courses only, then you will normally be required to obtain a C3 or better in at least 60 credits in Law courses at Year 2. 
  • If you are taking Law with a Language, you will be required to achieve at least 50 credits at C3 or better in Law courses at Year 2, and, in addition, will normally need a C3 or better in the Year 2 language course(s), but check your plan on MyCampus 
  • If you are taking a joint degree, you will be required to achieve at least 40 credits at C3 or better in Law courses at Year 2 and, in addition, you will need to meet whatever requirement is prescribed for entry to Honours in the joint subject (normally a C3 in 40 credits of that subject at Year 2, but check your Plan on MyCampus), 

The decision on entry into Honours is taken by the Chief Adviser of Studies. You have the right to appeal against this decision if you can demonstrate good cause for not achieving the relevant requirement(s) 

Prior to entering Year 3 or Year 4 you will be invited to an Honours Briefing session. Guides to Year 3 and Year 4 are published annually, containing details of courses available, the timetable, and the application procedure.  

Study abroad

‌Study Abroad

This is the time to consider study abroad in third year.  Anyone considering studying abroad should pay close attention to Moodle announcements early in the first semester since the International Officer will tell you about the advantages of study abroad and the process of application. If you intend to study abroad, then you should ensure that you have passed all compulsory subjects by the end of Year 2, or at the latest the end of the first semester of third year. Please read the Study Abroad Letter Year 2 for further information.

For joint Honours students, note that study abroad is something that needs the approval both of the International Officer in Law and in the joint subject.