In September 2019, a double bachelor's degree in Law (bachelor of Laws + bachelor's degree in Law) has been launched, taught jointly by King’s College London and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Students who wish to receive perfectly dual legal training in terms of language and content (English common law and Spanish law) are most welcome. The first two years are taken in London and the last two in Barcelona. For this reason, the admissions procedure will be handled by UCAS, the UK’s central university admissions office. Applications must be submitted in mid-January 2022, long before ordinary pre-registrations for the Catalan and Spanish University System take place!
You will be able to identify and analyse social conflicts and the means of settling them.
You will be capable of using critical legal reasoning to argue and negotiate effectively.
You will become more inclined to use your initiative, to develop your teamwork skills and to take the lead.
You will develop the ability to use technical language in English and Spanish and/or Catalan fluently.
You will assimilate constitutional principles and values, both in civil and common law systems, in relation to interpreting legal systems and preparing reports, legal opinions and other legal documents.
You will be able to distinguish between different sources of law and use them correctly, both in civil and the common law traditions.
You will recognize the institutions and guiding principles of public and private law.
You will be able to compare and articulate two very different legal systems that currently have a greater weight in global economic and financial life.
You will be able to study in two leading universities in their respective countries and you will be able to live in two attractive cities such as London and Barcelona.
This double bachelor's degree programme provides training that enables students to understand the structure and functions of two very different legal systems and their rules, to assimilate basic normative content, to apply techniques for arguing a case and for interpreting rules of law and to compare and understand interaction between legal systems, not only in England and in Spain, but also in the Anglo-Saxon and the Hispanic worlds.
Double-degree graduates acquire the following skills:
Some general or cross-disciplinary skills that aid their personal development and can be beneficial in professional activity. They notably include identifying and analysing social conflicts and means of settling them; communicating and negotiating; using initiative and taking the lead; interconnecting knowledge and thinking critically; using foreign technical language fluently, especially the English language; working in a team in an international context increasingly globalized; and being committed to ethical conduct.
Graduates also acquire specific skills useful for activities in the legal arena. These skills revolve around distinguishing between different sources of law and using them correctly; recognizing the institutions and guiding principles of public and private law; mastering legal argumentation; assimilating constitutional principles and values in relation to interpreting law; and composing reports, legal opinions and other legal documents. This is not done on the basis of two national legal systems, one of the common law tradition (the English legal system) and one of the civil law tradition (the Spanish and, in some aspects, the Catalan legal systems), which gives students extraordinary skills in comparative law, conflict of laws, management of international cases and disputes, etc.
In both universities fees depend upon external and internal regulations and may vary.
Low administrative fees are not indicated.
Academic year 2019-2020
1st or 2nd year at KCL: £ 9,250 (EU students) / £ 23,490 (non-EU students)
3rd or 4th year at the UPF: € 1,657.12 (EU students) / € 6,800.32 (non-EU students)
Upon entering the UPF at the end of the second year of the programme, a fee of 15% of the price of each ECTS credit (€ 25.27) will be required in recognition of the 120 ECTS credits granted by KCL (overall € 454.86)
Academic year 2021-2022
1st or 2nd year at KCL: £ 9,250 (all students)
3rd or 4th year at the UPF: € 1,202.32 (EU students) / € 6,800.32 (non-EU students)
Upon entering the UPF at the end of the second year of the programme, a fee of 20 % of the price of each ECTS credit (17,69€ 20-21) will be required in recognition of the 120 ECTS credits granted by KCL..
Information about de admissions procedure, exclusively through UCAS:
King’s College London course page may answer any question prospective students had around the application process.
From the course page there are also links to King’s international entry requirements, which will be useful to any student interested in applying from Spain or third countries.
A reference is needed: A written recommendation from a teacher, adviser or professional who academically knows the prospective student. The teacher needs to predict grades for pending qualifications which are being studied now (9.0 overall with 10, 9, 9 in three subjects predicted). A conditional offer may be made to the candidate and would become unconditional if he/she is awarded the required grades.
Apart from IELTS and other test scores (as proof of competence in English), King’s has required grades for English in the International Bac and the European Bac, but not in the Spanish Bac.
Career prospects refer those of UPF Law Graduates, which are listed in a non-exhaustive way. However, there are other career prospects with a transnational relevance for KLC graduates and for graduates that have combined an English LLB and a Spanish Bachelor’s degree. It should be noted that many of the career prospects listed below require additional training and a previous national qualification examination.
The programme's curriculum consists of 241 credits: 120 credits are granted by KCL and 121 credits are awarded by UPF. Credits granted by KCL (120 ects) are subject to recognition by compulsory and optional subjects at UPF following a conversion table that has taken into account both contents and skills of each module. On the other hand, 60 out of 121 ects awarded by UPF are recognized by KCL at the end of the fourth year of the program.
At KCL, the programme's curriculum consists of compulsory subjects (105 credits) and optional subjects (15 credits). It should be noted that credits in England are assessed in a different manner, since two England credits are equivalent to one ects credit. During the 3rd and 4th years at UPF, two transition modules (Foundations of Spanish Private Law & Foundations of Spanish Criminal Law) and twenty compulsory modules (two of them studied during two terms) will be completed. These subjects will have a value of 121 ects (including 6 ects of the Bachelor’s Thesis).
Teaching at both KCL and UPF combine lectures and seminars. Lectures are geared to passing on knowledge with a critical outlook and establishing basic concepts. Seminars, which are taught in small groups, encourage active participation, nurture problem-solving abilities and promote the use of the skills that jurists require.