Newcastle Law School

European Legal Studies

European Legal Studies

50% of our 2016 ELS graduates achieved a First Class Honours degree. The four year degree gives you a stronger academic foundation and broader experience for future careers in law.

ELS Overview

The European Legal Studies (ELS) degree stream provides first year LLB students with the opportunity to apply to study at a top European Law School for a year between stages 2 and 3 at Newcastle.

Successful applicants will have a year to prepare for their year abroad studies, and will receive information and detailed guidance on accommodation, finances, module selection, and health & safety before moving abroad. During the year abroad students will receive support and guidance from the host University as well as from Newcastle.

The ELS stream is very successful and offers exchange places with top ranking Law Schools; many of which appear in the top 200 global law school rankings.*

All of our partners teach in English so you do not need foreign language skills to take part in the ELS, although it many students try to improve their language skills during the year abroad.

Successful completion of the year abroad is recognised in your degree title on graduation: Law (European Legal Studies) LLB Honours, and the experience lasts a lifetime. Those interested in studying for the European Legal Studies (ELS) degree stream must apply during their first year on the Law (LLB Honours); there is no separate application process via UCAS.

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2017
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KU Leuven - Belgium

The Katholieke Universiteit de Leuven (KU Leuven) was founded in 1425 and has a rich cultural history.

Set in the beautiful town of Leuven, in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium, students are very close to Brussels and the heart of Europe. In spite of its age KU Leuven is also ranked as the most innovative University in Europe.*

KU Leuven Faculty of Law has an equally strong reputation and is currently ranking 33rd among global Law Schools.** With over 300 members of staff and 3000 students the Faculty of Law offers a large range of English language modules for exchange students to select from, and has a thriving international student community.

The Faculty of Law is located in ‘De Valk’ (i.e. the Falcon), a listed building in the heart of the town, reflecting the historic glory of the Faculty.

*according to the Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities Ranking 2016
**according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2016
KU Leuven - Belgium
KU Leuven


University of Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona

Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) was created in 1990 by the Catalan Parliament, and was inspired by the principles of freedom, democracy, justice, equality, independence and plurality.

UPF has quickly established itself as the top Spanish University* and 15th in the world among Universities under 50 years old**.

The School of Law is situated on the UPF Ciutadella campus in the heart of Barcelona, and close to the Gothic Quarter. Exchange students at UPF School of Law can choose from a range of modules taught in English and also have the opportunity to enroll in Spanish and Catalan language courses.

*according to the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2016
**according to the Times Higher Education 150 under 50 Rankings 2016
Pompeu Fabra
UPF Ciutadella Campus


University of Copenhagen - Denmark

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 with the Faculty of Law being one of the original four faculties.

Today, the Faculty of Law is Denmark’s largest Law School and has more than 4000 students, 50 professors, and about 400 part-time lecturers. Exchange students at the University of Copenhagen will get to experience quite a variety of teaching methods. Some lecturers prefer to give more traditional lectures when they have classes, other lecturers prefer to involve the students in discussions. The class size is max. 30 to 40 students per class.

Both Danish and international students follow the courses offered in English.

The University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen


University of Groningen - The Netherlands

The University of Groningen was founded in 1614 and the Faculty of Law is ranked as among the top 150 Law Schools in the world.* In spite of its rich history the Faculty of Law is a modern and internationally oriented institution that offers many English language modules, and it has kept a friendly and informal atmosphere where good relations exist between staff and students.

Groningen itself is regarded as one of the happiest cities in Europe, and enjoys a bustling reputation. The city is known for its cultural events, yet it will never lose that homely disposition which attracts so many people.

What will probably strike you most when entering Groningen is its youthful population. Roughly a quarter of the city’s 200,000 inhabitants consists of students. You will find students everywhere: studying in the park, riding a bike, or having a drink with fellow students in one of the many pubs.

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2016
University of Groningen


The ELS stream offers the opportunity to apply to study for a year at the University of Stockholm Faculty of Law, which is the largest Law Faculty in Sweden and currently ranked in the top 150 Law Schools in the World.*

The Faculty of Law was founded in 1907 at what was then called Stockholm University College (Stockholms högskola). The Faculty was seen as an alternative to the more closed academic environments at the traditional universities. The idea that had inspired its creation was that of an open and accessible “citizens’ institution of learning” with close links to the realm of legal practice. This idea continues to inform the activities of the Law Faculty to this day.

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2017
Stockholm, Faculty of Law


The University of Oslo - Norway

The University of Oslo (UiO) was established in 1811. The UiO Faculty of Law is the oldest and largest in Norway, and is ranked in the top 100 Law Schools in the world.*

Exchange students can choose from a large range of modules taught in English, as well as taking Norwegian language lessons too. Modules include many related to maritime law and energy law, which benefit from Oslo’s status as a hub for both industries.

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2016
University of Oslo
University of Oslo


Trento is a city rooted in art and history, where the Italian and Mitteleuropean cultures meet. The city of Trento has retained precious monuments dating from before the 16th Century that are in the Renaissance style, including the Castello del Buonconsiglio (for several centuries residence of the Prince Bishops of Trento), the Duomo, its splendid piazza and fountain dedicated to Neptune, the frescoed houses and Council Churches as well as the museums and exhibitions which make Trento a true landmark of Alpine arts, culture and traditions.

Trento offers visitors its richly historical and artistic heritage all year around, and is home to the University of Trento, one of the most prestigious in Italy.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Trento is ranked in the top 101-150 Law Schools in the world* and will offer a new law degree course in Comparative, European and International Legal Studies entirely in English from 2017/18 onwards. This new offering will provide exchange students with a rich selection of English language modules to choose from while they sample life in a beautiful Northern Italian city, see what the Lonely Planet has to say:

‘Trento rarely makes the news these days, but that wasn't the case in the mid-16th century. During the tumultuous years of the Counter-Reformation, the Council of Trent convened here, dishing out far-reaching condemnations to uppity Protestants. Modern Trento is far from preachy; instead it's quietly confident, liberal and easy to like. Bicycles glide along spotless streets fanning out from the atmospheric, intimate Piazza del Duomo, students clink spritzes by Renaissance fountains and a dozen historical eras intermingle seamlessly amid stone castles, shady porticoes and the city's signature medieval frescoes. While there's no doubt you're in Italy, Trento does have its share of Austrian influence: apple strudel is ubiquitous and beer halls not uncommon. Set in a wide glacial valley guarded by the crenulated peaks of the Brenta Dolomites, amid a patchwork of vineyards and apple orchards, Trento is a perfect jumping-off point for hiking, skiing or wine tasting. And road cycling is huge: 400km of paved cycling paths fan out from here.’

*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2016
University of Trento
University of Trento