LAW

Law is about understanding and applying legal rules in practice.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

The LL.B. degree is based on a number of core subjects, which will give you a comprehensive overview of our legal system. You learn to analyse legal issues, interpret legal rules and view specific legal issues in a social context.

Studying law at Aarhus University

The teaching on the Bachelor’s degree programme in law is a mix of lectures and classroom instruction in small groups, where you do presentations, participate in discussions and work with your study group. As a law student, you work hard. You will be required to do a lot of reading to learn the significance of the written rules, how they are applied and how they interact.

Law is not just about sections and articles, judgements and acts of parliament.

On the programme, the primary focus is on understanding and applying the rules of law. You work with areas such as family law and succession law, constitutional law, which is all about government bodies and their powers, and subject areas such as legal history, private law, administrative law and criminal law. Many law students choose to study abroad for a semester.

Career opportunities

With an LL.B. degree, you will be qualified for admission to a number of different Master’s degree programmes, for example the LL.M. degree, where you can specialise in specific areas of the law. Only law graduates can work as lawyers, judges or prosecutors. You can also work in government ministries, for the local or regional authorities, in banks or insurance companies.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22415

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University’s quota 2 criteria.

 

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics C

Programme structure

An LL.B. degree is a three-year programme and consists largely of compulsory subjects. Most of the teaching focuses on learning and understanding legal rules – also called legal dogma. There is therefore a strong focus on existing rules of law, how to apply them in real life and how the rules interact. The programme also provides you with the tools needed to analyse legal issues and interpret legislative rules.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the BSc programme in law, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of examinations and the exam requirements.

Degree programme diagram

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire BSc programme in law. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in law

At the lectures, your lecturers go through the topics covered by the reading which you have done for the day, often in a large lecture theatre together with all the students in your year group. In class, you and your fellow students are expected to participate actively in exercises and discussions.

All law students are encouraged to join a study group  as a way of helping and supporting each other, both socially and academically. In the study group, you will do various exercises as a group, hold presentations and generally prepare for lessons and revise for the exams together.

Law is a full-time degree programme even though you may not have to attend lectures and classes every day. Below is an example of a typical week on the first semester of the programme in law. As you can see, you will be spending much of your time preparing for classes and lectures, and meeting with your study group. 

Monday
08:00–14:00 Preparation
14:00–16:00 Lecture: Constitutional Law

Tuesday
08:00–10:00 Lecture: of Family Law and Law of Succession
10:00–13:00 Preparation
13:00–15:00 Student guidance: Family Law and Law of Succession
15:00-17:00 Preparation

Wednesday
08:00–10:00 Classroom instruction: Family Law and Law of Succession
10:00–13:00 Classroom instruction: Constitutional Law
13:00–16:00 Preparation

Thursday
08:00–12:00 Work in study group
12:00–16:00 Preparation

Friday
08:00–10:00 Classroom instruction: Family Law and Law of Succession
10:00–16:00 Preparation

Social life

As a law student, you will be part of a vibrant study environment with lots of associations and societies which you can join.

Juridisk Selskab (JUS)
The overriding purpose of JUS, the law student society at Aarhus University, is to make the law programme the best degree programme on campus. The society provides students with a different take on legal topics and works to create a festive and inspiring study environment. JUS organises several parties each semester as well as company visits, study trips, an annual revue and lots more.

The Legal Academic Council
The council consists of 11 law students, who are elected for a term of one year at a time. The Legal Academic Council presents the Lecturer of the Year award, holds an annual academic day and plans and organises the annual graduation ceremony in cooperation with the Department of Law.

Student magazine
The Department of Law’s student magazine is called Paragraf, and as a student you are invited to join the editorial team. The magazine brings news about the degree programme, on departmental events and affairs, and on topics of particular – or absolutely no – relevance to the world of law. 

FC Law
If you love socialising and football in equal measure, FC Law is definitely something for you. The club has both men’s and women’s teams, and to bolster the team spirit, FC Law also organises a number of parties and other social events in the course of the season.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

With an LL.B. degree, you will first and foremost gain a solid overview of the legal system as well as an understanding of legal methodology. This will enable you to analyse, interpret and explain complex legal issues and to view them in a social context. You will be able to assess whether sufficient light has been shed on a particular case, and you learn to make professionally sound decisions.

Once you have completed your LL.B. degree, you are eligible for admission to the Master’s degree programme in law, after which you can call yourself a lawyer. Only law graduates can work as lawyers, judges and prosecutors, and with an LL.M. degree you can, for example, be employed by the courts of law and the public prosecutor’s office. To obtain a licence to practise law, you must be employed for three years as an assistant lawyer and pass a special exam.

Many law graduates also go on to work for government ministries, local and regional authorities, or in banks, private enterprises and international organisations. If you want to continue your studies in the field of law, you can also go on to do a PhD degree and embark on a research career.

Master’s degree programmes

Once you have completed your LL.B. degree, you can continue your studies on a number of different Master’s degree programmes. Here are some examples of programmes students have chosen in the past:

  • The Master’s degree programme in law, which gives you a chance to specialise in the fields of law you may find most interesting.
  • The Master’s degree programme in European studies, which provides you with general knowledge of European affairs and conditions, political as well as historical and cultural.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which adds a far more international perspective to your social science studies.