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The Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law (CertHE Common Law) offers an alternative entry to the study of law. Students successfully completing this award are able to progress directly on to the second year of the LLB degree.
AAU is a Recognised Teaching Centre through the University of London. Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in Higher Education in Common Law (CertHE) must be enrolled at a Recognised Teach Centre. The CertHE is ideal for first-time university students and for those who wish to undertake legal studies at a slower pace while building a stronger foundation for their LLB courses. Students whose school-leaving education is not equivalent to British A-Level may start their legal studies with the CertHE.
The totality of the programme is designed to support laws studies at a slower pace while developing language and writing skills and expanding intellectual development in arenas that will lay a stronger foundation for future LLB courses and graduation.
Your Degree & After
Courses at Anglo-American University are taught by highly-qualified instructors with Master’s and Doctorate degrees in law, primarily from common law jurisdictions. Furthermore, as many instructors are adjunct instructors, they also have extensive professional legal experience. Courses are led by instructors with intensive facilitated discussions with students. Furthermore, throughout the course, students have written assignments and mock examinations, in which they are provided with detailed feedback from their instructors.
Examinations are then administered and graded by the University of London and students sit for the examinations at the British Council in Prague. As such, the final diploma for the LLB is awarded by the University of London.
Both AAU and UOL are able to provide information and confirmation of study regarding the programme to prospective employers, postgraduate programme applications, and application to Bar and professional legal examiners.
Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law is a full-time 2-year study programme. The Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law, offered as a two year programme by AAU, combines the first year of the LLB with locally designed law courses and general education.
Students that begin with the Certificate Programme and continue on to the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) are expected to complete their studies in 4 years.
At Anglo-American University, Certificate students take a total of 4 year-long UOL courses. In addition to that students take several electives from any of AAU's offered BA programmes. Each course runs from September through May. There are 32 teaching weeks per academic year. Each class meets once per week for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Therefore, for each class, students attend 88 hours of in-class instruction per course per academic year. This does not include all time preparing readings and assignments that students must do outside of class time.
For more information on the University of London Programme structure, modules and specification.
The course structure is as follows:
First Year - Criminal Law and Legal Systems and Methods
Second Year – Contract Law and Public Law
In addition to the UOL courses, certificate students take the following skill-based Law classes at AAU: Fundamentals of Legal Research Writing and Analysis, Legal English, Legal Research and Writing, Foundations of Law and World Order. Additionally students may take Moot Court, Legal Skills Development, and Cross Cultural Negotiations and Dispute Resolution as well as other electives.
Credit value of modules
Further information about the credit systems used by the University of London and universities in the UK and across Europe is provided by the Quality Assurance Agency and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.
For the CertHE Common Law each module has been assigned a credit value of 30 at either FHEQ Level 4, 5 or 6.
- CertHE Common Law requires completion of 120 credits in total, equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.
One UK credit equates to a notional ten hours of study.
Those interested in enrolling on the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law need not apply to the University of London; they must submit their application directly to AAU. While, like the LLB, this programme requires dual enrolment, AAU is the institution that will evaluate the application and make an admissions decision. Applicants must undertake an admissions test, possess a school leaving certificate, meet the established language standards (IELTS 5.5), and undergo two admission interviews. In order to ensure processing prior to the start of studies students are advised to submit their application no later than the end of August for timely processing if a visa is not required, by mid-June if a visa is required.
The first step in starting the application process is completing the online application form. Once your application is submitted you will receive an email confirming your submission along with instructions to pay the application fee of CZK 2000, which can be done online. A list of documents required to complete your application can be found below.
Required Application Documents:
High School Diploma (only required after time of graduation)
High School Transcript (current transcript upon application and final transcript upon graduation)
English language exam certificate (please check the AAU website and the University of London Undergraduate Laws academic requirements listing for standards and exceptions)
Two Recommendation Letters
A copy of your passport
A passport size photograph
A motivation letter addressing the foundation of your interest in law and the reasons why you have selected the University of London study program at AAU. Your motivational letter must be a minimum of 350 words and not exceed 600. (Plagiarism of any part of the motivation letter is considered a serious violation of academic integrity and of AAU’s internal rules and will lead to the rejection of your application.)
The tuition for the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law is CZK 245,000/ $10,744/€9,388. This does NOT include UofL registration and fees. There are separate tuition payments needed for AAU and UoL. Tuition is payable to AAU each semester, and registration and material fees are paid to the University of London.
Details regarding financial aid and scholarships can be found here.
Recognition by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
AAU as a branch of a European foreign higher education institution (pursuant to Act no. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions, Part XIV, Section 93d) fulfilled the information obligations and was registered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on 16 November 2017.
Thus, the study of the students has been made equal to study at higher education institutions in the Czech Republic under the State Social Support Act or under the Pension Insurance Act (students have the legal status of a student for these purposes).
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