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MV21 Law with Humanities (Full-Time)

Law with Humanities BA

UCAS Code: MV21

Start Date:
30 September 2024

Entry Requirements:
A Level: A*AA or IB: 38 points

3 years

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why study Law at Warwick?

Our Law with Humanities (BA) degree offers you the opportunity to study law while enabling you to gain a wider knowledge of humanities subjects. This course enables you to develop your interest in humanities, while ensuring you develop a thorough understanding of law.

Law firms are increasingly expressing interest in graduates who can demonstrate a breadth of academic interest outside law, meaning that our graduates are highly employable. Throughout the course you will also gain valuable research, writing, presentation and debating skills across legal and humanities related topics, that can be applied in many employment settings.

Image of Alumni Debbie Wathome

As somebody who has a great passion for History, Literature and Philosophy, I was inclined to look for courses that catered for that specific need. Warwick provided the best of both worlds with their Law with Humanities course, and I’ve never been more engaged with my academic studies than I was on my degree.

Alexander Sackeyfio - (Law with Humanities 2018-2021)

Alongside the study of legal judgments and statutes, you will examine the impact of economic, cultural and political change on law, and will consider how law affects life beyond the courtroom. The course makes the most of our strong research and teaching interest in the economic, social, philosophical and political links by allowing you flexibility to select optional modules from within Classics and Ancient History, English and Comparative Literary Studies, Film and Television, History, History of Art, Theatre and Performance, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies and Philosophy.

In your first year you will study core elements of law. In subsequent years there is greater opportunity to concentrate on humanities modules in addition to your legal studies. You will be developing an interdisciplinary view of the law by devoting about 75% of your degree to studying law modules and the remainder to a choice of optional modules offered by our Humanities departments in the Faculty of Arts.

Core Modules

Year One

During your first year you will study the following core modules:

  • Criminal Law: You will develop an understanding of the general principles of criminal law and its operation within society, coupled with an awareness of the social and political forces that influence the scope of the law and its enforcement. You will encounter basic concepts of the structure of English Criminal Law, and gain some knowledge of procedures, theories, and historical and political contexts, so as to understand and debate legal arguments and policy. In your studies, you will be expected to assess and present arguments for and against in open debate and also work collaboratively with your peers on specific tasks.
  • Tort Law: You will examine the law of civil liability for wrongfully inflicted damage or injury: the law of tort. We emphasise the processes and techniques involved in judicial (as opposed to legislative or administrative) law-making; the relevance and responsiveness of doctrines thus developed to society’s actual problems; and the policies and philosophies underlying the rules. As well as acquiring knowledge of the application of these technical areas of law, you will develop skills of legal reasoning and critical judgement, with particular reference to insurance, loss spreading, developing medical knowledge, professional standards and consumer protection. Work is undertaken independently and in debate and collaboration with your peers.
  • Understanding Law in Context: This module will provide you with a sound introduction to the study of Law at Warwick. It aims to explore the meaning of Law in Context as a concept and approach. It will incorporate an understanding of English legal method within the institutional context of the English legal system and engage with the importance of legal theory in this respect. You will gain a critical overview of the machinery of justice at the heart of the English legal system, become familiar with fundamental legal techniques and develop an understanding of law and theory. All subjects will be taught primarily through participatory and problem-based exercises in workshops and seminars (of approximately 20-25 students) where you will have the opportunity to test and develop the fundamental legal knowledge and core skills necessary throughout your studies.
  • Law State and the Individual: You will study the sources of law (Acts of Parliament, common law rules, conventions) and foundational concepts (such as the legislative supremacy of Parliament, the rule of law and separation of powers) through the critical reading and understanding of academic material and legal texts. We will consider the role of politics and economics and the institutional and theoretical aspects of the law, alongside the law’s relationship to the state and individuals. You will also become familiar with the purposes, limits and possibilities of legal language and methods. The module consists of a mixture of participatory and problem-based exercises, workshops, and more orthodox lecture and seminar work through which you will develop and test your knowledge and practical legal skills.

Year Two

In your second year you will study the following two half modules in Law and then choose from a range of optional modules from either our Humanities departments or the Law School.

  • Contract Law: On this module, you will learn to understand and explain the fundamental principles of contract law, one of the building blocks of the common law and which underlies commercial and consumer law. Using primarily a case-law approach, you will have opportunities to study the relationship between case law and statute and to tackle specific problem-solving tasks that will help you develop both your theoretical knowledge, including your understanding of the social context and function of the courts, and your legal writing skills.
  • Property Law: On this module, you will focus on the role of law in relation to the ownership, use and development of land. Starting with the basic principles of English land law, you will learn to apply these to hypothetical cases, and analyse, evaluate and critique individual cases and statutory provisions using a series of linked materials on a discrete topic. Working both independently and collaboratively, you will also acquire research skills and be able to speak and write about property law accurately and using appropriate terminology.

If you are thinking of becoming a barrister or seeking qualification as a lawyer in other jurisdictions, which recognise the Warwick law degree, you will be advised to take the Foundations of EU Law module (subject to Bar Standards Board requirements).

Year Three

In your final year you will be required to complete the Supervised Project either as a half or full module. You will also select from the range of optional modules available in the Law School and Humanities departments. If you are thinking of becoming a barrister or seeking qualification as a lawyer in other jurisdictions, which recognise the Warwick law degree, you will be advised to take Law of Trusts (subject to Bar Standards Board requirements). Otherwise, you may choose from the optional modules available.

  • Supervised Project: The supervised project allows you to undertake independent study to complete one of a range of outputs, building on skills you will have acquired through your degree. These may include a researched dissertation; reasoned policy briefing; a judgment from a critical perspective (e.g., feminist); or a piece of creative work about the law. The module aims to provide you with a high degree of responsibility for the learning process and will require you to manage your own learning, reflect on it critically, and seek and use constructive feedback. There is no set syllabus given that each project is individual to the student. However, general skills-based workshops will be provided to introduce you to research methods, research ethics, writing skills and project management to enable you to commence independent project work early in the term. Small group supervision meetings will be focused on substantive issues and on improving quality of the work. The length of the Supervised Project is either 6000 words (half module - 15CATS) or 12,000 words (full module - 30 CATS).

Optional Modules

A requirement of this degree is that at least 90 CATS of modules must be taken from departments (other than Law) in the Faculty of Arts over the course of your degree. CATS = Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme. An extensive range of modules is available to students on this degree. It is possible to choose external modules from more than one department in the Faculty of Arts, depending on your individual academic interests. See which modules are currently running in the Law School.

The modules due to run next year may vary from the list above, depending on staff availability, research priorities, and student uptake. While we do our best to run as wide a variety of subjects as possible, it is not always possible to offer every module.

External Modules

You are permitted to study a total of 30CATS worth of external modules outside of the Law School or Humanities departments over your second and third year of study. These modules must be honours level and agreed by the external department. If you opt to take a language course as an external option in your final year, this cannot be a beginners course unless it is beginners accelerated.

Scheme of Study

Three years full-time study leading to the degree of BA (Honours) or BA (Pass).

Many of our modules are delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops supported by online materials. The lectures will introduce you to a particular topic and then you will spend time investigating a topic in preparation for seminar discussion or practical exercises.

We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as experiential based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations. Research training and personal and professional development are embedded throughout your degree. Our contextual approach to law means that we also provide opportunities to engage in law-related work outside the curriculum. Across your years with us, we will give you all the support and advice needed to help you realise your full potential.

Contact Hours

First year modules are taught either by two hours of lectures per week and regular seminars, or by two hours of workshops per week with occasional lectures. These teaching methods offer opportunities for legal problem solving and discussion of ethical or policy issues relating to the law. Staff have regular advice and feedback hours in which you can discuss issues outside of your seminars and workshops.

Class Size

Typically in lectures, depending on the options chosen, class sizes are between 10 to 300 students. Core module lectures consist of approximately 300 students, and there are approximately 16 students per seminar. Some modules teach through workshops involving 20 to 30 students.

Although methods of assessment vary for each module, you will generally be expected to write essays and/or sit a two to three hour examination in your modules. As well as essays and exams, we offer a variety of other assessment methods such as group presentations and reflective diaries, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You will also write formative essays for which you will receive detailed feedback in preparation for your final module assessments. Formative assessments do not contribute towards your final mark.

Year weightings towards final mark:

  • First Year 0% - 120 CATS
  • Second Year 50% - 120 CATS
  • Third Year 50% - 120 CATS
CATS = Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme

A level A*AA (Contextual Offer AAB *)

International Baccalaureate 38 points

Other Qualifications: We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page. We do not require applicants to have passed the LNAT.

Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units. Substantial study of Law is highly recommended.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP Page.

Pre-requisite Subjects: We do not require you to take any particular subjects in order to apply. However, general studies and critical thinking subjects are normally excluded from offers.

Interviews: We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Taking a gap year: Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Mature Students: We will be looking for a commitment to academic study and evidence of academic potential, good time management and study skills. Most of our mature students have done a kite marked Access to Law course. Otherwise you will need to have recently completed or be taking examinations in at least two A-Level subjects.

* Contextual Offers: We are committed to admitting the most talented students from a diverse range of backgrounds and may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. We actively welcome and encourage applications from candidates who meet the contextual eligibility criteria. For more information on contextual offers, including full eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit our central contextual offer pages.

Transfers: We do not take students from other universities wishing to transfer directly either from another law degree or another related course. Course transfers between law degrees at the Law School will only be permitted if a student meets the entry requirements of the degree to which they wish to transfer, obtains permission from the Director of UG Studies, and there is space available.

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