Law with Social Sciences BA
UCAS Code: ML23
27 September 2021
A Level: AAA or IB: 38 points
3 or 4 years
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Why study Law at Warwick?
Our Law with Social Sciences (BA) degree offers you the opportunity to study law while enabling you to gain a wider knowledge of social sciences subjects. This course enables you to develop your interest in the social sciences, 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 social science related topics, that can be applied in many employment settings.
Warwick Law School is unique as they offer such an array of interesting electives. Your degree is a time to explore, to learn, unlearn and relearn, to challenge your assumptions and broaden your worldview(s). Make the most of the fascinating electives and enjoy yourself!
Debbie Wathome - Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (Law LLB 2013-2016)
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 Applied Linguistics, Education Studies, Economics, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, Sociology, and Business.
In your first year, modules focus on core elements of law, and you can choose a half option in a social science subject. In the following years there is greater opportunity to study social science modules in addition to compulsory and optional law modules. 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 Social Science departments. Please note that the Law with Social Sciences degree can be gained as a qualifying law degree on either the three year or four year variant.
- Introduction to the Law of Property Relations
- Criminal Law
- The Modern English Legal System
- Tort Law
- Introduction to Legal Theory OR an approved external option
- Contract Law
- General Principles of Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Foundations of European Law (to gain a QD)
- Law of Trusts (to gain a QD)
A requirement of this degree is that a minimum number of modules must be taken from Departments (other than Law) in the Faculty of Social Sciences. At least 90 CATS if studying on our three year programme or 120 CATS on the four year degree. CATS = Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme. Departments include: Centre for Applied Linguistics, Education, Economics, Philosophy, Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Warwick Business School. An extensive range of modules is available to students on this degree from all of the above Departments. It is possible to choose external modules from more than one department in the Faculty of Social Sciences, depending on your individual academic interests. See which modules are currently running in the Law School.
You are permitted to study a total of 30CATS worth of external modules 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. If on the 4 year degree you can take a total of 60CATS spread across years 2, 3 and 4.
Scheme of Study
Three or four years full-time study leading to the degree of BA (Honours) or BA (Pass) or BA (Honours) (QD) - Qualifying Degree status (QD) indicates professional recognition.
Many of our modules are delivered by a combination of lectures and seminars. The lectures will introduce you to a particular topic and then you will spend time reading around the topic in preparation for seminar discussion.
We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as performance based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations. Research training, personal development and professional development are embedded in your degree. Our contextual approach to law means that we ask for consistent work and for your full commitment throughout the course. In return, we will give you all the support and advice needed to help you realise your full potential.
Typically each module has two hours of lectures per week, plus regular seminars which 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.
Typically in lectures, depending on the options chosen, class sizes are between 10-300 students. Core module lectures consist of approximately 300 students. There are approximately 16 students per seminar. Some modules teach through workshops involving 20-30 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:Three Year Variant
- First Year 0% - 120 CATS
- Second Year 50% - 120 CATS
- Third Year 50% - 120 CATS
- First Year 0% - 120 CATS
- Second Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
- Third Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
- Fourth Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
A level AAA (Contextual Offer ABB*)
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.