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M101 Law (4 Years) (Full-Time)

Why study Law at Warwick?

What will I learn?

Our Law degree enables you to develop an in-depth understanding of the technical and doctrinal aspects of the law, and a critical awareness of the role law can play in modern society. Warwick Law School is one of the leading law schools in the UK, and is renowned for its high quality teaching and research. The School emphasises a contextual approach to, and international and comparative perspectives on, the study of law.

As well as studying legal judgments and statutes, you will gain valuable insights into the impact of economic, cultural and political change on law, and consider how law affects life beyond the courtroom and the lawyer’s office. Our graduates emerge with sought-after legal, research, writing and independent learning skills, and their comprehensive understanding of the law enables them to engage actively with policy debates. They also possess excellent presentation skills, gained through interactive and group-based learning.

Core modules in your first year provide a thorough grounding in core legal skills. From your second year you can choose from optional modules tailored to your academic interests, some of which can exempt you from professional law examinations. Law options available to current students include: International Criminal Law; Comparative Human Rights; Refugee and Asylum Law; Shakespeare and the Law; and Law, Seas and Eco-Systems. You can also take modules from other departments to reinforce your interdisciplinary skills. In your final year, you may submit a dissertation in place of a full or half-module.

Our four-year programme has a similar structure to our three-year course, but enables you to take a larger number of modules and diversify your studies.

A level AAA

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.

General Studies/Critical Thinking General Studies/Critical Thinking – normally excluded from offers

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

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.

Departmental Open Days Applicants offered conditional or unconditional places will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day, normally held on a Wednesday in late February, mid-March and early May. Click here for more information about visiting us.

How will I learn?

Each module usually has two 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 also have regular office hours in which you can discuss issues outside the seminar setting. We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as performance based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations.

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.

How will I be assessed?

We offer a variety of assessment methods, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You can also choose to weight your degree towards either examinations or essays.

Can I study abroad?

All students (from 2021 entry onwards) have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Office offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

The four-year LLB course is designed for two groups of students:

Those wishing to study more modules at Warwick than is possible in the normal three-year course (See also course content below on this page); and

Those wishing to study the law of another country, in English, at a university in that country. See LLB Degree with Year Abroad in English (YAE) for more general information, partner institutions and entry requirements. NB Those wishing to study abroad in French or German should see the European Law Course.

Many students find the three-year course too short and welcome the chance to explore more subjects or different subjects than the three-year law course allows: for them the four-year degree scheme is the answer. Within a very flexible framework, students can build a coherent individualised degree course, being able to take more modules from the wide choice within the Law School and up to four related modules from outside Law. Because of competition for LLB places, only those with a clear plan for using the extra year are likely to be made an offer.

Year One

As for the three-year degree:

The First Year has been designed as an introduction to some of the basic features of law, with modules on legal system and theory, techniques of the common law as seen in contracts and torts, and on the law of property and of crime. Property law has been chosen partly because it concerns some of the most common situations in which laymen come into contact with lawyers; crime, because of its intrinsic importance and also because it is an area in which the law is closely related to a specific and identifiable social problem.

Module 1: (Core) Modern English Legal System/Legal Theory.

Module 2: (Core) Criminal Law.

Module 3: (Core) Tort Law.

Module 4: (Core) Introduction to the Law of Property Relations.

Module 5: (Core) Introduction to Legal Theory.

Year Two

Four full modules or three full modules and two half modules or two full modules and four half modules.

Full Modules:
(Core) General Principles of Constitutional and Administrative Law.
(Core) Contract Law.

(Options) Law; French Law; German Law; International Law; Law in Practice I; Gender and the Law; Social Theory of Law; Human Rights in Practice.

Half Modules: (Options) Introduction to Competition Law, European Contract Law, Refugee and Asylum Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Europe, Advanced Themes in Competition Law and Policy, Foundations of European Union Law, Law and Policies of the European Union, Origins, Images and Cultures of English Law, Comparative Human Rights, Medicine and the Law, Introduction to the Law and Culture of Japan, Shakespeare and the Law, Taxation Law: Policy and Principles, International Criminal Law, An Introduction to Islamic Law, Law and Literature, Child Law, Family Law, Law and the Intact Family, Law, Globalisation and the Environment, Financial Services Regulation, Global Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Law, Seas, People and Ecosystems , Corporate Tax Law

Year Three

Four full modules or three full modules and two half modules. Chosen from the options in the Second Year list with the addition choice of:

Full Modules: Advanced Legal System; Law of Business Organisations; Law of Trusts; Law of Labour Relations; Dissertation.

Half Modules: Foundations of Commercial Law; Dissertation.

Year Four

As for the three-year degree, but a dissertation may be submitted in place of a half or full module.

In 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, up to one full module per year may be taken from a department other than Law, instead of an equivalent Law module.

Candidates wishing to qualify as a barrister or solicitor should refer to the prerequisites of a qualifying law degree as set out on the module page.

Course Regulations

Scheme of Study

Four years full-time study leading to the degree of:

  • LLB (Honours) or
  • LLB (Pass) or
  • LLB (Honours) (QD) - Qualifying Degree status (QD) indicates professional recognition
Module Options by Year
Qualifying Degree
Non-Qualifying Degree
External Modules

You are permitted to study up to 30CATS worth of external modules during your second, third and final 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.

Examination Scheme

Most modules given by the School of Law are examined by a combination of invigilated examination and course work. A small number of modules are assessed solely by coursework. In some modules the proportion of work assessed by examination is fixed, but in others candidates may choose, subject to the overall limit on assessment, different proportions of assessed work. Where the proportion of examined work is variable, the length of the invigilated examination usually varies accordingly.

Up to 55% of a candidate's work may be examined by assessment. Any candidate who wishes to exceed this limit must apply to the School of Law for special consideration. If the School approves the application it will be submitted for consideration by the Examinations Committee of the Senate.

Many invigilated examinations in Law are preceded by 15 minutes reading time. Some examinations also provide material for students' use (statutes, treaties, cases, etc.).

Year Weightings
  • First Year 0% - 120 CATS
  • Second Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
  • Third Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
  • Fourth Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
  • Warwick Law School is one of the leading law schools in the world, ranked in the top 100 globally in the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 and renowned for its high-quality teaching and research.
  • We pioneered – and continue to apply – a unique approach to the study of law: one that is contextual, comparative and international. Our approach provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to become solicitors or barristers, examining the impact of economic, cultural and political change on the law, as well as exploring the critical role the law can play in improving social and economic conditions in modern societies.
  • Variations on our LLB present opportunities to study law in several non- UK jurisdictions around the world (in French, German or English). This is complemented by Warwick-based teaching by that draws on the expertise of staff who have first-hand experience of teaching and practising law in over 15 non-UK jurisdictions.
Professor Paul Raffield
School of Law
Matt Esan
3rd year undergraduate
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
Degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Entry Requirements
A level: AAA
IB: 38 points
Mode of Study
4 Years