What will I learn?
This course allows you to develop your interest in the social sciences, while providing a solid grounding in legal studies from one of the UK’s top law schools. You will also have the opportunity to gain qualified status, exempting you from professional law examinations.
As well as studying 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. We have a strong research and teaching interest in the economic, social, philosophical and political links with law.
The course makes the most of this, by allowing you flexibility to select optional modules from within Economics, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, Sociology and Business. Increasingly, law firms are looking for students 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 that can be applied in many employment settings.
You can choose either a three or four-year degree programme. In your first year, modules focus on core elements of law, and you can choose a halfoption in a social science subject. In the following years there is more opportunity to study social science modules in addition to compulsory and optional law modules. Optional modules for current students within the Law School include International Criminal Law, Comparative Human Rights, Refugee and Asylum Law, Medicine and the Law, and Shakespeare and the Law.
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
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 eaching 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.
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
Each year you will need to take four full modules (or the equivalent made up of both half and full modules). These are usually taught by two hours of lectures each week and approximately seven seminars each term in each subject. Assessment is usually by a combination of class tests, essays written during the year and an exam in each subject at the end of the academic year. For all our Law degrees the first year is a qualifying year in which a pass/fail mark is awarded. The 2nd year and 3rd year (and optional 4th year) all count towards the final degree classification.
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.For more information about the specific module requirements, please click here
Click here for a full list of Law modules we offer
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.
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.).
Four Year Variant
- First Year 0% - 120 CATS
- Second Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
- Third Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
- Fourth Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
Three Year Variant
- First Year 0% - 120 CATS
- Second Year 50% - 120 CATS
- Third Year 50% - 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 RaffieldSchool of Law
Matt Esan3rd year undergraduate
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