LAW AND SOCIOLOGY (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36
This joint degree aims to develop your understanding of technical and doctrinal aspects of the law, sociological theory and research, and social problems, institutions and practices.
You’ll also gain a critical awareness of the role that law can play in modern societies, and develop both contextual and professional perspectives on the law.
This will help you position legal institutions, ideas and processes as an important part of society. Within the subject of sociology, you’ll explore key phenomena and problems in contemporary society, which may include crime and justice, gender and sexualities, media, race and ethnicities, and global economies.
By successfully completing all the core Law modules, you gain a qualifying law degree through this course. Having spent the first and second year of your degree developing core sociological and legal skills, in your third and fourth year you can choose from a wide range of modules tailored to your academic interests.
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 office 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 280 students. There are approximately 16 students per seminar.
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.
All students 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 Law School has its own dedicated careers consultant who provides tailored workshops and careers guidance support for all our law students including those considering a career in other fields. You will receive support with developing your career plans, researching jobs and postgraduate study and with all aspects of the application process.
Every year there is an autumn law recruitment fair, which is attended by over 60 law firms which want to recruit Warwick students. A further recruitment fair takes place during the summer offering finalists the chance to meet firms looking for immediate recruits.
Throughout the year many law firms visit Warwick to run presentations and engage with our students. As you would expect, the global elite and US firms are well represented on campus and over the last year we have also invited a variety of smaller firms, in-house lawyers and the Government Legal Service to meet our students. Past visitors have included:
Allen & Overy
Herbert Smith Freehills
Norton Rose Fulbright
Slaughter & May
Barristers also visit campus and help with mooting (mock trials) negotiating and debating. You will have many opportunities to build contacts within the profession during your studies.
Law is an excellent foundation for careers generally as it will help you to develop your analytical, organisational and effective research skills. If you do not wish to pursue a career in the legal profession, there will be plenty of alternative professions for you to choose from. The Law School and Student Careers & Skills arrange for other employers outside of the law profession to visit the campus and offer one to one support to help you decide which career is right for you.
"Studying law is not just learning what the law is... it's more thinking about why the law is the way it is. There's also a lot of problem-solving type questions, where you look at what the law says and apply it to situations, providing an argument on why it should be applied in this way."
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A level: AAB
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
- 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 website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.
The Modern English Legal System*
Introduction to Legal Theory
History of Sociological Thought
Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World
Introduction to Social Analytics I
Researching Society and Culture
- Social Theory of Law
- Criminal Law*
- Contract Law*
- Designing and Conducting Social Research
- Either Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research OR Modern Social Theory
- Introduction to the Law of Property Relations*
- General Principles of Constitutional and Administrative Law*
- Law of Trusts*
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
Sociology: Sociology of Gender; Life of Media; Crime and Society; Race and the Making of the Modern World; Bodies, Property and Politics. Law: International Criminal Law; Refugee and Asylum Law; French Law; Introduction to Competition Law; Law and International Business Environment; Human Rights in Practice; Medicine and the Law.
Students from Warwick Law School have a good record of obtaining employment in a broad range of fields. Many choose to progress to legal professional careers as solicitors or at the Bar.
What if you don’t want to enter the legal profession?
Law is an excellent foundation for careers generally. The study develops analytical skills, the ability to carry out effective research, and hones organisation skills. Over the last few years our law students have chosen to enter careers as diverse as journalism, consultancy, accountancy, retail management, the Civil Service, the Police Force, regulation, banking, charities and international organisations. Others have opted to continue their studies at Masters level.
The Law School has invested significantly in careers support for our students and now has a designated careers advisor for
the School. He or she offers support in terms of group training sessions, guidance sessions and application advice.
Example destinations of recent graduates include:
Aldi, Coventry Telegraph, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Bank of England, Morrison’s, Deloitte, Freshfields, PwC, Metropolitan Police, Allen & Overy, Cancer Research, Limehouse Consulting and Strategy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Council of Europe.
A level AAB
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
4 years full time
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
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