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Law and Sociology (BA) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


UCAS Code
ML13

Qualification
Bachelor of Law (LLB)

Duration
4 years full-time

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Department of Law

Location of Study
University of Warwick


Our Law and Sociology (BA) 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.


Course overview

This joint degree aims to develop your understanding of technical and doctrinal aspects of the law, sociological theory and research, 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.


Course structure

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.

Professional qualifications

Currently, a ‘qualifying’ Law degree – an LLB course (during which you are required to take particular modules to gain qualified status) – means that you will have passed the first (academic) stage of training to enter the legal profession as a barrister or solicitor. The process by which a student qualifies as a solicitor in England and Wales is due to change in 2021. We are launching our new curriculum to coincide with these changes, building on our international reputation for teaching law ‘in context’ and providing what we believe to be the best possible preparation for our students to succeed if they choose to pursue a legal career.

We are therefore making some exciting changes to our degrees for 2021 entry. Our core and optional modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As modules are approved, they will be included in the module lists on this webpage. Please make sure that you check this page again for the latest information before you apply or accept your offer.

Sign up to receive updates on our new modules.



How will I learn?

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.


Contact hours

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.


Class size

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.


How will I be assessed?

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.


Study abroad

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.


Work experience

Developing your employability skills by engaging in activities outside your degree enables you to relax and to develop important employability skills and position yourself for graduate opportunities. Warwick provides a wealth of extracurricular opportunities including over 250 societies (cultural, sporting, academic, campaigning and performance), volunteering, part-time work and work experience.

The law societies and Law School provide law related projects (Death Penalty Project), competitions (mooting, negotiation, client interviewing) and Pro Bono projects like working with the Central England Law Centre and delivering legal education. The University has its own summer internship programme where successful applicants undertake 6 weeks of paid work experience locally. It provides financial assistance to students who secure short periods of unpaid experience like work shadowing through its work experience bursaries.

Leading graduate recruiters and law firms are keen to meet our students to provide information on their opportunities including open/insight days, internships, vacation and graduate schemes. They deliver presentations, workshops and take part in careers fairs and other events. Each year the Law Fair brings together over 70 major law firms providing students with an opportunity to network with graduate recruiters.

Information is made available to students via the myAdvantage opportunities database, Law School website and social media platforms. The Law School has its own dedicated careers consultant who helps students identify and apply for work experience and other opportunities.

General entry requirements

A level:

  • AAB

IB:

  • 36

BTEC:

  • We welcome applications from students taking BTECs.

Additional requirements:

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry requirements.


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).


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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.


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.

Professional qualifications

Currently, a ‘qualifying’ Law degree – an LLB course (during which you are required to take particular modules to gain qualified status) – means that you will have passed the first (academic) stage of training to enter the legal profession as a barrister or solicitor. The process by which a student qualifies as a solicitor in England and Wales is due to change in 2021. We are launching our new curriculum to coincide with these changes, building on our international reputation for teaching law ‘in context’ and providing what we believe to be the best possible preparation for our students to succeed if they choose to pursue a legal career.

We are therefore making some exciting changes to our degrees for 2021 entry. Our core and optional modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As modules are approved, they will be included in the module lists on this webpage. Please make sure that you check this page again for the latest information before you apply or accept your offer.

Sign up to receive updates on our new modules.

Tuition fees

Find out more about fees and funding.


Additional course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

Your career

Studying law provides a platform to a wide range of career opportunities within the legal profession and beyond.

Our law graduates train for the Bar and work for leading law firms like:

  • Freshfields
  • Allen and Overy
  • Slaughter and May
  • Clifford Chance
  • Linklaters

They also go on to work for other major employers such as:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • PwC
  • UK Civil Service
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • British Red Cross
  • Microsoft
  • Accenture

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Becoming a Solicitor: the office of tomorrow and how to get there
  • Warwick careers fairs including the Law Fair
  • The journey to the Bar including the BPTC and pupillage applications
  • Mooting Master Class
  • How to research Law Firms and Barristers Sets
  • What else can I do with a Law degree other than be a Lawyer (alumni presentations and networking)
  • Workshops on all aspects of the recruitment process including CVs, covering letters, applications and how to prepare for interviews and assessment centres

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Unique combination

“Law and Sociology is a dynamic course which situates legal processes, institutions and ideas within complex global societies. The unique combination of the disciplines means that students will leave University feeling rounded and well-equipped to engage in informed debate about contemporary legal issues from a sociological perspective.”

Maaya

BA Law and Sociology

This information is applicable for 2021 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.