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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 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 have planned a 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. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has interrupted these plans. Although the changes to professional qualification are going ahead as scheduled, the Solicitors Regulation Authority have announced that all current qualifying law degree arrangements may continue for 2021 entry provided students accept offers on or before 31 August 2021 (this includes those deferring entry from 2020). We have therefore decided to maintain the existing framework of our qualifying degrees for a further year. We will continue to offer the Foundations of Legal Knowledge subjects necessary for both the old and new qualification routes, making our law degree an excellent first step towards a legal career. We are also proceeding with the introduction of new modules and opportunities for practical experience in law which will benefit all those joining us in 2021. It is therefore still very important that you check these course webpages for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.


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

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has interrupted our plans to introduce a new curriculum in 2021. Although the changes to professional qualification are going ahead as scheduled, the Solicitors Regulation Authority have announced that all current qualifying law degree arrangements may continue for 2021 entry provided students accept offers on or before 31 August 2021 (this includes those deferring entry from 2020). We have therefore decided to maintain the existing framework of our qualifying degrees for a further year. We will continue to offer the Foundations of Legal Knowledge subjects necessary for both the old and new qualification routes, making our law degree an excellent first step towards a legal career. We are also proceeding with the introduction of new modules and opportunities for practical experience in law which will benefit all those joining us in 2021. It is therefore still very important that you check these course webpages for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.

Year One
The Modern English Legal System

This module exposes you to a critical overview of the machinery of justice at the heart of the English legal system and provides you with fluency in fundamental legal techniques. Through the study of law in context, as practised in the Warwick Law School, you will pay particular attention to sources of law, techniques for interpreting cases and statutes, legal rhetoric, making an argument and writing. You will be introduced to key sources of law and be trained in their retrieval and analysis. You will develop these skills through collaborative work and independent study, including online research.

Tort Law

You will examine the law of civil liability for wrongfully inflicted damage or injury: the law of tort. We emphasise the processes and techniques involved in judicial (as opposed to legislative or administrative) law-making; the relevance and responsiveness of doctrines thus developed to society’s actual problems; and the policies and philosophies underlying the rules. As well as acquiring knowledge of the application of these technical areas of law, you will develop skills of legal reasoning and critical judgement, with particular reference to insurance, loss spreading, developing medical knowledge, professional standards and consumer protection. Work is undertaken independently and in debate and collaboration with your peers.

Introduction to Legal Theory

You will engage with fundamental questions about the nature of law, order, and justice. You will consider the impact of political, moral and social theories on ways of thinking about law. You will think, in depth, about the underlying principles of the legal system by studying questions such as the nature of rights, the permissibility of punishment, and the nature of legal obligations. You will have opportunities to develop your research, argumentation, and advocacy skills through class discussion and written engagement with central issues in legal philosophy.

Introduction to Social Analytics 1

In the age of ever-increasing data availability which is paired with a growing sophistication of statistical techniques, the opportunities for social science research are vast. This module will give you an understanding of the basic elements of core descriptive and inferential statistics which will allow you not only to critically engage with quantitative findings in existing social science research, but also conduct quantitative analysis yourself. The module covers the topics of conceptualisation, operationalisation and measurement, as well as the principles of sampling and the basics of statistical inference. You will be introduced to the statistical methods and process of social science research in one hour lectures, and then explore these in extended seminars (2h) both through readings, and the statistical software STATA. We will be working on real data sets, such as the World Development Indicators, but you will also conduct your own little survey amongst other students and analyse the data in class afterwards.

Researching Society and Culture

What is society and how do you study it? Is human behaviour governed by rules similar to the natural world that you can study objectively? Or do human beings consciously act upon their environment and change the world through creativity and intelligence, driven by their own understanding and motivations.

You'll be introduced to the core ideas behind sociological research and the practical tools to undertake research yourself. As well as looking at some of the key qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, ethnography, discourse analysis), you’ll also examine the political, ethical and practical issues that social research inevitably entails.


Optional Cores

History of Sociological Thought

What holds societies together? How do societies change? And how is politics in the conventional sense affected by factors such as class, status, ethnicity or religion, or the state of the economy? These are some of the questions that you'll engage with when you consider the history of sociological thought. You'll gain skills of research, analysis and debate by considering to what extent sociology may be considered a science and how the evolution of sociological thought has been shaped by events and the cultural, economic and political problems of the day.

Class and Capitalism in the Neoliberal World

Protest and anger characterise the contemporary era – young people taking part in militant politics, protest parties gaining more votes, and even NHS doctors taking to the streets.

In this module, we’ll explore the social consequences of the economic and political transformations associated with neoliberalism that have taken place in recent decades. We will ask why these changes might be responsible for the global rise in urban unrest and dissatisfaction.

Topics will include growing inequality and elite power, militant policing, consumerism, anxiety, debt, the destruction of industrial communities, class identity, the marketisation of education, and the diminishing spaces of public life.

Sociology of Gender

Through case studies from the gender pay gap to the politics of Christmas, this module will transform how you see gender and its impact on the world. You’ll explore the origins of gender ideas and analyse their effects on areas of social life including: language; media and popular culture; science; work; family relationships; sexuality; violence; education; politics; and feminist movements.

While gender is the focus of this module, you’ll also consider how gender connects to other dimensions of social difference and inequality, such as sexuality, race, class or disability.

Race and the Making of the Modern World

What is 'race' and why does it matter? This module answers those questions drawing on the wealth of expertise within Warwick Sociology, taught by experts who research and write about race and racism from a range of perspectives. Students will learn about both theoretical concepts and real-world examples that will help them to understand how race and racism shape the social world.


Year Two
Social Theory of Law

The module is jointly taught by members of the School of Law and the Department of Sociology. You will be equipped to critically analyse and debate contemporary theories and disputes about the role of law in society. Which include consideration of significant theories of law, justice and jurisprudence and recognition of their origins, and their limitations in contemporary society. You will be expected to conduct self-directed learning and research into primary and secondary sources to arrive at your own considered position, and to express this through relevant arguments in writing, and in debate.

Criminal Law

You will develop an understanding of the general principles of criminal law and its operation within society, coupled with an awareness of the social and political forces that influence the scope of the law and its enforcement. You will encounter basic concepts of the structure of English Criminal Law, and some knowledge of procedures, theories, and historical and political contexts, so as to understand and debate legal arguments and policy. In your studies, you will be expected to assess and present arguments for and against in open debate and also work collaboratively with your peers on specific tasks.

Contract Law

On this module, you will learn to understand and explain the fundamental principles of contract law, one of the building blocks of the common law and which underlies commercial and consumer law. Using a primarily case-law approach, you will have opportunities to study the relationship between case law and statute and to tackle specific problem-solving tasks that will help you develop both your theoretical knowledge, including your understanding of the social context and function of the courts, and your legal writing skills.

Designing and Conducting Social Research

This module will teach you the core concepts and practical skills to undertake qualitative social research in academic and professional settings. These include research design, ethnography, in-depth interviewing, documents and discourse. As well as practical skills, you’ll investigate how social research has changed in recent decades, considering:

• ethical questions when researching life online

• how (and whether you should) study Twitter

• effects of social media on social interactions

• how to engage diverse audiences

You'll also gain analytical skills to critically evaluate previous research, and develop your ability to collect and analyse data using a range of qualitative methods.


Optional Cores

Modern Social Theory

This module will introduce you to the main thinkers and movements in critical social theory. Topics include Marxism, post-structuralism, class and culture. The changing conceptualisation of power and class is a focus throughout the module. This helps you to see how the different theoretical approaches relate to each other, and to historical and political events.

Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research

Quantitative methods can help you answer questions such as:

• Is income inequality in the UK growing?

• Does marriage improve health?

• Does growing up in a poor neighbourhood affect your life chances?

Analysing representative, large-scale social surveys is crucial for sociologists to understand social processes. This module will introduce you to quantitative methods and how to analyse large data sets using SPSS Statistics software. It will help you engage with published quantitative sociological research and to undertake your own basic quantitative data analysis.


Year Three
General Principles of Constitutional and Administrative Law

All of us are involved in one way or another with government and administration in this country, seeking to exercise certain rights. You will learn about the principles of British public law, both constitutional and administrative, the role of Parliament and courts and many aspects of power at different levels. The emphasis will be on your ability to describe and assess the main elements of public law, drawing on a variety of evidence, and to explain and discuss the ways in which the system of government in the UK is changing and fragmenting, with particular reference to the Human Rights Act 1998, and the status, effect and primacy of European law and arrangements for Brexit.

Introduction to the Law of Property Relations

On this module, you will focus on the role of law in relation to the ownership, use and development of land. Starting with the basic principles of English land law, you will learn to apply these to hypothetical cases, and analyse, evaluate and critique individual cases and statutory provisions using a series of linked materials on a discrete topic. Working both independently and collaboratively, you will also acquire research skills and be able to speak and write about property law accurately and using appropriate terminology.

Year Four
Law of Trusts

You will study the law of trusts in a variety of areas, from traditional contexts to their modern operation in commercial contexts. In addition to the private law of trusts you will study the law governing the recognition and regulation of charitable (public) trusts. You will also employ critical, contextual and comparative methods to appreciate the nature and operation of trusts law across the full range of contexts in which they operate. Working as an independent researcher, you will apply your knowledge to legal problems and present your evaluation both orally and in writing. You will work also collaboratively on class-based tasks in order to demonstrate your time-management and teamwork skills.

Foundations of European Law

This module introduces you to the institutional structure and substantive laws of the European Union. You will study direct effect, supremacy and fundamental human rights, and engage with topical issues such as the democratic accountability of the European Commission, Council of Ministers, European Council and European Parliament. You will familiarise yourself with the role and function of significant European institutions such as the Court of Justice and Court of First Instance. Working independently, you will use ICT to research databases, in particular the Europa websites. There are opportunities to communicate your understanding orally and in writing, and to identify principles of EU law that apply to specific legal problems.

Examples of optional modules/options for current students

Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Intellectuals; Life of Media; Crime and Society; Sociology of Gender; Race and the Making of the Modern World; International Criminal Law; Climate Change and Law; Introduction to Competition Law; Human Rights in Practice; Medicine and the Law

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.


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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

About the information on this page

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.