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Law with Politics LLB (Hons)

UCAS code: 8D36

Explore political concepts, systems and communications on a Qualifying Law Degree which offers exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Law
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Law, Criminology and Policing
A lecturer addresses students in a Harvard-style lecture theatre.

At the heart of this course is the idea that future lawyers will need to have knowledge of national, European and international laws and institutions. This degree is primarily for LLB students who also wish to study politics during their degree. Serving as the first stage in your legal training, the LLB will enable you to complete the academic stage of solicitor or barrister training, studying all the key legal principles, doctrines and legal institutions that constitute the foundations of legal knowledge. You will also gain the additional advantage of a specialism in politics, political analysis and strategic political communications, further enhancing your understanding of the role and application of the law. Our campus-based Pro-Bono Law Clinic provides you with practical experience in delivering legal advice under the supervision of solicitors or barristers. You will also be able to join the student Law Society, get involved in competitions, and attend networking events both on and off campus.

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Solicitors Regulation Authority logo.

Course features

  • Learn a language option available

  • Professional accreditation

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

In Year 1, you will study a number of compulsory modules to ensure you learn the fundamentals of law. During this year, you will be introduced to the political process, political institutions, and political ideas, the English legal system, legal reasoning and legal analysis, and the principles that regulate legally binding agreements. You will also study the law of civil liabilities.

Compulsory modules:

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Law of Contract

Law of Torts

Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory

Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions

Legal Methods and Systems

One of:

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Lawyers’ Skills

Language 1

Modules in Year 2 cover a variety of areas that will allow you to examine the law that regulates the relationship between citizens and government, and provide you with an understanding of the key principles of land law and criminal law. You will also explore the political and governmental systems of a number of major European States and examine recent political developments in one such state in depth.

Compulsory modules:

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Comparative European Politics

Criminal Law

Land Law

Public Law 1

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Public Law 2

Public Law in Practice

Work Placement

One of:

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Broken Britain

Contemporary US Politics

Elections and Voting Systems

Policy Making and Researching Politics

Political Ideologies

Preparing for Work in Politics

The Politics of Migration

Language 2

In Year 3, you will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You will examine the key principles of equity and trusts, the nature and role of political communications, the fundamentals of European Union law, and the relationships between national and EU legal orders. You can then choose from a range of specialised optional modules, including law of evidence and human rights, family, sports, tax, media, intellectual property and international trade laws. Taking the Law Clinic Experience module provides the opportunity to work in the department’s Pro-Bono Law Clinic and offer legal advice under the supervision of qualified solicitors.

Compulsory modules:

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Equity and Trusts

European Union Constitutional Law

European Union Substantive Law

Strategic Political Communications

One of:

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Company Law

Counter Terrorism

Criminal Law in Practice

Digital Policing and Cybercrime

Dissertation

Employment Law

Family Law

Human Rights

International Business Law

International Criminal Law

International Peace and Security

Intellectual Property Law

International Sports Law

Law Clinic Experience Module

Law of Evidence

Media Law

Mediation

Property Law in Practice

Public International Law

Refugee Law

Sports Law

Tax Law

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A Is For Activism

Advanced Parliamentary Studies

Politics Work Placement

The Think Tank

Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

As well as lectures, all modules use seminars or workshops, which are smaller discussion groups where you will get the opportunity to express your ideas and develop your legal analysis and problem solving skills. You will also have the opportunity to participate in moots, visit legal institutions and be part of the Student Law Society. For each module you will be given a comprehensive handbook, which will tell you what the classes are about, the cases and legislation to read, and the titles of coursework assignments.

The department’s Pro Bono Law Clinic provides additional opportunities for Law undergraduates to offer legal advice, free of charge, to other students in the University and members of the local community. The students providing legal advice are supervised by professionally qualified members of the lecturing staff and there is input experienced legal practitioners based in the region. The key aims of the Pro Bono Law Clinic are to enable students to gain experience of giving practical legal advice and also to provide a no cost advisory legal service to the student community.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is varied and designed to ensure that you acquire a wide range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. Assessment methods include writing case reports and essays, critically analysing legal documents, giving oral presentations, defending and advising clients and taking exams.

Exams account for at least half of the marks of many modules, though there are also a small number of modules which are assessed by coursework only. You will always be given feedback on your work so that you learn from the experience and develop as a learner.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics, who research and write about the law and are experts in their particular specialisms. Some of the team are both academics and practitioners and others are involved in international projects training judges and lawyers in European Union law. All are actively engaged in the world of the law and legal institutions.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Law and Psychology buildingThe £6million Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the School of Law, Criminology and Policing and the Department of Psychology.

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) and Police Training and Simulation Facility.

Where you'll study

Law and Psychology

Mooting Room

Police Training and Simulation Facility

Learning resources

The mooting room is where Law and Policing students can train and practice their advocacy skills and cross-examination techniques, as well as preparing for giving evidence in court, in a mock courtroom setting.

The Police Training and Simulation Facility, part of which is furbished as a police station, is used to simulate a wide range of crime scenes. This will enable Law and Policing students to work together in areas such as gathering and analysing evidence, including forensic evidence at crime scenes, as well as practicing interview techniques used by the police through role play, while also ensuring that the rights of suspects are upheld.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,500

a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

There are a number of paths that open up after graduation. Our programme provides you with the practical and substantive knowledge to practise law and is compatible with all routes of qualification as a lawyer. The degree fulfils the first academic component required by the Bar Standards Board to become a barrister, while also providing a strong foundation to embark on the new routes of qualifying as a solicitor through the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Although students may want to become a graduate paralegal, postgraduate courses and further studies are required for roles such as:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • In-house Lawyer
  • Personal Injury Litigator
  • Some may also want to continue their life in academia and specialise in law.

At Edge Hill we are proud of our connections within the legal profession. Our excellent alumni network gives students the opportunity to talk to past graduates about their own experiences. We host biannual Question Time panels, mentoring and masterclasses to give students a strong start to their legal careers.

Gaining a law qualification at Edge Hill also provides you with a broad array of attributes including problem-solving, team-working, and analytical skills, which are attractive to prospective employers in other fields. Many law graduates go on to careers in areas such as finance, banking, insurance and other professional services.

Graduates are also equipped to pursue careers in areas such as probation work, youth and community work, research, police service, prison service and criminal justice agencies.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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