Law shapes our society and influences every aspect of our lives. It defines our obligations and legal requirements, serves to regulate and define relationships and provides a means of redress when problems arise. To study Law is not only to study a challenging subject, but also to study the rules, principles and policies that underpin society. This degree gives you a theoretical and philosophical grounding in Law, as well as the ability to engage in its practical study and application.
Study Law with us and you will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles, theories and key ideas that underpin the law in England and Wales. You also learn about the way Public Law provides the legal framework within which government and administration functions, the structure of Law and Government under which we live, and the values of democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism that underpin that structure.
We aim to produce graduates who do not merely know or know how to, but understand why things are as they are and how they could be different. It is about gaining a deep approach to the subject, in which you try to relate ideas in one subject to those in others, to understand what you read, questioning material, making links and pursuing lines of inquiry out of interest.
Please note that taking this Combined Honours Law degree does not result in a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD). Please visit our LLB Law (Qualifying Law Degree) programme page if you want to study for a QLD. Graduates may apply to the relevant professional bodies for partial exemption from a law conversion course – the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) – if they wish to train as solicitors or barristers. This is dependent on course choice and cannot be guaranteed.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
For the Law part of your Combined Honours degree, in your first year there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Throughout your studies, you will have a number of assessments each year, including written exams, essays, repots and portfolios.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
Public Law comprises of (i) Constitutional Law: the study of the social and political environment in which the legal system operates and changes, comparing the British constitution with other exemplars and examining the importance of the rule of law and (ii) Administrative Law: the body of law which allows private citizens to hold public bodies to account. You will also encounter Human Rights.
You not only learn the specific rules and principles of selected criminal offences such as homicide, murder, manslaughter, fraud and theft, but you also have an opportunity to put into effect the legal skills introduced in the Legal Methods seminars. By making the skills element explicit, you are able to deepen and broaden your development more effectively in subsequent years of the degree.
Law of Obligations I (Contract Law) is the body of rules that organises and regulates the rights and duties arising between individuals in the area of contract. The specific rights and duties are referred to as obligations, and this area of law deals with their creation, effects, and extinction. The law of contract is about the enforcement of promises. Emphasis is placed on developing a critical understanding of key principles of contract law, as well the ways in which the principles of contract law relate to the practical aspects of contractual relationships.
Legal Method is defined by Ian McLeod as “the techniques that are available to lawyers when they are handling the law”. You are introduced to a range of skills that you will then draw on explicitly throughout your degree, including legal research, case analysis, statutory interpretation and legal reasoning. These skills, together with the more generic skills of oral and written communication, are developed extensively at every level.
European Law builds upon the knowledge and understanding of the key concepts that underpin the Constitutional and Administrative Law arrangements within the English Legal System. It aims to investigate the foundations and internal mechanisms of the European Union by exploring the rights and freedoms that European Union Law affords the citizens of Europe from a European constitutional perspective. In particular, you will gain an understanding of the legal framework within which European Union law operates and the various political, economic and social aspects that drive the creation of these laws.
Business Law will include encounters with aspects of Company Law, Partnership Law, Commercial Law and Employment Law. While none of these are foundation subjects, all play a significant role in the life of a business. The limited company (both private and public) is the entity that lies at the heart of economic activity in Europe and most of the rest of the developed world, so the rules which govern how companies are organised and behave have an impact on the lives of everyone in the community. Employment law and the law of commerce carry a similar degree of impact in modern society. You will go beyond the rules and constitution of the company to critically examine how Business Law attempts to achieve the correct balance between encouraging enterprise and curbing abuse.
Land Law covers a critical analysis of the principles governing the English system of ownership, use and occupation of land and the concurrent rights of third parties in land. While land is unchanging - it has always been scarce and valuable - society’s attitudes, needs, claims and interests on the land is constantly changing. This mean that the law must find a way to apply concepts that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old to the very latest technologies for transferring and registering land, and do so in a way that means we maximise its use. This unit takes a critical approach to English Land Law’s ongoing efforts to meet these challenges.
You build on the knowledge of equitable principles to which you were introduced to in the related subject of Land Law in your second year. You will critically analyse the role of trusts in their social and economic context and develop an appreciation of the nature of fiduciary relationships, drawing links with similar themes in Company Law. Equitable remedies are also included in the curriculum and related to learning in other elements of the degree, including Contract and Tort.
Although the focus is mainly on tort law, the overall intention is that you should continue to develop insights into the concepts and principles underpinning the Law of Obligations and how these principles have been applied to provide solutions to legal problems and both hampered and enabled the development of the law. A critical approach is encouraged by engaging in an examination of controversial decisions, particularly those involving policy issues that impinge directly or indirectly on law making loss e.g. the role of defamation in today’s society and environmental nuisance, policy making, economic impact. You will be introduced to the heightened discourse of the theories and doctrines behind the case law encounters with Tort Law along with professional skills encounters such as advocacy, negotiation and conferencing.
You will undertake a law research project on a topic of your choice.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3111
The Combined Honours law degree teaches a range of subject knowledge, intelligences and skills. In this way we aim to produce graduates who can demonstrate an adaptable approach to problem solving, an ability to work in a diverse range of situations and subject areas and who have a real concern and regard for their client groups and service users. We believe that it is these graduates who will have a real advantage in the workplace and are likely to be well regarded by prospective employers. We also know that we produce students who are confident and capable.
Although the combined honours law degree is not validated by the professional bodies, upon completion of your studies you can apply to professional bodies independently and make an application for partial exemption from further examinations. You can apply for partial exemption to the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) which is the gateway to the two relevant vocational courses, the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for those wishing to qualify as solicitors and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for those wishing to qualify as a barrister.
Graduates who have studied law as part of a combined degree will have a spectrum of opportunity for employment before them either in the public or private sector, or it will enable them to proceed further with their studies at postgraduate level. Graduates who can demonstrate an adaptable approach to problem solving and an ability to work in a diverse range of situations and subject areas have a real advantage in the workplace and are likely to be well regarded by prospective employers.
Whilst studying Law we offer a range of placement opportunities and internships with local law firms, charities and small businesses.
The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as tuition fees, you will need approximately £10 per year for travel to fieldtrips.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects:
|Law and Business Management|
|Law and Christian Theology|
|Law and Computer Science|
|Law and Creative Writing|
|Law and Drama|
|Law and Early Childhood|
|Law and Education|
|Law and English Language|
|Law and Film & Visual Culture|
|Law and Information Technology|
|Law and International Relations|
|Law and Media & Communication|
|Law and Philosophy & Ethics|
|Law and Politics|
|Law and Psychology|
|Law and Social Policy|
|Law and Sociology|
|Law and Sport & Physical Education|
|Law and Tourism|