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.
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.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
In your first year, you will study Core Law, which consists, among other things, of three of the seven Foundations in Legal Knowledge subjects such as Public Law, Criminal Law and Contract Law.
You will be taught by lectures followed by seminars, where the subject of lectures will be explored in further detail. There are also weekly tutorials which will provide an opportunity feedback on your work. Tutorials will also cover study skills, discussions and presentations.
Introduction to Public Law explores the dynamic nature of constitutional and administrative law in the UK. Although the Constitution of the UK is un-enacted, there is much to study. The class pays particular attention to the legislation, case law, treaties, history, politics, values and related phenomena that have shaped and continue to shape the British Constitution. Along the way, you will encounter key subjects such as parliamentary supremacy, separation of powers, the rule of law, judicial review, and human rights, all of which are essential to understanding constitutional and administrative law in the UK today. The topic also considers select issues from a comparative law angle. The assessment type varies from year to year and the most recent assessment consisted of a portfolio.
This topic aims to enable you to develop a thorough understanding of Criminal Law as a particular subject in all its complexity. This involves a broad understanding of the conditions of criminal liability, the analytic structure of crime and its integral components (actus reus, mens rea and defences), and last but not least the machinery of Criminal Law in England and Wales. You will explore the political, social and philosophical background of Criminal Law by investigating its policies, aspirations and purposes in a modern (liberal) society. Then, you will explore the legal framework which is common in every specific crime. Finally, you will deal with specific crimes such as murder, theft, fraud and sexual assaults.
Contracts lie at the core of market societies. In this subject, you will develop an understanding of the importance of Contract law in commercial life and private settings and how contract problems may be approached and resolved. Emphasis is placed on developing a critical understanding of key principles of Contract law, as well as the ways in which its principles relate to the practical aspects of contractual relationships. Attention is focused on the ways in which legislation, common law, and equity have influenced the development of Contract law, as well as the impact of social, economic and business factors on case law during the last few hundred years.
You will also be exposed to the policy issues raised by Contract law. The approach that is adopted in the teaching of Contract Law is very much a problem-solving one. Topics include the nature, development and theory of Contract law; formation; formalities; contractual capacity; contractual terms and their interpretation; vitiating factors; termination of contracts and remedies. You will find this area of law interesting, challenging and relevant to your future career.
In market economies such as ours, Contract law underpins almost every transaction we enter into - whether we are consumers acquiring goods or services, or businesses producing or supplying them. For this reason, acquiring knowledge and understanding of Contract law is essential to pursuing a career in law or business and protecting one’s own interests as a consumer.
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.
Year two core subjects include EU Law, Land Law (two “Foundations in Legal Knowledge subjects”), and Business Law. Whilst you learn about these specific subjects, you are also taught general legal skills that aim to develop your critical thinking, logical and analytical reasoning, problem solving, mediation, negotiation and teamwork skills.
You build upon your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts that underpin the Constitutional and Administrative Law arrangements within the English Legal System. This theme aims to investigate the foundations, institutional law and constitutional principles of the European Union and on these bases explores the rights and freedoms that European Union Law affords the citizens of Europe. EU Internal Market and EU Competition Law are at the heart of these freedoms.
Business Law will include encounters with aspects of Company Law, Partnership Law, and the Law relating to Sole Traders. In essence, this topic covers the law relating to business organisations, the most important of which is the limited liability company. 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 that govern how companies are organised and behave have an impact on the lives of everyone in the community. 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.
You will critically analyse the principles governing the English system of ownership, use and occupation of land and the concurrent rights of third parties in land. Land 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.
Advanced Studies in Law will be delivered by means of lectures (which cover two Foundations in Legal Knowledge subjects) followed by seminars, with an enhanced focus upon student learning autonomy and contribution.
You will 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.
This topic considers the nature of Tort Law through a focused exploration of the Tort of Negligence. The Tort of Negligence concerns private law liability for damage caused to property, persons, and exceptionally for economic loss, where the party causing the damage is at fault. The topic moves through the full extent and depth of the Law of Negligence, cumulatively building a holistic engagement with the nature of Tort Law and the Law of Negligence.
You will undertake a law research project on a topic which falls under the expertise of our current Law School Staff.
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.
By studying law as part of a combined degree, you will have a spectrum of opportunity for employment before you either in the public or private sector, or it will enable you to proceed further with your 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.
This degree will also enable you to continue on to qualification courses for those wishing to qualify as solicitors or barristers. Many of our recent graduates have gone on to careers in the legal profession
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) 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 the 2020/21 academic year 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 approximately £150 per year for purchasing core textbooks.
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 the 2020/21 academic year are £11,400 (provisional) per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available with Foundation Year as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects:
|Law and Business Management (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Computer Science (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Creative Writing (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Drama (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Early Childhood (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Economics (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Education (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and English Language (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Film & Visual Culture (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Information Technology (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and International Relations (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Media & Communication (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Musical Theatre (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Philosophy & Ethics (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Politics (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Psychology (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Social Care (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Social Policy (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Sociology (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Sport & Physical Education (with Foundation Year)|
|Law and Theology (with Foundation Year)|