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Law and Politics

Entry Year: 2021
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Key information

Degree
LLB (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
ML13
Institution code
Q50
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UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£21,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
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Overview

Study law and politics on the doorstep of London’s legal and government hubs.

Queen Mary’s Law and Politics joint honours degree offers an exciting opportunity to study the closely related disciplines of law and politics side by side.

This three-year LLB incorporates all of the compulsory modules to meet Bar Council and Law Society requirements, making it a qualifying law degree. It’s designed for anyone pursuing a career that requires a solid understanding of both legal and governmental systems, and should especially appeal to students wanting to study public policy in its legal context.

You’ll study at the prestigious School of Law and the School of Politics and International Relations, learning the core principles of law while simultaneously gaining a solid understanding of political theories and the many systems and organisations that govern the world.

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Structure

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Public Law
  • Contract Law I: Formation and Vitiation
  • Contract Law II: Terms, Breach and Remedies
  • Law in an Online Context – Semester A
  • Thinking Politically: Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Ideologies
  • Semester B: Background to British Politics OR Global Histories

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Land Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of the European Union

Plus one full or two half modules from the list below.

Full modules

  • Family Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Criminology
  • Competition Law
  • The Practice of Law in a Clinical Environment
  • Law Review
  • Health Law
  • Principles of Revenue Law
  • Securing Human Rights Compliance: A Case Study on the United Kingdom

Half modules

  • United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Advanced United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Employment Law: Tribunal Practice and Procedure
  • Commercial and Consumer Law

Politics modules

Year 2 students on this degree programme can also include optional modules from the School of International Relations & Politics. An example of these modules can be found on the School of Politics and International Relations website.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Tort Law
  • Equity and Trusts

Plus full or half modules totalling three full modules from the list below. You can also choose to write a dissertation on a legal topic of your choice as an alternative to a taught module.

Full modules

  • Family Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Criminology
  • Competition Law
  • The Practice of Law in a Clinical Environment
  • Law Review
  • Health Law
  • Principles of Revenue Law
  • Securing Human Rights Compliance: A Case Study on the United Kingdom
  • Media Law
  • Dissertation
  • Company Law
  • Law and Pharmacology

Half modules

  • United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Advanced United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Employment Law: Tribunal Practice and Procedure
  • Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Corporate Insolvency Law
  • Intellectual Property - Copyright and Related Rights
  • Intellectual Property - Industrial Property
  • Criminal Sentencing

Politics modules

Year 3 students on this degree programme can also include optional modules from the School of International Relations & Politics. An example of these modules can be found on the School of Politics and International Relations website.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Testimonial

This joint degree has given me a better understanding of the political ideologies that influence our legislation and, in turn, greater depth in my understanding of law. I have also developed a breadth of knowledge in areas such as international relations, modern history and critical theory.

Yasmin Ali, LLB Law and Politics (2020)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

First year students studying the LLB in Law and Politics receive approximately 12 hours of contact time per week. For each Law module there is usually a two-hour lecture supplemented by a one-hour weekly or fortnightly small group tutorial. Modules taken in the School of Politics and International Relations typically have a one hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.

For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. This time is spent reading, preparing for formal study sessions, working on projects and revising for exams.

A new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) regime is expected to come into place in September 2021 which will affect the process that students go through to become a qualified solicitor. Queen Mary is dedicated to ensuring that students are equipped with the experience and skills required to undertake the SQE and any other post LLB bar qualification internationally.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes written exams, oral presentations, midterm essays and coursework.

In the final year of all our law programmes, students have the option to research and write a dissertation on a legal topic in place of a taught module.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Law Library service, home to state-of-the-art library resources and e-learning facilities
  • the award-winning Legal Advice Centre (LAC), giving you the opportunity to work alongside trained solicitors and advise members of the public on real issues
  • the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre at Queen Mary which brings together research, policy-making and public debate to deepen and challenge the understanding of British politics, governance and public policy
  • Graduate Student Advisors – friendly and experienced postgraduate students who can offer support and advice.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Our Law and Politics graduates are highly employable. Many apply their legal knowledge directly, gaining roles such as barrister, solicitor, paralegal and legal adviser. Others apply their political knowledge in domestic and international careers in government, policy research, education, media, business and more.

Recent graduates from the School of Law have been hired by:

  • Arcadis LLP
  • Chambers and Partners
  • Deloitte
  • Dentons
  • House of Commons
  • Macfarlanes LLP.

Career support

During your time at Queen Mary you will have access to a bespoke careers programme, including:

  • one-on-one appointments throughout the year with your assigned academic adviser
  • workshops and events to help you identify your career options, train you in recruitment and selection methods and provide you with networking opportunities
  • external speakers on topics such as careers in public affairs and working in parliament
  • an opportunity to apply for a six-week mentoring scheme with a leading law firm
  • over 120 employer-led events per year, from seminars to large fairs, which host major legal employers on campus including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes, Linklaters, Herbert Smith Freehills, Eversheds and Blackstone Chambers.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the Schools

School of Law - Department of Law

The School of Law is ranked 10th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022 and 29th in the world by QS World University rankings by subject 2021.

Our academics are some of the UK’s top legal minds and have expertise advising high profile international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank and foreign governments.

The School is home to the Legal Advice Centre (LAC), through which our students work alongside solicitors to offer free legal advice to the local community.

School of Politics and International Relations

We’re a growing School invested in high-quality teaching, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and informal approach. Our London location is home to the nation’s Parliament, political think tanks and economic powerhouses, we host high-profile speakers, and we offer students regular contact with Westminster, Whitehall and the third sector.

Our staff are active researchers with diverse interests, from British politics to the Middle East, which is reflected in our teaching and the breadth of our programmes.

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