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Law and Climate Justice

Entry Year: 2024

Key information

Degree
LLB (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2024
UCAS code
M1L1
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades A*AA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£27,450
Funding information
Paying your fees

Overview

Do you want to be one of the UK’s first Law and Climate Justice LLB graduates?

Being the first of it’s kind, you will study the core law modules to get your qualifying law degree but with a specialism in climate justice.

Expect to explore legal rules, principles, reasoning and ideas in comparative, social, political, economic, historical, philosophical, and practical contexts while being encouraged to apply this in the context of struggles and debates on climate justice.

By reflecting on the core law modules with a climate justice perspective, you will be armed with the tools to interpret legal scholarship through the lens of environmental and climate concerns.

In your final year, you’ll work closely with a NGO or civil society organisation to design and conduct a 'Climate Justice Research Project’ with the aim to produce a research report of publishable standard.

If you’re seeking a career in environmental and climate law and policy, looking to work for environmentally focused civil society organisations or you view law as an important site of social and environmental change, this could open the doors you’re looking for.

Structure

Students who gain a place on the Law and Climate Justice LLB will study three years at Queen Mary with compulsory modules and elective modules available to enable students to cover a wide variety of subjects to reflect their interests and aspirations.

Year 1

In year one, there are three 30-credit compulsory modules:   

  • Land Law 
  • Public Law  
  • Legal Struggles and Climate Justice 

and two 15 credit compulsory modules:  

  • Contract Law I   
  • Contract Law II

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

In the second year there are two 30-credit compulsory modules:  

  • Tort Law  
  • Criminal Law 

and three 15 credit compulsary modules: 

  • European Union Law 
  • Property, Land Law and Environment 
  • Environmental Jurisprudence 

In addition, students select 15 credits of elective modules from wider areas of interest.

  • United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Advanced United Kingdom Human Rights Law
  • Employment Law: Tribunal Practice and Procedure
  • Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Law, Knowledge, Power
  • Equality and the Law
  • Democracy and Justice
  • Law, Justice and Ethics
  • Labour Law: Contract Law, Dismissal Rights and Workplace Justice
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Tort Law
  • Class Actions and Collective Redress
  • Global Criminology: Global Crime, Punishment and Justice
  • Chinese Law and Institutions
  • Global Law and Governance
  • Cultural Diversity and the Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Law in Asia
  • The Art of Law
  • Law Stories
  • Animal Rights
  • Climate Justice
  • International Human Rights and Public Health

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

In the final year, there are two 30-credit compulsory modules:  

  • Climate Justice Research Project  
  • Equity and Trusts  

and two 15 credit compulsory modules:   

  • Climate Justice: theory in action  
  • International Environmental Law.   

In addition students select 30-credits of elective modules. 

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
  • Medical Negligence Law
  • Law Modernity and the Holocaust
  • Public Legal Education and Community Street Law
  • 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
  • Law, Knowledge, Power
  • Equality and the Law
  • Democracy and Justice
  • Law, Justice and Ethics
  • Labour Law: Contract Law, Dismissal Rights and Workplace Justice
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Tort Law
  • Class Actions and Collective Redress
  • Global Criminology: Global Crime, Punishment and Justice
  • Chinese Law and Institutions
  • Global Law and Governance
  • Cultural Diversity and the Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Law in Asia
  • The Art of Law
  • Law Stories
  • Animal Rights
  • Climate Justice
  • International Human Rights and Public Health
  • Criminal Sentencing
  • Corporate Insolvency Law
  • Intellectual Property - Copyright and Related Rights
  • Intellectual Property - Industrial Property

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Testimonial

This cutting-edge programme offers students a unique chance to specialise in a crucial area. Alongside core law subjects, students will be able to explore topics of climate and environmental justice from multiple perspectives, allowing them to critically reflect on law’s importance to both understanding and addressing the pressing challenges of climate change and ecological collapse.

Dr Angela Sherwood, Lecturer in Climate Crime and Climate Justice and Programme Director for the Law and Climate Justice LLB

Teaching

Teaching and learning

Law and Climate Justice students will be taught through a combination of lectures or seminars and tutorials. For each module there is usually a two-hour lecture or seminar supplemented by a one-hour weekly or fortnightly small group tutorial.

For every hour spent in class, students are expected to complete a further two to three hours of independent study. This time is spent reading cases, legislation and academic texts as well as working in informal study groups with peers. In the final year, independent study will involve co-learning with an external partner organisation.

Assessment

Individual modules’ assessment is varied but may include one or more of 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 School of Law offers 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 School’s award-winning Legal Advice Centre (LAC), giving you the opportunity to work alongside trained solicitors and advise members of the public on real issues 
  • Graduate Student Advisors – friendly and experienced postgraduate students who can offer support and advice.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades A*AA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. We will hold all UCAS applications until January before drawing up a shortlist based on the information in the UCAS form about your pre-Access experience, academic record, personal statement and academic reference. In February and March, applicants are shortlisted and an updated academic reference may be requested. A shortlisted applicant may be invited for interview or further assessment. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, all of which must be at Distinction. (The School of Law may specify particular Level 3 subjects in which we require a Distinction.) Typically, successful candidates are aged 21 and above at the start of the Access programme.
GCSEPlease note this programme has enhanced GCSE requirements. At least six GCSE passes at grades AAAABB or 777766 are required, including English and Mathematics.
Contextualised admissions

Our standard contextual offer: Grades AAA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades AAA, Care Leaver AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

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.

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About the School

Law is taught to the highest of standards at Queen Mary. The School of Law is ranked 8th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022, 10th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022, and 26th in the world by QS World University rankings by subject 2022.

Located on the doorstep of London’s legal district, we have links with major law firms and frequently host visiting lecturers at the forefront of legal practice in the City. Our academics are some of the UK’s top legal minds, including a number of QCs, who advise high-profile international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the British Parliament and foreign governments.

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

We have a lively and engaged student body, who run several law-based societies.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3924

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