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Law with Politics

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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Law with Politics T945
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 25 September 2023

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Bachelor of Law

Bachelor of Law (LLB) is a bachelor’s degree awarded for an undergraduate programme in law.

Course overview

Our Law with Politics programme allows students to combine law with a complimentary programme and still pass through the academic stage of the route to practice. Studying these subjects together means tackling some of the most interesting and important social issues of our times.

Introduction

This degree draws upon the existing strength of both the Liverpool Law School and the Department of Politics in a programme which takes you through the academic stage of the route to practice.

You will study the core modules required to obtain a law degree for professional purposes while being able to undertake advanced study of politics, asking questions about power, justice, conflict, sovereignty and decision making on a local and international scale. Module options available in law enable you to specialise in relevant fields of legal study; for example, the law of contract, public law, law of tort, equity and trusts, and land law.

Liverpool Law School offers a wide range of optional modules that allow students to specialise in one aspect of law, if they choose, or to mix options from across the curriculum. Our module leaders are leading researchers in their chosen field, offering students the opportunity to learn about the law from expert scholars and practitioners.

What you'll learn

  • Research skills using a range of sources, including verbal questioning
  • Evaluation skills and the ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
  • Analytical skills
  • Reasoning and critical judgement skills
  • Ability to formulate sound arguments
  • Lateral thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to write concisely
  • Confident and persuasive oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to draft formal documents with precision
  • Making reasoned arguments and ethical judgements
  • Critical thinking

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

Mandatory modules in year one are designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of key concepts, debates, and skills in both law and politics.

In addition to studying some of the modules that must be passed to gain a qualifying law degree, known as the ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’, students also undertake politics modules with a value of 30 credits in the first year.

Compulsory modules

LAW OF CONTRACT (LAW105)

Credits: 30 / Semester: whole session

The module is a foundation subject required by the Legal professional bodies for any law degree to be a ‘qualifying law degree.’ The aim is that students should acquire a solid knowledge of the legal principles and rules applied by the courts in Contract Law, whilst also developing fundamental legal skills of case analysis, synthesis and problem-solving. Students will undertake the study of Contract Law in its social, political and commercial context.

CRIMINAL LAW (LEVEL 4) (LAW107)

Credits: 30 / Semester: whole session

This module introduces students to the criminal law of England and Wales. It considers: the scope of criminal liability (principles of criminalisation and principles of criminal liability); the components of criminal liability (the need for both a ‘guilty’ act and a ‘guilty’ mind in an offence); substantive offences such as homicide and rape; participation (i.e., complicity) in an offence; criminal conduct short of committing a full offence (i.e., ‘inchoate’ liability); and various types of defence.

PUBLIC LAW I (LAW109)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Public Law I explores the constitutional law and practice of the UK. It is, together with Public Law II, one of the Foundation subjects which must be undertaken as part of a qualifying law degree, and a prerequisite to entering legal practice in the UK. During the course of the module, students will be able to develop a range of core legal and transferable skills, and helped to become effective independent learners. Public Law I will be delivered via two hours of lectures per week and an hourly tutorial every fortnight.

PUBLIC LAW II (LAW110)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

In this module the institutions and legal principles relating to judicial and extra-judicial challenge to decisions and actions of governmental and public bodies are studied. This includes an introduction to the application of the Human Rights Act 1998. Teaching and learning is conducted through twice weekly lectures, fortnightly tutorials and independent study.

FOUNDATIONS IN POLITICS (POLI109)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module provides students with a critical introduction to a number of political concepts such as power, the state, legitimacy of sovereignty and gender through engaging with political thinkers such as Weber, Dahl, Tilly, Hooks and Rousseau. It also aims to establish a grounding in a number of areas that will benefit the students in the academic study of politics. For example, essay writing, debating in seminars, and an introduction to academic research. In so doing the module develops on the skills gained at A-level to ensure students are fully prepared for degree level study in Politics. Principally this will be accomplished through interactive lectures and seminars, as well as detailed feedback on their assessments. This module provides students with the tools they require to master different forms of assessment and course work. It also lays the foundations for the development of research confident students by making them active learners with a responsibility for their own academic study.

FOUNDATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (POLI104)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module provides an introduction to the main schools of thought and key issues in the field of International Relations (IR). It starts by offering an outline of these schools of thought and introduces students to important thinkers and theories within them. It then moves on to applying and comparing and contrasting different theories to a range of important contemporary issues, from the persistence of war to the environment. It concludes with a discussion of possible futures.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Your experience

Your course will be delivered by Liverpool Law School and the Department of Politics in the School of Law and Social Justice Building.  Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and are a short walk from the Sydney Jones Library. Based in the Knowledge Quarter, a 10 minute walk from the city centre, students are surrounded by history and culture.

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Careers and employability

Our programmes are empowering, engaging and make you employable. Our Employability team offer specialist advice and support with work placements, professional mentoring, employability-focused activities and the HEAR award. Students can also gain invaluable experience at Liverpool Law Clinic, assisting in-house, qualified lawyers provide free and confidential legal advice to members of the public. You will develop a range of social scientific, analytic and communication skills and a variety of transferable skills valued by many employers in a range of industries (e.g. legal sector, media organisations, local government and charitable organisations, the criminal justice system and commercial and financial service sectors).

92% of law students are in work and/or further study within 15 months of graduation.

Discover Uni, 2018-19.

The majority of our graduates enter the legal profession. However, any degree which incorporates law is recognised as a mark of academic excellence in virtually all employment spheres. Past graduates have embarked on a wide variety of professions; for example, in the civil service, banking, construction, charities and international non-governmental organisations, business management, academia, the armed forces, accounting and finance, and the police and emergency services.

Recent employers

  • AON Ltd
  • Eversheds
  • Linklaters
  • DLA Piper
  • Santander UK Plc
  • Bank of England
  • Merseyside Police
  • HM Prison Service
  • Shell

Work experience opportunities

We organise regular careers events and routinely play host to law firms who wish to come and meet our students. There is an annual law fair, giving students the opportunity to meet future legal employers. Academic staff in the Law School and Careers & Employability also offer invaluable careers advice and support. Every year, our students become members of the Inns of Court, secure scholarships for vocational training, and obtain vacation placements, training contracts, and mini-pupillage opportunities from a range of providers.

Undergraduate students can develop their legal skills through a number of extracurricular activities, such as mentoring by members of the legal profession, mooting, and negotiation competitions. There are four student legal societies which cater for the diverse career trajectories of our students and host lively extracurricular and enrichment activities.

We also help our students to take advantage of work experience placements with organisations like the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Asylum Link, Merseyside Welfare Rights, and other pro-bono service providers.

We broker a range of placement opportunities, typically offering students the chance to spend two or three weeks during the vacation period working within an international law firm or alongside in-house lawyers in major commercial companies. We also offer a number of year-long placements in China to students on a competitive basis.

The Law Clinic gives many students their first taste of professional practice: students work under the supervision of a lawyer, meeting clients, researching legal problems, and drafting advice. Confidentiality, clear communication, and client satisfaction are all emphasised as essential elements of the Clinic’s service. This helps students experience the practical aspect of law whilst contributing towards their degree through the completion of practically-assessed modules.

Postgraduate opportunities

Typical courses studied by graduates from this programme:

  • Bar professional training course (BPTC)
  • Legal practice course (LPC)
  • LLM (Master of Laws)
  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Social Research Methods MA
  • Criminology Research MRes
  • Social Research MRes

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

UK fees
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £20,100
Fees stated are for the 2022-23 academic year and may rise for 2023-24.
UK fees
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £20,100
Fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

AAA

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

GCSE GCSE English and Maths grade C/4
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

D* and AA at A Level

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

D* D* and A at A Level

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D* must be in one of the following subjects:

applied human biology
applied science
applied psychology
applied law
business
business accounting and finance
computing
creative digital media production
enterprise and entrepreneurship
forensic and criminal investigation
health and social care
ICT
information technology
media
performing arts
public services
sport
sport and exercise science
strategic management and leadership
travel and tourism
uniformed protective service

All other subjects have to be referred for consideration.

International Baccalaureate

36 with no score less than 4.

Irish Leaving Certificate H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

AAA in three Advanced Highers.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Accepted, A plus AA at A Level.
Access 45 credits at Distinction in graded units in a relevant Diploma.
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

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