Why study Law at Warwick?
- Warwick School of Law is one of the leading law schools in the world, ranked in the top 100 globally in the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 and renowned for its high-quality teaching and research.
- We pioneered – and continue to apply – a unique approach to the study of law: one that is contextual, comparative and international. Our approach provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to become solicitors or barristers, examining the impact of economic, cultural and political change on the law, as well as exploring the critical role the law can play in improving social and economic conditions in modern societies.
- Variations on our LLB present opportunities to study law in several non- UK jurisdictions around the world (in French, German or English). This is complemented by Warwick-based teaching by that draws on the expertise of staff who have first-hand experience of teaching and practising law in over 15 non-UK jurisdictions.
Professor Paul Raffield
School of Law
3nd year undergraduate
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
Our Law degree enables you to develop an in-depth understanding of the technical and doctrinal aspects of the law, and a critical awareness of the role law can play in modern society. Warwick Law School is one of the leading law schools in the UK, and is renowned for its highquality teaching and research. The School emphasises a contextual approach to, and international and comparative perspectives on, the study of law.
As well as studying legal judgments and statutes, you will gain valuable insights into the impact of economic, cultural and political change on law, and consider how law affects life beyond the courtroom and the lawyer’s office. Our graduates emerge with sought-after legal, research, writing and independent learning skills, and their comprehensive understanding of the law enables them to engage actively with policy debates. They also possess excellent presentation skills, gained through interactive and group-based learning.
Core modules in your first year provide a thorough grounding in core legal skills. From your second year you can choose from optional modules tailored to your academic interests, some of which can exempt you from professional law examinations (see the Law School website for full details). Law options available to current students include: International Criminal Law; Comparative Human Rights; Refugee and Asylum Law; Shakespeare and the Law; and Law, Seas and Eco-Systems. You can also take modules from other departments to reinforce your interdisciplinary skills. In your final year, you may submit a dissertation in place of a full or half-module.
Our four-year programme has a similar structure to our three-year course, but enables you to take a larger number of modules and diversify your studies.
How will I learn?
Each module usually has two lectures per week, plus regular seminars which offer opportunities for legal problem solving and discussion of ethical or policy issues relating to the law. Staff also have regular office hours in which you can discuss issues outside the seminar setting. We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as performance based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations.
Our contextual approach to law means that we ask for consistent work and for your full commitment throughout the course. In return, we will give you all the support and advice needed to help you realise your full potential.
How will I be assessed?
We offer a variety of assessment methods, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You can also choose to weight your degree towards either examinations or essays.
Can I study abroad?
Our LLB with Study Abroad in English, Law with French Law and Law with German Law courses have an integral year abroad, in which you will study approved law modules at one of our partner universities.
All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAA
International Baccalaureate 38 points
Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and
applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units. Substantial study of Law is highly recommended.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking General Studies/Critical Thinking – normally excluded from offers
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Departmental Open Days Applicants offered conditional or unconditional places will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day, normally held on a Wednesday in late February, mid-March and early May. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
First year core modules may include Introduction to the Law of Property Relations; Criminal Law; The Modern English Legal System; Introduction to Legal Theory; Tort Law; Introduction to Law and Humanities and Second year core modules may include General Principles of Constitutional & Admin Law and Contract Law.
Examples of elective modules may include International Law; French Law; German Law; Social Theory of Law; Introduction to Competition Law; Comparative Criminal Justice; Human Rights in Practice; Foundations of European Law; Law and Policies of the European Union; Origins, Images and Cultures of English Law; Law of Labour Relations; Law of Business Organisations; Comparative Human Rights; Medicine and the Law; Gender and the Law; Shakespeare and the Law; Conflict of Laws in a Commercial Context; Child Law and Global Intellectual Property Law & Policy, to name a few.
* This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
Recent graduate destinations include:
Trainee Solicitor, Allen & Overy; Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Management Consultant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Westminster City Council, Cabinet Officer; Royal Bank of Scotland, Finance Graduate.
A level: AAA
IB: 38 points
Degree of Bachelor of Laws
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
School of Law
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.