Law and Sociology (4 years)
Why study Law and Sociology at Warwick?
- Warwick Law School is one of the leading law schools in the UK, renowned for its high quality teaching and research.
- It pioneered – and continues to apply – a unique approach to the study of law: one that is contextual, comparative and international. This 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, whilst encouraging them to consider its impact beyond court rooms and law firms.
- Variations on our LLB present opportunities to study law in a range of non-UK jurisdictions around the world (in French, German or English), complemented by Warwick-based French and German academics teaching the law of their own countries.
- We draw on the expertise of staff who have first hand experience of teaching or practising law in over 15 non-UK jurisdictions, across the world.
- Warwick graduates have a solid grounding in the technical and doctrinal aspects of the law, but they are also aware of the critical role that law can play in improving social and economic conditions in modern societies.
- Students from more than 50 countries choose to study law at Warwick, thus taking advantage of our global and contextual approach, in a truly international Law School.
- We are a close-knit, friendly department with a tradition of excellent communication between staff and students.
This four-year joint degree offers a contextual as well as professional understanding of law, seeing legal institutions, ideas and processes as part of society. It is interdisciplinary and enables lawyers to understand law in a broad sociological context while helping sociologists to understand the techniques of law. The degree provides a grounding in law and its social context, and if you choose the appropriate modules in law in years two, three and four, you can also obtain exemption from the qualifying examinations for barristers and solicitors. The sociology modules look at social institutions and practices across societies and over time, and provide a solid grounding in sociological theory and research. A key feature of the degree is the jointly-taught dedicated module run in the second year.
For module information please visit the Law and Sociology website.
How will I be taught?
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 will be able to discuss issues outside the seminar room.
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 decide whether you wish to weight your degree towards examinations or essays. Our contextual approach to law demands consistent work and effort over the full degree programme. We expect you to be committed to your education and to take legal study seriously. In return, we will provide the support and advice necessary to help you realise your full potential.
The typical offers listed below are for 2013 entry. Offer levels are not set until just before the application cycle, so those applying for 2014 entry should check the latest offer levels before applying through UCAS.
A level AAB+ AS level C in a different subject.
International Baccalaureate 36 points. Applications also welcomed from candidates with other internationally-recognised qualifications.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA- recognised) with 45 overall and 33 at distinction grades in Level 3 units with the remaining merits.
Warwick HEFP Law HEFP: 2 distinctions in Law/ Social Science and a credit in English; Business Studies HEFP: 3 Distinctions.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. Critical Thinking is normally acceptable to AS level only.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews Normally only applicants returning to study are interviewed.
Departmental Open Days Applicants offered conditional or unconditional places are invited to attend one of two Departmental Open Days, normally held on a Wednesday in February and mid-March. Some applicants may be invited to an Open Day in April.
What careers can a Warwick degree in Law and Sociology lead to?
Law provides the framework for economic and social life and for relationships between states, governments, and individuals.
A law degree provides a solid foundation for careers in a wide variety of fields. Our graduates are much in demand by national and global employers in law firms, finance, education, communication, large and small companies, international organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, and the civil service. Several of our graduates also go on to pursue further academic degrees in the UK or abroad.
Dr Cath Lambert
Professor Paul Raffield
3rd Year Undergraduate