Law and Sociology (4 years) (Full-Time)
Why study Law and Sociology at Warwick?
- Warwick School of Law is one of the leading law schools in the world, ranked 36th in the QS World University Rankings 2013 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. 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 while encouraging them to consider its impact beyond courtrooms and law firms.
- 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 French and German academics who teach 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.
- 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, taking advantage of our global and contextual approach in a truly international law school.
What will I learn?
This degree will develop your understanding of technical and doctrinal aspects of the law, sociological theory and
research, and social institutions and practices. You will also gain a critical awareness of the role that law can play in modern societies.
The combined course offers both contextual and professional perspectives on the law, seeing legal institutions, ideas and processes as an important part of society. As well as subject specific content, an interdisciplinary approach enables lawyers to understand law in a broad sociological context and helps sociologists to understand legal techniques. A key feature of the course is the specially designed second-year module on Social Theory of Law, jointly taught by Warwick Law School and the Department of Sociology.
You will develop high-level skills in legal and sociological research, presentation, writing and independent study, and will be equipped with a depth of legal and sociological understanding that will enable you to participate effectively in policy debates.
By choosing certain optional Law modules, you can exempt yourself from future professional law examinations (see Law School website for full details). Having spent the first year of your degree developing core sociological and legal skills, in your second year and beyond you can choose from a wide range of modules tailored to
your academic interests. These may include International Criminal Law, Refugee and Asylum Law, Social Welfare in Britain, Contemporary Health Issues, Cultural Regimes of Gender, and Sociology of Crime and Deviance. In your third and fourth years, you study core modules in Law alongside options chosen from both Departments (you must take three Sociology modules over the course of the two years).
For module information please visit the Law and Sociology page.
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?
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 International Office offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAB. Sociology A level preferred but not essential
International Baccalaureate 36 points. Higher level Sociology preferred but not essential
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) with 60 credits including 45 at level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction Level and the remainder at Merit Level.
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 Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
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 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 careers can a Warwick degree in Law and Sociology lead to?
A law degree provides a solid foundation for careers in many 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. Some graduates go on to pursue further academic degrees in the UK or abroad.
Dr Cath Lambert
Professor Paul Raffield
3rd Year Undergraduate
Why study at Warwick
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