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LLB (Hons) Law with Politics
Combining law with studies in another subject can be an excellent way to develop knowledge and skills that will not only make you a better lawyer but, should you not be interested in a legal career, can act as an excellent foundation for careers in other areas, such as banking, the civil service and management. It also allows you to introduce variety into your studies, as well as contextualising your legal knowledge within a business, political or cultural context. Other subjects can also reinforce your legal knowledge, for example business studies deepening understanding of company law and political studies improving understanding of constitutional and administrative law.
The Law with Politics degree is completed in two four-term years (or in two years and three months for September entrants) and will help you to become a confident, competent lawyer, able to practise almost anywhere in the world. Law with Politics is an English ‘qualifying law degree’.
Politics, involving the study of political science and political theory, has been at the heart of Buckingham since the University was founded in 1973. The interdisciplinary subject allows students to evaluate political concepts and theories, as well as understanding the ‘otherness’ of people and societies around the world. It is a subject that complements legal studies very well, especially constitutional and administrative law, but also the theoretical subject of jurisprudence (legal theory).
With an English ‘qualifying law degree’ from Buckingham you will be recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (formerly the Law Society) and the Bar Standards Board as qualified to be exempt from the academic stage of training for entry into the legal profession. Every LLB programme at Buckingham (whether single honours or combined honours) provides our graduates with this qualification. Some countries have additional requirements and if you are an overseas student you should confirm exactly what subjects you must take in order to qualify for your jurisdiction. We can usually accommodate these requirements.
As a result of studying for the Buckingham LLB you will become proficient in written and oral presentation, perfect your research techniques and learn to solve problems in a logical and structured way.
A second class honours degree or better guarantees you a place on our LLM programme in International and Commercial Law, increasing your specialist knowledge and enabling you to acquire two degrees in only three years.
Modules available on this course
- Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
- Criminal Law
- Criminology / Criminal Justice
- Employment Law
- European Union Law 1
- European Union Law 2
- Family Law
- Introduction to Legal Studies
- Land Law
- Law of Contract
- Law of Evidence
- Law of Torts
- Law of Trusts
- Legal Skills and Procedure
- Competing Approaches to Political Analysis
- Government and Politics of the UK and the US
- Government and Politics of China
- International Environmental Politics
- International Relations: Theories and Concepts
- Introduction to Political Thought
- Politics of Latin America
- Social Theory and Social Welfare
- The European Union in the International System
- US Foreign Policy in the Cold War Era
The A-level (or equivalent) requirements for this course are shown in the blue box (above). Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
Applicants who do not meet our minimum requirements at A-level may be considered for our Foundation Pathway, depending on grades.
Applicants with no previous knowledge of the chosen language must begin in September for a fast-track induction programme. To commence studies in January, applicants must have at least grade ‘C’ GCSE in their chosen language.
You may apply either through the national UCAS university admissions system, or at any time directly to the University using our own online application form. Our UCAS code is B90.
Because of our two-year degree we find that the age range of our student body varies between those who have recently completed A-levels (or equivalent) to more mature students. Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.
The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.
Follow the links below for Law specific information for students from:
If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.
The Admissions Assistant for Law would be happy to answer any questions you may have:
We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work and by the QAA.
High calibre staff
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in the practise of law either as solicitors or as barristers qualified to practice in the United Kingdom and also in other overseas jurisdictions with excellent contacts with the professions and can offer networking opportunities for students. We also have a ‘Streetlegal’ programme which assists students in obtaining legal practice experience.
Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students with our excellent Personal Tutor system which supports student every step of the way:
- Experienced teaching staff, many of whom are Barristers, or Solicitors, holding PhDs and having published articles and books.
- Masterclasses with world class advocates in which you can learn from, question and debate with guest speakers.
- An active, vibrant and ever-growing Student Law Society.
- The chance to make a difference via our Amnesty International Student Society.
The University of Buckingham’s distinctive style of small group teaching makes our Law School different from almost all others in the UK. A profession in Law invariably requires intense discussion of the nature of problems, understanding different viewpoints and analysis to resolve them and we believe our teaching style provides outstanding preparation for these challenges. Mooting and negotiating are compulsory elements in our Legal Skills module and our students also have the opportunity of practical sessions and stimulating external competitions.
Combined Honours Law allows students to take the core foundation subjects and devote the remaining one-third (120 units) of the degree to another subject area. This might be a Modern Language, Computer Skills, Psychology, Business or a wide range of others.
The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.
Preparation for work
All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.
An annual Legal Workshop is held, in partnership with current practitioners, allowing you to practise advising clients and to present short cases as though in court.
We have a high graduate employment rate, The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ranked Buckingham top for graduate employability with 98.1% in July 2015.
Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.
What our students and alumni say
“The 2-year degree at Buckingham really appealed to me. I have friends who had studied here so I knew it would be hard work! The best thing is that I feel really well supported; the Law School staff are very dedicated. Working in small tutorial groups helps – we can discuss our work with our tutors and gain a real understanding of the subjects. The library is very modern with excellent facilities – there is everything here to help you succeed. I’m hoping to continue studying for an LLM after completing my LLB at Buckingham – two qualifications in less than three years.”
“I decided to include Spanish as part of my Law degree for several reasons; first and foremost, to get a leg up on the competition as far as employability. In my country, the United States, a sizable and growing section of the population speaks Spanish as their mother tongue so it can go a long way toward securing that ever so important 1st job. Second, I thought (correctly I might add) that studying a language would break up the heavy reading load that a Law degree entails … some mental / linguistic gymnastics for the brain to keep the work interesting. The third and most important reason, I wanted to be able to sit around the dinner table with my friends in Estepona and have a real conversation … I’m almost there!”
Law with Spanish
The following fee illustrations provide an insight into the cost savings which can be made by studying at the University of Buckingham.
You may also find it useful to visit the following fee related information on our site:
Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:
- 33%, those with a first class honours degree from Buckingham
- 25%, those with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) degree from Buckingham
The following automatic awards are available to undergraduate Home students:
- High Achiever Scholarship
We offer a reduction of £2,500 on your tuition fees if you achieve ABB or above in your A levels (or equivalent) excluding General Studies. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. It will be reviewed after your preliminary and subsequent examinations and will continue if your average mark is in the upper second or first class.
- Five Counties Scholarship
If you live in Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire* or Oxfordshire, you will be entitled to a local scholarship of £2,500 per annum providing you meet the conditions of your offer. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. You are not eligible for this award if you hold another scholarship from the University.(* from July 2015)
- Buckingham Bursaries
If, when you join the University, you are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance, you will receive a further bursary of £1,100 towards your tuition fees. This bursary may not be held with any other scholarship from the University (please note that because of the significant increase in the Five Counties Scholarship, this bursary is no longer awarded in addition).
An International Law Scholarship, worth up to 25% of the LLB international fees is available through our Law School.
Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page.
We guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.
Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.
Find out more
We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.