Studying Law at Christ Church has been a fantastic experience. All the lecturers are extremely approachable, welcome questions and offer the upmost support and guidance throughout the three year course. The staff encourage co-curricular experiences such as the CLOCK scheme or Mediation Clinic. Involvement in these projects is invaluable as you gain legal work experience alongside your degree.

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Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

ML14

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

An alternative approach to gaining a qualifying Law degree is to study on one of our ‘Law with’ degrees. These share the same core Law components as the LLB Single Honours but allow you to study another subject alongside Law to gain different insights and experience to build your own career pathway.

Study Law with Politics and join a challenging, vibrant and friendly community, led by an experienced team of academics, practitioners, solicitors, barristers and international lawyers.

Your Qualifying Law degree will enable you to progress to the vocational stage of lawyer’s training, to qualify as either a solicitor or barrister. This original and innovative course has been designed in consultation with senior managers to give you both a theoretical and practical experience.

As part of your degree, you will have the option to get involved with practical justice including opportunities to shadow a local judge and experience live mediations from our in-house Mediation Clinic. Through our strong links with the local community, Citizens Advice, and local courts, you will have the opportunity to act as a Community Legal Companion for unrepresented parties at court. This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain hands-on work experience in a legal setting.

Why Study Law with Politics?

The legal profession is well respected and a career in this field is considered by many to be highly prestigious. It therefore requires professionals with excellent academic ability and a strong work ethic.

By studying Law with Politics, you can gain a sound understanding of law while studying aspects of politics that will enable you to progress to lawyers training or a career in the field of politics.

You'll be challenged to develop both academically and professionally through a combination of theoretical learning and practical skills development. You'll learn in a supportive, collaborative and friendly community environment.

During the course, you'll develop a critical understanding of the main principles, themes and methods of law so that you:

  • Become a conscious legal professional.
  • Acquire and apply your critical mind to the evaluation and appreciation of contemporary socio-legal issues.
  • Experience practical learning as part of the legal education experience.

Throughout the course, you'll develop transferable skills that will be essential as you embark on a professional career. You'll build your confidence and abilities in communication, research, evaluation, critical judgement, time management, team working, and meeting tight deadlines. We'll also support you with specialist training in areas such as writing and advocacy skills, and we will help to prepare you for the next steps in your career, for example by doing one-to-one mock interview sessions.

Complete University Guide League Table 2022

Ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Politics

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 96-120 UCAS Tariff points including BBB at A2 level, or equivalent.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

96-120
UCAS Points

All about the course

In Year 1, you'll typically experience an interactive style of learning involving workbooks and computer-aided assessment as part of your fundamental grounding in legal methodology. You'll study aspects of politics including key political thinkers and British politics.

As you progress to Years 2 and 3, you'll deepen your knowledge, hone your skills and work with increasing independence. You'll be able to select optional modules enabling you to focus on complex areas of law, which you'll study in depth.  

As part of the Intellectual Property Law module, you'll have the opportunity to visit the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.

As part of the European Law module, you'll have the opportunity to visit a number of international courts and institutions of the EU such as the European Court of Justice, the European Parliament, the International Criminal Court or the International Court of Justice in Strasbourg, The Hague and Brussels.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 10-14 contact hours per week. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.

A variety of strategies that aim to foster independent, critical learning will be used in different forms, varying from module to module.

Almost all modules have lectures, alongside discussions, student-led seminars, individual and group tutorials, moots, negotiations role plays. You will also have the opportunity to attend trips to law courts both in the UK and internationally.

You will have access to the virtual learning environment known as Blackboard, where you will find all the resources and guides to help with you with your learning.

All programmes will be designed to accommodate blended learning approaches ensuring the learning design purposefully, thoughtfully and effectively integrates on-site face-to face and digital learning opportunities, informed and driven by student needs. All lectures will be delivered digitally, (small) interactive lectures may be accommodated on campus (subject to availability). Contact hours are defined as hours in which a student interacts through thoughtfully structured activity to include:

  • on-site face-to-face teaching
  • synchronous live digital teaching
  • asynchronous digital activities as part of structured learning (for example, running a discussion activity regarding an aspect of the current topic through Blackboard Collaborate, Padlet or Blackboard Discussion Boards). A pre-recorded lecture presentation provided via ReCap can also be included in this definition provided it is part of a broader structured activity.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books as well as using online library resources. Working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

It is expected that your overall workload typically consists of 10-14 contact hours per week depending on the module options you choose. You will undertake 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity per week. In addition, there will be field trips and practical work involved. However, where it is not possible for the trips to run, we intend to offer the opportunity of virtual (synchronous or asynchronous) webinars, workshops and talks by practitioners and academic experts as well as virtual tours where possible from these institutions.

The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics who have a range of expertise and experience.

The majority of the team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications and they are research-active with experience in delivering research-informed teaching. Staff members have led on research projects with the assistance of undergraduate students in areas including alternative dispute resolution, corporate law and international investment law. 

You can find out more about the current teaching team on our Law School Staff web page. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

We offer a small but vibrant Law School, an active Law Society for you to get involved in, and a dedicated teaching team who are here to help you fulfil your full potential.

Dr Chisa OnyejekweSenior Lecturer

How you’ll be assessed

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules contain opportunities for 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance and presentations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Assessment methods are designed to help you develop the skills required by employers and for professional body purposes. These include self, peer and tutor assessment, written exercises including 'take-home' activities which are designed to replicate practice, coursework, moots (mock trials), learning portfolios, in-class activities and examinations.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules as well as the “With” pathway you choose.

Please note that there may be the possibility of having Take-home exams and online group or individual presentations. This will not affect your grades or studies in any way. Where assignments, reflective evaluations and feedback cannot take place in face to face sessions, these will take place virtually mostly through the VLE Blackboard.

We will keep you fully informed and supported if this is to be the case.

40% Coursework
50% Written exams
10% Oral presentation

Your future career

In addition to all our LLB degrees being Qualifying Law Degrees, we have designed our degrees in consultation with external stakeholders, such as local law practitioners as well as a range of local organisations. This ensures we help you to develop the skills which are highly valued by employers, with examples including; written and verbal communication, initiative, time management, flexibility and teamwork.

Many graduates use these skills to become a barrister or solicitor, but others establish careers in education, public services, human resource management, management generally, as paralegals, chartered secretaries or in financial services. This qualification can also be used to progress on to postgraduate study in law, such as an LLM, or in related areas such as management, marketing and accountancy.

I have been very fortunate to gain incredibly valuable experience through both volunteering at the Clock project and working over the Summer as part of the internship provided by the University. The skills that I have gained have broadened my CV and have provided me with real-life legal experience which I have already been able to discuss during placement and training contract interviews. I cannot recommend the opportunity to participate in this scheme enough if you are looking for a career in legal services.

HannahGraduate

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK  Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year £1,850 N/A
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Professional accreditation

Our degree has been designed to offer you a holistic experience studying Law; you will study theoretical backgrounds as well as practical aspects of Law. Your curriculum will offer you the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board, to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers (Qualifying Law Degree, QLD). For applicants in 2021 who wish to pursue a career as a solicitor, our degree can lead to the award of a Qualifying Law Degree, validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The degree also provides a strong foundation for students who may wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) in the future.

In addition to the above, LLB students can obtain the additional professional body qualification Grad. NALP, which will qualify you as a Member of the National Association of Paralegals (NALP). This will give you a head start in undertaking your LPC or BPTC or in applying for jobs.

Specialist facilities

Our Mediation Clinic provides commercial, family and workplace mediation to external parties. Through our expertise in this area, we have created opportunities for our students to experience at first hand 'real-life' disputes and acquire valuable professional skills associated with a recognised method of alternative dispute resolution. Spaces are limited, though if you are particularly interested in this line of work, you are encouraged to apply for paid internships.

Students can benefit from our Mediation Clinic internships by assisting with the day to day operations of the clinic. They handle telephone and email enquiries from external parties, prepare documents and can assist with mediations where the parties have agreed to this. These funded work placements enable students to put into practice theoretical aspects of the law curriculum and enable a deeper understanding of the mediation process and how the service the clinic provides.

Industry links

Our LLBs have been designed with local solicitors and other organisations in mind to ensure we develop the skills employers tell us they require of graduates and to enable us to develop 'work ready' graduates.

We have extensive links with the local legal services sector which means that our teaching is informed by practice. Our modules are regularly updated to ensure that we reflect 'real-life' priorities and trends so as to include socio-legal aspects within the curriculum.

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

ML14

Location(s):

Canterbury
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