Politics and International Studies

Law and Legislative Studies

About the course

We are the only University in the UK to combine a year in Westminster with a qualifying law degree. A great opportunity if you want to combine a legal and a political career or hope to work in Parliament or the Civil Service.

The Legislative Study thread to this degree will be taught by the University’s highly respected School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. Through the course, you will gain first-hand experience of law making through a year’s placement at Westminster, working for an MP, Peer or a Parliamentary official.


LLB Law with Legislative Studies course structure:

Year 1

  • British Government*
  • Legal System and Methods
  • Public Law and The Constitution
  • Skills for Law
  • Values and Law
  • War and Politics since 1900 OR Politics of the World Economy*

Year 2

  • Contemporary House of Commons*
  • Contract Law
  • Electoral and Voting Systems*
  • European Union Law
  • Parliament in the UK*
  • Paths of Research in Politics*

Year 3

In year 3 you will spend a year in Westminster, working with an MP, peer or Parliamentary official. This will be an opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of Westminster, and also to gain some truly invaluable experience. Where possible, endeavours will be made to ensure that students from the LLB Law and Legislative Studies are partnered with MPs, peers or Parliamentary officials with particular interest or expertise in legal issues.

During Year 3 you will receive support from the School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies, and you will be required to complete some assessments based upon your experiences and the skills which will be acquired at Westminster.

Year 4

  • Criminal Law
  • Politics Dissertation* OR Parliament and Citizens* OR EU Politics and Policies*
  • Property Law 1 (Land Law)
  • Property Law 2 (Law of Trusts)
  • Public Law and Administration
  • Torts

*School of Politics module

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 320 points (includes all qualifications in the UCAS tariff with a minimum requirement of 200 points from 2 or more A levels or equivalent
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at distinction

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

While a number of our graduates embark on legal careers as solicitors or barristers, many use their degree as a springboard for a career in management, teaching or the Civil Service. Our strong links with local firms allow for vacation placements, and a series of seminars provided by the Careers Service help you to boost your employability.

Law graduate destinations include: Barrister • Solicitor • Legal Executive • Translator • Paralegal • Prosecutor/Senior Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service • Circuit/Senior Circuit Judge • Legal Clearances Adviser • Administrative Officer • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Professor • Law School alumni.

Politics graduate destinations include: MP • Political Researcher • Research Assistant • Senior Official in Local Government • Public Relations Officer • Social Science Researcher • Politics alumni.