SOAS University of London

School of Law

BA Law and... Combined Honours Degree

duration:
3 or 4 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: None
  • Interview Policy: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for an interview
A Levels:
A*AA - AAB
IB:
37 (6/6/6)

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BTEC: DDD

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAAAA

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA

Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 85%

French Bacc: 15/20

German Abitur: 1.5

Italy DES: 85/100

Austria Mat: 1.5

Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The School of Law at SOAS is one of the most highly-regarded law departments in the UK for the quality of both its teaching and research. The Department has an unrivalled concentration of specialists in the laws of Asian and African countries, with additional areas of expertise in the areas of comparative law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, international law and socio-legal method.

The BA Law will, unlike the LLB, allow students to take one non law options in each year of the degree. It will consequently provide those who want to study a wider range of SOAS courses with the opportunity to do so without requiring them to enrol on a two subject BA in Law and another subject.

The BA Law will not normally be a qualifying law degree although the remote possibility exists that a student on the LLB who failed a final year non-exemption subject would qualify for a BA Law that included all the necessary exemptions. The BA Law provides students with a wide range of analytical and transferable skills and is suitable for any profession in which a non-specialised degree is required. Although, as a non-qualifying law degree, the BA Law is aimed primarily at those not wishing to become practicing lawyers, it is possible to switch to the LLB at the end of Year 2 or 3 provided the student has taken and passed all the requisite courses necessary to qualify for an LLB. Through unseen examinations and assessed coursework, usually in the proportion of 80% examination and 20% coursework. Final year students may, with permission, undertake an Independent Study Project, resulting in a 10,000 word essay.

Preferred Subjects

You should ensure that you are taking at least two A levels from the list of preferred subjects (given below). We are happy to accept any subject (including General Studies) as the third A level you offer, provided the other two subjects appear on the approved list. If you are not able to offer two preferred subjects, you should contact the Admissions Office to ascertain whether you can still be considered for admission.

Foreign languages

The A level should be in a language that is foreign to you and should not be in your first language. You should indicate in your personal statement (on your UCAS application) that the foreign language A level you are studying is not your first language.

Preferred A levels:

Ancient History, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Bengali, Biblical Hebrew, Biology, Biology (Salters-Nuffield), Biology (Human), Biology B, Business, Chemistry, Chemistry (Nuffield), Chemistry (Salters), Chinese, Classical Civilisation, Classical Greek, Computer Science, Drama (WJEC specification), Drama and Theatre Studies, Dutch, Economics, Economics B, Economics and Business, Economics and Business Studies (Nuffield), English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature (specifications A or B where applicable), Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, French, Geography A, Geography B, Geology, German, Government and Politics, Gujarati, History, History of Art, History of Art and Design, Information and Communication Technology, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Law, Mathematics, Mathematics (MEI), Further Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Music, Panjabi, Persian, Philosophy, Physics, Physics (Advancing Physics), Physics (Salters-Horners), Polish, Portuguese, Psychology, Psychology A, Psychology B, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh, & Welsh (Second Language).

Transfers from other universities

We will consider applications for transfer direct to the second year of the LLB from students who are currently studying the first year of LLB programmes at other English or Welsh universities or within the University of London International Programme. These applications must be made through UCAS.

Applicants are generally required to meet our standard school entrance requirements and be working at a 2.1 level in their current LLB studies; although those working at a good 2.2 level may also be considered in appropriate circumstances. Each case will be considered by the admissions team on an individual basis taking into account all aspects of the application including personal statement and reference, which must, with the exception of applicants from the International Programme of the University of London, be provided by your current university.

National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

Applicants with standard qualifications (such as A levels, International Baccalaureate or other High School qualifications considered equivalent to A levels) are not required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT), but the School of Law will consider making lower offers (eg AAA, AAB, ABB or 37, 36, 35 in International Baccalaureate) to candidates who do so and perform promisingly in that Test.

We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications (including Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT.

Key Information Set Data


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

** Taught at King's College, London

Key Information Set data

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Structure

Year One

Note for 2016/17 Entry: In 2016/17, all BA Law and.. combined honours students should attend the new introductory, non-credit-bearing module 155200070 Introduction to Law & Legal Processes which runs intensively in the first two weeks of teaching. Students will then take either 1 or 2 full unit modules in Law (depending on the requirements of the other subject studied) from the list of first year Law courses: If the other subject has 2 compulsory modules then you must take the following two modules in Year One.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Law and Legal Processes 155200070 0 Unit Term 1
Contract Law 155200071 1 Unit Full Year
Criminal Law 155200068 1 Unit Full Year
Or

If the other subject has 3 compulsory modules (most language modules), then you must take the following module in Year One.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Law and Legal Processes 155200070 0 Unit Term 1
Contract Law 155200071 1 Unit Full Year
Year Two

Students will take the core/compulsory module 155200073 Legal Systems of Asia and Africa in second year of study (or third year if abroad in their second year).

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Legal Systems of Asia and Africa 155200073 Unit
Year 2, 3 and 4 Option List

Students will take the core/compulsory module 155200073 Legal Systems of Asia and Africa in second year of study (or third year if abroad in their second year).

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Advanced Administrative Law 155200061 1 Unit Full Year
Alternative Dispute Resolution 155200067 0.5 Unit Full Year
Asylum and Immigration Law 155200077 1 Unit
Chinese Law 155200055 1 Unit Full Year
Commercial Law 155200062 1 Unit Full Year
Common Law, Equitable and Comparative Property 1: Property Interests 155200074 1 Unit Full Year
Company Law 155200053 1 Unit Full Year
Criminal Law 155200068 1 Unit Full Year
Common Law, Equitable & Comparative Property 2: Proprietary Relationships 155200075 Unit
Contract Law 155200071 1 Unit Full Year
Family Law 155200006 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project on a Selected Legal topic 155200041 1 Unit Full Year
Intellectual Property Law 155200059 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to EU Law 155200069 0.5 Unit Term 2
Introduction to Global Commodities 155200080 0.5 Unit
Islamic Law 155200037 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Development 155200030 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Society in Africa 155200033 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 1 Unit Full Year
Law of Commerical Arbitration 155200066 0.5 Unit Full Year
Law of Islamic Finance 155200060 1 Unit Full Year
Law of Tort 155200072 Unit
Law and Nature 155200081 0.5 Unit Term 1
Public International Law 155200025 1 Unit Full Year
Public Law 155200076 1 Unit Full Year

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Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

If you choose to study a language, you will spend your 2nd or 3rd year abroad.

Teaching & Learning

The two-subject BA Honours degree allows you to study law from an interdisciplinary perspective (i.e. law and another discipline ) or to study law and to develop or acquire linguistic skills at the same time (i.e. law and a language).

Most law modules are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars or tutorials; on average one 2-hour lecture a week and 1 tutorial every two weeks. Where a module has a relatively low number of students, it is likely that it will run entirely on a seminar basis. However, given the relatively small size of the total student intake, all modules will involve a degree of student participation. Students are expected to prepare for and to contribute to classes.

Assessment in the second module subject will be subject to the rules and regulations of the appropriate department.

Knowledge
  • Knowledge and understanding of the main types of legal systems, particularly those relevant to Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • A knowledge of the sources of the law of England and Wales, and how it is made and developed; of the institutions within which that law is administered and the personnel who practice law.
  • Students are also expected to acquire specialist knowledge in other course units. This includes, but is not necessarily confined to, knowledge and understanding of the following: the theoretical, practical and comparative underpinnings of legal doctrine; the context in which legal initiatives take place; the role played by law in different social, cultural and economic environments; the role and function of legal institutions, including those in selected legal systems in Asia and Africa, and those of the international community; the weight and significance of different sources and methodologies and knowledge of how to locate relevant materials and assess their relevance and/or importance.
 Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students should become precise and careful in their assessment of legal arguments, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to legal issues.
  • Students should be able to engage in theoretical and conceptual debate concerning the role of law and legal institutions.
 Subject-based practical skills
  • To apply knowledge to complex situations.
  • To recognise potential alternative conclusions for particular situations, and provide supporting reasons for them.
  • To select key relevant issues for research and to formulate them with clarity.
  • To use standard paper and electronic resources to produce up-to-date information.
  • To make a personal and reasoned judgement based on an informed understanding of standard arguments in the area of law in question.
  • To use the English language and legal terminology with care and accuracy.
  • To conduct efficient searches of websites to locate relevant information; to exchange documents by email and manage information exchanges by email.
  • To produce word-processed text and to present it in an appropriate form.
  • To write good essays and dissertations.
 Transferable skills
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing; and digest rapidly and effectively substantial amounts of reading.
  • Develop critical awareness of issues in various subject areas.
  • Use a wide range of written and digital materials, in libraries and research institutes, of a kind and range that they will not have used as undergraduates.
  • Present material orally.

Fees and funding

Employment

Graduate Destinations
How does a degree in Law help with my career?

The Law department at SOAS provides students a thorough, specialist knowledge of comparative law, human rights, environmental law and international law. Students also develop a range of skills valued by many employers including: critical judgment skills; problem-solving skills; the ability to formulate sound arguments; and the ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly.

Who do graduates work for?

SOAS Law graduates have gone on to pursue careers directly related to law, or used their skills and expertise to get take up professional and management careers in both the private and public sectors. The Law degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Destination of 2015 graduates (Undergraduates: single and joint honours degrees and Senior Status LLB)

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for undergraduate students this is in January) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. We find out this data in the summer, so here is the latest information from the 82 known destinations of the 2015 UK, EU and International graduates of single and joint honours studies within the department.

Example employers

Allen & Overy

Baker Mckenzie

CMS Cameron McKenna

Gibson Young Solicitors

Kennedys

Lawyers for Human Rights

Liberty UK

Lloyds Banking Group

Ronald Fletcher Baker

Womankind Worldwide

Example occupations

Advice and Information Volunteer

Corporate Social Responsibility Co-Ordinator

Finance Manager

Financial Analyst

Legal Researcher

Marketing and Social Media Intern

Paralegal

Procurement Manager

Recruitment Consultant

Trainee Solicitor

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

Useful Sites

Job Profiles
  • Occupational profiles for 600 career areas on Prospects
  • Postgraduate study information and database on Prospects
  • For more information about careers, visit Careers Tagged
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A Student's Perspective

Never, have I heard or seen the world so at peace, I mean only at SOAS will you see at one and the same time debates and events in support of both Israel and Palestine happening side by side harmoniously.

Rehana Ahmed

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