SOAS University of London

School of Law

BA Law and... Combined Honours Degree

3 or 4 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

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

2016 Entry requirements

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

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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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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.


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** Taught at King's College, London

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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

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


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.

Fees and funding


Graduates are thus extremely well-placed for a wide-range of careers, both in law and also within other fields, ranging from multinational business and commerce, development work overseas, for governmental and non-governmental organisations, the diplomatic corps, as well as local careers, working in an increasingly multi-cultural climate. SOAS Law provides an educational experience unmatched in both its breadth and the specialist knowledge it imparts on its graduates.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Aga Khan Foundation
British Council
Chiomenti Studio Legale
Crown Prosecution Service
DLA Piper Middle East LLP
Federal High Court
Financial Times
House of Lords
London Probation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mission of the Republic of Uganda to the UN
Refugee Council
South African Institute of International Affairs
The Guardian
Trowers and Hamlins
United Nations Secretary General's
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Regional Rural Development Adviser for Asia
Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Islam
Senior Associate
Professor of Law
Legal Counsel
MENA Regional Coordinator
Research Assistant
Head of Special Crime Unit
Gulf Correspondent
Contract Risk Manager, Attorney at Law
Senior Consultant
Solicitor in the Immigration Department
In house Lawyer
Assistant General Counsel APAC
Marketing Manager
Fundraising and Business Development Manager
Programme Specialist
Advisor on Genocide Prevention

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

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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