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School of Law

BA Law and... Combined Honours Degree

Duration: 3 or 4 years


2016 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: A*AA - AAB
  • IB: 37 (6/6/6)
  • 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

Subjects Preferred: None

Interview Policy: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for an interview

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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 AAB, ABB or 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.

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. In 2014 the Guardian University Guide placed SOAS within the top 10 Law Schools in the UK, whilst in that year’s Research Excellence Framework exercise nearly three-quarters of our research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The School of Law also came within the top five  Law Departments in the country  as regards the proportion of ‘world-leading’ publications. In addition to expertise in English Law, the School of Law has an unrivalled concentration of specialists in the laws of Asian and African countries, with additional areas of expertise in comparative law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, international law and socio-legal method. Lecturers in the Department maintain close links with professional practice and frequently have first-hand knowledge of the latest developments in business, government and international organisations.

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. Lecturers in the Department maintain close links with professional practice and frequently have first-hand knowledge of the latest developments in business, government and international organisations. Each year, the Department attracts a number of distinguished lawyers as Research Fellows or Visiting Instructors. 

A thriving research community includes:

  • the East Asian Law Centre; 
  • the Group for Ethnic Minority Studies; 
  • the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law and
  • the South East Asian Legal Studies Group. 

The Department also has close links with the internationally-renowned Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden University, with which it publishes the London-Leiden Series on Law, Administration and Development.

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).

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA or BSc programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

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


May be combined with

** Taught at King's College, London

Key Information Set data

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All students take 4 modules a year. You are required to complete at least 5 modules in the subject to be named first in the degree title and at least 4 modules in the second-named subject (8 & 5 respectively in a 4-year degree).

We cannot guarantee to run every option each year however additional modules may be available from time to time. Our options are subject to various conditions, including the availability of places on the course in question (for more detail see Regulation 7.2 of the LLB Regulations in the School Undergraduate Hand-book).

Year One

If the other subject has 2 compulsory modules then you must take the following two modules in Year One.


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

Year 2, 3 and 4

If Legal Systems of Asia and Africa has not been taken in Year 1, then you must take it in Year 2 (unless you are abroad in Year 2, in which case you must take it in Year 3).


Teaching & 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.


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