SOAS University of London

School of Law

BA Law and... Combined Honours Degree (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
3 or 4 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. 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

Entry requirements

  • We welcome applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds with non-standard qualifications (including the Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT). Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination with A Levels will be required to take the 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 LNAT.
  • Subjects Preferred: None
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

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

In an increasingly interconnected world, law is no longer the preserve of single jurisdictions as legal issues are no respecters of national borders. A SOAS Law degree addresses this need by providing our students with an educational experience that equips you with a distinctive set of skills far beyond what is offered by most traditional Law Schools.

The SOAS Law Combined Honours Degree is a 3 or 4-year full time degree, which aims to produce highly skilled, civic minded and critically engaged graduates, who can effectively contribute to their communities and societies through the knowledge and skills gained on this course.

The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

The BA Law Combined Honours Degree is aimed primarily at those not wishing to become practicing lawyers, but 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 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.

What subjects can you combine it with?

Other disciplines - Development Studies, Economics, Geography, History of Art/ Archaeology, Linguistics, Politics, Study of Religions, Social Anthropology.

Languages – African Studies, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Georgian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Persian, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese

Why SOAS?

  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asian, Middle East and North African (MENA) and Sub-Saharan African regions
  • we are specialists in the delivery of more than forty African and Asian languages. Your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities
  • this programme will immerse you in the legal traditions and practices of a number of global regions, which will give you a critical understanding of the role of law in the world today
  • we specialise in key topics including international and transnational law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, comparative law and socio-legal method
  • allows you to develop a specialist niche alongside your Law degree by utilising the global expertise of one of our other departments

Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

Find out more on our Law department page.

Convenors

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:

Key Information Set data

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Structure

Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Students may take a maximum of 60 Law related credits and a minimum of 30 Law related credits a year on this programme.

In Year 1 students are introduced to the core elements and principles of the English legal system, and provided with the key analytical skills necessary for undertaking a demanding law degree program.

In second, third and fourth years’ our students will be even more fully immersed in the distinctively SOAS program. Our students can choose from a wide array of optional courses that draw on the unique research expertise of our staff. The emphasis we place on choice, and research-led teaching, will allow our students to pursue a number of distinct specialisms as their degree progresses, but whichever path they choose to focus on the courses they study will all be imbued with that distinctive SOAS dimension, that stresses critical engagement and understanding of the role of law in the world at large.

Year 1 - If taking two compulsory modules in second subject
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Law and Legal Processes 155200070 0 Term 1
Contract Law 155200071 30 Full Year
Criminal Law 155200068 30 Full Year
AND
Second Subject

Students take 60 credits in second subject

Year 1 - If taking three compulsory modules in second subject
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Law and Legal Processes 155200070 0 Term 1
Contract Law 155200071 30 Full Year
AND
Second Subject

Students take 90 credits in second subject

Year 2 - If Criminal Law not taken in year 1
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Criminal Law 155200068 30 Full Year
Legal Systems of Asia and Africa 155200073 30 Full Year
AND
Second Subject

Students take 60 credits in second subject OR Choose modules from List of Modules below to the value of 60 credits

Year 2 - If Criminal Law already taken in year 1
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Legal Systems of Asia and Africa 155200073 30 Full Year
AND
Second Subject

Students take 90 credits in second subject OR Choose modules from List of Modules below to the value of 90 credits

Year 3

Second Subject

Students take 120 credits in second subject OR Choose modules from List of Modules below to the value of 120 credits

List of Year 2 Optional Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Africa 155200033 30 Full Year
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Introduction to EU Law 155200069 15 Term 2
Chinese Law 155200055 30 Full Year
Law of Tort 155200072 30 Full Year
Asylum and Immigration Law 155200077 30 Full Year
Public Law 155200076 30 Full Year
Common Law, Equitable and Comparative Property 1: Property Interests 155200074 30 Full Year
Introduction to Global Commodities Law 155200080 15 Term 2
Foundations of Human Rights Law 155200082 15 Term 1
Public International Law 155200083 15 Term 1
International Law of the Sea 155200086 15 Term 2
The Art of Advocacy 155200087 15 Term 1
International Environmental Law 155200089 15 Term 1
List of Year 3 Optional Modules (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Family Law 155200006 30 Full Year
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 30 Full Year
Law of Tort 155200072 30 Full Year
Common Law, Equitable and Comparative Property 1: Property Interests 155200074 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Africa 155200033 30 Full Year
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project on a Selected Legal topic 155200041 30 Full Year
Company Law 155200053 30 Full Year
Introduction to EU Law 155200069 15 Term 2
Chinese Law 155200055 30 Full Year
Intellectual Property Law 155200059 30 Full Year
Advanced Comparative Administrative Law 155200061 30 Full Year
Commercial Law 155200062 30 Full Year
Law, Multiculturalism and Rights 155200064 30 Full Year
Law of Commercial Arbitration 155200066 15 Term 1
Alternative Dispute Resolution 155200067 15 Term 2
Asylum and Immigration Law 155200077 30 Full Year
Introduction to Global Commodities Law 155200080 15 Term 2
Foundations of Human Rights Law 155200082 15 Term 1
Public International Law 155200083 15 Term 1
International Law of the Sea 155200086 15 Term 2
The Art of Advocacy 155200087 15 Term 1
International Environmental Law 155200089 15 Term 1
UoL Options

Up to one 30-credit level 5 or level 6 LLB module in Law taught at another University of London Law School - King’s College, LSE, QMUL, UCL and Birkbeck - subject to approval and provided that a similar module is not taught at SOAS.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually two hours lecture and one hour tutorial a week. Sometimes, one follows the other in a three-hour bloc. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.

Tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.

Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and final year level modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion.

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the Department of Law, many undergraduate modules have a weekly two hour lecture or seminar. Some modules may also had an additional hour of smaller group classes weekly or fortnightly.  

More information is on the page for each module.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

This can be taken by final-year students only. Like the Special Subject dissertation, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It involves no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

Learning Resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Employment

The degree structure provides students with a combined law degree aimed primarily at those not wishing to become practicing lawyers. It provides students with a wide range of analytical and transferable skills suitable for any profession in which a non-specialised degree is required.

Skills gained include:

  • specialist knowledge of comparative law, human rights, environmental law and international law
  • choosing to study a combined degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills
  • the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
  • analytical skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to formulate sound arguments
  • ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
  • communication and presentation skills

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  

Find out more about Law Graduate Destinations

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

  • Allen & Overy
  • Clifford Chance
  • Baker McKenzie
  • United Nations
  • Linklaters
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Gibson Young Solicitors
  • Liberty UK
  • Slaughter and May
  • CMS Cameron McKenna

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Finance Manager
  • Legal Researcher
  • Paralegal
  • Financial Analyst
  • Procurement Manager
  • Tax Consultant
  • Business Developer
  • Recruitment Consultant

A Student's Perspective

I would not have studied anywhere else in London. I’m considering coming back for a Masters!

Caitlin Ryan, Georgetown University

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