School of Law, Gender and Media

BA Law and...

Key information

Duration
3 or 4 years
Start of programme
September
Attendance mode
Full-time
Location
On Campus
Fees

Home student fees: £4,075
Overseas student fees: £8,440

 

Please note that fees go up each year.  See undergraduate fees for further details.

Entry requirements

AAA

Contextual: ABB

Applicants with standard qualifications such as A levels, IB or other high school qualifications considered equivalent to A levels) are not required to take the Law National Aptitude Test (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 the test.

We also encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications (including Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the LNAT. We also encourage students taking the SOAS Foundation Course at IFCELS to apply. Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT. 

Austria: Reifeprufungszeugnis / Maturazeugnis: four subjects at 1, 1, 1, 2 

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Belgium: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs: 85% (8.5/10, 17/20) overall

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Belgium

Bulgaria: Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie: 5.7 and 5.5 in two State Maturity Exams

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Bulgaria

Canada: High School Diploma: 85% with 5 acceptable Grade 12 subjects (most territories). 
British Colombia: AAAAA in Grade 12 subjects.

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Canada

China: Senior Secondary Graduation Certificate + Gaokao: 83% overall in Gaokao PLUS 85% overall in Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate (year 11 and 12)

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from China

Croatia: Matura Certificate: 5 overall with 5 in 3 Higher level subjects

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Cyprus: Apolytirion with 2 A-Levels: Apolytirion 19/20 + A-level grades AA

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Czech Republic: Matura Certificate: 1, 1, 1, 2

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Denmark: Studentereksamen; Hojere Forberedelseseksamen; Hojere Handelseksamen; Hojere Teknisk Eksamen10 plus 10, 10, 10 in three Level A subjects

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Denmark

Estonia: Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus4.5 with 85% in 3 state exams

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Finland: Ylioppilastukint / Studentexamen: four subjects at 7, 6, 6, 6

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

France: French Baccalaureat or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB): 15/20

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from France

Germany: Abitur: 1.4

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Germany

Greece: Apolytirion of Geniko Lykeio with Pan Hellenic exams: 19/20

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Greece

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education: 555 in two electives and one core module (all other subjects grade 3)

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Hong Kong

Hungary: Matura (Erettségi): 5.5 overall

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Iceland: Stúdentspróf: 8.5

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

India: Standard XII: 85% (CBSE, CISCE, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & West Bengal boards), 90% (all other state boards)

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from India

Ireland: Irish Leaving Certificate: H1, H1, H2, H2, H2

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Israel: Bagrut: Overall grade of 8-10, 90% with 3 subjects at 5-unit level

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Israel

Italy: Diploma Consequito con L’Esame di Stato: 90% overall

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Italy

Latvia: Certificate of General Secondary Education: 90% in four State subject exams

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Lithuania: Brandos Atestatas: 9/10 and 90% in three State Exams

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Lithuania

Malta: Advanced Matriculation Certificate: AA (Advanced) + AAA (Intermediate)

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Netherlands: Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs: Overall 8 with 8, 8, 8, 8 in four subjects

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Norway: Vitnemål vidergaende opplaering: 5 overall

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Norway

Poland: New Polish Matura: 85% in three Advanced Level subjects

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Poland

Portugal: Diploma de Ensino Secundario: overall 18.5/20

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Romania: Diploma de Bacalaureat: 9.5 overall

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Romania

Singapore: Polytechnic Diploma (Nanyang, Ngee Ann, Singapore, Temasek and Republic Polytechnic): GPA 3.7

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Singapore

Slovakia: Maturitná skúška / Maturita / Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške: four subjects at 1, 1, 1, 2

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

South Africa: National Senior Certificate: 77776

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from South Africa

Spain: Curso de Orientación Universitaria / Título de Bachillerato: 8.5 (sobresaliente)

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Spain

Sweden: Slutbetyg / Examensbevis från Gymnasieskolan: A in 1800 credits and no grades below D / 18.5 / mainly A overall (MVG)

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Sweden

Switzerland: Federal Maturity Certificate: 5

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Switzerland

Tanzania: Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education: ACSE with AAA in 3 principle subjects

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Tanzania

Trinidad and Tobago: CAPE: Six CAPE units with grade 1 (+two double-unit courses = grade 1)

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Turkey: Lise Diplomasi: 82-87% (depending on high school)

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from Turkey

USA: High School Diploma plus ACT, SAT, or AP exams:

  • High School Diploma GPA 3.2 plus SAT 1300 or ACT 29 and 2 AP's at 5,5/ 3 AP's at 5,4,4
    or
  • High School Diploma GPA of 3.4 plus 2 AP's at 5,5/ 3 AP's at 5,4,4
    or
  • High School Diploma of 3.6 plus SAT 1380 or ACT 30
    or
  • 2-year Associate degree GPA 3.3

A Level equivalent: AAA
Contextualised offer: AAB

Information for prospective students from the USA

See undergraduate entry requirements and English language requirements for international and alternative entry requirements.

Course overview

The SOAS Law combined honours degree produces 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.

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 nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist pathway 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.

Why study Law Combined Honours at SOAS?

  • SOAS is ranked in the UK top 20 (QS World University Rankings 2023).
  • We're ranked 6th in the UK for employability (QS World University Rankings 2023).
  • Our research publications have been rated first in the UK - and our School of Law rated sixth in the UK - in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Use our combined courses tool to see a breakdown of course structure

Teaching and 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. 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.

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

Fees for 2023/24 entrants per academic year

ProgrammeFull-time
Home studentsOverseas students
BA, BSc, LLB£9,250£21,160
BA/BSc Language year abroad£1,385£10,580

Please note that fees go up each year.

See undergraduate fees for further details.

Employment

SOAS Law graduates leave SOAS as civic minded and critically engaged individuals who can effectively contribute to their communities and societies. With a thorough understanding of the legal dimensions underlying many of our global challenges today, our Law students are valued by employers due to their analytical skills, specialist knowledge, and global perspective.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Allen & Overy
  • PwC LLP
  • BLM Law
  • BloombergNEF
  • British Medical Association
  • Clifford Chance
  • DAC Beachcroft LLP
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • EY
  • HM Treasury
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Legal Cheek
  • Linklaters
  • Simpson Millar Solicitors
  • The Economist
  • Travers Smith
  • United Nations 
  • Vodafone
  • World Cancer Research Fund

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