Key information

Duration
3 or 4 years
Start of programme
September
Attendance mode
Full-time
Location
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
Fees

Home student fees: £9,250
Overseas student fees: £21,160

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

Entry requirements

A Levels: AAA

Contextualised offer: AAB

 

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

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 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 that Test. SOAS accepts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, as well as mature applicants and those with non-standard qualifications. Among these applicants those with Access to Law qualifications and SOAS Intermediate Certificate Course students are preferred.

Interview policy: 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 Courses at IFCELS to apply. Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT.

See undergraduate entry 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?

  • UK Top 20 and World Top 200 for Law (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • 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
  • 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

Degree combinations

May be combined with

 

Key information set data

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.

Important notice

The information on the website reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. The modules are indicative options of the content students can expect and are/have been previously taught as part of these programmes. However, this information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Year 1 - All students take

Compulsory module

And

Students take 60 credits in second subject

Year 2 - for students doing a qualifying Law degree

Compulsory module

And

Students take 60 credits in a second subject

Module Credits
Public Law 30
Property I 30

Year 2 - for students doing a non-qualifying Law degree

Compulsory module

And

Choose modules from the list of Year 2 guided option modules below up to 30 credits

And

Students take 60 credits in a second subject

Module Credits
Public Law 30

Year 3 - for students doing a qualifying Law degree

Compulsory module

And

Students take 60 credits in a second subject

Year 3 - for students doing a non-qualifying Law degree

Compulsory module

And

Choose a module from the list of Year 3 guided option modules up to 15 credits

And

Choose modules from the list of Year 3 guided option modules or SOAS open options up to 15 credits

And

Choose modules in second subject up to 60 credits

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.

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.

Scholarships

Title Deadline date
Undergraduate Research Awards

Fees and funding

Fees for 2023/24 entrants per academic year

Programme Full-time
Home students Overseas 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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