Law with Politics

LLB, 3 years

This is for you if... you want to understand public policy in its legal context.

Course Description

This course is delivered cooperatively by the Law School and Politics and International Relations at Leicester. You will receive expert teaching in both disciplines and gain knowledge of both legal and governmental systems.

By studying both politics and law, you will be able to place the process of implementing public policy in its legal context. As such, you will gain the skills and knowledge required of firms with governmental interests. This degree will be of particular interest to those wishing to gain knowledge of both legal and governmental systems and should appeal especially to those wishing to study public policy in its legal context.

A law degree equips you with the academic skills required for a career as a solicitor or barrister and also makes you a highly desirable graduate in other professions. At Leicester we offer a cosmopolitan, friendly and supportive environment in which to study this fascinating subject.

Unlike some universities, at Leicester we do not require applicants to have taken the National Admissions Test for Law. We are not convinced that LNAT scores provide additional information which we cannot get from your exam grades and school report.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
Law, Politics and International Relations

Admissions enquiries
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Why Leicester?

Our dedicated law reference library is a traditional wood-panelled room with quiet study spaces and additional copies of the main law reports, statutes and journals.

You can gain meaningful work experience during your degree with the Legal Advice Clinic, which lets you work closely with a supervising solicitor and barrister.

The Law Ball is an annual event, sponsored by solicitors firms, which is open to all law students and considered one of the most prestigious department events for students.

Politics Review, the leading magazine for students of Politics, has been associated with Politics at Leicester for over 25 years.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the legal system and develop your key legal skills. Your politics education will begin with the major political systems and ideologies.

Core modules

  • Analysing the English Legal System
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Law, Justice and Society
  • Politics, Power and Ethics

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

You continue to build on the core aspects of law while gaining more freedom in your political learning. A range of optional modules are available for you to choose from and pursue the areas of politics that interest you.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • European Union Politics
  • Governing Societies in Conflict
  • Political Ideas
  • Political Parties in Contemporary Britain

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

You degree will conclude with more essential law topics. You will gain even greater flexibility. A wide range of law and politics modules will be available so you can adapt your degree to your particular interests and strengths.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one Law option module from:

Or two Law option modules from:

  • Caring and the Law
  • Inheritance Law
  • Law and Gender
  • Mental Health Law

Plus a further two Politics option modules from:

  • Climate Change: Ethics, Issues, Justice
  • Contentious Politics in Europe
  • Democratization and EU Enlargement in Post-Communist Europe
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Political Participation in Britain
  • Political Parties in Western Democracies
  • Politics of the International Drug Trade
  • The Conservatives: Crisis and Recovery
  • The Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • The Politics of Slavery

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment


Teaching consists mainly of lectures and small group tutorials, with introductory subjects being workshop based. You will also engage in independent study.

In the tutorials, you will engage with the lecture subjects in depth and learn through pair/group work, student presentations, and debates. The tutorial is a good way to deepen your understanding of a subject, which will be brought to life through critical reflection on the content of the law. There are usually no more than eight students in each tutorial, giving you an opportunity to participate fully and have your voice heard. As the groups are small, you will get to know your tutors well during your studies.

With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours a week whilst studying with us. The Law degree is research based, so you will spend lots of time engaged in self study or working in study groups.

We use web-based and electronic course materials to supplement traditional teaching methods and support student learning. There is easy access to computers both in the Law School itself and in the David Wilson Library next to the School. You will be able to access information about your courses and tutorials electronically.

Assessment methods include assessed essays and exams.


You will be taught mainly through lectures and seminars but will also experience working in small groups where you will take part in debates and simulation exercises. This will give you the opportunity to engage in discussion about key issues with other students.

Teaching is led by our team of academics who are involved in cutting-edge research. You will learn in an intellectually stimulating environment with academics who share with you the latest ways of thinking.

You will have access to a range of online materials and resources through our virtual learning environment to support your learning.

We believe in the importance of developing valuable transferrable skills while you study with us and this is reflected in our teaching. Our courses are designed to improve your skills in written communication (from short reports to a long dissertation), oral presentation (both formal and informal), team work, independent learning (e.g. information gathering and time management) and problem solving.

Assessment methods include assessed essays and exams.

Entry Requirements

No LNAT required - Unlike some universities, at Leicester we do not require applicants to have taken the National Admissions Test for Law. We are not convinced that LNAT scores provide additional information which we cannot get from your exam grades and school report.

  • A/AS-levels: AAB. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSE: English language at Grade C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass, with at least 45 credits at Level 3, including some at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 33 points.
  • BTEC Nationals: D*D*D*, must have a strong GCSE background.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry is not permitted.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Leicester Law School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year

    Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,630 per year

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    If you are a resident of Canada or have Canadian nationality, you may be eligible for our Canadian Excellence Scholarship or Canadian Entry Scholarship.

Career Opportunities

Two dedicated law careers tutors are on hand to discuss career options, upcoming opportunities and give advice about different firms.

Our Law Fair is held annually and attracts over 40 law firms and other graduate employers, as well as providers of the LPC, BPTC and LLM qualifications.

We host a wide range of external speakers every year, representing the whole legal profession.

You get the chance to develop your legal skills during the course:

  • The Legal Advice Clinic allows you to advise non-law students on legal issues (with support from academics and local solicitors).
  • The Miscarriages of Justice Project enables you to work on real-life potential miscarriages of justice, with a view to referring cases back to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
  • Your professional competencies can be enhanced by getting involved with the debating, client interviewing, negotiating and mooting activities, organised by the Student Law Society.

A law degree is also an excellent stepping stone to graduate roles in a wide variety of employment sectors. Many employers regard law graduates as well rounded with highly transferable skills like problem solving, constructing arguments, research and time management.

This programme is a qualifying law degree and so will prepare you for the next step towards becoming a legal professional. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales after graduation you will need to complete the LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) along with a training contract as a trainee solicitor or pupillage as a trainee barrister. Applicants wishing to become lawyers outside of England and Wales should consult the appropriate country’s legal statutory body to check the requirements. Information for Canadian applicants.


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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Law with Politics LLB 3 years full-time M2L2 Apply Now
Law with Politics
3 years full-time

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