Gain a full understanding of why laws are created and the process of how politicians pass laws, whilst developing the skills to challenge policy and construct legal arguments.
- 91% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2021.
- Gain the analytical skills required for a career in the Law
- Learn how laws are passed by politicians and why these laws were created
Why study Law and Politics?
The degree's focus on practical (as well as theoretical) teaching means the student can develop the analytical and critical skills essential for formulating legal arguments. They will also have the opportunity to study a range of specialist subjects that are relevant to their aspirations.
Becoming a Solicitor
Since the September 2021 anyone who has not started a QLD is now able to qualify as a solicitor through the Solicitor’s Qualification Exam route (SQE). The candidate must:
- complete both stages of assessment, SQE1 and SQE2
- complete a degree-level qualification or equivalent
- complete two years of qualifying work experience (QWE)
- satisfy the SRA’s character and suitability requirements
Our LLB and BA (Hons) Law degrees are ideal courses to ground your legal knowledge and help prepare you for the SQE, although you will still need to embark on a course that will prepare you for passing the SQE after graduation.
Becoming a Barrister
As well as this course, we also offer a Law with Politics LLB (Hons) degree.
Our LLB Law degrees are ‘Qualifying Law Degrees’ (QLD) and are recognised by the Bar Standards Board. The completion of one of these degrees will satisfy the academic requirements for admission to the Bar, although you will still need to pass an aptitude test and embark on (and pass) the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
Why St Mary's?
The Law School is situated just a 30 minute train journey to legal London. The Supreme Court, Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice, The Law Society and the Inns of Court are all easily accessible from our campus.
We also have excellent links with Kingston Crown Court, which has in the past offered marshalling opportunities for our students.
Our Department of Law, Criminology and Politics is only a 30 minute train ride to Parliament, an institution that is open to all, which especially important for the Law student because Parliament is where legislation is made.
About the Foundation Year
Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.
On successful completion of the Law, Criminology and Politics Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the Law and Politics undergraduate degree.
Course Lead - LLB Law