Law and Politics are perfect companions. Studying Law teaches you how to construct arguments, think critically, process large amounts of data and challenge policy, whilst studying Politics gives you an insight and the context behind how and why those laws were passed.
- 91% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2021.
- Gain the analytical skills required for a career in the Law
- Develop the transferrable knowledge and skills related to business and the legal profession
- Learn how laws are passed by politicians and why these laws were created
Why study Law with Politics?
Politics is a central element of human society where our most pressing issues and concerns are addressed. Through political processes and institutions, complex and diverse modern cultures are able to identify, share and contest values and make decisions about rules to live by and about how goods will be distributed nationally and internationally.
In 2015, 14% of MPs had previously worked as a barrister or solicitor.
Political scientist Harold Lasswell aptly described politics as the process of answering the question: "Who gets What, When, How?"
Becoming a Barrister
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).
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.
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.
The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Law with Politics.
Dr Richard Twycross-Lewis