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Joint Law Degree: What’s in it for Me?

Other interests outside of law? Consider a joint law degree!

So you want to study law, but there are other subjects you are passionate about too. It’s not an uncommon dilemma, and one of the best ways to solve it is to take up a degree in law…combined with another subject!

A joint law degree enables you to deepen your legal knowledge without sacrificing other interests outside of those devoted to the legal constitution. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that studying a joint law degree does not guarantee that you will leave university with a qualifying law degree. If you decide that you want to become a barrister or solicitor, you will need to convert to an LLB, which you may do so during your degree. Check the individual university’s guidelines for this as they may differ.

Read on to see the most popular joint law degree combinations, including what they involve and where you can study them.

Joint Law Degree with Business/Finance

This is a great combination for those who want to enhance their commercial awareness. Studying this degree will allow you to relate commerce to the legal economy and vice-versa. One advantage of this is that it will really enhance your interview potential at law firms when they see you can understand the financial operations of the firm as well as its legal responsibility. Another is that it’s transferable to other carer choices, should you decide not to pursue a career in law.

Examples of the non-law topics you may study on the law and business/finance course:

– Transactions
– Academic and Report Writing
– Numeracy

Institutions where you can study this course:

– The University of Law
– The University of Birmingham
– Queen Mary University of London

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Joint Law Degree with Criminology

If you’re interested in the criminal justice system and the intricacies that exist within it, combining law with criminology will be right up your street. Criminology is the science behind crime, and uniting this with an analysis of our retribution and reform system in the UK will give you a holistic understanding of why, how and what sort of criminal action marks the legal system in Britain.

Examples of the non-law topics you may study on the law and criminology course:

– Punishment and Society
– Crime and the Media
– Crime and Technology
– Crime, Community Safety and Crime Prevention
– Crime, Power and Justice

Institutions where you can study law and criminology course:

– The University of Surrey
– The University of Manchester
– The University of Brighton

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Joint Law Degree with International Relations

This course is becoming incredibly popular because it allows students to gain an understanding of world issues, not just legal ones. Exploring various constitutions and the relationships that exist between each topic, this course often allows for international travel and the chance to gain real-life experiences, highlighting the disparities between the UK justice system and those of its continental counterparts. This is often a good choice for those students torn between politics and law as their degree of choice.

Examples of the non-law topics you may study on the law and international relations course:

– War and Security in World Politics
– International Organisations
– US Foreign Policy
– Global Energy Policy
– Refugees and Migration in World Politics

Institutions where you can study this course:

– The University of Edinburgh
– The University of Sussex
– Royal Holloway University
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Joint Law Degree with Sociology

Law with sociology is an interdisciplinary study of how the law came to be as it is and the effects of the law through society. It helps students understand the origin of the law and the schools of thought behind the direction of our legal system. It is often of interest to those students drawn towards Marxism, Feminism and contemporary issues, as it unites these subjects of study under the umbrella of their influence on both the existence and evolution of our constitution.

Examples of the non-law topics you may study on the law and sociology course:

– History of Sociological Thought
– Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World
– Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences
– Researching Society and Culture

Some institutions where you can study this course:

– The University of Warwick
– The University of Kent
– Cardiff University


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