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Joint Law Degrees Guide

You may be considering a joint law degree if you want to pursue legal studies at university and explore other interests at the same time.

A joint law degree enables you to deepen your legal knowledge without sacrificing these interests. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that studying some combined law degrees does not guarantee that you will leave university with a qualifying law degree.

If you study a non-qualifying joint law degree (BA) and decide that you want to become a barrister or solicitor, you will need to convert to an LLB, which you may be able to do so during your degree. Check the individual university’s guidelines for this as they may differ.

In this guide, you can read about the benefits of studying a joint law degree and combinations on offer along with what they involve and where you can study them.

More about the LLB Qualifying Law Degree

Law with Business/Finance

A joint law degree with business 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 chances of success during training contract interviews 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 professions, should you decide not to pursue a career in law.

Example topics of study on a law and business/finance course:

Places you can study law and business/finance:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
University of LawLLBBBB - 29 IB
University of BirminghamLLBAAA - 32 IB
Queen Mary University of LondonBSCAAA - 36 IB

Law with Criminology

A joint law with criminology degree will appeal to those who are interested in the criminal justice system and a career in criminal law.

Criminology encompasses 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.

Example topics of study on a law and criminology joint degree:

Places you can study law and criminology:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
University of SurreyLLBABB-BBB - 32 IB
University of ManchesterLLBAAA - 36 IB
University of BrightonLLBBBB - CCC - 30 IB

Law with International Relations

This course is becoming incredibly popular because it allows students to gain an understanding of world issues beyond the legal sphere. It’s a good choice for students who are torn between politics and law as their degree of choice.

If you would like to study abroad for a part of your degree, choosing this course increases your opportunities for international travel and the chance to gain real-life experiences. In doing this, you will learn about the disparities between the UK justice system and those of its continental counterparts.

Example topics of study on a law and international relations joint degree:

Places you can study law and international relations:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
University of ChesterBABCC - BBC - 26 IB
University of EdinburghLLB AAA - ABB - 34 IB
Royal HollowayLLBAAB - ABB - 32 IB
Liverpool Hope UniversityBABBC - 26 IB
University of SussexLLBAAA - AAB - 34-36 IB

Law and 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.

Example topics of study on a law and sociology joint degree

Places you can study a law and sociology joint degree

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
University of WarwickBA (Qualifying)AAB - 36 IB
University of KentLLBAAA - ABB - 34 IB
Cardiff UniversityLLBABB - 35 IB

Law with French

If you do Law with a language, you will be an attractive candidate since being adept in a foreign language is seen as an asset by firms. Opting to incorporate a language into your law degree could also mean that you’ll get to experience a year abroad, which is beneficial for developing a broad mindset.

Example topics of study on a law and French joint degree:

Places you can study a law and French joint degree:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
Aberystwyth UniversityBA112-128 UCAS points with B in French - 28-30 IB
University of BristolLLBA*AA - A*A*B - 38 IB
University o EdinburghLLBABB - 34 IB
King's College London LLB A*AA - 35 IB

Law and Economics

Combining a law degree with economics equips you with wide and detailed knowledge of features, concepts and principles of the legal system, as well as broadening your understanding of the commercial awareness and the business environment. You will also learn how economic policy is formulated in the context of contemporary events.

Example topics of study on a law and economics joint degree:

Places you can study a law and economics joint degree:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
University of EdinburghLLBAAA-AAB, 34 IB
University of WarwickLLBAAA, 38 IB
SOAS University of LondonLLBA*AA-AAB, 37 IB
De Montfort UniversityBA112 points from at least two a levels - 26 IB
University of NorthamptonBABCC - 25 IB

Law and English

Studying law with English literature allows you to study the intricacies of the legal system alongside classic texts in time. Many of the novels you’ll read for your joint law and English literature degree will focus on themes in society throughout history. You might also find useful to consider the implications surrounding relevant laws in response to the texts.

Example topics of study on a law and English joint degree:

Places you can study a law and English joint degree:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
Queen Mary University of LondonLLBA*AA - 36 IB
University of KentLLBAAA-ABB - 34 IB
University of LiverpoolLLB ABB - 33 IB
Bangor UniversityBA128 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification

Law and History

Combining a law degree with history allows you to benefit from modules that focus on the history of legal thought and practice. Students are able to understand the practice of law in historical context, which is beneficial in pursuing legal research and can help you understand the present better.

Example topics of study on a law and history joint degree:

Places you can study a law and history joint degree:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
University of EdinburghLLBAAA-ABB, 34 IB
Swansea UniversityLLBAAB-BBB, 32 IB
Queen Mary University of LondonLLB AAA, 36 IB
University of DerbyBABBC

Law and Psychology

Incorporating psychology into your law degree enables you to develop key communication and research skills. Alongside core law modules, you’ll also get the opportunity to explore crucial psychological topics, such as: psychology and criminal behaviour, mental health and critical social psychology.

It’s an ideal degree for someone with interests in justice, criminal profiling and seeking justice when a clients’ state of mind is in question.

Example topics of study on a law and psychology joint degree:

Places you can study a law and psychology joint degree:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
University of SouthamptonLLBAAA - 36 IB
University of EssexLLBThree A-levels or equivalent
University of BedfordshireLLBAt least 80 points with 64 points from two A level passes at C or above or equivalent
University of ChesterBABCC - BBC - 26 IB

Law and Anthropology

Law and anthropology may seem like two very different areas of the law to combine in a degree but there is a useful connection. Combining law with anthropology allows you to examine the intellectual and philosophical challenges of what it means to be human.

Anthropology provides a vital framework for identifying what is universal to all human societies and what is variable. The combination will see you analyse social and political relations and engage with contemporary debates in relation to social justice, multiculturalism and the direction of political and economic change in today’s world.

Example topics of study on a law and anthropology joint degree:

Places you can study a law and anthropology joint degree:

InstitutionQualificationEntry Requirements
London School of Economics and Political Science, University of LondonBAAAB - 37 IB
University of EdinburghLLBAAA-ABB - 34 IB
SOAS, University of LondonBAAAB-ABB - 35 IB

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