Our four-year LLB Law and Politics provides you with thorough training in the complementary disciplines of law and politics. You develop critical, reflective and analytical skills that are common to both disciplines. In addition to emphasising aspects common to both subjects, you explore the differences between them and the approaches taken within legal and political thought. You also develop a critical awareness of the nature of law within its social and political contexts.
Although a law course may be the first step towards a career in law, it is not a purely vocational programme and many graduates pursue non-law careers. Law is an enjoyable and stimulating subject in its own right, whether or not you decide to become a lawyer. As well as giving you a knowledge and understanding of the law, a law course will develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encourage you to think independently and teach you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing. A law course will equip you with skills which will be useful in all walks of life and which will be valued by any employer. It will provide you with an excellent foundation for any career.
As a law student, not only will you learn legal rules, but you will also consider the function of law in society, the philosophy of law, policy issues and law reform. You will, for instance, have to address the rights of consumers, family members, prisoners, householders, workers and children. You will have to consider not just domestic law, but the law of the European Union and international law, in particular the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights.
You will be taught how to reason, how to communicate precisely and accurately and how to carry out research. If you are taking the three-year LLB Law course, during your second and final years you will also have an opportunity, if you wish, to follow modules in other schools, departments and centres in the University. We are looking for applicants with a critical interest in the world around them. You do not need to have A-level Law to study at Essex.
The special characteristics of our courses are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you usually take four or five modules that include pre-requisite(s) for your course but, in many cases, mean you can try subjects you have not come across before. On our LLB courses, the requirements relating to professional accreditation mean your course content is fairly closely prescribed but there is still some scope for choice after your first year.
We offer a range of optional modules in your second- and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project, an individual piece of research on a topic that interests you.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Introduction to Politics;
Introduction to European Politics or Introduction to International Relations;
Public Law 1;
Legal Skills; and
Foundations of the Law of Property.
Joint Seminar in Politics and Law;
Public Law 2;
Foundations of the Law of Obligations; and
A combination of six half-year politics modules or three full-year politics modules; and
two half-year optional modules.
Equity and Trusts;
one half-year optional module.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6
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A-levels: AAB-ABB, including at least one A-level in a subject that demonstrates essay-writing skills
GCSE English: C
IB: 33-32 points
Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 12 level three credits at distinction and the remainder at merit (or above)
Other equivalent qualifications may also be accepted.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.
For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.