What Will You Study

Interested in developing practical legal knowledge and an understanding of how interplay between Law and Politics affects issues such as war and peace, poverty and inequality, order and justice, governance and power? This qualifying Law degree is taught by the world-leading, research-active academics based in our prestigious Law School and PPR Department. They will introduce you to core topics in Politics and Law and support you as you develop specialist and transferable skills.

You will benefit from our strong links to Chambers, Law firms and Institutes from across the UK, including magic circle firms from London. We host a judicial lecture series, alumni visits and lectures, and a Law Fair, which is your chance to meet lawyers (including trainees, associates and partners) and members of their recruitment teams. The Richardson Institute for peace and conflict research offers a wide variety of research projects, providing you with the opportunity to work alongside external clients such as the Ministry of Defence and Radicalisation Research. All of this helps you to make professional connections and get a head start on your chosen career.

Our student-run Law Society provides you with a wide range of extracurricular activities including mooting and negotiation competitions (judged by barristers and members of the judiciary), a Law Ball, sporting fixtures, and a careers dinner. Each event is designed to help you build your peer and potential employer networks.

Practical experience is integral to this degree and you can take part in initiatives such as our newly-launched Law Clinic which gives you real-world experience providing free legal advice to members of the local community. Our Miscarriages of Justice Project gives you the chance to work on real criminal cases alongside practising lawyers as they support prisoners who maintain their innocence and have exhausted their appeal rights. Through the Street Law project you can gain experience in schools and organisations, advising and supporting them on specific areas of law.

Your degree can be the first step towards a career as a solicitor or barrister but Law with Politics graduates are also in demand beyond these roles. Our graduates often choose to pursue careers in the Civil Service, local and national government or public affairs, or use their degree as a foundation for careers in commerce, industry, accountancy, law, teaching, academic work, journalism and the armed forces.

At Lancaster, you will develop the skills required to negotiate competently, work effectively in a team, speak in public and be confident when presenting information in variety of formats - all are highly prized by employers. Many of our graduates also choose further study (Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course, LLM and MSc programmes) or enrol in graduate training schemes with HMRC, the Civil Service, and the Crown Prosecution Service.