What Will You Study
As well as studying the core foundation topics for a legal career, you’ll be able to pursue your own interests through an extensive list of optional modules – some cover technical legal topics, while others explore the relationship between Law and society. You will also have the opportunity to participate in fantastic extra-curricular activities such as participating in mooting and negotiation competitions and undertaking invaluable pro bono work.
Your degree will include core foundation modules including; English Legal System and Methods; Public Law, and Criminal Law, as well as Property Law; Land Law, and Equity and Trusts Law.
You will then be able to choose from our extensive list of optional modules including Company Law, Cybercrime, Health Care Law and Ethics and International Human Rights.
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Criminal Law
- English Legal System and Methods
- European Union Law
- Law of Contracts
- Law of Torts
- Public Law
- Contemporary Crime Problems
- Courts, Law and Politics in Comparative Perspective
- Crime-related extended essay option
- Criminal Investigation
- Criminological thought
- Family Law
- Grievances and the State
- Human Rights and Civil Liberties
- International Human Rights
- International Law I
- Introduction to Business Law
- Introduction to comparative law I
- Issues in Cybercrime
- Lawyers and Society
- Measuring Crime
- Understanding Criminal Justice
- Understanding Criminological Fieldwork
- Youth Justice
- Advanced Contract Law
- Company Law
- Competition Law
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Crime-related Research-based Dissertation
- Criminal Careers
- Final Year Crime-Related Extended Essay
- Health Care Law I
- Historical and Philosophical Aspects of Punishment
- Immigration and Asylum Law
- Intellectual Property Law and Policy
- Principles of Employment Law
- Research-based Dissertation
- Responses to Massive Human Rights Violations
- Society, Religion and Law
- The Police and Policing
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A Level AAA
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
Access to HE Diploma Distinctions in the majority of units
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level
Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomedContact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of our graduates continue their training in order to enter the legal profession – mostly as solicitors, but a substantial number choose to practise at the Bar.
Some are taken on by the large law firms who regularly visit Lancaster recruiting for training contracts. A number of graduates use their degree as a foundation for a career in fields from financial services to industry and the media, while others undertake postgraduate academic work in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based elivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.