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LLB Law with Politics / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

The LLB Law with Politics course is a joint honours degree that explores the relationship between the two subjects.

The Law part of the course provides you with a solid and comprehensive grounding in key legal principles, as well as enabling you to specialise in particular areas of interest later on.

In Politics, we introduce you to leading approaches in international relations and European politics, as well as core theoretical concepts.

Building on this foundation, you're free to follow your particular interests within the field of politics in Years 2 and 3.

Alongside enhanced skills in legal reasoning, you will develop the intellectual ability and flexibility to readily assimilate new ideas and materials from a variety of legal and political sources.

You'll gain far-reaching skills and knowledge relevant to your future career, whether in the field of law, international relations or other social science discipline.

You will study in one of the UK's key cities for political activity and advancement, benefiting from the extensive legal and political expertise at Manchester while gaining a deep understanding of law and its relevance to the ever-changing world around you.

Special features

Volunteer at the Legal Advice Centre

Gain insight into the legal profession while helping members of the public with real life legal issues by volunteering at the University's Legal Advice Centre .

The Centre offers pro bono legal advice to the public, university staff and students. It is sponsored by major city firms and supported by University of Law solicitors and barristers who are quality marked by the Legal Services Commission.

This offers practical experience for you, supervised by legal practitioners. While offering a reliable service to clients that may have nowhere else to obtain legal advice.

Connect with like-minded students

Benefit from networking and professional development opportunities by joining a student society .

LegalTech and Access to Justice

We embed Legal Tech into our education and training. You will be taught by leading experts in LegalTech allowing you to explore digital futures for the legal profession and gain the skills needed for the next generation workforce.

Teaching and learning

Contact hours of lectures and seminars are between 10 and 12 hours per week. You will to spend about 40 hours per week studying in total.

Lectures are delivered to a large cohort of students, covering an overview of a particular subject.

Seminars are small groups of up to 12 students where you discuss and present aspects of a legal topic you are learning. You are expected to prepare in advance for the discussion and submit written work for each subject.

We offer skills sessions throughout the year, working with local and international lawyers and our Careers Service to enhance your academic learning and employability. 

Weekly in-sessional classes are also offered to help you with English research and essay-writing skills.

Find out more about teaching and learning .

Coursework and assessment

Methods of assessing your work are:

  • exams;
  • essays;
  • oral presentations;
  • short exercises or written pieces such as book review; and
  • project work.

We provide detailed feedback on all your written and oral work.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Public Law LAWS10100 30 Mandatory
Obligations I LAWS10200 30 Mandatory
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Mandatory
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

At the end of Year 2, you will be given advice and can choose to move from Track 1 (LLB Law with Politics) or Track 2 (BA Law with Politics).

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Property Law I LAWS20110 30 Mandatory
Criminal Law LAWS20300 30 Mandatory
Principles of Commercial Law LAWS20052 20 Optional
Human Rights LAWS20092 20 Optional
Public International Law LAWS20372 20 Optional
Principles of Law, Medicine and Ethics LAWS20732 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

On Track 1 you will take three compulsory Law course units: Obligations ll, European Union Law and Property ll.

You will also take one 20 credit Law course unit and one 20 credit Politics course unit.

On Track 2, you will be able to select from a choice of Law and Politics course units.

Many students will choose a dissertation subject that bridges both disciplines, but this is not essential.

You are assigned a supervisor who will be a specialist in the subject you choose.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Property Law II - level 3 LAWS30330 20 Mandatory
Law of Obligations II LAWS30400 30 Mandatory
European Union Law LAWS30990 30 Mandatory

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You have access to first-class facilities to interact, work and practice your skills. 

Moot court

Our moot court allows you to enhance your practical skills in a simulated court environment, with your peers and legal experts.

Here, you work on real legal cases with solicitors and barristers to refine your practical application of law.


You can access our specialist law library, in addition to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK .

Justice Hub

Get the best start to your legal career with a wealth of opportunities to explore various arms of the law via our Justice Hub network.

Develop your values, ethics and civic engagement in:

  • the award-winning Legal Advice Centre ;
  • the Dementia Law Clinic;
  • the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre;
  • Legal Tech and Access to Justice;
  • working with Manchester Free Legal Help ; and
  • taking part in the Vacation Scheme.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: