The BA Law degree is taught within our School of Law where we deliver high-quality teaching and research, and provide a supportive learning environment, helping you to achieve excellent academic results.
Why study BA Law at Middlesex?
“Middlesex offers a strong law faculty and an excellent education. I would highly recommend the University.”
Charles Nwabueze, LLB Law student
A law degree is the gateway to a legal career and our course will build both breadth and depth of legal knowledge. Our School of Law is leading pioneering research across key legal disciplines, including international criminal law and immigration. Our tutors bring global experience and diverse academic interests, including human rights; all of which informs your studies.
Law is an intellectually stimulating discipline and you will gain a thorough grounding in the principles of the English legal system, and also gain reflection through social, political, economic, ethical and historical perspectives. You will build a range of transferable skills, such as abstract thinking and practical problem-solving, which are relevant to a wide range of related careers (such as businesses or charities).
Though this degree does not offer exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister, the first year content is common with our LLB course, and those who are successful in all first year modules may transfer on to year two of the LLB.
- Our school of law is leading on cutting-edge research across specialist legal disciplines, and the findings of these projects inform your studies
- Our graduates now work for a wide range of prestigious legal organisations including: Duncan Lewis, Julian Young & Co and H&M Solicitors
- Our tutors are highly trained solicitors and / or barristers and bring vast experience in a variety of legal settings, enabling you to gain first-class professional knowledge and expertise
- Our prestigious School of Law provides excellence in teaching and research; ensuring you receive an excellent learning experience, with high levels of support from academic staff.
- Year 1
- English Legal System (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Module aims: to enable the student to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law; to examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. Students will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.
- Law of Contract (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop students competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, to develop their legal research skills and to recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law.
- Legal Method (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to broaden and expand students understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, students will comprehend the basic principles and debates underpinning the position of the courts in the UK constitution; appreciate how to read a case and be able to pick out its material facts and ratio, as well as distinguish this from obiter dicta and develop an understanding of the different rules and approaches that courts use to interpret statutes. The module will also provide the students with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instill a basic understanding of a lawyer s duties toward their clients and the court.
- Public Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Module aims: To examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State; To provide student awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State; To consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK.
- Year 2
- Civil and Criminal Liability (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Module aims: The module will explore issues relating to criminal liability including the purpose, structure and organisation of the criminal justice system and theories of punishment. The second semester will concentrate on the knowledge and understanding of negligence and its relationship with other areas of law. Students will be encouraged to explore the relevant philosophical, ethical and social context within which both these areas of law operate.
- Consumers and the Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module seeks to explain the general principles which underlie the protection given to consumers, the context within which protection is provided and the many ways in which those principles are applied. It provides an up-to-date background to the subject. Topics of central importance are those of consumer redress, product quality, product safety, consumer services law, holidays, consumer insurance and consumer finance. There is also discussion of the various methods by which advertising, sales promotion practices including distance selling and misleading claims are regulated. Domestic law is related to the general principles and policies of European Union law, which have increasingly regulated consumer rights and interests. Consideration is also given to the relevant merits and disadvantages of business self-regulation under both trade association codes of practice and manufacturers guarantees.
- Equality and the Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Module aims: The module will explore general issues relating to equality and discrimination. The second semester branches out into specific individual areas of inequalities. The module will look at these issues from a legal, ethical, social, political and economic perspective. The course will offer an ideal preparation for third year courses such as employment law and international public law.
- European Single Market (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Module aims: to provide students with a firm grounding in the EU legal framework within which business operates, and to improve their research and presentation skills. It aims to enhance students awareness of the ethical dimension of the EU Single Market in which persons are not only regarded as factors of production, but as EU citizens with family ties and a cultural background.
- Human Rights (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to explore the historical and comparative context in which international human rights law operates. Students will be introduced to the rationale for this body of law and to major themes in international human rights jurisprudence. This course aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of human rights issues in a contemporary context. Special attention will be paid to the European Convention of Human Rights and its impact in the United Kingdom, in particular issues arising from the incorporation of the European regime through the Human Rights Act. In addition, the seminars and lectures will address specific human rights to provide students with in depth analysis of the application of human rights to factual scenarios. The course is designed to maximise students career potential, providing them with an insight into the extent to which universally protected values, articulated as legal claims impact domestic jurisdictions. The course also seeks to critically evaluate those values, their universal validity, and their implementation at regional level with the view of broadening students knowledge of law and to becoming sensitive to other values and normative regimes.
- Jurisprudence (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of legal theorists and jurisprudential schools of thought ranging from the work of the ancient Greeks through to postmodernism. Students will be provided with an overview of the central thinking of various philosophers and will examine both the historical and cultural context within which these theories were developed and their relevance to the legal issues of our own time. Throughout the module students will consider law s relationship to questions of power, violence, ethics and justice.
- Year 3
- Business Organisations (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: to provide the students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing various business organisations and business relationships in the United Kingdom; to enable comparisons to be drawn between the laws relating to the various organisations/relationships and to evaluate their different purposes; to perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; to enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and reflection on the wider commercial, social and ethical context in which the law operates and comparison between the law of different business organisations.
- Child and Family Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of Child and Family Law in order to enable students to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse the development of both the legal and policy framework regulating child and adult relationships. The module will explore the tensions arising from the use of state intervention in to the sphere of the family with regard to issues of privacy, autonomy and welfare. Having taken this module students will have not only an appreciation of key areas of law and procedure affecting children and adults but also be sensitive to the complexities of the wider social issues raised.
- Employment Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of employment law and deepen the student s appreciation of how legal principles encountered in other law modules can be applied to these areas; to encourage a critical appreciation of employment law and enable students to place the subject in the context of both their working and non-working lives. Having taken this module, students will have an appreciation of the role of law in regulating the employment relationship and stopping discrimination.
- Evidence (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: to engage students in an active investigation of the practical rules and social contexts underpinning the operation of the Law of Evidence in criminal and civil trials. The module will enable them to subject the law of criminal and civil evidence and procedure to critical examination and will thus contribute to the shaping of their own value system. It builds on their knowledge of the principles of law and the legal system by placing it in the context of trial practice as well as social and economic change. A key purpose of the module is training in advanced level writing, argument and legal research.
- Immigration, Nationality And Asylum Law in the UK (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal structures and the regulation of immigration control, nationality law and asylum in the UK. Students will be expected to place these controls in their historical, social and political context.
- Medical Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: The module will examine the relationship between medical law and ethics and the role of the law on defining the doctor/patient relationship. The module will explore consent to treatment, consent issues relating to incompetent adults as well as minors and medical treatment. Clinical negligence will be explored as well as selected issues relating to beginning of life such as abortion, surrogacy and end of life issues such as euthanasia and assisted suicide. The module will also introduce mental health law and the law regulating medical research. Students will be encouraged to explore the relevant philosophical, ethical and social contexts within which the law operates.
- Project (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by the student, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.
- Public International Law (30 Credits) - Optional
- Module aims: to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of public international law in order to enable students to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. Whether it is debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes, questions of public international law are often in the news.
What will you study?
In your first year you will explore legal research skills and take part in a moot. In Year 2 you will take three compulsory modules that explore civil and criminal liability, equality and the European single market. You can also choose from optional modules in: Consumers and the Law, Human Rights, and Jurisprudence. In Year 3 you will tailor your studies towards your career interests and select from a range of options to gain specialist knowledge in areas such as employment law or immigration.
What will you gain?
You will become confident in analysing and managing large quantities of complex information from both printed and electronic sources, and learn to construct clear and well-reasoned legal arguments.
Teaching and learning
You will develop your knowledge of all aspects of law at lectures and seminars, and supplement this with your own independent study. Lectures are often interactive, involving exercises and informal assessment by other students, and by you of your own work. Seminars are small group discussions which you will need to prepare for in advance. Here you will learn to analyse legal principles and apply them to practical situations, assess competing arguments and choose between alternative appoaches. Group work and moots (pretend courts) will hone your verbal arguing and presentation skills.
The course will also teach you to do legal research, and to review information from academic sources, journals and electronic resources. As you progress, you will have the opportunity to do your own research into an aspect of law that the course has not covered.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend a year doing a legal work placement, which we will help you to find. The course also includes careers events and talks by guest speakers from the legal profession.
You will be assessed through exams, moots (pretend courts), presentations and coursework. We will be looking at your knowledge and analysis of legal principles and different areas of law, and also your ability to do effective research, your understanding, analysis and use of source materials, your ability to assess competing legal arguments, and your capacity to recognise potential conclusions for situations and give reasons for them. You will be expected to write clearly, succinctly and accurately and use accurate legal terminology. We will also be looking at your verbal arguing skills and your ability to work in a team for moots and presentations.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification, to find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
English language requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email [email protected].
What are the career options with a degree in Law?
English law governs global commerce and legal systems around the world, so a law degree from an English university will open the doors to an international legal career if you decide not to stay in the UK. A law degree is highly valued by employers and transferable to a wide range of sectors, including: local government, politics, the civil service, business, management, and administration.
Graduates who wish to pursue a career as a lawyer may take a Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE).
What about placements?
We are a member of the prestigious Middlesex Law Society www.middlesex-law.co.uk/President.htm, which provides us with excellent links to law-related organisations and local practitioners. We actively encourage our students to take part in work experience with these organisations during the summer break and also work with a well established network of legal practices, specialising in all aspects of the law which enables us to offer further work placement opportunities across London.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious work experience opportunities.
What support is available?
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
What our students say:
LLB Law student
“I was always motivated by the idea of representing people in a court of law. This course has provided me with the opportunity to practice arguing for, and against, a case and these skills will be hugely beneficial when I apply for the LPC.”
“I intend to become a solicitor and Middlesex has afforded me the academic and extra curricular skills that I will need to achieve this goal. Middlesex offers a strong law faculty and an excellent education. I would highly recommend the University.”