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LLB European Law and Politics

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Code
M294
Start
September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
4 or 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Laurent Pech

Studying an LLB at Middlesex you will gain the legal skills and abilities to complete the academic stage of training, and with your qualification, embark on the next stage of vocational training to become a fully qualified solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. You will develop a specialist understanding of the important and sometimes controversial role played by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Why study LLB European Law and Politics at Middlesex University?

An LLB European Law and Politics from Middlesex is recognised by the two main legal professional bodies, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (solicitors) and the Bar Standards Board (barristers) as a Qualifying Law Degree that satisfies the first (or ‘academic’) stage of professional legal education and training. It additionally develops your understanding of the ethical, social, political, economic, cultural and historical contexts within which the law operates, as well as providing skills of legal analysis and an ability to evaluate legal systems and processes.

You will study the fundamental doctrines and principles which underpin the law of England and Wales and will gain specialist knowledge and understanding of European Law and Politics and the complexities therein, developing skills and equipping you with expertise to move towards professional and related practice in this area.

The course further integrates work placements within the programme and extra-curricular to the programme. You will benefit from a vibrant clinical legal education initiative that places law students with professional legal bodies and practitioners in order to combine hands-on work experience with the formal requirements of legal academic education. They will support you in developing specialist skills such as mooting and mediation and you will have the opportunity to take part in formal mooting and mediation competitions nationally and internationally. Our LLB graduates are experienced and skilled in the practicalities of everyday professional practice, indispensable for both the legal and non-legal graduate workplace.

Course highlights

  • You will study a programme that is relevant to the legal profession and employers in general and lays the foundations for a successful career in European law, politics, commerce or business generally
  • You will study the core law modules that meet the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (solicitors) and the Bar Standards Board (barristers) for the first (or ‘academic’) stage of professional legal education and training
  • Your course is taught across three campuses, in London, Mauritius and Dubai, with the option of transferring for one (or more) year of study to one of our overseas campuses
  • You will integrate applied work-based and skills-based modules that allow you to prepare practically as well as academically for a successful career, both within and outside of the legal professions
  • You will study a range of specialist optional modules that will allow you to hone your interests with a view to professional practice or further research and engagement
  • Our outstanding academic reputation places our students at the heart of legal research and innovation. You will be guided by an academic team of nationally and internationally-recognised experts in their chosen fields of law, with links to professional legal bodies and organisations at the local, national and international levels
  • As a student of this course you will receive a free electronic textbook for every module

What will you study on the LLB European Law and Politics?

In Year 1, you will study English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law, and in Year 2 you will explore Criminal Law, Tort, EU Law, Politics of Europe. Year 3 will focus on Land Law, Equity and Trusts, Advanced Issues in European Law and Politics plus one optional module (if part-time, these modules will be studied over 4 or 6 years).

You will develop your knowledge and understanding, and cognitive and practical skills, through lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed study using a variety of resources, including the library and e-learning.

What will you gain?

All careers in law and law-related occupations are competitive. But graduates who can combine a qualifying UK law degree with fuller understanding of European law and legal institutions, and an appreciation of their context in changing national and European-level politics, have a significant advantage in a rapidly moving international employment market.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of primary sources of law such as case law, legislation and other relevant material including examination of how the laws are made and developed, of the institutions within which the law is administered and the personnel who practise law. You will explore a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, as well as the complexities of European law and politics.

Your cognitive and practical skills will also be expanded and you'll gain the ability to identify accurately and analyse legal issues by applying knowledge of legal principles and concepts to complex practical situations and make reasoned judgements based on informed understanding of arguments. You will be able to research and interpret the primary and secondary source material of law and apply the findings to the solution of legal problems, and then evaluate and judge the value of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to European law and a range of legal and political topics. You will gain confidence in undertaking independent research and identifying, retrieving, investigating and managing information from a range of academic sources, both paper and electronic to produce up-to-date and relevant information. Finally, you will be able to use and apply correct and accurate legal and political terminology orally in moots and presentations and in writing.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • English Legal System (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you 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. You will 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. You will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.

    • Legal Method (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, you 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 you with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instil a basic understanding of a lawyer's duties toward their clients and the court.

    • Contract Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you 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 your competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, develop your legal research skills and recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Public Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State. You will gain an awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State and will consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 2

    • Criminal Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. You will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Tort (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • EU Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union (EU) and of the rules and principles governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU’s internal market. You will apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and develop your skills of information retrieval from a range of sources. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU’s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Politics of Europe (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the political institutions and policy-making processes of the European Union and contemporary international political developments across the whole of Europe. It will facilitate your empirical and theoretical understanding of how the EU has evolved and operates today. You will explore the politics of transition in former Communist states along with analysis of the geopolitics of south-east Europe to provide a through appreciation of what is 'Europe'.

  • Year 3

    • Land Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The module will build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Your ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with your personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Equity and Trusts (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. You will develop your critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, and your ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law. You will analyse practical problems accurately and debate issues at a high level of understanding. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Advanced Issues in European Law and Politics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build on the EU Law and the Politics of Europe modules by exploring in a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary way some key aspects of European law and politics. The primary aim of this module is to provide an advanced understanding of a range of different topics that are central to the contemporary legal and political debate about the European Union. This module will also allow and enable you to reflect critically on the nature, legitimacy and effectiveness of EU institutions as well as the law and policies they adopt. This course will begin with a broad introduction to the most pressing political and legal challenges faced by the EU, after which various topics of an institutional and/or policy-oriented nature will be selected each year. The selected topics will reflect the expertise and research of academics at Middlesex University who are working on the legal and political aspects of European integration.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose one module from the following:

    • Advanced Mooting and Advocacy (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, advocacy and litigation. It includes a taught element with a concentration on the drafting of documents and written submissions. The majority of the course is devoted to guided student participation in moot court exercises and internal/external competition(s) which will involve as appropriate domestic, European, Human Rights or international law. You will be assessed on the basis of written and/or oral submissions and such other assessments. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.

    • Work Based Internship (120 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your employability skills by achieving the set of agreed learning outcomes in the Three Way Negotiated Learning Agreement and other skills learned in placement. This practical experience module provides the means to link academic work with the 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It is envisaged you will reflect upon areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop personal knowledge through a review of your learning. The placement learning experience provides the opportunity to enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, self-reliance and co-operation. It operates as an extra placement year and requires permission from the Programme Leader before registration.

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      Placements provide an opportunity for you to apply, consolidate and develop skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to the responsibilities of the placement and future employment. You will be assisted to find an appropriate placement with an organisation relevant to your studies where you will develop and apply critical and reflective capabilities in an employment context.

    • 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 you, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the LLB European Law and Politics support your career?

As well as fulfilling undergraduate requirements for training towards a general legal career, the LLB European Law and Politics is especially suitable for those interested in working as a national or European civil servant; in pursuing a career within a European or multinational legal practice; or employed in in-house legal services. It is also a major asset for those who wish to take a solid foundation in law into managing, consulting, or entrepreneurial activity in European markets, as well as students who wish to work in international political organisations, charities, NGOs, trade or regulatory bodies.

As a Qualifying Law Degree, the LLB European Law and Politics satisfies the requirements set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board for the academic stage of training. Upon successful completion of the LLB, you may pursue the second (or ‘vocational’) stage of professional training via the Legal Practice Course (solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (barristers).

There are many sectors where a law degree is highly desired, including business (Human Resources, Tax and Insurance), charity, management,administration, the Civil Service, education and government. You might choose to pursue a career as a Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Executive, Paralegal, or in a community advisory role.

You could also choose to continue into further study on courses such as the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or master's programmes in law as well as related subjects.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops,events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. 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.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited and recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Professor Laurent Pech
Professor of European Law, Head of the Law and Politics Department, Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law (2014-17)

Professor Pech is the author of two books and more than seventy scholarly publications, on such subjects as the rule of law in the EU, the scope of application of European human rights standards or freedom of expression in comparative law.

Dr Tunç Aybak
Programme Leader in International Politics

Dr Aybak specialises in critical studies in geopolitics and diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, international political economy of Europe and regionalism in Eurasia. His main research areas and field work include Turkish and Russian foreign policy, citizenship and identity in Europe, the enlargement of the EU, energy geopolitics and pipelines with particular reference to the Black Sea and the Middle East. His publications include The Politics of the Black Sea and Migrant's Voice in Europe, and academic articles on Turkish Foreign Policy, Russian-Turkish Relations, citizenship and migration issues in Europe and the politics of the Black Sea; as a political analyst he has been widely interviewed by international media, such as BBC, TRT British, Australian and Turkish and Russian, Brazilian, Eastern European media.

  • David Eniolorunfe Oshame

    LLB Law student

    I was motivated to study the LLB as, not only is it a prestigious course, I felt it was the best option for me to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer. I was also confident the course would allow me to work in a large number of organisations either as a legal practitioner, legal advisor or legal representative after I graduate.

    Every aspect of the course has been really exciting, as you can apply what you learn in modules to everyday legal issues. Most importantly, the course has improved my ability to think logically and it has taught me about the importance of precision in my work, which is essential if I'm going to work in the field of Law.

  • Jane-Bridgette Gathinji

    LLB Law student

    This course provides the opportunity to learn the foundations of our legal system and opens up many opportunities post graduation, including the option of exploring work as a solicitor or legal secretary.

    During this course I've learnt a lot, including Protection Laws that I never knew existed. I've had the chance to moot and take part in practical, case-based, projects. This course has been a great stepping stone to educating me on the rights and laws of the people, and I hope I'll be able to use this knowledge in helping and support those less fortunate in the world.

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