Studying on this programme will give you an opportunity to complete a qualifying law degree and in doing so develop specialist understanding of the important and sometimes controversial role played by the European Union and the Council of Europe.
As well as fulfilling undergraduate requirements for training towards a general legal career, the LLB European Law and Politics is especially suitable for students 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 students 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.
Why study LLB European Law and Politics at Middlesex?
Researchers in the Middlesex University School of Law, including the Head of the Law and Politics Department Professor Laurent Pech, holder of a Jean Monnet Chair of European Union Public Law, are regularly engaged in projects in European law that involve the provision of advice to policy-makers, the training of European judges and lawyers, and the representation of natural or legal persons before European public bodies.
The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), based in the School of Law, has achieved numerous landmark successes in the European Court of Human Rights supporting lawyers from Russia and the South Caucasus in cases at Strasbourg. Other staff members including Professor Brad Blitz, Dr Helena Wray, Dr Joseph Corkin, Dr Erica Howard, Dr Irini Katsirea, Dr Alice Donald and Dr Phoebe Moore also publish influentially on European law and politics-related issues, ranging across fields including anti-discrimination law, free movement law, regulatory law, media regulation, human rights law and the legitimacy of supranational organisations.
The School has also developed excellent relationships with many European partner organisations, through which selected students have an opportunity to gain invaluable work experience during their course.
This course allows you to incorporate the nationally and internationally important field of European law and politics into a qualifying UK degree in law. A wide range of optional courses is available so that you can choose subject areas well matched to your particular interests and ambitions. The involvement of leading programme staff in consultancy and other professional activity connects the course with real-life contemporary issues and professional opportunities. Students will have use of original council chambers featuring judge's bench and public gallery for mooting and lectures. As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
Since this programme leads to a qualifying law degree, students take nine obligatory modules: English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, European Union Law, Tort, Land Law, and Equity and Trusts.
In addition, you take two further year-long compulsory modules (Politics of Europe and Advanced Issues of European Law and Politics), plus one optional year-long module chosen from a range of available alternatives, including a mooting module that will allow you to participate in the EU Law Moot Court competition in your final year.
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.
The LLB European Law and Politics will sharpen your ability to interpret and contextualise the needs of UK, European and non-European companies in conducting business within the EU's internal market, as well as the policies and priorities of European regulators and legal bodies. The understanding and skills you acquire during this course will prepare you for a variety of possible career tracks e.g. in an international, national or local public body, a company law department, commercial law practice or national or European trade or regulatory body; in management or consultancy; as an informed entrepreneur; or in many kinds of civil society bodies such as charities or campaign groups.
Year One: Public Law; Law of Contract; English Legal System; Legal Method
Year Two: Criminal Law; Tort; European Union Law; Politics of Europe.
Year Three: Land Law; Equity & Trusts; Advanced Issues of European Law and Politics; plus one optional module chosen from any of the lists below of normally available options:
EU Law Mooting; European Law and Politics Project; Dissertation
Consumers and the Law; Intellectual Property and Media Law; Employment Law; Evidence; Human Rights; Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law in the UK; Public International Law; Jurisprudence; Child and Family Law; Medical Law
International Macroeconomics; Globalism; International Finance; Immigration Law; Employment Law; Migration and Citizenship; Geopolitics; Human Security.
Employers in commercial organisations and public bodies are often highly specific about what they want from graduates: not only solid grounding in the subject area but also confident analytic and professional communication skills.
You will gain both through an innovative combination of interactive lectures, seminar discussion, debates and simulations, projects (including some group work), task-based workshops, and mooting (i.e. advocacy in simulated appeal court hearings). Students on this programme have an opportunity to engage in competitive European law mooting, which is organised to create networks and open doors beyond the study of European law and politics on campus. Research collaborations engaged in by programme staff attract world-class scholars and practitioners to the School, who are happy to share their experience and engage with students during visits.
You will be assessed by demonstrating your knowledge and skills in a combination of coursework tasks, exams and projects, as well as in presentations and mooting.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course requires you to have an interview. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and to explore why you want to study the subject with us. Full details of the interview process will be provided when you apply.
What are the career options with an LLB European Law and Politics?
For students primarily interested in a career in UK legal practice, this course fulfils the standard undergraduate degree requirement for progressing to professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor.
Alongside this established career track, the programme equips graduates with up-to-date understanding of the legal needs of companies, public and private bodies and organisations operating across Europe, as well as the policy and regulatory needs of the European Union and other European-level bodies. It is also useful preparation for a career in management or consultancy, or in civil society groups including regional or national public organisations, and NGOs.
What about placements?
Students on the programme will be considered for placements in a large number of London-based, national and international companies and other bodies, arranged and overseen by the School's specialist staff in Clinical Legal Education. Some students may be selected for internship opportunities abroad, and limited placement opportunities are available in the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.
Our Employability Service will support you in demonstrating that you have gained the skills that employers are looking for. Staff in the Service will also help you gain further valuable work experience in your chosen field.
The Service runs workshops, events and one-to-one support in job hunting, polishing CVs, writing covering letters, succeeding at interviews, and professional networking. It can support you practically in securing part-time work, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities, and assists entrepreneurial students in their efforts to launch their own business ventures.
Careers you may pursue after graduating include barrister; solicitor; manager; consultant; and civil servant or public official (e.g. employed in a regulator, trade association or other commercial body). Employment is also possible in a range of capacities in international organisations; NGOs in different fields; and charitable bodies – all of these internationally as well as in the UK.