Our LLB European Law and Politics gives you the initial academic skills to pursue qualified solicitor or barrister status in England and Wales.
Our law and politics course gives you the first stage of professional legal training, and is recognised by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
You’ll study the core principals that form the law in England and Wales as you develop your knowledge of European law and politics – and the complexities this can present.
You’ll also put theory into practice with a variety of work-based modules. Here, you’ll learn to analyse and evaluate a variety of legal systems as you develop the hands-on skills and expertise to progress in both the legal profession and the wider commercial field.
Optional modules let you tailor your studies to suit both your interests and professional ambitions. You'll be able to choose from Advanced Mooting and Advocacy, Integrated Learning and Work Placement, and a project-based module.
Work-based and skills-based modules give you the opportunity to develop your practical and professional skills.
Our course is taught across three international campuses – which means you’ll have the option to transfer to one of our overseas campuses in Mauritius or Dubai for a year (or more) of your studies.
You'll be matched with professional legal bodies and practitioners who'll help you develop specialist mooting and mediation skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in national and international mooting and mediation competitions.
You also get the support you need to succeed. From your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant, each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too.
Aside from being a route to pursuing a career within the legal profession, law and politics courses open up career opportunities with international political organisations, charities, NGOs and trade and regulatory bodies.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Dr Keane's current teaching is in International Human Rights Law (LLB, BA Law and LLM); Child and Family Law (LLB and BA Law); and Minority Rights and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (LLM). Dr Keane's research is in international human rights law, with a particular focus on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
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 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
LLB Law student
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: September 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 4 years or 6 years part-time
Start: September 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 or 5 years part-time
Start: October 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, Usually 4 or 6 years part-time