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LLB Law with Politics

Law and politics are integrally related to one another.  The content of law is profoundly influenced by the political dynamics of government and legislatures.  At the same time, politics is almost always structured and constrained by law.   The Law with Politics degree pathway offers students an excellent opportunity to understand this complex relationship.  The pathway provides a foundation in public and private law, including the essential elements of a qualifying law degree for legal practice.  Meanwhile, students learn the fundamentals of the study of politics and pursue optional politics modules in accordance with their interests and career aspirations.   

Focus on Skills

Studying law as part of a joint honours degree provides students with the opportunity to diversify their knowledge and skills.  From oral reasoning skills to communication skills to the ever-present critical thinking skills, the typical law student (joint honours) at QUB engages with legal material on an ongoing basis.  Crucial in their development as a law student is their own evolving viewpoint as it is in fostering this evolution that our students become equipped with the skills necessary to change the world.

For our students studying Law and Politics, these skills are developed through both the study of Law and indeed through Politics.  In reading politics, oral reasoning and communication skills are fine-tuned and perhaps, in studying Politics in Northern Ireland, the ability to carve out individual opinions on particular issues is celebrated as the essence of critical engagement.  Our students studying Law and Politics have the opportunity to develop their knowledge base in both law and politics.  In addition, the focus on skills ensures that students who graduate from this programme are able to dissect material to find relevant information; communicate extremely effectively; develop their own viewpoint on the basis of a wealth of research; and organise themselves, and their material in a manner that is to be applauded.  In short, not only do our students graduate with a degree in Law and Politics, they graduate with a skillset that will help them function in any career that they choose to enter – legal or non-legal!

Year 1 modules (all compulsory):

  • Perspectives on Politics
  • Constitutional Law in Context
  • Legal Methods and Skills
  • Comparative Politics
  • Rights and Accountability
  • Criminal Law

Year 2 compulsory modules:

  • European Constitutional Law
  • Equity
  • European Internal Market Law
  • Land Law

Plus two optional modules* from:

  • Politics of Deeply Divided Societies
  • International Relations
  • International Organisations
  • Security and Terrorism
  • Modern Political Thought

Year 3 compulsory modules:

  • Contract
  • Torts
  • Evidence
  • Contemporary Issues in Property Law
Plus two module optional modules* from:
  • Politics of Irish Literature
  • The Politics of Sustainable Development
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Arms Control
  • Gender & Politics
  • Northern Ireland: A Case Study in Ethno-National Conflict and Peace Making
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Politics, Public Administration and Policy Making
  • Global Resource Politics
  • European Cultural Identities

*Please note this is not an exclusive list of the optional modules available. Optional modules are reviewed each year. Optional modules are subject to timetabling and staff availability.


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The LL.B. Law with Politics degree requires students to complete 18 modules, normally over three years of study.

Students take 6 modules in each academic year – with 3 modules taken in Semester 1 and 3 modules taken in Semester 2.  The balance of the courses is approximately two-thirds Law and one-third Politics and, within this pathway, there is sufficient flexibility to allow students to take all the core courses which are required for a qualifying law degree.

Course Content

Semester 1 of first year begins with an intensive 2 week Induction Programme designed to welcome students to the School; orientate them in terms of their legal studies; highlight key support services for students; and introduce key members of staff – such as the Head of School, the Director of Education, the First Year teaching teams, Advisors of Study and the QUB Careers Advisor for Law.  Students will also receive an immersion into the core structures, concepts and features of the UK’s legal system.