Southampton Law School's LLB Law with Psychology degree is one of just a handful of programmes in the UK to combine a qualifying law degree with the study of psychology. You'll gain a comprehensive legal education while deepening your understanding of the human mind. The skills and knowledge that you develop will be invaluable for a career in the legal profession and in a wide range of other career paths. You'll study a broad base of core and optional modules, designed to help you achieve a qualifying law degree, and deepen your own specialist knowledge across law (your major subject) and psychology (your minor subject). Our challenging and inspiring LLB programme will give you in-depth legal knowledge together with strong critical thinking and communication skills. Our unique employability skills programme will ensure you consolidate what you learn through exceptional work experience and networking opportunities. Your psychology modules will teach you the fundamental concepts in psychology, and give you an overview of current issues in clinical psychology. These include behavioural neuroscience, personality and intelligence, making sense of ambiguous scenes, educational and developmental psychology and self-conscious emotions. Our unique employability skills programme will ensure you consolidate what you learn through exceptional work experience and networking opportunities. As part of your degree you can experience law in action by applying to shadow a senior member of the judiciary in the High Court or Court of Appeal. Work alongside legal professionals to advise students at the Law Clinic in housing, business and family law. You'll engage with our academic research groups including the Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality and Law, and the Institute of Maritime Law. Hone your presentation skills on the Streetlaw programme and take part in a range of competitions to enhance your skills, including the Womble Bond Dickinson Team Building Challenge and regional, national and international mooting and negotiation competitions. By studying modules outside of law you can broaden your knowledge with interdisciplinary study. You can forge even stronger links within our friendly community by joining a student-run society such as the Law Society, Inns of Court Society, Mooting Society, Lawyers without Borders and the Canadian Law Society. You will have access to excellent learning facilities to support your studies. These include superb library resources including comprehensive collections in all the main subject areas such as contract law, property law, maritime law, criminal justice and public law. You can also access European and international resources, all housed in the main University library. We provide anytime access to an extensive range of electronic resources such as Westlaw, Lexis and Lawtel. Practise your advocacy skills in our purpose-built moot room.
This is a full-time degree course taught over three years. When you arrive, you will take part in a comprehensive induction exercise designed to help you get to know your fellow students and develop your teamwork skills in preparation for starting your first-year law studies. During years one and two, you will study compulsory modules that cover the topics required (such as criminal law, contract and land law) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board in order to achieve a qualifying law degree. In the first year, you will also take two further compulsory modules: Legal Skills, which will develop the key analytical skills that are essential to success in your studies and your future career. Introduction to Psychology, in which you will learn about the main areas of psychology and current issues and research questions in the field. You will be able to choose the remaining modules in years one and two from options in law and psychology. In year one you will select one of two law options – Historical Development of the Common Law or Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law. These have been specially designed to help you put the law into a broader context of time and theory. You will also take one psychology module – either Behavioural Neuroscience or Individual Differences: Personality and Intelligence. In the second year, you will choose two law modules from a wide range, and two psychology modules – either Social Psychology or Language and Memory in semester one, and either Developmental Psychology or Perception in semester two. The third year comprises three compulsory law modules, including the Legal Research and Writing module which further develops your independent research skills and culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation. You choose the research topic and complete your dissertation with support from your academic supervisor. You will also take two psychology modules from an extensive range that includes topics such as current issues in clinical psychology, making sense of ambiguous scenes, educational and developmental psychology, and self-conscious emotions. For the most up to date module information, please visit our website [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/law-with-psychology-degree-llb#modules]
You will learn through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, and through independent study. Our inspiring academics use a range of teaching methods to enhance your learning experience, for example, highly interactive lectures that incorporate digital voting tools and social media. Group exercises, problem-solving tasks and case studies are also used to embed your knowledge and to apply it to real-world scenarios and current topics. Modules are assessed through exams and/or written assignments. Your dissertation also contributes to your final degree classification. You will receive feedback on your progress from your tutors and formative assessments will help you identify areas for improvement. Facilities You will have access to excellent learning facilities to support your studies. These include superb library resources including comprehensive collections in all the main subject areas such as contract law, property law, maritime law, criminal justice and public law. You can also access European and international resources, all housed in the main University library. We provide anytime access to an extensive range of electronic resources such as Westlaw, Lexis and Lawtel. Practise your advocacy skills in our purpose-built moot room.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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We welcome students with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate. LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) is not required. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications please contact the Faculty Admissions Team at [email protected].
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English language requirements
English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/language.page.
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