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Law (Joint Honours) BA/BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 Years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 Years

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


Studying law is not just for those who wish to pursue a legal career; it equips you with a great many skills which are desired by the graduate employment market. If you are interested in studying law but want to combine this with another subject, then the Law Joint Honours degree is for you. Our Law modules have been designed with the aim to provide you with a sound basic legal education, as well a catering for the teaching of Law in its social, economic and political context. This course will complement other subject areas in the joint honours programme, particularly social science and business-oriented subjects. Our modules cover a wide variety of interests and as you progress through the stages of the course you will find a broad choice of modules which will allow you to tailor your degree to meet your own goals and needs.

The Law Team at the University of Northampton are passionate about social justice and making a difference within our communities within our communities. In 2019 we won the award for ‘University of Northampton Changemaker Team of the Year’. We received this award for our work in giving students as many opportunities as possible to make a difference in a range of communities such volunteering, our Street Law Project, the Pro Bono Clinic, setting up charities and so much more. We were commended for our ‘…commitment and passion to all their activities which provide law students with valuable exposure to real life experiences and situations and in no small way, ensures that people without access to legal aid can gain justice’.

Updated 08/09/2021


  • Flexible pathways to cater for academic interest and different career goals.
  • Opportunities to participate in pro bono activities.
  • Purpose built Moot Room.
  • Optional work placement year.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible student. Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply.

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Course Content

  • If you choose to study Law Joint Honours with us, you will benefit from a varied and imaginative modular scheme that is designed to offer you a wide range of options. Our approach to teaching and learning is centred around you, we ensure that we teach Law in its social, political, and economic context across all three stages of the course.

    You will study four compulsory law modules and two modules from your other subject in your first year. At the end of the first year you will have the flexibility to either remain on the Joint Honours programme or switch to the LLB depending on whether you have decided to pursue a career within the legal profession. You will have the opportunity to discuss your career aspirations with the law team and we will provide you with valuable advice and guidance when making decisions about future module choices.

    Our Joint Honours Law students have access to the full range of activities available for law students at the University of Northampton. We offer a wide range of additional activities such as court visits, mooting and client interviewing.  We have a purpose built Moot Room where you can practice and develop your advocacy skills. There is also the opportunity for you to engage in local community projects or join the Student Law Society, which organises social and professional activities that help to prepare you for your career. Our Law team has links with organisations such as Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council and Citizens Advice, allowing you to make valuable contacts and learn from their experiences.

    You will find strong support for your studies from a dedicated team of well qualified staff.  A number of our Law team have published books and journal articles and some regularly deliver papers at conferences both at home and abroad.

    Several staff members are external examiners or reviewers at other educational institutions; one is an Assistant Coroner and sits on professional body disciplinary panels and some are on committees examining national or international issues relating to Law.  Our teaching team includes solicitors and barristers.  Our Law tutors hold Doctorate, Masters or professional qualifications and most are actively involved in legal research.  Many also take part in voluntary activities outside of work and will support you in your voluntary roles.

    Check out what our Law students have achieved after graduating from the University on our Law case studies page.


    Information about the modules for this course can be found on the award map: Law Joint Honours modules

    Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

  • Our Law Joint Honours can be studied in combination with Criminology Joint Honours.

    The award for this course will be a BA if taken as a major or joint. Students may be awarded a BSc if they study this subject as a minor subject and pair it with a BSc subject. Please refer to theAcademic Regulations for more information on Joint Honours Degree designations.

    If you choose to study a Joint Honours degree at the University of Northampton you can select a programme that suits your interests and strengths. This option opens up a host of possibilities to you, offering a wide range of opportunities for careers and further study at your fingertips. In the Joint Honours programme, you will select two subjects as joint for stage one. You may continue with equal emphasis on two subjects as a joint degree in stages two and three, or switch to a major or minor split. The degree title is derived from the two subjects.

    With a Joint Honours degree you can ensure that your programme has:

    • Breadth: you are not focused on a single specialism, but are able to study across two disciplines
    • Flexibility: you can adjust the balance of your programme depending on the interests and skills you develop during your time with us
    • Embedded skills: you will have all the graduate level skills that employers are looking for
    • Student support: your own personal tutor will work with you as you learn and progress.

    More information is available on our Joints Honours page.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £13,000
    • Optional Work Placement Year: £1,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK/EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International Full Time: £12,900
    • Optional Work Placement Year: £1000
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career.
    Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

  • How will I learn and be assessed?

    Our teaching includes a variety of methods underpinned by active learning. This ranges from lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line learning, self-directed or collaborative study, experiential and problem-based learning. You, as the student, are at the heart of what we do. Through your participation you will engage with your peers and lectures in an interactive setting whereby you can critically engage with the syllabus.

    You can expect to put in 200 hours of work on each module that you study. You will normally have two hours of contact time, which could be online or face to face, per week with your tutor per module.

    The law modules available offer you a wide range of assessments to help you develop a diverse set of academic and professional skills.  Assessments have been carefully designed to help you build the skills you will need for the future. The skills you will acquire will be highly desirable to graduate recruiters in a variety of sectors. Our mission is to produce high quality, adaptive and socially responsible graduates equipped to pursue successful careers in a variety of contexts.   The assessment strategy is a combination of formative and summative assignments designed to enable you to learn and develop key academic and employability skills.   These are the range of assessments that you can expect across your modules:

    • Essays
    • Commentaries on current legal issues both in a national and global context
    • A range of presentations individually and in groups
    • Multiple choice questions/exams/time constrained assignments
    • Client interviews
    • Advocacy
    Are there any special features on this course?
      • Highly qualified and experienced staff
      • Interactive modules which allow you to develop practical skills
      • Use of purpose-built Moot Room to practice and develop advocacy skills
      • Participate in pro bono activities including Street Law Projects
      • Mooting, negotiation and client-interviewing competitions
      • Opportunities to conduct research projects as student researchers to develop your academic skills
      • Guest lectures from national and international speakers such as Judges and human rights advocates
      • A thriving Student Law Society which organises social and professional activities.

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Careers and Employability

By the time you graduate you will have developed a range of skills which will enhance your employability, whether in the legal profession or in another career.

We work closely with the University Centre for Employability and Engagement (UCEE), who will support you with your career planning. You will also have the option to attend the annual Law Careers Fair and University Careers Fair which offers you the opportunity to meet with potential future employers.

Is this course for you?