Legal and Political Theory MA

Put your legal knowledge into practice while you develop career-enhancing skills. This degree develops your practical and vocational skills alongside your knowledge of legal theory. LSE students are involved in a variety of pro bono projects including the Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, various legal advice clinics, assistance to charities, and student-led legal projects. LSE Library-Founded in 1896, the British Library of Political and Economic Science is the major international library of the social sciences.

The need for reform will be critically assessed from a normative and practical, evidence-based, perspective. You should explain whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how this relates to your current academic studies and what additional reading or relevant experiences you have had which have led you to apply. We are interested to hear your own thoughts or ideas on the topics you have encountered through your exploration of the subject at school or through other activities.

What skills will I practise and develop?

We have asocial spacewithin the Law School which law students use for group work and meetings. Enhance your career prospects with an International Year at one of our partner institutions. Utilising this opportunity between 2nd and 3rd year can help in your employment search to stand out from the crowd and broaden your horizons, potentially working across the globe. You will meet clients and advise on eligibility to divorce, and continue to help them navigate the various court forms required. You will research the law, draft divorce proceedings, court documents, and gain real life experience of helping clients at a difficult time in their lives.

  • 1) MA Education programmes are only considering applications from Group 1 universities.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0to study this programme.
  • This module provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to study law.
  • Increasingly, alternative dispute resolution methods, of which mediation is one, are being used to resolve disputes instead of court proceedings.
  • This knowledge base is used by students to develop their own skills of formal argument and their ability to critique the argument of others.

The module will enable students to consider the relevance, or otherwise, of international law on the use of force to contemporary international disputes and to critically assess its limitations and effects. The module builds on other law modules in terms of examining fundamental principles underlying the legislative process as a whole. Through an indepth analysis of human rights protection at a range of levels, students will have the opportunity to explore key areas of concern on both a theoretical level and through case studies on a more practical basis.

Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group. Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research. If you are applying for a degree with an A level subject requirement in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology will normally need to hold an AP test in that subject.

Our online personal statement tool will guide you through every step of writing the personal statement part of your application. Get all the information you need about the application, admission and enrolment process at Birkbeck. You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies. Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia. Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching.


It explores the role and limits of inference in legal reasoning and more generally. It considers both logical and psychological factors that may lead to flawed reasoning. The module also touches on various forms of argument of relevance to law including practical, statistical, policy-based argument as well as rhetoric. The module seeks to provide an historical, legal and social understanding of the police, one of the key social and legal institutions of the modern state. The police are an integral part of the criminal justice system and as such, this module is a core element in a criminal justice programme. This module intends to provide law students with the necessary intellectual equipment allowing them to approach any foreign law in a meaningful way.

Philosophy and Politics

Systematic visits to legal courts and other venues of legal significance in London give students a deeper understanding of how these institutions work in reality, and how professional parties operate in practice. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, the module integrates research and public engagement activities undertaken as part of the‘Britain in Europe’ think tank and ‘Knowing Our Rights’ research project. This may involve meeting MPs, select committee and ‘Britain in Europe’ experts; attending research events; taking part in human rights workshops delivered at local schools as part of KOR ; visiting Parliament, when in session, or attending select committee hearings. Significant emphasis is placed on the effect of the Human Rights Act on common law doctrines in public law. You will investigate the links between Brexit and the debate on the repeal of the Human Rights Act from a historic and socio-legal perspective, with direct reference to Eurosceptic and isolationist trends in the UK. The module also examines the range of public law processes that regulate the relationship between the individual and the state, with a focus on judicial review.

Please note, while we will endeavour to accommodate varying language levels per module, this is not always possible. While you can join the module with some prior experience of your target language, you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in. Introduction to Property Law – This module provides students with an introduction to the key concepts of property law in both Northern Ireland and England and Wales. It will prepare students for further detailed study of property law at Level 5 (Land Law – LAW311) and at Level 6 as well as complementing the study of aspects of Tort, Contract and Criminal Law. Completion of this module and Land Law will allow students to meet the requirements of the professional bodies in respect of property law in Northern Ireland, England and Wales. International Politics – This module introduces students to the study of the main theories, debates and issues relevant to understanding politics in an international context.