BA (Hons) law routes into law

If you’re looking for a law degree to provide you with a broader understanding of the subject, then this is the course for you. Our BA law degrees place less emphasis on ‘foundations’ of practising law.

Why would you choose to do this type of law degree? 

A few reasons to take a BA law degree instead of LLB law degree include:

  • Module flexibility 
  • Broader teachings 

Our BA law degrees offer students flexibility when choosing modules, providing a more tailored approach. Additionally, these courses are ideal if you don't want to be a solicitor or barrister but you’re interested in how law works and coincides with other professions.

What type of job could you do with a BA law degree? 

There are many career options available to a BA law graduate. Roles such as journalism, politics, business, banking, insurance, the civil service, work for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Financial Ombudsman, local government or charities, are all viable career possibilities.

Any of these sectors would benefit from an understanding of law without you actually having to be a practising lawyer. 

In addition to the above, other sources of employment include the Law Commission, civil service, compliance, accounting or company secretary in a range of businesses. There are also non-practising law professions that you could pursue such as a paralegal, patent lawyer or licensed conveyancer. 

If I change my mind, can I change to an LLB degree? Or become a practising lawyer at a later date?

Simply put, yes. 

You can apply to change to one of our LLB law courses instead of a BA law course after your first year. These applications will be considered on a case by case basis. 

If you decide after graduating that you want to practise law, you have two options, depending on if you want to become a solicitor or a barrister. 

  • If you want to become a solicitor, you can complete the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)
  • If you want to become a barrister, you’ll need to complete one of the various Bar Practice Courses offered at different institutions

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