The Political Lawyer

The joint BA Politics and… offers students the ability to combine their training in politics with another subject taught at SOAS. This combination will allow students to learn about political phenomena or regions of their interest from multiple disciplinary angles. Alternatively, students can also combine Politics with a language which opens up the possibility of deep engagement with one of the regions or countries they are interested in, including a Year Abroad for language studies.

This course will provide an intellectually demanding introduction to the academic study of legal ethics, which will push students to hone their skills of argumentation, analysis and critique. The first part of the module examines the relationship between law and social change as addressed by key classical and contemporary social theorists. This exploration is then extended with an analysis of how and to what extent social movements can affect legal reform and eventually contribute to social change. The second part of the module investigates a number of concepts and areas in relation to which the approaches and ideas explored in the previous part can be applied, questioned, reframed or expanded.

  • It will then focus on providing you with a sound understanding of the legal principles that concern the operation of the commercial art world, and the ability to engage in critical analysis and evaluation of contemporary issues in art and law.
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  • Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
  • This lecture will examine – and celebrate – the work of lawyers who have crossed the usual lines and worked for political change.

Studying our BA Politics and Law degree, you will gain a solid foundation in politics and law at all levels and in all forms. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. This final piece of research will enable you to make an original contribution to some debate in legal and political theory.


We will be exploring questions of objectivity and truth both in law and science, including whether STS can provide new insights in the ‘post-truth’ age. This module introduces students to the empirical study of the key structures, institutions, processes, outcomes and behaviour in political systems. It familiarises students with both the content and shape of political life and how academic scholars study it. But it also introduces the data, methods and techniques that allow students to study it themselves. Students learn about political life by learning how to do basic political research. You gain a solid grounding in national and international politics, and can choose modules that reflect your interests from the extensive range on offer.

These issues will addressed with a special focus on methodological problems involved in the study of terrorism and political violence. Our law degree sharpens your thinking and powers of persuasion whilst gaining extensive legal knowledge. Study the detail of the law, as well as its history, analyse judgments and legal developments while considering the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This critical approach facilitates your ability to interrogate and investigate the law.

Double degree programme option

In addition to the LLB degree, the LSE Law School offers a double degree programme with Columbia University Law School in New York. This LSE LLB/JD programme is open to a limited number of LLB students and applications are invited during the second year of study. You will gain a comprehensive grounding in Law by studying the foundation modules across the three years of your programme. Alongside your Law modules you will study Politics modules that explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy and accountability. This module will focus on the way in which the law defines and constructs the family, and the way in which it regulates family breakdown. The module will examine, broadly, the institution of marriage and relations between partners, which might include definitions of the family, marriage, civil partnerships and cohabitation, domestic violence, divorce and family dispute resolution.

Independent learning

This part of the module thus investigates deductive and inductive reasoning, argument by analogy, and the use of supportive evidence and the structure of justification, and attends carefully to the set of formal fallacies in argumentation. These topics are illustrated throughout by attention to real examples from law and elsewhere, with attention given to how formal argument is constructed and to the skills required to identify formal fallacies. This knowledge base is used by students to develop their own skills of formal argument and their ability to critique the argument of others.


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