History and Law 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

The development of an effective legal system (or ‘the rule of law’) is often seen as the key to the growth of many modern societies. Historians see such legal systems as core to many of their studies while good lawyers understand that the law often possesses a history which they must know if they are to make sense of it.

Combined Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: MV11

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Course Overview

Keele has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary study in which leading researchers examine subjects and seek to cross their boundaries so as to offer a stimulating examination and critique of both texts and events: in this course, the historical, socio-political, economic and gender contexts of history and law. By studying both these subjects together, you will gain a better understanding of the nature of human society and how it has developed.

What will this mean for my future?

As a student of History and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing, and working as a Community Legal Companion within the innovative CLOCK programme, which was pioneered at Keele. You may also be able to obtain hands-on experience through volunteering in the community and/or work experience with external agencies such as museums. These opportunities will diversify your skills, experience and strengthen your CV.

We pride ourselves on developing career-ready graduates. Studying this programme opens up a wide range of career possibilities in law, the media, the creative and heritage industries, or in teaching. There are varied opportunities right across the private sector, local and national government or in charities. Many Law and History graduates go on to further study at Master’s level and beyond, leading to careers in research and education.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Systems
  • Administrative Law
  • Histories of the Extraordinary and the Everyday
  • Modern History
  • Medieval Europe

Second year 

  • Lawyers in Society
  • Law with Ethics
  • Law in Action or Family Law
  • Historical Sources and Debates
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe
  • Imperialism and Empire

Third year 

  • Dissertation
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Globalisation and the Environment
  • Jurisprudence
  • Transnational Crime
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj
  • The Making of Modern Germany