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Law is central to our lives – it protects us and provides a framework of behaviour through which we live. Studying A Level Law will allow you to learn about the history behind laws and the legal system, whilst examining real-life case studies.

This fascinating subject will see you studying a diverse range of topics which give you a thorough grounding in key aspects of law.

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This fascinating subject will see you studying a diverse range of topics which give you a thorough grounding in key aspects of law. Topics you’ll study, include:

- The English legal system
- Murder and manslaughter
- The tort of negligence
- Law and morals
- Law and justice
- Theft and robbery

Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

On this fast-paced course, you will examine real-life cases and consider the often complex moral dilemmas they pose to those involved and wider society. You’ll be taught by knowledgeable teachers, all of whom have experience and qualifications relating to law. They will engage you in lively debate and discussion as part of your learning, equipping you with the confidence to deliver articulate academic arguments. Students also benefit from trips and experiences outside the classroom including visits to the Magistrates’ and Crown Court to see legal proceedings in action.

You’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills throughout your time on the course through a wide range of enrichment opportunities, combining your classroom learning with trips and visits. Our A Level Law students have benefitted from:

- Visiting guest speakers from the Criminal Justice System
- Taking part in trips and visits to courts
- University workshops

This course is assessed solely by examinations.

An A Level in Law provides students with a range of skills that are highly sought by both employers and universities. As such, the pathways on offer are incredibly varied.

Former students have gone on to serve in the Armed Forces, the Police Force, the Probation Service, Prison Service, whilst others become Teachers, Journalists and Social Workers. And of course, many former students progress to study Law at university and have since become Solicitors and Barristers.


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Studying A Level Law will give you a good knowledge base for pursuing degree level study in Law. You’ll acquire a range of transferable academic skills such as essay writing, research and analysis. 

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Law at the University of York

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