Bachelor of Arts (Literary Studies) and Bachelor of Laws
BA(Literary Studies)&LLB

5-Year Double Degree Programme
(Programme Code: 6078)

Literature and the law have intertwined institutional histories: the study of rhetoric was originally designed to develop the oratory skills of practitioners in the courts; legal themes and issues have long attracted the attention of writers such as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and E.M. Forster, and novelists such as William Thackeray and Franz Kafka began their careers as students of law.

In light of the many commonalities between the two disciplines, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts jointly offer a new double degree in Law and Literary Studies. The five-year programme is planned for September 2011, and will have an initial intake of 20 students.

The programme is designed to foster skills in both legal argumentation and literary analysis. In addition to taking individual courses in both faculties, students will be required to take interdisciplinary seminars which bring together legal and literary texts. A number of such cross-listed seminars have already been developed, including ‘Law and Literature’; ‘Law and Film’; and ‘Law, Meaning and Interpretation’.

This double degree will prepare students for a variety of careers, including those in law, academia, journalism, politics, and beyond.

Please click here for a list of the interdisciplinary law and humanities courses offered in the programme.