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 an integrated double degree in Law and Literary Studies. The five-year programme, first introduced in September 2011, has an intake of approximately 20 students per year.
The programme is designed to foster skills in both legal argumentation and literary analysis. This double degree will prepare students for a variety of careers, including those in law, academia, arts and culture, journalism, politics, and beyond.
- BA&LLB Curriculum Structure