This program draws on the established strengths of the Department of Law and the Department of Anthropology. Both departments are rated in the highest category in the UK for their teaching. For the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Law department was rated the top Law faculty in the UK for the quality of its research while the Anthropology department obtained the highest percentage of 4* submissions - the highest ranking. Both departments rank alongside the most highly rated departments in the subjects worldwide and have important relationships with professional and regulatory bodies.
The staff in the Department of Law and the Department of Anthropology makes editorial contributions to top national and international journals as well as producing leading monographs and textbooks in their areas. They have pioneered many of the areas that are taught as part of this degree.
This is a full time, 12-month interdisciplinary program aimed at students interested in developing cross-cultural perspectives on law and who wish to go on either to undertake further research in the area, or to develop their interest in an area of professional legal practice. It consists of four units composed of three taught courses and a supervised dissertation. The compulsory core course - LL4E8 Law in Society - develops and introduces a range of theoretical, political, and practical perspectives on law, two further courses chosen from a range of options offered by the Departments of Law and Anthropology, and LE4E9, a 10,000 word dissertation due at the start of September.