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MSc Law, Anthropology and Society

About the MSc programme

This programme is jointly run by the Department of Law and Department of Anthropology, and is administered in the Department of Law. It offers the following benefits:

  • Situated in the only institution devoted solely to the social sciences in the UK, the Anthropology and the Law Departments are distinguished by the research of their faculty and by their exceptionally international student recruitment.
  • The programme offers an excellent and intensive introduction to the aspects of anthropological and social theory essential to the analysis of law in society.
  • This interdisciplinary programme forms part of LSE's innovative graduate teaching and research in legal and social science theory.

The programme is intended for graduates with a good degree in law or for graduates in anthropology and related disciplines who are seeking to study selected aspects of law and legal theory.

Programme details

Scheduled teaching normally includes six hours of seminars per week (depending on options selected), supplemented by regular academic tutorials.

The programme offers a foundation in those elements of anthropological and socio-legal theory essential to an understanding of law in society, and provides training in appropriate research methods. The programme achieves this through: a compulsory course combining lectures, classes and an innovative research seminar; the supervised crafting of an individual programme of two further courses in law or anthropology (or exceptionally another social science) selected according to the academic background and research interest of the student; and supervision of a dissertation.

Compulsory courses

  • Law in Society: A Joint Course in Law and Anthropology offers a foundation in those elements of anthropological and social theory essential to an understanding of law in society, drawing on anthropological themes and texts to develop an innovative perspective on contemporary legal norms and institutions
  •  A 10,000 word Dissertation on a topic determined in consultation with the programme director.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options in the Department of Law and/or in the Department of Anthropology. 

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides an ideal preparation for practical or research work on law in the context of social relations. It enhances a wide range of career paths including policy, research and communications roles within local and national government, charities, public relations and the media.


Application code: ML36 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Intake/applications in 2013: 15/86

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in law, anthropology or related discipline with an interest in studying selected aspects of law and legal theory (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Law (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. Apply early, however, as places will fill up quickly