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Commitment to work experience paramount at new Law School

The University of Roehampton will offer students the chance to study law for the first time next year, with the opening of its new Law School, and sixth formers considering higher education options now are being encouraged to discover the innovative way courses will be taught.

Posted: 14 November 2014

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Dr Giles Proctor, the Head of the University's new Law School

A wide-ranging Law in Practice programme will be an integral part of students’ studies, bringing them face to face with working lawyers, judges and other professionals who work on legal issues. This will show Roehampton students how legal knowledge translates into careers and provide practical examples, and networking opportunities.

Students on the Roehampton LLB programme, which will qualify them to train as solicitors or for the bar, will be able to volunteer in the University’s soon-to-be-launched free local Legal Advice Clinic which will run in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau. They will have the opportunity to work towards a qualification provided by the CAB proving their ability to research and provide quality advice.

Every student in the Law School will be given extensive support to secure professional experience opportunities in law firms, courts and with legal professionals in the public and private sectors. Embedding work-related skills and knowledge to create highly employable graduates is a priority for the University. In the last independent Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Survey, 92.3 per cent of Roehampton graduates were in work or further study six months after completing their degrees.

Debating groups will also be launched giving students experience of public speaking and making their case before an audience, simulating the court room experience.

Dr Giles Proctor, a qualified solicitor of 20 years’ standing, is the Head of School at Roehampton, having previously held senior roles at three other law schools. All academic staff have been practising solicitors or barristers, bringing front line experience to their teaching.

Professor Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Roehampton, said: “Understanding the law and individual rights has become ever more important in our increasingly complex society; graduates with that knowledge and the ability to use it effectively in everyday situations will become highly desirable employees, so we are delighted to launch our new Law degrees.

“Our LLB courses have been designed by Dr Proctor and our team of respected lawyers who have decades of experience of legal practice and education between them. They have drawn on the latest thinking and industry expectations so our students will learn about all aspects of law in a challenging, new and ultimately enjoyable manner, on one of London’s most attractive university campuses. The qualifications they will receive will be the perfect start to a career, whether that’s in the legal world specifically, or in the huge range of related professions.”

The Roehampton Law School sits within the University’s Department of Social Sciences, giving students access to wider perspectives on social justice, human rights and criminology. Initially two degree schemes will be offered: single honours Law LLB, and an integrated single honours BA in Law and Criminology. In the near future, a Graduate Diploma in Law will be introduced, to allow non-law graduates who wish to enter the legal profession to build the required knowledge.

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