Students who study Law at Roehampton can develop skills in University’s own court room

Students joining Roehampton’s new Law School in September can take advantage of a realistic on-campus court room to practise their legal presentation and debating skills.

Posted: 10 August 2015

image for news story Students who study Law at Roehampton can develop skills in University’s own court room
The Old Bailey, London

The University offers LLB Law and BA in Law and Criminology degrees, and great emphasis will be placed on law in practice through as much of the teaching and learning as possible.

Dr Giles Proctor, Head of the Roehampton Law School believes teaching law as it will be used in court rooms and in the workplace is the prime way to create highly employable legal graduates.

He said: “Our court room is symbolic of our intention to teach law from a practitioner’s point of view, as well as the theoretical side. Students at Roehampton will learn in detail all the areas of the law they will be expected to understand to become successful solicitors and barristers, but they will have the added advantage of applying what they learn in an actual court setting.”

As well as using the University’s own court room, in the modern Duchesne Building opened by prominent QC Cherie Booth, students will be encouraged to observe experienced judges and lawyers in action.

Roehampton’s proximity to central London means students can easily visit and observe cases the Supreme Court, the High Court and the Old Bailey, London’s most senior criminal court. At the University itself, students will hone their ability to argue a case in front of lecturers or classmates in the court room. The room can be set for judge only, multi-judge, and jury trials in civil and criminal cases and is designed to give a realistic experience for prosecuting or defending lawyers.

This opportunity to develop confident public speaking and performance skills could prove vital after graduation if students pursue legal careers involving regular court appearances.

By studying the LLB Law or BA Law and Criminology degrees, students will receive a Qualifying Law Degree which enables them to progress to vocational stages of training to become solicitors or barristers.

Among the areas of law students will study are Contract, Criminal, Tort, Property, EU and Business Enterprise Law. An optional module in career preparation, to help students ready themselves for the workforce will also be available.

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