The best preparation for the legal profession is to think like a lawyer from day one. Our practice-based learning approach focuses on understanding the law in the context of everyday life and legal practice, and applying your learning using a number of approaches, including problem-based learning.
The Law extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Law at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.
This law degree has been designed by experienced academics and practitioners, with input from our internationally-renowned Crucible Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice. It is designed specifically to focus on your career development. Throughout your degree, you will work with practitioners from the legal sector. You will gain the practical experience of putting law into action through our pro bono activities with the Citizens Advice Bureau and have the opportunity to obtain work placements.
You will be encouraged to engage from the start of the course with legal issues and reflect on what you learn as an integral part of your academic experience. A high proportion of your time will be spent working face to face with tutors, developing your understanding of legal issues and particularly the core skills and competencies that legal practitioners are expected to have.
You will develop an understanding of the different areas of law making and legal practice by visiting the historic courts of central London. This year students have observed cases in the Supreme Court, visited other courts and tribunals as part of the Law in Practice module and are visiting the Houses of Parliament.
Modules currently available include ‘Legal Systems, Ethics, and Skills’, which covers the structure and function of the English legal system, ‘Public Law and Human Rights’ which explores civil liberties and human rights in the context of Human Rights, and our Law in Practice modules in Year 1, focusing on legal communication’ and in Year 2 on business and commercial awareness.
Our dedicated Law Careers Advisor, Juliette Chase, has established links with graduate recruiters and can give you the ideas and tips to help you gain a good graduate job. She will support you to map out your aptitudes and create a career plan. We also provide personalised sessions in CV and application writing, presentations, mock-interviews, and commercial-awareness training, as well as also having opportunities to develop your networking skills.
In your first year, you will gain an understanding of the key functions of the English legal system, explore the moral dimension of the practice of law, grasp criminal law and human rights, and learn how to present reasoned and logical arguments. You will also study Law in Practice 1: Legal Communication - an interactive module designed to build your skills and confidence in legal communication, to understand how to apply law in practice and the wider society.
In your second year, Law in Practice 2: Commercial Awareness will introduce you the commercial world and the role of lawyers within it, including the concept of law as a business (how law firms make money) and the role of financial markets. You will build upon your legal skills by studying different types of contract law and will develop an understanding of the law of tort and your ability to apply the law to solve legal problems. You will also learn about the law of business enterprises, explore the legal theories, rules and commercial drivers that influence the practice of law concerning limited companies, partnerships and other business models; other modules taken are EU Law and land law.
In your final year, you will be able to choose from options, including employment law, corporate finance and acquisitions, family law, international human rights, and medical and tax law plus you may have an opportunity to gain practical experience of legal practice in a placement or with the Citizen's Advice Bureau.
Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:
English Academic Skills 1
English Academic Skills 2
Mathematical Functional Skills Essentials
Business Essentials - Introduction
Citizens, Law and the State
Research, Reasoning and Legal Tools
All students are expected to attend three Induction sessions scheduled for the week commnencing 21st September: Law Induction
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Career Routes into the Legal Profession
To become a solicitor:
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is changing the process for becoming a solicitor.
The Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam (SQE) will be a centralised assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It is likely to be introduced in 2020.
This means that from 2020, your qualifying route to becoming a solicitor will need to include:
Please see the SRA’s Frequently Asked Questions document for the latest information about the SQE.
For more information on qualifying as solicitor, please visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
To become a barrister:
Barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You will not need to complete the SQE to become a barrister (as the SQE applies only to intending solicitors), although there are some changes to the qualification route.
The qualification route to becoming a barrister currently includes:
For more information on qualifying as a barrister and the proposed future changes, please visit the Bar Standards board website.
The course will prepare graduates for a range of legal careers including practising solicitors, barristers, paralegals, academic law or any career which demands critical reasoning skills.
4 years (full-time)