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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary:

  • Get real legal work experience in every year of your degree.
  • Take work placements in legal settings across the UK and overseas.
  • Study modules designed around the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.
  • Work in our on-campus law firm alongside practising lawyers and specialist academics.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.
On this course, you’ll gain the skills, experience, contacts and credentials you need to kick-start your legal career. You’ll do real legal work through our on-campus law firm while gaining a detailed legal education, designed around the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. When you graduate, you won’t only have an accredited law degree — you’ll have extensive legal work experience to support your qualification as a solicitor. How you learn: All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. From your first year, you’ll gain a detailed induction into law, and begin working on real cases and projects in our on-campus law firm, SHU Law. In your second year, you’ll begin to specialise — choosing an area such as criminal appeals, prisoners' rights, commercial litigation, personal injury or employment law to experience as part of SHU Law. Your final year allows you to build on your experience, taking on more responsibility for your cases and working more closely with your clients. You will also have opportunities to branch out into placement settings across the UK and overseas, while cementing your knowledge not just as a student, but as a trainee lawyer. Other final year opportunities include working within our Human Rights Clinic and working with children and young people through our Street Law module. Applied learning - SHU Law Our regulated and supervised on-campus law firm, SHU Law, offers law students a unique chance to get ahead with their solicitor qualifications. You’ll gain vital industry experience, working alongside solicitors on real cases. Uniquely, your work with SHU Law is fully integrated into your course from your first year, and will continue throughout your studies. Work placements In your final year, you can choose to opt out of SHU Law work placements and enter an external legal setting. Placements have been taken at major national and international law firms such as Irwin Mitchell and DLA Piper, and often involve sitting in on real hearings and court cases with solicitors. You may also choose to do a placement in areas such as local government, coroners’ offices or local law firms. There are also international work placements available in the USA, including at the Public Defenders’ Office in Savannah, and Innocence Project in San Diego. Your placement supervisor will help you find the right fit for your career, and will provide support throughout your experience. Social justice Throughout the course, you’ll help and advocate for those who don’t have or can’t afford representation. You’ll also work on our court helpdesks which provide vital legal advice, free of charge, to members of the public. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to work in our Human Rights Clinic, which is part of the award-winning Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice. You’ll also have the chance to work with the charity Urban Lawyers through the Street Law module — where you will teach school children from disadvantaged areas about their rights, and how they can enter the legal profession.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 - Compulsory modules Criminal Law And Practice Dispute Resolution In Contract Introduction To Law And Practice Uk Constitutional Law And Practice Year 2 - Compulsory modules Dispute Resolution In Tort Land, Property Law And Practice Trusts & Equitable Wrongs (Including Wills And Administration Of Estates) Elective modules Court Practice Human Rights Clinic Law As A Business Shu Law New Enquiries Year 3 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Elective modules Advocacy and Drafting Business Law And Practice Commercial Law And Practice Criminal Appeals Dissertation Employment Law And Practice Family Law, Policy And Practice Human Rights Law And Practice Immigration Law And Practice Law And Medicine Law In Practice Law In Practice International Law Of Evidence And Practice Mediation Prison Clinic Refugee Rights Rights Of Women SHU Law Legal Practice Sports Law Streetlaw Schools

Assessment method

• Coursework • Exams • Practical assessments

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

To apply for this course through Clearing, please call us on 0330 024 6390.

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Additional entry requirements


Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website. Please note that if you have a criminal conviction and want to become either a solicitor or barrister that you speak with the relevant regulatory body to determine if this will have any implication for your chosen career path. This is in order to ensure students are notified of regulator requirement for entering the legal profession.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With at least 6.5 in reading and writing and with a minimum score of 5.5 in all other skills.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

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