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Accelerate your development by applying your legal knowledge whilst developing career enhancing skills.
Gain practical experience as you prepare for a career in the legal sector, and beyond.
- Mapped against the new regulatory framework for the training of solicitors and barristers.
This innovative course is informed by the new regulatory framework for the training of solicitors and barristers. The course meets the requirements of the Bar Standards Board. It also enables students wishing to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) to develop their legal knowledge and skills of research and writing. The course will provide students with many of the skills required to complete the practice elements of the SQE. Options such as Marketing and Creativity will enable graduates not only to be better lawyers, but will also provide them with better employment prospects if they choose not to follow a career in law.
The course will cover the ‘foundation law subjects’ required by the Bar Standards Board, including tort, contract, criminal and property law. It will also introduce practical skills such as case analysis, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, drafting, interviewing and mooting.
Students will develop the ability to understand connections between legal topics, rather then compartmentalising learning. This replicates legal and paralegal practice, where problems are rarely neatly packaged. Students will be supported to develop their professional practice and employability skills throughout the degree.
Students will be able to select from a range of interdisciplinary options including business, criminology and sociology, as well as law options such as Corporate Law, Employment Law or Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law. This will enable them not only to be better lawyers due to their experiences outside a legal education framework, but will also provide them with better employment prospects if they choose not to follow a career in law.
Students will be encouraged to undertake a work placement, and the Law Clinic in the third year is an experiential learning option which will provide opportunities for students to provide legal advice to clients.
More about the Professional Placement Year
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.
Year one -
Gain a broad understanding of English Legal Systems, the British Constitution, and Criminal Law. Contextualise your learning and develop your professional identity and employability skills. Develop skills of case analysis, and understand legal research methods.
Year two -
Focus on extending your legal understanding to include subjects such as Contract Law, EU and International Law, and Settlements. Develop skills of negotiation, advocacy and drafting.
Continue to contextualise your learning and extend your employability skills. Select from a range of law, business, criminology and sociology options such as Employment Law, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Policing. You will also be supported and encouraged to take a Work Placement.
Year three - Professional Placement Year.
Year 4 - Hone your practice skills in our Law Clinic, or undertake a Law Project. Explore Property Law and Litigation whilst developing skills of drafting and mooting. Select from an interdisciplinary range of options, such as Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law, Leadership, Exploring Violence, and Cybercrime.
The course will include a range of practice based assessments such as drafting, negotiating and mooting. It will also include a limited number of exams to prepare you for the SQE.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||CCC||A-level – grades CCC expected. Applicants will need to hold GCSE English Language grade C/4 and demonstrate a strong interest in Law in their personal statement.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM||BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted. Applicants will need to hold GCSE English Language grade C/4 (or equivalent) and demonstrate a strong interest in Law in their personal statement.|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 30 credits||Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Applicants will need to hold GCSE English Language grade C/4 (or equivalent) and demonstrate a strong interest in Law in your personal statement.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points||International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 24 points are required. Applicants will be to achieve either English Grade 5 (Standard) or Grade 4 (Higher).|
Fees and funding
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|International||£13,300 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.