Apply your legal learning rather than just focusing on theory with this new LLB Law with Legal Practice degree. For example, when looking at business law you'll apply your learning to the setting up, running and dissolution of a company.
This course is specifically tailored to today's legal career pathways, preparing you for your next step as a solicitor or a chartered legal executive. The course is built around the outcomes needed to go on to further study for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). You'll cover all the foundations of legal knowledge, but you'll be able to demonstrate much more practical experience of dispute resolution, legal drafting and legal practice than on our other law courses.
You'll gain 3 months work experience that can count towards your qualifying work experience for the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam by helping real clients in our Legal Advice Clinic.
What you'll experience
On this course you can:
- Gain real-world legal practice skills in legal writing, litigation, advocacy and applied law such as business or property practice
- Help local people solve their legal issues by working in our Legal Advice Clinic, or taking our Community Lawyer module, where you'll work with partners such as the British Red Cross or Citizens Advice
- Get a head start on studying for your SQE exams after graduation through teaching and assessment that's designed with these exams in mind
- Develop professional skills for the legal workplace in our dedicated skills module
- Benefit from teaching that's shaped by expert staff who have been practicing lawyers and who understand how the legal landscape is changing
- Take a 1-year paid placement in a business or local law firm
Work experience and career planning
Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
You can boost your employability even more by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3.
Previous law students have had placements in organisations such as:
- Verisona Law
- Opus 2 International
- GE Capital
- Rolls Royce Motor Cars
Whatever your career ambitions, our placements team will be there to help and guide you and you'll maintain contact with your tutors throughout the year.
The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £19,000. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.
You could also choose to set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
This degree course meets all the 7 foundations of legal knowledge.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.
The majority of your timetabled teaching (around 80%) will be face-to-face and will include:
- practical sessions
To learn more about how our teaching and learning have evolved visit our Covid information pages.
We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. You'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.
The way you qualify as a solicitor has changed and we want to make sure that we prepare you as much as possible for the new SQE exams. The SQE exams are multiple choice, so we're adapting our assessment methods so that you're confident with this method of assessment.
Your assessment will depend on which modules you take, but it's likely to include:
- problem scenarios
- written reports and essays
- practical projects
This course is specifically designed to maximise your employability as a future solicitor or chartered legal executive. When you graduate you'll be ready to apply for work immediately as a paralegal or trainee legal executive, or go on to study for your SQE exams. You'll have lots of practical experience to talk about at job interviews.
It's worth noting that chartered legal executives can now become judges, coroners, advocates and partners in law firms.
If you decide you don't want to go on to be a lawyer that's fine. Law degrees are in the top 10 degrees for employability, as you'll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that will make you very employable across a range of other sectors.
Law is an incredibly flexible degree. If you don't believe us, take a look at our blog about the 7 reasons to study law.