Develop your legal knowledge and skills in a highly practical way, with plenty of opportunities to build real-life legal experience. Study with us and enjoy our friendly, non-elitist and non-hierarchical approach.
Benefit from our highly practical approach to teaching and develop your legal knowledge and skills through problem-based learning projects, commercial awareness training and work-experience. You will also take part in client interviewing, negotiation and mooting competitions with work placements offered as prizes.
Great importance is placed on work experience with ring-fenced opportunities for Reading students. You will have the chance to work with local charities and other organisations and further develop your practical legal skills through voluntary pro bono work. In addition, you will also have the option to qualify as a Gateway Assessor for the Citizens Advice Bureau.
We host one of the largest pro bono programmes in the country, working with local charities and organisations, including Age Concern, Anti-Slavery International, Berkshire Witness Service, Reading Young Offenders Team, Streetlaw and Thames Valley Police.
The first and second years provide the foundation of your legal knowledge and are determined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Council. You can complement your legal study with modules from outside of law – for example, languages, politics, and business courses such as entrepreneurship. In your final year you can focus on your interests and select from a wide range of modules. Popular options are "Company law", "Intellectual property", "Revenue law", "Family law" and "Criminology".
From 2018/19 onwards, the Law School offers a single year abroad programme, LLB with International Legal Studies. The degree programme would be available to students by internal transfer only. Thus, the programme is only open to students who are on the three year LLB, allowing them to spend an additional year abroad. The degree will allow students to study within or outside Europe. Students will only be permitted to transfer onto the programme if the programme directors can guarantee their placement with the partners. We expect this list to be expanded to include a range of other institutions from the American, Asian, and Australian continents.
On this course you can develop your legal knowledge and skills in English law, while also experiencing life in a different culture and within a different legal system. The first two years of this degree are identical to the three year LLB Law degree. Subject to availability, you can then spend your third year at an international partner university. In some of these institutions, the teaching is delivered in English, so no prior language skills are required in such cases.
This opportunity provides you with a deeper understanding of an additional legal system and will benefit anyone wishing to work in international law, business, human rights, or for international or governmental organisations. You would then return for your final year to complete the third year of the standard Reading LLB Law degree.