This Law course will set you on track for a successful career in law and help you develop valuable skills employers look for, including commercial awareness, personal integrity and an ethical approach. During the course, you’ll study modules such as ‘Higher Education Skills and Competencies’, ‘Criminal Law and Procedure’, ‘Public Law and the Law of the European Union’ and ‘Practical Tort Law’
By the end of the course, you’ll have the intellectual tools and knowledge to tackle real-world issues within the legal sector or within legal departments of organisations.
A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop study skills and carry out independent legal research. You'll also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups. A number of modules incorporate court/tribunal visits, video presentations and visiting speakers.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are ongoing assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include research assignments, case studies, problem questions, practical activities, reports and exams.
The Social Sciences and Law Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
This module will give you an introduction to some of the foundational principles, concepts, structures, and practices in English law and the specific skills required to study law at university. These skills include critically reading and understanding legal texts, conducting legal research, and identifying legal problems and solutions.
Take a multidisciplinary approach to human rights abuses and violations across the globe, including how they’ve developed and how they can be combated, and to what extent. You’ll discuss the historical and philosophical development of human rights as a concept and how these ideas spread due to global frameworks, networks, and international organisations.
This module supports the development skills and attributes needed for degree level study and graduate employment. This includes searching for information, reviewing evidence, presenting information, and self-analysis to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
This module supports understanding in a topic area related to your area of study. It also encourages independent and team working with support available from tutors throughout the lifespan of the project.
Explore a range of relevant, real-world concepts and ideas which will help develop confidence and competence in numeracy. The module encourages a critical approach to numerical facts, and topics include interest rates and loans, budgeting, and the use and misuse of statistics and fake news.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Undertake an in-depth study of the substantive legal institutions in England and Wales, including the legislative process, delegated legislation, court structure, and the legal profession. Develop a sound understanding of the purpose and scope of money laundering regulations and their impact on the legal profession. Apply the key concepts and law you’ve learned to make an accurate and reasoned analysis of appropriate scenarios.
Examine fundamental contractual principles, including freedom, equality, and privity in contract. Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of how a contract is formed and what is required by law to constitute a valid contract. Consider in detail the concept of breach of contract and the remedies which flow from the breach, including the general availability and different types of damages as well as other remedies such as repudiation, rescission, and specific performance.
Gain a foundational understanding of criminal law theory and doctrine and examine the nature of criminal law and criminal courts. Examine the different actus reus elements required for a crime (conduct, result and circumstances) and the differences between criminal acts and omissions. Discuss the different levels of culpability in criminal law, and look at the operation of transferred malice, strict liability, and absolute liability.
Examine the theories and principles that provide the framework within which any specific law is legitimized within the United Kingdom. Investigate the sources of the constitution and how these operate alongside the foundational principles of the UK constitution, such as the Rule of Law, Separation of Powers, and Parliamentary Sovereignty. Explore the relationship between the British Constitution and the EU, the political and legal aspects of that relationship, and the underlying principles on which the EU was founded, such as the rules and underpinning legality relating to the four freedoms and competition law.
Hone your skills in critical reading and thinking, legal researching, accurate drafting, and time management. Explore the library resources that are available, both in paper copy and electronically through the legal databases and develop your understanding of legal citation. Conduct effective legal research and apply this directly to a given problem or topic.
Develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the law and procedure involved in defending at the police station and criminal practice. Examine the process by which suspects are prosecuted, starting with the requirements for lawful arrest and concluding with an examination of the procedure at sentencing. Engage in practical tasks such as reviewing custody records, advising prior to, and during, police interviews, and preparing a plea in mitigation.
Gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the fundamental tenets of English tort law in their proper, practical context. Learn the fundamentals of the torts of negligence, occupier’s liability, nuisance, and trespass. Conduct document reviews and draft internal and external correspondence suitable for practice.
Explore the main principles of property law in England, including the ownership of land, both freehold and leasehold, and the acquisition, protection, and application of any third-party rights in land. Understand the historical and present significance of land ownership as well as the rights and responsibilities which follow with it. Analyse legal materials and arguments relating to land law.
Delve into the ways in which civil disputes can be resolved in England and Wales. Learn more about methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution and consider the advantages and disadvantages of negotiating a settlement when compared to litigating. Critically analyse the most appropriate course of action to be taken by clients who need to engage with the civil justice system.
Examine evidence at the different stages of a criminal case, including what the evidence is, and the burden and standard of proof. Consider other aspects of evidence such as the right to silence, character evidence, hearsay, confessions, expert evidence, and unlawfully obtained evidence. Apply your knowledge of the law of evidence in a practical context.
Apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in your academic studies to a real-life work environment. Develop key professional skills that are sought after by graduate employers. Explore potential career paths and areas of interest to you.
Study the law that regulates the formation and dissolution of familial relationships, and the law governing parent-child relationships. Examine the law regulating marriage, civil partnership, cohabitation, and the resolution of disputes arising after a relationship breakdown. Additionally, explore the law governing parenthood, parental responsibility, and private law disputes involving childcare arrangements.
Analyse complex and changing situations of simulated client matters and identify the appropriate legal strategies. Evaluate simulated client interviews and practice client interviewing, drafting, presenting, and letter writing. Engage and collaborate with your peers, law clinic staff, and legal practitioners.
Develop an accurate knowledge and understanding of a substantial range of major concepts, values, principles, and rules relating to the law’s role in society. Conduct independent research into relevant areas of law using a range of professional research databases and academic texts. Consider a range of topical legal debates concerning the relationship between law and society, including social welfare, democracy, and equality.
Enhance your organisational and specialist knowledge, capabilities and skills and develop your ability to self-reflect. Explore career paths you may not have considered and link theory to practice. Build on the academic and practical work undertaken on the placement stage and examine this further in your final year.
Advance your understanding of the nature and utility of the concept of trust law and of equitable remedies. Develop your analysis and independent thinking skills and use them to tackle practical problems. Consider the development of equitable principles, express private trusts, charitable trusts, duties of trustees, the nature and scope of fiduciary obligations, breaches of trust or fiduciary obligation and resulting and constructive trusts.
Conduct in-depth original research and study into an area of law of interest to you. Analyse the law in a variety of relevant social, economic, commercial, or political contexts. Produce a written dissertation and undertake independent research in areas of law that have not previously been studied.
Explore the law that governs medical treatment and healthcare in England and Wales. Critically examine the laws that govern assisted reproduction, research, and experimentation, organ donation, medical negligence, treatment of patients who lack the capacity to consent, and end-of-life care. Place a particular focus on the ethical issues that arise in the context of medical care.
Develop a critical knowledge and understanding of central tenets of commercial contract law, including agency, insurance, and consumer legislation. Undertake detailed document review and drafting, learn how to analyse commercial contracts and advise clients as to their obligations and liabilities, and draft standard form contracts suitable for practice. Examine, at length, the various provisions of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, the Sale of Goods Act 1979, the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2014, and the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
Understand the main areas of individual employment law and how employment law in practice affects the working relationship between employers and employees. Considers issues of unlawful discrimination, including recent law relating to discrimination. Consider termination of employment with a particular focus on the right not to be unfairly dismissed which is the most common substantive claim heard by employment tribunals.
Gain an introduction to the concepts, principles, institutions, and debates that frame public international law today. Question the role of international law in international affairs with a focus on modern conflicts and technological advances. Examine the role and relationships of international organisations and institutions such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and the European Union.
Develop a critical understanding of the legislation applicable to counterterrorism in England and Wales. Critically explore the legal definition of terrorism, the role of counter-terrorism institutions, proactive counter-terrorism legislation (offences), and reactive counter-terrorism legislation (police powers). Consider the human rights concerns in relation to counterterrorism, as well as methods of control where prosecution is not a viable option.
Gain a foundational knowledge of the field of Criminology, including a study of crime, those who commit crime, and the criminal justice and penal systems. Attempt to define crime and justice by examining the theory underpinning it. Study the individuals and groups involved in the criminal justice system and crime prevention, punishment, and penology.
Identify the critical steps in a property transaction in the context of domestic or commercial transactions or both, and in relation to freehold and leasehold property. Develop an awareness of the conflicts of interest that may arise when acting for more than one party in a property transaction. Draft a transfer deed and undertake the pre- and post-completion checks, including how to fulfil obligations to a mortgage lender.
Develop a systematic understanding of key aspects of the law governing wills and the administration of estates. Consider what might happen in the event that a will, or part of a will, is invalid. Learn more about how and when challenges on a will can be made.
Form a foundation for understanding the nature of business from a legal perspective. Explore the law of business organisations and develop knowledge and skills including the formation and constitution of business organisations, the financing of companies, and the management, administration, and regulation of companies. Delve into a simulated client file and take your client through the infancy of their business, to partnership, to company formation, and then, through to insolvency.
Work on “live” cases for clients at the Sunderland Student Law Clinic under the supervision of a qualified solicitor. Interview real-life clients and obtain relevant information about client issues. Research and accurately identify legal and factual issues and then present reasoned solutions to the client.
Please note, optional modules may change.
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**If you've studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade, you'll need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you've not achieved a grade C in maths and English language we may be able to work with you to ensure that you're able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English isn't your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you're from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.
If you're a full-time UK/Irish/EU settled/EU pre-settled student, you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fees for the full four years. UK and EU settled students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan.
Please note, this course isn't available to international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements, and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
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A law degree provides you with the foundation subjects that are required for entry into the legal professions, but the understanding of legal implications and obligations, combined with the ability to combine this knowledge in practice, is valuable in many parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Employers from different sectors value the skills of clear thinking, logical argument and effective writing, and sectors where a degree in law will be beneficial include property development, banking and finance, HR or Civil Services.
Sunderland Student Law Clinic provides quality, free legal advice and assistance to local members of the public and start-up businesses. All work is carried out by students who are supervised by nine qualified solicitors. Students can choose to study in Sunderland Student Law Clinic in their final year of their undergraduate studies and all students studying to become a solicitor on our LLM Legal Practice LPC spend at least half a day each week in clinic, meaning that some of our students leave us with two years' live client work experience. Students can work voluntarily for work experience in Sunderland Student Law Clinic each summer, regardless of their stage of study.
Sunderland Student Law Clinic offers advice and assistance in relation to business matters, consumer disputes, civil disputes, housing, landlord and tenant, intellectual property, wills, powers of attorney and court of protection work. It's not all hard work: each year there is a 'Great Clinic Bake Off', legal walk and charity quiz night to raise money for good causes and, as a reward for all our hard work, we have the office Christmas party, which is not to be missed!
Paralegals' starting salaries when entering at graduate level can be between £18,000 and £25,000 a year. With three to five years' experience, this can then rise to between £30,000 and £40,000 a year.
Salaries for qualified solicitors range from £28,000 to £100,000. Partners in large firms or heads of in-house legal departments can earn in excess of £100,000.
Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already progressing in their legal careers. Examples of past speakers include graduates of our course who are undertaking their Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course and others who have now progressed to their training contract. It’s a useful way to broaden your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.
To enhance your experience of standing up in front of people and delivering a clear argument, we encourage competitions run by the Mooting and Debating Group. In Year 2 there is an optional ‘Mooting’ module. It includes an outdoor performance workshop at the coast to engage in activities around voice projection and the power of oral argument.