Courses we offer
Our Law courses ranked 2nd nationally for Teaching Quality and 3rd for Student Experience in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
Studying Law will help you to develop a wide range of transferable skills and gain real-life experience in a discipline that is becoming increasingly valued by employers. Our graduates have gone on to have careers in a whole host of sectors, so if you want a high-quality degree that can lead to a job in a wide range of industries, choose Law at the University of Sunderland.
We offer many unique Law courses, all offering different ways to study this fascinating subject, including the academic and vocational stages of training required to be a solicitor: LLB and LLM Legal Practice (LPC). Whichever course you choose, you will receive the same fantastic support, insight and experience offered by our Law School.
LLB (Hons) Law with Integrated Foundation Year
This is a four-year version of our popular LLB (Hons) Law course, with an integrated foundation year. Start your career in Law and study on a recognised course. Challenge and push yourself to new limits. Work in real-world environments and gain crucial experience. Earn the qualification that can open the door to professional training.Find out more about LLB (Hons) Law with Integrated Foundation Year
LLB (Hons) Law via Study Centres
Start your career in Law and study on a recognised course. Challenge and push yourself to new limits. Work in real-world environments and gain crucial experience. Earn the qualification that can open the door to professional training.Find out more about Law via Study Centres
LLM Legal Practice
Develop public speaking and leadership skills. Gain practical experience, enabling you to have the strongest possible application to employers of your choice. Enhance your skills further through bespoke optional modules routes, live client experience in Sunderland Student Law Clinic. Learn from experts in the field from a number of local, regional, national and international law firms.Find out more about Legal Practice
LLM Criminal Law and Procedure
Use your intellect to solve or prevent problems that have a direct and immediate impact on individuals and society. Gain thorough knowledge of criminal law and procedure and advance your current career with a postgraduate qualification, particularly relevant if you’re looking for higher-level roles within the legal profession, police, probation service, prison service and HM Revenue and Customs.Find out more about Criminal Law and Procedure
There is a clear demand for legal professionals who understand the nuances of international law. Enhance your understanding of the complex frameworks of international law-making and governance. Investigate and apply the theories, principles and rules of international law. Graduate with the knowledge you need to develop a career in a range of international organisations.Find out more about Law
LLM International Human Rights
Looking for a comprehensive knowledge of human rights in order to support your career plans? This specialist postgraduate degree is particularly relevant for those who are looking for higher-level roles within the legal profession, human rights organisations or international campaigning groups. Expand your theoretical knowledge at the well-respected Sunderland Law School, ranked 'internationally excellent' in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).Find out more about International Human Rights
LLM Commercial Law and International Trade
Develop an advanced understanding of the legal structures which govern international commerce. Have access to excellent law facilities, including mooting and debating, client interviewing and membership of the Law Society. Join Sunderland Student Law Clinic, a professionally supervised service, offering free legal advice and assistance to the general public.Find out more about Commercial Law and International Trade
Legal Practice Course
This course will prepare you for qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales. Choose from full-time or part-time study so you can complete this course alongside your Training Contract. You will work in Sunderland Student Law Clinic gaining experience of working in a live client professional environment, managing your own files and working with case management software used in all modern law firms. You will have your own clients and you will develop your interviewing and advising, practical legal research, legal writing and clinical practice skills.Find out more about Legal Practice Course
PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work
Take the fastest route to a PhD. Convert your previous research outputs into a qualification which will increase your employability and open up new opportunities. Progress your academic career and add credibility in applications for research funding.Find out more about PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work
LLM Law via Study Centres
There is a clear demand for legal professionals who understand the nuances of international law. Enhance your understanding of the complex frameworks of international law-making and governance. Investigate and apply the theories, principles and rules of international law. Graduate with the knowledge you need to develop a career in a range of international organisations.Find out more about Law via Study Centres
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Work in fantastic facilities alongside dedicated staff
Our department has a range of law-specialist facilities. At the state-of-the-art Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, you will have access to a mock courtroom, a law library, access to Lexis and West Law along with a host of work spaces and IT facilities to use across the campus.
Once here, you will be welcomed into a warm tight-knit community. Our staff have fantastic insights and experience from a wide range of backgrounds, and also favour an open-door policy, allowing you to talk to them whenever you need to.
Gain real-life experience
Based at the Sunderland Law School, our interactive and immersive course will develop your understanding of the legal system through theoretical and practical work.
You will have the opportunity to pick up real-life experience through placements with law firms and as an advisor on real cases in our Student Law Clinic.
Student Law Journal
The University of Sunderland Student Law Journal provides students with an opportunity to present their work to faculty members and peers, and aims to invigorate both undergraduate and postgraduate law students’ active participation in the community of legal scholars. The Journal unities students and staff by helping students to engage in the publishing process with support and guidance from experienced members of academia.
The peer-reviewed, open-access journal, is devoted to legal research and is a platform to publish notes, case comments and papers. The journal is also interested in any proposals to draft and/or amend the existing laws. Our Law students are invited to submit papers, articles and case comments engaging with any area of law.