Law

Welcome to Sunderland Law School. Work with a fantastic teaching team, advise real clients as part of our Student Law Clinic and perfect your skills in our mock courtroom.

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's

Law at the University of Sunderland

Studying for a degree in Law vastly expands your career opportunities and allows you to develop many transferable skills. Our curriculum incorporates real-world experience throughout, in a discipline that is highly valued by employers. 

We offer several highly relevant and topical 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 guidance offered by our academic staff who have years of experience in the legal profession. 

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Specialist spaces

You'll be based at the state-of-the-art Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, our idyllic riverside campus within easy reach of Sunderland City Centre.

Here you'll have access to a range of specialist facilities unique to Law students, including an immersive 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. 

Our Student Law Clinic is also based on campus and provides a space for our students to gain real-world experience advising clients on a variety of legal matters. 

Extracurricular opportunities

To help enhance your learning experience, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a range of extracurricular activities throughout your degree, giving you a taste of what your career could look like in the legal field.

In the past, we've carried out a number of fantastic national and international field trips and competed in a range of competitions, including client interviewing competitions, and the mooting competition at the Supreme Court.

You'll also have the opportunity to join the Student Law Society, set up and ran by our students. The Society hosts a number of social events throughout the year and offers networking opportunities and guidance for members. 

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Why us?

1st

Our Law courses are 1st in the north-east for course satisfaction and teaching satisfaction

(Guardian University Guide 2023)
1st

Our Law courses are 1st in the north-east for teaching quality and student experience

(The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)
Top 10

Our Law courses are in the Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects Outcomes

(Complete University Guide 2024)

Student Law Clinic

Gain real-world experience in the Student Law Clinic, a professionally supervised service that offers free legal advice to the general public

£250 million investment

in the next 10 years, developments will include a new library and student centre at St Peter's Campus

Our Law courses

Take a look below to find the right course for you.

Undergraduate courses

LLB (Hons) Law
Full-time

LLB (Hons) Law

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.

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Full-time

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
Full-time

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.

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Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

Find out more about Customised Awards Scheme

Postgraduate courses

  LL.M Legal Practice
Full-time

LLM Advanced Legal Practice

Gain a thorough understanding of legal knowledge to advance your career with a postgraduate qualification and enter the legal profession to become a solicitor.

Find out more about Advanced Legal Practice
law
Full-time

LLM Law

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.

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LLM Legal Practice
Full-time

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.

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LLM International Human Rights
Full-time

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).

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LL.M Criminal Law and Procedure
Full-time

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
law
Full-time

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
Sunderland Law Court
Full-time

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.

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Full-time

LLM Terrorism and Cyber Warfare

Explore counter-terrorism provisions as they operate within England and Wales. Consider global responses to terrorism-related issues. Develop an international perspective on countering terrorism, cyberterrorism and cyber warfare.

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Part-time

LLM Master of Laws

This 100% online LLM has been designed for lawyers and non-lawyers alike to provide a comprehensive legal education that can help you to succeed in legal practice, academia or a wide range of business and management career paths. Whether you want to learn the legal skills to support your pathway to becoming a lawyer, are currently practicing law and are looking to specialise, or are looking to develop a legal profile in a role to accelerate your career progression, this course will provide you with the knowledge, insights and skills to help you achieve your goals.

Find out more about LLM Master of Laws
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Part-time

LLM Commercial Law

This 100% online LLM Commercial Law has been created for both lawyers and non-lawyers at all stages of their careers who have an interest in the commercial dimension of international legal issues and who want to gain a robust legal understanding of the global business environment. Whether you want to learn commercial legal skills, are currently practicing and looking to specialise in commercial or trade law, or are looking to develop a legal profile in the business world, this online LLM provides you with the knowledge, insights and skills to help you achieve your goals.

Find out more about LLM Commercial Law
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Part-time

LLM International Law

This course is specifically designed for ambitious professionals and non-legal specialists who want to set themselves apart with a comprehensive skill set and understanding of the management discipline, in combination with specialist knowledge of the legal aspects of business and how they can shape policy and practice.

Find out more about LLM International Law
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Part-time

MSc Management with Law

This course is specifically designed for ambitious professionals and non-legal specialists who want to set themselves apart with a comprehensive skill set and understanding of the management discipline, in combination with specialist knowledge of the legal aspects of business and how they can shape policy and practice.

Find out more about MSc Management with Law
law
Full-time

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
A Law student playing the role of a judge, sitting at the bench in the mock law court
Full-time

LLM International Human Rights via Study Centres

Looking for a comprehensive knowledge of human rights in order to support your career plans? This specialist postgraduate degree, which is taught at one of our study centres, is particularly relevant for those who are looking for higher-level roles within the legal profession, human rights organisations or international campaigning groups.

Find out more about International Human Rights via Study Centres
A student working at a computer, surrounded by papers
Full-time

LLM Criminal Law and Procedure via Study Centres

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 this postgraduate qualification, which is taught at one of our study centres. The course is 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 via Study Centres
A student using a laptop and writing notes in the library
Full-time

LLM Commercial Law and International Trade via Study Centres

Develop an advanced understanding of the legal structures which govern international commerce. This course is taught at one of our study centres.

Find out more about Commercial Law and International Trade via Study Centres
Student in the library
Full-time/Part-time

MPhil Master of Philosophy

Take your education to the next level. Choose the areas you want to study, and which questions you want to research. Take the initiative while we support you with advice, guidance and facilities.

Find out more about MPhil Master of Philosophy
Medicine
Full-time/Part-time

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Refine your own agenda and do what you find interesting every day. Develop mastery of research methods that are appropriate to your chosen field. Discover things that no-one else has ever discovered.

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A book
Part-time

DProf Professional Doctorate

Study for a doctoral qualification based on your professional role. Reflect on contemporary issues in the workplace.

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A book
Part-time

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
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Part-time

Higher Doctorate

Take your academic career to the highest level. Make a very significant and sustained contribution to your subject. Gain an elite qualification that will mark you out as an outstanding contributor to your field.

Find out more about Higher Doctorate

Research courses

Partner Centres

LLB (Hons) Law
Full-time

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
law
Full-time

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
A Law student playing the role of a judge, sitting at the bench in the mock law court
Full-time

LLM International Human Rights via Study Centres

Looking for a comprehensive knowledge of human rights in order to support your career plans? This specialist postgraduate degree, which is taught at one of our study centres, is particularly relevant for those who are looking for higher-level roles within the legal profession, human rights organisations or international campaigning groups.

Find out more about International Human Rights via Study Centres
A student working at a computer, surrounded by papers
Full-time

LLM Criminal Law and Procedure via Study Centres

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 this postgraduate qualification, which is taught at one of our study centres. The course is 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 via Study Centres
A student using a laptop and writing notes in the library
Full-time

LLM Commercial Law and International Trade via Study Centres

Develop an advanced understanding of the legal structures which govern international commerce. This course is taught at one of our study centres.

Find out more about Commercial Law and International Trade via Study Centres

Online

A student using a desktop computer
Part-time

LLM Master of Laws

This 100% online LLM has been designed for lawyers and non-lawyers alike to provide a comprehensive legal education that can help you to succeed in legal practice, academia or a wide range of business and management career paths. Whether you want to learn the legal skills to support your pathway to becoming a lawyer, are currently practicing law and are looking to specialise, or are looking to develop a legal profile in a role to accelerate your career progression, this course will provide you with the knowledge, insights and skills to help you achieve your goals.

Find out more about
A male student using a laptop computer
Part-time

LLM Commercial Law

This 100% online LLM Commercial Law has been created for both lawyers and non-lawyers at all stages of their careers who have an interest in the commercial dimension of international legal issues and who want to gain a robust legal understanding of the global business environment. Whether you want to learn commercial legal skills, are currently practicing and looking to specialise in commercial or trade law, or are looking to develop a legal profile in the business world, this online LLM provides you with the knowledge, insights and skills to help you achieve your goals.

Find out more about
Student sat at a desk looking at computer screen
Part-time

LLM International Law

This course is specifically designed for ambitious professionals and non-legal specialists who want to set themselves apart with a comprehensive skill set and understanding of the management discipline, in combination with specialist knowledge of the legal aspects of business and how they can shape policy and practice.

Find out more about