Law

Work with an award-winning teaching team. Advise real clients as part of our Student Law Clinic. Perfect your skills in our mock courtroom. Graduate with extensive theoretical knowledge and real-life experience.

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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.

Read more about the SQE and what this will mean for aspiring solicitors and barristers.

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.

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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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Postgraduate courses

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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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.

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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 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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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.

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Sunderland Law Court
Full-time/Part-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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Online courses

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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.

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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 LLM International Law
A female 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.

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A male student stood outside using a laptop
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.

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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.

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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.

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