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Course starts: 12 October 2020Apply now
This course will prepare you for qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales. Our part-time offer means you can combine study with work and complete the course before or alongside your training contract. You will study all the modules you need to complete your Legal Practice Course (LPC) for the purposes of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
We are pleased to welcome you to Sunderland Law School as you start the academic year 2020/21.
In your first week of the course, you will be introduced to your Programme Leader and Personal Tutor, David Sixsmith, and our Head of Clinic, Catherine Arnold and her clinic team. Your law course will be delivered using a hybrid model which combines face-to-face and online teaching to ensure that you can undertake your course with us and keep safe. We use the latest in digital technology to support the teaching of our law courses, and this enables you to develop your knowledge and skills through a variety of different learning experiences. Your recorded lectures allow you to view your sessions ‘on demand’ – enabling you to re-watch, pause and rewind your lectures as and when you choose.
During your first semester, you’ll receive weekly face-to-face sessions and participate in a range of online learning activities. These sessions will be specifically designed to develop your legal knowledge and a wide range of key legal and practice-related skills. Your timetable will detail when your face-to-face teaching and live online lectures and classes will take place.
An important part of your course is the work that you will do in the Sunderland Student Law Clinic. You will have a comprehensive induction into clinic practices as well as core Drafting, practical research, and interviewing skills in addition to introducing you to CLIO – our online client management system which will become a vital part of your work in clinic. You will work in firms with other students under the supervision of Qualified Solicitors who will support you with your learning and development.
You’ll meet the law team, your colleagues in your firms and have the opportunity to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. For example, you can get involved with Client Interviewing, Client Negotiation and Mooting competitions as well as the Freedom law clinic programme, which is a national programme which focuses on Criminal law and Human Rights cases- if you have time. You can get involved in running our Sunderland Student Law Journal, and you can present at our staff and student research conference. We will continue to review the position on social-distancing and as the conditions develop will adapt our approach accordingly. The team will make sure you are aware of any changes that impact you.
At Sunderland Law School, we are dedicated to providing exceptional student support to all of our law students. So rest assured, we will ensure that during your time with Sunderland Law School, you will receive high quality teaching and a wide range of experiences that will develop your knowledge and skills, preparing you for the career you want.
Teaching takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays only. If you study the course full-time, you will spend a further half-day, of your choice, working in Sunderland Student Law Clinic. We also offer this course on a part-time basis for those already on their Training Contract or in other legal employment, which leaves you free to work Wednesday to Friday.
The course begins with a week-long induction which will introduce you to the course and help prepare you for securing legal employment. It includes a two-day event in which you will apply for simulated training contracts offered by local firms whose staff will mentor you through a recruitment process to prepare you for the kinds of interviews you might encounter on your way to a solicitors' training contract.
Workshops are practical and your tutors are practising solicitors. All of your lecturers continue to practise law either in law firms or through Sunderland Student Law Clinic.
You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will also be your clinic supervisor, who will support you throughout the course and help you with your CV and interview preparation.
You will mostly be assessed through exams. Examinations are practical and ‘open book’ with the use of computers to mirror real-life legal practice. This ensures assessments are realistic, relevant and help you in preparation for your training contract.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
We require applicants to hold 2:2 in a Qualified Law Degree or equivalent, or a 2:2 in any discipline followed by successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
We also welcome applications from Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) or those with an appropriate level of relevant professional experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
The Skills Boost North East Discount is a 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters courses for any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. Read more about the discount.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course teaches you the knowledge and skills needed to become a Trainee Solicitor. You will practice the key skills required for legal practice and receive formative feedback on your progress. This, coupled with your live client experience in Sunderland Student Law Clinic, ensures that you will make an impact at interview.
The Sunderland Student Law Clinic offers a free and professional service focusing on areas where people may find it difficult to find or afford other legal services. At the same time, the Clinic provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable real-life experience and put theory into practice. Everything that the Clinic does is overseen by an experienced solicitor, ensuring a consistently high standard of legal advice throughout.
We offer you the opportunity to spend a week in London at our Canary Wharf base and take part in programmes and experiences that will make you more employable including a visit to parliament, the law courts and a city law firm.
You will also be offered the chance to take part in an exchange, spending a month at the law clinic at Deakin University, Melbourne.
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