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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.