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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
This is a Qualifying Law Degree recognised by the Law Society of England and Wales and regulated by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority. By the end of the course, you’ll have the intellectual tools and knowledge to tackle real-world issues in the legal sector or in legal departments of organisations.
You can stay on to complete our innovative LLM Legal Practice, opt to sit the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) that will be introduced from 2021, or take a Bar Professional Training Course.
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.
You’ll be taught by passionate academics who produce ‘internationally excellent’ research. A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop study skills and carry out independent legal research. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts in groups. A number of modules incorporate court/tribunal visits, video presentations and visiting speakers.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include research assignments, case studies, problem questions, practical activities, reports and exams.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Please note, optional modules may change.
Our typical offer is
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are unsure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able to help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
A law degree provides you with the foundation subjects that are required for entry into the legal professions. But the understanding of legal implications and obligations, combined with the ability to combine this knowledge in practice, is valuable in many parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Employers from different sectors value the skills of clear thinking, logical argument and effective writing and sectors where a degree in law will be beneficial, include, property development, banking and finance, HR or Civil Services.
Sunderland Student Law Clinic provides quality, free legal advice and assistance to local members of the public, start-up businesses and mature businesses in financial difficulty. All work is carried out by students who are supervised by nine experienced solicitors. The Law Clinic enables you to:
To enhance your experience of standing up in front of people and delivering a clear argument, we encourage competitions run by the Mooting and Debating Group. In Year 2 there is an optional ‘Mooting’ module. It includes an outdoor performance workshop at the coast to engage in activities around voice projection and the power of oral argument. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enter the CEDR National Client Negotiation Competition, where teams representing UK university law schools compete against each other to find the most effective negotiators. The winners of each regional final are awarded a one-day negotiation skills training course, giving them even more tools to use as they compete in the final.
The Sunderland Client Interviewing Competition has been running since 2010 and provides students, competing in pairs, with an opportunity to develop the critical skill of client interviewing in a simulated environment. Coaching is provided by a team of experienced staff. The competition is sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, and winning competitors are awarded a work placement at the firm as their prize, along with the Client Interviewing Shield. Two students from the Sunderland Law School compete each year in the Client Interviewing Competition for England and Wales.
Throughout the course, you may also be offered the opportunity to participate in one or more field trips including a trip to London which includes a visit to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court.
The University works with The Essence Centre/Age UK and proudly supports Dementia Friends which provide useful sessions to better understand and support members of the community living with dementia.
Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already progressing in their legal careers. Examples of past speakers include graduates from the course who are undertaking the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and others who have now progressed to their training contract. It’s a useful way to broaden your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.
You can choose to undertake the 48-week placement year in year 3. It's an excellent developmental opportunity for you to enhance your organisational and specialist knowledge, capabilities and skills. These elements are crucial to your course, your final degree classification and career progression.
The focus is on your professional experiences, development, engagement and contribution. During your placement you will be supported by an allocated Academic Placement Mentor and a Host Supervisor at the placement organisation who will monitor your progress throughout the year.
You'll be supported by the Placement Team in your search for a placement, but you are required to search and organise the placement yourself. All placements will be subject to interview and need to be agreed by the University. If you undertake the placement year, you'll then transfer onto LLB (with Placement Year).
Please note, the University cannot guarantee that placements will be available.
Paralegal starting salaries can be between £12,000 and £20,000 a year, increasing up to £25,000 a year with a few years’ experience. With further experience and qualifications, this can rise to £40,000 a year or more. Salaries for qualified solicitors range from £25,000 to £70,000. Partners in large firms or heads of in-house legal departments can earn in excess of £100,000. Barristers can expect to earn between £73,000 and £210,000 a year (source: National Careers Service).
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