All qualifying law degrees are required to cover the foundations of legal knowledge, which will be studied during the first two years. In the final year, however, you will be able to select from a wide range of optional subjects based upon the expertise within our School, which we aim to reflect a variety of personal interests or career aspirations, such as Company Law, Employment Law, Family and Child Law, International Criminal Law, International Commercial Law, Public International Law and Intellectual Property Law.
The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of legal doctrines, concepts, principles, rules and values in the core areas of law, as well as detailed knowledge of sources of law, how law is made and developed and an understanding of the procedures and rules of the legal system and the main institutions of the system.
You will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation of the context in which law operates, developing a critical perspective of the law and legal institutions, understanding the dynamic nature of the law, of its uncertainty, the need for reform and proposals for law reform.
Students on all of the LLB courses are required to undertake topics specifically designed to enhance their academic, personal and professional skills, as well as their career management.
Our active Law School provides lots of opportunities for extra-curricular activities, including specialist guest lectures, with recent talks from the writer and poet Professor Benjamin Zephaniah and ‘People's Lawyer and People's Poet’, Barrister Dave Neita, who spoke about transitional law and restorative justice in film. We also host regular networking events to enable you to meet representatives from local firms, as well as representatives from a variety of local organisations who sit on our Industry Advisory Board. They regularly review our course content, so that we can update it to reflect the new developments and requirements of the profession and business.
We have recently launched a series of professional events, including a new initiative to promote internationalisation – ‘Careers in Law: Global Options and Local Opportunities’ – which featured 15 senior legal practitioners from across the UK, including two QCs. In addition, we successfully launched the first ‘Oil, Gas, Energy and Sustainability Law Converzacione 2016’, which was streamed live to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Law Faculty as an Online International Learning (OIL) initiative. With an inaugural lecture on ‘Contemporary Policy Issues for New and Emerging Oil and Gas Producers’, the event benefited from a range of prestigious speakers, including: the Head of Safety and Operational Risk, Competency and Capability Development for The BP Group; the Economic Adviser in Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat; and the Legal Counsel, Maritime Law, at the Commonwealth Secretariat.