Aspiring lawyers will get a taste of legal argument by debating whether Jaffa Cakes are biscuits or cakes during forthcoming open days to promote The College of Law’s new undergraduate law degree.
The series of events, taking place from the end of this month, will give sixth-formers a flavour of what the unique two-year LL.B has to offer.
The undergraduate course, being run at the College’s London Bloomsbury, Birmingham and Chester centres from September 2012, will be the first of its kind, grounded on rigorous practice-based learning designed to prepare students for the modern world of law.
Students attending the open days will get hands on experience of putting together legal arguments by taking part in the Jaffa Cake debate. They will find out about the serious commercial and legal implications as to whether it is classed as a biscuit or a cake during law taster sessions led by College tutors.
They will also have guided tours of the College’s facilities and hear about the new degree from the course leaders. Tutors, current students and pro bono coordinators will be on hand to answer questions and visitors can talk to specialist careers advisors about life in the law.
Visitors to the Bloomsbury open days can also take part in a workshop looking at the legal debate in recent news stories, including super injunctions, the Royal Wedding and the 2012 Olympics.
The first open days take place at the Chester centre on June 22 and 25 and at the London Bloomsbury and Birmingham centres on June 23. Further events will take place in July, September and October and students can book a place by visiting The College of Law website: www.college-of-law.co.uk/degree/
Richard Hough, graduate recruitment partner with global law firm Allen & Overy said: "The College of Law is putting together an exciting LL.B which puts legal practice at the heart of the law degree. We welcome the focus on the practical aspects of law, which follows Allen & Overy's own approach to clients and client service. We would consider a potential trainee with a College LL.B just as we consider LL.B students from other universities."
Employability is a key feature of the course design, with workshops to help students exploit the career opportunities inherent in the fast-changing legal services market. The College has invested heavily in providing a specialist legal careers advice service and last year 84 per cent of students on its Legal Practice Course found legal employment within six months of graduating*.
All tutors are qualified lawyers and students will also benefit from the College’s close links with the legal profession. It has exclusive training arrangements with 29 major law firms, including three of the six biggest in the world, and thriving relationships with hundreds of regional firms.
Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law said: “Our open days will give prospective students an insight into our new LL.B law degree including its focus on boosting their employment prospects and professional legal skills.
“The course differs from many traditional law degrees as it is targeted specifically at students who already know that they want a career in the legal profession and emphasises the teaching of essential professional skills.”
*based on known records of students successfully completing their studies in 2010.
Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)