• College of Law entering undergraduate market with two-year LL.B law degree

  • 24 January 2011

  • New undergraduate course to focus on employability and practical skills.

    The College of Law is to enter the undergraduate degree market for the first time by launching a unique two-year LL.B law degree, which will focus on boosting students’ employment prospects and practical legal skills.

    The course will be the first of its kind, grounded on practice-based vocational learning designed to prepare students for the modern world of law:

    • Starting in September 2012, the degree course will be run at the College’s centres in Chester, Birmingham and London with plans to expand to all of its seven locations across the UK.
    • In contrast to many traditional academic law degrees, the College’s LL.B will have at its heart the teaching of practical skills that are essential when entering the legal profession, including analysis, problem solving, drafting and research.
    • Employability is a key feature in the design of the course, with workshops to help students understand and exploit the career opportunities inherent in the fast-changing legal services market, both in the UK and globally.

    All of the College’s tutors are qualified lawyers who have practised in law and have many years experience of delivering legal education. The LL.B will feature 11 hours per week of face to face teaching, which equates to 768 hours over two years.

    The College’s decision to launch the undergraduate LL.B builds on its success as the biggest professional law school in Europe running market-leading postgraduate courses including the Legal Practice Course for aspiring solicitors, the Bar Professional Training Course for prospective barristers and the Graduate Diploma in Law for non-law graduates.

    It has invested heavily in providing a best-in-business specialist legal careers advice service and last year 88 per cent of students on its Legal Practice Course found legal employment within six months of graduating*.

    Professor Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law, said: “Our new LL.B is a natural extension of our existing activities and an essential part of our vision of being a world-class professional law school.

    The legal services market in the UK and globally is currently undergoing huge transformation and growth bringing great employment opportunities. Modern lawyers now need to be self-reliant, client-focussed problem-solvers and our LL.B is unique in that it will equip students with the right knowledge and skills to succeed in these markets.”

    Students enrolling on to the new LL.B will 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. It also enjoys global recognition and is forging ever closer links with international legal associations and training institutions, including the International Bar Association and the European Lawyers Association.

    The LL.B will offer two specific routes, one for students whose main interest is in how the law affects individuals and another for those wanting to focus on its effect on businesses.

    Professor Savage said: “Our law degree is about the practical development of knowledge and skills. Students will learn legal principles in a contemporary, applied and integrated manner examining how law affects society and is used to assist and resolve matters.  They will develop a better overall practical understanding of how the law works, rather than simply studying its historical development.

    “This represents a new approach to legal studies, which will give students the best possible start to their careers, whether in the legal profession or other areas of business."

    Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)

    * based on known records of students successfully completing their studies in 2009.