Application numbers for The University of Law’s innovative new LL.B law degree have risen by nearly 60 per cent in its second year, with close to 1,000 applications received so far for the 2013 programme compared with around 600 last year.
The success of the LL.B (Hons) Law, which launched in September 2012 at four of The University of Law’s eight nationwide centres, has led the university (ULaw) to extend the programme to three additional centres for 2013.
Initially introduced as a two-year course it is now also available in a three-year format at ULaw’s London Bloomsbury centre.
ULaw’s LL.B is the first of its kind, focussing on practice-based learning and boosting students’ employment prospects. In contrast to many traditional law degrees, it has at its heart the teaching of professional skills that are essential when entering the legal industry, including analysis, problem solving, drafting and research.
In 2012 it became the most successful law degree launch in England and Wales in 10 years, with a higher number of students in its first year than any of the more than 50 law degrees launched in England and Wales during the previous decade, according to figures published by UCAS.
ULaw has developed over 600 multimedia learning resources specifically for the LL.B to bring the law to life including videos and avatar animations to illustrate problem-solving scenarios. Employability is a key feature of the course, with workshops to help students exploit the career opportunities inherent in the fast-changing UK and global legal services markets.
A recent survey of current LL.B students found that 86% say the quality of teaching is high, 79% are satisfied with the course’s quality, 96% think that their subject tutors are supportive and understanding and 94% agree that ULaw’s careers service is of high quality.
Josephine Onwubiko, currently studying at the London Bloomsbury centre, said: “The University tailors everything around becoming a lawyer and you constantly get tutor feedback and great advice. Everything we do is about how to become a solicitor or a barrister, it's extremely practical. The whole career service is tailored to the legal sector, it's all about employability.”
Sheron O’Connor, studying at the Guildford centre added: “I have had a great experience on the LL.B so far. The programme is very good and the tutors are excellent and really know their stuff. I like the practical approach of the course and the way it is split over three terms, with exams following each one, is ideal.”
There are places available on the LL.B starting in September 2013 through clearing. Domestic students should call the admissions team on 0800 0680 053 and international students should dial: + 44 1483 216024.
The programme is available at ULaw’s centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and York.
Professor Nigel Savage, ULaw’s President and Provost, said: “The legal profession offers excellent career opportunities for talented students.
According to High Fliers Research, median graduate starting salaries in law are the second highest across all industry sectors at £39,000.1
Law firms are also providing more paid internships and work experience placements this year than many other professions with work experience places in law going up by 8.2% in 2012/13 compared with 2011/12.2
“Here at The University of Law we focus on teaching students the important skills and knowledge they need to kick start their careers in law, which is why 89 per cent of students who graduated from our postgraduate Legal Practice Course in 2012 found work in the legal sector within a few months of leaving.”
Further information on clearing.
Lucy Wray, Public Relations Manager, The University of Law on 01483 216072 (email@example.com)
1 The Graduate Market in 2013 - Review (PDF, 376 KB) 2 The Graduate Market in 2013 - Report (PDF, 710 KB)