• University of Law launches UK's first two-year international legal practice degree

    27 March 2013

    The University of Law is to launch the UK’s first two-year specialist undergraduate degree in international legal practice in 2014 in response to increased demand from law firms for lawyers with international specialisms

    The LL.B (Hons) Law with International Legal Practice is being introduced alongside the University’s existing LL.B (Hons) Law and will address the predominance of English law in international business, the increasingly international needs of clients and the cross-border dimensions of many legal transactions.

    It is the first international LL.B in the UK to be available as an accelerated two-year programme allowing aspiring international lawyers to graduate a full-year ahead of their peers.

    Chief Executive Professor Nigel Savage said: “A high proportion of UK and all global law firms carry out a significant amount of international work and therefore it’s becoming increasingly important for future lawyers to have an understanding of operating in a cross-border environment.  

    “By becoming the first university in the UK to offer an accelerated degree in international legal practice we are continuing our focus on providing  the best possible grounding for a career in the global legal market while giving students the chance to graduate in two years and have a head start.”

    The growing importance of knowledge of international legal practice was illustrated in a recent report by PwC - ‘Law Firms Survey 2012’, which found that half of the UK's top 25 firms now source more than 40 per cent of fee income from international operations and 50 per cent of top 10 firms anticipate merging with or acquiring an international firm in the next three years, up from 17 per cent in 20111.

    Law students themselves are also becoming increasingly aware of the importance of international knowledge. In a survey of all University of Law students, 94 per cent of LL.B students said they thought learning about international legal practice while at law school was important.

    Eighty seven per cent expected to deal with overseas organisations and clients during their future legal career and 82 per cent expected to participate in cross border transactions involving international law.

    In addition to the new International LL.B, the University of Law will offer a series of MLaw programmes from 2014, including an International MLaw, which will combine the LL.B with the institution’s unique LL.M Legal Practice Course (LL.M LPC). These will incorporate a Masters-level LL.M qualification and offer students a seamless transition from the undergraduate to the postgraduate qualification stage of professional training.

    The LL.B degrees will be available as both two- and three-year courses and in total eight different law degree programmes will be offered at The University of Law from 2014 which are:  

    • LL.B (Hons) Law (Three years)
    • LL.B (Hons) Law – Accelerated (Two years)
    • LL.B (Hons) Law with International Legal Practice (Three years
    • LL.B (Hons) Law with International Legal Practice – Accelerated (Two years)
    • MLaw (LL.B (Hons) Law + LPC) (Four years)
    • MLaw (LL.B (Hons) Law + LPC) – Accelerated (Three years
    • MLaw (LL.B (Hons) Law + LPC) International Legal Practice (Four years)
    • MLaw (LL.B (Hons) Law + LPC) International Legal Practice – Accelerated (Three years)

    Previously known as The College of Law, the institution was awarded university title in November. It entered the undergraduate market in September 2012 with the launch of its two-year LL.B (Hons) Law, the first undergraduate law degree to be grounded on practice-based learning and have the teaching of essential professional and employability skills at its heart.

    The 2014 LL.B prospectus is now available. More information is available at: www.law.ac.uk/degree

    Further information: 
    Lucy Wray, Public Relations Manager, The University of Law on 01483 216072 

    1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9640348/Top-10-law-firms-increase-their-dominance-says-PwC.html