Aspiring lawyers keen to kick-start their careers at The University of Law’s new Leeds centre can learn more about the courses on offer at a series of summer open days.
The centre at 15-16 Park Row, occupying a striking seven-story modern building at the heart of Leeds’ legal and business community, opens in September. The University of Law (ULaw), a leading international professional law school with eight centres across the UK, is relocating its Yorkshire training centre from York to Leeds to be at the centre of the UK’s newest legal hub, described by UK Legal 500 as “second only to London”.
Open days take place in the Leeds Aspire events centre and will give would-be lawyers an insight into the legal profession and the courses offered by ULaw. They can speak to tutors and current ULaw students about the various study programmes, the different areas of law in which to practise and how to make the right career choice.
They can also visit the site of the new centre, which is currently undergoing a £2.8m fit out. With its dramatic glazed frontage and high specification interior, the new centre is designed to replicate the corporate setting of a professional law firm and will enhance students’ career prospects due to its proximity to major legal employers.
(Artist's impression of the Leeds centre interior)
Home to 50 staff and nearly 400 students, it will include lecture theatres, workshops, a library, a student café and study areas as well as top floor balconies offering panoramic views of the Leeds city skyline.
Open days are on Tuesday, June 24, Tuesday, July 15 and Tuesday, August 12 for ULaw’s post-graduate training courses; the Graduate Diploma in Law, which gives non-law graduates an entry route into the legal profession and the LL.M Legal Practice Course, the next step towards a career as a solicitor.
Students wishing to find out more about ULaw’s undergraduate LL.B law degree can attend events on Tuesday, June 24 and Tuesday, July 15. The LL.B is grounded on rigorous practice-based learning designed to develop students’ professional legal skills and includes workshops to help them exploit the career opportunities inherent in the fast-changing legal services market.
Visitors to the open days can sample ULaw’s unique blend of traditional and cutting-edge teaching methods, which combines e-learning tools such as online interactive tutorials with face-to-face tuition.
They can also find out about its award-winning Pro Bono work, which helps people in the local community unable to afford legal advice, and learn how ULaw works to boost students’ employability. Of ULaw’s full-time Legal Practice Course students who graduated in summer 2013 and whose destinations are known, 98 per cent had secured employment within nine months of graduation - 93 per cent in legal positions.
Chris Dryland, Operations Manager at The University of Law in Leeds, said: “We’re incredibly excited about the opening of our new Leeds centre, which will allow us to offer a broader range of programmes to a wider group of students and give law firms based in the North easy access to all of their staff training requirements.
“Our open days offer a great opportunity for those interested in a career in law to meet staff and current students and find out more about the first class tuition, impressive facilities and unrivalled careers advice which will be available at the Leeds centre.”
Students can register to attend an open day by visiting www.law.ac.uk/events/
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