A single honours programme for those considering a career in law and taught in a friendly, stimulating environment you will have a firm understanding of the ways in which law functions in society.
Why study Law?
Law affects almost every area of our day-to-day lives and is the means by which governments effect change all over the world. This programme is perfect for students who are interested in law and in becoming a barrister or solicitor, as well those interested in careers in the private and public sector, commerce and government.
This is a single subject qualifying law degree where students will study the core ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board in order to pass the academic stage of training and progress on to the vocational stage. The ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ comprise Public Law, Criminal Law, Tort Law, Contract Law, Land Law, EU Law, and Equity and the Law of Trusts.
You will develop the analytical and critical skills essential for formulating legal arguments and also have the opportunity to study a range of specialist subjects that are relevant to your career aspirations.
Why St Mary's?
The St Mary’s Law degree is a small, friendly programme in which significant emphasis is given to supporting students individually. There is also a specific focus on development of key employability skills. Students have the opportunity to go on various trips including: employment tribunal, Supreme and County courts, Bank of England and Lloyds of London. We have good links with the local community, for example a £500 award for the top performing Law student was presented by a local solicitors firm. In addition, students currently have the opportunity to observe practitioners at a local CAB and apply for their bespoke training course for St Mary's law students to become CAB telephone assessors.
The programme has had many guest lecturers such as a practitioner co-teaching a domestic violence workshop and a former prisoner running a workshop on aspects of Criminal Justice. Our mooting programme is developing with much enthusiasm as are our commercial awareness workshops giving students the chance to develop an insightful awareness of topical issues and a confidence to discuss these with our with many regular guest contributors.
There is a wide range of option modules including work-based learning placements and a diverse variety of assessment methods, such as simulated negotiation exercises, oral presentations and vivas, not just exams.
The programme boasts an enthusiastic teaching team, which includes both former practitioners (solicitors and barristers) and research active academics.
The programme is connected to the Centre for Law and Culture. Students are encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events. These opportunities will enable students to develop learning beyond their undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and flourishing careers.
A Student View
"St Mary's Law department stands out through their team of outstanding lecturers who go the extra mile to help students accomplish their goals.
"The dedication, support and constructive criticism of my lecturers played an essential role in helping to secure a training contract at a leading city law firm."
In the 2016 National Student Survey Law LLB scored 94% overall satisfaction.
89% of students also agreed that they were satisfied with the way the course was taught.