Begin your career in law in a friendly, stimulating environment. Develop skills and tailor your studies to match your aspirations.
Why study Law?
If you're interested in becoming a barrister or solicitor, or pursuing a career in commerce or government, our Law LLB degree will give you the foundation you need to be successful.
You will learn 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 draft future changes to the qualification routes for solicitors with the introduction by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam are being closely monitored).
The degree's focus on practical (as well as theoretical) teaching means you can develop the analytical and critical skills essential for formulating legal arguments. You'll also have the opportunity to study a range of specialist subjects that are relevant to your own aspirations.
With a wide range of option modules - including work-based learning placements - and a diverse variety of assessment methods, such as simulated negotiation exercises and delivering presentations, you will learn through experiencing the law, not just through exams.
Why St Mary's?
The St Mary’s Law degree is taught by leading academics in the field, and former solicitors and barristers, in an open and friendly environment, with emphasis given to supporting students as individuals.
We work hard to help you to develop your employability skills and this degree programme will allow you to experience: an employment tribunal; Supreme and County courts; Bank of England; and Lloyds of London, to name just a few.
Commercial awareness workshops give you the chance to develop awareness of topical issues. In addition, guest lecturers, which have in the past included a practitioner teaching a domestic violence workshop and a former prisoner running a workshop on aspects of Criminal Justice, feature regularly on the programme.
You may also have the opportunity to observe practitioners at a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and at a pro-bono legal advice service for the local community. You may even be able to take part in an extensive CAB training course, bespoke St Mary's law students, to train to become CAB telephone assessors or advisors.
The degree programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery and the Centre for Law and Culture. You're encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events as these opportunities will enable you to develop learning beyond your undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and career development.
The degree makes use of a range of traditional and innovative teaching methods including lectures, seminars, practice vivas, mock client interviews and interactive workshops, as well as online discussion forums, podcasts and audience response systems.
The teaching team has a significant amount of experience teaching in higher education and in the practice of law. The team includes barristers, solicitors and research-active career academics who provide academic support and pastoral care.
In addition to group contact time, you are encouraged to visit lecturers for supportive friendly one-to-one tutorials for general guidance and feedback on work or formative assessments.
You will be assessed on an individual basis in a variety of ways throughout your degree. Assessments will include essays, case studies, presentations (group and individual), vivas, in-class tests, examinations, skills portfolios, reflective e-portfolios and simulated exercises including client interviews and negotiations.
These are designed to assess you but also to enhance your academic and employability skills. They aim to be challenging but for you afterwards to be able to reflect on your increased confidence in carrying out research, producing written work and in your oral skills, all essential for the workplace.
- 92% overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS)
- 90% of Law students are in work/study six months after finishing.
- This programme offers both practice-focussed vocational modules and those exploring research based legal theory and cultural issues encouraging in-depth study and extended learning.
- The friendly, enthusiastic lecture team will be teaching areas they have either practiced or carried out research in and are available for individual support for students.
- Employability is at the heart of the programme through active engagement with the local legal community, its modules and extra curricular activities such as mooting, mock trials and excellent commercial awareness workshops.
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus