A law degree from St Mary's will provide you with a solid foundation for whichever law profession you decide to pursue.
- 91% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2021.
- Gain the analytical skills required for a career in the Law
- Develop the transferable skills required for the legal workplace
Why study Law?
Our LLB Law degree is a three-year qualifying law degree (QLD) after which a student may continue on to the next stage of training to enter the legal profession: the BPTC for barristers or the LPC/SQE for solicitors.
However, an LLB Law degree is an ideal programme for students who wish to enter a diverse range of professions outside of the legal profession, such as jobs in the City, civil service, criminal justice/social/probation services, the charitable sector or Business world. A Law degree will equip you with the skills required to think critically, construct arguments, and process large amounts of data.
If you want to challenge injustice or make a difference in your professional life, then this is the ideal degree programme.
Becoming a Barrister
Our LLB Law degrees are ‘Qualifying Law Degrees’ (QLD) and are recognised by the Bar Standards Board. The completion of one of these degrees will satisfy the academic requirements for admission to the Bar, although you will still need to pass an aptitude test and embark on (and pass) the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
Becoming a Solicitor
Since the September 2021 anyone who has not started a QLD is now able to qualify as a solicitor through the Solicitor’s Qualification Exam route (SQE). The candidate must:
- complete both stages of assessment, SQE1 and SQE2
- complete a degree-level qualification or equivalent
- complete two years of qualifying work experience (QWE)
- satisfy the SRA’s character and suitability requirements
Our LLB and BA (Hons) Law degrees are ideal courses to ground your legal knowledge and help prepare you for the SQE, although you will still need to embark on a course that will prepare you for passing the SQE after graduation.
Why St Mary's?
The Law School is situated just a 30 minute train journey to legal London. The Supreme Court, Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice, The Law Society, Parliament, and the Inns of Court are all easily accessible from our campus.
We also have excellent links with Kingston Crown Court, which has in the past offered marshalling opportunities for our students.
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.
Previous students have undertaken placements in the local and wider London area, in private and sole practitioner solicitor firms, barristers' chambers, charities, and the Youth Justice Board.
About the Foundation Year
Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.
On successful completion of the Law, Criminology and Politics Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the Law undergraduate degree.
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