Can I watch pre-arrival guidance online?
You can watch our pre-arrival talk (recorded in March 2020), or book your place on one of our live chats.
We’ll be running four sessions:
- Tue 30 June, 6pm – 8pm (BST) - Why you should study Law at Leicester Law School
- Thu 2 July, 6pm – 8pm (BST ) - The Canadian experience at Leicester Law School
- Sun 5 July, 6pm – 7.30pm (BST) – Pre-arrival presentation for students joining in September 2020
- Thu 9 July, 6pm – 7.30pm (BST) – Pre-arrival presentation for students joining in September 2020
Book your free place.
What’s next after accepting my offer?
If I change my mind about delaying arrival because it is easier to travel closer to September will I be able to find accommodation?
Which accommodation is recommended for Canadian students and why?
The University's accomodation choices include The Village, offering green spaces and vintage houses, and The City apartment blocks.
Canadians tend to look at a wide range of accommodation options. Many like the The City for proximity to campus and the train station. Opal Court and Nixon Court are very popular with students from Canada.
The university halls have contracts ranging from one week in length, one semester, two semesters, 39, 42 or 52 weeks. The majority of rooms are single occupancy study/bedrooms, and there are private bathroom and shower options.
Explore your accomodation options and browse our new approach to accomodation for more detail.
Many Canadians also like Regent Court, a private accommodation block between the University and the City for similar reasons. We don’t know how flexible private landlords will be this year about the duration of their contracts. You can explore the types of private accomodation options available via Sulets.com.
You can also chat to one of our current Canadian students to hear their tips and insight.
What restrictions are in place at accommodation due to COVID-19?
See www.le.ac.uk/accommodation or visit the University's ignite FAQs page and scroll down to the Accomodation section (please note that the ignite FAQs are more generally aimed at all students - information specific to Candian students is detailed on this current FAQ page).
Do I have to apply for accommodation before September 1 if I am delaying my arrival until January 2021 or can I apply later?
You can apply later. To be guaranteed accommodation for the first semester, you need to apply before 1 September. The deadline to apply for semester 2 accommodation will be in mid-December.
Can I move into accommodation if my flight means I will arrive in Leicester at night?
Most Canadian flights land in the morning UK time so this is rarely an issue that arises. University halls have an accommodation reception that is open 24/7. The University will be providing an airport pick up service for both September and January to allow safe travel and further information will be published over the summer.
Private landlords may or may not allow out of office hours arrivals.
If the UK is operating a quarantine system when I arrive, will the self-isolation period mean I have to arrive in Leicester 2 weeks before lectures begin?
We think arriving 2 weeks early is sensible if the quarantine period is 2 weeks, so that you can start on your law degree on campus as soon as the quarantine is over. The accommodation office can offer weekly contracts to help with this.
See https://le.ac.uk/ignite/ignite-accommodation for full details.
How much time will I spend in class each week?
Edward Jones, qualified solicitor, former Leicester student and our admissions tutor says: “Like most law schools you will spend about 10 to 12 hours a week in class. This includes lectures to introduce topics, examine complex issues and help you get to grips with the areas to investigate in more depth, following guidance from your expert tutors. After some independent study, your tutor will run really small group tutorials of about 6 to 9 students. This very close contact with tutors ensures your voice is heard and your queries resolved. We think this is the best way to learn about law and develop legal skills. There’s no hiding at the back of the class at Leicester! The lectures, independent study and tutorials take up about two-thirds of your working week. In the other third you can be working, socialising and developing transferable legal skills in the award-winning Leicester University Law Society and on pro bono Projects or exploring other exciting opportunities at the University and in the city.”
What are your Canadian Law modules?
Leicester Law School offers two modules on Canadian law, Foundations of Canadian Law and Canadian Constitutional Law. These modules are both half year modules open to any Canadian student on the 2 year graduate entry JD pathway LLB or the 3 Year LLB.
The NCA will not accredit any modules outside of a Canadian law school but these modules will be a great preparation for these exams. If you want to practice law in Canada after your LLB, you must pass a series of exams set by the National Accreditation Committee (NCA) in Ottawa. All foreign-trained lawyers returning to practice in Canada sit at least five of these exams. The NCA will not accredit any law module given outside of Canada thus Canadian law modules on Leicester’s LLB follow a syllabus based on the NCA’s requirements so are great preparation for these two topics.
Discover more about the NCA certificate of accreditation.
What are the scholarships for Canadian Law Students?
Leicester Law School offers several types of scholarships for Canadian law students.
Every Canadian beginning with us in the 2020-21 academic year receives a 10% fee reduction, acknowledging the unique contribution Canadians make to our community. Ten students can receive the higher Canadian Excellence Scholarship comprising a £3000 fee reduction in every year of study. We award this to those with the highest financial need and academic achievement who have made excellent contributions to their community.
You can apply until 17 May 2020 once you have a place on the course. Alternatively, your high academic achievement may automatically qualify you for another scholarship that we work out once we know your final grades. You will receive one scholarship; whichever is worth the most.
Please contact email@example.com to request an application form for the Canadian Excellence Scholarship.
Can I get involved in courtroom advocacy or mooting and pro bono activities in my first year?
Daniel Adebayo, Competitions Officer in the Leicester University Law Society says: “Every activity in our award-winning Leicester University Law Society and all nine of the pro bono projects are managed by students, supported by academic staff and legal practitioners. So, the more students get involved, the more can be involved. Mooting at Leicester University Law Society is a great way to meet people, network with professionals, build your confidence in lawyerly skills and win! That’s why the Society’s student directors make sure you can join in from the start of the first year. There’s speed mooting, giving loads of practice, or you can train to be a judge before deciding whether to aim for the big time at national and international mooting competitions. Winners of competitions often get a prize of shadowing or a placement in a firm, chambers or company which specialises in a related area."
Does it matter if I haven’t studied law already?
Dr Nicola Jackson, Director of the LLB Programme offers plenty of reassurance: “Don’t worry about any differences to previous study. Lots of students have not studied law before. That’s fine; we like it that way. Bringing together lots of different, interesting perspectives helps us think about law in a very thorough way, taking account of things like sociology, economics, philosophy and psychology. You can learn from each other too; studying science involves following rules and applying them to real situations. That’s just like law. Arts subjects help with essay writing, analysis and research skills as well as creative thinking. Bringing such diverse perspectives together is a fantastic way to learn new skills. I support you in the transition to law with a manual called 'What to do at Law School' so you will develop the necessary skills and know what is expected of you in classes and assessments. The small group tutorials of up to nine students let you clarify points with direct feedback from my team of expert tutors to keep you on track.”
Can first years join mooting competitions?
What societies are there?
What events and societies are there just for Canadian students?
Joining the Canadian Law Society (CLS) is a great way to make friends and get answers to your questions when you start with Leicester Law School.
The society hosts regular events during the year, from welcome parties and thanksgiving gatherings. Information sessions cover a wide range of issues of particular interest to Canadians, including the Canadian LLM programs and a yearly session on Accreditation in Canada. The society runs Canadian law mooting activities and competitions which will be relatively easy to shift online. The society already runs academic events online and we hope some of the society’s social events will be online for the first semester too.
Will clubs, societies and those involved in pro-bono activities still be able to meet?
How clubs and societies operate will depend on rules about social distancing. The societies are run by students who are already working out how to run their activities at a distance and some are doing this already.
For instance, our Legal Advice Clinic is already working and advising online with remote appointments and the mooting society could operate competitions online too.
As we use the MS Teams app, it really helps make it a lot easier for groups to get and stay in touch.
Is there a recommended way for converting CAD to pounds?
There are many conversion sites and phone apps including XE to choose from. Please be aware that market rates may not match in store prices or rates offered by currency exchange companies. We recommend that you open a UK bank account after you arrive on campus, or use a bank that will not charge you for international transactions.
Can Leicester Law School help plan my career in Canada?
Leicester Law School organises a Canadian Careers Panel every year. This includes members of our alumni who are involved in a variety of legal roles both in the UK and Canada. You can ask them questions to help your career journey. We will be running this online this year.
Our Careers tutors and Canadian Law tutors have specialist knowledge to help you understand the job search and accreditation requirements too.
Can you help me get work placements?
Steve Evans, a solicitor, finalist for OUP Law Teacher of the Year and our Careers Tutor says: “From the first year to the final year there are opportunities to win placements in a range of modules, competitions and to participate in pro bono societies. Your specialist Careers Tutors will help too. Law placements tend to range from one week to a few weeks long to fit in well with academic holidays and to allow you to get a range of different experiences. You can also work in our Legal Advice Clinic or support litigants in person. If you choose the Clinical Legal Skills option module, your pro bono work and development of professional legal skills will be accredited as part of your degree. The Legal Advice Clinic continues operation all year round so you can also join the Clinic’s summer school. Leicester Law School’s former students are in practice around the globe with a huge range of experience in legal and other professional practice. These are joined by local practitioners in a mentoring scheme run by our specialist Careers Tutors who can help you with applications for work experience too. We are also extremely proud to support the Amicus project working with people on death row, which provides training, opportunities for case work and placements in the USA.”
Do you keep in touch with your alumni in Canada?
We have just over a thousand alumni across Canada and we usually hold several events a year in major Canadian cites. These are great ways for new graduates to meet members of our alumni who have been in work for several years and might be able to help with advice and networking opportunities.
We encourage alumni with a variety of experience at each event, to maximise the chances of mingling with like-minded professionals and experts.