Information for 2020/21 starters

Whether you already have an offer to study with us, or are looking make an application, please find information below for those wishing to join us at Leicester Law School from September 2020.

Any questions? You can send us an email or chat to our staff or students and ask us anything.

Frequently asked questions 

Browse some of the commonly asked questions about joining us at Leicester in September 2020.

You can also view the University's information about ignite, our dual learning platform that combines online and on campus learning - although please note that this information is for all students, and information specific to Canadian Law students can be found below.

Information for 2020/21 starters

Browse some of the commonly asked questions about joining us at Leicester as an International student for the 2020/21 academic year.

You can also view the University's information about ignite, our dual learning platform that combines online and on campus learning - although please note that this information is for all students, and information specific to Leicester Law School students is below.

Application and admission

 

How do I apply to study on a Leicester LLB degree?

Until the end of 30 June (UK time) you can apply at www.ucas.com.

From 1 July, contact us direct on admissions@le.ac.uk once you have a copy of your transcript from the qualifications that are relevant to your application.

I am finishing my educational qualifications over the summer. Can I still apply?

Until 30 June you can apply via UCAS at www.ucas.com and we will consider your application based on your pending results.

If you miss the UCAS deadline please email admissions@le.ac.uk once you have received your results and we will be able to advise you further.

Once your offer is unconditional we will send you all the information you need to either start your studies online or getting ready to come to the UK.

 

How do I accept my offer?

If you have applied via UCAS you will be informed of the deadline by UCAS.

If you applied to us directly, email admissions@le.ac.uk.

You can then log-on to MyStudentRecord to confirm your personal details and upload a photo.

I’ve declined my place at Leicester but now want to join the course after all. What do I do?

Don't worry if you have changed your mind. You can contact us at admissions@le.ac.uk to let us know you would still like to choose Leicester. We will advise you on what next steps should be.

I’ve missed the deadline for acceptance of my offer, can I still come?

Don’t worry if you didn't accept before the deadline - you can contact us on admissions@le.ac.uk to let us know you would still like to choose Leicester. We will advise you on what next steps should be.


Can I study online for the first semester?

Yes. International law undergraduates starting a programme with Leicester Law School in 2020/21 academic year can email admissions@le.ac.uk to ask to delay arrival until Semester 2 (commencing in January 2021). You should make plans which take account of any regulatory requirements when you make this decision (eg from the National Committee of Accreditation in Canada).

If you need a visa to study in the UK and are arriving in January 2020, do not request a CAS number now. Wait until we send you a new CAS request email in November 2020.



 

When will I get my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter?

I'm planning to arrive in September 2020

We will start issuing CAS letters to unconditional offer-holders from mid-June 2020.

I'm planning to arrive in January 2021

If you think you will delay your arrival until January 2021, please do not request a CAS number in response to our CAS request email. Contact admissions@le.ac.uk to delay your arrival until Semester 2 so that we know your plans. We’ll then restart the CAS request process in November 2020.

Can I defer my place?

Yes, you can defer to September 2021 by emailing admissions@le.ac.uk. However, if you change your mind again and want to start in 2020, let us know.

If I have chosen to arrive in January 2021, can I change my mind and arrive in September 2020?

Yes. Email admissions@le.ac.uk to say that you want to arrive in September 2020. Please take into account the time needed to arrange a visa, so don’t leave this until the last minute.

I deferred my place and now want to start in September 2020, studying online for semester 1.

If you decide during July or August 2020 to switch back to starting in September 2020 (whether starting on-campus or online), email admissions@le.ac.uk).  Be careful to allow enough time to go through the visa process.

Can I study the entire course online?

Our LLB courses are not distance learning, so this option is not available. Online only study for new Canadian law students is only currently available in response to the Covid-19 pandemic for semester 1 of the 2020/21 academic year commencing in September 2020.

Can I plan to study online for the whole of the first year?

You need to plan to arrive within two weeks of the semester start date either in September 2020 or in January 2021. 

In mid-November 2020 the Law School will continue to assess the situation at that stage and will make a decision whether is is possible to extend the period of online study.  You should not rely on an online option being available beyond the first semester and make plans which take account of any regulatory requirements when you make this decision (eg from the National Committee of Accreditation in Canada).

If I can’t travel, will I be unable to participate in the ignite programme until I arrive on campus?

You will still participate in the LLB programme on which you are enrolled for all of the online elements of Ignite.  You won’t be able to participate in the face-to-face elements of the ignite learning events in the same way as if you are on campus, but we’ll organise ways for you to attend, such as through online chat and live streaming.

Where can I find information on obtaining a visa?

I need a visa to study in the UK. Can I arrive in Leicester during the fall /autumn in the middle of the semester?

No. Your CAS letter will include a latest arrival date in late September 2020 or in January 2021, depending on whether you decide to study semester 1 online.

Unfortunately your visa will not allow you the flexibility to arrive outside of these times.

I am an international student and am going to study on the 3 year LLB degree. Will I be able to comply with the National Accreditation Committee’s (NCA) requirement for in-class and in-person teaching for accreditation in Canada if I decide to arrive in January 2021?

The NCA has changed its policy to allow some online teaching because of the Covid 19 pandemic. As long as at least 50% of your law degree (1 year and ½ ) is taught in-class and the rest includes sufficient in-person (live) teaching you will be accredited by the NCA. You can choose to study online from September 2020 until January 2021. The University will decide closer to January 2021 if face-to-face teaching can safely resume. Or you can arrive in September and learn through Ignite, a blended learning system with online lectures and some face to face small group teaching. It is your choice. 

You are also advised to view the NCA website for full details of the accreditation requirements and Ignite for updates. 

I am an international student and am going to study on the 2 year LLB degree. Will I be able to comply with the National Accreditation Committee’s (NCA) requirement for in-class and in-person teaching for accreditation in Canada if I decide to arrive in January 2021?

The NCA has changed its policy to allow for a certain amount of online teaching because of the Covid-19 pandemic. As long as 50% of your law degree (1 year) is taught in-class and the rest includes sufficient in-person (live) teaching you will be accredited by the NCA. You can choose to study online from September 2020 until January 2021. The University will decide closer to January 2021 if face-to-face teaching can resume. Or you can arrive in September and learn through Ignite, a blended learning system with online lectures and some face to face small group teaching. It is your choice. 

You are also advised to view the NCA website for full details of the accreditation requirements and Ignite for updates. 

What happens with Canadian accreditation of my degree if I delay my arrival until Semester 2 but then can’t come in January because it is not possible to travel to Leicester?

The latest decision from the NCA is that their regulations will continue to require a minimum of 50% of a course to include in-class tuition. So as the guidelines currently stand, if we have to extend the online teaching beyond Semester 1, but can resume face-to-face teaching in September 2021 and you attend, at least 50% of your course will be in-class. You will still need to attend the live teaching events when they are taught online and engage with the other requirements of the course. You are also advised to view the NCA website for full details of the accreditation requirements.

Teaching and learning

 

How do the classes and learning work in Leicester Law School?

At Leicester Law School we run lectures to introduce topics in a way which is tutor-led. We also have very engaging tutorials which are small groups of around 8 to 10 students. This is where you do most of your learning. You prepare for these following guided independent study which you can do online. 

The tutorials will run face to face when this is possible and if it is impossible to travel to the UK or you are in quarantine when the tutorial happens, you can connect to it online. This will help you to study online and for classes running while you are in quarantine.

We’ll also have a variety of highly engaging learning events and activities, including bite-size short lectures and recordings, self-test multiple choice questions and guided problem-solving activities. We run specific times when you can get assistance from your tutors on a one-to-one basis or in groups called Office and Feedback Hours.  We’ll provide this sort of support through online methods and have ways for you to work collaboratively with other students before you arrive.

Will there be a difference in the way you lecture online in ignite compared to lectures which take place face-to-face?

ignite takes the best from online and face-to-face learning. Some lectures will be very similar to how we run them now. These could be for about 50 minutes, live streamed and recorded.

We’ll take advantage of the flexibility that ignite offers where this suits the subject matter. So we’ll have some bite-sized sessions to help focus on a defined area or tackle a tricky point on its own.

How will I be able to ask questions during teaching if I am not attending face-to-face classes if it is not possible for me to travel to Leicester until semester 2?

Online access to tutorials will allow you to speak to the group and/or the tutor, so you will be able to ask questions when you connect online to live learning events.

You can also ask questions of your tutor in Office and Feedback hours too.

Will ignite be used all year long?

ignite is a great way to learn, drawing the best from face-to-face learning events and online learning activities where this suits the task in hand, so we’ll continue many elements of ignite for the long term.

We can’t guarantee that studying online without being in Leicester will be available beyond Semester 1 in 2020 because it is affected by regulatory requirements and visa controls as well as health and safety considerations. Leicester Law School will review all the surrounding circumstances in November 2020 and make an announcement about the availability of online only study in Semester 2 at that time.

Can I study online for the fall semester rather than come to England?

Yes. You can start your LLB course with Leicester Law School in September 2020 and contact us on admissions@le.ac.uk to tell us you are delaying your arrival in the UK until Semester 2 if you are an international students and do not expect to travel to the UK in the last week of September or first week of October.   

ignite is a blend of online and face-to-face learning and is not an online-only learning system so you will participate remotely in the Ignite learning events that take place between October and December 2020, rather than being on campus, in much the same way as any student in the UK will if they have to self-isolate.  We then expect that you will travel to the UK ready to start studying on campus in January 2020.

How will I access course books online?

The specialist law librarian and your tutors provide online links to the various e-book systems, which are paid for by the University of Leicester.  You will receive training on how to use this in a session run by the law librarian.  Reading lists are on our online learning platform and in http://readinglists.le.ac.uk/index.html.

If you want a hard copy, don’t buy books before the start of term as the law librarian often arranges special offers and you don’t need to do any advance reading for any of your modules before the start of the course. The textbooks for our Canadian law modules are from a Canadian publisher, Emond, and are not available to the University as e-books.  Nonetheless, you can purchase an electronic copy of these textbooks from the publisher’s website. 

Are lectures for Graduate Entry and JD Pathway taught together?

We group together students who are on the 2-year degrees where this is possible. Often Graduate Entry students and JD Pathway students are studying the same subjects, so a tutorial group may contain JD Pathway students along with some on the Graduate Entry course.

The Graduate Entry students have access to a wide range of optional subjects that are studied by final year students on the 3-year programme so could have tutorial groups where some students are on the 3-year programme. The same applies to the Canadian Law optional module that is studied by JD Pathway students and is also available to final year LLB students on their 3-year degree. 

How will the attendance component to grading work with online lectures?

Our module convenors are reviewing all the assessment methods to ensure they operate well with the way that your learning environment will adapt to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

We don’t anticipate a problem where assessments continue to include an attendance requirement because this is related to engagement with the course and participation in classes.

With such small group tutorials as we have, that’s something our tutors can assess for both students who attend face-to-face and through remote online methods.

Will tuition fees be affected if we study online only for the first semester?

The UK Government has made clear that all UK universities should continue to charge full fees for their mainstream provision in 2020/21, because the quality of the learning and teaching experience is still being delivered, albeit through digital rather than face-to-face methods in some cases.

Our ignite programmes are campus-based programmes which are having to make use of online learning to replace some face-to-face learning because of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures, and are therefore subject to this Government requirement.

Find out more about ignite.

Can I study Canadian Law on my degree at Leicester Law School?

On Leicester Law School’s JD Pathway our two Canadian modules are compulsory, Foundations of Canadian Law in the first year and Canadian Constitutional Law in the 2nd year.

Canadian Constitutional Law is also currently an optional subject for the 3 year LLB courses.

 

How will the live learning events work with the Canadian time differences?

Our administration team are working hard to arrange a timetable that allows the Law School’s live small group learning events to be programmed at a time that suits your time zone.

For example, you may have small group sessions at 9am or 10am if you are in the Pacific or Eastern Canada time zone as these times overlap with our normal working times in Leicester.

Accommodation and student life

 

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?

Start choosing your accommodation, and connect with our current Canadian students for advice and tips.

Have a look at our suggestions for light advance reading and activities to prepare.

There are also online work experience opportunities at many law firms. There are some good opportunities at firms. Examples of these are here: White & Case Vacation Programme, Pinsent Masons Vacation Programme and Linklaters Vacation Programme.

If I change my mind about delaying arrival because it is easier to travel closer to September will I be able to find accommodation?

Guaranteed accommodation is available for students who accept their place as a firm choice before 1 September. Visit our accomodation pages for full details.

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 law@le.ac.uk 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?

We have two very active award-winning law societies.

Find out more about the University of Leicester Pro Bono Society and the University of Leicester Law Society (you can also view their Facebook page).

There’s more information on our Leicester Law School pages too.

For a list of all the societies available, you can view available societies on the Student Union website - and if you can't see one that interests you, you can start your own!

What societies are there?

We have two very active award-winning law societies.

Find out more about the University of Leicester Pro Bono Society and the University of Leicester Law Society (you can also view their Facebook page).

There’s more information on our Leicester Law School pages too.

For a list of all the societies available, you can view available societies on the Student Union website - and if you can't see one that interests you, you can start your own!

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.