Frequently asked questions
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.”
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."
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.”
What are the options at Leicester Law School?
Saaraa Alimahomed, final year student says: “As one of the largest law schools, with around 70 professors, academics, solicitors and barristers involved in teaching, there’s a really wide range of option modules. Subjects are both very practical and academic. You’ll be able to look at what is wrong with the law as well as how it works in real life. The range of modules and activities means you can pick subjects that help you become the professional that you want to be and do the things that interest you. You can focus on a specific area or two, or go for a variety. If you want a practical focus on solicitors’ practice, there's Real Estate in Practice, Dispute Resolution, Company Law and Inheritance Law. Friends who are aspiring barristers enjoyed Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Arbitration (which I loved too) as well as Policing and Prosecutions to go with mooting and trial advocacy activities in the Mooting Society. Medical Law enthusiasts choose Medical Law, Bioethics and Mental Health Law. Mental Health Law also links well with Caring and the Law, Family Law and Human Rights in the 21st Century. You can even work with one of our expert supervisors in the Legal Advice Clinic or research an in-depth analysis of a unique area of law in the dissertation module.”
We keep our options under review all the time to ensure they are at the cutting edge of legal practice, research and reform. There are many more and if you choose a joint degree - Law with Criminology, Law with Politics or Law with a Modern Language - you can also choose options offered in your second department. Our JD Pathway LLB and English & French Law LLB/Maîtrise have tailored modules covering Canadian law and French law while our Graduate Entry LLB has space for you to develop a specialism of your choice.
Bushra Jalil, pro bono enthusiast adds: “Your options don’t end with the course modules though. With 7 societies and 9 pro bono projects, after studying the fundamentals for professional qualification, the range of disciplines, activities and options mean you’ll definitely find something that you love. Get involved as much as possible in the first year – you won’t regret it. Build your CV and employability and find which areas of law you want to pursue. But also develop as a person. Ask for help when you need it and don’t say no (to the sensible things!).”
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 I study abroad?
Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.
There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.
Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.
We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.