As well as providing a thorough understanding of the workings of the legal system, you will be able to actively engage with practical aspects of the law, from mooting and negotiation skills to pro bono work in the community.
The study of law will help you to develop your powers of analysis, criticism, persuasion, problem solving, and oral and written expression. You can explore the civil law traditions and development of one of our continental neighbours by spending a year in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain or Sweden. In the Netherlands and Sweden, classes are delivered in English so no prior language knowledge is required. If you wish to study in any of the other countries you should have adequate knowledge of the relevant language. There is an option to gain this in an option that may be taken in the first two years of your course.
You will be joining a course with a reputation for high graduate employability - our degree programmes provide the first qualification for entry into the legal profession, with the Law Society and Bar Council exempting our graduates from the first stage of professional training.
‘My experience of studying Law abroad was fantastic. Having spent a year studying at a lovely university in Nancy, France, I felt that I returned to Reading with a deeper understanding of another legal system and thus a much wider outlook on law in general.’
School of Law
Our undergraduate LL.B degree courses are fully accredited by the Law Society and the General Council of the Bar. Our graduates enjoy outstanding career prospects and we are highly ranked in the UK for employability. A recent initiative is the appointment of a School of Law Fellow in Legal Services which will give students access to practical, professional input within the context of their studies. Our students are also among the most satisfied in the UK, evidenced by 96% satisfaction rating in the 2013 National Student Survey.
Our undergraduate degree courses cover the core areas of English law necessary for professional accreditation, while allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your own interests and ambitions. Core modules will focus on areas including criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, equity and trusts, land law, legal skills and tort. Our wide range of optional modules spans areas including company law, criminal justice, criminology, employment law, environmental law, EU law, family law, human rights law, international law and medical law.
Regular careers workshops with leading law practitioners, and employability and commercial awareness sessions that include practical exercises using case studies, will prepare you before you graduate. There are also opportunities for work placements that include training to become a Citizens Advice Bureau, or Resolve advisor.
While many graduates of LLB Law take professional exams and continue on to practise law, both in the UK and overseas, law graduates are also in high demand across many other areas. Potential destinations include European and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, the media, general management, the IT sector, professional services firms, banking and financial institutions and the public sector, as well as more entrepreneurial careers. Others choose to undertake further academic study.
There are a range of funding opportunities available for home, EU and international students. You may be able to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help fund your undergraduate course at Reading. See our fees and funding page for more information.