How we teach you
Teaching at the School of Law is delivered through lectures and small group tutorials. A thorough induction is given to all incoming students on how to prepare for legal study and the School of Law experience. Within each teaching format, you are encouraged not only to master basic legal concepts and skills such as written and oral presentation skills, but also to think critically about the role of law in society.
Assessment is through both exams and written coursework which allow you room to develop your legal research and writing skills.
As well as the compulsory core modules, you may choose from a range of options, many of which are taught through seminars. A number of options will include sessions with outside speakers with practical experience of the subject matter. For example, the Family law option includes sessions with a partner from a leading family law firm on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown and with a representative from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) dealing with disputes concerning children.
Formal legal education is complemented by participation in moots (mock court cases) and workshops on presentation skills, client interviewing and current trends in business law. Students are also encouraged to engage in pro bono (volunteer) legal opportunities and the School organises an annual Pro Bono Fair to enable you to meet with pro bono service providers. You may also choose to undertake a pro bono project as one of your assessed options and the School supports a Streetlaw project. We aim to offer students advice and input from the real world of professional practice thus benefitting both those who want to continue on into legal practice and those who wish to pursue a career outside the world of law.