How you'll learn
Our undergraduate degree brings law to life. Embedded in real life context, your studies will be both relevant and engaging.
We aim to provide a well-rounded, thorough learning experience which gives you a solid foundation in law and legal practice. You will also acquire transferable skills that aim to prepare you for a range of other careers. Learning occurs in different formats, with an ultimate focus on developing your knowledge and experience base.
You will be taught by some of the world's leading scholars in law, whose expertise and enthusiasm result in a stimulating learning environment that encourages you to excel. Staff use a variety of innovative teaching techniques to engage and motivate students, allow you to access learning in a way that suits you. You will learn through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, seminars and independent study sessions.
"From day one, I felt that studying law at Reading was the best choice I could have possibly made. I met professors who made me passionate about the subject, tutors who helped to develop my critical thinking, and friends from all over the world. My course has offered so many opportunities for having discussions, sharing ideas, and growing as an individual.”
mooting and other competitions
We strive to offer students an extensive range of opportunities to develop their career prospects and valuable transferable skills, as well as the chance to represent the University of Reading in both national and international competitions. These include our superb mooting, negotiation and client interviewing competitions, some of which are sponsored by leading law firms who offer work experience placements to winners.
A moot is a mock trial, usually involving argument on a point or points of law. Participating in moots should be seen as essential for students who are thinking of practising at the Bar. You will be required to argue either for or against a hypothetical decision, referring to relevant case law precedents and put forward a legal argument in the most convincing way. All law students will find that mooting improves their ability to formulate legal arguments, and the ability to present oral arguments is a valuable skill for a whole range of careers.
Our negotiation competition is similar to mooting but, rather than a court room, the argument takes place in a negotiation setting. Working as part of a team, you will be required to think of creative solutions to problems.
The Boyes Turner Negotiation Competition is open to all second- and third-year students who undertake the negotiation training programme. The top two teams are given work placements with Boyes Turner and go on to represent the School at the National Negotiation Competition.
The Norton Rose Fulbright Commercial Negotiation Competition is also open to all second- and third-year students who undertake the three-hour training session run by Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF). Judged by NRF and their industry partners, up to four students are offered work placements.
We also organise an internal client interviewing competition each Autumn. Some training in basic interviewing is given beforehand, usually be an alumnus who is now a solicitor in private practice, and the competition features a 'mock interview' with a client where questioning and legal advice is assessed.
excellent learning resources and facilities
You will benefit from integrated IT and e-learning within the curriculum, in addition to a well-resourced library and electronic legal databases including Westlaw and LexisNexis.
The School of Law is based in the Foxhill House, a stunning grade 2 listed building on the University's main campus, with beautiful views of Whiteknights lake and surrounded by parkland. It offers the ideal place to study, relax and socialise.
individual support and guidance
We understand that it's important that you receive strong academic and personal support to help you gain the most from your university experience. Our induction programme is available to all students, as well as a dedicated Student Support Adviser, an excellent academic tutor system, and established student peer support programme.
"Balancing my academic studies with my extra-curricular activities can be challenging, but always worthwhile — I'm having a fantastic time as the Undergraduate Representative for Law. Being able to feed back on academic and pastoral issues on my course mates' behalf and seeing the change it can make has been such a rewarding experience.”
For international students, we also offer pre-arrival support, including a specialised induction programme, dedicated library and career sessions, and law language teaching. A full-time International Teaching Associate is also on hand to help you throughout your degree.
Assessment occurs through a range of methods, aiming to help you demonstrate your strengths across different areas of academic study. From writing legal judgements and opinions, to open and closed book exams, take home exams and a dissertation, we are passionate about helping you to showcase your knowledge and skills to the best of your ability.
Discover our inclusive culture for yourself
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