The university of law is an excellent choice for aspiting lawyers. It is a fantastic instituition for students to understand how the law shapes our society but what is really appealing about this uni is its focus on the application of the law. Workshops are tailor made to ensure students are constantly dealing with realistic cases which they work through as a group. Tutors are present to give feedback duting workshops and personal tutors are alwas available should students need further help.
Studying at the university of law has been one of the better decisions of my life. The course is well designed, the content is engaging and the teaching is one of the best I have experienced.
The university is not huge, smaller than average however this works to your advantage. I am on first name basis with all of my lecturers and receive more contact time with my personal tutor who shows an actual interest in my progression rather than being treated as another number.
The employability department provided by the university is fantastic and is a real credit to the university. I have partook in many hours of pro bono which is great for my C.V. In fact my work experience has doubled since attending University of Law and this is down to the help of the employability department. I can guarantee that studying at the university of law had put me ten steps ahead of the average student.
My 4 year law degree involved a 1 year placement with a law firm taken in my third year. I completed this at Cartwright King solicitors and gained a diploma in professional practice for this additional year.
Overall the course structure is great as the placement year allows you to experience a legal setting, put the law into practice and enhance your networking skills.
My final year consisted of all optional modules which I enjoyed as it allowed me to focus on areas I wished to pursue in the future.
Overall the course enhanced my learning and I throughly enjoyed it. The teaching was consistent and the equipment and facilities were excellent.
At The university of law I did a three year llb course ( I am in my last year). In the first year and second year you do 7 closed book exams. These exams were hard and tough and there was a lot of content to cover in a small amount of time. The teachers were supportive, some more than others.
In the final year there are two open book exams where you have to prepare two lever arch folders and take it in the exam with you. These exams were very hard and required a lot of critical thinking and analysis.
There is also a course work in the last term which required 15 workshop take which include practical skill, that you would be ask if you were working in a firm e.g. draft a will etc.
The university also offers employability lectures alongside the llb course. There careers office is helpful nowever I feel that it is narrow where consider a career outside a barrister and solicitor.
For the LPC there are generally two institutions of choice- university of law or BPP. My year at Ulaw has been different from what I expected due to changes to the exam format, which changed from open book to closed, causing confusion. Although the staff are helpful and good teachers, the overall organisation for the postgraduate course has been poor. For future students however, I would hope all the issues have been ironed out.
The addition of a masters degree on top of the LPC has been useful, though.
I'm doing the 7 month LPC. It's rather tough and intense, and the subjects can be quite tedious at times, but the course itself is well taught and the tutors are all very approachable, friendly and supportive.