Law

Accredited and qualifying law courses with superb work experience opportunities

We are ranked 12th in the UK for Teaching Quality in Law by the Sunday Times (2022).

Many of our teachers are qualified solicitors and barristers, passing on their insights, real-world case expertise and passion for law to the next generation of legal minds.

Many of our graduates go on to become solicitors or barristers. Additionally, changes in the legal services market are creating a rising demand for additional roles, such as paralegals and legal executives.

We have strong links with the local legal profession, particularly through the South London Law Society and the Southwark Legal Advice Network, as well as with our own graduates practising across London and beyond.

A law degree is not just for aspiring lawyers. Law graduates are sought after in a wide range of sectors because of their exceptional analytical and communications skills.

As well as developing in-depth legal knowledge and academic skills, there is a strong emphasis on experiential learning and legal education for professional practice and the enhancement of professional career prospects.

Whatever career route you choose to take, our Law degree programmes provide opportunities for students to become more employable

What is it like studying Law at LSBU?

Our approach to teaching includes an important focus on experiential learning (learning by doing) and clinical legal education (learning by giving supervised legal advice to local people). One of our lecturers, Andy Unger, was recently nominated for the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year (LTOTY) award. The award celebrates excellence in law teaching and Andy was a finalist. This video was made by OUP as part of the LTOTY award process. It gives a very good idea of what it is like to study Law at LSBU.

Professional links and key skills:

Reasons to study undergraduate Law at LSBU

Ranked 1st for Graduate Prospects, Research Intensity, and Overall Score among London Modern Universities (Complete University Guide 2021)
Second-highest ranked law degree in London for overall satisfaction of our students (National Student Survey 2020).
Outstanding facilities – we'll equip you with a tablet computer, complete online support and access to a personal law e-library worth £6000.
Work experience - you could volunteer at the County Court Help Desk, Southwark Council, with local Law firms, or be a Legal Adviser at LSBU's free Legal Advice Clinic. 
An energetic, award-winning Student Law Society that arranges talks, visits and competitions.
Expert academics – most of our lecturers are qualified solicitors and barristers, passing on their insights, real-world case expertise and passion for Law.
Extra-curricular activities - Mooting, Street Law, Student Magazine – ‘Devil’s Advocate’.
Specifically designed assessment methods to give students a Head Start on their professional examinations, particularly the SQE.
Peer mentoring for Year 1 students to help support them with the transition to higher education and integrating onto the course.

Legal Advice Clinic
The clinic provides a free community-based face-to-face advice service. You’ll take instructions from the client, carry out research and give advice under the supervision of tutors and practising solicitors.
The LSBU County Court Help Desk
The LSBU County Court Help Desk allows students to gain valuable experience dealing with members of the public in a Court setting.  The support is by way of advising on fees, forms, and next steps.  The students who work on the scheme undertake duties such as administrative work, court support work on the help desk and on occasion marshalling judges.
Careers talks and networking
The Law Division organises unique networking events with influential people working in the Law and career talks to maximise our students’ employability.
CILEx alternative route to the legal profession
After successful completion of some of our optional modules, you are able to join the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) as members and become a more attractive proposition for employers recruiting paralegals. After 5 years’ qualifying work as a paralegal, you can become a CILEx Fellow and Legal Executive.
Mooting
A moot is a legal debate acted out in a courtroom usually involving a hypothetical case. We encourage you to take part in external mooting competitions.
Working in the Law (Compulsory Undergraduate Module)
This compulsory second year module focuses on skills valued by employers and helps you find work placements or voluntary opportunities to prepare you for the world of work.

Understanding the legal profession

We appoint leading lawyers as Visiting Professors to support our teaching. These include the crime and human rights experts: Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC and Imran Khan QC.

As well as this, our academic team draw upon significant research experience to enable students to apply critical and theoretical perspectives to current legal issues.

To see more about current issues in law and the legal profession, see tweets by @lsbu_law

Opportunities to give back to society

The School has a strong commitment to social justice and social conscience – and this comes through strongly in the courses we offer. However, it's not just evident in what we teach, but also how we teach it.

The Legal Advice Clinic offers our law students exceptional work experience opportunities, but it also provides a valued public service to the local community. There's a similar narrative behind StreetLaw, which is an outreach initiative where our law students engage with local school and college students to encourage them to better understand their legal rights and responsibilities.

"By taking law into the classroom, LSBU law students get the opportunity to engage school and college students with the law and how it affects them," explains Louise Andronicou, Principal Lecturer in Law. "LSBU students participating in the project also get this opportunity to give something back to their community, at the same time improving their legal skills and employability."

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