We want to ensure that you graduate not only with a good academic degree, but also with a clear career plan ahead of you. The skills and experience you gain will enable you to get your first job in that career whether in the field of law or one of the many alternatives.
It is important to us that you obtain the best degree you can, but a degree alone is not enough to impress an employer, legal or otherwise. Employers also look for evidence that candidates are confident, practical and have good work-related skills. For that reason, from the outset of your course we will work closely with you, law firms and other employers to help maximise your employment opportunities.
To help you compete in the current job market place we support and encourage you to develop the skills you need to make yourself stand out - this is what makes our law courses unique. Our Law Clinic is a collaborative venture between our law students, the academic staff of the Law School, external agencies and members of the local legal profession. As you will discover, there are numerous opportunities available for our students to use their legal knowledge for the benefit of the wider community, while at the same time gaining valuable hands-on experience of the law in action.
The Law Clinic works in partnership with local advice agencies to provide free legal advice and assistance to clients in a wide range of subject areas. It runs Community Outreach events that raise awareness of the law and of legal issues for schools, colleges and community organisations. It investigates potential miscarriages of justice, working in collaboration with Inside Justice, and it provides a range of support services for external agencies, helping them to achieve their objectives.
Experiencing the law in action is increasingly acknowledged to be a vital part of a law student's education. It enables students to appreciate the complex interplay of legal rules and principles in real-life situations, to develop a critical awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the law, and to acquire a wide range of transferable skills that enhance their employability. Working in the Law Clinic enriches our students, and helps to prepare them for life after University.