The University of Law Interview :)

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In the last  few months, everybody asked me to write more about how could an European/Romanian student can go and study a Law Degree/Master, what are the options/costs and the entry requirement. As I never let down my reader, here it is an interview with The University of Law in United Kingdom.🙂 1 desire of my readers is down, 1 to go, stay tuned and keep an eye on PlecLaStudii, more surprise awaits you here!

1.Where is the University of Law located?

The University of Law has eight centres in seven cities around the UK in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, London and Manchester. All are close to thriving commercial centres, leading law firms and transport links. Each centre is a modern, well-equipped professional law school and provides a comfortable and stimulating learning environment.

Legal training courses on offer vary at each centre – the Graduate Diploma in Law and LLM Legal Practice Course are available at all centres. The Bar Professional Training Course is available in London and Birmingham, and the full-time LLM in International Legal Practice in London and Manchester.

2.Do you offer Bachelor and also Masters degrees?

Yes! The University of Law offers the LL.B (Hons) and the Master of Laws degree (LLM). We also offer the LLM Legal Practice Course, as well as the Graduate Diploma in Law for those that have completed a non-law degree, the BPTC for future barristers and a range of professional development courses.

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3.What kind of Bachelor’s degree do you offer?

The University of Law offers a range of law degree options to suit your preferences and career aspirations. Combining academic rigour with practical legal skills, in a business-like environment, our LLB law degrees provide you with the essential groundwork whether you’re committed to being a lawyer or want to explore other career options.

LLB (Hons) Law (3 years): Our LLB (Hons) Law is very different to a traditional three-year law degree. It’s designed to be the most relevant and rounded degree-level education available to help you achieve your career ambitions – the first truly professional three-year undergraduate law degree.

LLB (Hons) Law – Accelerated (2 years): Our LLB (Hons) Law – Accelerated is designed to get you to the next stage of your professional training as a lawyer or start your career as quickly as possible, without compromising on quality. It’s a faster route, taught by the same tutors and using the same high-quality teaching methods as our three-year law degree.

The Accelerated LLB is designed to be the most focused professional law degree available. Everything you learn will be of value to you and deliver the skills that employers are looking for. The accelerated structure can be a cost effective springboard to your chosen career and help you save on living costs by studying over two years instead of three.

The LLB (Hons) Law – part time (4 years): Our part-time LLB (Hons) Law degree is designed to give you flexibility through a structured programme of online learning combined with attending a University centre throughout your course.

You’ll receive a high level of individual tutor support and feedback, both face-to-face in workshops and through online webinars. The course is based on our full-time professional LLB law degree, which is endorsed by students and prospective employers and is taught by the same tutors, all of whom are qualified lawyers. You can explore your preferred career path while gaining the specific skills that your prospective employers will be looking for and spreading the cost of your investment in your future.

Our LLB (Hons) Law – International (3 years) is the world’s first specialist law degree for the international stage. The course reflects the predominance of English law in international business, the increasingly international needs of clients and the global dimensions involved in many areas of law.

It is designed to be the most relevant and rounded degree-level education available to prepare you for a career in a modern legal and business environment. Combining academic rigour with practical legal skills taught in an international context, the LL.B International provides you with the essential groundwork for a successful global career.

The LLB (Hons) Law – International, Accelerated (2 years): Our LL.B (Hons) Law – International – Accelerated is a faster route to the world’s first specialist law degree for the international stage. Taught by the same tutors and using the same high quality teaching methods as our three-year option, it’s designed to get you to the next stage of your professional training or start your career as quickly as possible. The course reflects the predominance of English law in international business, the increasingly international needs of clients and the global dimensions involved in many areas of law.

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4.What kind of Master’s degree do you offer?

Our LLM Master of Laws degree has been developed in association with the International Bar Association and adds a global dimension to your training.

Our Masters degrees are designed to give students a set of skills and knowledge that are both practical and effective, and reflect up-to-the-minute legal practice. Students can choose from a wide range of specialist modules, and tailor the course to their area of interest and to suit their career aspirations and enhance their firm’s expertise.

LLM LPC – Our world-class Legal Practice Course now includes the opportunity to gain a Masters qualification. Study our LLM LPC, and students will have the chance to excel in a specialist area, focus their expertise and enhance their employment prospects.

5.What are the minimum entry requirements for getting admitted to an undergraduate degree?

For a full list of our entry requirements please go to: http://www.law.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry-requirements/.

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6.What are the minimum entry requirements for getting admitted to a postgraduate degree?

GDL

  • A UK undergraduate degree in any discipline, or an equivalent qualification.
    For intending barristers, this must be a minimum of a 2:2
  • Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates need to apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (for future barristers
  • A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course
  • If applicants have a legal qualification from outside England and Wales or have studied aspects of law as part of a non-qualifying degree course, you may be exempted from certain elements of the GDL. We’re happy to accept applications from exempt students, subject to Solicitors Regulation Authority / Bar Standards Board requirements. Contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority (future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (future barristers) to find out more

LL.M LPC

To be eligible to take up a place on our LLM LPC, applicants must comply with the requirements for commencing a Legal Practice Course (LPC) set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that the University will have no option but to cancel the applicants place on the course.
Non-EEA students require a visa covering the full duration of your course.

BPTC

  • Applicants will be required to pass the Bar Standards Board aptitude test (known as the Bar Course Aptitude Test – BCAT) 
  • Applicants will require either a qualifying law degree (2:2 minimum) or an undergraduate degree in any other subject (2:2 minimum) and a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE  
  • If applicants have an overseas degree you should discuss and agree your eligibility with the Bar Standards Board  
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you fulfil all eligibility requirements for the BPTC
    We strongly recommend applicants check the Bar Standards Board website to ensure they understand, and meet, these requirements.

 

7.What exam should a Romanian take in order to get admitted to your university? Is there something different from the normal applying procedure?

We recommend students take the Diploma de Baccalaureat. The application procedure for Romanian students is no different to the domestic student application process.

8.Do you accept Romanian Baccalaureate for admissions?

Yes, we accept the Romanian Baccalaureate.

9.Why the University of Law does not accept TOEFL?

We are not accepting TOEFL until further notice, however the Home Office is investigating requirements.

10.What is the usual cost for an undergraduate degree?

The cost of courses fees is dependent on the type of undergraduate degree students complete with us. Fees for international students are not higher to those charged for domestic students, and can be paid over three installments per year.  

  • 2 year Accelerated LLB and Accelerated International LLB – £21,000 or £10,500 per year
  • 3 year LLB and International LLB – £22,500 or £7,500 per year
  • 4 year LLB – £18,000 or £4,500 per year

 

11.Is there the normal government loan applicable also to your university?

All European Union (EU) students choosing to study their LLB with us in 2014 are, under current government legislation, entitled to apply to the Student Loans Company for an annual repayable tuition fee loan of up to £6,000. This is paid directly to the University. Students applying to undertake the two-year LLB (Hons) tuition for 2014 will be £9,000 per year, it is their responsibility to pay the remaining balance of £3,000 to the University.

Students looking to study the part time LLB in 2014 will be able to secure a maximum student loan of £4,500 per annum to cover the tuition in full per year

 

12.What about the student’s life at University of Law?

Each of our eight centres has a variety of activities open to all University of Law students. The exact mix of events varies from centre to centre and as it’s put together by our students, it’s up to students what they get involved in. Students will have the opportunity to join a Student Activities Committee and develop a full and varied programme which could include activities including sports, quiz nights, dancing, theatre, debating societies – the list goes on.

Freshers’ Week kicks things off in September with a variety of events to help our LL.B students get to know fellow coursemates and other University of Law students, including quizzes, comedy nights, city tours and, of course, the Freshers fair and party. Other events throughout the year have included a Hawaiian night, summer and end-of-year balls and staff-versus-student pub quizzes, to name just a very few.

Clubs and societies: These include debating, cooking clubs and sports teams. If students can’t find a club or society they’re interested in, then they can even start their own.

Personal tutor: Our personal tutor scheme means that students have the guidance of a qualified lawyer throughout their time at The University of Law. Through regular meetings, their personal tutor will be there to guide the student through the course and offer assistance and advice as required. They’ll also be on hand to help develop future career plans.

Student representative committee: We believe in listening and acting on the views of our students, and our Student Representative Committee gives students an opportunity to do just that. The committee meets regularly with course leaders and other staff members to discuss any course related and wider University matters. Elections take place at the beginning of the year to elect a Student Representative from among each class to take part and present any issues students may have.

Student welfare: The University provides support and guidance if students need help while they are with us. Every centre has a confidential counselling service and learning support team, and students have the opportunity to register with a local GP when they enrol at the University. Each centre’s Student Services team who are also on hand to give advice on a wide range of issues.

There are also local student unions in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, London Bloomsbury and Manchester.

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13.What is the usual price of living cost in the locations where University of Law is located? How much do you estimate a UE student need to spend per month for food/books/accommodation and other important stuff?

This varies at each of our centres. We offer our students assistance getting set up through our accommodation services and provide accommodation for our undergraduate students. The table below shows the base cost/week for student accommodation. The type of accommodation varies from centre to centre, however, all include private rooms, kitchen facilities, bathrooms and broadband.

Centre Cost per week
Birmingham From £97.50
Bristol From £115
Chester From £110
Guildford From £152
Leeds From £116
Bloomsbury From £229
Manchester from £120

 

14.Does the students need to undergo an internship during their studies at University of Law?

Students are not required to do an internship while studying to complete their qualifications, however they are required to complete a training contract with a firm to become a qualified solicitor; or a pupillage to qualify as a barrister. A training contract is the last stage to become a qualified solicitor and involves working as a trainee solicitor in a firm authorised to take trainees. A pupillage is the final step to coming a barrister, it involves six months non-practicing and six months practicing.

 

15.Do you have partnerships with other universities, so that students can take semester or year abroad at a partner university?

The University enjoys close working relationships with a number of key international organisations. We work with the International Bar Association to deliver our international Masters degree programme, and have close links with IE Law School in Spain, the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and the Nigerian Law School. We also work in association with the British Council and The College of Law Australia.

16.I know that the students can work part time up to 15 hours per week during their studies, do you help EU students in need to obtain a job to support themselves during the studies at University of Law? What about the career opportunities after the graduation?

It’s up to our students whether they choose to work part-time while completing their studies. Our Careers and Employability Service assists students applying for positions and is in contact with the legal community on work placement opportunities.

Undergraduates are not able to practice law, however they are able to work in the legal profession as paralegals. Many of our graduates do this while saving money for post-graduate study. Postgraduates can go on to seek training contracts to become qualified solicitors or pupilages to become qualified barristers.

17.Do you have Romanian students that are studying right now with you?

We welcome many international students to the University each year, and we do currently have Romanian students on our courses.

18.Why should students choose University of Law?

What really sets us apart from other universities is the guiding principle that the current and future lawyers we teach should only ever learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context. Our courses are focused on creating commercially aware graduates. We do this by employing teaching staff who are all current or former practicing lawyers and by placing emphasis on the business context in all modules.

This has resulted in 97% of our full-time LPC students who graduated in July 2012 were in work, legal positions or continuing education nine months after graduation. Employability is at the heart of everything we do, including creating the Careers and Employability Service to assist our students with one-to-one careers advice, summer workshops, mock interviews and reviewing job applications.

19.Instead of an end speech, if I omitted something please let us now.

As you might expect from the leading professional law school, The University of Law has one of the most comprehensive scholarship schemes in legal education. With over 90 awards and £400,000 available in 2014, we have more funds in scholarships than ever before.

The University of Law also offers a free online community, Future Lawyers Network, to all of our students giving them advice on their courses, blog posts from other students and providing resources via the award-winning Student employability programme (StEP).

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