On this conversion course, you will study all the modules required by the legal profession's regulators, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, to become a solicitor or barrister. Skilled tutors with significant professional expertise in all areas of law will guide and support you in your study of legal theory and its practical application. Through our Virtual Learning Environment, you will be able to interact with your tutors and fellow learners online, discussing ideas and topics to gain a deep-rooted knowledge of the law.
Through your research project, you will specialize in a specific area of law that interests you, researching and writing in depth on the topic. The breadth of expertise available within Leeds Law School means we can offer detailed guidance underpinned by practical experience and knowledge on the topic you choose to research in your independent project module.
Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training are currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones.
Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister, this route will remain unchanged until summer 2017 at the earliest. The route of a qualifying law degree or GDL, and then the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2019.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) will announce their findings as soon as possible and their decisions will then affect the available routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.
You will complete your course using our Virtual Learning Environment, an online resource that will give you access to course materials, including videos and e-books, and our extensive Online Library. The flexibility of this course means you will be able to study at a time, place and pace that is convenient for you and your lifestyle.
Leeds is one of the most important legal centers outside London. The city has a Crown Court and is home to many of the country's top law firms and you will be taught by lecturers who have worked in some of the UK's top firms. Their expertise will feed into your learning to ensure you are primed for the workplace or your next stage of legal training.
Our guest lecture series, featuring leading figures from the legal profession, will enhance your learning. The lectures will be available digitally, so you will be able to access them from wherever you are in the world and without having to be on campus. Past speakers have included politician and human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti and Catherine Dixon, who served as the chief executive of The Law Society.
Applicants should either have at least a second class honors degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.
STUDENTS WISHING TO UNDERTAKE THE LLM QUALIFYING LAW DEGREE FOR THE PURPOSE OF QUALIFICATION AS A BARRISTER MUST:
- Hold a UK/Republic of Ireland degree, awarded at or above 2:2; or
- Have been granted a Certificate of Academic Standing by the Bar Standards Board on the basis of an overseas degree or a non-standard UK/Republic of Ireland degree; or
- Have been approved by the Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee as suitable for admission as a mature student.
All applications should be supported by a reference.
All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
This course will prepare you for the next stage of training to become a solicitor or the Bar Professional Training Course if you want to qualify as a barrister. Alternatively, you could put your expertise into practice straight away, working alongside solicitors and barristers as a paralegal. These specialist legal support roles are becoming increasingly important in the sector.
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice on writing a CV to searching for jobs.
Modules & Learning
- Law, Institutions & Skills
- Foundations of Criminal Law
- Foundations of Equity & Trusts Law
- Foundations of the Law of the European Union
- Foundations of Contract
- Foundations of Tort Law
- Foundations of Property Law
- Foundations of Public Law
- Independent Legal Research Project
Fees & funding
UK & EU 2018/19
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
Virtual Learning Environment
The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.
Library and online resources
Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.
Dedicated Support Team
Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.
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Last updated February 13, 2018