With a passion for justice, analysis, research, and a law degree from Coventry you could be on track for a career as a successful lawyer.
A successful lawyer has the ability to analyse a case, identify key facts, research the relevant law, identify appropriate legal strategies and communicate clearly the way forward. This course will give you the knowledge and expertise to do just that.
Our law degree could set you on the path towards qualifying as a solicitor or barrister, but equally can act as preliminary training for a range of other careers, recognised by employers as providing the transferrable professional skills they demand.
From 2021, to become a Solicitor and/or Barrister in England and Wales you must either have an undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience (for example, by completing a degree level apprenticeship). Importantly, a Coventry undergraduate law degree should prepare candidates for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination Stage 1 test, as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in order to become a Solicitor, and for the Academic pathway, as required by the Bar Standards Board in order to become a Barrister.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
Law degrees at Coventry Law School are required to cover the foundations of legal knowledge, which will be studied during the first two years. In the final year, however, you will be able to select from a wide range of optional subjects based upon the expertise within our School, which we aim to reflect a variety of personal interests or career aspirations, such as Company Law, Employment Law, Family and Child Law, International Criminal Law, International Commercial Law, Public International Law and Intellectual Property Law.
The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of legal doctrines, concepts, principles, rules and values in the core areas of law, as well as detailed knowledge of sources of law, how law is made and developed and an understanding of the procedures and rules of the legal system and the main institutions of the system.
You will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation of the context in which law operates, developing a critical perspective of the law and legal institutions, understanding the dynamic nature of the law, of its uncertainty, the need for reform and proposals for law reform.
Students on all of the LLB courses are required to undertake topics specifically designed to enhance their academic, personal and professional skills, as well as their career management.
Our active Law School provides lots of opportunities for extra-curricular activities, including specialist guest lectures, with recent talks from the writer and poet Professor Benjamin Zephaniah and ‘People's Lawyer and People's Poet’, Barrister Dave Neita, who spoke about transitional law and restorative justice in film. We also host regular networking events to enable you to meet representatives from local firms, as well as representatives from a variety of local organisations who sit on our Industry Advisory Board. They regularly review our course content, so that we can update it to reflect the new developments and requirements of the profession and business.
We have recently launched a series of professional events, including a new initiative to promote internationalisation – ‘Careers in Law: Global Options and Local Opportunities’ – which featured 15 senior legal practitioners from across the UK, including two QCs. In addition, we successfully launched the first ‘Oil, Gas, Energy and Sustainability Law Converzacione 2016’, which was streamed live to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Law Faculty as an Online International Learning (OIL) initiative. With an inaugural lecture on ‘Contemporary Policy Issues for New and Emerging Oil and Gas Producers’, the event benefited from a range of prestigious speakers, including: the Head of Safety and Operational Risk, Competency and Capability Development for The BP Group; the Economic Adviser in Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat; and the Legal Counsel, Maritime Law, at the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The aim of this course is to make sure you have the chance to obtain the relevant knowledge and qualifications to proceed to a career as a lawyer or in business.
Many of our graduates started their legal careers at organisations such as the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Crown Prosecution Service, others have chosen to become specialist advisors in commercial and business law for high street, national and international firms. Examples of recent graduate employers include: Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm with six offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a leading multinational law firm; and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial firm with offices in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.
On graduation, you should possess a range of transferrable graduate and employability skills in research, analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation, application of knowledge, problem-solving, communication and reflective learning.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Where our graduates work
Not all law students wish to enter the legal profession as a solicitor or barrister and a Law degree can provide an excellent foundation for many other careers. Our graduates have pursued careers in local government or the professional services, as trainee accountants with top firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), heading a recruitment desk with Hays International in Hong Kong and as management trainees with large ‘blue chip’ companies.
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