Providing a route into the legal profession for non-law graduates, our our postgraduate diploma in law and our LLM Qualifying Law degree cover the key foundation subjects required by the professional bodies to complete the academic stage of training as a solicitor or barrister. It is delivered by a mix of online learning activities, directed study and small group workshop sessions.
Leeds is home to top-ranking UK and international law firms, including Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper, Hammonds, Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds, and employs 7,100 professionals in the sector.
During the course you will have the opportunity to be partnered with a professional mentor ? a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice, deepening your understanding oflegal practice during the period of study.
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.
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.
On successful completion of this course, you are able to proceed to the next stage of legal training. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor, you will be able to begin the Legal Practice Course. If you intend to become a barrister, you can apply for a place on the Bar Professional Training Course. By completing a top-up dissertation you can be awarded a masters in law.
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Our course is delivered by staff with significant professional expertise. You will engage in activities designed to optimise your employment prospects and enhance professionalism. All students on the course have a professional mentor - a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice during the period of study and provide work-based learning and career opportunities. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.
Caroline Acton of Berwins Solicitors in Harrogate completed both the PG Dip Law and the Legal Practice Course at Leeds Law School. She says, "Throughout the course I developed vital professional skills such as interviewing and advising within legal areas."
Law Institutions & Skills Discover the sources of law and the law making process, and the skills required to interpret and analyse the law.
Foundations of Public Law You will focus on the law relating to the UK Constitution and the law relating to human rights, anti-terrorism and judicial review.
Foundations of Criminal Law Examine the general principles of law which govern questions of criminal responsibility, together with selected specific offences.
Foundations of Contract Law Explore the formation of a contract, the contents and the varying ways that parties may be relieved of their obligations under a contract. You will also examine the consequences of breach of contract.
Foundations of Tort Law You will explore negligence and its key components, and will explore and examine economic loss, psychiatric harm, occupiers' liability, trespass to the person, nuisance and damages.
Foundations of Property Law This module considers the law relating to the ownership and transfer of property as well as the various interests that are capable of being created over land.
Independent Legal Research Project You will prepare a 2000 word literature review leading to the development of a research proposal, followed by the completion of a 5000 word Independent Legal Research project.
Foundations of Equity & Trusts Law This module considers the creation and use of the trust in the public and private arenas, commercial and domestic relationships and the duties and liabilities of trustees
Foundations of the Law of the European Union Explore the founding principles of the law of the European Union and develop a critical understanding of the nature and purpose of European developments and regulations.
- Portland Our Leeds Law School is located in our Portland building, close to the city’s legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.
- Library Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.
- The Rose Bowl The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.