Law is a highly competitive field and a masters qualifying law degree, or a postgraduate diploma in law, will make you stand out from the crowd. Take your first step towards becoming a solicitor or barrister with a course that combines all the core modules required by the regulating bodies for both professions.
Taught by experienced tutors including trained solicitors and barristers with significant professional expertise in all areas of law, you will learn the theory and how to apply it in practice. Your research project gives you the opportunity to focus on an area of law that interests you, and the breadth of expertise in the department means that you will receive specialist support on a wide variety of topics, from medical negligence to terrorism or intellectual property.
Teaching is delivered in small face-to-face classes combined, where appropriate, with online lectures, enabling you to return to them as often as you need.
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.
You could progress to the next stage of legal trainingby undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice to train as a solicitoror the Bar Professional Training Course to become a barrister. Roles thatrequire a deep-rooted knowledge of the law will also be open to you, includingthat of a paralegal or a court reporter. You could also apply your lawknowledge in marketing, local government, mental health or social work.
Careers advice: The 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 from writing a CV to searching for jobs.
You will be taught by lecturers who have worked in some of the top UK firms, including DLA Piper, Eversheds, Walker Morris and Herbert Smith Freehills. As well as excellent academic teaching, our staff will provide you with professional and practical support to help you progress your career.
Law qualifying courses have been taught by our Leeds Law School since 1979 and many of our alumni now act as mentors to our students, helping them to get ahead by offering careers advice, work experience and even job opportunities.
A specialist study room, accessible only by students on our postgraduate courses, is fitted with computer terminals and legal texts. We also have a courtroom where you can put theory into practice in simulated trials.
Leeds is one of the largest legal centres outside London and offers a wealth of job and placement opportunities. You'll benefit from our close links with firms in the city and from the contacts and possible career opportunities provided by your professional mentor.
Indicative Core Modules
Foundations of Contract Law Study the role of the law in defining, creating, imposing, regulating and enforcing freely negotiated and agreed contractual obligations between two or more contracting parties.
Foundations of Tort Law Examine civil law liability for a wrong or 'tort', including negligence, occupier's liability and trespass to the person, considering how tort protects reputation and personal integrity.
Foundations of Public Law Understand the relationship between the different organs of the State and the individual, including royal prerogative, human rights, judicial review and police powers.
Foundations of Equity & Trusts Learn how and why trusts are created, their different and legal frameworks, the principles of equity affecting their creation and the use of trusts in practice.
Foundations of EU Law Explore the founding principles of the law of the European Union to enable critical understanding of the nature and purpose of European developments and regulations.
Foundations of Property Law Study the fundamental issues relating to the concept of property, its ownership, and the rights and obligations created by the ownership of land.
Foundations of Criminal Law Understand the general principles of law governing criminal responsibility set within their social context, the concept of moral responsibility and the philosophy of punishment.
Independent Legal Research Project You will explore and develop ideas on a legal topic of your choosing in a written submission.
- Courtroom 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.
- 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.
- Library Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.