All our LLB programmes satisfy the degree requirements laid down by the Bar Standards Board to be able to complete the academic stage of legal training to become a barrister. The pathway to becoming a solicitor changed in 2021 so that from 2022 all law students will follow the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) route to qualification.

The SQE will remove the need for a qualifying law degree. Instead you will need to:

  • hold a degree (or equivalent qualification/experience)
  • successfully complete both parts of the SQE (the SQE has two parts: SQE 1 focuses on legal knowledge and SQE 2 on practical legal skills)
  • have 2 years’ qualifying work experience

An Edge Hill University LLB Law Degree is an excellent first-step to becoming a solicitor. We provide a skills pathway that will ready you for working in a law firm, this includes practical law modules taught by practitioners and the opportunity to study the law clinic module. Further you can take a four year sandwich degree which will provide the chance to complete a year of the required qualifying work experience.

Postgraduate courses

The negotiation competition

The Judge-Gatfield negotiation competition allows students from all year groups to take up simulated roles of solicitors and act on behalf of different sets of clients. The competitors, who compete in pairs, are given a scenario and one week to prepare for each round. The competitors develop transferrable skills applicable to both legal and non-legal practice, for instance, time management, organisational skills, communication skills, confidence, the ability to work well in a pressurised environment and most of all, the ability to negotiate.

The negotiation competition provides students with a fantastic opportunity to gain an understanding of what life as a solicitor will be like.