On our LLB courses, you will be studying for a Qualifying Law Degree, which means that provided you pass the specified modules, you gain exemptions from the professional bodies for their educational requirements and will meet the academic requirements for entering a Legal Practice Course. The conditions a law degree must meet to be termed a ‘qualifying law degree’ are laid down by the Law Society and Bar Council, which govern the qualification regulations for anyone seeking to qualify as a solicitor or as a barrister.
The Negotiation Competition
The Competition, which has been extremely successful, 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.
In April 2019 the Department of Law and Criminology visited London to experience some key legal places of interest during a three-day trip. This was fully funded by the Edge Hill University Student Opportunity Fund which meant that the Department could take 20 students. The aim of the trip was to provide context to what the students had been studying on Law and Criminology courses and to enhance their employability attributes.
The first visit was to the highest UK court, the Supreme Court. Here the students were able to sit in on an appeal case and learn about the history of the court. First year law student Abbi Foster provided her thoughts on the visit:
"The tour guide gave us an overview of the facts of recent cases that were decided in the court and we were asked to give our thoughts on what the decisions of the court were. The talk was excellent, it motivates you to keep aiming high as one day you could be a Lord or Lady sitting in the highest court."
Abbi Foster - First Year Law
On day two of the visit, the students visited Middle Temple Inn of Court. It is a requirement for aspiring Barristers to join one of the Inns of court. The students were given a unique experience of dining in the grand hall of the Inn with very esteemed barristers and then were given a tour and talk by one of the members of the Inn. Clearly this networking experience will be something that will enhance a student’s CV. Year one law student Saeeda Kalam found the day very useful:
"I hope to complete the Bar Professional Training Course in the future and this experience gave me an idea as to what is expected of me if I wish to become a Barrister. The tour of Middle Temple was very educating; I learned a lot of new information about the work of judges and barristers who are members of the Inn. I also gained knowledge regarding the general history of the Inn."
Saeeda Kalam - First Year Law
On the final day of the trip we visited the Royal Courts of Justice which hosts the England and Wales Court of Appeal and the England and Wales High Court. The students sat in on an English Libel Law case which was very interesting. This institution was part of a guided tour of legal London. The tour provided a fantastic insight into the history of law in England and pointed out key points of interest. The last and certainly not least point of interest was the famous Crown Court, the Old Bailey. Here we were able to sit in on a high-profile murder trial and watch criminal Barristers in action.
A good time was had by all but crucially students enhanced their knowledge of law as well as developing key employability skills.