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 Judge-Gatfield 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.
Law in Sport Conference 2019
Students from Edge Hill University visited the 5th annual law in sport conference. The conference was held in the Royal Institute in London.
The students were able to attend the event, thanks to the student opportunity fund at Edge Hill. The student opportunity fund paid for the travel, accommodation and entrance to the event. The fund is available to all students at Edge Hill University.
The Law in Sport Conference brings together sports lawyers, athletes, students, sports executives and academics to discuss key issues and developments in sports law.
The conference provided an ideal opportunity for the students to network. This opportunity was not wasted, with the students working the room and speaking to many people at the conference. With all the students being 3rd-year students on the LLB course at they are focusing on their careers and next steps towards a career in Law.
Here is what the students had to say about the event itself and how it benefited them:
"During my second year at university, I participated in the sports law negotiation competition at the Etihad stadium which initiated my keen interest in sports law. Eager to develop my knowledge in this area, I also participated in the Edge Hill University sports law summer school, and I have opted to take sports law and international sports law as modules in my final year at university. Having the opportunity to go to the LawInSport conference was amazing. I have always had a passion for sport, and I swam nationally for several years before starting university. It was always hard to decide whether I wanted to follow my passion for swimming or the passion I had for studying law. Seeing that people can be involved in both sports and the law was fantastic! I had the opportunity to speak to many of the world’s leading sports lawyers and they were able to give me advice on how I too can pursue a career in sports law. The actual conference sessions were fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the talks on Esports as an evolving ecosystem, the issues and challenges of technology in refereeing and the anti-doping policy across different sports. During the anti-doping talk, the speakers discussed how sanctions should apply for team sports such as football if only one person has been doping and whether someone on the bench should be sanctioned even if they aren’t playing the sport. Overall, I was able to gain inspiration from the conference and I have since decided to write my dissertation on an area of sports law."
"The Sports Law trip to London benefitted me greatly as it allowed me to network. This meant we had to step out of our comfort zone to talk to sports law experts which is great practice for becoming a lawyer. Networking is essential as it allows for you to make connections within the law community which may lead to future jobs prospects. Everybody was very friendly and happy to provide information and advice to students.<br /> The conference itself was very informative and enjoyable with subjects such as anti-doping and Esports, which allowed for debate. Sean Cottrell CEO did a great job planning the event and having so many people present proves the importance of this event. I feel that it will help me with my future sports law module."
"Attending this event would be beneficial to anyone taking any Sports law module. The event was set up to include different professionals from all over the world which ultimately gave a fascinating variety of opinions that surrounded both international and national sports in a fun and light-hearted manner. The conference provided plenty of time for everyone to mingle and connect I, fortunately, came back from this event securing numerous contacts and offers for various opportunities to take up work experience, everyone that attended was friendly and more than willing to help all of the students from Edge Hill. If I had the opportunity, I would definitely go again as the event was exceptional and surpassed all expectations."
"Throughout the conference, there has been wide recognition of the University, via the representation of both students and also having a lecturer (Andrea Cattaneo) chairing a panel. But also, to make note we were the only University to send a group over and not even Loughborough sent a group over despite their well-known presence in sports. I asked a question in the topic of Sports Diplomacy directed to the representative for the IOC on whether, the IOC would consider sanctions to states that have infringed basic human rights rules, or it would leave it to federations such as IJF, FIFA for which we received a response that human rights are fundamental to the IOC and would consider such issues carefully. With this question it has led to several delegates commending the question such as 'great question' and 'well thought'."
"I found the conference to be very inspiring. I had not considered Sport to be an area of law I would be interested in. However, after attending this event it has opened my eyes to the possibilities that sports law can offer. I like how sports law combines many different legal disciplines. This conference is pitched at practitioner level, but I feel that they discuss things in ways that laypeople can understand. Networking with the other people from the conference and the delegates has proved invaluable. I would highly recommend other people to attend this event in the future. Without Edgehill and the student opportunities fund I would not have been able to attend this event."
Adam Pendlebury, coordinator of the Centre for Sports Law Research, facilitated Edge Hill’s attendance at the event and was very pleased with the positive feedbackback provided by the students. Further, he commended the students after receiving extremely positive feedback from the LawinSport CEO, Sean Cottrell. “I was impressed with your students who were a great bunch – professional, enthusiastic and proactive. It is a credit to you for arranging them to come down and benefit from the experience.”
Legal London 2019
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.