As a law student you could take part in one of our pro bono (voluntary) work schemes. Pro bono work gives you thechance to test your legal skills in a real-life situation. We currently work with a range of partners including Lawworks, Partners of Prisoners (POPs), Amicus, Personal Support Unit, Shelter and Manchester CAB.
The course places a strong emphasis on legal practice and preparing you for a career in law. It is designed to demonstrate to an employer that you understand the law and can apply it in practice.
Year 1 will introduce you to the law and the legal system. You will also study the law of Tort and Contract.
Year 2 will cover Public Law, Criminal Law and an elective subject.
Year 3 will cover Land Law, currently, the Law of the European Union and an elective subject.
Year 4 will cover Equity and Trusts, Professional Skills in Practice and an elective subject.
Available electives may include wills and succession, company and partnership law, civil litigation, company and partnership practice, conveyancing, criminal litigation or probate practice.
The course is taught via distance learning, meaning most of your work is done at home, in your own time, but within a structure that will keep up momentum throughout the year. Instead of undertaking a dissertation or research project, you will study legal practice electives, giving a strong vocational feel to the course.
The course starts with an optional two-day induction session (also available remotely) and this will equip you with the skills and knowledge to manage your study programme. You will be fully supported by tutors and set coursework for each of the 'foundations of legal knowledge' subjects that you study in your first year. These will include Contract Law, Tort and Legal System and Society.
This unit aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning contract law. It will also help you develop the skills of legal research, application and problem solving enabling you to apply your knowledge to realistic scenarios in order to provide arguable conclusions to legal problems. Topics studied include: the formation of contracts, contractual terms, factors which would render a contract unenforceable, and discharge of a contract and remedies.
This unit introduces you to the English legal system and assists you to develop critical perspectives on the relationship of law to society. This unit will include an introduction to the English Legal system covering legal concepts, courts, judges and the work of legal professionals, sources of law and statutory interpretation, judging the judges; judgments, bias and diversity, critical perspectives on contract and tort (i.e. the other year 1 subjects), limitations of the law and regulation of behaviour.
This unit considers the nature and functions of the law of torts and the legal principles governing liability. It includes general principles of the tort of negligence and associated defences; specific aspects of negligence, including liability for psychiatric harm, economic loss and occupiers’ liability; and trespass to the person.
In the second year you will continue with 'foundations of legal knowledge' by covering Public and Criminal Law. At this stage you will also have the opportunity to selected one further subject of your choice from subjects such as the Law of Wills and Succession and Company and Partnership Law.
This unit examines the principles of criminal law, together with a range of offences and defences. It aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main underpinning principles and concepts. It will cover a number of offences including homicides, assaults, theft and fraud, sexual offences and so on.
Public law is the study of the institutions of government and the legal and quasi-legal mechanisms that determine how those institutions operate. It includes basic principles of constitutional law; features of the United Kingdom’s constitution; the interactions between the UK, the EU and the ECHR; aspects of the protection of civil liberties in The United Kingdom; and judicial review of administrative action.
This unit will examine the principles and concepts underpinning business media and will focus, in particular, on aspects of partnership and company law. This unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning the formation and operation of companies and partnerships.
In your third year you will study Land Law, and, at the moment, the Law of the European Union and a legal practice subject from a wide range including Criminal Litigation, Probate Practice and others. For each law and legal practice module you will benefit from specifically written course materials including webcasts and study exercises together with continued tutor support.
Note: In order to study Probate Practice in Year 3, you will have had to study the Law of Wills and Succession in Year 2.
This unit currently remains a core. However, should regulatory body advice change it may become optional. The first part of the course will focus on the constitutional and administrative law of the EU. The second part of the course will cover areas of European Union substantive law including Constitutional and Administrative Law of the EU Introduction; History and Development of the European Union and its place in the international system; and Law and the General Principles of EU law Dual Vigilance.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of civil litigation with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers pre-action steps; funding of litigation, commencement of proceedings and statements of case, termination of proceedings without trial, the key steps in the progress of a matter to trial, trial procedure and the civil costs regime. The subject is assessed by coursework and examination.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of criminal litigation with a practical focus to equip you with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. The syllabus will include the following topics: police powers in the investigation of crime, funding including public funding, bail, procedures leading to trial, evidence, sentencing and ancillary orders, juveniles and professional ethics.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of probate law with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. It adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers skills of drafting, numeracy and legal research; will drafting, the principles of construction of a will/codicil; revocation; taxation principles relevant to will drafting; tax planning measures; grants of representation, the duties and powers of PRs and the administration and distribution of estates.
This unit examines company and partnership law from a practical perspective alongside development of relevant professional skills. It adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus.It covers taxation of individuals and businesses; limited liability partnerships; partnership agreements; termination of partnerships; company formation and procedures; practices relating to the role and responsibility of directors; alterations to a company’s constitution; corporate borrowing and corporate administration.
In your final year you will study Equity and Trusts and one legal practice subject. Professional Skills in Practice will also become an integral part of your focus in order prepare you for practice. This will include skills such as legal research and client care which will be invaluable for your current or future roles. You will also have a choice of legal practice subject chosen from a list incorporating those shown for year three, together with Conveyancing.
The unit explores equity's jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the Chancery Courts. Content is largely doctrinal but theoretical content is introduced on a number of topics, including the nature of equity, the trust concept, certainty, constitution of trusts and formalities, purpose trusts, charitable trusts, implied trusts, undue influence, secret trusts, trustees' powers, duties and functions tracing, variation of trusts.
The unit develops the professional skills required for effective legal practice. It is based on CILEx level 6 legal skills qualifications. It includes the development of client interviewing skills, legal writing skills, practical legal research, negotiation and knowledge about client care procedures. It is assessed by portfolio consisting of a range of related tasks which draw on realistic client scenarions.
This unit combines the legal and procedural aspects of conveyancing with a practical focus to equip students with relevant skills. The unit adopts the CILEx accredited syllabus. It covers conveyancing practice in relation to interests in land and transfer of legal estates; taking conveyancing instructions; preparing a contract for sale; title and its investigation; transfer or lease of a wider title; legal responsibilities in relation to funding property transactions; completion of a conveyancing transaction, and post completion matters.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www.law.mmu.ac.uk/staff/
A law degree is thorough, rigorous and attractive to a range of employers.
Many of our students go on to qualify as solicitors and barristers, or secure work in legal services, but others have found work in charities, the civil service and IT.
You could also pursue further academic research, or a career as a lecturer.
Professional regulators in the legal sector are currently conducting an extensive consultation about legal education and training.
This includes review about the routes and qualifications to become a barrister or solicitor.
The final decision on the BPTC is due to be made in Spring 2017, in time for the new approach to training to start taking effect from the 2018/19 academic year.
Applications will commence for the new programmes in Autumn 2017.
The current route of a QLD or the GDL and LPC to become a solicitor will remain in place until August 2019.
Students who have started the current route (QLD/GDL and LPC) before September 2019, will have the choice between whether to qualify under the old route (subject to availability) or qualify under the new route.
The final date to qualify under the old route to qualification will be 2024.
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
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