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Legal careers



Students who are still considering whether to take the next steps this autumn to achieve their legal career ambitions can get help to decide at a series of open days being held by The University of Law (ULaw) throughout August.

They can find out more about ULaw’s two-year undergraduate LL.B law degree, its Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), which gives non-law graduates an entry route into the legal profession, and the LL.M Legal Practice Course (LL.M LPC), the next step towards a career as a solicitor.

There are still places available at the university’s eight nationwide centres for these programmes starting in September.

Postgraduate students at ULaw can now spread the cost of their studies by paying their course fees in monthly instalments. ULaw recently became the only leading professional law school to allow both part-time and full-time students to pay for the GDL, LL.M LPC and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) by monthly direct debit.

From September ULaw is enhancing its existing Legal Practice Course with a new LL.M LPC, which will award students not only with an LPC qualification but also with an internationally-recognised LL.M Master of Laws. The new qualification is exclusive to the university and students can specialise in either international or national legal practice.

Its undergraduate law degree is also unique as it is the first LL.B to be grounded on rigorous practice-based learning, designed to prepare students for the modern world of law, and focused on developing their professional legal skills and employment prospects.

Sarah Hutchinson, Vice President (Business Development) at The University of Law, said: "There’s a lot of evidence showing that, despite the challenging economic backdrop, the UK legal job market offers good prospects for the most talented graduates. The demand for professionals across the legal industry is forecast to accelerate by 19.9% over the period 2011-2020 according to figures provided by The Law Society.

"Additional statistics show that UK legal firms are expected to increase their graduate vacancies by 4% during 2013 compared to last year. The legal sector also has one of the highest salary profiles compared with other professions, with average graduate starting salaries at £39,000, second only to investment banking.”

The University of Law has gained a reputation in the legal education sector for focusing on developing the employability of its students. ULaw graduates have an excellent track record in securing employment and 89% of 2011/12 LPC graduates are currently working in legal roles.

As well as learning about ULaw’s study programmes, visitors to the open days will gain vital information about breaking into the legal profession, the different areas of law in which to practise and how to make the right career choice.

They take place on the following dates:

Birmingham centre: August 17
Bristol centre: August 7
Chester centre: August 13
Guildford centre: August 1
London Bloomsbury centre: August 14 (Open day just for GDL and LL.M LPC)
Manchester centre: August 7
York centre: August 8

Students can register to attend the events by visiting