Law with Business/Criminology - Open Day Sept 2013


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The University of Brighton's law degrees are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. They are Qualifying Law Degrees which means that all graduates will have completed the academic stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

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Law with Business/Criminology - Open Day Sept 2013

  1. 1. Open Day Law with Business LLB(Hons) Law with Criminology LLB(Hons) Zoe Swan, Course Leader Matt Follett, Law with Criminology Lecturer
  2. 2.  We have strong links with industry and work with employers to develop relevant programmes  40 years’ experience of running courses  Most staff worked in industry before joining  Career-focussed courses – you will develop the practical skills that employers are looking for Brighton Business School
  3. 3. Law with Business LLB(Hons) Law with Criminology LLB(Hons)  Qualifying Law Degrees  Law with Business enables students to study the foundations of law subjects together with other law modules and business modules  Law with Criminology enables students to study the foundations of law subjects together with other law modules and undertake an in-depth study of criminology
  4. 4. What you need to study law at Brighton  A typical offer is;  ABB (Law with Criminology) and  BBB (Law with Business) from three A-levels (excluding General Studies).  GCSE Maths and English min Grade C  IB 34 points (Law with Criminology) and 32 points (Law with Business), inc 16 at higher level  Nat Dip DDM  IELTS min 6 (inc 6 in writing) where applicable  An enquiring mind!
  5. 5. The LLB courses at Brighton  Law modules make up at least 2/3 of the degree Law with Business  Study of at least five business modules  Options to take further business or law modules in the final year Law with Criminology  Study of at least five criminology modules  Options to take further criminology or law modules in the final year
  6. 6. What is a ‘Qualifying Law Degree’ A degree that is recognised by the professional legal bodies (the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as the academic stage of training for a solicitor or barrister.
  7. 7. Law routes
  8. 8. Course structure of LLB (with Business & Criminology)  6 modules in year 1  6 modules in year 2  Majority of modules are assessed by a blend of coursework and examination  Some modules (1 or 2 in each year) are 100% coursework  Minimum 12 hours contact per week in year 1 and 10 hours in year 2.  Year 3 dependent on elective choice but minimum of 8 hours.  Additional contact hours available via guest speakers, personal tutors and subject tutors.
  9. 9. Year 1 Modules • Law in Practice • Skills to support study at degree level • Critical writing skills, referencing, essay writing • Legal research: how to use sources of law, how to read, locate and extract legal principles from case law and statute • Practical skills: presentation skills, negotiation skills, using the law orally (mooting, advocacy) • Skills for the recruitment process • Guest speakers at a weekly career & skill development forum session • Visits to observe court proceedings.
  10. 10. Year 1 modules Law in Action  Understand the English Legal System  Consider how legal institutions operate & how law is made  How to find, read and interpret the law found in cases and statute  Consider the court structure, the judiciary & legal reasoning.  The civil & criminal court processes & ADR  Law & society & ethics - critical issues  Encourages critical thinking
  11. 11. Year 1 modules cont… Law of Torts  Negligence  Defamation  Occupiers liability  Trespass etc Public Law  British constitution  Human rights  Judicial review of government action  Public Order
  12. 12. First year business modules Global Business Environment  Foundation level economics to give an understanding of business  Provided in a legal context with guest speakers Business Planning  Introduction to forms of business organisation  Basic marketing principles  Financial aspects of business planning  Developing a business plan
  13. 13. First year criminology modules Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies Criminal Justice System and treatment of offenders and victims Major criminological perspectives on ‘crime’, deviance, justice and social control. The contemporary focus on crime prevention, looking at risk and fear. Theories of Crime Individual theories of crime Contemporary feminist and anti- racist approaches within criminology
  14. 14. Second year Law with Business modules  European Union Law  Contract Law  Law in Practice: Moot  Criminal Law  Business Development  Marketing & Information Systems
  15. 15. Second year Law with Criminology modules  European Union Law  Contract Law  Law in Practice: Moot  Criminal Law  Transcultural Issues in Crime and Justice  Criminologies of Crime Control
  16. 16. Optional year 3 work placement  On placement you gain work and life experience  It significantly adds to your CV  Placement companies are wide and varied include:  Alfred James & Co Solicitors Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors Acumen Business Law Devonshires Solicitors Home Office UKBA House of Lords
  17. 17. Final year modules  Land Law  Equity and Trusts  Legal Research Project – group research project  One criminology/business module Options include: Commercial Law, Company Law Employment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Family Law, Legal Dissertation, Law of Succession Law with Business: Employee Relations, Business Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship Law with Criminology: Contemporary Studies in Crime and Justice, Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice
  18. 18. How are modules taught? • We use a variety of innovative methods: • Lectures, seminars, workshops, podcasts, problem based learning (PBL). • Case studies; independent and supported research, blended learning • (e-learning and seminars and lectures).
  19. 19. Where are modules taught? The Business School All Law modules All Business modules School of Applied Social Science All Criminology modules Criminology classes scheduled one day each week
  20. 20. Interactive example • Encouraging critical thinking from day 1 • Induction activity • Posters win Prizes • Working in a group • Using the local environment to encourage critical thought processes contextual to the degree • Law in Society • Business and or the economy • Crime Prevention
  21. 21. Virtual learning environment  All modules are supported through the use of studentcentral, our online learning site.  In addition to paper resources (books, journals etc in the library) students have access to a range of online legal research services, such as Westlaw, Lawtel, Lexis Nexis and HeinOnline. These can be accessed from students’ home computer.
  22. 22. How are modules assessed?  Coursework assessments and examinations.  Some modules are assessed with coursework only,  Some are a blend including examinations and coursework.  Coursework assessment is varied & includes:  Group presentations,, skeleton argument supported by a practical moot in a simulated court environment, reflective paper on a visit to court, presentation of a group business plan, practical negotiation, group legal research & presentation, independent literature review, problem and essay based written coursework.  Coursework marks & feedback are returned electronically.
  23. 23. Employability skills and personal, academic & legal skills Integrated throughout the degree programme eg; Year 1: Law in Practice is tailored to meet the needs of law students and support other modules. Year 2 and Final year: Law in Practice: Moot and Legal Research Project modules focus on the development of effective oral presentation, advocacy and group work skills. Presentation skills Research skills Negotiation skills
  24. 24. Close links with local legal community  Local legal practices provide advocacy training, speakers on topical legal issues, shadowing, sponsorship and internship opportunities.  Students actively encouraged to complete vacation placements with solicitors’ firms, mini pupillages with barristers’ chambers and internships with other institutions.  Members of the Sussex Law Society, Institute of Legal Executives and Sussex Young Lawyers sit on the advisory panel for course development.
  25. 25. Advocacy & Public Speaking Skill Development  Law in Practice: Moot module develops advocacy skills.  Annual sponsored inter-university mooting competition between Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Students argue both sides of a fictitious legal case in a simulated court room setting – but in front of a panel of real judges.  Internal qualifying competitions  Students also take part in national and regional mooting competitions  Annual Client Interviewing Competition
  26. 26. Student Law Society  Membership of over 150 students.  Educational events have included visits to Lewes Crown Court, Brighton magistrates court, the Houses of Parliament, national law fairs, Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court.  Social events have included paintballing, go-karting, surfing, themed social nights, a Christmas ball and a trip with law students from other universities to Amsterdam.  Networking events, good links with local practitioners & other law schools  Peer Support Scheme
  27. 27. University of Brighton Moot Society • Membership from year 1 strongly encouraged • Internal competitions to develop advocacy skills • Run workshops for beginners • Provide support to all students • Excellent links with local chambers (Brighton & Lewes) • Organise guest speakers and networking events • Active student committee – all years represented
  28. 28. Career focused  From Year 1 Law in Practice  Careers Service in regular contact with over 1,800 businesses and organisations.  Biennial Careers Forum discusses the range of routes into law, business and criminology, professional speakers.  CV clinics  Graduate Recruitment advice
  29. 29. Work shadowing opportunities Recent shadowing opportunities have included:  2nd year students worked alongside five of Howlett Clarke’s Partners.  Students shadowed local judges.  Others spent time with the Crown Prosecution Service.  Local law firms
  30. 30. Graduate careers Careers that some of our graduates have embarked upon: Solicitor Barrister Legal Executive Accountant Banking and finance Human resources Journalism Insurance Management consultancy
  31. 31. Destinations of law graduates Recent law graduates are now working for companies such as: Adams & Reamers Paralegal British Airways Trainee Manager Dean Wilson LLP Legal Clerk Lloyds TSB Business Specialist Multi-international Commodities Broker / Oil Schneider GroupFinancial Trader The Royal Household Anniversaries Correspondent West Sussex Council Legal Assistant Other law graduates went on to take vocational training courses to become solicitors or barristers.
  32. 32. What our students say “The subject matter was always interesting and the lecturers are motivating and very approachable. Brighton is an awesome place to live and the student life is unbeatable.” “Towards the end of my Law with Business degree, I was delighted to be offered a position at a local law firm, and I feel that the knowledge and skills I gained from Brighton University have greatly contributed to my early career success.” “I would recommend studying law at the University of Brighton to any prospective students.”
  33. 33. Thank you for attending this presentation