Zoom in on the city of Coventry in central England and you’ll find Coventry University, where 30,000 students are receiving an outstanding education. Coventry University recognises that law is a growing field in the UK and has designed a suite of professional law courses to meet the changing demands for qualification as a solicitor in the UK.
Non-UK and non-law graduates can now pursue a career in legal practice, with the removal of the necessity for a qualifying law degree to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales.
With the removal of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, all candidates from abroad looking to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales must sit the centralised SQE assessments. Coventry Law School offers just the courses to prepare students for these assessments.
“Our professional law courses have been designed to support students from all backgrounds on their path into the legal profession,” says Dr. Gary Betts, the Head of Coventry Law School. “Whether you have an English law degree, international legal experience, or are new to law study, our courses are designed to provide you with the legal knowledge, professional skills and practical insight to prepare you to sit the national Solicitors Qualifying Examination and/or CILEX Professional Stage. You will be taught by a team of legally qualified practitioners who will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of legal practice.”
The professional law courses — Professional Legal Practice LLM, Understanding Legal Practice PgDip, Principles of Law PgCert — were all shaped with this in mind. The unique selling point of the first two programmes as opposed to other SQE preparatory courses on offer elsewhere is that they ensure that students are also well-prepared for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) professional stage qualifications. When they graduate from these courses, they are given more than just the option to be a solicitor. The professional skills they gain allow the student to look beyond, like kick-starting a career as a legal executive
Those with a UK law degree can pursue the Professional Legal Practice LLM or the Understanding Legal Practice PgDip (one year full-time and two semesters full-time respectively). Non-law graduates must complete the Principles of Law PgCert before pursuing either the Professional Legal Practice LLM or the Understanding Legal Practice PgDip.
The programmes will be delivered in groups by dedicated specialist tutors who are experienced professionals in their fields. They use a combination of online sessions and on-campus workshops. Every course embeds teaching methods like role plays, live case studies, the use of real-world data and special legal databases, simulations, and presentations to give students a taste of life in legal practice.
Support is available every step of the way for students of all three programmes. The virtual learning environment Aula truly engages learners, facilitates meaningful connection, and improves students’ likelihood to succeed. There is plenty of face-to-face contact hours too.
Excellent career guidance is what gives Coventry Law School another edge. The Talent Team — an employment support team at the university — is there to tailor every student’s career opportunities from day one. The team is there to offer advice and help soon-to-be graduates stand out and succeed in their job search. The result? Confident graduates set to join their predecessors now working at the likes of DAC Beachcroft, NFU Mutual, PwC, Deloitte, Linklaters, Countrywide Tax and Trust Corporation, Oracle, Squire Patton Boggs, Stobbs, and Co-op Legal Services.