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Your course – Teaching, Learning & Assessment

What are the dates for my course this year?

 

As above, teaching is currently due to commence on Monday 27 September. Most years this is broken into two 12 weeks semesters, each followed by an assessment period. These are also broken up by our Christmas and Easter breaks.

What does an average week normally look like?

 

Timetables for each student can be different depending on the modules you are taking. An average timetable for a Law student will generally involve 4 hours of seminar classes each week. You will also spend time, generally around 2-4 hours each week, engaging with materials recorded by lecturers and posted online. These will be supported by active learning tasks such as MCQs for which you should also set time aside. Most importantly you should expect to spend approximately 10 hours each week engaging in independent study. This is a key element of your Law degree and will include seminar preparation, time completing your assessments as well as independent research.

For the academic year 2021/22, the univeristy has implemented blended learning into the way teaching is delivered, this will be in a mixture of face to face sessions alongside online learning, the latter mainly replacing large scale lectures.

What will teaching and learning be like in 2021/22?

The Law School, in line with the wider university will be implementing the blended learning approach to teaching. This will combine a mixture of face to face sessions, whilst retaining some online teaching which will mainly replace any larger sessions such as lectures. 

Some examples of the changes made in the 2020/21 academic year include:

Adoption of a new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - CANVAS, to replace Blackboard. This is a much better system to facilitate learning and interaction and support will be provided at Institutional level to understand and use the system and through Induction activities within the Law School.

There will be no large group lectures, delivered either in person or via online substitutes synchronously (live). These will be replaced by asynchronous (recorded) materials, which students can access via the CANVAS VLE. These asynchronous recordings will not simply be replications of existing lectures, but will break topics into smaller, digestible chunks on the basis of active learning principles. These will never exceed 30 minutes in duration. These will be supported by small quizzes, directed reading exercises or MCQs to test understanding.

There will be an increase in synchronous teaching sessions in a face-to-face, socially distanced method, wherever possible, or via online delivery methods, to maintain the same excellent engagement and learning that would take place in face to face sessions. These will be small group sessions and will be delivered so that there are 4 hours of synchronous contact per week.

Learning will be supported by some innovative approaches, for example:

* in Law 101, students will be asked to independently complete certification training in Westlaw and Lexis by attending repeat workshop training sessions provided by the Library.

* to improve active learning – there will be the use of live discussion boards, in weeks between small group sessions, to facilitate peer-to-peer learning in LAW101.

* a focus on peer learning in at least one seminar in Public Law II (LAW110) via use of scenario documentation and café style learning.

Synchronous sessions are intended to be delivered face to face in a social distancing, physical environment, or online via CANVAS and supported software such as Zoom. Online, synchronous sessions will only happen in defined circumstances (such as a staff member has health issues which make physical teaching impossible) and will always be communicated in advance to students. There will be no substantive difference between online and physical synchronous sessions - they will cover the same material and use the same learning approaches from the tutor, whether delivered in a physical or online space.

Contact hours (time in front of students) replaced by 'Engagement hours'. Contact hours, in the sense of face to face, synchronous learning in small groups, has increased, to four hours per week, rather than the average of two hours per fortnight which was the average prior to the new approach. Engagement hours detail the time taken to undertake online learning (asynchronous materials), prepare for synchronous teaching sessions, complete any post-session learning and prepare for assessments, formative and summative. Engagement hours for each module will be available at the start of each.

Extra-curricular offering. We have removed the 'Personal Development Week', which used to take place in Week 7, as the offering that was available there has not been made available through our weekly extra curricular offering.

Find out more about the universities plans for teaching in 2021/22.

How are my modules assessed?

Methods of assessment differ depending on the module. Throughout your degree programme you will be required to undertake various assessments such as written coursework (including essays, blogs and research reports), exams, group work and presentations. 

All module assessment types are listed in the module choice guides, any updates to the way that modules are assessed will be updated in these guides.

Will my first year assessment count towards my final degree marks?

Whilst not used to count towards your final degree marks, doing well in your first year assessment is still important. Students are required to have a minimum 40% pass rate on modules to continue into second year.

When will I find out about my modules and pick modules?

 

All modules currently available to students are shown online, if any new modules are added or removed for the upcoming academic year these will be amended on the website pages.

In some instances, modules are subject to change depending on the demand for each module and academic availability during that academic year. You can find out more about the Law modules on thededicated webpages.

In Year 1 and 2 there are a number of compulsory modules that you need to take, however in year 3 you can choose four optional modules in each teaching semester.

Module selection occurs at the start of the year, and deadlines will be set and communicated to you once available modules options are confirmed.

What kinds of academic support might I receive this year?

 

Whilst we pride ourselves in ensuring that you always receive academic support, including contact with academic advisors and opportunities to drop in to meet with academic staff, there will be an increase in academic support at module level. Colleagues will have four hours per week to see students on the modules they teach. Modules are using different methods to engage students in this support, e.g. in LAW109 Public Law I, 1 hour will be set aside, via LiveChat to discuss learning from the asynchronous materials covered in that relevant week.

How might the campus be different this year?

We want our campus to be a safe and welcoming place to join, live, work and study.

Teaching will take place in a campus environment that continues to offer safe access to the University grounds and buildings, supported by new arrangements to ensure safe, socially distant study space is available in our libraries, a teaching schedule that reduces the volume of students moving around the campus at any one time, one-way walking routes, adapted catering facilities and, where possible and in line with government guidance, sports and leisure opportunities.

You can find out more about the safety measures on campus for the 2021/22 academic year.

What will my timetable and workload be like if I’m on a combined degree (joint honours/major/minor course)?

 

For combination courses, mandatory modules will be set out for each combination, this may differ for each course and the split (50:50 or 75:25) that you have chosen.

Certain modules will have been identified to be the core modules which need to be undertaken. In some instances this may equate to having more mandatory modules than in a single honours course which reduces the amount of optional modules that may be available.

We will of course ensure that the overall workload is comparable to that of a single honours course. There will also be opportunity at the end of your first year to evaluate whether the combined degree works for you, as you look towards the next year’s module options. At this stage, you may be able to review the balance of your subject, although certain subjects, such as law, may be limited due to prior compulsory knowledge that is often required through first year modules.

Can I take a Year in Industry option?

Yes, you can, but this would not be a standard part of our courses.

However, where this opportunity makes itself available to students through the connections that they develop throughout their time with us, particularly through Careers & Employability support, we can work to suspend studies if necessary for the appropriate amount of time, to allow you to complete this experience. We recognise the value in these experience and opportunities where they arise, and will do what we can to support you.

Careers & Employability and the Law Clinic

What additional opportunities are available for law students?

There are lots of exciting opportunities on offer for students studying at The Liverpool Law School. Enhancing employability is one of our key aims and we provide a range of opportunities for students to develop their transferrable skills.

The Liverpool Law Clinic offers students the opportunity to complete a module developing important practical skills in a professional environment, whilst gaining credits which contribute towards their degree. During a Clinic module, students work on real legal cases under the supervision of a qualified lawyer, researching a client’s problem and drafting a detailed legal advice letter or other legal documents. The Clinic also offers students at all stages of their degree opportunities to participate in pro bono projects, for example working on criminal appeals in the Clinic or providing advocacy for welfare benefits cases in the Tribunal, as well as our ground-breaking Summer Placement Scheme offering a week of legal experience to a selected group of first year students. The Clinic works to the highest of professional standards; students and staff have won national awards for their work

Streetlaw is an excellent way for students to demonstrate their legal knowledge and develop their research skills. Focusing on a particular aspect of law, students work as a group to research and prepare a presentation which aims to make law more accessible to the local community. As well as honing their research and presentation skills, the project enables students to engage with a wide range of people and apply their knowledge in a practical way.

Mooting and negotiation competitions give our students the opportunity to apply their skills in a practical way. With mooting, for example, two legal teams compete in presenting a legal argument and the winner is not the team who would win the legal point, but the team who presented their argument well, answered questions accurately and addressed the court correctly. The formative rounds are judged by a member of staff and the finals are judged by practising barristers or judges. These competitions are a fun way for students to develop their presentation skills and to test out their research skills on a new area of law. Placements in a legal firm or chambers are often offered as prizes to members of the winning team.

What services does the Careers and Employability Team offer?

The Law School provides information on a range of placement opportunities, typically offering student the chance to spend 2-3 weeks during the vacation working within an international law firm or alongside in-house lawyers in major commercial companies. Students applying for placements are supported in preparing their applications by the Careers and Employability Service. In addition, a limited number of 2 week Singapore placements and year-long China placements are offered to students on a competitive basis. Many local firms of solicitors and barristers chambers offer placements to winners of student competitions such as moots. In addition, participating in the Law School professional mentoring scheme often leads to an offer of a legal placement.

Are there visits and events to support Careers and Employability for students?

 

Yes, the School of Law holds a dedicated events series (Law Extra) for all Law students to attend, these events/talks take place throughout the academic year during teaching weeks. All of these events will be publicised to students via our various communication outlets across the school and wider University.

Will I be able to take part in practical legal experiences, such as the Law Clinic this year?

 

The Law Clinic is a key part of the Law School and there are opportunities available to students who both volunteer or choose the Law Clinic as a module. The work of the Law Clinic is an essential asset for those whom it supports, particularly in times of difficulty, so we ensure the work of the Law Clinic continues for our community, as much as for our students.

For more about the Law Clinic, head to the Law Clinic webpages.

There will also be a range of other experiences that we will ensure are available to students wherever feasible, and these will be advertised throughout the year through the Department and the Careers and Employability team.

Do students get to participate in field trips or events, such as mooting?

The university will be following government guidance on visits and will make decisions accordingly throughout the academic year. Whilst we hope we are able to return back to providing physical events and trips, in the previous year 2020/21, events such as mooting competitions, have taken place virtually. Therefore the opportunities to participate in these type of events have remained the same.

What kind of links do you have with members of the legal profession?

Members of the local profession are actively involved in the Liverpool Law School, participating in student-led activities including professional networking sessions, supporting pro-bono activities and the mooting competition. For individual students, we offer a professional mentoring scheme, where students are assigned to a local barrister or solicitor who will act as their mentor. The mentor will provide careers advice and assistance to their mentees on a personal and individual basis. Many of our students who have participated in the scheme have been offered work experience and placement opportunities as a result of taking part.

Support Services

What support is available at the School of Law and Social Justice?

The School of Law and Social Justice has a dedicated support team based within the Student Experience team who can provide a wide range of support during your studies. The Learning, Teaching and Support Officers are your first point of contact if you need any support. 

They can help to assess what support you need and put you in contact with the relevant central teams who specialise in different areas. They can also help students to gain further academic support if it is required, any extenuating circumstances, exam extensions and more.

What support services does the University offer?

Whether you are new to our University community or returning for another year of study, we know it can be a stressful time. The University’s Student Services team offer comprehensive support to all students across a number of areas including:

  • Student Welfare Advice and Guidance
  • Counselling Service
  • Mental Health Advisory Service
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Disability Advice and Guidance
  • International Advice and Guidance
  • Money Advice and Guidance.

You can contact the team for support.

We will also be offering a wide range of online events covering a wide range of topics including imposter syndrome, loneliness, safety planning and eating disorders. Please visit Student Services for more information.

If you would rather talk to a fellow student, our Peer Mentoring programme connects students with a student mentor - for guidance, support or just someone to chat with.

Expert information and advice to help you through the challenges of coronavirus is also available via the Student Space website.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Can I choose to study a language whilst taking my course?

Whilst a number of our courses are combined with a degree, even where this option isn’t part of your chosen course there are ways to ensure that you can also still develop language skills.

Through the Languages Department at the University you are able to study a language as an extra-curricular activity. Open Languages gives students from other departments the opportunity to study another language at various levels during the course of their studies, more details can be found here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/languages/open-languages/

There will also be opportunities to join various clubs and societies throughout your time with us, which will present the chance to practice languages and develop an understanding of other cultures, as befits the cultural diversity of the University and our city.

What kinds of societies are available to join within my Department?

 

Alongside the huge range of clubs and societies across the University, there are a number of societies specific to Law subjects, which students may want to join. These help students show a genuine interest in their subject, gain useful contacts within the industry and explore topics and issues in greater depth beyond the curriculum.

In Law there are a number of societies that reflect some of the common interest areas and career paths, these include:

  • The Advocacy Society
  • Bar Society
  • The Legal Society
  • The Legal Analysts Society
  • Solicitors Society

For more information on the societies available at the university head to the Guild’s website https://www.liverpoolguild.org/. They are all student led and, if there is a new society that doesn’t already exist, you can set your up with support from the Guild.

Will I be able to get a part-time job whilst studying?

The university does advise that you always prioritise your studies and ensure you are taking care of your wellbeing, and therefore don’t overstretch yourselves. However, many students do find part time jobs whilst studying in Liverpool. The decision to do this is a personal choice, and should be based on your understanding of how you can balance your studies throughout your time with us.

Opportunities after Graduating

What type of jobs can I apply for after graduating?

Studying law doesn't mean you have to become a solicitor or barrister; many options beyond the legal profession will be open to you as a law degree from the University of Liverpool demonstrates a strong set of transferrable skills which are highly valuable in a number of different industries.

Job options Jobs directly related to your degree include…

  • Barrister
  • Barristers’ clerk
  • Chartered legal executive
  • Licenced conveyancer
  • Solicitor
  • Paralegal

Jobs where your degree would be useful include…

  • Advice worker
  • Chartered accountant
  • Civil service
  • Human resources
  • Trading standards officer
  • Police
  • Journalism
  • Academia

Our awarding winning Careers and Employability team offer a diverse programme of opportunities to our students. Throughout their degree programme, students are offered expert advice from a specialist Law Careers Advisor. Students can take advantage of tailored workshops on all aspects of legal careers, including how to secure a training contract, application form clinics, mock interviews and Legal Practice Course/ Bar Professional Training Course workshops. We also hold an annual Law Careers Fair, which offers students an excellent opportunity to explore their career options, network with potential employers, seek work experience and receive advice from industry professionals.

What can I do with my Law degree?

A law degree covers the foundation subjects that are required for entry in the legal profession. But the understanding of legal implications and obligations, combined with the ability to apply this knowledge in practice, is valuable in many parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The range of skills that a law degree provides includes:

  • Research skills using a range of sources, including verbal questioning
  • Evaluation skills and the ability to interpret and explain the complex information clearly
  • Analytical skills
  • Reasoning and critical judgment skills
  • The ability to formulate sound arguments
  • Lateral thinking and problem solving skills
  • The ability to write concisely
  • Confident and persuasive oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to draft formal documents with precision

What do Law graduates do?

Half of law graduates are in paid employment, while over a third are in further study, either full time or part time while working. The high percentage of those carrying on in their studies is a reflection of many legal professionals requiring additional qualifications. Graduate Destinations for Law Employed 49.8% Further Study 27.5% Working and studying 11% Unemployed 6.5% Other 5.2% Types of work entered in the UK Retail, catering and bar work 18.2% Secretarial and numerical clerks 15.6% Legal, social and welfare 25% Business, HR and financial 11.3% Other occupations 29.9% Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education

How does work experience help and what opportunities are available?

Employers value work experience as it can help to demonstrate that you have the skills they are looking for. Work experience that's directly related to the legal profession includes carrying out a mini-pupillage. This involves work experience and shadowing that lasts for one week in a set of chambers. Details of this can be found at the Pupillage Gateway. You can also search for law vacation placements in solicitors' firms. You could also try marshalling, where you sit with a judge, or pro-bono work through organisations such as the:

  • Citizens’ Advice Bureau
  • Free Representation Unit Typical Employers

If you qualify as a solicitor, you can work in a number of different legal practices. The widest case loads come from high street solicitors’ practices, which cover criminal, family, probate and business law. Opportunities are also available through local and national government and large organisations often have in-house legal teams.

If you become a barrister it is likely you will be self employed and will be a tenant in a set of chambers. Alternatively, you could look for employment with organisations such as the Government Legal Service, the Armed Forces legal services or the Crown Prosecution Service.

Outside of the legal profession employers can include banks and building societies, insurance companies and HR departments of large firms.