Law (with Spanish Law) LLB

Overview

Start date: September Duration: 4 years full-time (including 1 year study abroad) UCAS code: M1M4 This four year law course provides an English law degree together with a detailed understanding of Spanish law and the legal systems of certain Spanish-speaking countries. You spend your third year at an excellent Spanish university law school. I enjoy the fact that the combination of Law with Spanish Law allows me to compare how the common law jurisdiction of England and Wales and the civil law jurisdiction of Spain differ, and this has led me to see the law in a different light. Start your career with the Law (with Spanish Law) LLB Innovative – research-led teaching at a Russell Group University Law School

Flexible – a wealth of optional choices to tailor the course to your interests

Employability – develop your professional skills in our Employability and Skills Initiative workshops delivered directly by members of the legal profession.

Work experience – over 200 places in our voluntary law or criminology schemes

Global opportunities – year abroad at fantastic institutions in Spain

Prospects – Over the last 2 years, 90% of our graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after finishing the course (Unistats)

During your first year, you study Spanish Legal Terminology alongside your English law subjects, which will also help to strengthen your Spanish-language ability. We’ll also introduce you to comparative law, in order to gain an understanding of non-English legal systems.

The second year provides a more advanced understanding of substantive Spanish law and the legal and political culture in which it exists. This part of the course, comprising two modules, is taught in Spanish by a Spanish academic lawyer. Learning from a native speaker will thoroughly prepare you for your year abroad at one of our many partner universities in Spain. During your time abroad, you will study the main aspects of public and private law and optional modules according to your interests.Your final year concludes your study with completion of optional modules from a wide range of choices. Visit us Find out more about the Law […]

Steps to become a Lawyer/Attorney in South Carolina

Follow the step by step process or choose what situation that best describes you: Law Careers in South Carolina

According to the South Carolina Bar, the organization started as an organization of 200 lawyers in 1884. In 2012, the bar has over 14,000 members. The South Carolina Labor Department says that lawyers in the state have a bright outlook statewide over the next decade, with an expectation of an average of 213 jobs for lawyers available each year through 2020. The South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce says that as of 2011, lawyers in the state earned an average annual salary of $107,100. As of July 2012, the counties with the largest number of jobs available for lawyers in South Carolina were Richland, Charleston, and Greenville. If you would like to become a practicing lawyer and bar member in South Carolina, and possibly claim one of those over 200 estimated jobs per year, read on.

The South Carolina Office of Bar Admissions has not mandated any undergraduate education necessary prior to law school education for admission to the state’s bar. The office does, however, mandate that you graduate from a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Because the ABA requires that you have at least a bachelor’s degree before being admitted to any ABA-approved law school, it follows, then, that you must complete undergraduate education.

Accreditation

Make sure that the undergraduate institution from which you graduate is accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Requirements and Standards

There are no strict guidelines on courses that you must take as an undergraduate. Some students have found that the following types of courses taken as an undergraduate have helped them the most when they get to law school: criminal justice, economics, political science and government, history, world cultures, communications and philosophy.

Degree Options

You may receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in any major you choose. Often, majors taken from the above-mentioned course areas are the most helpful to students once they reach law school.Sponsored Listing Featured Program Rasmussen College – Online Paralegal […]

Experiential learning needed in law schools

Lately, we have heard arguments suggesting that there are too many law students graduating and that’s why there’s an articling crisis. Indeed, that’s the justification that the Ontario government gave just this week when it rejected funding for Ryerson’s proposed law school. But how could there be too many law students when there are not enough lawyers and when there is an access-to-justice crisis? Here’s an idea.

Maybe, it’s not the number of law students that’s out of control. Maybe the problem is the burden faced by new lawyers — skyrocketing tuition fees, creeping licensing fees and crippling debt for new licensees. To this end, I would like to suggest that the way forward is increasingly to move toward placing experiential learning within law schools with a view to getting rid of articling altogether.

By incorporating articling into law schools, we could help solve the articling crisis. We could also be responding to the access-to-justice crisis by helping to educate and train more lawyers capable of responding to chronically underserviced, remote and marginalized communities.

Interestingly, the ongoing LSO Dialogue on Licensing has suggested various options for licensing models/approaches, but none has sought to either rely upon law schools to provide experiential learning or fold articling into law schools. This notable absence epitomizes the legal academic-professional golden handshake that has orphaned articling to be left to the whim of market forces.

At a recent debate at the University of Ottawa responding to the LSO’s Dialogue on Licensing where I participated as a discussant, one of the really hot button topics of the afternoon was the suggestion that experiential learning could happen within law schools. One law school dean categorically insisted that it was not the mandate of the law school to create practice-ready lawyers.

Technically, I agree that the law schools don’t have that role currently, but I wonder whether it is the responsibility of law schools — in collaboration with the law society and the private bar — to dedicate themselves to the task. Here, I have three thoughts for you to consider.

Firstly, law schools are already set up for this. Some law schools […]

Law School Grades (Like Most Things In Life) Are Pretty Random

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, many readers of this column are currently in the full swing of the holiday season. For many associates, the holiday season likely means billing those last hours of the year that might make the difference between receiving a bonus and not making any additional cash . For many partners, the holiday season likely means hounding clients so that outstanding legal fees can be paid before the end of the year. For many law students , the holiday season likely means worrying about exams and the grades that might be received after the semester is over. Exams and grades can really transform the lives of many law students around the holidays from the “most wonderful time of the year” to a living hell.

Although there are certain ways to boost your odds of receiving good grades, law school grades are still extremely arbitrary. Indeed, marks in law school are based on a number of random factors that likely have no bearing on an individual’s success in the legal profession. Although most law students might not take comfort in hearing how law school grades are somewhat arbitrary, it is still important to note that there are certain factors that make law school grades extremely random.

As many of us already know, law school grades are usually based on one three- or four-hour examination administered at the end of the academic semester. I’m not really sure why law school courses are graded this way, but since law school professors can‘t even be trusted to write new final exams each year , it make sense that they would want to keep their workload to a minimum.

In any case, basing grades on one single test introduces an element of randomness to the law school examination process. Individuals can be sick on the day of the exam, or might have had little sleep the night before the test. In addition, people could be undergoing any manner of life crises around the time of the exam that can impact their performance. Of course, the effect of these random factors would be minimized […]

Lowest bar pass rate for California in 67 years; other states see drop, too

Image from Shutterstock. Only 40.7 percent of the people who took the California July 2018 bar exam passed, according to a state bar news release .

Comparatively, the state’s overall pass rate for the July 2017 bar exam was 49.57 percent. For July 2016, the overall pass rate was 43.57 percent.

A total of 8,071 applicants completed the July 2018 California exam, according to the news release, which was posted Friday. There were 5,132 first-time test takers, and that pass rate for that group was 55 percent. Out of 2,939 repeat test takers, the pass rate was 16 percent.

The overall pass rate for California is the lowest it has been in 67 years, the Recorder reports.

In September , the National Conference of Bar Examiners announced that the average Multistate Bar Exam score for July 2018 was 139.5, which is the lowest it’s been since 1984. That led to predictions—which for the most part were accurate—of lower pass rates overall for the July 2018 exam.

Connecticut appears to have one of the biggest decreases, with a 55 percent pass rate for July 2018 , compared to 70 percent in July 2017. And the New Mexico bar passage rate for July 2018 was 70 percent, compared to 83 percent in July 2017 .

Besides California and Connecticut, other states with bar pass rates below 60 percent for July 2018 include Alaska (56 percent), Nevada (57 percent) and New Jersey (58.83 percent), as well as Arizona and Maryland , which both had bar passage rates of 59 percent.

New York, which like California is seen as a state with a more difficult bar exam, had a pass rate of 63 percent for July 2018 , compared to 68 percent in July 2017.

Admitting law students with below-average LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs, along with accusations that people don’t study enough for the bar, are often listed as reasons why pass rates have dropped. What should be considered—but often is not—is that rote memorization is needed to pass a bar exam, and many new law graduates didn’t grow up with educations that focused on that skill, compared to […]

My journey from law student to City law firm innovation pioneer

A sneak peek at some of the insights Taylor Wessing innovation manager Laura Bygrave will share at Legal Cheek ’s ‘Creativity, innovation and the law’ event tomorrow evening Taylor Wessing innovation manager Laura Bygrave Identifying new opportunities to use technology, creating new products to challenge and improve the shape of client service delivery, and establishing internal efficiencies through use of artificial intelligence are just some of the things Taylor Wessing innovation manager Laura Bygrave is involved in. It’s an exciting line of work and one she didn’t think she’d end up in as a law grad almost seven years ago.

Bygrave studied law at the University of Leeds, but it was her desire not to specialise “too early” and instead do something with a strong business focus that led her away from the more traditional paths trodden by her wannabe lawyer peers.

Fresh from law school, bright-eyed Bygrave, who turned down a training contract offer, landed a business consultancy role at Hydrogen Group, a recruitment firm covering sectors including law and technology. She then moved to big four accountancy giant EY. Five years and a series of promotions later, Bygrave, who by now was a project manager in EY’s tech innovation team, was ready for a new challenge.

A challenge that came earlier this summer in the form of Taylor Wessing and a newly-created innovation manager role.

So what’s life like on the innovation frontline? Bygrave explains how she works with lawyers at every level of the firm, from partners right through to trainees, streamlining processes using technology in a bid to save both time and money. “Our open-door policy really helps generate ideas,” says Bygrave. Indeed, a core part of the firm’s innovation strategy is collaboration and blended teams of lawyers of all seniority coming together to discuss tech solutions.

Bygrave’s work doesn’t stop there. The innovation specialist also collaborates with Taylor Wessing’s clients (these range from start-ups right through to multinationals) to develop new products and help revolutionise the way it provides legal services. One such project is ‘TW:detect’. Though still in its piloting phase, the firm is working with cybersecurity developer […]

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