Your first year on this fully qualifying law degree will focus on how the UK’s system of government operates. You will also be taught about contract and criminal law and the English and European legal systems.
In addition, you will learn key academic skills needed for the study of law including essay writing technique, answering problem questions, citation, referencing and good academic practice.
In your second and third years you will have the opportunity to choose your modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests. Options range from criminology to penology and social justice.
Students can enhance their career prospects by taking part in co-curricular and extracurricular activities, such as mooting and client interviewing.
Students are also offered additional employability support through dedicated careers and placement team, who offer help finding out about placement and internship opportunities. Advice is offered on CV and cover letter writing, interview skills and psychometric testing.
This targeted careers support is available to students during their studies and even after graduating when searching for their dream graduate role.
- A fully qualifying law degree, with full exemptions from the academic stage of the professional qualification for solicitors and barristers.
- Study in a dedicated law environment, including a mock court room, client interviewing room and an integrated law library and have access to the Crown Court of Leicester Castle.
- Take advantage of extracurricular opportunities such as DMU Legal Advice Centre, the Careers Project, Street Law, DMU Law Society, client interviewing and mooting, to enhance your employability and help ensure you are well-equipped for a range of career paths or further study.
- Tailor your degree with specialist options. In your second and third years you have control of the modules that you want to study, so you can focus on your areas of interest.
- Enjoy an international experience through our DMU Global scheme. Recent study-focused trips for Law students have included New York, Hong Kong, Brussels and Washington DC.
Structure and assessment
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:
- Exam: 70%
- Coursework: 30%
These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.
Teaching contact hours
This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In the first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.
Other: In addition each module provides a two hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.
Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.
Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be mainly taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The Newarke café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).
An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.
We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.
We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts. Our students have recently undertaken placements with leading brands such as Toyota, Walt Disney, Shoosmiths, Samworth Brothers and Enterprise Rent A Car.
Many graduates go into the legal profession, but the career opportunities for law graduates are infinite.
Recent graduates from our Law School have gone onto careers such as Legal Associate at Barratt Developments PLC, Case Worker at Ministry of Justice, Investigation Support Assistant at Leicestershire Police and Prosecution Manager at Arriva Rail North.
We offer all successful graduates a place on our Legal Practice Course (subject to conditions).
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