With a passion for justice, analysis, research, and a law degree from Coventry you could be on track for a career as a successful lawyer.
A successful lawyer has the ability to analyse a case, identify key facts, research the relevant law, identify appropriate legal strategies and communicate clearly the way forward. This course will give you the knowledge and expertise to do just that.
Accredited by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, it could set you on the path towards qualifying as a solicitor or barrister, but equally can act as preliminary training for a range of other careers, recognised by employers as providing the transferrable professional skills they demand.
All qualifying law degrees are required to cover the foundations of legal knowledge, which will be studied during the first two years. In the final year, however, you will be able to select from a wide range of optional subjects based upon the expertise within our School, which we aim to reflect a variety of personal interests or career aspirations, such as Company Law, Employment Law, Family and Child Law, International Criminal Law, International Commercial Law, Public International Law and Intellectual Property Law.
The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of legal doctrines, concepts, principles, rules and values in the core areas of law, as well as detailed knowledge of sources of law, how law is made and developed and an understanding of the procedures and rules of the legal system and the main institutions of the system.
You will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation of the context in which law operates, developing a critical perspective of the law and legal institutions, understanding the dynamic nature of the law, of its uncertainty, the need for reform and proposals for law reform.
Why choose this course?
Accredited by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, our degree provides the essential foundations of legal knowledge and develops your practical legal skills, putting you in an excellent position for future careers within or outside the legal profession.
Law has been taught at Coventry University for nearly 50 years and we enjoy exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction, 95% in the most recent National Student Survey. The Law School is staffed by over 20 highly experienced academics and former practitioners, who bring their professional and/or research expertise into teaching; our faculty take pride in providing friendly, accessible, support, guidance and inspirational teaching.
We offer specific tuition for the enhancement of legal writing skills with a view to potential publication, as well practical legal skills modules to enhance your employability. You may have the opportunity to undertake pro bono work with real clients in Coventry Law Centre Legal Clinic, which was established to provide student with actual experience in a real legal environment. Under the supervision of a senior solicitor from the Law Centre, you will interview and obtain information from clients. The Clinic, which provides full training on client handling and ongoing guidance and information, is supported by Allen and Overy Solicitors, who also provide a team of lawyers to discuss the cases with students in order to help them work out a solution to their legal problems.
We enjoy professional links with an extensive range of legal organisations, such as Coventry City council, Warwickshire Law Society and the Junior Lawyers Division. Our Legal Futures team offers dedicated employment support to help you apply for a work placement and you also have the option to spend a year studying overseas, gaining the international experience many businesses now seek from graduates.
The student Law Society is one of the most active on campus, providing academic support for its members, networking opportunities and hosting large social events, including a Winter Ball.
International experience opportunities
We recognise the difference that both work and an international experience can make to your future career. All of our undergraduate courses are designed to enable you to take an additional optional year either on placement in the UK or abroad or studying abroad.
From your first day in the Law School, we will offer you advice and guidance to help you achieve a global experience. The Law School has particularly strong links with the South West University of Politics and Law (SWUPL) in Chonqing, China and the University of Central Florida in the USA. We have also established links with the Universities of Liege in Belgium, Strasbourg in France (French speaking), Castellon and Leon in Spain (Spanish speaking), The Hague in the Netherlands, Orebro in Sweden, Pecs in Hungary (where courses are taught in English) and the Universities of Kiel and Rostock in Germany (German Speaking).
We offer a range of optional field trips to enable you to experience the legal systems of different countries, which has previously included the Instituto Superior de la Carrera ISC in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the University of the West Indies in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. We also host live seminars with students abroad via web link, provide opportunities to attend summer schools in the US.
Throughout the course, staff will introduce comparative international elements and issues; a number of final year options are specifically international in focus including modules covering international commercial law, international public law and international criminal law.
The aim of this course is to make sure you have the chance to obtain the relevant knowledge and qualifications to proceed to a career as a lawyer or in business.
Many of our graduates started their legal careers at organisations such as the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Crown Prosecution Service, others have chosen to become specialist advisors in commercial and business law for high street, national and international firms. Examples of recent graduate employers include: Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm with six offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a leading multinational law firm; and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial firm with offices in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.
On graduation, you should possess a range of transferrable graduate and employability skills in research, analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation, application of knowledge, problem-solving, communication and reflective learning.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.