School of Law

Study

Working closely with other schools and departments across the University, the School provides students with a strong legal education and the guidance to apply their legal understanding in a practical context.

We have a diverse community of students and offer a specific pathway for Canadian Law students to study in the UK.

Professional Links

The School of Law maintains close links with the legal community. We keep in contact with our Alumni and hold regular events for both our past students and other members of the legal profession. The School is grateful for the support of Guildford Chambers, whose members support the School's internal mooting competition and provide judges for other mooting activities and careers events.

Professional Training Placements

The School of Law would like to encourage the legal profession to support our Professional Training Placement scheme, which is an integral part of our LLB (Hons) Law courses. The experience of working overseas is highly encouraged by the School of Law. The types of work placements on offer to our students include Advocacy and the Bar, Criminal legal aid practice, General private practice, In-house legal work, Legal Translation work, Local government, Non-profit voluntary organisation/NGO, Politics or policy based work and Solicitors’ general private practice. For further information about offering a placement opportunity to one of our students, please contact Claire Lillywhite.

Guaranteed Place Scheme at the College of Law

Thinking of qualifying as a solicitor? The College of Law offers Surrey students a guaranteed place on the Legal Practice Course at any University of Law centre.

So how does this work? Join The University of Law Future Lawyers Association – you will then be eligible for the guaranteed place. Not only will you receive a guaranteed place on our course you will receive a termly newsletter with a wealth of practical careers planning advice including profiles of practising and trainee lawyers. The guaranteed place is subject to a minimum of a 2.2 classification or prediction of a 2.2 minimum.

Our Collaboration with Surrey Law Centre

The University’s School of Law and Surrey Law Centre have joined forces to benefit Law students and disadvantaged local people.

There are four placements available for Law students across the academic year, in addition to a volunteering scheme for many more, to work with solicitors at the Surrey Law Centre to tackle the legal problems of people who cannot afford to pay for a solicitor. 

This is the first collaboration of its kind in the UK and was launched by Cherie Booth QC on 12 July 2010 with a public lecture at the University. Ms Booth congratulated both partners on their initiative and encouraged students to seize this opportunity:

Law Centres are important as a basic matter of access to justice. I think for law students the ability to meet real people and start applying the law that you’re learning in theory is a vital part of becoming a well-rounded lawyer.

Cherie Booth QC

Surrey Law Centre helped 2,600 people last year, 90% of whom turned out to have  two or more legal problems in addition to the one they first came for help with.

We are exploring the possibility of running a clinical legal education programme with Surrey Law Centre as the next development in the collaboration. She said: "Most students only get a chance to get limited work experience. But Surrey Law students can now work for extended periods of time at the Law Centre, gaining experience in handling client enquiries, interviewing clients and giving advice".

Laura Melbourne, Manager of the Surrey Law Centre, said: "Our new walk-in centre just off the high street enables us to help even more people, especially with the assistance of Surrey’s Law students for our solicitors. We save the tax payer over £34,000 for every eviction we help avoid and provide a vital service for the community, which both we and the university are a part of".

Placements

If you are a Law student interested in a placement at Surrey Law Centre during your third undergraduate year, please contact the School of Law's Senior Placement Tutor:

Claire Lillywhite , 01483 68 3099,

Volunteering

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