Published: 30 October 2018

Five reasons to study law at Surrey

Subject leaders for our law programmes reveal what makes our degrees in law different, and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

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1. An international community for lawyers who think big

At the School of Law we encourage our students to think big. We encourage students to develop a critical understanding of the broad, foundational legal principles to shape the way the law functions, to think creatively and flexibly about the law in both a national and international context, and to question the law and see how it can be made better.

We have legal experts on staff who hail from not just England and Wales, but also other jurisdictions like America, China, Poland, Venezuela, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Armenia, Germany and more. Our international community of academic staff members look to the future of legal and societal developments and bring a global perspective to our research and teaching, equipping students with a sense of how law operates across a range of jurisdictions.


2. More than a degree programme

We provide our students with a wide range of events, guest talks and workshops throughout the academic year, which give our students crucial opportunities for learning, networking and personal growth.

In combination with our student Law Society, we run a variety of extracurricular events, competitions and activities, such as mooting, negotiating and client interviewing competitions. Our students not only find these activities enjoyable and rewarding, but also benefit from the professional networking and valuable employability skills that they provide.

We also have strong professional links with Guildford Chambers and other local firms whose members support our mooting competitions and careers events.


3. Professional Training opportunities

Many of our students take advantage of Surrey’s renowned Professional Training placement programme, which enables them to get a year’s valuable legal work experience with organisations like Shoosmiths, Penningtons Manches, Citizens Advice Bureau, 5 Chancery Lane Commercial barristers, National Centre for Domestic Violence and Bail for Immigration Detainees.

On placement, you’ll get the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to work in your chosen field, and develop key skills such as working in teams, project management and professional communication.

At Surrey we give you plenty of help securing the right placement and some students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company.


4. Diverse and innovative teaching methods

At the School of Law, our lecturers and tutors engage students with a diverse range of innovative teaching methods. Tutorials may involve traditional seminars or Inquiry-based learning, and you’ll often be provided with opportunities to debate contentious issues, work in teams on presentations and participate in mooting exercises. We offer a dynamic and inclusive teaching environment, where every student is supported in building their skills and pursuing their academic interests.

Our overriding goal is to empower you to achieve your academic and careers goals. We don’t just want to make you think like us; we want to teach you to think for yourselves. Our goal is to give you the skills needed to succeed professionally, and we aim to turn you into the ambitious graduates who think independently, flexibly and creatively about how to solve big problems in law and society that employers are after.


5. Preparing you for success

We offer a rich menu of careers sessions, which provide advice and guidance on what you should do to develop a suitable career path. We also boast close links with the University of Law in Guildford, cooperating in a number of career-development activities.

We run a variety of events and activities aimed at developing your professional skills, enhancing your employability and introducing you to local and regional solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals.

Each year, many former students take up permanent employment with prestigious employers who have included Electricité de France, Clifford Chance, Eversheds and other firms of solicitors, sets of barristers’ chambers and legal departments of large companies.

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