Reading University mulls four-year sandwich LLB

The University of Reading has called for student feedback on its plans to introduce a work placement to its existing law degree course.

The university’s law school is currently looking at the possibility of introducing an extra placement year to its well-established three-year LLB Law programme in a bid to produce “day one ready” candidates when they finally land a job.

Head of the law school Chris Newdick said: “The key word nowadays is commercial awareness and having a degree is almost a given. We want our students to benefit from a work placement to make them more employable.”

The school is looking for partner institutions, which will offer a placement to its students for one year. The appointments do not necessarily have to be within law firms and could be with larger businesses.

Although the school has not yet set a date for launching the new sandwich course it has said that students enrolling onto its current LLB programme will have the opportunity to convert to the extended degree if the plans go ahead.

“We’re just testing the market at the moment and looking at the different types of employers that may be interested to collaborate with us on this. Also student feedback will play a large part in whether this takes shape,” added Newdick.