University of Law expands degree programme with international focus

The University of Law (UoL) will expand its law degree programme from one to eight courses for 2014.

As part of the expansion, UoL is launching a two-year undergraduate degree in international legal practice that aims to address the predominance of English law in international business, the increasingly international needs of clients and the cross-border dimensions of many legal transactions.

In a statement, UoL Chief Executive Professor Nigel Savage said: “A high proportion of UK and all global law firms carry out a significant amount of international work and therefore it’s becoming increasingly important for future lawyers to have an understanding of operating in a cross-border environment.

“By becoming the first university in the UK to offer an accelerated degree in international legal practice we are continuing our focus on providing the best possible grounding for a career in the global legal market while giving students the chance to graduate in two years and have a head start.”

A recent report by PwC ‘Law Firms Survey 2012’ found that half of the UK’s top 25 firms now source more than 40 per cent of fee income from international operations and 50 per cent of top 10 firms anticipate merging with or acquiring an international firm in the next three years, up from 17 per cent in 2011.

Both LLB degrees will be available as two- and three-year options. There will also be three- and four-year options of the MLaw LLB + LPC and MLaw LLB + LPC International Legal Practice courses – making a total of eight different law degree programmes in 2014.

Earlier this week it emerged that the former Oxford Brookes-run LPC acquired by the UoL will become substantially more expensive following the takeover and exceed the maximum career development loan by more than £1,000, thereby putting students’ study plans under threat (25 March 2013).

This follows the news that Nottingham Law School and most of the major providers have hiked LPC fees for next year (20 March 2013).