We have a very active student law society that organises social events and trips throughout the year. Their mooting team has managed to reach the quarter finals of the national competition, and other students have been successful in mediation and negotiation competitions.
“Law with” at Canterbury Christ Church is original and innovative because it not only combines the normal essential curriculum required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), but also allows you to study another discipline alongside Law. In each year, you will study two modules from your other discipline, offering you different insights and enhancing your CV. Each year you will have the opportunity to take modules that give you both theoretical and practical experience.
Studying Law with us will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the main principles, themes and methods of Law. There are three main aims which are fundamental to the Law courses and which apply to all Law students, irrespective of the degree pathway pursued and/or the final named degree award. These aims are:
- To develop and create conscious legal professionals;
- To assist students in acquiring critical minds in the evaluation and appreciation of contemporary socio-legal issues;
- To provide elements of practical/active learning as part of the legal education experience.
Your Law lecturers are committed to a responsive and proactive approach to student teaching and learning. This is underpinned by both the practical experience as well as the research and scholarship offered by the staff, some of whom are qualified practitioners, whilst others are experienced academics.
The approach to legal education at Christ Church is both traditional and progressive. This is facilitated through integrating formal directed teaching, using lectures, seminars and tutorials with indirect learning and teaching methods such as discussions, student-led seminars, peer-assisted learning, individual and group role-play and mooting. For example in year one, you will typically engage in an interactive style of learning involving workbooks and computer-aided assessment as part of your fundamental grounding in legal methodology.
This strategy aims to provide a personalised approach accompanied by the comprehensive pastoral care structure for new students which will assist your transition to higher education. This approach helps to create a supportive, collaborative and friendly community environment. Years two and three are characterised by an increasing expectation of independent and more specialist learning. This is supported by a number of optional elective modules offered from year two onwards culminating in more complex Law subject topic areas at year three.
We have extensive links with local firms of solicitors, the local courts, Citizen Advice and other organisations through which we can help you to obtain work-based learning in your own time. Such activities provide a valuable opportunity to develop your professional skills and make business contacts which can help greatly when looking for employment following graduation.
Research active staff members have led on research projects with the assistance of undergraduate students in the area of our particular specialism which is alternative dispute resolution. For example studies have been undertaken into local and regional solicitors’ attitudes to mediation and its use.
“These kinds of studies are a great opportunity for undergraduate students to gain valuable experience of practical research into socio-legal topics which, due to the increasing popularity of alternative dispute resolution processes in the UK, are considered to be of national importance.”
Ben Waters, LLB Programme Director
“The internship was an interesting and educational experience. I was able to work independently, as well as being supported within a team, to conduct a research project and produce a final report. I enhanced many skills during this opportunity as I was given a lot of responsibility in contacting participants, organising data collection and generating background research. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone who has good time management skills, enjoys networking and has a passion for research.”
Lisa Martin, Student Intern
As part of the third year modules International Law and European Law, you will have the opportunity to visit a number of international courts and institutions of the EU such as the European Court of Justice, the European Parliament, the International Criminal Court or the International Court of Justice in Strasbourg, The Hague and Brussels.
As part of the module Intellectual Property Law, you have the opportunity to visit the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization in Geneva.