The Foundation Degree (FD) in Legal Practice offers a highly practical focus to legal study, allowing students to develop specialist skills in depth whilst also gaining a broad, contextual understanding of the profession where employers are demanding highly skilled graduates who have specialist knowledge combined with highly transferable skills. Students will study a range of practice areas as well as developing wider skills in drafting, legal writing, advocacy and negotiation skills. These are all skills demanded by the sector, in addition to sound legal knowledge. *Subject to validation by The Open University*
Subject to validation by The Open University, the Foundation Degree (FD) in Legal Practice has been developed to recognise the changing landscape of legal education and the central importance of equipping students with the legal knowledge and professional skills required within a modern and fast-changing legal profession. Highly practical in nature, the programme focuses on employability skills, and the transferable skills of any graduate in this area is a central theme to the design and delivery of this programme.
Learners will learn through a combination of weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars, delivered by qualified and experienced legal professionals who form part of the programme team as well as guest lectures delivered by external specialists, for example in key areas of legal practice. Judges, barristers, solicitors and chartered legal executives will be invited in to give ‘master classes’ in a number of subject specialisms.
Many students may wish to continue to study via the CILEx route. With extended rights of audience in civil, criminal and family proceedings, those Fellows of CILEx (qualified chartered legal executives) who train and qualify as Legal Executive Advocates can represent their clients in the County Court, Family Proceedings Court, Magistrates' Court including the Youth Court, Coroners Court and in most Tribunals depending on the area of law in which they practice, just the same as solicitors.
Students will be issued with reading
lists for each module on enrolment; some course textbooks will need to be
purchased by students. You should budget for between £100 - £150 on
textbooks for each year.