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Starts:
2018/2019  
Days:
TBA 
Study Mode
Full Time 
Assessment:
Exams 
Level:
Area:
Other 
UCAS Code:
N300 
Course Code:
CFHLP1A 
 
Entry Requirements
  • NQF Level 3 qualification in a subject which requires good analytical skills
  • Maths and English Language GCSE at Grade C/4 or above (or suitable equivalent)
Applicants should have a genuine interest and passion for the subject and be able to demonstrate this articulately along with motivation, confidence and creativity.

The Sheffield College does not currently admit student from outside the European Union. Students whose last two years of secondary education was not in English are required to have the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Level 6, with minimum score of 6 in all skills areas.
 
 

Foundation Degree in Legal Practice

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*


About the Course

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.


The broad range of legal practice subjects covered, and the associated professional and personal skills which pervade all of them, will make students a marketable commodity in an increasingly competitive profession. The Internship in the second year is a flagship feature of the degree.

On completion of the Foundation Degree, students can progress onto the one year BA Honours ‘top up’ degree in Legal Practice (also offered by the College) or go into the workplace to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive and, if desired, as a Solicitor, via the Level 6/7 apprenticeship routes. The FD has been designed to offer a segue into the Level 6 Apprenticeship for those students who are not yet ready to enter the workplace at the age of 18 and who need further training. The Level 6 Apprenticeship will be the main progression route for students who complete the Level 5 Foundation Degree in Legal Practice.

Specialist Teaching Staff
Teaching staff are specialists in legal practice areas, being experienced legal professionals, as well as academics.

Student Support
Identified as a strength of the college’s provision by QAA, the department offers individual tailored support to students.

Facilities & Course Enrichment
Students are taught in purpose equipped, ICT enhanced classrooms, including a mock/moot court room. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in excursions and trips to key institutions: such as Parliament, the Royal Courts and local law courts.

Internship
Students will get the chance to complete a year-long work placement at a law firm in a chosen legal practice area, alongside their studies in Year 2.

Employability
The course has links close with local employers and access to a range of practising lawyers via the guest speakers/master classes embedded within the programme.


Key Units

Year 1

Semester 1
  • Introduction to HE Studies (20 credits)
  • Introduction of the Legal System & Legal Practice (20 credits)
  • Professional Legal Skills (20 credits)
Semester 2
  • Civil Law & Practice (20 credits)
  • Criminal Law & Practice (20 credits)
  • Property Law & Practice (20 credits)
Year 2
Semester 1
  • Business Law & Practice (20 credits)
  • Family Law & Practice (20 credits)
  • Internship* (40 credits)
Semester 2
  • Wills & Probate Practice (20 credits)
  • Legal Research Project (20 credits)
  • Internship (continued from Semester 1)

*Students will complete a placement at a law firm (1 day per week) throughout the second year.



Entry Requirements

  • NQF Level 3 qualification in a subject which requires good analytical skills
  • Maths and English Language GCSE at Grade C/4 or above (or suitable equivalent)
Applicants should have a genuine interest and passion for the subject and be able to demonstrate this articulately along with motivation, confidence and creativity.

The Sheffield College does not currently admit student from outside the European Union. Students whose last two years of secondary education was not in English are required to have the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Level 6, with minimum score of 6 in all skills areas.


Assessment

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.


Assessment will vary depending on the module studied, but there will be a combination of extended essays, portfolios and written examinations, as well as reflective logs and diaries.


Where does this Lead

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree could opt to progress to one of the following:
  • BA Hons Legal Practice (one year top-up degree)
  • CILEx Level 6 Higher Diploma in Law & Practice (part-time)
  • Level 6 Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship
  • Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship


Future Opportunities

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.


Chartered Legal Executive lawyers have the option to become solicitors in one or two years after becoming Fellows and usually are exempt from the training contract graduates must complete to qualify as solicitors. However, new emerging rights mean that the role and standing of Chartered Legal Executive lawyers and solicitors is moving ever closer.

The introduction of Apprenticeship Standards at Levels 3 (Paralegal), Level 6 (Chartered Legal Executive) and Level 7 (Solicitor) recognises this changing landscape and now offer a much more practical, and affordable, way to train, qualify and work as a lawyer. 


Tell Me More

Internships

For the internship in the second year, The Sheffield College will organise most of the placements, building on our extensive employer contacts within the local legal profession. Students are also free to arrange their own placements if they wish.

The course also has links close with local employers and access to a range of practising lawyers via the guest speakers/master classes embedded within the programme.

How to Apply
Applications for this course should be made through UCAS.
UCAS course application code: N300
College institution code: S22

Further Information
Additional information about higher education at The Sheffield College can be found here

For further queries please email the University Centre via heunit@sheffcol.ac.uk leaving your name, contact details, the title of the course you are interested in and a brief summary of your query. Alternatively you can call the college on 0114 260 2600. 


Extra Costs

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.


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