Legal Writing and Analytical Skills
Salford Business School
In a nutshell
Corporate law is a rigorous but hugely rewarding degree that gives ambitious individuals the opportunity to combine an intellectually challenging curriculum with a commercial focus. You will study at our Salford campus close to Manchester city centre.
As with all programmes at Salford Business School, the modules studied throughout the course are career-focused and industry-relevant, designed around the current needs of employers and the law profession. Preparing students for career success is a priority at Salford Business School and we place great emphasis on the development your professional skills. You will have the opportunity to shadow working lawyers and judges, practise your learning during a year’s work placement and develop your client care skills by helping people looking for support from our legal advice schemes. In this way, you learn to put your academic knowledge into practice.
Extra-curricular activities, like mooting and trips, are organised by our student-led Law Society, complementing your studies and enhancing your experience throughout. Through initiatives like the CLOCK scheme (in partnership with Salford Citizens Advice), you’ll have the chance to offer support to people with welfare benefits appeals in the region, allowing you to not only practise what you’ve learned, but provide help for vulnerable people in the community.
- Gain a knowledge of law and how it impacts business
- Earn a degree accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Develop the expertise required by the legal professional bodies for the award of a qualifying law degre
- Learn a wide range of industry-relevant skills through outside-the-classroom activities
- Benefit from close links with the legal sector including mini pupillage and judicial shadowing opportunities
- Help the local community in our legal support schemes
This is for you if...
You are looking to learn how law and the commercial world work together
You are prepared to work consistently to meet the standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree
You are looking for a challenging and rewarding career
All about the course
Our Law programme is recognised by both the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, meaning your studies satisfy the requirements of the legal professional bodies for the award of a qualifying law degree.
The course begins by developing your understanding of key legal and business concepts. As the course progresses, your knowledge of corporate law and the ways in which it impacts business will be expanded. Optional modules give you the opportunity to specialise according to your personal interests or the direction you hope to take your career in.
The course is delivered by a team with a wealth of academic and industry experience. A combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and mooting exercises are used across the modules to give a varied experience and to further develop your interpersonal skills. The optional professional experience year is a great opportunity to put your studies into practice and gain valuable work experience.
You will also have access to a wide number of out-of-the-classroom activities to develop your real-world skills.
What's it like to study Law at University of Salford? Watch this video about a new student starting their Law degree.
You will learn skills that are essential for legal work, looking at legal reasoning and developing your skills in analysing legal issues. As part of the module, you will consider the different types of legal writing (problem question, essay, drafting of documents including letters and emails) as well as how to conduct legal research using primary and secondary sources of law to support legal arguments. You will also develop the key legal writing skills of planning, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structures to be able to produce a polished piece of legal writing.
Legal Systems & Legal Digital Skills
On this introduction to the English Legal System and its role within society, you will look at the court system in England and Wales and learn how core legal subjects are integrated in the legal landscape. You will look at the importance of legal principles, concepts, structures, citations and practices within English Law; and develop your skills in interpreting primary and secondary sources of law including how to use OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities). This module looks at the importance of good digital skills within the law and you will be supported and assessed through an eLearning legal training course.
Students are encouraged to sign up for and complete the following online courses after the end of the module to develop your digital legal skills further:
- The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) working towards your bronze award. iDEA is an interactive programme that improves digital, enterprise and employability skills
- Westlaw and Lexis Library Legal Research Basic Certificates.
A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties which, if it contains the elements of a valid legal agreement, is enforceable by law. The contract law module concerns itself with the rules governing such agreements. You will be acquainted with the role contract law performs in business and economic activity. The course also aims to teach the principles that underlie the common law of contract and explain the effect of legislative intervention on the common law principles of contract law. You will learn both the common law rules and legislation affecting contract law, as well as the ability to avoid contractual disputes and/or solve them
Law of Tort
This module allows you to review the law relating to civil wrongs, such as negligence, and when and how compensation can be claimed if one person negligently causes harm to another.
You will examine punishment by the state of offenders and the general principles of criminal liability, along with an examination of principal offences and defences.
Principles of Accounting
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.
This module focuses on developing an understanding of the interrelationships and behavioural manifestations at three levels of analysis in organisations, namely: individual, group and organisational. You will also explore the dynamic nature of personal, social and professional relationships across a broad range of business, public and voluntary organisations and the broader international external environment.
European Union Law
This module gives you a general introduction to European Union Law, dealing with the structures and institutions of the EU, the obligations imposed upon the EU Member States, and the rights conferred upon EU citizens.
Public Law introduces students to the analysis of the nature and structure of the UK Constitution. After introducing the idea of constitutionalism in general, it explores the peculiar uncodified nature of the UK Constitution, and how this is reflected in its sources and basic principles. It also illustrates the most recent ‘constitutional revolutions’ happened in the UK: the HRA, devolution, and Brexit. It concludes by introducing the theory and practice of judicial review of administrative action.
You will consider the legal nature of ownership and possession of land, the classification of property in English law, and how interests in land are created and transferred.
Project management is an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based. This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context.
We will look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars with input from our industry connections and the latest in research. We will examine the subject using theoretical approaches as well as the industry-recognised tools and techniques for planning and controlling projects
Legal Professional Development
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.
Professional Experience Year
All of our BSc students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.
This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.
We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.
Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and the Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.
The Practice of Company and Partnership Law
This module covers the law relating to the formation, financing and management of companies, and related corporate activity.
Artificial Intelligence and Law
Emerging technologies are having a major impact on society and has the potential to transform the legal sector. This module introduces you to AI and Law and key technologies that have the potential to change how lawyers operate in practice. You will look at topics such as; the impact of emerging technologies on the legal sector, how robotics, technology and AI interacts with the law and the legal implications of present-day issues such as driverless cars, military applications and technology use in healthcare. The interaction between legal, ethical and business issues, will provide you with a grounding in the advancements autonomous technologies and will prepare you for the careers of tomorrow.
Equity and Trusts
Equity and Trusts is a wonderful subject which is rooted in morality and the history of ‘conscience’. It is utterly unique and occurred entirely accidentally as a result of the flaws in common law. The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to an invisible system of justice which runs alongside the common law known as Equity. Equity ‘glosses’ over the harsh results sometimes incurred by the rigidness of common law and it’s development is fascinating. For anyone who feels that the legal system is sometime unjust, Equity will restore your faith. The second purpose of this module is to introduce you to the concept of a trust. This is often referred to as Equity’s greatest achievement. The trust is used in almost all financial aspects of your life probably without you even realising and thus its exploration is vital and eye-opening."
Optional Modules - choose two
This module covers a growing area of legal practice. In today's online society an understanding of the law in cyberspace is now vital. You will consider topics including cybercrime, data protection and internet regulatory issues.
You will be introduced to the form, key features and purpose of the institutions of the contemporary criminal justice system in England and Wales and begin an exploration of the issues relating to justice and civil liberties.
Medical Law and Ethics
This module increases your awareness of contemporary medico-legal issues in all areas of healthcare and helps you to develop an understanding of the role ethical disclosure has to play in shaping the law in this field.
This module has been developed to provide students with strong foundations of Civil Litigation at undergraduate level. Students will develop a broad and detailed understanding of Civil Litigation, including the role of arbitration therein. Undertaking this module will provide students with a strong capability to apply legal principles to the solution of the problems and dilemmas arising from the civil litigation process; and inculcate in students an appreciation of policy in the principles and practice of civil litigation.
You will explore the rights and obligations that arise directly and indirectly from the employment relationship.
You will start this module by looking at how the law defines ‘family’ and what family law is, analysing current issues in family law and exploring socio-legal research in this area. You will consider the current law on divorce, proposals for reform and how this affects the division of property when marriage and cohabitation ends. You will also study abusive relationships and the implications of domestic violence. Looking at child protection under the Children Act 1989 and Human Rights Act 1998, you will consider the arrangements for children in private family matters.
Designed to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge of the role played by negotiation within legal practice, the Client Care module is a unique and highly practical offering at undergraduate level. Throughout the module you will develop and strengthen your capability to demonstrate good practice in legal writing, as well as a real appreciation of professional conduct issues arising in modern UK practice. The aim of the module is to enable you to build skills and gain a real awareness of the importance of client care within legal practice, giving you a real competitive edge in any legal and customer facing roles.
You will look at case law and legislation in the area of health and safety law, evaluate the nature, purpose, sources and development of the UK industrial law; develop an understanding of the general duties of employers and others and complexities of their legal interpretation; and consider the impact of the international and European principles and regulation on the development of the UK industrial law. The module also looks at the nature and application of various health and safety specific regulations, including workplace regulations and construction regulations.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
Our staff are legal experts who have experience of working in the real world as well as academia, so our teaching is strongly industry focused and informed. You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods which keep your studies interesting:
- Practical workshops
- Mooting exercises
- Case study classes
This is further enhanced by our Virtual Learning Environment and the use of podcasts, blogs, discussion boards and electronic voting systems, which make classes highly interactive.
There are various opportunities to develop your practical skills in real world situations. You can shadow a lawyer or a judge; use team working skills by making presentations (before judges) to help unrepresented people in the Employment Tribunals; enhance your advice skills while supporting the work of our volunteering schemes, through working on supervised projects in a Law Centre; and improve your client contact or courtroom skills through the CLOCK scheme or mooting competitions respectively. From late 2019 you will also get the chance to volunteer in our new in-house legal advice clinic, working under supervision of qualified lawyers to provide legal advice and other practical help to local people unable to access free or affordable legal advice.
Read about how the Salford Mooting Team got on when they travelled to Zambia for the Commonwealth Moot Competition.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include:
- Multiple choice tests
- Online tests
- Group reports
- Portfolio work
The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.
Salford Business School
Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Lady Hale is also the home for the mock courtroom where the mooting team hone their skills in case presentation and debate.
A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
Salford's mooting success
In 2018, the mooting team from Salford beat off stiff competition from - amongst others - the University of Law to win the The English Speaking Union-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, which has long been established as the most prestigious mooting competition in the UK. As a result, the Salford team represented the UK at the Commonwealth moot in Zambia ending up in the final. You can read about Emma and Ja'far's experiences at the Made in Salford blog.
Don't know what mooting is? Read Charles Buckman's blog to find out more.
Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)
The routes to becoming a qualified lawyer are changing, especially for those who wish to become Solicitors. At present this new route to qualification is still in the planning stages, however here at Salford we are putting provisions in place to ensure that our graduates are industry-ready and prepared for the new method of professional qualification.
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
What about after uni?
Studying corporate law opens up opportunities in a wide variety of career paths both within and outside the legal profession.
Because of their rigorous intellectual training and highly developed skills in research, analysis and communication, law graduates are in high demand by employers. Many of our law graduates move into the legal profession as trainee barristers or solicitors. Others choose to practice their legal skills within a business organisation or develop their career in financial services, banking and other managerial opportunities in the private, public and third sectors. Even if the legal sector isn’t for you, the curriculum will equip you for successful employment in a range of business-related positions.
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Keoghs, Reeds Solicitors, Simpson Millar and Slater and Gordon are just a few of the organisations our LLB graduates have joined after graduating.
We have strong relationships with legal firms which open up excellent opportunities for you to learn from and network with solicitors and barristers. These include:-
- Mini-pupillage: all Law students have the opportunity of a week-long mini-pupillage shadowing a barrister at Kenworthys Chambers during your 2nd or 3rd year of study. This includes a morning briefing to go through files and spend the day in court sitting with the barrister. You get direct experience of how the system works and the nature of the role of barrister, helping you to make career decisions, develop contacts and enhance your CV.
- Judicial Shadowing: spending a day with a judge, you start with breakfast in the judicial dining room, going through case files then sit in on cases and discuss the reason for the decision. You see first hand how the court works, gain valuable contacts and enhance your CV. Numbers are limited and are by application.
The University of Salford has a number of legal advice schemes which give you the opportunity to develop your client skills in a number of ways:-
- CLOCK: you can apply to the CLOCK scheme through which you can practise what you’ve learned by offering support to people who otherwise might have none. Watch the video above to hear students talk about their experience.
- Employment Law Scheme: you can apply to be trained to be part of a team delivering presentations on the Employment Tribunal procedures to litigants in person (someone who makes or defends a claim without legal representation from a solicitor or barrister). You do not give advice; however, this support is of great practical benefit to litigants in person and, at the same time, you get practical experience (including presenting to judges) and develop contacts, as well as working with teams of students from another university.Read Hannah Murphy's blog on the Tribunals project and how it helped her to develop her skills.
- Housing Advice Scheme: if you apply to support this, you will be trained and supervised to provide advice to tenants experiencing a range of housing problems (such as homelessness or disrepair). You will have the chance to interview clients at Bury Law Centre, working with an experienced supervising solicitor, to draw up action plans to give real, practical help to clients in need. You will support the community with your legal knowledge while developing your skills and enhancing your CV.
- Universal Credit Application Scheme: an opportunity open to all Law students, you will be trained to support Salford Citizens Advice with their requests for assistance from local people with Universal Credit applications. This is another great opportunity to deliver real community benefit whilst you develop your employability skills and your awareness of the advice sector.
There is an exciting series of guest lectures and industry visits when you can network with Law professionals. Recent speakers have included Wilf White, Head of Communications at the Bar Standards Board; and lawyers from DWF LLP.
LLB Law is recognised by the two leading regulatory bodies in the legal sector, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standard Board.
You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement with a legal firm giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.
You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation. Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations; some legal, some commercial – recently, these included Shoosmiths LLP, Slater and Gordon Lawyers and the Viacom International Media Networks. You will arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement. The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results.
During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.
There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.
What you need to know
If you are looking to study Law, you will need to be prepared to work consistently to meet the standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree. There is a high level of self-directed study and research outside of the classroom. You will be expected to be up-to-date with news and enjoy reading, debating and developing your own arguments.
In exchange for this, you will open yourself up to the possibility of a really exciting career in the Law or in business. The skills you learn will be transferrable to a wide choice of job opportunities.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
English Language and Maths at grade C / level 4 or above (or equivalent)
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
120 points - Corporate Law
128 points - Corporate Law with Professional Placement
BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: ABB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma
DMM for the three year programme
DDM with Professional Experience Year
Access to HE
112 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
120 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers - Corporate Law
128 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers - Corporate Law with Professional Experience
Irish Leaving Certificate
120 points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects - Corporate Law
128 points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects - for Corporate Law with Professional Experience
31 points - for Corporate Law
32 points - for Corporate Law with Professional Experience
Pass Diploma with 60% or above
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2020/21||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£14,100per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for international students 2020/21
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.
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