Justice, governance, law and order, these are some of the most crucial aspects of society and the working world. Whether it’s holding people to account, protecting the innocent or advising businesses on their obligations, studying a law degree allows you to kick start your law-based career and put your skills into action serving society.
Whatever your future aspirations, if it is in the legal world as a solicitor, barrister or judge or in the business world in compliance, regulation or policy or even in politics as a Member of Parliament, the BNU Department of Law can help you develop the key transferrable skills needed to succeed.
We offer a diverse choice of law courses, from BA (Hons) combined degrees where you can study sociology, criminology and business alongside law to Qualifying Law Degrees like LLBs. Offering you these different options provides you with the chance to progress your career in whichever direction you choose beyond university.
Your educational experience is a big part of your university journey. To ensure that we can provide you with the best possible experience our lecturers have worked in industry, allowing them to bring their first-hand knowledge to the curriculum. We also follow guidance from professional bodies, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Council to ensure that we are teaching the latest topics to give you the skills to excel in the legal world.
It is not just all about sitting behind desks, we offer a variety of teaching and learning styles. We frequently welcome guest lecturers who lead specialist talks, take trips to local courts to witness the legal system in action and practise the art of debating and presenting cases.
If you like to pursue your interests and passion outside of the classroom, we have a top 5 UK Students’ Union (NSS 2021) where you can join societies and clubs for free. We have a number of academic societies such as the Law Society and Mooting Society where you can discuss ideas, theories and current affairs with like-minded individuals.
- With our convenient position in the Thames Valley, our students have easy access to London and regional areas for law events, work opportunities and placements during the holidays.
- Our active Student Law Society and Mooting Society organises many legal and social events, and students regularly take part in national mooting competitions.
- With smaller, more intimate, class sizes, our staff can spend focused time with each student, nurturing their development and skills.
- Particular to the study of law is a high level of research and communication skills. These competencies are developed as students progress through their course, and they become adept in areas such as legal debating, interviewing and mediation.
Students develop their knowledge of all aspects of law through interactive lectures and seminars, and supplement this with independent study.
We teach students to analyse legal principles and apply them to practical situations. They learn to assess competing arguments and choose appropriate courses of action, while group work and moots (pretend courts) hone their verbal arguing and presentation skills. They also pick up high-level skills in communication, analysis and research.
Using exams, moots, presentations and coursework, we evaluate students’ knowledge and analysis of legal principles and different areas of law. We test their ability to carry out effective research, use source material, assess arguments and potential conclusions, and work successfully in a team.
Alongside this, we help students find work experience suited to their interests, and organise talks by outside speakers, to give them a true insight into life in the legal industry.