School of Law
"No one visiting Portsmouth in recent years could fail to have noticed that the University has a growing physical presence in the city. I have been delighted to discover that this extends beyond the University and into the life of the city itself. In particular, the law students have been working in partnership with community based organisations such as CAB, Trading Standards and Portsmouth Mediation. The launch of the School of Law will enable these projects to continue to prosper. I have also been pleased to welcome law students into the Combined Court Centre as observers and I look forward to the School of Law's involvement in new initiatives such as the HMCS Community Engagement Project." - His Honour Judge Richard Price
The University of Portsmouth School of Law has strong affiliations with business and the community and has its roots in practice and policy. The School of Law supports and contributes to the University’s objective to play an active role in the social and economic life of Portsmouth, and intends to enhance its regional role by expanding the provision of continuing professional development and short courses for industry.
We seek to develop in our graduates the knowledge, skills and values that will equip them for a range of career options, including private practice as solicitors or barristers, or employment in paralegal and business environments.
Our curriculum is designed to inspire, arouse curiosity and give our students opportunities to learn through practical experience as well as to pursue their own research interests. We are committed to innovation in learning and teaching, underpinned by sound academic study, and have developed a range of online materials, training for participation in moots, a mentoring programme in partnership with the local profession and cross faculty opportunities that allow students to work alongside Criminology, Psychology and Business students. Diversity of opportunity is exemplified in our portfolio of combined honours qualifying law degrees, taught alongside the LLB single honours.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in options and activities that give them the opportunity to make a perceptible contribution to the community through pro-bono work, including acting as trained Citizens Advice Bureau advisors, a Street Law Project and an Innocence Project.
Postgraduate students (both law graduates and non-law graduates) can choose from a range of taught LLM courses. Those wishing for a flexible route can choose the LLM Law. Alternatively, students may wish to choose a more specialised route by choosing the LLM International Business Law.
The School of Law also offers the unique LLM Corporate Governance and Law Grad.ICSA. This course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Graduates will be entitled to use 'LLM' and upon joining ICSA 'Grad.ICSA' after their name. When combined with relevant work experience, this qualification provides a fast-track to Chartered Secretary status. Upon qualification you will be equipped to apply for a variety of roles in both the private and the public sectors.
There are also opportunities to achieve a PhD through research. Areas of particular research strength include International Business Law, Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Human Rights, Discrimination and Diversity, Employment Law, Corporate Governance and Access to Justice.
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