Why Study Law?
Our Law students will develop in-depth understanding of the law and how it works. This includes learning more about society from a legal perspective and exploring how the law can provide real-world solutions to contemporary issues.
Law graduates are highly employable. A Law degree provides an excellent platform for those seeking to pursue a legal career. It also provides a solid foundation for a wide range of other professions.
Studying Law is about skills, as well as knowledge. Our on-campus mock courtroom allows you to develop your skills in courtroom work, and to feel at ease in court. Law students actively develop advanced communication skills, problem-solving abilities and a keen capacity for independent thought. These are sought after transferrable skills.
Develop self-confidence: Studying Law is an empowering experience. You will often work in groups and actively participate in debates and discussions. These are fantastic environments for nurturing positive self-esteem and confidence.
I absolutely love studying at Bangor. The staff are very supportive and the course content is so interesting. Many of the lecturers are leaders in their field and this is reflected in the high quality of teaching we receive.
Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
All Bangor’s LLB degrees are ‘SQE facing’. This means that our degrees contain a pathway, allowing you to study the material tested on the Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam (‘SQE’). Whether you choose an SQE pathway or not, all our LLB degrees go further, by combining these ‘SQE ready’ elements with a critical and academic study of the law to understand the role of law in society and address contemporary legal issues. This is achieved through both the core and the optional modules available on Bangor’s LLB degrees.
From September 2021, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is the new assessment that those who wish to qualify as a solicitor must pass. This replaces the qualifying law degree and the Legal Practice Course. The process to qualify as a barrister remains unchanged.
The SQE has two elements, SQE1 and SQE2. SQE1 must be completed before SQE2.
There are two elements to SQE1, FLK 1 and FLK2. These both test your understanding of ‘functional legal knowledge’, through 180 multiple choice questions split into two sessions.
FLK 1 tests the subject areas below;
- Business Law and Practice
- Dispute Resolution
- Legal System of England and Wales
- Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law and Legal Services
FLK 2 tests the following subject areas:
- Property Practice
- Wills and the Administration of Estates
- Solicitors Accounts
- Land Law
- Criminal Law and Practice
Ethics and Professional Conduct is examined ‘pervasively’ across FLK 1 and FLK 2, meaning it can arise in any question.
To pass SQE1, you must pass both FLK1 and FLK2. The assessments take place in January and July each year.
SQE2 is a skills-based assessment which covers the following skills.
- Client interview and attendance note/legal analysis
- Case and matter analysis
- Legal research
- Legal writing
- Legal drafting
In all of Bangor’s LLB degrees, students get an opportunity to experience and learn these skills across the core modules.
Our recommendation is that following the completion of a Bangor LLB, students undertake short SQE preparation course, to prepare for the specific nature of the SQE1 and SQE2 examinations.
For more information regarding the SQE, please consult the website of the Solicitor Regulation Authority.
Our Research in Law
Our lecturers are research active. Many of our staff have also been previously employed as professionals within the legal sector in roles such as judge, solicitor and magistrate. This means that all your lecturers are at the cutting-edge of knowledge in their subject areas. Why is this important? It enables us to bring teaching to life and provide you with the most up-to-date thinking in class.
Coupled with this rich combination of backgrounds, staff members’ research reflects varied interests and expertise in fields such as Human Rights Law, International Law, Corporate Finance Law, Maritime Law, Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Company Law, Administrative Law, Child and Family Law, and Intellectual Property Law.