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Sheffield Hallam University: Legal Professional Practice

Institution Sheffield Hallam University
Department College of Social Sciences and Arts
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.

Course summary: - Combine the study of law with experience of legal practice in our on-campus law firm alongside practising lawyers.

  • Develop transferable professional and legal skills, such as interviewing, legal writing and drafting, teamwork and commercial awareness..

  • Study the core foundations of legal knowledge through modules which blend legal theory with practice.

For non-law graduates, this course is a stepping stone to go on to qualify for a career in law and will give you a practical edge in the employment market. You will gain the skills, experience, contacts and credentials you need to kick-start your legal career, by studying the core foundations of legal knowledge alongside legal work experience in our on-campus law firm.

How you learn:

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

We have highly motivated, knowledgeable and creative staff across the department, who bring a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills from legal practice. This enables high quality learning of the core aspects of the discipline and a range of specialist topics and areas of study.

You learn through:

  • online lectures

  • two-hour workshops

  • group work and presentations

  • practically based case studies

  • professional work-based learning

Applied learning - Live projects/SHU Law

You will spend 12 weeks in trimester 3 working for two days a week in our on-campus law firm, SHU Law Ltd, gaining vital practical experience under the supervision of practising lawyers. You advise and assist on cases in areas such as litigation, private client, personal injury and employment law.

Through this experience you will gain practical, transferable skills and experience, such as teamwork, oral and written communication, legal writing and drafting, advocacy and commercial awareness. This will enhance your graduate skills and impress future employers.

You will also have the opportunity to engage in mooting and debating, representing fictitious clients in appeals before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, in our on-campus moot court. Our Mooting and Debating Society members take part in internal and national competitions and we have enjoyed considerable success.


You will create and develop your professional network by working under the supervision of qualified solicitors and paralegals, and liaising with lawyers and other professionals. Our excellent links with the local, regional and national legal profession enable you to gain valuable work experience opportunities and benefit from guest lectures from eminent legal experts.


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