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Unique law course sees first graduates

08 December 2014

Legal eagles celebrate after becoming first cohort to graduate from a unique law course at UCLan

MLaw cohort don caps and gowns at Guild Hall graduation ceremony 

Legal eagles are celebrating after becoming the first cohort to graduate from a unique law course at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The MLaw graduates donned their academic caps and gowns this week as they received their degrees in front of family and friends in Preston’s Guild Hall.

The 12 graduates, 5 of which graduated with 1st class honours, have spent four years studying full-time at the Preston Campus. It is unique because it has combined two courses, the undergraduate law degree (LLB) with the postgraduate Legal Practice Course (LPC), into one. 

Claudia Doherty, from Bolton, was one of the successful graduates and she has now landed a role as specialist solicitor. The 22-year-old said: “It’s been a fantastic course to be part of and I know we’re all delighted to be the first ones graduating. The four year programme has been great for studying because it’s made modules more integrated and it’s also been more financially viable.”

"If you want to be a solicitor then this is definitely the course for you. I don’t know of any other university which offers this but it’s so convenient and the qualification means you can walk straight into your first solicitor’s training contract.”

Specialist solicitor Katie Hitchen, 22, from Parbold, said: “If you want to be a solicitor then this is definitely the course for you. I don’t know of any other university which offers this but it’s so convenient and the qualification means you can walk straight into your first solicitor’s training contract.”

As well as building practical legal knowledge, the course trained students to develop their interviewing, negotiating and debating skills. In their final year they took part in two supervised pro-bono legal clinics, one general and one business-focused, to gain invaluable hands-on experience of life as a solicitor.

Jane Anthony, Dean of the Lancashire Law School, said: “We’re all incredibly proud of this cohort. This is a very innovative course which integrates the academic and practical side of legal training into one four year Masters programme. Students have a fantastic learning experience and benefit from four years of student finance, rather than having to fund the Legal Practice Course privately. These students have certainly made the most of all of their opportunities – they have managed to fit in educational trips to Brussels, Cyprus and Geneva along the way. I am sure they all have illustrious careers in front of them.  Congratulations to them all.”

They were among 1,500 graduates who collected their awards at the University’s prestigious Winter Degree and Award Ceremony.