Anglia Law SchoolBy Asian Correspondent Nov 26, 2012 2:50PM UTC
Anglia Law School is a vibrant and forward-thinking institute with a practice-based focus. Postgraduate students work in a diverse and dynamic atmosphere, with students hailing from all over the world. For Asian students of Law, this is a leading choice for adding international credentials to an existing law degree or boosting employability in markets around the world.
The law school at Anglia Ruskin has been gaining popularity in recent years. Applications doubled for the 2011-2012 academic year. According to the Guardian League Table 2013, the school rests firmly inside the upper third of law institutes around the country. Its particular claim to fame is a practical focus that results in highly employable graduates. In fact, Anglia Law School holds a national record in the National Client Interviewing Competition (six wins), which was sponsored by the Law Society.
Students can enrol at either of Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses, both of which are conveniently close to London. The school’s industry network includes 15 firms in the area that offer opportunities for paralegal and training contracts. The on-site Careers Service centre also provides valuable opportunities to pick up on-the-job experience.
But the most attractive aspect of studying with Anglia Law School is probably the opportunity to work in a close-knit community of academics and students. All professors have practiced law and leverage industry contacts to maintain relevance and enhance the educational atmosphere.
A postgraduate law degree is relevant to more than lawyers. Law provides the structure through which society operates and is, along those lines, relevant to virtually everyone. With this in mind, there are many career opportunities outside the legal field for those with postgraduate credentials.
These are among the leading postgraduate courses available at Anglia Law School:
International Business Law
This is one of the most popular programmes for international students at Anglia Law School. It combines theory and practice in a way that is highly relevant to international legal firms and businesses. The programme strives to place law in the context of associated disciplines, such as international environmental issues and international governance. Upon completing this course, graduates will be ready for academic research, international practice and a range of high-powered careers.
The course is divided into three distinct periods. The first two semesters consist of completing core modules and earning their foundational credits. From here, they move into an independent research module, which culminates in a dissertation.
This course is designed for students who have already completed their legal practice course or Bar Professional Training Course and would like to top-up their qualifications to an LLM in Legal Practice. However, it is also well-suited for overseas lawyers who have taken the Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Scheme (QLTUS / QLTT).
Students attend four-day research seminars, during which they develop research skills spanning empirical techniques, critical reading skills, biographical research and presentation of results. These sessions also provide opportunities for students to seek guidance from the faculty.
The programme culminates in an 18,000-word (maximum) dissertation. A supervisor is assigned to each student to help develop the research proposal, act as a mentor and discuss methodology. This person will be available for face-to-face discussions, and can also be reached by telephone or e-mail.
Anglia Ruskin University offers a selection of law-related research programmes that result in MPhil and PhD degrees. Faculty members are experts in their respective fields and have produced influential journal articles, authored books and edited collections. Many of also been awarded funding for high-profile research projects.
The ongoing research conducted by postgraduate students at Anglia Law School fosters a stimulating and vibrant environment for students and staff to work in. Research events are hosted throughout the year, and students may be invited to participated in joint projects with other centres within the university, such as the International Law Unit and the Justice and Communities Research Unit.