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New and improved Cardiff course to benefit future lawyers

21 January 2009

From September 2009, Cardiff University’s Law School is offering aspiring solicitors greater flexibility and choice to study the Legal Practice Course.

Cardiff Law School is among the first institutions to be validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to provide the improved, restructured course for future lawyers.

The new course will offer students greater flexibility in the way the Legal Practice Course can be studied, and the ability to tailor their studies to their individual career goals and areas of interest in the legal profession.

Students choosing to study at Cardiff will be able to complete the Legal Practice Course in one or two stages to fit around personal lifestyle and circumstances. In the current economic climate, the financial benefits this flexibility offers may also prove popular.

Ian Brookfield, Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at Cardiff Law School, said:

"This is the biggest shake-up of the course since it was set up in 1993. We are thrilled that our proposals for the changed course have been validated. We welcome this exciting opportunity to take the course forward and continue to provide high quality legal training in Wales and further afield. There will be no let-up in our commitment to the provision of an excellent learning experience for our students and a high degree of hands-on teaching."

Cardiff is the leading provider of legal training in Wales and is renowned for its excellence and the experience and knowledge of its staff. For the past 12 years it is one of the few institutions to have been consistently awarded the highest grading for its Legal Practice Course by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (and previously the Law Society).

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Notes to Editors:

Cardiff Law School

Cardiff Law School is at the forefront of vocational legal education in Britain, it being one of only seven approved institutions in Britain to offer both solicitor training, through the Legal Practice Course, and barrister training, through the Bar Vocational Course. The School pioneered integrated law and language degree schemes in the 1980s.

The facilities of the School’s library have been assessed as ‘outstanding’ by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. The library has over 75,000 volumes, over 300 journals and law reports and a stock expenditure in excess of £200,000 per annum (well over twice the median for UK Law Schools). This represents one of the largest collections of law books outside Oxford, Cambridge and London. The School is also the founder and editor of The Journal of Law and Society, which is recognised as the most prestigious English language journal dealing with the operation of law in society.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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For more information contact:

Georgina Thomson, Cardiff Law School
T: 029 20875465