Birmingham Law School is the most established law school in the second largest legal community in the UK. We have excellent links to the legal profession and can provide a wealth of opportunities for students looking to gain access to prestigious law firms.
Whilst an LLM degree provides no exemption from legal professional qualifications, its successful completion is bound to enhance the employability of the applicants. Our graduates choose to further their academic credentials by undertaking research or enter the legal profession or pursue a wide range of other careers using their legal expertise.
LLM students may find out more about entering the legal profession by joining the activities and events which are organised by the School and the Holdsworth Club. This is the main student club, which all undergraduate students are expected to join, and maintains very strong links with the professional legal world. It organises events attended by representatives of major law firms.
Provisional results from the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey show that our focus on improving the career opportunities and guidance offered to Law students has led to a significant improvement in graduate employability rates. In 2011 a total of 83.6% were in graduate-level employment or postgraduate education 6 months after graduating, compared to 77.1% for 2010. With the introduction of CEPLER in the 2012-13 academic year we hope to see further improvements
In addition, the Careers Centre of the University of Birmingham provides information and advice on opportunities for employment available to graduate students.
We make every effort to ensure the welfare of our students. We provide guidance on their programme of studies by organising short presentations of the content of all the available modules by the relevant members of staff. This enables students to make an informed choice. Each student is allocated to a member of staff who is to act an a personal tutor, ensuring that there will always be a member of the academic staff with whom students are able to discuss any personal difficulties impinging upon their academic progress.
LLM students participate actively in the life of the Birmingham Law School and their voice is heard. LLM representatives are members of various bodies of the Birmingham Law School, such as the School Committee (which makes decisions for the Birmingham Law School), the Staff-Student Liaison Committee (which discusses issues pertaining to the relationship between members of staff and students) and the Postgraduate Board of Studies (which discusses issues specific to postgraduate students).
The Guild of Students is situated close to the Birmingham Law School and has numerous shops, cafes, bars etc. It also hosts a considerable number of student-run societies in which LLM students are welcome.