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Legal Sandwich Courses

Legal Sandwich Courses

Sandwich courses. How many of you know what these are? I started my UCAS application in November 2011 and I can honestly say, I had no idea just how complex the process was.

I always knew I wanted to study Law at university, but I was overwhelmed with choice. There was Law with French, Law with Business, Law with Psychology, Law with English, Law with Accounting and so on. Essentially, you could combine Law with more or less anything.

I also remember seeing ‘Law (Sandwich)’ whilst scrolling through the course list. I’d never heard of it and had no idea what is was. I asked my friend, who made a joke about half the course being on making BLTs (lame, I know!). It was safe to say she didn’t have a clue either.

During your second year, you will apply to law firms, and then your third (sandwich) year will essentially be a year in industry.

I quickly decided on a straight Law degree and that’s what I’m currently studying for. However, over the past year I have become more informed about different Law degrees, in particular, a sandwich course and what it actually entails. Needless to say there are no BLTs involved!

A Law (Sandwich) course is a four year degree, which is a year longer that a standard degree. During your second year, you will apply to law firms, and then your third year will essentially be a year in industry. However, the great thing is, you aren’t just limited to law firms. As you know, a Law degree can open many doors. People are always surprised when I tell them I’m studying Law, but I don’t want to be a lawyer. Law touches on every aspect of our lives, thus, the opportunities a Law degree have are endless. Therefore, you can apply almost anywhere for your placement year, as long as it is law related. A student from my university worked in the legal department of Universal Studios, this shows just how flexible the course is.

There are many advantages to choose a sandwich degree, as opposed to a standard one. After graduating, employers will turn you away immediately if you have no industry experience. Work experience placements are becoming increasingly hard to secure and even unpaid internships are oversubscribed. Therefore, a sandwich degree does seem like an appealing option. Moreover, graduating a year later will not really do much harm considering the current job market isn’t flooding with opportunities for graduates.

You can ask your university’s admissions department about a possible transferal.

At the moment, there are 24 universities and colleges that offer the Law (Sandwich) course. These include Bournemouth, Aston, Plymouth and Nottingham Trent. As well as London based institutions, such as Kingston, Brunel and Greenwich. It is certainly something that I recommend to those that are thinking of applying to study Law. However, if you are currently going into your first or second year of your straight law degree, you can ask your university’s admissions department about a possible transferral. Spaces are limited, but if they have room and your grades are above average, it is definitely an achievable prospect.

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