Law (Media and Digital Industries) with Professional Experience Year
Salford Business School
In a nutshell
Law (Media and Digital Industries) is a degree that combines academically rigorous law modules with a focus on the fast-moving media and digital industries. Accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the programme is a qualifying law degree with the added benefit of digital and media-related modules. You will study at our Salford campus close to Manchester city centre.
You will graduate with a range of legal and business skills that make you a fantastic candidate for careers both inside and outside of the legal sector. As the digital industry booms internationally and the world of media continues to evolve, individuals with transferrable professional skills and academic knowledge will be highly sought after by employers.
Preparing students for career success is a priority at Salford Business School. Modules are designed around the current needs of employers and the legal profession. We also place great emphasis on the development of your professional skills; you will have the opportunity to shadow working lawyers and judges, practise your learning during a year’s work placement and develop your client care skills by helping people looking for support from our legal advice schemes. In this way, you learn to put your academic knowledge into practice.
Extra-curricular activities, like mooting and trips, are organised by our student-led Law Society, complementing your studies and enhancing your experience throughout. Through initiatives like the CLOCK scheme (in partnership with Salford Citizens Advice), you’ll have the chance to offer support to people with welfare benefits appeals in the region, allowing you to not only practise what you’ve learned, but provide help for vulnerable people in the community.
- Get a qualifying law degree
- Enhance your employability in a growing specialist market
- Develop transferrable professional skills
- Benefit from strong industry links to help develop your skills in real-world situations
- Practise your professional skills through a range of out-of-the classroom schemes and activities
- Help the local community in our legal support schemes
This is for you if...
You want a career in the legal, media or digital industries
You are a good problem solver
You are a critical thinker
You enjoy debating and constructing arguments
You enjoy exploring complex theories and issues
You like to put your learning into practice
All about the course
In the first year of the course, you’ll study a number of modules aimed at introducing law as an area of academic study and professional practice. Throughout the remainder of the course, these key concepts are expanded upon and combined with media and digital business related modules.
A career-focused and industry-relevant approach is taken to the Law (Media and Digital Industries) curriculum, which means that the syllabus is designed to reflect the current needs of employers and encourage the development of professional skills.
Initiatives like the CLOCK Scheme, which gives you the chance to use your knowledge of law to assist the vulnerable, and the inclusion of guest speakers and industry visits all aim to help you to translate what you learn in the lecture theatre into real-world organisational scenarios. You will have access to a wide number of out-of-the-classroom activities to develop your real-world skills.
What's it like to study Law at University of Salford? Watch this video about a new student starting their Law degree.
A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties which, if it contains the elements of a valid legal agreement, is enforceable by law. The contract law module concerns itself with the rules governing such agreements. You will be acquainted with the role contract law performs in business and economic activity. The course also aims to teach the principles that underlie the common law of contract and explain the effect of legislative intervention on the common law principles of contract law. You will learn both the common law rules and legislation affecting contract law, as well as the ability to avoid contractual disputes and/or solve them
Legal Systems & Legal Digital Skills
On this introduction to the English Legal System and its role within society, you will look at the court system in England and Wales and learn how core legal subjects are integrated in the legal landscape. You will look at the importance of legal principles, concepts, structures, citations and practices within English Law; and develop your skills in interpreting primary and secondary sources of law including how to use OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities). This module looks at the importance of good digital skills within the law and you will be supported and assessed through an eLearning legal training course.
Students are encouraged to sign up for and complete the following online courses after the end of the module to develop your digital legal skills further:
- The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) working towards your bronze award. iDEA is an interactive programme that improves digital, enterprise and employability skills
- Westlaw and Lexis Library Legal Research Basic Certificates.
Legal Writing and Analytical Skills
You will learn skills that are essential for legal work, looking at legal reasoning and developing your skills in analysing legal issues. As part of the module, you will consider the different types of legal writing (problem question, essay, drafting of documents including letters and emails) as well as how to conduct legal research using primary and secondary sources of law to support legal arguments. You will also develop the key legal writing skills of planning, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structures to be able to produce a polished piece of legal writing.
Law of Tort
This module allows you to review the law relating to civil wrongs, such as negligence, and when and how compensation can be claimed if one person negligently causes harm to another.
You will examine punishment by the state of offenders and the general principles of criminal liability, along with an examination of principal offences and defences.
Principles of Accounting
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.
Public Law introduces students to the analysis of the nature and structure of the UK Constitution. After introducing the idea of constitutionalism in general, it explores the peculiar uncodified nature of the UK Constitution, and how this is reflected in its sources and basic principles. It also illustrates the most recent ‘constitutional revolutions’ happened in the UK: the HRA, devolution, and Brexit. It concludes by introducing the theory and practice of judicial review of administrative action.
You will consider the legal nature of ownership and possession of land, the classification of property in English law, and how interests in land are created and transferred.
European Union Law
This module gives you a general introduction to European Union Law, dealing with the structures and institutions of the EU, the obligations imposed upon the EU Member States, and the rights conferred upon EU citizens.
You will look at the history, context, implications, and regulation of media law. Considering some of the legal, moral, social and political debates which exist in this area of law. Issues such as the freedom of the press, reporting restrictions and pretrial publicity will be examined as well as defamation, privacy and harassment.
Legal Professional Development
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.
Intellectual Property Law
This module exams patents, trademarks and copyrights – some of the most valuable assets requiring protection in a developed economy.
Professional Experience Year
All of our BSc students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.
We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.
Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.
Business Innovation with Digital Technology
You will develop a critical awareness and capability to analyse the impact of digital technologies on businesses and other organisations. You will also learn about the underlying concepts underpinning digital technologies, in addition to contemporary issues in the rapidly changing areas of IS/IT practice, research and development.
This module covers a growing area of legal practice. In today's online society an understanding of the law in cyberspace is now vital. You will consider topics including cybercrime, data protection and internet regulatory issues.
Artificial Intelligence and Law
Emerging technologies are having a major impact on society and has the potential to transform the legal sector. This module introduces you to AI and Law and key technologies that have the potential to change how lawyers operate in practice. You will look at topics such as; the impact of emerging technologies on the legal sector, how robotics, technology and AI interacts with the law and the legal implications of present-day issues such as driverless cars, military applications and technology use in healthcare. The interaction between legal, ethical and business issues, will provide you with a grounding in the advancements autonomous technologies and will prepare you for the careers of tomorrow.
Equity and Trusts
Equity and Trusts is a wonderful subject which is rooted in morality and the history of ‘conscience’. It is utterly unique and occurred entirely accidentally as a result of the flaws in common law. The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to an invisible system of justice which runs alongside the common law known as Equity. Equity ‘glosses’ over the harsh results sometimes incurred by the rigidness of common law and it’s development is fascinating. For anyone who feels that the legal system is sometime unjust, Equity will restore your faith. The second purpose of this module is to introduce you to the concept of a trust. This is often referred to as Equity’s greatest achievement. The trust is used in almost all financial aspects of your life probably without you even realising and thus its exploration is vital and eye-opening."
Optional modules - select two in semester one and two in semester two
Designed to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge of the role played by negotiation within legal practice, the Client Care module is a unique and highly practical offering at undergraduate level. Throughout the module you will develop and strengthen your capability to demonstrate good practice in legal writing, as well as a real appreciation of professional conduct issues arising in modern UK practice. The aim of the module is to enable you to build skills and gain a real awareness of the importance of client care within legal practice, giving you a real competitive edge in any legal and customer facing roles.
In this module, you will critically explore the issues associated with industrial law connected to employers’ duties and employees’ rights. You will examine the application of legal principles related to industrial relations, trade union law, industrial action, and health and safety law.
You will start this module by looking at how the law defines ‘family’ and what family law is, analysing current issues in family law and exploring socio-legal research in this area. You will consider the current law on divorce, proposals for reform and how this affects the division of property when marriage and cohabitation ends. You will also study abusive relationships and the implications of domestic violence. Looking at child protection under the Children Act 1989 and Human Rights Act 1998, you will consider the arrangements for children in private family matters.
Principles of Company and Partnership Law
This module covers the law relating to the formation, financing, and management of companies, and related corporate activity.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
Our staff are legal experts who have experience of working in the real-world as well as academia so our teaching is strongly industry-focussed and industry-informed. You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods which keep your studies interesting. Lectures, seminars, practical workshops, mooting exercises and case study classes are used across our modules and ensure variety in your learning experience. This is further enhanced by our Virtual Learning Environment and the use of podcasts, blogs, discussion boards and electronic voting systems, which make classes highly interactive.
There are various opportunities to develop your practical skills in real-world situations. You can shadow a lawyer or a judge; use teamwork skills by making presentations (before judges) to help unrepresented people in the Employment Tribunals; enhance your advice skills while supporting the work of our volunteering schemes, through working on supervised projects in a Law Centre; and improve your client contact or courtroom skills through the CLOCK scheme or mooting competitions respectively. From late 2019 you will also get the chance to volunteer in our new in-house legal advice clinic, working under supervision of qualified lawyers to provide legal advice and other practical help to local people unable to access free or affordable advice.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include:
- Multiple choice tests
- Online tests
- Group reports
- Portfolio work
The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.
Salford Business School
Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Lady Hale is also the home for the mock courtroom where the mooting team hone their skills in case presentation and debate.
A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
Salford's mooting success
In 2018, the mooting team from Salford beat off stiff competition from - amongst others - the University of Law to win the The English Speaking Union-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, which has long been established as the most prestigious mooting competition in the UK. As a result, the Salford team represented the UK at the Commonwealth moot in Zambia ending up in the final. You can read about Emma and Ja'far's experiences at the Made in Salford blog.
Don't know what mooting is? Read Charles Buckman's blog to find out more.
Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)
The routes to becoming a qualified lawyer are changing, especially for those who wish to become Solicitors. At present this new route to qualification is still in the planning stages, however here at Salford we are putting provisions in place to ensure that our graduates are industry-ready and prepared for the new method of professional qualification.
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
What about after uni?
By the time you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate a sound legal skillset, an advanced commercial awareness and a knowledge of the digital and media industries. With this skillset, you’ll be well placed to pursue a career as a barrister or solicitor, as well as embark on high-level careers in media or digital business. Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Keoghs, Reeds Solicitors and Simpson Millar are just a few of the companies our LLB graduates have gone on to enjoy careers with.
We have strong relationships with legal firms which opens up excellent opportunities for you to learn from and network with solicitors and barristers. These include:-
CLOCK: you can apply to the CLOCK scheme through which you can practise what you’ve learned by offering support to people who otherwise might have none. Watch the video to hear students talk about their experience.
Employment Law Scheme: you can apply to be trained to be part of a team delivering presentations on the Employment Tribunal procedures to litigants in person (someone who makes or defends a claim without legal representation from a solicitor or barrister). You do not give advice; however, this support is of great practical benefit to litigants in person and, at the same time, you get practical experience (including presenting to judges) and develop contacts, as well as working with teams of students from another university.Read Hannah Murphy's blog on the Tribunals project and how it helped her to develop her skills.
Housing Advice Scheme: if you apply to support this, you will be trained and supervised to provide advice to tenants experiencing a range of housing problems (such as homelessness or disrepair). You will have the chance to interview clients at Bury Law Centre, working with an experienced supervising solicitor, to draw up action plans to give real, practical help to clients in need. You will support the community with your legal knowledge while developing your skills and enhancing your CV.
Universal Credit Application Scheme: an opportunity open to all Law students, you will be trained to support Salford Citizens Advice with their requests for assistance from local people with Universal Credit applications. This is another great opportunity to deliver real community benefit whilst you develop your employability skills and your awareness of the advice sector.
There is an exciting series of guest lectures and industry visits when you can network with Law professionals. Recent speakers have included Wilf White, Head of Communications at the Bar Standards Board; and lawyers from DWF LLP.
LLB Law (Media and Digital Industries) is recognised by the two leading regulatory bodies in the legal sector, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement with a legal firm giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.
You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation. Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations; some legal, some commercial – recently, these included Shoosmiths LLP, Slater and Gordon Lawyers and the Viacom International Media Networks. You will arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement. The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results.
During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.
There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.
What you need to know
If you are looking to study Law, you will need to be prepared to work consistently to meet the standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree. There is a high level of self-directed study and research outside of the classroom. You will be expected to be up-to-date with news and enjoy reading, debating and developing your own arguments.
But, as well as this hard work and dedication, you will meet great people like yourself, have access to a wide range of learning activities and open the doors to an exciting and rewarding career.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
Maths and English at grade C / grade 4 or above (or equivalent).
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
ABB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma
Access to HE
120 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
120 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving Certificate
128 points from a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects
Pass Diploma with 60% or above
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£14,100per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for international students 2020/21
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.
For more information go to International Scholarships.
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Course ID 2W11
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