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Student Experience and Employability

Find out what it's like to be a student at the School of Law.

This page is loaded with the experiences of our students, past and present, giving you a first hand idea of student life studying with us. On top of our in-depth I AM BCU profiles, we also spotlight our exciting placements scheme, local and international field trips and our extensive student support services. 

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I AM BCU

We have a confident, proud and diverse community of students at the School of Law, who are striving to achieve their career goals and transform their lives. Read just some of their stories here.

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Our Graduates

Want to see where our graduates go?

Alumni of the School of Law can be found up and down the UK, in countless different roles and companies. From lawyers in countries across the world to those running their own legal firms. We like to keep in touch with all of our graduates, so we can show you how we can help get your career started the moment you join us.

Placements

There's no better way to prepare for work than to experience it first-hand. That’s why we put so much time and dedication into our Law Placements Scheme.

You'll work alongside our Careers+ team to find the perfect company and role for you. It's the best way to gain a clear advantage over the competition, building your experience and your confidence by putting theory into practice in a real business environment.

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Field Trips

We want to show our students every side of law.

One of our main goals within the School of Law is to show you law in practice. We want you to graduate with as much practical experience and knowledge as possible. One way we assure that this happens is by regularly organising trips in Birmingham and beyond.

American Internship Programme

The Law School’s Centre for American Legal Studies operates the UK’s largest student internship programme to the USA.

The programme was established in 1994 and to date we have placed over 500 students in Federal and State Public Defender offices, private attorney offices, American University Law Schools, law projects and organisations across the USA, from New York City to West Texas and San Francisco.

Undergraduate placements last for between six and eight weeks, and count as a fully accredited part of the LLB degree.

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Law Clinic

At the Law School we are firmly committed to providing excellent opportunities for students to undertake practical work experience to enhance legal skills and thereby their employability with the added benefit of making a real contribution to the Birmingham legal community.

This is offered through the Birmingham City University Law Clinic and involves both volunteering in conjunction with local legal providers and working on real cases as part of assessed modules.

Student Services

Birmingham City University offers a wide range of services to help support students before, during and after their degree.

This includes our enhancements schemes from Graduate+, Careers+ and Centre for Academic Success, alongside our accommodation team and Student Union.

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Graduate+

Graduate+ is an extra-curricular awards framework which complements your degree. It is designed to capture and provide evidence to help you grow as a future graduate whilst preparing you for your individual career aspirations.
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Careers+

The Business, Law and Social Sciences faculty's dedicated Careers+ team work with current students and graduates to develop their careers, facilitate placements and offer employability related activities.
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Centre for Academic Success

The Centre for Academic Success is the University's central learning development service.
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Student Services

Find out more information about the services we offer to our students.
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Student Jobs

Our partner Manpower present OpportUNIty, the Student Jobs on Campus Scheme - this will enable you to gain paid work experience whilst you study!
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Steamhouse

Want some help in getting your business idea off the ground? Find out about the incredible opportunities STEAMhouse provides.
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Accommodation

Our eight halls of residence are positioned throughout the city. They have a range of different facilities and amenities close by.
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Student Union

As a student member of BCUSU, you have access to the wide range of fantastic services and facilities that we offer.
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