Enriching the LLB study experience

Achieving a University of London LLB has always been a challenging yet rewarding experience. Professor Jenny Hamilton explains how students will soon have an even more enriching experience.
LLB student Ryan Lee
Ryan Lee: "You must demonstrate discipline, diligence and perseverance"
I would recommend the University of London LLB as it is renowned, flexible, well-structured with full support to its students

University of London law programmes have been a long-standing success going back for over 120 years. Well-known former students include Sir Joseph Hotung (LLB 1970), whose career includes directorships of HSBC Bank, Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation and other international companies and His Excellency Christopher Weeramantry, the former Vice President of the International Court of Justice (LLB 1949).

Their study experience would have been very different from that of our current students who are able to take advantage of developments in learning technologies. These enable students to access a wealth of online study resources and participate as members of a global ‘virtual’ learning community – networking and learning from their fellow students worldwide and University of London staff.

"From November 2012, we are introducing an additional service to allow students to submit essays to the University for marking by our academics."

Continual improvement is an important feature of the programme. Professor Jenny Hamilton (pictured left), Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme, explains: “We are responding to student feedback and opportunities offered by the latest technologies and including a number of new exciting features in the LLB from 2013.”

“Law students are assessed by end-of-year examinations and we know that students and their future employers value the academic rigour of this process. However, many students have been telling us that they would like more guidance on examinations and skills development. From November 2012, we are introducing an additional service to allow students to submit essays to the University for marking by our academics, so that they can get a better sense of their progress. The marks for these essays do not count towards the final grade, but they will very much help students understand where they need to improve, and help them practise their exam techniques.”

Students will also notice a range of additional enhancements to their study experience. Over the past year the University of London has been trialling a ‘virtual classroom’ for law students allowing ‘real time’ teaching where students can ask questions live via a chatroom and lecturers in London  provide answers. Professor Hamilton said: “Feedback has been very positive and we hope to expand this service to increasing numbers of our students in the coming year.”

"All students will soon benefit from improvements in their study materials which will include audio lectures from University of London academics with supporting slides and additional linked resources."

All students will soon benefit from improvements in their study materials which will include audio lectures from University of London academics with supporting slides and additional linked resources. Another exciting new development is a pilot project to put study resources on an e-reader so that students can access them on the move.

By capitalising on innovations in technology as well as the academic expertise within the Colleges and Law Schools of the University of London, in 2012-13 law students will receive even better value, flexibility and opportunities than ever before.

How LLB student Ryan Lee manages his LLB studies

Mr Ryan Lee has been studying for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) since May 2009, taking eight LLB courses at HKU SPACE between 2009-2011. In his final year he attended classes at PolyU SPEED, mainly over the weekends. He chose the degree because he needed to study part time while he worked and wanted a degree programme that had a good reputation amongst practising lawyers. He studied mainly in his lunch hours at work and at weekend.

“I would recommend the University of London LLB as it is renowned, flexible, well-structured with full support to its students. The best part is that you have full support from the University of London – useful study materials including the subject guide, newsletters, past exam papers and examiners' reports could all be downloaded from the student portal. The University also provides distance learning through local institutions in Hong Kong so you can attend classes to further your understanding. The teaching staff are professional and you could always contact them personally by email when you encounter difficulties."

"My advice to potential students is that they think thoroughly about what they want to achieve by the end of the course. Students taking the LLB programme typically either take it for personal interests, for enhancing their current job resume or to pursue their career in the legal profession. The time and effort they put in would differ greatly, depending on what outcome they expect to achieve. If you want outstanding academic results, you must be very determined and demonstrate discipline, diligence and perseverance.”