Skills Development

To prepare students for their future careers, and ensure they have the skills that graduate employers are looking for, we focus on skills development both within the curriculum and in the extra-curricular opportunities we offer.

students in courtroom


Mooting is appeal-court style advocacy. We run several mooting competitions every year allowing our students to develop their legal research and advocacy skills, with the 'cases' often being judged by local solicitors, barristers, and judges. Our students also participate in a number of inter-varsity national and international mooting competitions, including the Vis Moot, one of the largest mooting competitions in the world.

lecturer speaking to students


Our Student Law Society runs an annual negotiating competition, judged by local solicitors and barristers, for those students with a more commercial focus. Negotiation skills are fundamental for students who wish to work in law, as well as those who are considering working in business.

Careers Clinic

Practising lawyers run the School's careers clinic which provides one-to-one assistance for students developing their professional skills, including writing CVs and job applications, and mock interviews. General careers guidance and advice is also provided at the weekly clinic.

The Lancaster Award

The Lancaster Award recognises student achievement outside of their academic studies in relation to volunteering, work experience, and campus activity. The Award builds the skills necessary to enhance the position of students in a competitive graduate job market. For more information about the Award click here.

Skills and Employability Workshops

The university careers service runs workshops throughout the year focusing on the development of students' skills in areas such as leadership and communication to prepare them for the world of work. Aimed specifically at Law students, 'Alternative Careers to Law' is an annual event which provides guidance for students seeking alternative career paths after their degree.