The value of a law degree - part 3: a student perspective

NICHOLSON, Alexander and JOHNSTON, Paul (2020). The value of a law degree - part 3: a student perspective. The Law Teacher.

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The “value” of university courses in the UK is increasingly equated with their potential for employability enhancement. Part 1 of this research utilized theory from the marketing discipline to highlight the many other aspects of value that a law degree in particular offers beyond lawyer qualification, and Part 2 presented a theory of value for the UK legal education market specifically, based upon the value propositions articulated by UK providers in their online prospectus pages. This third paper in the series explores student perspectives on this theme, identified through six life history interviews conducted with past and present LLB students from a post-92 university in the UK. The findings indicate that - whilst employability (and lawyer qualification specifically) is unquestionably important - there is still much untapped value potential that can be harnessed in order to differentiate law programmes in an increasingly competitive market. As the relevant regulatory body prepares to make radical changes to the way that solicitors qualify in England and Wales from 2021, the time for providers to develop differentiated and distinctive value, is now.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1801 Law; 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2020 11:26
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2022 01:18

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