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Studying abroad ...
- broadens your horizons
- boosts your confidence
- gives you a unique insight into another culture and society
- helps you develop valuable life skills
Studying abroad introduces you to living in another country and another culture.
Studying abroad allows you to live as though you were a "resident" of your host country, giving you far greater insight into day-to-day life than a period of travelling may ever do. Unlike taking a gap year or visiting as a tourist, studying abroad gives you a specific purpose and routine in a host country, and allows you to interact on a regular basis with an international institution within a structured and supported situation.
You will be surprised how many life skills you may develop through study abroad, and how much knowledge, information and confidence you will accrue. The experience will give you the opportunity to engage with different social, geographic, political and cultural perspectives, and help you to develop a valuable understanding and appreciation of the implications of global diversity.
At the School of Law, you can ...
- study in France as part of our LLB Law with French Law course
- study in Europe through the Erasmus programme
- study in Asia, Australasia, the Americas or South Africa in one of our international partner universities
- take a short summer school course in another country.
Available locations may be subject to change.
Study in France
LLB Law with French Law is a four-year qualifying law degree that also gives you the opportunity to become fluent in French and spend a year studying French Law in France.
Not only did I experience at first-hand the French civil law system but I also had the opportunity to immerse myself in the French way of life. I had some fantastic experiences as an Erasmus student."
Dashini Ramrous, LLB Law with French
Study in Europe
Our European study opportunities are part of the European Commission Erasmus scheme, a European-wide exchange programme for university students that subsidises tuition fees and provides a non-repayable grant to assist with the costs of studying abroad.
As a School of Law student, you can apply to study for a year at a destination university in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain or Sweden.
"I chose to apply for a place at KU Leuven in Belgium and was successful. I studied European Union Law however the most enjoyable aspect of studying abroad was meeting likeminded people from all over the world and sharing such a wonderful experience.
My study abroad year has only been full of positives. I learned to become more independent, mature and responsible and also had the opportunity to travel across much of Europe, living in such an easily accessible location." Amy Curtis, LLB with European Law
Our international partners scheme spans the globe. You can apply to study for a year at a destination university in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Canada, Latin America or the USA.
"I am a very outgoing person and the opportunity to travel abroad has always excited me. Therefore, a year actually living in a different country was too difficult not to pursue! I went to Carleton University which is in Ottawa, Canada.
The social side and travelling were definitely the best two aspects of my year abroad. I made so many Canadian friends who I still speak to now, every day was a chance to meet new people from all over the world which is incredible." James Faulkner, BA Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
If you would like to study abroad for a year during your degree here at Leeds, there are a few things to consider.
- Competition for some destinations is high.
- We would require you to achieve a 2:1 average in your first-year.
- Studying abroad adds another year to your degree programme.
- You need to apply at the beginning of your second year.
- You must achieve a 'pass' for modules studied during your year abroad to be able to continue into your final year.
- You may require a visa for some destinations.
- You may need foreign language skills, depending on your chosen destination.
For more information, including how to apply, our Study Abroad Office can help.
Summer schools and short programmes
If you would like to study abroad but don't want to spend a full semester or year away, you can apply for one of our summer school opportunities.
Previous programmes have included a month’s course in Chinese language and culture at Wuhan University, six weeks at Korea University in Seoul, and a month in Salamanca to learn Spanish.
Working pro-bono ...
- improves your employability
- gives you insights into legal and criminal justice work cultures
- gives you new perspectives on your future career path.
At the School of Law, you can get involved in a number of pro-bono projects that will enhance your employability.
The project promotes understanding about legal rights and responsibilities to individuals who would not otherwise have access to legal knowledge or education.
Streetlaw offers you the opportunity to engage with the local community, perfect your legal research and presentation skills and gain valuable experience in preparation for work in the legal or criminal justice profession.
You work in groups of two to four people and choose a particular legal topic from a list provided by local agencies, advocacy groups and schools; this topic could be anything from Asbos, police station advice, knife crime or drugs and the law.
You conduct research on the chosen topic for six weeks and then present your findings to a concerned group in an accessible and engaging way.
Leeds University Union Contract Checking Service
Many of our students volunteer as contract checkers with the Union's student advice centre. This service has been designed to help students consider key issues before deciding to sign for a property and ensure landlords meet their legal obligations within a contact.
Legal Advice Clinics
The Legal Advice Clinics give students the opportunity to volunteer to work alongside solicitors and barristers in providing free legal advice.
Cerebra Pro Bono Research Programme
Students across the School – and indeed other Schools across the University - can apply to be involved with Cerebra Pro Bono Research Programme. The research covers a wide range of subjects all of which relate to challenges experienced by disabled children and their families in accessing their legal entitlements (for example, to school transport, grants to adapt their homes, NHS diagnoses, facilities to live independently in the community).
Volunteering helps you …
- pursue your passions
- tune-up your talents -- or find new ones!
- learn how to teach and support others
- develop your understanding of the complex world we live in.
Are you interested in conservation? Want to teach children to horse ride? Would you enjoy renovating bikes or prefer to work on an advice line? Could you help to support families with sick children or befriend those that need a friend? Would you even coach a sport?
Volunteering can give you those practical real-world experiences that compliment your academic studies to create a strong and dynamic skills and knowledge portfolio that you can take forward to employers or use to support further professional or academic development.
Your volunteering experience may be the very thing that reveals a hidden ability or a possible career direction, or helps you to see where you really want to go in life.
Here, at the School of Law, we run a number of volunteering schemes. You can also volunteer through the University of Leeds Volunteering hub and the Leeds University Union groups and societies, and its Community projects. Many of our students volunteer with Knowledge, an initiative that brings together the police, universities, unions and council in Leeds, and provides students with practical advice on safety and crime prevention.
Our school offers a number of fundraising opportunities for local charities, such as Martin House Hospice or Manuel Bravo.
Martin House offers respite for terminally ill children and their families. In the current climate, it is extremely difficult for the Hospice to continue its amazing work.
Any input from you as a volunteer is extremely valuable.
- Interested? Contact a member of the LawSoc committee
University of Leeds Volunteering hub
Volunteering in Leeds is an online university hub to help you find the opportunity that is right for you. The University runs the service, and staff vet all the opportunities to ensure they comply with good practice guidelines. The hub hosts opportunities with local charities and community groups.
Some of the opportunities have recently included helping in a youth drop-in centre, staffing a helpline, sorting and pricing charity clothes for sale, acting as a media officer, providing home support for families with sick children, acting as a football coach for a local junior league, or helping to organise a literary festival.
Leeds University Union volunteering groups and societies
There are also volunteering groups and societies within Leeds University Union that engage in projects as diverse as helping the homeless and bringing music to the wider community.
Leeds University Union Community Projects
Leeds University Union also runs its own community projects with a tidy city campaign, an organic allotment, and a safety advice line: all of which need the involvement of enthusiastic and committed students.
Knowledge brings together the police, universities, unions and council in Leeds, and provides students with practical advice on safety and crime prevention. Its aim is to debunk myths surrounding student crime in Leeds, by empowering students to proactively tackle crime in their area.
Knowledge supervises a number of different volunteer projects including the Victim Support Group and the Knowledge Rep scheme.
The Victim Support Group runs a volunteer-led, drop-in service once a week for all victims of crime (both students and non-students).
The Knowledge Rep scheme is a term-time volunteering opportunity that involves speaking to students in the local community about safety and crime prevention alongside PCSOs, conducting environmental audits, attending PACT police meetings and identifying local crime-related issues, helping out with Knowledge stalls throughout the year and using social media to promote the work Knowledge and the Police do.
Each student will mentor up to four Year 12 students on the Pathways to Law programme (for 2 years). The e-mentoring takes place across a secure platform managed by Brightside
For further details please visit the widening participation section of the personal development and careers section of the VLE.
Becoming an ambassador will ...
- develop your communication and interpersonal skills
- increase your awareness of cultural and social diversity
- fine-tune your organisational skills
- and build your confidence to help you interact professionally with new people.
At the School of Law, you can become ...
- a Pathways to Law ambassador
- an Open Day ambassador
- or a Student Engagement ambassador.
Pathway to Law ambassador
As a Pathways to Law ambassador, you will work with young people with little or no family or community background in Higher Education and help them to make their decisions about university education.
Your role will be to assist in monthly on-campus and off-campus events during the academic year. Past activities have included mock trials at the Magistrates Court, negotiation skills sessions, debating sessions, trips to The College of Law (York), and many more.
We provide full training and support throughout the year, and there is no requirement to attend all events - unless you want to!
Open Day ambassador
You can become an Open Day ambassador for one of our June and September open days where you will staff one of our information points, or one of our February and March open days where you will act as a campus tour guide for prospective students and their parents.
Open Day ambassador roles are also paid opportunities; we pay you an hourly rate for your time, subject to certain conditions.
Roles are recruited at different points throughout the year and are often advertised on the Leeds University Union Joblink.
Student Engagement ambassador
You can apply to become a Student Engagement Ambassador at the School of Law. These ambassadors promote student engagement with the opportunities offered by the School and wider University. The role includes working with a member of staff and students within the School, and offers an excellent opportunity to develop communication, organisation, team working and networking skills to enhance your employability.
Student Engagement Ambassador roles are also paid opportunies; we pay you an hourly rate for your time, subject to certain conditions.
Becoming a mentor will ....
- help you fine-tune your time management, organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.
Mentoring also helps you to gain practical experience in developing strong working relationships with near-peers outside of your immediate social networks. Such skills are valuable in many professions where healthy and productive working environments rely upon good relationships with clients, with senior and junior staff members, and between colleagues.
At the School of Law, you have the opportunity to become involved in two mentoring schemes.
- Peer mentoring
- Brightside E-mentors scheme
A peer mentor is a second or third year undergraduate student that supports new first year undergraduate students and helps them make a quick and easy transition to life and study at the university.
What Mentors Say
"The rewards of the scheme are two-fold. On a personal level, the achievement and rewards are found in helping and assisting somebody who relies on you. Secondly, with regards to your employability, it is very useful to have on your CV. Employers like to see that you can organise your time effectively to help others and learn useful skills."
Join the Brightside E-Mentors scheme
This scheme gives you the chance to mentor a young person and provide e-support through a “near to peer” approach to help them navigate their way into higher education.
The Brightside scheme works with under-represented young people through year 12 and 13, so the scheme is only appropriate for first and second year undergraduate students.
The need for continuity is essential. A break in a mentoring relationship, and then the requirement to build rapport with another mentor, can often defeat the object of the programme and of mentoring in particular.
Representing others will help you …
- show leadership
- build your confidence
- learn how to be a point of contact
- learn how to present and negotiate a case.
Becoming a student representative is a great opportunity for you to develop key workplace skills.
You will be able to prove evidence of your leadership capabilities and your ability to interact with others in terms of administrative and organisational tasks.
A representative role also introduces you to decision-making and the politics involved in presenting opinions to a varied group of people.
You will discover how to chair meetings and develop your awareness of feedback and change processes, as well as gaining experience of some operational aspects of the organisation or institution you interact with as a representative: be that the School of Law, your Halls of Residence or the University itself.
These experiences may be extremely useful for you when you find yourself in your own workplace meetings or you need to implement change or respond to feedback and suggestions in your own professional capacity.
As a student at the University of Leeds, you can become involved in representing students through the Leeds University Union. You can apply to become a community rep or an academic rep, run to become a hall rep or activities rep, and you can even join the leadership race to run for the student executive.
At the beginning of each academic year, you can also apply to represent students on your course at the School of Law’s Student-Staff Forum. This will be explained in your introductory sessions.