National accolade for Law at Greenwich

Date of release: Friday, March 24, 2017

School of LawOutstanding legal teaching at the University of Greenwich has been rewarded with a nomination for a prestigious national award.

The university's School of Law is shortlisted for a Solicitors Journal Award, within the category for Legal Education Provider of the Year.

The awards showcase and celebrate institutions, solicitors, law firms and other professionals who make significant contributions to the legal services sector.

Based within the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, the School of Law offers a range of degree programmes. A key part of its ethos is in preparing students for successful careers in law, criminal justice and other professions.

Law at Greenwich consistently achieves high rankings in the National Student Survey, and was rated top in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide for both 2016 and 2017.

Sandra Clarke, Head of Law, says: "We are naturally delighted to be shortlisted for this award, which rewards a real team effort. Our academic staff are interested in teaching and learning as well as research, and we have an 'open door' policy which means our students can get help with both their academic work and their employability skills.

"We have a number of initiatives including our Innocence Project and highly successful Mooting Society, as well as our Legal Advice Centre. We also have keen, interested students!"

One of the School of Law's key innovations was in setting up a work placement option for third-year students. This has seen undergraduates gaining valuable hands-on experience with legal aid firms, law and citizens advice centres, local authorities and in the voluntary sector.

The School has fostered strong working relationships with many leading legal businesses, provided mentoring schemes and arranged networking events. Its Rule of Law series of talks saw several major figures, including Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, then Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, come to the university to speak to students.

The Legal Advice Centre assists those who need expert help and advice on issues including employment and family law, disability benefits and intellectual property. Set up to provide a free service for people who may otherwise be unable to afford such advice, the centre has proved hugely popular and has won a national award for its tremendous impact on the community.

A partnership between Greenwich students and academics, as well as lawyers in practice and the voluntary sector, the Legal Advice Centre enhances students' knowledge and skills through their experience of working on real cases.

Sally Gill, who nominated the School of Law for the award, is Director of the Legal Advice Centre and Law Employability Coordinator. She adds: "Greenwich has worked tirelessly on employability and the introduction of a legal work placement. The Legal Advice Centre has meant our students can gain the experience that makes such a huge difference to their future careers."

Greenwich is competing with four other institutions for the overall title. Winners will be decided by a panel of experts, and announced during an awards ceremony on Wednesday 17 May.

For more on studying Law and Criminology with the University of Greenwich: https://www.gre.ac.uk/ug/law-and-criminology

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