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Teaching methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching methodology is varied, based on two premises.

  1. Learning by doing is the best way to learn and develop skills required to practice.

  2. It is based on an intensive daily schedule, similar to the life at the Bar or in an office.


Classes commence at 9:30am and can run until 5pm. Trainees will receive detailed instructions on basic skills, procedures and techniques of practice from the teaching team who have substantial experience as Solicitors and Barristers.

This may be delivered by lecture, group work, structured independent learning or using Canvas (the university Virtual Learning Environment) which will allow trainees to access podcasts, online lectures and module materials. The use of Canvas will allow flexibility in teaching and learning and will provide trainees with the opportunity to develop important skills of time management, prioritisation and independent working.

Many classes will take place in small groups. All trainees will be allocated a tutorial group (usually 22 trainees) or smaller group to skills based work. The use of small groups and tutorials is to encourage interactive discussions.

In tutorials and small groups you will be taught by experienced practitioners who are keen to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of lawyers.

Often the tutorials will involve work around specifically designed, multi-faceted scenarios similar to those you may encounter in practice.