International News: Law school offers financial rebate to unemployed graduates

Half of tuition fees will be refunded if legal work cannot be found

International News: Law school offers financial rebate to unemployed graduates

The University of Law has announced that it will extend a program offering money back to graduates who struggle to find legal work after graduating, reported the Law Society Gazette.

The UK-based provider of legal education will offer all business school students – as well as LLM legal practice students already eligible – half their tuition fees back in cash if they have not secured employment nine months after graduation, the report states. The university will also add a further credit, equal to the other half of their LPC tuition fees, towards another course.

The offer, which comes into force this month, is designed to reflect the confidence of the university that graduates coming through its teaching experience should have few problems gaining future employment, according to the Gazette.

John Watkins, director of employability, told the Gazette: “We were the first university to offer a money back employment promise in 2016 and this year, we are backing more of our students with an even bigger commitment by expanding the employment promise to other courses. We pride ourselves on enabling the next generation of leading professionals to excel at anything they do.”

The pledge now applies to students on the LPC, LLM legal practice course and postgraduate business courses – in addition to their online equivalents.

In considering claims from graduates, the university may ask to see evidence of efforts to secure qualifying employment, the Gazette reported. Qualifying employment counts as any employment, full or part time, as a trainee solicitor, paralegal, legal secretary or any other legal profession.

The University of Law is a private university in the UK, providing law degrees, specialist legal training and continuing professional development courses for British barristers and solicitors.

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