Part-time Law programme turns 25

7 March 2019

The University of Buckingham’s LLB Law Programme is ranked in the top 20 in the Guardian University Guide 2019, welcoming many locals from Buckingham and Milton Keynes.

Since 2005, 47% of their students have come from Buckingham, including its surrounding villages, and Milton Keynes. With another 30% from nearby Aylesbury, Oxford and London.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the course on March 9, alumni, current students and staff are all invited to come together and celebrate, with around 70 expected to attend.

Afternoon tea will be held in Ondaatji Hall followed by Black Tie dinner in Tanlaw Mill and will cost £25 per person.

Founded in 1993 by Helen Desmond, the course has always been popular with Buckingham residents and has allowed the university to foster strong links with the local community.

Many graduates from the course have led on to careers working as solicitors in a wide range of law firms including EMW Law in Milton Keynes, Latham and Wakins in London McKeag and Co. in Newcastle. Others have started their own law firms, such as Pauline Purcell of Purcell solicitors in Milton Keynes.

Taken over four years, with classes on Wednesday evenings during term time, the course brings together a diverse group of people, from school leavers to those already established in a wide range of professions.

Director of the Part-time LLB and Senior Lecturer in Law, James Slater said: “This is an amazing course which has truly transformed so many lives, catering to all varieties of people from all sorts of backgrounds. People who have missed out on the opportunity to study at University and are doing their day job are able to grow their careers to become fully qualified solicitors alongside their day to day life. ”

Within 25 years we’ve had many graduates go onto great success and we look forward welcoming them all back to the University of Buckingham to celebrate the wonderful course.”

Desiman Ltd are offering a £2,000 per year scholarship for one student to undertake the part time law degree at the University of Buckingham. Applicants should live in one of the four following counties: Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire or Oxfordshire and will be selected upon residence, work ethic and financial need.

If you’re an alumnus or current student interested in attending the 25th anniversary event, please contact elsbeth.millar@buckingham.ac.uk. Click here for more information on the Desiman Scholarship.