Read the relevant laws to confirm your eligibility to enroll on the course:
- Advocates and Solicitors law 1997
- Candidates who wish to enrol on the Jersey Law Course starting in September 2022 at the Institute of Law can now apply online. The Jersey Law Course is designed to prepare candidates intending to become a Jersey solicitor or advocate for the qualifying examinations. Applications should be submitted online by going to the following links:
Depending on individual circumstances, law firms and other employers may be willing to fund some or all of your fees. Personal loans at preferential rates may also be available from banks; if you need proof of your intention to enrol, please contact the administration team.
The course requires a great deal of private study in addition to attending the study weekends. We estimate that a typical candidate will need to invest at least 160 hours of study for each module. Clocking up these hours is, of course, no guarantee of success. Nor is there any such thing as a ‘typical student’. Some find it easier to master new material more quickly than others.
The time taken to get to grips with a module may be influenced by a student’s professional background and prior familiarity with a subject (e.g. someone whose whole career has been in transactional work may need to spend more hours on Civil and Criminal Procedure than a litigator). Therefore, a student who works full time may find it easier to do the course over 3 years, or may be able to work faster or wish to work slower in order to complete the course.
An ability to read and understand legal French is useful as many sources of Jersey law are in French. For those who want to brush up their level of the language in advance, one source of tuition is the Alliance Française de Jersey.
These are designed to be discussion-led, with students having done a substantial amount of preparation beforehand. The visiting and the adjunct professor for the module will lead the discussions.
Teaching takes place on Saturdays:
8.30am: Arrival: Tea, coffee, and pastries available
9.00am – 1.00pm: Session 1
1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch: a selection of sandwiches, fruit and pastries
2.00pm – 5.00pm: Session 2
None are compulsory, but the visiting professor in each module will set and mark a piece of written work for students who wish to receive feedback on their progress.
They are not designed to be ultra-detailed textbooks but they will provide an explanation of all the topics on the syllabus.
Downloadable copies of all the primary and secondary materials you will need to read and link to the recordings of the lectures. It also provides an easy way to email visiting and adjunct professors and other students.
Yes, as long as you are prepared to travel to Jersey for the study days. There will also be video or audio recordings for much of the sessions, for those who are unable to attend a day or a weekend. We cannot guarantee the availability of recordings and would stress that the course cannot be studied online by distance learning.
Most students on the course are in employment with law firms in Jersey and take the course while working. If you are currently studying for a law degree or a Graduate Diploma and contemplating a career in law in Jersey, you are strongly advised to establish links with a law firm. Most offer summer placements and some have bursary schemes. (The position is therefore different to that in England where students take the professional examinations before starting legal practice.)
No. Everyone seeking to qualify in Jersey must take the Jersey Law Course and sit the full array of examinations.