Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Enrol?

What are the fees for the Jersey Law Course?

What assistance is available to help meet the fees?

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.

Should I take the course over 2 or 3 years?

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 2 years, or may be able to work faster or wish to work slower in order to complete the course.

What level of proficiency in the French language is required?

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. If you do not speak French at all, this would definitely be advised.

You will also get opportunities to interact with several French students enrolled on the LLB course.

What French language training is available after enrollment on the course?

On the year that the contract law module, a 10 weeks course relevant to this topic can be provided by the Alliance Francaise to cover specific terminology. You will need to get in touch with the Alliance Francaise to check if they are providing the course.

Every year, you have the opportunity to register with the Alliance Francaise to partake in their basic/intermediate/advance classes.

Intermediate and advance speakers, may wish to participate to the Institute of Law “cafe debats” alongside the French Law students.

What happens on study days?

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

Are there any written assignments?

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.

What are the study guides like?

They are not designed to be ultra-detailed textbooks but they will provide an explanation of all the topics on the syllabus.

What is on the virtual learning environment?

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.

Is it feasible to do the course while living away from Jersey?

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.

At what stage should I take the course?

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.)

Is there a Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) for transfer to the Jersey legal profession?

No. Everyone seeking to qualify in Jersey must take the Jersey Law Course and sit the full array of examinations.

I am a English barrister/solicitor: will the Jersey Law Course count towards my continuing professional development requirements?

The Institute of Law can give full accreditation for CPD events held, under the Bar Standards Board Accreditation Scheme, and is able to provide this accreditation to English and Welsh lawyers taking the Jersey Law Course.