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Problem-based learning

A key feature of our programme is problem-based learning (PBL) via student law firms where you work in a team to tackle problems in a realistic way.

This is a modern, dynamic learning method that ensures you experience and understand law in its social and theoretical contexts, and helps to develop the skills and techniques you will need to work as a professional.

How you will learn through PBL

You and your colleagues decide how your firm operates and determine how to divide up the work.  Through the process you will build working relationships with each other and learn how to deliver on your responsibilities.

For each case you will identify the legal principles involved in the problem and unravel the legal and contextual issues that lie at the heart of it, which will typically involve more than one area of law. All of the problems will be simulated real-life examples brought to you by virtual clients.

In many situations you will have to interact with other student firms, sometimes working alongside them, sometimes in opposition.

Support and guidance

Through the whole process you will be guided and supported by tutor-facilitators who will also help  you to consider and reflect on the deeper social and theoretical issues, such as questions of justice, fairness and human rights.

My experience of problem-based learning at York

Law student, Amelia discusses why she enjoys studying law using problem-based learning and how you can adapt to this style of working.

Any questions?

Ask us on one of our pre-application University Open Days, or contact our admissions tutor: