I am interested if anybody has taken this option as although it is a QLD (qualifying law degree) in England and Wales it seems to me that there are issues with studying in this way.
Let me first say that I think that OU is a splendid institution that has now been around for many years and is well respected, and thus my concerns may be misplaced. As we all know the benefit of studying for a degree on a residential basis is that there is face to face opportunities with the tutors and also the opportunity for discussions in the lecture room. The use of the common rooms also allows for an exchange of views and opinions and also the hammering out of areas which are not fully understood. There is the opportunity to bring real life experiences of the law to bear and to my mind distance learning will create its own drawbacks. There will be weekend courses, students chat rooms and blogs but they are not a replacement for the benefits of the residential degree.
I always recall Lord Denning stating “it is not the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law”, and this can best be understood in discussion. Yes, the laws are written in statute but there is a need to understand what the law is driving at. We see this in tax law where interpretation is so vital as HMRC will always see matters one way, whereas the practitioner will adopt on occasions a different view, the famous Vesty case being an example. It is in this mutual discussion that law id understood so why is learning through a distance course good?
As I have said I strongly support OU but on this occasion I am unsure.
Could I seek the views of others please?