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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting which commences in 2015 combines the Swansea Legal Practice Course, a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales, with an independent learning module which facilitates the completion of a drafting project by a student which may then be used to evidence enhanced important legal skills to a potential or existing employer for career starts or progression. This programme in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting is an extension to the LPC (Legal Practice Course).

Key Features of Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting

A key feature of the module in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting is flexibility; the ability to work at your own pace combined with choice of topic in consultation with your supervisor. In addition to usual study on the Legal Practice Course students on the Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting course are required to produce a project of around 15,000 words on a drafting topic of your choice.

This may be a prenuptial agreement in Family Law as merely one example; with three meetings with your supervisor you would be expected to critically consider the rationale for the agreement and comment and analyse on the drafting of a precedent agreement and critically assess its impact. We emphasise this is only an example for illustration.

As a student of the Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting course, you would complete the project in your own time during Stage 2 of the LPC (March to June. It would not increase class contact time as there are no additional classes

Stage 2 of the LPC only comprises 3 ten credit optional modules at a most delivered over 3 days per week – you will have 2 days a week to devote to your project plus week ends and the Easter break – should you wish to refine over the Summer you can do so and submit on the Universal submission date in September rather than in June (end of Stage 2) if you wish –the LLM would be awarded in July if you submit in June and in October if your submit in September should the project be a pass against the learning outcomes.

You can either apply at the outset or during the LPC to upgrade but must do so before Stage 2 commences in March of each year, so if you are unsure you can enrol on the LPC and see how this goes before deciding to upgrade.

Modules

Modules for the LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting include:

- Business Law and Practice
- Litigation
- Property Law and Practice
- Wills and Administration of Estates
- Professional Conduct and Regulation
- Solicitors Accounts

For further information on modules, please visit the LLM Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting page.

Careers and Employability

In addition to the benefits of the Swansea Legal Practice Course the successful completion of a drafting project may be used to evidence enhanced important legal skills to a potential or existing employer for career starts or progression.

An LLM is also an internationally recognised qualification that will enhance your CV.

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This course is part of the vocational stage of your training if you wish to qualify as a solicitor. It is recognised by the Solicitors' Regulatory Authority (SRA) and meets their Legal Practice Course outcomes. Read more
This course is part of the vocational stage of your training if you wish to qualify as a solicitor. It is recognised by the Solicitors' Regulatory Authority (SRA) and meets their Legal Practice Course outcomes.

We offer a learning environment that focuses on realistic case studies providing a general foundation for practice in the legal profession. Our workshops support you in developing your understanding and exploration of the concepts and demands of professional practice.

Our Leeds Law School helps you to improve your employment prospects by building your links with the legal community. The subject coverage is prescribed by the SRA and delivered by qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience.

You will have a professional mentor - a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice during the period of study and work-based learning and career opportunities.

Alternatively, you could choose to study for a masters in legal practice. You can find further details on our LLM Legal Practice Course page (http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/legalpractice_llm).

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/legalpractice_pgdip

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Upon completion, you will be able to proceed to the next stage of legal training as a solicitor by way of a training contract. The LPC provides credit points at masters level. You can enhance future employability by completing a top-up dissertation with a view to being awarded a masters in Law.

- Barrister
- Solicitor
- Conveyancer
- Partner

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our course is delivered by qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience. You will engage in activities designed to optimise your employment prospects and enhance professionalism.

All students on the LPC have a professional mentor - a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice during the period of study and provide work-based learning and career opportunities. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.

Core Modules

Advocacy
Learn practical advocacy skills and knowledge to present cases before courts and tribunals.

Business Law & Practice
You will be introduced to a range of business operations, primarily partnerships and companies, and you will examine law and practice in relation to their formation, ongoing management and dissolution.

Drafting
Learn to apply the principles of good drafting in the creation and amendment of formal legal documents.

Interviewing & Advising
Gain effective interviewing skills for communicating with clients so you can respond to their needs and provide instructions and advice.

Litigation: Civil & Criminal
Gain the skills required to provide advice and assistance to a client in the critical stages of civil and criminal litigation.

Practical Legal Research
This module will introduce you to a range of primary and secondary legal sources. You will learn how to analyse and evaluate them to produce legal solutions.

Professional Conduct & Regulation
Gain an understanding of professional ethics and learn to apply and act in accordance with the core duties of the Solicitors' Code of Conduct.

Wills & Administration of Estates

Solicitors' Accounts
This module will teach you a basic understanding of the Solicitors' Accounts Rules 2011.

Taxation
Gain the skills to be able to advise clients about the taxation framework in England and Wales.

Yvonne Marsh

Senior Lecturer

"Being able to make a positive impact, however slight, on a student's development is extremely rewarding. My life as a solicitor also enables me to enrich my teaching sessions by drawing on my legal experiences. I aim to show the practical application of the law in a variety of real-life commercial and personal situations to bring this fascinating subject to life."

As well as leading our Legal Practice Course, Yvonne teaches intellectual property law, commercial law, civil litigation and a variety of legal skills. She is responsible for co-ordinating our mentoring scheme, which offers a valuable insight into the legal profession.

Facilities

- Portland
Our Leeds Law School is located in our Portland building, close to the city’s legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Supported by expert staff with invaluable industry experience, you will learn using real-life case studies. Your independent project will see you conduct extensive research on a specific topic, enabling you to sharpen your knowledge and specialise in an area of particular interest. Read more
Supported by expert staff with invaluable industry experience, you will learn using real-life case studies. Your independent project will see you conduct extensive research on a specific topic, enabling you to sharpen your knowledge and specialise in an area of particular interest.

Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), your course forms part of the vocational stage of training to become a solicitor and meets the SRA's Legal Practice Course requirements.

You will be paired with a professional mentor from the local legal community, who will offer support, guidance and possibly work-based learning and career opportunities.

Alternatively, you could choose to study for a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. You can find further details on our PG Dip Legal Practice page (http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/legalpractice_pgdip)

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/legalpractice_llm

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You could becomea solicitor and practise in a variety of areas, either in a law firm in privatepractice or in-house. Your dissertation will allow you to become an expert in atopic of special interest, which you could focus on in the workplace and could makeyou highly sought after by employers.

- Solicitor
- Paralegal

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will be taught by lawyers with extensive professional expertise. Our close links with the legal profession in Leeds will enable you to widen your industry networks and enhance your employment prospects.
Your course will be highly focused on enhancing your employability and developing your professionalism. You will be paired with a professional mentor from the local legal community, who will provide practical support and professional guidance to help you excel in your course and progress in your career.
Leeds is one of the UK's largest legal centres with a wealth of placement and job opportunities. You will be able to take advantage of the established professional networks we have built up over many years. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.

Modules

Advocacy
Learn the basic, practical advocacy skills and knowledge to present cases before courts and tribunals.

Business Law & Practice
You will be introduced to a range of business operations, primarily partnerships and companies, and you will examine law and practice in relation to their formation, ongoing management and dissolution.

Drafting
Learn to apply the principles of good drafting in the creation and amendment of formal legal documents.

Interviewing & Advising
Gain effective interviewing skills for communicating with clients so you can respond to their needs and provide instructions and advice.

Litigation
Gain the skills required to provide advice and assistance to a client in the critical stages of civil and criminal litigation.

Practical Legal Research
This module will introduce you to a range of primary and secondary legal sources. You will learn how to analyse and evaluate them to produce legal solutions.

Professional Conduct & Regulation
Gain an understanding of professional ethics and learn to apply and act in accordance with the core duties of the Solicitors' Code of Conduct.

Property Law & Practice
Gain the skills so you can provide advice and assistance to a client at each critical stage of a property transaction.

Solicitors' Accounts
This module will teach you a basic understanding of the Solicitors' Accounts Rules 2011.

Taxation
Gain the skills to be able to advise clients about the taxation framework in England and Wales.

Wills & Administration of Estates
Gain an understanding of the common clauses of a will, what happens when someone dies without making a will and the necessary steps to administer an estate. You will also learn about the tax consequences of death.

Writing
Develop your writing skills so that you can communicate clearly with your reader and inspire confidence in your capability as a lawyer.

Independent Legal Research Project
Become an expert in an area of particular interest through researching and writing your dissertation.

Yvonne Marsh

Senior Lecturer

"Being able to make a positive impact, however slight, on a student's development is extremely rewarding. My life as a solicitor also enables me to enrich my teaching sessions by drawing on my legal experiences. I aim to show the practical application of the law in a variety of real-life commercial and personal situations to bring this fascinating subject to life."

As well as leading our Legal Practice Course, Yvonne teaches intellectual property law, commercial law, civil litigation and a variety of legal skills. She is responsible for co-ordinating our mentoring scheme, which offers a valuable insight into the legal profession.

Facilities

- Courtroom
Our Leeds Law School is located in our Portland building, close to the city’s legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The Legal Practice Course trains you to masters standard, allowing you to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of legal practice, whilst also providing you with the vocational qualification you need in order to go on to practise as a solicitor. Read more

About the course

The Legal Practice Course trains you to masters standard, allowing you to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of legal practice, whilst also providing you with the vocational qualification you need in order to go on to practise as a solicitor.

Highly regarded by the profession and consistently recognised for the quality of its teaching, the course is part of a top-ranking Russell Group University within a vibrant city, and yet is small enough to remain personal.

The MA in Legal Practice is very much a hands-on course, using case studies and files based on those used in practice. We ask you to research and acquire knowledge, put that into context, identify issues and place the client at the centre of the problem. Upon completion of this vocational aspect of the course, you then go on to submit a dissertation.

Students who choose not to submit a dissertation will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (which satisfies the vocational requirements).
You can opt to take the course part-time, in which case you are only required to come in for approximately six hours per week – allowing you the rest of your time to gain valuable work experience, something which is highly regarded by employers.

Who we are

We’re a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people’s lives.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

We offer a wide range of law and criminology courses. Our leading criminology courses are delivered by internationally-renowned academics within our Centre for Criminological Research; one of the four original criminological centres of excellence in the UK.

Uniquely among English Russell Group law schools, we also offer the opportunity for you to complete both the academic and vocational stages of qualifying as a solicitor in our Centre for Professional Legal Education.

Your career

Our graduates include CEOs, lawyers, partners in big corporate firms, judges and barristers. Others are solicitors, academics, politicians and policy makers or work in criminal justice or at the Home Office.

Many of our graduates become legal practitioners. But you can use your postgraduate training in different ways, including business, policy development, teaching or research. Our staff can support you in whichever path you choose, having a wealth and variety of experience across all these areas.

Your course will give you the opportunity to meet and engage with professional organisations. And our excellent careers service will support you from the outset, helping you to identify your strengths and plan your next move. At the School of Law we also have an in-house careers adviser, offering specialised advice to Legal Practice Course, Graduate Diploma in Law and other postgraduate students who wish to pursue a career in the legal profession.

How we teach

Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.

Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You’ll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts. Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology. Our Legal Practice Course is highly regarded. It will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to enter the legal profession in England or Wales.

We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library’s online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.

Legal Practice Course Stage One (compulsory)

Business Law and Practice; Property Law and Practice; Litigation and Advocacy; Drafting; Writing; Practical Legal Research; Interviewing and Advising; Advocacy; Professional Conduct; Solicitors’ Accounts; Wills and Administration of Estates.

Stage Two (optional, choose three)

Acquisitions and Mergers; Advanced Commercial Litigation; Corporate Finance; Commercial Property; Commercial Law; Family Law; Employment Law; Advanced Criminal Litigation; Private Client; Personal Injury Litigation.

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The course provides students with the opportunity to advise and represent social security appellants and employment law claimants (areas identified in research as ones with high levels of ‘unmet legal need’, in part because legal aid has never been made available for them), in a context where they reflect on how persons of limited means access legal services. Read more
The course provides students with the opportunity to advise and represent social security appellants and employment law claimants (areas identified in research as ones with high levels of ‘unmet legal need’, in part because legal aid has never been made available for them), in a context where they reflect on how persons of limited means access legal services.

Key benefits

- The LLM in Clinical Legal Education (CLE) is a distinct and unique legal education course in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland, there being no comparable courses at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

- The Course Team also received the Distinguished Team Teaching Award in December 2014 from the University, as well as Learning and Teaching Awards 2014 Course/School Team of the Year in the inaugural UUSU awards of that year.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/llm-clinical-legal-education-ft-jn or for the part-time option visit https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/llm-clinical-legal-education-pt-jn

Course detail

- Description -

Students obtain experience in aspects of legal practice, from client-handling and case- related research, to advocacy and representation, and reflecting on Public Interest Litigation, as well as developing and managing the Ulster Law Clinic, the specialist clinic embedded in the course.

- Purpose -

The function of the course is to supplement the existing range of legal service providers by focusing on, and meeting, ‘unmet legal need’ in the fields of employment law and social security law. In doing so, students are tasked to analyze ‘unmet legal need’, the availability and consumption of legal services and reflect on wider issues of access to justice, ‘equality of arms’, and dispute resolution.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Traditional methods of teaching and learning include staff-led lectures; student and tutor-led seminars; group work and student presentations; and problem based scenarios. Within the induction programme students will begin their skills based learning, with an introduction to skills development in interviewing, drafting, negotiation and advocacy.

Assessments include written and oral based coursework and case studies of relevant legal issues and client based problems through the use of reflective learning journals; case studies on simulated and real client cases; and advocacy, interviewing and negotiation exercises.

Career options

You will develop skills highly relevant to legal practice, and to policy, research and advocacy roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors in the UK, Ireland and beyond. Successful completion may also open up a range of further study and research options.

The LLM CLE allows you to develop the analytical skills prized by employers in a wide range of career pathways within the United Kingdom, Ireland and internationally. Students obtain experience in all aspects of legal practice, from client-handling and case-related research, to advocacy and representation, and reflecting on public interest litigation, as well as developing and managing a working Law Clinic. The degree is relevant to legal practice and policy, and to research and advocacy roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors. Successful completion also opens up a range of further study and research options.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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Study your LLM online and enhance your legal skills in a specialised practice area. Whether you are a law graduate or qualified lawyer, a Master of Laws (LLM) is an excellent way to develop in-depth knowledge and specialist skills you need to make you stand out in a competitive job market. Read more
Study your LLM online and enhance your legal skills in a specialised practice area

Whether you are a law graduate or qualified lawyer, a Master of Laws (LLM) is an excellent way to develop in-depth knowledge and specialist skills you need to make you stand out in a competitive job market.

In response to the changing legal landscape, we have designed two online Master of Laws programmes:

‌•Online LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution)

The course will deliver a Masters-level insight into different aspects of the conflict resolution process, combining taught modules on dispute resolution, research methods and related commercial topics with a dissertation on an aspect of conflict resolution of the student's own choice.

‌•Online LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property)

The course will deliver a Masters- level insight into different aspects of intellectual property law, combining taught modules on intellectual property, research methods, and related commercial topics with a dissertation on an aspect of intellectual property law and practice of the student's own choice

Each programme will deliver a Masters-level insight into the different aspects of your chosen specialist area, combining online modules, research methods and related commercial topics. By studying one of our LLM, you will be able to demonstrate your expert specialist knowledge to potential employers through your own dissertation on a specific area of current legal practice.

Current LLM students

The current LLM in International Legal Practice (i-LLM) is still available to book for students who have already started the programme.

If you are a continuing student, please go to “All LLM students” on ELITE to find the booking form, and contact the i-LLM management team if you have any queries.

It is no longer possible to book on to the current i-LLM if you have not yet started this programme.

Please note that if you have started our current i-LLM programme, due to differences in credits and the validation of the awards, you will not be able to book any of the modules from the new LLMs. However, all of the law subject areas covered by the modules in the new LLMs are also covered on the i-LLM.

Why study an LLM?

‌•Broaden your career horizons with a valuable Masters qualification in the specialist fields of conflict resolution or intellectual property
‌•Learn professional skills to make you stand out to potential employers
‌•Gain an up-to-date knowledge of law and practice in this area and the impact of those developments on commercial and legal practice
‌•Online supervision delivered by professionally qualified faculty of legal experts
‌•One-to-one tutor support and feedback on your work from a fully-qualified lawyer
‌•Develop a portfolio demonstrating the law in practice
‌•Study online, giving you the flexibility to fit your studies around other commitments, such as work or family

What core skills will I learn on the course?

Study one of our LLMs and you will gain experience in:

‌•drafting of professional-standard legal and commercial documentation
‌•conducting legal research
‌•legal writing and presenting of research findings
‌•research and reflection on current developments within the law
‌•analysis of the law and application to a range of commercial problems to determine client- focused solutions
‌•development of a portfolio to demonstrate the law in practice

The course will prepare you to advise on a range of scenarios in your chosen field of study:

‌•LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution): drafting arbitration agreements, the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution and choice of forum in resolving conflict, looking particularly at the resolution of commercial disputes in the international commercial arena

‌•LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property): distinguishing different types of right, registration of rights and enforcement of infringement of rights, looking particularly at issues of intellectual property rights protection and infringement in the international context

What future opportunities will the LLM offer me?

Whether you’re a recent graduate or already work in the conflict resolution or intellectual property sector, this course will assist law graduates in gaining employment in a legal or commercial capacity in your chosen field. If you’re already working within the sector, it can also help you progress into a more senior role.

Complete in up to five years - via supported online learning

You can study either of our LLMs over a period of up to five years: no attendance is required at our centres.

How to Apply

Please follow this link http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply-for-a-postgraduate-course/#apply-for-the-llm

Further Information

For more information on funding, eligibility, course content, structure and assessment, dates and locations, course fees and the application process, please visit this link http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/lpc/

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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. Read more
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. We are validated and monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and receive excellent feedback from our students, so you can feel confident in the quality and standards of our course.

You will receive the training and support you need in order to become an effective trainee solicitor. In addition you will be able to access work experience opportunities as well as guidance and expertise from previous graduates who are now working as trainees or qualified solicitors.

Course detail

To complete the LPC, you must pass stages one and two within five years. Most students do both stages together (the Postgraduate Diploma) but you can do stage one (the Postgraduate Certificate) then do stage two later (provided this is within five years). This means you spread the cost of the course over several years rather than paying the fees in one year.

If you have successfully completed stage one elsewhere, you can study stage two at the University of West London, and on successful completion of stage 2 and accreditation of your stage 1 by the University, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Modules

Stage one modules are compulsory:
• Criminal and Civil Litigation
• Property Law and Practice
• Business Law and Practice
• Professional Conduct and Regulation
• Wills and Administration of Estates
• Legal Skills: Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising, Drafting, Practical Legal Research and Writing
• Solicitors Accounts
• Taxation

For stage two, you will study three options (vocational electives), usually from the following:
• Advanced Litigation/Personal Injury
• Commercial Leases
• Employment Law and Practice
• Family Law and Practice
• Housing and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
• Immigration Law and Practice

Format

Our teaching is very practice-based and delivered mainly through small group sessions. These give you experience of both legal tasks and legal skills that closely simulate the work of a real legal office. You will act for specific 'clients' and see their cases through from beginning to end.

Jobs and placements

We know how important it is for your future career to get good quality legal work experience on your CV and therefore we provide opportunities for you to participate in our LPC Mentoring and Work Experience Scheme with local firms, qualified alumni and courts.

In addition you will have the opportunity to become involved with the Law School's Community Advice Programme – a free legal advice clinic run fortnightly in conjunction with Ealing Equality Council. Other legal work experience opportunities are advertised by employers directly with our Careers and Employment Service and these are posted electronically for you on our LPC Community site.

Career and study progression

As an LPC graduate, you will be able to apply for a period of recognised training to complete your training and qualify as a solicitor. Many firms offer paid paralegal positions, which sometimes lead to a period of recognised training and we encourage you to explore such opportunities as part of planning for qualification.

Our graduates are now employed in a wide range of legal work, including in private practice at partnership level, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Government Legal Service, charities and in-house. Several provide work experience opportunities to our students.

As an LPC graduate, you can top up your LPC to a Master's in Legal Practice, undertaking part-time study in research methodologies and doing a dissertation on a topic related to legal practice.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. Read more
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. We are validated and monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and receive excellent feedback from our students, so you can feel confident in the quality and standards of our course.

You will receive the training and support you need in order to become an effective trainee solicitor. In addition you will be able to access work experience opportunities as well as guidance and expertise from previous graduates who are now working as trainees or qualified solicitors.

Course detail

To complete the LPC, you must pass stages one and two within five years. Most students do both stages together (the Postgraduate Diploma) but you can do stage one (the Postgraduate Certificate) then do stage two later (provided this is within five years). This means you spread the cost of the course over several years rather than paying the fees in one year.
If you have successfully completed stage one elsewhere, you can study stage two at the University of West London, and on successful completion of stage 2 and accreditation of your stage 1 by the University, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Modules

Stage one modules are compulsory:
• Criminal and Civil Litigation
• Property Law and Practice
• Business Law and Practice
• Professional Conduct and Regulation
• Wills and Administration of Estates
• Legal Skills: Advocacy; Interviewing and Advising; Drafting; Practical
Legal Research; and Writing
• Solicitors' Accounts
• Taxation

Format

Our teaching is very practice-based and delivered mainly through small group sessions. These give you experience of both legal tasks and legal skills that closely simulate the work of a real legal office. You will act for specific 'clients' and see their cases through from beginning to end.

Jobs and placements

We know how important it is for your future career to get good quality legal work experience on your CV and therefore we provide opportunities for you to participate in our LPC Mentoring and Work Experience Scheme with local firms, qualified alumni and courts.

In addition you will have the opportunity to become involved with the Law School’s Community Advice Programme – a free legal advice clinic run fortnightly in conjunction with Ealing Equality Council. Other legal work experience opportunities are advertised by employers directly with our Careers and Employment Service and these are posted electronically for you on our LPC Community site.

Career and study progression

LPC stage one graduates will need to complete stage two successfully by studying three vocational elective subjects. You can study these at the University of West London. On successful completion of the LPC, you will need to secure a training contract to complete your training to be a solicitor.

We encourage you to take advantage of the continuing support provided by the Careers and Employment Service after you leave, and to make the most of the networking opportunities provided through the LPC Mentoring and Work Experience Scheme and contacts with the Middlesex Law Society.

As an LPC graduate, you can top up your LPC to a Master's in Legal Practice, undertaking part-time study in research methodologies and doing a dissertation on a topic related to legal practice.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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Prepare for the Bar with City’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and study in London’s prime legal location. The BPTC is designed for aspiring barristers. Read more
Prepare for the Bar with City’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and study in London’s prime legal location.

Who is it for?

The BPTC is designed for aspiring barristers. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

From recent graduates to doctors and front bench opposition MPs, the programme caters both for those who have always been dedicated to a professional legal career as well as people seeking a career change, and those who are able to make use of the training together with a professional legal qualification in business, management or administration.

In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court. Bar students often have a deep commitment to helping those who need assistance in protecting their legal rights.

Objectives

The Bar Professional Training Course is a rigorous programme designed to reflect the modern working Bar. We replicate life in chambers, so you learn how to represent a range of clients and to prepare for the demands of court.

Studying at Gray's Inn Place, in the heart of legal London, City Law School students achieve impressive academic success. In 2015, our students represented half of the national BPTC cohort achieving a grade of ‘outstanding’* – the most prominent indicator of success in securing future pupillage.

* Bar Standards Board BPTC Key Statistics report 2016

The programme is taught by a team of professionally-qualified experts who are the authors of the BPTC manuals in use across the country. Internationally renowned and highly skills focused, City’s BPTC provides a bridge between academic legal study and professional practice and covers three essential areas:
-Advocacy
-Written and oral advisory skills
-Drafting skills.

Underpinning all of these areas is a foundation of analysis and legal research, combined with the need to set priorities and organise your work in order to meet deadlines.

Placements

Placements are not a formal requirement of the programme, but we encourage you to spend time in chambers doing mini-pupillages.

Pro bono is an opportunity to use your time and knowledge to provide legal advice to those who may otherwise not have access to such services. It provides you with invaluable experience and a chance to develop your legal skills further. At The City Law School you will have the opportunity to work with one of our pro bono volunteering organisations that needs assistance.

Mooting is a great way to develop important legal skills such as research and analysis whilst also learning how to structure a legal argument. At The City Law School, we run an annual internal mooting competition where students act as a counsel to argue a point of law before a judge.

Academic facilities

The Bar Professional Training Course is taught at Gray’s Inn Place campus. Here you will find the Atkin Building which houses the student common room and the large lecture theatre and teaching accommodation. The library, computer study areas and additional teaching accommodation are located in two nearby buildings.

The City Law School has its own dedicated administration team and its own online legal resource portal - Lawbore. You also have access to two legal libraries, one on site at the Gray’s Inn campus and one based at our Northampton Square campus.

Within the Gray’s Inn library you will find areas for group study and a room to record advocacy performances. There is a large suite of recording rooms nearby. You will also receive copies of the textbooks used on the course. These include:
-Practitioner books in civil practice and criminal practice.
-The City Law School BPTC manuals (published by OUP as the "Bar series").
-Textbooks in civil procedure, evidence and alternative dispute resolution.

Teaching and learning

Most of the course is taught in small groups where you will be studying with 12 other students, and in classes of six students for advocacy. You will also learn through one-to-one tuition in the advocacy skills part of the course.

Debating, mooting and mock trials also prepare you for pupillage interviews.

We also train students on how to give peer feedback and conduct client conferences, where you give an oral performance which is recorded for feedback. You also have the opportunity to cross-examine mock witnesses and clients in real time as part of the programme’s final assessment.

You will be assessed under examination conditions in the written skills and the knowledge-based areas of ethics, civil procedure and criminal procedure. You will also be assessed through replicated scenarios, which we would expect you to encounter in practice.

Teaching is supported by a range of materials, including a series of skills and subject manuals written by senior members of staff and members of the practising Bar. These manuals are published by Oxford University Press, have been adopted by other providers, and are widely recognised as leading and innovative texts on teaching legal skills. The course is also supported by a wide range of written and electronic resources.

Modules

Modules in the first two terms are compulsory (and are based on the Bar Standards Board requirements), and you can choose two options from 11 topics in the third term.

The course has been developed to give you the relevant legal skills and knowledge that all newly qualified barristers need, along with the detailed knowledge you will need for your chosen specialist areas/subjects. While there is a strong focus on advocacy, advisory and drafting skills are also important as well as knowledge of court procedures and evidence and the principles governing ADR and professional ethics. Three of the option subjects (FRU, domestic violence and social security) are pro bono based, which gives you the opportunity to get real-life experience as part of the programme.

There is a strong focus on preparation, participation and practice. Students are encouraged to recognise that work on the programme is set in a realistic context and to approach the work in a professional, ethical, practical and problem-solving way.

Core subjects in the first and second term
-Advocacy Cross Examination (10 credits)
-Advocacy Examination in Chief (10 credits)
-Advocacy Addressing the Court (10 credits)
-Civil Litigation, Evidence & Remedies 12 credits)
-Conference Skills (six credits)
-Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Sentencing (12 credits)
-Resolution of Disputes out of Court (ADR) (six credits)
-Drafting Skills (12 credits)
-Professional Ethics (six credits)
-Opinion Writing Skills (12 credits)

Other important areas covered within the context of the main subjects:
-Costs
-Human rights
-Risk analysis

Option subjects in the third term - you will choose two of the below elective modules:
-Advanced Criminal Litigation (12 credits)
-Commercial Law (12 credits)
-Company Law (12 credits)
-Domestic Violence (12 credits)
-Employment Law (12 credits)
-Family Law (12 credits)
-Fraud & Financial Crime (12 credits)
-Free Representation Unit (12 credits)
-Landlord & Tenant (12 credits)
-Professional Negligence (12 credits)
-Social Security (12 credits)

The range of options offered in any one year is subject to availability and demand, but we usually run all 11 options. The same range of options is offered to part-time BPTC students as to full-time ones, but subject to demand, some may only be delivered during the day.

Career prospects

Training for the Bar is a serious proposition because of the responsible role played by barristers in the administration of justice. It is also one of the most sought after and respected careers available. On successful completion of the course you will receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills and be eligible to be Called to the Bar of England and Wales by your Inn. At that stage you are entitled to describe yourself as a barrister, but will not be entitled to represent clients in court until you have completed the first six months of pupillage.

Pupillage is usually for 12 months, and is usually taken in one set of chambers, although sometimes pupillage takes place in two or more sets.

Minimum pupillage awards for the first year are £12,000. Some pupillage awards exceed £60,000. Tenants earn more than pupils.

We have a strong success rate with BPTC students gaining pupillage year on year. As soon as you accept your place on the City BPTC you can get individual guidance from our dedicated Pupillage Advisory Service to give you the best possible chance of entering the Bar. The service offers tailored advice about:
-Building links with the profession
-Applying for mini-pupillages
-Completing pupillage applications
-Preparing for interviews (including offering mock interviews)
-Getting ready for pupillage

If you decide the Bar isn't for you, you can receive expert advice about your career options from your personal tutor and City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach service. The service offers support for interviews, mock interviews and job searching techniques.

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Prepare to practice as a solicitor in England or Wales. completing our course will allow you to move on to take a training contract. Read more
Prepare to practice as a solicitor in England or Wales: completing our course will allow you to move on to take a training contract. We’ll explore a number of areas of legal practice, and keep you up to date with the latest opportunities in the legal profession. Thanks to our flexible teaching, you’ll have time to follow these opportunities up, too.

Overview

On our Legal Practice Course at Anglia Law School, you’ll explore civil litigation and dispute resolution, criminal law, property law and business law. As well as this, our range of optional modules will give you the chance to learn about family law, employment law, child care, commercial dispute resolution and private client work.

You’ll benefit from extra support and training, too. We offer non-assessed training in areas like billing, file management, commercial awareness and negotiation skills, plus a specialist non-assessed course in careers and professional development.

With our links to practitioners, who also help to develop the course, you’ll have access to the latest careers advice and maybe even the opportunity to be interviewed for a training contract. We’ll also keep you up to date on vacancies in the legal job market through our monthly email bulletin.

Our high staff-to-student ratio means we can give you an excellent level of pastoral care, addressing your individual needs and supporting your transition from undergraduate study to the Legal Practice Course, and from the Legal Practice Course to training contracts and employment.

And thanks to our flexible teaching, you’ll be able to fit study around other commitments such as employment or training. Most of our large group sessions are delivered by i-lecture, so you can join remotely from wherever you want.

When you're studying on-campus in Cambridge, you'll benefit from a range of facilities including our mock courtroom, which will allow you to practice advocacy in a realistic setting.

We're the only university in East Anglia to offer the Legal Practice Course. We were also the first university in England and Wales to have our course accredited by Skillsmark.

Teaching times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-6pm. You'll also attend a five-day induction week at the beginning of the course.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/legal-practice-course

Careers

This course will prepare you for life as a practising solicitor in England or Wales, and allow you to continue on to the two-year training contract that will fully qualify you for professional practice*.

You will most likely choose to complete your two-year training contract with a firm of solicitors in private practice, but might prefer to take one with an alternative employer, such as the UK government (through the Government Legal Service), local government, the Crown Prosecution Service or a law centre. Whatever you decide, you can be sure of receiving specialised careers guidance on our Legal Practice Course.

*unless you have a FILEX qualification and exemption from the SRA.

Modules

Core modules:
Litigation
Property Law and Practice
Business Law and Practice
Interviewing and Advising
Writing
Practical Legal Research
Advocacy
Drafting
Professional Conduct and Regulation
Solicitors Accounts
Wills and Administration of Estates
Career Development
Billing, File Management and Commercial Awareness
Negotiation

Optional modules:
Family Law and Practice
Employment Law and Practice
Child Care
Private Client
Commercial Dispute Resolution

NB optional modules will only run if there is enough demand.

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of timed open book supervised assessments, oral practical and coursework-style assessments across the course. You’ll also undertake full-scale mock assessments in all areas, including all skills subjects.

All students take our core modules, plus three vocational subjects from the list of optional modules. Please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Where you'll study

Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) leads to the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC). It is the programme of study and assessment approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which you must complete if you want to qualify as a solicitor. Read more
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) leads to the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC). It is the programme of study and assessment approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which you must complete if you want to qualify as a solicitor.

This is a skills-based, ‘learning by doing’ course that gives you the foundation to start a training contract in a law office. You will develop the skills of advocacy, interviewing, legal writing, drafting and research. You will largely work in an interactive, small group setting that replicates the environment of the law office, the courtroom and the solicitor/client relationship.

Some discretionary local authority funding and professional development loans may be available, and some law firms may offer sponsorship for this course.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/288-legal-practice-course

Why Study Law at USW?

From first-rate facilities supported by the latest state-of-art software to opportunities to provide members of the public and businesses with legal advice in our specialist legal and financial advice clinic, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider studying law at the University of South Wales.

- Opportunities for you to put your knowledge into practice through our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic by providing advice, delivering client care and engaging with the profession.

- We work with a range of national law firms to provide placement opportunities. These include Hugh James, Eversheds, Capital Law, Clarks Legal, Geldards, NewLaw, Howells and many more.

- You will be taught by leading experts who will use the latest innovative ‘SIMple software’ teaching tools and virtual learning environments to share their knowledge and expertise.

- We go the extra mile to support graduate employability; you will be offered the opportunity to get involved in initiatives such as our very own leadership academy, industry-led guest lectures and employability conferences.

- Legal research at the University is recognised nationally and internationally and our expertise directly influence your learning experience ensuring it is current and relevant.

Facilities

Your learning will be supported by state-of-the-art study facilities, including a courtroom fully equipped with the latest digital video facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practise rooms. All activities are based on authentic scenarios, and research and preparation is assisted by the facilities in our modern technology suites.

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This 2 year part time course can be studied by attending 1 day a week, Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2. The LLM LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Read more
This 2 year part time course can be studied by attending 1 day a week, Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2.

The LLM LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:
Core Practice Areas
-Property Law and Practice
-Litigation
-Business Law and Practice

Five Specified legal skills:
-Writing Skills
-Drafting Skills
-Advocacy
-Interviewing Skills
-Practical Legal Research
-Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include (choose three electives from the following):
-Corporate and Commercial Client
-Commercial Property
-Employment Law
-Family Law
-Advanced Criminal Practice
-Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Private Client

This award combines the taught elements of the Legal Practice Course (120 credits) with a tutor guided research project (60 credits). Alongside the LPC core and elective modules, students will undertake a Blended Learning module in Legal Research Methods where they will engage with differing research methodologies and practices and produce an assessed final project/dissertation proposal.

Students will have two primary options for their final research project/dissertation in that they can opt to align their research to their work within a legal field or if not currently employed in the legal sector can choose from a prescribed list of academic research topics.

Upon successful completion students will have attained a full Master of Laws degree in Legal Practice which will enhance their employability. From September 2016, the revised award attracts the new Postgraduate Student Loans which will assist students in funding their studies.

Students engaged on a part time learning route will undertake the Legal Research Methods and Final Project/Dissertation elements during their second year of study.

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Whether you are intending to practice in the City, in a commercial firm, in a small high-street practice or in a niche area of law, our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice will give you the broad and rigorous foundation you need. Read more
Whether you are intending to practice in the City, in a commercial firm, in a small high-street practice or in a niche area of law, our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice will give you the broad and rigorous foundation you need.

There are different options to complete your LLM in Advanced Legal Practice, which allow you to focus on your continuing professional development as a reflective practitioner, with responsibility for your own development and learning. This reflects the SRA's new Continuing Professional Development regime.

Key benefits

Our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice equips you with an LLM qualification and includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) needed for professional practice as a Solicitor. Our LPC is the longest established in Bristol, with strong links with the legal community and training contract opportunities.

Course detail

You will study in our modern, dedicated LPC teaching and common rooms, an ideal learning environment not just for your scheduled workshops but for private study as well. You will also have access to:

• three mock courtrooms where you can develop your advocacy skills
• dedicated study rooms for independent or group work
• an online interactive learning environment for practising case working skills, using technology that feels exactly like that of a modern professional law office.

Modules

Core modules:

• Business Law and Practice
• Civil and Criminal Litigation
• Property Law and Practice
• Interviewing and Advising
• Practical Legal Research
• Writing, Drafting and Advocacy
• Solicitor's Accounts
• Professional Conduct and Regulation
• Wills and Administration of Estates
• Taxation

Optional modules:

• Acquisitions
• Commercial Law
• Employment Law
• Family Law and Practice
• Private Client (Estate Planning)
• Public Company Finance
• Intellectual Property and Competition Law
• Advanced Criminal Litigation
• Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Commercial Property
• Media and Entertainment Law
• Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
• Public Childcare and Housing Law Practice

Format

Tuition is provided by a small, dedicated team of solicitors, who ensure the course is relevant, up to date and, above all, prepares you fully for practice. You will gain critical awareness of how legal practice works, and develop the foundations of the legal skills you will need to excel in your role as a solicitor.

Careers / Further study

The LLM in Advanced Legal Practice prepares you for a successful career as a solicitor. Many of our graduates have gone on to practice in the City, or in commercial firms, small high-street legal practices or niche areas of law. UWE Bristol alumni can be found in almost every local firm.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
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The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) aims to prepare you for employment as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. Read more
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) aims to prepare you for employment as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. This course can be studied full-time or part-time (day or evening). In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 98.2% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

This course provides graduates who have completed the academic stage of legal training with the professional stage of training required to qualify as a solicitor. We have a long-standing reputation for training solicitors and were one of the first universities to be validated to run the Legal Practice Course.

The course emulates the nature of the work encountered in practice and is transactional, following clients through various legal transactions and court hearings. It builds on the substantive law that you will have already learnt and includes the study of both law, and procedure in the major areas of practice. It also teaches the 'lawyerly' skills of practical legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting and advocacy to prepare you for your subsequent professional training and for practice as a solicitor.

The LPC is entirely taught in a modern building with a mock court room, audio visual recording facilities, IT resources and library. Materials and case studies are provided.
-The LPC at London Met provides you with the required knowledge and skills that you will need to qualify as a solicitor.
-We offer work placements and pro bono opportunities to enhance your employment prospects.
-It is the most competitively priced LPC provided by a London university with flexible study options to suit you.
-All teaching is undertaken by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience and students benefit from personal feedback.
-There is an option to top up the LPC on completion of the course to an LLM in Legal Practice by completion of dissertation.


Teaching is highly interactive and you will be taught in a small groups in three-hour sessions. The tutors are accessible and friendly and classes are supplemented with online tests and revision lectures and materials. The emphasis is on face to face teaching although some lectures, covering more complex subjects, are available online,. The overwhelming response from student feedback is that they prefer live contact with tutors and fellow students. You learn by “doing” on this LPC.

Students attending on either the one year full-time or the two year part-time LPC are required to attend an intensive foundation course for the first week of term in September from Monday to Friday, 10am until 5pm. Compulsory attendance is required for all students, irrespective of whether you are studying full-time or part-time. Please take this into consideration when arranging work, family and holiday commitments.

You can choose to have all your face-to-face tuition and workshops for the core practice areas concentrated into two set days a week on our one year course. This is usually Tuesday and Thursday from September until June. It enables you to reduce your travelling costs and plan your week. You attend an average of 12 hours face to face contact per week with the remaining time devoted to private study. Please note however, you may have to come into the university on additional days for assessments. Also Stage 2 elective subjects may run on different days.

Students who wish to complete the Legal Practice Course over two years can attend either in the evenings or during the day. The part time evening classes are taught from 6pm until 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday in the first year and Monday and Wednesday in the second year. The part-time day classes are taught from 10am until 5pm on Friday in the first year and on Monday in the second year.

Assessment methods are designed to reflect how solicitors work today, and include skills assessments and open book examinations.

Professional accreditation

London Metropolitan University is an SRA (Solicitor Regulation Authority) approved LPC provider.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Advocacy Skills (core, 0 credits)
-Business Law and Practice (core, 24 credits)
-Drafting Skills (core, 2.25 credits)
-Interviewing Skills (core, 5.5 credits)
-Legal Writing Skills (core, 2.25 credits)
-Litigation (core, 39.5 credits)
-Professional Conduct and Regulation (core, 1.5 credits)
-Property Law and Practice (core, 24 credits)
-Research Skills (core, 2.75 credits)
-Solicitors Accounts (core, 6 credits)
-Wills and Administration of Estates (core, 2 credits)
-Advanced Business Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Child Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Civil and Commercial Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (option, 13.5 credits)
-Commercial Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Corporate Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Employment Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Family Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Housing Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Immigration Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Intellectual Property Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Private Client Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)

After the course

Helping LPC students to get a training contract and legal work experience is central to what we do. Each student is designated a professional mentor to provide individual advice and guidance. We offer a number of work placements within solicitor’s firms, at court or within not-for-profit organisations to enhance your CV, provide contacts and networking opportunities. We also offer pro bono work for students who need to enhance their links with the solicitors’ profession. In March each year we run a career development week to help focus on your career prospects. We offer mock interviews, CV surgeries and networking workshops. Our excellent careers service can also help you in obtaining training contracts and valuable work experience.

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This 1 year full time course combines on-line learning sessions and face to face teaching. Attendance at Staffordshire University will be required for the Foundation course (5 days) and two additional Face to Face teaching courses (4 days each) (dates to be confirmed shortly). Read more
This 1 year full time course combines on-line learning sessions and face to face teaching. Attendance at Staffordshire University will be required for the Foundation course (5 days) and two additional Face to Face teaching courses (4 days each) (dates to be confirmed shortly). The full time Blended Learning course is extremely intensive and you need to make sure that you can commit an average of 32 hours study each week; this mode of study is not therefore suitable for those who also have a full time job.

The LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:
Core Practice Areas
Property Law and Practice
Litigation
Business Law and Practice

Five Specified legal skills
-Writing Skills
-Drafting Skills
-Advocacy
-Interviewing Skills - Learn how to conduct client interviews to obtain instructions, advise on the law and write to confirm your advice.
-Practical Legal Research - Identifying the legal and practical considerations and advising on the law using up to date online legal resources used by legal practitioners.
Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation - Study the Code of Conduct dealing with realistic scenarios based on real issues which arise.

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include:

Choose three electives from the following:
-Corporate and Commercial Client
-Commercial Property
-Employment Law
-Family Law
-Advanced Criminal Practice
-Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an insight into the topical issues in legal practices, both nationally and internationally.

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