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This specialism offers a rigorous and practical program of study into the process of civil litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. Read more
This specialism offers a rigorous and practical program of study into the process of civil litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.

Who is it for?

The Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM degree should interest and benefit a broad range of students. If you are already professionally qualified having taken the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) it will develop your understanding of practice and enhance your career. If you have legal qualifications in another jurisdiction it will provide understanding of legal process in England. You can enrol in the course straight after a law degree, although some experience of legal practice is an advantage.

Objectives

This Specialist LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution programme provides a unique opportunity to enhance the development of a career in legal professional practice as a barrister, solicitor or other qualified legal practitioner. The course investigates the ways in which civil litigation can be managed strategically and effectively, and provides a practice-focused understanding of mediation and arbitration as alternative ways of resolving a dispute, both of which are becoming increasingly important to commercial and non-commercial practice alike.

This innovative specialist Masters degree is designed to provide a sound understanding of the rules under which litigation, arbitration and mediation operate, based on current scholarship including areas such as procedure, evidence and ethics.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform Moodle.

Assessment

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help them develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules you will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write their dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules - choose from the following 30-credit modules:
-Commercial/High Value Litigation in London
-Civil Dispute Resolution Options - Strategic Use of ADR
-Arbitration
-Mediation and Negotiation
-International Commercial Arbitration
-International Dispute Settlement
-EU Litigation

Elective modules - for your remaining elective modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering diverse subjects – everything from Human Rights and Energy Law to Mergers or Money Laundering.

Dissertation - those students who start the course in January will take two (or three) taught modules in the spring term (January-April), write their dissertation over the summer, before completing the remaining taught modules in the autumn term (September – December). Please be reassured that this structure does not disadvantage January entry students in any way; the dissertation is a separate piece of individual work, it does not directly build on the teaching and assessment which takes place on the taught modules. All students are allocated dissertation supervisors who assist students topic selection and in research methodology.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)
-10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) OR
-20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Career prospects

It is an important objective of this course to assist individual students who wish to build effective careers in managing and conducting civil cases, whether through litigation, arbitration, negotiation or mediation. With so much competition for those seeking to enter and develop a career in the legal profession, this LLM is designed to provide a depth of understanding and a range of skills that can make a real difference in building your career.

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in litigation and dispute resolution.

100% of graduates responding to the 2014/15 DLHE survey were in employment or further study six months after graduation.

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With over 30 years of expertise, LSBU Law has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students. Read more
With over 30 years of expertise, LSBU Law has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students.

Through critical and comparative studies of justice and the criminal litigation process this course will give you demonstrable understanding of the key principles that ground the UK criminal justice system, its issues, approaches and topical debates.

If you are a recent graduate, or already working within the criminal justice field, you'll further your academic and practical knowledge of the litigation process. The programme is also highly relevant to human rights workers and policy agents working in the UK or abroad. Upon completion you'll have acquired an in-depth and systematic understanding of criminal litigation and criminal justice and will be able to work at the cutting edge of practice and research in these areas.

This course is distinctive for the following reasons:

• Emphasis on human rights and justice issues;
• Practical legal problem-solving drawing upon a variety of legal and non-legal knowledge, understanding and skills;
• Leading practitioner insights into current legal and criminal justice practice issues;
• Strong national links with the legal profession;
• The learning environment is greatly enhanced by guest lectures, delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners.

Modules

Core modules:

Research methods
Criminal litigation
Criminal justice
Dissertation

Module options:

After completing core modules you'll choose from options that reflect the practical/ theoretical and social justice context of the course. Choices are made following discussion with your personal tutor and also guided by your own professional interests and career aspirations.

International criminal law
Evidence/science and technology
Psychological aspects of investigation
Decision making in the forensic context
Advocacy
Policing
Investigative psychology
Terrorism
Citizenship and combating crime in the EU

Criminal litigation
If you're interested in criminal litigation you may prefer options such as: Advocacy, Evidence, Forensic Science and Technology or International Criminal Law

Criminal justice
Or if you want to focus on the criminal justice system you may prefer options such as: Policing, Terrorism, Investigative Psychology, Forensic Psychology.

Study modes

Full-time: 14 months (taught stage: October-June; dissertation: July-October);
six modules plus a dissertation to be completed July-October

Part-time: 26 months (taught stage: October-June years one and two. Dissertation: July-October or July to January in year 2)
Three modules a year for two years; plus a dissertation completed July-January, or, July-October.

Teaching and learning

Content, knowledge and understanding is assessed through coursework, or, a combination of coursework, presentations and online assessments. Coursework can take many forms (based on the practical or theoretical content of the module) including essays and reports.

Professional links

Through our growing pool of visiting fellows and professors, the Law Department has developed a strong network of contacts with leading criminal law practitioners. Moreover, the Law Department enjoys strong links with the South London Law Society, and cooperates with them to provide a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for local practitioners and members of the South London Law Society. Many members of the Law Department are practitioners, or retain strong links with the legal profession.

Recent guest lecturers:

• Vera Baird, QC, MP;
• Roger Smith, Director of Justice;
• Joel Bennathan, QC, Barrister;
• Imran Khan, Solicitor.

Employability

Upon completion of the course you'll have developed advanced legal practice skills and an informed and reflective understanding of the criminal justice system. As well as legal practice, graduates of this LLM may seek employment in a variety of related fields such as research and policy making the police, prison and probation services.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Our specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to criminal litigation. Read more
Our specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to criminal litigation. It concentrates on the principles that lie behind the criminal justice system and the need to place those principles in a critical and comparative context.

Who is it for?

This specialist masters degree appeals to practitioners in the field of criminal justice, particularly: solicitors, barristers, CPS employees and police officers. Lawyers at the start of their career have found this course helps them to build their knowledge and expertise in a specialist area.

Objectives

The Specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to the critical study of criminal litigation. It focuses on the principles upon which the criminal justice system is based by placing them in a comparative context. This masters course has been designed to allow you to examine important areas of criminal litigation in greater depth than is usually possible either at undergraduate level or on a professional training course.

Academic facilities

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything City has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus - with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work.

Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies. All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle.

Assessment

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification. You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)
-10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
-20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Specialism modules - choose from the following 30-credit modules:
-Sentencing: Theory and Practice
-Advocacy in the criminal trial
-International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective
-International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions
-Advocacy: Trial Stories
-Criminal Justice: The Process of the Courts
-Criminal Trials: Evidence and Proof
-Professional Ethics for Commercial Legal Practice
-Forensic Psychology for the Criminal Practitioner

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Career prospects

Our past students have included lawyers on a career break and those seeking judicial appointment wishing to broaden their knowledge and raise their practical awareness. Many students have taken this LLM as an in-depth transition from their LLB or BA courses prior to studying for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC).

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.

Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by The City Law School.

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The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers you the opportunity to gain a recognised legal professional qualification as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and build valuable professional experience working as a volunteer in our Legal Advice Clinic. Read more
The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers you the opportunity to gain a recognised legal professional qualification as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and build valuable professional experience working as a volunteer in our Legal Advice Clinic.

You'll study the law, procedure and theory of civil litigation and related dispute resolution processes while also gaining practical legal experience and developing your professional skills. All students will take part in face to face, drop-in advice giving sessions at our Legal Advice Clinic and may have an opportunity to volunteer at our Lambeth County Court Help Desk.

Modules

All modules are assessed by a mix of examinations, written coursework, oral presentations, live client assessment and reflective practice logs.

Civil Justice
Civil Litigation Practice (CILEx)
Legal Advice (Clinical)
Dissertation

Plus three of the following optional modules:

Advocacy (Clinical)
Mediation & Negotiation
Employment Law Practice (CILEx)
Family Law Practice (CILEx)
Criminal Litigation Practice (CILEx)

Timetable

Full-time mode:
Two evenings and two afternoons per week (usually nine hours), plus clinical practice hours.

Part-time mode:
One evening and one afternoon per week (usually three to six hours), plus clinical practice hours.

Teaching and learning

All modules are supported by weekly online learning activities, resources and practical work, particularly in the Legal Advice Clinic, is supported by one to one feedback and support from experienced legal practitioners.

Placements

All students will work in the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic giving supervised legal advice to local clients at the clinic's weekly drop-in sessions. Students taking the Advocacy (Clinical) module will also take part in clinical activities based in the local courts.

Professional links

The course and the Law Department have strong links with Lambeth County Court, the Southwark Legal Advice Network and the South London Law Society. Advice sessions at the Legal Advice Clinic are supported by Solicitors from local South London law firms.

Employability

You'll develop your professional skills,experience and confidence alongside local legal professional practitioners. The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers clinical legal experience and an embedded professional qualification (Graduate Member of CILEx), offering you the opportunity to start work as a qualified legal professional without further study on graduation.

Graduate Members of CILEx are entitled to become Fellows of CILEx after 3 years of legal practice. Fellows of CILEx are fully qualified legal professionals with the same professional privileges and responsibilities as Solicitors, but who are qualified to work within one specified legal practice area only. In the modern profession, most Solicitors are also specialists concentrating on one legal practice area only. The cost of the LLM is considerably less than the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course. Qualification with CILEx does not require a Pupillage or Training Contract, just the three years qualifying legal employment.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) offers intensive, post graduate-level studies to students who wish to qualify as a barrister. Read more
The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) offers intensive, post graduate-level studies to students who wish to qualify as a barrister.

The BPTC is taken after undergraduate study and before the period of work based training, also known as pupillage, required for those training to become barristers.

This programme will prepare you for the 12 months of pupillage and ensure that you acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure and evidence, attitudes and competence required during your work based training. It will also provide you with a solid foundation in knowledge and skills for your early years of tenancy.

The BPTC aims to foster a professional and ethical approach to practice as a barrister, whilst giving you an informed view of a barrister’s working life.

Distinctive features

We have delivered a high quality and highly regarded Bar Professional Training Course/Bar Vocational Course since 1997. Distinctive features include:

• a guaranteed period of two weeks' placement (offering mini-pupillage with a local Chambers or other placement with the employed Bar, and marshalling with a local Circuit Judge and District Judge);

• a high level of individual feedback and support on performance in oral and written skills;

• a course strongly supported by the local employed Bar, the independent Bar and the Judiciary;

• the opportunity to practise all skills exceeds the Bar Standards Board’s minimum recommended number.

Structure

The BPTC is a one year course studied over three terms. All modules within this programme are compulsory and comprise knowledge areas, core skills and options. An attendance record is kept and 100% attendance at teaching sessions is expected.

During the first and second term you will be taught and assessed in the following areas:

• Civil litigation evidence and remedies
• Criminal litigation evidence & remedies

You will develop the core skills of :

Submission advocacy
Trial advocacy 1 and 2
Conference skills
Drafting
Opinion writing
Professional ethics
Resolution of disputes out of court

In the final term, you will select two optional subjects. As well as developing legal skills within the curriculum, you will have opportunities to acquire hands-on experience by taking part in:

• several pro-bono schemes run by the School of Law and Politics;
• other activities such as mooting, negotiating, client interviewing competitions and legal discussion groups.

These opportunities are designed to increase your confidence, skills and employability.

Please visit the website to see the modules taught on this cause:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/bar-professional-training-course-pgdip

Teaching

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures and small group sessions. Most teaching is delivered in small groups of 12 students with all oral skills teaching in smaller groups of six students.

You will have practice opportunities through your teaching that exceed the minimum indicated by the Bar Standards Board. The timing of teaching sessions and assessments has also been carefully considered to ensure that you have sufficient opportunity to practise and receive feedback. This is essential to enable you to refine your work and skills as a result of feedback received.

Assessment

The BPTC assessments are designed to be fair, rigorous, realistic and provide sufficient depth and/or breadth of coverage of the skills and subjects assessed. Individual assessments will cover a representation of the outcomes in the particular subject or skills area. A practical emphasis will appear throughout.

Each skills teaching session is a formative session; in addition you will undertake a practice assessment for each of the core subjects studied in terms one and two. These assessments will be undertaken in circumstances that reflect the arrangements for the summative assessments.

Three assessments, civil litigation evidence and remedies, criminal litigation evidence and remedies and professional ethics will be assessed by way of a centrally set paper produced by the Bar Standards Board.

For all Cardiff-produced BPTC assessments, the assessment criteria and, where relevant, guidance/explanatory notes will be made available to you from the outset of the subject. The assessment criteria for each subject are clearly aligned with its learning outcomes to ensure you can demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes for the subject through the assessment.

There are 12 summative assessments. Four are knowledge assessments, one in each of the following:

Civil litigation and evidence
Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
Professional ethics
Resolution of disputes out of court.

There are eight skills assessments, in each of the following:

Conference skills
Opinion writing
Drafting
Advocacy (one assessment with oral plus written components and two oral assessments; examination in chief and cross examination).
Option one (written or oral)
Option two (written or oral)

Career prospects

After completion of the BPTC you will be able to undertake a pupillage in preparation for practice as a barrister.

Alternatively, the BPTC may be lead to legal work in some other capacity, e.g. paralegal or legal executive, with the option of seeking pupillage at a later date.

Placements

Guaranteed placements are offered giving you the opportunity to marshal with both a Circuit Judge and District Judge in addition to undertaking a mini-pupillage.

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The specialist LLM in Dispute Resolution offers an in depth understanding of dispute resolution practice and theory in both civil and criminal matters. Read more
The specialist LLM in Dispute Resolution offers an in depth understanding of dispute resolution practice and theory in both civil and criminal matters.

Who is it for?

The course appeals to existing legal practitioners as well as those who wish to work in the field of civil and criminal litigation, arbitration, international litigation and dispute resolution, legal services and tribunals. As it is domestic and internationally focused, it should be of interest to students from the UK, Europe and around the world.

Objectives

The Specialist LLM in Dispute Resolution is a unique course which provides students with a strong understanding of dispute resolution practice and theory in both civil and criminal matters. It concentrates on issues relating to dispute resolution in criminal or civil justice, including conventional litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution practices such as arbitration and mediation. This course gives you an opportunity to explore the area of criminal and civil justice from a domestic, international and European law context.

Placements

Each year a small number of internships become available and you will be provided with information about such opportunities and how to apply during the year of your study.

Academic facilities

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything City has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus - with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work.

Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies. All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle.

Assessment

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification. You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules you will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules - choose three from the following 30-credit modules:
-Commercial/High Value Litigation in London
-Civil Dispute Resolution Options - strategy, risks and costs
-Mediation and Negotiation
-Arbitration
-International Dispute Settlement
-International Commercial Arbitration
-EU Litigation

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Career prospects

It is an important objective of this course to assist individual students who wish to build effective careers in managing and conducting civil cases, whether through litigation, arbitration, negotiation or mediation. With so much competition for those seeking to enter and develop a career in the legal profession, this LLM is designed to provide a depth of understanding and a range of skills that can make a real difference in building your career.

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.

The course will include guidance on national and international options for training as a mediator or arbitrator. Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by The City Law School.

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Our aim is that the Glasgow Diploma comes to be regarded as the trademark of excellence, ensuring that you are not just employable but sought after by employers. Read more
Our aim is that the Glasgow Diploma comes to be regarded as the trademark of excellence, ensuring that you are not just employable but sought after by employers.

Key facts

• PgDip: 9 months full-time;
• Contact:

Why Glasgow

• This highly practical programme has been designed by practising lawyers to replicate the work that you will do when you commence your traineeship, ensuring that you will be a confident and competent trainee solicitor.
• The Glasgow Legal 40, legal alumni of the university who practise across a wide range of areas, support our Diploma students in various ways including mentoring them and attending networking events.
• We have developed strong links with employers and work with them to ensure that the programme we offer meets their requirements enabling you to commence your traineeship with the necessary skills and knowledge.
• Extensive use is made of our library of filmed resources which link to course materials developed in collaboration with the judiciary and our tutors.They include various court hearings including criminal trials, proofs, debates, motions and a judicial review as well as a mediation, collaboration and negotiation.
• Students attend Glasgow Sheriff Court and appear before sheriffs to deliver pleas in mitigation; police officers attend the university to take part in court cases.
• Almost every one of our 150 tutors is a practising lawyer, and all are dedicated, enthusiastic, committed and keen to share their experience with the next generation of lawyers.

Programme Structure

You will take 5 core and 3 optional courses. This allows you to select courses which suit your areas of interest or meet the requirements of your future employers in the legal profession. Courses are delivered through a combination of on-line resources, e-modules, lectures and by small group tutorials (12 or less). Our team of 150 highly experienced, enthusiastic and committed tutors, almost all of whom are practising solicitors or advocates, are all focused on ensuring that you meet the requirement of a “Day 1 ready trainee” by the end of each course.

Core courses
• Criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy, evidence and procedure and negotiation)
• Civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, rules of procedure, evidence, negotiation and pre-action protocols)
• Property Law and Conveyancing (incorporating commercial leases)
• Private client (incorporating wills, trusts, deeds of variation and guardianship)
• Business, ethics, finance and practice awareness.

Optional courses
• Advanced civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, remedies, debates, proofs and appeals)
• Advanced criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy)
• Commercial contracts
• Commercial conveyancing
• Corporate
• Family law (incorporating negotiation, mediation, collaboration and litigation)
• Human rights (incorporating employment, asylum and immigration, legislative competence, children's hearing referrals)
• Contemporary Scottish Public Law

Industry Links and Employability

Our Services to Students

Following completion of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice students must complete a traineeship within a legal firm as a pre-requisite for legal practice.

We strive to increase our students’ employability through our links with the legal profession by working with colleagues in the School of Law, the University's Career Service and other relevant organisations. Our aim is to support and guide our students to help them make the correct career choices.

When planning future career choices, Glasgow DPLP students can access
• The Glasgow Legal 40 mentoring network: exclusive to Glasgow Diploma students
• Professional Legal Practice events including Glasgow Legal 40 networking events and "Life in Law" autobiographical talks from distinguished members of the profession
• Expert advice from the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice team
• Projects such as CLASP pilot in which corporate law students advise start-up businesses
• An annual Law Fair to network with Scottish Law Firms and other employers
• Information about traineeships and other jobs direct from employers
• Employability website
• After completion of the progrmme - invitations to events to improve employability.

Legal 40 Mentoring Network

The Glasgow Legal 40 is an initiative designed for University of Glasgow School of Law Diploma students. The group comprises 40 successful University of Glasgow legal alumni, drawn from all sectors of the legal profession. The main activities of the group include a mentoring programme and a series of social and educational events which allow Diploma students to engage with distinguished members of the legal profession and which will benefit the next generation of lawyers to emerge from the School of Law.

Since 2013, the group has been strengthened and developed by the introduction of Glasgow Legal 40 associates. This involves students who benefited from support and mentoring offered by Glasgow Legal 40 members undertaking the same role for their successors.

Launched in September 2010, our programme aims to bridge the gap between academia and professional legal practice; the Glasgow Legal 40 is a unique and key initiative which allows us to achieve our goal of ensuring our students are not just employable, but sought after by employers. Eileen Paterson, Director of Professional Legal Practice (Operations) explains: “The Glasgow Legal 40 initiative has already been of enormous benefit to our students. We are extremely grateful to our alumni who have supported our students in numerous ways and have been enthusiastic in their commitment to this initiative."

Our Diploma students benefit from
• Easing students' transition from university to practice
• Allowing students to draw on the experience of expert mentors
• Increasing student networking skills
• Providing role models for students pursuing careers in legal practice
• Increasing student links with the legal profession
• Increased employability.

Students contemplating pursuing a career as an advocate at the Scottish Bar are able to take courses in International Private Law and/or Roman Law at no additional cost. These courses are compulsory entry requirements for the Faculty of Advocates.

Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress through your traineeship to work as a solicitor or advocate. The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a requirement for entry into these roles in the legal profession.

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The School of Law produces internationally recognised research, and is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors. Read more
The School of Law produces internationally recognised research, and is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors. Join an established professional legal network and continue your professional development with the experts.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
•Long established employer network offers extensive networking and work-placement opportunities, including Solicitor Mentor Scheme
•Course emphasises the development of essential lawyers’ skills
•High levels of student support
•Pre-requisite to qualification as a solicitor allowing you to pursue a training contract with the legal profession


The Legal Practice Certificate programme produces highly skilled, commercially aware and effective Trainee Solicitors, who are prepared for the rigours and demands of a Training Contract.

We are fully committed to the provision of professional legal education and believe that our experience in this area allows us to understand the particular demands this course places on you. We also believe that we have effective systems in place to provide good support mechanisms.

Considerable emphasis is placed on practice and you will acquire a range of essential lawyers’ skills by carrying out realistic transaction-based tasks. Part of the programme will also involve taking part in role-plays, simulations, case studies and electronically recorded exercises and assessments.

The course does not follow the standard University calendar and runs from the beginning of September until June with only two weeks holiday at Christmas and two weeks at Easter/Spring Holiday.

The part-time course is offered in day release or evening modes. You will attend all day Tuesday in year 1 and all day Wednesday in year 2, or Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in both years.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Business Law and Practice (including taxation and business accounts)

Develops a sound understanding of Business Law and Practice, in terms of primary source materials, constitutional documents and other relevant agreements

Litigation (criminal & civil)

Equips you for work in a solicitors' practice in the fields of civil and criminal litigation, and identifies the critical steps in the process of litigation

Property Law and Practice

Prepares you for practice in property law in the context of domestic and commercial transactions and freehold and leasehold property

Combined Legal Skills and Probate

Provides opportunities for you to develop a thorough and critical understanding of the skills that underpin the practice of law at a professional level. This will be in a variety of legal contexts, including Wills and Administration of Estates (Probate)

Professional Conduct and Regulation (PCR)

Enables you to to identify and act in accordance with the core duties of professional conduct, professional ethics and the Solicitors' Accounts Rules

The following option modules are typically offered:

Advanced Criminal Litigation Law

Develops and enhances your existing knowledge of procedure and practice obtained during the Criminal Litigation course completed in Stage 1

Advanced Personal Injury Law

Provides the relevant knowledge, skills and procedure to deal with the main areas of personal injury practice including clinical negligence, disease, and fatal accident

Commercial Property Law

Prepares you for practice in understanding a commercial property transaction from site acquisition to letting and tenant default, by examining in detail the sequential series of steps in a commercial property transaction – excluding legal acquisition

Employment Law

Provides you with substantive knowledge and practical application in the foundation and operation of contracts of employment, employment protection rights, discrimination issues and commercial realities from both an employee's and employer's perspective


Family Law
Prepares you for practice in family work to enable you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills relevant to this area

General Commercial Law

Develops a sound understanding of General Commercial Law and Practice, in the context of Mergers and Acquisitions, using primary source materials, sale and purchase-related documents and other relevant agreements/documents

Housing Law

Covers the rights, responsibilities and remedies of residential tenants and their landlords, duties of local authorities and claims for possession against residential borrowers by secured lenders

Private Client Law

Introduces you to a range of matters you may encounter within a Private Client department, including: developing skills of fact analysis; identification of legal issues and client goals; research; problem solving and advising; presentational skills; planning and drafting of wills


Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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The Diploma provides you with the necessary qualification to pursue a law traineeship. It is the first step towards a career as a solicitor or advocate within Scotland. Read more
The Diploma provides you with the necessary qualification to pursue a law traineeship. It is the first step towards a career as a solicitor or advocate within Scotland. Our goal is to equip you with the hands-on skills necessary to practise law in the 21st century. We create opportunities for you to develop a professional network which will support you throughout your career.

Why this programme

◾Designed by practising lawyers, our programme replicates the work that you will do when you commence your traineeship.
◾The Glasgow Legal 40, highly experienced legal alumni of the university, supports our Diploma students through mentorship and by attending our networking events.
◾We work with employers to ensure that our programme meets their requirements, enabling you to commence your traineeship with the necessary skills and knowledge.
◾You will receive one to one in-person feedback from tutors on every course.
◾Our library of filmed resources has been developed in collaboration with the judiciary and our tutors. It includes material such as court hearings, covering criminal trials, proofs, debates, motions and a judicial review as well as a mediation, collaboration and negotiation.
◾You will attend Glasgow Sheriff Court and appear before sheriffs to deliver pleas in mitigation; police officers attend the university to take part in court cases.
◾Our 200 tutors are all highly experienced legal practitioners. They are dedicated, enthusiastic, and keen to share their experience with the next generation of lawyers.

Programme structure

You will take five core and three optional courses. This allows you to select courses which suit your areas of interest or meet the requirements of your future employers in the legal profession. Courses are delivered through a combination of on-line resources, e-modules, lectures and by small group tutorials (12 or less). Our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and committed tutors, almost all of whom are practising solicitors or advocates, are all focused on ensuring that you meet the requirement of a “Day 1 ready trainee” by the end of each course.

Core courses
◾Civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, rules of procedure, evidence, negotiation and pre-action protocols)
◾Commercial awareness
◾Conveyancing (incorporating purchase, sale and commercial leases)
◾Criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy, evidence and procedure and negotiation)
◾Private client (incorporating wills, trusts, deeds of variation and guardianship).

Optional courses
◾Advanced civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, remedies, debates, proofs and appeals)
◾Advanced criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy)
◾Commercial contracts
◾Commercial conveyancing
◾Contemporary Scottish public law
◾Corporate
◾Family law (incorporating negotiation, mediation, collaboration and litigation)
◾Human rights (incorporating topics such as employment, asylum and immigration, criminal, children's hearing referrals).

Students contemplating a career as an advocate at the Scottish Bar are able to take courses in International Private Law and/or Roman Law at no additional cost. These courses are compulsory entry requirements for the Faculty of Advocates.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress through your traineeship to work as a solicitor or advocate within Scotland. The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a requirement for entry into these roles in the legal profession, in addition to providing employment opportunities in related legal disciplines.

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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 UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. Rigorous and demanding, yet stimulating and rewarding, the course will equip you with the advocacy, research, conference and mediation skills you need to excel at the Bar and beyond. Read more
The UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. Rigorous and demanding, yet stimulating and rewarding, the course will equip you with the advocacy, research, conference and mediation skills you need to excel at the Bar and beyond.

We aim to be as supportive of your pastoral care as we are of your academic progression, and alongside the teaching, the course provides excellent opportunities to help secure a pupillage.

Key benefits

To increase your chances of obtaining pupillage and improve your employability generally, you will also have the chance to:

• participate in our award-winning pro bono Law Court Clinic;
• hone your mooting skills in our Bristol Chambers sponsored mootingcompetitions;
• appear in the Bristol Crown Court or in the Civil Justice Centre before real life judges in our Chambers sponsored family, criminal and civil commercial advocacy competitions;
• teach legal skills to LLB undergraduates.

Course detail

The BPTC takes you from the initial stages in civil and criminal proceedings through to trial. You will firstly master the compulsory subjects within the criminal and civil areas, before moving on to two specialist options of your choice.

The quality of teaching on the BPTC is nationally and internationally renowned, with tuition provided by a dedicated team of barristers, solicitors and judges and an unrivalled range of facilities to enhance your study experience. Our high student satisfaction rates are testament to the high quality of tuition on the course; and 85% of students would recommend our BPTC to other (BPTC, Bristol UWE, Full time student evaluation survey December 2014).

Modules

Compulsory:

• Civil Advocacy
• Civil Litigation, Remedies and Evidence
• Conferencing Skills
• Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
• Opinion Writing
• Drafting
• Professional Conduct
• Resolution of Disputes Out of Court
• Criminal Advocacy

Optional:

• Clinical Negligence
• Criminal Law
• Commercial Law
• Employment Law
• Family
• International Trade
• Landlord and Tenant
• Refugee and Asylum Law

Format

Highly experienced and supportive tutors, drawn from legal practice, as well as the academic side of law, will enable you to develop your knowledge quickly. Most of the course is taught through small group sessions, meaning you will benefit from substantial face-to-face contact with your tutors.

Certain subjects are also supported with online resources (for example, recorded lectures, MCQ tests and recorded demonstrations) to enable you to supplement your work and knowledge remotely at a time to suit you.

Assessment

Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Professional Conduct assessments are all set centrally by the Bar Standards Board and examined using multiple choice and short answer questions. Opinion Writing and Drafting are set locally as unseen assessments in controlled conditions. All other assessments are also set locally and are either completely seen or partially seen, in that you will receive information in advance to research the relevant areas of law.

Mock assessments with feedback will also be given to help you monitor and improve your performance, and deal effectively with all forms of assessment.

Careers / Further study

The BPTC prepares you for a successful career as a barrister and is designed to give you the necessary skills, knowledge and network to secure a pupillage.

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure work as barristers, while others are working as legal associates, managers and legal advisers.

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 –

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 UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. The part-time course provides exactly the same level of training as the full-time BPTC, but runs over two years, with most teaching taking place at the weekend. Read more
The UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. The part-time course provides exactly the same level of training as the full-time BPTC, but runs over two years, with most teaching taking place at the weekend.

Rigorous and demanding, yet stimulating and rewarding, the course will equip you with the advocacy, research, conference and mediation skills you need to excel at the Bar and beyond. At the same time, you will have access to excellent opportunities to enhance your CV and help secure a pupillage.

Key benefits

To increase your chances of obtaining pupillage and improve your employability generally, you will also have the chance to:

• participate in our award-winning pro bono Law Court Clinic
• hone your mooting skills in our Bristol Chambers sponsored mootingcompetitions
• appear in the Bristol Crown Court or in the Civil Justice Centre before real life judges in our Chambers sponsored family, criminal and civil commercial advocacy competitions.

Course detail

The BPTC takes you from the initial stages in civil and criminal proceedings through to trial. You will firstly master the subjects within the criminal and civil areas, before moving on to two specialist options of your choice in the second year of the course.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

• Civil Advocacy
• Civil Litigation, Remedies and Evidence
• Conferencing Skills
• Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
• Opinion Writing
• Drafting
• Professional Conduct
• Resolution of Disputes Out of Court
• Criminal Advocacy

Option modules:

• Clinical Negligence
• Criminal Law
• Commercial Law
• Competition Law
• Employment Law
• Family
• International Trade
• Landlord and Tenant
• Refugee and Asylum Law

Format

Highly experienced and supportive tutors, drawn from the academic side of law, as well as legal practice, will enable you to develop your knowledge quickly. Most of the course is taught in small groups in dedicated study rooms, meaning you will benefit from substantial face-to-face contact.

Certain subjects are also supported with online resources (for example, recorded lectures, MCQ tests and recorded demonstrations) to enable you to supplement your work and knowledge remotely at a time to suit you.

Monthly skills sessions with written and verbal feedback allow you to continually develop your skills.

Assessment

Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Professional Conduct assessments are all set centrally by the Bar Standards Board and examined using multiple choice and short answer questions. Opinion Writing and Drafting are set locally as unseen assessments in controlled conditions. All other assessments are also set locally and are either completely seen or partially seen, in that you will receive information in advance to research the relevant areas of law.

Mock assessments with feedback will also be given to help you monitor and improve your performance, and deal effectively with all forms of assessment.

Careers / Further study

The BPTC prepares you for a successful career as a barrister and is designed to give you the necessary skills, knowledge and network to secure a pupillage.

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure work as barristers, while others are working as legal associates, managers and legal advisers.

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 –

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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Northumbria’s LPC provides vocational training across a range of subjects and practical skills, which enables you to apply your legal knowledge in a practical context. Read more
Northumbria’s LPC provides vocational training across a range of subjects and practical skills, which enables you to apply your legal knowledge in a practical context. This highly successful course offers flexible learning options to allow you to choose a specialism that is right for you.

All LPC students are guaranteed either a placement with a legal firm or a mentor, who is a recent LPC graduate either undertaking a training contract or a newly qualified solicitor. Our placements offer a range of opportunities and can accommodate individual preferences in legal practice. These can include placements in small or large firms, commercial or high street firms or in-house with companies such as Virgin Money and Sage group.

The course has a high staff/student ratio meaning you will have regular contact with highly qualified and experienced practitioners.

The course is taught in two blocks: in stage 1, the three core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation are taught and assessed, along with Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors’ Accounts and Professional Conduct. The skills of Legal Writing, Interviewing and Advising, Drafting, Research and Advocacy, are taught and assessed in the context of the core subjects.

In stage 2, you will choose three elective modules which you will decide on in consultation with your tutors, ensuring your LPC is tailored according to your interests and career plans.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Dean’s Awards – LPC

Northumbria Law School is pleased to announce that we have established a Dean’s Awards Fund to provide scholarships of up to £1,000 for selected applicants for the 2017 LPC intakes.

The Dean’s Awards will be open to students who have applied to Northumbria Law School for either the full-time or part-time LPC. Students must have selected Northumbria as either their first, second or third choice and have applied via the Central Applications Board for the full time programme, or directly to the University for the part time programme.

Given that the Legal Practice Course is designed to prepare students for training contracts in England and Wales, a simulated training contract application will be used as the selection method.

If you wish to apply for an Award, please complete the form found here: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/media/27181407/deans-award-application-form-2017-entry.doc

Applicants will be selected for the Award using the following criteria:
-Content and presentation of the application form
-Academic and professional merit
-Relevant legal and other experience
-Interests and achievements

Applications must be received by 12:00 noon on Wednesday 31st May 2017 must be emailed to Amanda Newby

Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible after this date and will have the amount of the Award deducted from their Northumbria LPC tuition fees

Module Overview

LA0700 - Criminal Litigation - General Practice Route (Core, 0 Credits)
LA0701 - CIVIL LITIGATION (Core, 0 Credits)
LA0702 - PROPERTY LAW AND PRACTICE (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0703 - BUSINESS LAW AND PRACTICE (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0704 - PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES LPC FULL TIME (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0705 - SOLICITORS ACCOUNTS - LPC FULLTIME (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0706 - Professional Conduct [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0707 - Legal Writing [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0708 - Drafting [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0709 - Advocacy [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0716 - Practical Legal Research 1 (Coursework) (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0717 - Interviewing [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0718 - Litigation [LPC General] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0832 - ADVANCED ADVOCACY (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0834 - CHILD CARE (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0836 - EMPLOYMENT LAW (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0837 - FAMILY LAW (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0838 - HOUSING LAW (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0839 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0841 - Planning and Environmental Law (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0842 - Law and the Elderly Client (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0843 - Student Law Office [LPC Elective] (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0844 - Mental Health (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0845 - Commercial Law (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0846 - Commercial Leases (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0850 - SALES AND ACQUISITIONS (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0862 - Corporate Debt and Restructuring (Optional, 1 Credits)

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At The University of Law, we pride ourselves in offering the best legal training - and our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is no exception. Read more

Our Bar Professional Training Course

At The University of Law, we pride ourselves in offering the best legal training - and our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is no exception.

Our BPTC is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring, a bespoke level of careers support and a wealth of pro bono projects giving you invaluable experience.

Why choose our BPTC?

We’re the only BPTC provider that requires all students undergo a selection process http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/#our-unique-selection-process-and-advocacy-committee before being offered a place on our course. This means you’ll study in small classes alongside carefully selected students

We offer four times the advocacy required by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), all taught by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy training

Benefit from our unique Advocacy Committee http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/#our-unique-selection-process-and-advocacy-committee: enter prestigious international and national competitions and test your advocacy skills in front of real barristers and judges

Succeed in pupillage applications and beyond and be supported from the moment you accept - with support from our award-winning Careers and Employability Service http://www.law.ac.uk/employability-service/

Gain a real insight into the profession and make a wealth of valuable connections at our networking practitioner events

Benefit from our scholarships and prizes http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduate-scholarships/. We have one of the most comprehensive scholarship schemes in legal education and reward academic success with a series of prizes at the end of your BPTC year

Flexible study options – you can choose to study your BPTC full-time or part-time in Birmingham or London Bloomsbury, or full-time in Leeds

Follow this link to discover more about how you'll benefit from our Selection Process and Advocacy Committee - http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/

Course Content

With its unique combination of face-to-face teaching and online training, the BPTC structure has been designed to reflect the litigation process that practising barristers encounter every day.

Knowledge areas

•Civil litigation, evidence and remedies
•Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
•Professional ethics

Core skills

•Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
•Conferencing
•Drafting
•Opinion writing
•Resolution of disputes out of court

Study options

In your final term, you’ll choose to study two options from a list that includes:

•Advanced criminal litigation
•Alternative dispute resolution: mediation
•Chancery
•International commercial practice
•Employment tribunal practice
•Family practice
•Immigration practice and asylum
•Judicial review
•Personal injury and clinical negligence

Mock trials

We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:

•Participating in mock trials in real courtrooms with real judges and senior barristers
•Advocacy skill demonstrations with feedback from practising barristers
•Visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts

Employability

At The University of Law, we recognise that your ultimate goal is to obtain pupillage, progress onto tenancy and hone all the skills and experience you need to develop your practice. That’s why we ensure that every step of the way, you have dedicated careers support and a wealth of opportunities to progress.

A personal careers service

The University of Law has the UK’s largest law careers and employability service, with more than 30 experts providing support as soon as you accept your place. Through one-on-one careers appointments, live and virtual workshops, the careers team advise on:

•CVs and cover letters
•Mini-pupillage applications
•Which sets to apply to based on your interests and profile
•Pupillage applications: drafting and review
•Interview preparation, including spotting and debating current affairs and relevant legal topics
•Mock interviews
•Deciding between pupillage offers
•Post-BPTC employment, scholarships and further study

Events

As well as bespoke advice and assistance, our careers team are able to organise a wide-range of events and presentations thanks to our excellent links with chambers across the country.

Typical events include:

•Inviting the barristers on pupillage committees to discuss and answer questions about the pupillage application process
•Specialist panels and external speakers discussing the nuances of specific practice areas e.g. Commercial & Chancery and Family
•Presentations by external speakers including specialist practitioners and representatives from the Inns of Court
•Discussion on the non-legal aspects of being a barrister including talks from a chambers’ marketing manager and a tax consultant
•A small number of evenings hosted by specific chambers, reserved for students only

Pro bono opportunities

The University runs a varied pro bono programme at all of our centres, which allow our students to gain experience in dealing with real cases while helping the local community. You’ll get valuable first-hand experience of client relationships, legal research and drafting, whilst helping those who may not otherwise have access to legal support and advice.
Current projects include: Legal Advice Centre, Own-It (Intellectual Property), Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, Family Law Advice Clinic, Social Welfare Legal Advice, Environmental Law Foundation and Streetlaw.

How to Apply

Applications for our full-time and part-time BPTC are now open.

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

Locations

This course is available at the following University of Law locations: Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury and London Moorgate. http://www.law.ac.uk/locations/

Further Information

For further information on eligibility, stucture and assessment, course fees and the application process, please follow this link http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/

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Through the application of professional forensic accounting tools, models, techniques and knowledge, you will gain a comprehensive range of skills covering the three core areas of forensic accounting – litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. Read more

Why take this course?

Through the application of professional forensic accounting tools, models, techniques and knowledge, you will gain a comprehensive range of skills covering the three core areas of forensic accounting – litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. You’ll learn to apply your specialised accounting skills in a range of areas including business valuation, assessment of economic damages, proceeds of crime, fraud and money laundering.

This programme is taught full-time over one year, part-time over three years, and is also available through a Distance Learning option.

We are a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, which enables us to have access to up-to-date teaching resources.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Investigate real-life case studies and learn the processes involved in compiling your own case
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might ti lead to?

One of the fastest growing areas of accounting, there is an increasing global demand for specialists with forensic accounting knowledge and skills. Our course therefore aims to provide a progressive, challenging and stimulating framework of study that will equip you to work in this field.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Audit and assurance
Taxation
Forensic accounting
Management accounting
Financial analysis
Treasury

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which consider a range of exciting topics such as corporate integrity and management control, fraud and forensic analysis, cybercrime and interviewing and testimony. You will learn how to investigate a case, gather evidence, prepare expert reports and provide evidence. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll have the flexibility to specialise in an area of your choice such as fraud examination, litigation consulting or expert witnessing to name a few.

Here are the units you will study:

Financial Analysis and Modelling: You will gain a critical awareness of the financial environment from both an accounting and finance perspective. You will learn to understand, analyse and interpret company reports, examine the role of the regulatory framework for corporate reporting and the stock market, and explore the pricing of securities. You will also cover the key areas of decision and risk analysis, alongside the process of decision making, key statistical concepts, and selecting and using appropriate analytical software tools as aids to decision making.

Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution: This unit enables you to examine the full range of formal and informal methods for dispute resolution within common law, and civil and criminal legal systems, whilst also developing an understanding of the legal and practical protocols alongside the procedural knowledge and etiquette governing the appointment and testimony of expert witnesses. You will also develop a clear understanding of the legal basis and critical elements required to construct an expert report for submission in civil and criminal proceedings.

Financial Forensics and Investigation: On this unit you will develop an understanding of the need for an holistic approach in the investigatory models applied so that you can develop a critical, questioning and evaluative approach in assessing financial data. You will consider the primary evidential elements with a particular emphasis on gathering information from interviews and examining key issues and innovative approaches.

Financial Crime and the Law: You will focus on an appreciation and understanding of the wide variety of financial crime and how the current regulatory framework and crime control statutes have developed to deal with them. Through examining features of corporate integrity and management control systems you will gain an understanding of the development and needs of corporate governance in the context of the control theories of the firm.

Dissertation: This is a 15,000-word research project that combines a review of previous research undertaken in your chosen topic with your own data collection and analysis. This provides a unique opportunity for you to demonstrate the subject knowledge you have acquired, as well as your analytical abilities and problem-solving skills which are highly regarded by potential employers. During this phase, your research will be supervised by an experienced academic with expertise in your chosen topic area.

Programme Details

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations and activity-based case studies. We are committed to best practice in learning and encourage group participation promoting discussion and debate in a friendly yet, challenging class environment.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is an ideal route into a wide range of professional careers in litigation support, expert witnessing and fraud examination. On graduating you will be qualified for a number of roles in financial regulatory authorities, law firms, accountancy practices and law enforcement agencies. We liaise closely with employers and professional bodies to ensure that all our courses are relevant to their business and recruitment needs. Our overall aim is to help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Financial analyst
Internal auditor
Stockbroker
Account manager

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