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Would you like the opportunity to integrate new knowledge with your current area of practice to further enhance your skills and career prospects?

The LLM Advanced Legal Practice course will allow you to undertake an in-depth study of a specialised legal topic under the supervision of one of our dedicated teaching team. You will also develop your skills in legal research and the coherent presentation of this research in written format.

Designed for qualified lawyers, solicitors, barristers and those with an equivalent qualification, this course is delivered via distance learning across a one to two year period, allowing you to study at times convenient to you. Applicants must successfully have completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or equivalent. This course is also open to those who are currently completing their legal qualification at Northumbria University.

Are you a qualified lawyer who would like to develop your knowledge in a specialist area of law? If so, this course could be for you.

Learn From The Best

This course is delivered by our specialist team, who all boast extensive knowledge of general law and their own related specialisms.

Although a majority of this course is delivered online, you will have ongoing access to staff who will support you through every step of your degree.

The initial stage of this course is focused on tutor-directed learning and you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide guidance and feedback as you begin to work towards producing your dissertation project.

They will work with you throughout all stages of your dissertation, providing feedback on each chapter and advice on the suitability of your chosen topic, research techniques and whether your project is sufficiently analytical.

Teaching And Assessment

This course is primarily delivered online to provide flexibility and the ability for you to study at times convenient to you. Teaching will be delivered via guided reading, self-evaluative tasks and formative writing exercises that will help you to develop your analytic, research and writing skills.

In the early stages of your course you will have the opportunity to participate in a ‘surgery’ session, where you can discuss your expectations and explore issues relating to the mechanics of this course and its delivery.

You will then study a Legal Research and Study Skills Unit, before progressing to your dissertation, which is the sole assessment method for this course.

Your dissertation must concentrate on the law in England and Wales but, providing there is an appropriate tutor available to supervise, its topic can be of your choosing and can include a comparative study of international legal jurisdictions. Since the project requires in-depth research it may be closely related to your intended or current area of practice.

Learning Environment

As a distance-based learner a large proportion of your course’s content will be delivered online using the latest innovative software.

Learning materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

In addition to Blackboard, you will also be provided with access to innovative learning and assessment platform, pebble+, where you can store your written material.

Video platform, Panopto, will also allow you to view recorded lectures and other content that will support your learning.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all aspects of this course and focused into three signature areas: of Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. These groups act as a focus for research activity, informing and pervading our law courses as appropriate.

Our team are all research-active and regarded as thought-leaders in their own areas of specialism.

The core focus of this LLM Advanced Legal Practice course is a research project that will allow you to develop your own research skills and apply them to your dissertation and daily practice in the workplace.

Give Your Career An Edge

Providing the opportunity for you to undertake a research topic in your current field of work or in a new area of particular interest to you, this course aims to ensure development of legal knowledge, legal application and critical analysis skills to equip you with professional and reflective skills necessary for effective practice.

This will allow you to integrate the knowledge acquired during this course in to your current practice, whilst developing your professional research and writing skills.

It will also give you further academic credit for your existing legal qualification to further enhance your career and progression opportunities, whilst allowing you to focus on one specialist area of legal practice.

Your Future

Building on your previous Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or related qualification, the LLM Advanced Legal Practice course provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialist area of law.

The skills acquired during this course are directly relevant to the needs of modern legal practice and can help to improve future job prospects and the progression to higher level roles.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in a specialist area of law, in addition to providing you with a master’s level qualification.

Throughout the duration of this course you will have access to our online Employability and Leadership Attributes portal, which can further help increase your employability by providing an insight into the indicators of leadership potential valued by employers.

Visit the Advanced Legal Practice - LLM page on the Northumbria University website for more details!






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