The LLM in Legal Practice is open only to students who have successfully completed either the Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or its predecessor course, the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), whether at Cardiff University or another recognised institution.
The course is designed to further develop legal knowledge and skills beyond the requirements of the LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications. For those pursuing the LLM after experience of legal practice, the course provides an opportunity to extend your knowledge, reflect upon professional practice and fulfil professional development requirements.
With the support and guidance of a dissertation supervisor, you will be encouraged to develop an independent, critical and thorough treatment of your research topic. You will write a sustained, critical exposition of the relevant law and present your analysis, findings and reasoned conclusions clearly, logically and coherently.
• Distance learning programme. • Assessment by dissertation only (15,000 words)
There is no attendance requirement. You will access online introductory sessions and prepare a research proposal within the first six weeks of the course.
The course proceeds by way of self-directed learning with support from a dissertation supervisor.
You are expected to agree a schedule of meetings with your dissertation supervisor (either face to face or equivalent levels of contact via electronic communication) up to a maximum of four hours spread over the year.
The dissertation must be submitted within 52 weeks from the official start of the course.
Successful completion of the course will demonstrate a range of intellectual and practical skills which have direct relevance to legal practice.