If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm.
Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training and our LLM in Legal Practice (which incorporates Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC) equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer.
Distinctive features of the course include:
The course is taught at Westminster Law School's recently refurbished state-of-the-art premises in the heart of London's West End and within the vicinity of many law firms.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Westminster's LPC assessments meet SRA expectations. They are designed to be realistic and constructive by genuinely testing you and enabling you to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills through a mixture of written examinations and practical assessments. Assessment takes place throughout Stage 1 of the LPC and at the end of Stage 2 electives. Generally the assessments are 'open book' and you are allowed to use both textbooks and your own written notes. You are timetabled to allow sufficient revision and preparation time for examinations and assessments.
To complete the Legal Practice LLM you will have to attend the 20 credits Social Research Methods: Principles & Practice module, which requires the formulation of a research question of relevance to legal practice to be addressed in the dissertation and accompanying methodology as approved by the module leaders/Dissertation Supervisor.
The 40 credits Legal Practice Dissertation module requires the submission of a dissertation of approximately 8,000 words. Assessment is entirely based on submission of this dissertation and you must attain a mark of 50% in order to pass the dissertation.
Stage 2: Elective subjects
Private client electives
Dissertation and Research Modules
The Legal Practice Course is awarded by the University of Westminster and is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). All providers of the Legal Practice Course are governed by the rules and regulations as set out by the SRA.
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Westminster law students benefit from the following:
Visit the Legal Practice (LLM) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!