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Strengthen your knowledge and skills in legal practice through in-depth research on a topic of your choice.

Who is it for?

This course is for students who have completed their LPC at The City Law School, are looking to enhance their CV, and demonstrate commitment to legal practice.

This is a distance learning course with no taught lessons.

Objectives

After finishing the LPC at City, through the LLM programme, students can demonstrate their commitment to a specific area of legal practice by completing research and a dissertation.

Students will develop a dissertation proposal, and subject to acceptance, carry out research and writing with the support of an experienced supervisor from within The City Law School.

Choice of topic is entirely down to the student, although LPC tutors can provide guidance on this.  Previous topics have included:

  • The case for medical negligence tribunals
  • Company directors’ statutory duties
  • Insider dealing and
  • Pre-nuptial contracts
  • Sharia law.

Academic facilities

  • City, University of London invested in a new, state-of-the-art home for The City Law School. Based at Sebastian Street, the building will bring together all of our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes into a single hub of legal expertise.
  • Staff, student spaces and facilities including the law specific library and mock court room are now housed in the contemporary space, close to law firms and chambers and perfectly placed to enable students to access other university services.
  • As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything City, University of London 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 Case law, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals.

Teaching and learning

This is a distance learning course with no taught lessons.  However an induction session will be provided around the time of registration for each cohort. This session will give guidance on research methods, resources and the supervision process.

Students will be provided with ongoing supervisor support throughout the research process and dissertation writing.

Students complete a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation which is submitted at one of two submission dates.

Modules

Dissertation

The choice is wide but your proposal could include:

  • A critical consideration of an aspect of practice in a specialist area, such as the use of alternative dispute resolution options in commercial cases, or the validity of pre-nuptial agreements
  • An analysis of how a particular skill is developed and applied in legal practice, such as techniques in questioning a client or a witness
  • A topic linked to work experience or pro bono work.

Previous students have worked on a broad range of topics including the implications of European free movement, cultural attitudes to domestic violence and the practice implications of company directors’ duties.

Career prospects

The course has been developed to enhance the employability of its graduates. Students who have a training contract can use the dissertation to demonstrate commitment to an area of practice. Students seeking a training contract or pursuing an alternative legal career can use the qualification to strengthen their CV.


Visit the Legal Practice - LLM page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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