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    Part time available

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    1 year part-time

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    11 November 2019

Whether you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) or are a practising solicitor looking to specialise further, this course will enable you to enhance your qualifications with a Masters-level degree.

Our LLM Legal Practice top-up course complements the compulsory vocational stage of learning required to embark on a law career.

Course detail & modules

This course provides practice-relevant study on aspects of substantive law and legal practice.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, small group work and workshops. The emphasis is on developing the research and analytical skills you need to create a piece of self-managed research relevant to law practice.

You can choose to complete your dissertation either by undertaking an extended piece of research or a self-directed, work-based learning portfolio. This will enable working lawyers to critically reflect on their own legal practice throughout the course.

Our LLM top-up Legal Practice course is run by the School of Law at UWL to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your studies. Our teaching staff is made up of experienced practising solicitors with a range of specialisms.

As a student at the School, you will have access to the specialist legal practice area in the Paul Hamlyn Library for private study.

The library is modern and well-equipped and provides access to PCs, electronic resources and practitioner texts. You also have remote access to a comprehensive range of electronic legal research and course resources via the internet.

Compulsory modules

Research Methodology

You will develop and complete a research proposal to ensure you are fully prepared to move to the research and writing of the dissertation. 

Dissertation for LLM Legal Practice (Top-up)

The dissertation is an original piece of research into legal practice of between 13,000 to 15,000 words. Research undertaken must be self-managed though students will be assigned a dissertation supervisor either from staff at the University of West London with similar research interests or from within the legal profession.

Study & career progression

The course will enhance your career opportunities by providing potential employers with evidence of your understanding and detailed knowledge of a particular area of legal practice, improving your employability in an increasingly specialised sector of the market.

You may also decide to continue your studies by applying for PhD study.

How to apply

You can apply online at any time by following the link below.

Our application form will ask you for some information about:

  • what you want to study
  • your previous qualifications or experience
  • your references 
  • how we can contact you.

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Visit the Legal Practice (Top-up) - LLM page on the University of West London website for more details!





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