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    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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    16 January 2019

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Are you ready to make the transition from the classroom to the courtroom?

Designed to act as a bridge between the academic study of law and the practice of law, the LLM in Legal Practice will enhance your legal knowledge and enable you to develop the skills and values necessary to become an effective and successful legal professional.

This Master’s degree course offers you the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised LLM qualification in addition to your LPC. Completing an LLM project or reflective portfolio will help you to develop the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice, expanding on your legal knowledge, legal application and ability to critically analyse law, practice and policy.

The programme will equip you for the demands of the legal profession and prepare you for a training contract and life as a solicitor.

This LLM is also eligible for the Government’s postgraduate loan, unlike a standalone LPC. Visit our finance pages for more details, and to apply.

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law or thinking of studying law? Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website. Watch the SRA's video here.

Modules and Learning

The LLM in Legal Practice is a vocational course and teaching and learning reflect the focus on preparation for legal practice.

On this full-time programme you will attend two days per week, each Tuesday and Wednesday (the course is also available on a part-time basis). Please note that assessments can be timetabled on other days.

From September to May you will focus on the LPC component of the course. Teaching will take the form of workshops and larger group sessions. We deliver workshops in small groups, enabling strong staff-student contact and individually tailored feedback. Larger group sessions will introduce you to new areas of law.

You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, with a focus on the development of professional attitudes and abilities, alongside the development of ethical responses to legal practice. All students study legal research as a pervasive subject; this skill is practised throughout the course, and assessed as part of the LLM.

LPC modules are assessed by examination or in context throughout the course.

After completion of your LPC assessments in May you will move on to complete your project or portfolio. You will learn through a combination of tutor-directed and independent learning, and through reflective practice. The module will contain enhanced taught elements of research skills to support you in your learning. Additionally, you will be allocated a project supervisor for your project, who will provide formative feedback on your project research and writing. Your summative assessment for the module is your 15,000 to 17,000-word research project or 8,000 to 10,000-word reflective portfolio, which will be linked to an area of study under your LPC.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £12,000

Full EU Fee: £12,000

Full International Fee: £12,000

Additional Costs

"Students will be required to pay a registration fee to the Solicitor's Regulation Authority upon enrolment, the cost is approximately £15. Whilst the core textbooks for the LPC element of the programme are included in the programme fee, books for the LLM element of the LPC are not included in the programme fees. Students may wish to purchase text books relevant to their chosen area of research and / or use the University Libaray service."

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Your Future

The LLM in Legal Practice at Northumbria is designed to give you the best possible training for life as a solicitor. On successfully completing the course you will be able to proceed directly onto a training contract and be well equipped with the skills and attributes required for a highly successful career across the legal profession, business or politics.

The programme is designed to be practical and directly applicable to students seeking a career as a legal professional; it is intended that you will be able to use the skills, knowledge, understanding and research from this programme on a daily basis within your working life.

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




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