Whether you are a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) or a practising solicitor looking to specialise further, this course will enable you to 'top up' your education to a Masters degree level. The course provides practice-relevant study on aspects of substantive law or legal practice and enables you to develop the analytical and research skills necessary to write a detailed piece of research relevant to law practice.
The course will be assessed by dissertation and you can choose to complete this 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.
The research and methodology module is more detailed and provides more teaching hours than similar courses from other providers. The module bridges the much needed gap between most LLM and MPhil/PhD research methods, and will enable you to write a research proposal that will eventually underpin your dissertation.
The module is divided into four parts. • Undertaking Postgraduate Research • Process and Demographics of Research • Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination Methods • The Writing Up and Dissemination of Research.
The module is delivered through a blended mix of taught and online lectures, practical case studies and seminars and takes place over one semester. The assessment is designed so as to test both breadth and depth of knowledge in legal and related research.
The dissertation is an original piece of research into legal practice of between 10,000 to 12,000 words. Research undertaken must be self-managed though you 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.
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars, small group work and workshops. The emphasis is on developing your research skills to enable you to undertake a piece of self-managed research.
The Research Methodology module includes a formative assessment, comprising a summary research proposal of approximately 1,000 words. This will not count towards your final module mark. You will also need to complete a summative assessment comprising a detailed research proposal of no more than 2,000 words.
Career and study progression
The LLM in Legal Practice complements the compulsory vocational stage of learning required to embark on a law career. 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.
On completion of the LLM Legal Practice (Top up) course, students may continue on to a PhD with the Ealing Law School.