Study a career-enhancing postgraduate Legal Practice Course and qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Taught by an award-winning teaching team, this course also allows you to take on live client work through the Sunderland Student Law Clinic.
LLM Legal Practice is a full Masters course which includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational qualification you need to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Law in Sunderland was ranked second in the UK for Satisfaction with Teaching in the Guardian University Guide 2014. In 2015, we were ranked best in the North East for Satisfaction with Feedback.
Research in law has been rated as 'internationally excellent' in the latest Research Excellent Framework, making Sunderland an excellent place to study law.
Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with the Legal Practice Course qualification for entry level roles such as Paralegal positions, which are often a stepping stone to a Training Contract, therefore, this LPC has been uniquely designed to meet all the requirements of the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA).
You will develop public speaking and leadership skills and gain practical experience, enabling you to have the strongest possible application to employers of your choice. Your skills will be further developed through bespoke optional modules routes, live client experience in Sunderland Student Law Clinic and a Legal Practice Project.
Strong connections between the Sunderland Law School and a number of local, regional, national and international law firms allow you to learn from experts in the field.
The course mixes taught elements with independent research. The topic of your project will be designed to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland’s tutors.
Modules on this course include:
-Business Law and Practice (includes Taxation and Business Accounts) (25 Credits)
-Property Law and Practice (20 Credits)
-Optional module of your choice (10 Credits)
-Litigation and Advocacy (20 Credits)
-Wills and Administration of Estates (15 Credits)
-Solicitors’ Accounts (5 Credits)
-Two optional modules of your choice (20 Credits)
-Commercial Contracts (10 Credits)
-Commercial Property (10 Credits)
-Employment Law and Practice (10 Credits)
-Family Law and Practice (10 Credits)
-Housing Law and Practice (10 Credits)
-Advanced Personal Injury Litigation (10 Credits)
-Legal Practice Project (60 Credits)
Teaching and assessment
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include weekly three-hour workshops. These are interactive and require a high level of preparation. The research project and dissertation are supervised by your tutor.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working. You will encounter a range of practical supervised and portfolio assessments across the programme followed by an extended piece of researched coursework for your Legal Practice Project.
Facilities & location
The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities for law students including a purpose-built mock courtroom and specialist collections of books and resources.
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. It looks out over the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside.
We are one of the few universities in the UK to have a mock court that allows you to develop advocacy skills and apply legal knowledge in a realistic environment. The mock court is also used for mooting competitions. It’s one of the features that ranked Sunderland second in the UK for Course Satisfaction and Student Satisfaction with Teaching (source: The Guardian University Guide 2014).
The Law Library, which is located within the St Peter’s Library, offers an excellent selection of books. There is also a range of electronic sources of information such as Lexis and West Law.
University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.
Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant professional organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.
Employment & careers
This course is designed to prepare you to secure your first legal job or training contract. Two days of the induction programme are devoted to kick-start a specialised careers and employability programme. You will carry out a SWOT Analyses identifying your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats when it comes to securing your ideal first legal job.
You will then prepare your CV and a covering letter for a simulated training contract role before going through a mock assessment centre with your course mates and a personal interview with a small panel. This is to help you get to grips with the kind of recruitment processes you are likely to encounter.
The panel will use your SWOT Analysis to personalise their feedback from the day so that you can get the most from the experience and this will lead into a programme of activities throughout the year aimed at increasing your confidence to go out there and secure your first legal job.
Throughout the year, your Personal Tutor will work with you on individual job applications and will ensure you are signposted to other specialists in the university so that you get the best possible support and best possible chance to get your career off to a fantastic start.