Masters degrees in Legal Practice offer advanced study of the duties and requirements of legal representation, including vocational training in legal procedure.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Advanced Drafting. Entry requirements normally include a relevant undergraduate degree in a Law discipline.
Courses in this field offer rigorous training to provide you with well-rounded knowledge and skills to disseminate techniques and procedures involved in Legal Practise.
Training typically includes building your understanding of advocacy, litigation, and drafting, as well as improving your professional conduct during activities such as interviewing and advising.
Most courses will involve sessions within a moot court to prepare you for active court sessions, whereby you will work on a devised case with simulated court proceedings. You will also be trained in the techniques for practical legal research using a range of primary and secondary sources.
Careers in this field can prepare you for work as a solicitor, paralegal, or barrister, as well as roles within industry such as financial consultancy and risk assessing. If academia is of interest to you, you might wish to pursue a PhD on completion of your Masters.
Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
The LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting which commences in 2015 combines the Swansea Legal Practice Course, a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales, with an independent learning module which facilitates the completion of a drafting project by a student which may then be used to evidence enhanced important legal skills to a potential or existing employer for career starts or progression. This programme in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting is an extension to the LPC (Legal Practice Course).
A key feature of the module in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting is flexibility; the ability to work at your own pace combined with choice of topic in consultation with your supervisor. In addition to usual study on the Legal Practice Course students on the Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting course are required to produce a project of around 15,000 words on a drafting topic of your choice.
This may be a prenuptial agreement in Family Law as merely one example; with three meetings with your supervisor you would be expected to critically consider the rationale for the agreement and comment and analyse on the drafting of a precedent agreement and critically assess its impact. We emphasise this is only an example for illustration.
As a student of the Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting course, you would complete the project in your own time during Stage 2 of the LPC (March to June. It would not increase class contact time as there are no additional classes
Stage 2 of the LPC only comprises 3 ten credit optional modules at a most delivered over 3 days per week – you will have 2 days a week to devote to your project plus week ends and the Easter break – should you wish to refine over the Summer you can do so and submit on the Universal submission date in September rather than in June (end of Stage 2) if you wish –the LLM would be awarded in July if you submit in June and in October if your submit in September should the project be a pass against the learning outcomes.
You can either apply at the outset or during the LPC to upgrade but must do so before Stage 2 commences in March of each year, so if you are unsure you can enrol on the LPC and see how this goes before deciding to upgrade.
Modules for the LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting include:
- Business Law and Practice
- Property Law and Practice
- Wills and Administration of Estates
- Professional Conduct and Regulation
- Solicitors Accounts
For further information on modules, please visit the LLM Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting page.
In addition to the benefits of the Swansea Legal Practice Course the successful completion of a drafting project may be used to evidence enhanced important legal skills to a potential or existing employer for career starts or progression.
An LLM is also an internationally recognised qualification that will enhance your CV.
Prepare to practice as a solicitor in England or Wales: completing our LPC course will allow you to move on to take a training contract. You will explore a number of areas of practicing law, and keep up to date with the latest opportunities in the legal profession. Thanks to our flexible teaching, you will have time to follow these opportunities up, too.
On our Legal Practice Course at Anglia Law School, you will explore civil litigation and dispute resolution, criminal law, property law and business law. As well as this, our range of optional modules will give you the chance to learn about family law, employment law, child care, commercial dispute resolution and private client work.
You will benefit from extra support and training as well. We offer non-assessed training in areas like billing, file management, commercial awareness and family law.
With our links to practitioners, who also help to develop the course, you will have access to the latest careers advice and maybe even the opportunity to be interviewed for a training contract. We will also keep you up to date on vacancies in the legal job market.
Our high staff-to-student ratio means we can give you an excellent level of pastoral care, addressing your individual needs and supporting your transition from undergraduate study to the Legal Practice Course, and from the LPC to training contracts and employment.
And thanks to our flexible teaching, you will be able to fit your studies around other commitments such as employment or training. Most of our large group sessions are delivered by i-lecture, so you can view remotely from wherever you want.
When you are studying on-campus in Cambridge, you will benefit from a range of facilities including our mock courtroom, which will allow you to practice advocacy in a realistic setting.
We are the only university in East Anglia to offer the Legal Practice Course.
See the website: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/legal-practice-course
Our LPC course will prepare you for life as a practising solicitor in England or Wales, and allow you to continue on to the two-year training contract that will fully qualify you for professional practice*.
You will most likely choose to complete your two-year training contract with a firm of solicitors in private practice, but might prefer to take one with an alternative employer, such as the UK government (through the Government Legal Service), local government, the Crown Prosecution Service or a law centre. Whatever you decide, you can be sure of receiving specialised guidance for your career in law on our Legal Practice Course.
*unless you have a FILEX qualification and exemption from the SRA.
Property Law and Practice
Business Law and Practice
Interviewing and Advising
Practical Legal Research
Professional Conduct and Regulation
Wills and Administration of Estates
Billing, File Management and Commercial Awareness
Family Law and Practice
Employment Law and Practice
Commercial Dispute Resolution
(NB optional modules will only run if there is enough demand).
You will show your progress through a combination of timed open book supervised assessments, oral practical and coursework-style assessments across the course. You will also undertake full-scale mock assessments in all areas, including all skills subjects.
All students take our core modules, plus three vocational subjects from the list of optional modules. Please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
The Legal Practice Course (or 'LPC') is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need in order to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor.
At UWL we are now offering the LPC as part of a Masters' degree – the LLM Legal Practice Course. This incorporates both stages 1 and 2 of the LPC – the professional qualification you will need to become a solicitor. You can, however, choose only to do stages 1 and 2, without the additional LLM elements. You will then exit with the traditional Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
We are validated and monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority ('SRA') and receive excellent feedback from our students, so you can feel confident in the quality and standards of our course.
You will receive the training and support you need in order to become an effective trainee solicitor. In addition you will be able to access legal work experience opportunities as well as guidance and expertise from previous LPC graduates who are now working as trainees or qualified solicitors.
The LLM Legal Practice course offers LPC students an optional Masters module on top of the modules required for the traditional professional Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Students will be given the opportunity to study Research Methodology and to research and write a 15,000 word dissertation on an area related to legal practice. This is not a requirement for training as a solicitor and students can choose whether to do this additional module or whether to exit with the standard Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Stage Two: The Vocational Electives
The optional Master's qualification
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Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.