The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers you the opportunity to gain a recognised legal professional qualification as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and build valuable professional experience working as a volunteer in our Legal Advice Clinic.
You'll study the law, procedure and theory of civil litigation and related dispute resolution processes while also gaining practical legal experience and developing your professional skills. All students will take part in face to face, drop-in advice giving sessions at our Legal Advice Clinic and may have an opportunity to volunteer at our Lambeth County Court Help Desk.
See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/civil-litigation-dispute-resolution-llm
All modules are assessed by a mix of examinations, written coursework, oral presentations, live client assessment and reflective practice logs.
- Civil Justice
Access to Justice, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Theory.
- Civil Litigation Practice (CILEx)
The law, procedure and practice of civil litigation. One of two CILEx exempting modules required to become a Graduate Member of CILEx.
- Legal Advice (Clinical)
Reflective professional practice giving live face to face legal advice in our Legal Advice Clinic.
You'll present a 16,000 word dissertation based upon independent study and research on a problem or issue related to the topic of civil litigation and dispute resolution.
Plus three of the following optional modules:
- Advocacy (Clinical)
The theory and practice of advocacy, including participation in court based clinical advocacy activities.
- Mediation & Negotiation
The theory and practice of mediation and negotiation, including practical role based exercises to develop professional skills and experience.
- Employment Law Practice (CILEx)
The law, procedure and practice of Employment Law. One of two CILEx exempting modules required to become a Graduate Member of CILEx. You must have studied Employment Law as part of your degree studies to take Employment Law Practice (CILEx).
- Family Law Practice (CILEx)
The law, procedure and practice of Family Law. One of two CILEx exempting modules required to become a Graduate Member of CILEx. You must have studied Family Law as part of their degree studies to take Family Law Practice (CILEx).
- Criminal Litigation Practice (CILEx)
The law, procedure and practice of Criminal Litigation. One of two CILEx exempting modules required to become a Graduate Member of CILEx.
You'll develop your professional skills,experience and confidence alongside local legal professional practitioners. The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers clinical legal experience and an embedded professional qualification (Graduate Member of CILEx), offering you the opportunity to start work as a qualified legal professional without further study on graduation.
Graduate Members of CILEx are entitled to become Fellows of CILEx after 3 years of legal practice. Fellows of CILEx are fully qualified legal professionals with the same professional privileges and responsibilities as Solicitors, but who are qualified to work within one specified legal practice area only. In the modern profession, most Solicitors are also specialists concentrating on one legal practice area only. The cost of the LLM is considerably less than the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course. Qualification with CILEx does not require a Pupillage or Training Contract, just the three years qualifying legal employment.
LSBU Employability Services
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.
The course and the Law Department have strong links with Lambeth County Court, the Southwark Legal Advice Network and the South London Law Society. Advice sessions at the Legal Advice Clinic are supported by Solicitors from local South London law firms.
The clinic was recently highly commended for "Best Contribution by a Law School" in the prestigious LawWorks and Attorney General's Student Pro Bono Awards.
All students will work in the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic giving supervised legal advice to local clients at the clinic's weekly drop-in sessions. Students taking the Advocacy (Clinical) module will also take part in clinical activities based in the local courts.
Teaching and learning
All modules are supported by weekly online learning activities, resources and practical work, particularly in the Legal Advice Clinic, is supported by one to one feedback and support from experienced legal practitioners.
2:2 Honours degree in Law or related subject (such as Sociology, Criminology and Forensic Science) or a Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division; or Graduate Diploma in Law; or(Post)Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and Continuing Professional Education. We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.