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Legal Practice LLM (Full time)

Course Description

This 1 year full time course can be studied by attending either 2 full days a week Mondays and Tuesday or 4 half days a week Mondays to Thursday.

The LLM LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:
Core Practice Areas
-Property Law and Practice
-Business Law and Practice

Five Specified legal skills:
-Writing Skills
-Drafting Skills
-Interviewing Skills
-Practical Legal Research

Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation - Study the Code of Conduct dealing with realistic scenarios based on real issues which arise.

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include (choose three from the following)
-Corporate and Commercial Client
-Commercial Property
-Employment Law
-Family Law
-Advanced Criminal Practice
-Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Private Client

This award combines the taught elements of the Legal Practice Course (120 credits) with a tutor guided research project (60 credits). Alongside the LPC core and elective modules, students will undertake a Blended Learning module in Legal Research Methods where they will engage with differing research methodologies and practices and produce an assessed final project/dissertation proposal.

Students will have two primary options for their final research project/dissertation in that they can opt to align their research to their work within a legal field or if not currently employed in the legal sector can choose from a prescribed list of academic research topics.

Upon successful completion students will have attained a full Master of Laws degree in Legal Practice which will enhance their employability. From September 2016, the revised award attracts the new Postgraduate Student Loans which will assist students in funding their studies.

Employment opportunities

In the current market, we provide ongoing careers advice to enable you to make the most of the opportunities available.

We have longstanding links with both national and local practices which enable us to advise you on a range of options. You may start your LPC with a training contract, or find one during the year you are with us. Students also find that the skills and experience gained during the LPC enables them to work as paralegals until the start of their training contract.

Our dedicated careers tutor for LPC students, well supported careers department and fantastic on line resources continue to be available to you with careers advice, support and guidance even after you have left us.

Visit the Legal Practice LLM (Full time) page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have completed the academic stage of training as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Students need to have achieved a qualifying law degree or passed the CPE/GDL conversion course and therefore have studied the Foundations of Legal Knowledge; or have a CILEX qualification. For enquiries in relation to your qualifications and if they satisfy the academic stage, contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority, telephone 0870 606 2555. To apply: All Full-time LPC applications are administered by Lawcabs. You will need to register with the Central Applications Board or email: Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator.

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