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Legal Practice LLM (Part time)

Course Description

This 2 year part time course can be studied by attending 1 day a week, Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2.

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

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 electives 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.

Students engaged on a part time learning route will undertake the Legal Research Methods and Final Project/Dissertation elements during their second year of study.

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

Entry Requirements

To study the LPC, you must have completed the academic stage of training as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Sudents 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 their ability to satisfy the academic stage, contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority, telephone 0870 606 2555. To apply: please use the application link(s) at the top of the page. Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator.

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