Whether you are a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) or a practising solicitor looking to specialise further, this course will enable you to 'top up' your education to a Masters degree level. The course provides practice-relevant study on aspects of substantive law or legal practice and enables you to develop the analytical and research skills necessary to write a detailed piece of research relevant to law practice.
The course will be assessed by dissertation and you can choose to complete this either by undertaking an extended piece of research or a self-directed work-based learning portfolio. This will enable working lawyers to critically reflect on their own legal practice throughout the course.
Research Methodology Dissertation. Research Methodology The research and methodology module is more detailed and provides more teaching hours than similar courses from other providers. The module bridges the much needed gap between most LLM and MPhil/PhD research methods, and will enable you to write a research proposal that will eventually underpin your dissertation. The module is divided into four parts.
Undertaking Postgraduate Research Process and Demographics of Research Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination Methods The Writing Up and Dissemination of Research.
The module is delivered through a blended mix of taught and online lectures, practical case studies and seminars and takes place over one semester. The assessment is designed so as to test both breadth and depth of knowledge in legal and related research.
The dissertation is an original piece of research into legal practice of between 10,000 to 12,000 words. Research undertaken must be self-managed though you will be assigned a dissertation supervisor either from staff at the University of West London with similar research interests or from within the legal profession.
Graduates of the PgDip in Legal Practice (LPC), where sufficient study has been completed equivalent to 120 credit modules, within the last five years.Graduates of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), where sufficient study has been completed equivalent to 120 credit modules, within the last five years.Practising solicitors who have undertaken the former Law Society's Solicitors’ Final Examinations and have at least 6 months recent practice experience within the last two years.Practising barristers who have undertaken the former Bar Final examinations and have at least 6 months recent practice experience within the last two years
Recipient: University of West London
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