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Legal Practice (LLM)

Course Description

The LLM in Legal Practice is open only to students who have successfully completed either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or its predecessor course, the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), whether at Cardiff or another recognised institution. The LLM in Legal Practice is designed for students who wish to further develop their legal knowledge and skills beyond the requirements of their LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications. For those pursuing the LLM after experience of legal practice, the programme will provide an opportunity to extend their knowledge and reflect upon professional practice.

Students will have the opportunity of building upon the legal research skills and knowledge acquired on the LPC, BPTC or BVC by undertaking in-depth independent research culminating in preparation of a dissertation. With the support and guidance of a dissertation supervisor, students will be encouraged to develop an independent, critical and thorough treatment of their chosen topic. Assessment will take the form of an independently researched dissertation of no more than 15,000 words in length.

The LLM in Legal Practice is a 60 credit dissertation only programme which can be pursued part-time or by distance learning. The programme will commence with introductory sessions covering research skills and guidance on preparing a dissertation. Students opting for the part-time programme will attend the Law School for the introductory sessions and meetings with their supervisor. Those opting for distance learning will access introductory materials online and supervision will be by electronic communication.

Apart from the introductory sessions during the first week of the course, there is no other teaching and therefore no ongoing attendance requirement. The programme will proceed by way of self-directed learning with support from a dissertation supervisor. Students will be expected to agree a schedule of meetings (either face to face or equivalent levels of contact via electronic communication) with their dissertation supervisor. Students will have a maximum period of 52 weeks from the time of enrolment in which to submit their dissertation.
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Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

* An Honours degree (normally Class 2:2 or above) * Successful completion of the LPC, BPTC (or its predecessor the BVC) at a recognised institution within 3 years prior to entry.Applicants whose LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications were completed outside the three year period set out above may also be admitted to the programme provided the applicant is able to provide evidence of recent experience in the practice of law which demonstrates their suitability for the programme.

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