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  • Objectives
    The Master of Laws degree (LLM) gives you the chance to develop an in-depth appreciation of the subtlety of specialist legal areas. At the same time you will be taught the concepts and skills required to efficiently and effectively manage and run a legal practice. There are two routes through the masters degree. It may be completed either by means of a research dissertation or an action learning project based in the workplace. The action learning route will particularly suit students who immediately go on to undertake a training contract. The research dissertation route will suit those who have not yet secured a training contract or do not start the training immediately after the completion of the LPC.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course.
  • Academic Title
    LLM Legal Practice
  • Course description
    Programme highlights

    -Top up to a masters degree from the Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational course
    -Two routes to success – one work-based, the other through research
    -Allows you to develop practical legal specialisms
    -Takes your career to the next level
    -Learn from expert academic and clinical staff in an interprofessional learning environment

    General programme structure

    If you are looking to change direction in your legal career, have your sights set on becoming a partner or just want to know more about the law in practice then the LLM is a flexible way to progress your career ambitions.

    You will need to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice or have completed a Legal Practice Course at another recognised institution to be accepted onto the LLM. You can also top up from a recognised Bar Vocational Course.

    The LLM is normally undertaken part time over a year but up to five years is permitted.

    There are two routes you can follow - the work-based learning path or the research dissertation path. First though, you need to complete an intensive three-day masters preparation and planning module, after which you can choose which of the two routes to follow.

    If you choose the work-based path, then you will be expected to submit a substantial reflective work portfolio together with evidence of career planning and development. This could be work undertaken during a training contract, but not necessarily.

    Should you decide to opt for the research route then you will need to submit a 15,000 – 20,000 word law in practice project on a subject related to legal practice.

    An academic supervisor and possibly a work-based mentor will aid you, depending on which of the two paths you choose to take.

    Detailed programme structure

    Your masters preparation and planning involves you:

    -Intensifying your understanding of ethics and research
    -Gaining a new level of expertise in research planning and management
    -Expanding on your experiences in legal research
    -Investing time in exploring where practice informs theory and theory informs practice

    Learning and assessment
    The LLM is assessed by means of either a research methods and planning module and research dissertation on the area of law and practice (15,000-20,000 words) or by means of a substantial reflective portfolio and career planning and development file based on work undertaken whilst working in legal practice with an academic supervisor and work-based mentor

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