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1 June 2014

Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal Practice-LPC/Bptc Conversion

The LL.M in Legal Practice

This programme gives students an exciting opportunity to research in real depth to master’s level an area of law of their own choosing and to make a significant and measurable contribution to the body of legal knowledge in their chosen subject. The benefits of successfully completing the programme are clear. Each student will learn how to research effectively at post-graduate level, how to write and how to structure and present one’s writing at this level to best effect and how to self-manage their time and resources so that they are able to complete a master’s level project. And, on the student’s successful completion of the programme, he or she will have a certified degree of expertise in his or her chosen subject that may well open new doors for them in their future careers.

The programme also has the benefit of dedicated, enthusiastic staff, who are able to give individual attention to students and a competitive fees structure that should make the programme affordable to many students whatever their financial situation.

The programme is open to all LPC/BVC/BPTC qualified students and to members of the solicitors’ and barristers’ professions regardless of their dates of qualification. If you are interested in the programme and wish to learn more, please contact, Mr Ian Johnson, the Programme Leader on 0151 231 3959

The LLM in Legal Practice is an exciting new part-taught, part-research-based postgraduate programme, leading to a Masters Degree in Legal Practice. The programme can be studied over one academic year full-time (10 months) or across two academic years part-time (16 months).

The LLM in Legal Practice allows participants to convert their LPC/BVC/BPTC (Diploma in Legal Practice/Diploma in Legal Practice at the Bar) to an LLM. If an applicant for a place on the course does not possess either of these qualifications, it may still be possible to accredit their recent professional practice as being equivalent to an LPC/BVC/BPTC Diploma. Please speak to the Programme Leader for further details.

The LLM in Legal Practice has also been approved by the SRA and Bar Council/BSB, as an appropriate programme of study for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development for practising solicitors and barristers (again, please speak to the Programme Leader for further details).

In addition, the LLM in Legal Practice is a stand-alone qualification for those wishing to enhance their career prospects through the acquisition of vocationally relevant knowledge and skills, thereby leading to a more rounded appreciation and understanding of their chosen areas of expertise.

In short, the LLM in Legal Practice is a high quality, flexible programme of study which is aimed at providing participants with high order critical and analytical skills in areas of legal practice determined by the participant and tailored to suit his/her individual needs.

Programme Outline

September – December

Students will take a Research Methodology Module comprising 4 separate whole-afternoon sessions in which participants will further develop their legal research skills and understanding of research methodologies enabling them to formulate individual dissertation proposals. These sessions will run from mid-September to mid-October. Each student will then produce their dissertation proposal in consultation with their individual dissertation supervisor.
15 credits

January – End of May

Students will complete their chosen dissertation assisted by monthly workshops and/or one-to-one supervision from their chosen supervisor. The dissertation will be approximately 20,000 words in length and presented in bound-form.

Dissertations are expected to form either an original investigation into a chosen area of legal practice or an ordered and critical exposition of existing knowledge. Full support and guidance will be provided throughout the student’s work on his/her dissertation.
60 credits

Programme Delivery

Initially, learning is encouraged and developed through the advanced provision and study of reading materials, through detailed research by the student, and through his/her participation in seminar-based or workshop sessions, under the guidance of an experienced tutor. This is a relaxed and informal style of education, particularly suited to master-level study, with participants learning from each other through discussion and exposition, in small groups. Latterly, students will largely study on their own terms, but with full support and guidance from their dissertation supervisor and, where necessary, other members of the School’s academic staff.

How will I be assessed?

The students’ dissertation proposals and dissertations are assessed by academic staff in the School of Law against sets of assessment criteria which have been specifically devised for the purposes of assessment on this programme. Detailed feedback will be provided on both drafts (formative assessment) and final pieces of work (summative assessment).


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