The LLM Legal Practice Master’s degree is designed to act as a bridge between the practice of law and academic study at postgraduate level. USW is proud to be a Top 50 Law School (Guardian League Tables), and this Master’s degree course offers you the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised LLM qualification in addition to your Legal Practice Course (LPC). It incorporates a programme of study and assessment approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which you must complete if you want to qualify as a solicitor.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of business and property law, litigation and court procedure, and enhance your ability to engage in critical academic study and research by way of a research project, helping you to develop the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice.
The full-time and part-time LLM Legal Practice is eligible for the Government’s postgraduate loan, unlike a standalone LPC.
The LLM is also available as a 60-credit Top-Up course for LPC graduates from any institution in England and Wales to convert your LPC to the LLM Legal Practice.
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Full-time students will typically be expected to attend university two days a week and part-time students one day per week. Note that assessments and the module electives may be held on different days throughout the week.
There will be an additional seven days of teaching dedicated to research methods on a monthly basis throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. You will then be expected to submit a research proposal at Easter following which you will be allocated a supervisor for the Summer term to complete your research project, with submission at the end of August.
Otherwise, the LPC subjects are taught in two stages: Stage One begins in September and finishes in February. Stage Two begins in February and ends in May.
You will undertake a Research Project based on LPC subjects or a reflection based upon your legal practice experience. We may be able to offer you a placement in our Legal Advice Clinic for the purposes of completing this element of the course.
You will complete core subject and skills modules and three optional electives. On successful completion of the taught stage of the programme, you will submit a 12,000-word Research Project or Reflective Portfolio.
The taught element of the Legal Practice Research Project requires student to attend for one day per month (6 hours per day, a total of 42 hours) for seven months between September and March. Each day will entail a series of lectures and seminars which will outline the various legal research methodologies available to you for your Legal Practice Research Project, how to develop a research proposal and research project, and will also look to develop your research, critical thinking, referencing and academic writing skills.
Stage One and Two is taught through briefing sessions and practice sessions, completing practical law file exercises and replicating real-life legal scenarios. If you study full-time, you will attend approximately 16 hours of classes each week. Part-time students have approximately 8 hours of classes delivered on one day per week.
Outside these formal sessions, all students are expected to carry out preparatory work and research for file exercises. In order to maximise the time devoted to practical exercises and provide optimum flexibility for personal study, the majority of lectures and briefing sessions are delivered online using Panopto software.
For the Legal Practice Research Project, you are expected to produce a research proposal of 6,000 words, and a 12,000 word dissertation or reflective portfolio.
For Stage One and Stage Two, you will be assessed by written examinations and practical skills assessments, which will include recorded role play in our moot courtroom and client interviewing room.
The LPC elements of the LLM Legal Practice programme of study and assessment has been approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Your learning will be supported by state-of-the-art study facilities, including a courtroom fully equipped with the latest digital video facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practise rooms. All activities are based on authentic scenarios, and research and preparation is assisted by the facilities in our modern technology suites.
There will also be opportunities for you to put your knowledge into practice through our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic by providing advice, delivering client care and engaging with legal professionals.
Benjamin Jones, Solicitor (Non-Practising)
Gemma Sweetman, Solicitor
Hannah Menard, Solicitor, Director of the Legal Advice Clinic
Hayley Brain, Solicitor
Holly Evans, Solicitor
Kathleen O’Reilly, Solicitor (Non-Practising)
Rachel Lewis, Solicitor, Deputy Director of the Legal Advice Clinic
Rob Wilks, Solicitor, LLM Legal Practice and LPC Course Leader
Stefan Simms, Solicitor (Non-Practising)
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The LLM Legal Practice, and in particular, the LPC element of this course, is a requirement for qualification as a solicitor and develops the skills you will need on entering the profession.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty-based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.