LLM Legal Practice (Top up)

Why choose this course?

  • Stand out in the job market. Top up your LPC to an LLM in Legal Practice and make a real impact
  • Add value to your LPC qualification by undertaking further research in a subject of your own choosing that interests you, either personally or professionally. You can enjoy maximum flexibility in your choice of subject
  • The perfect combination - develop the research skills that will be vital to you as a practitioner, while focusing on a subject of real interest to you - and gain an additional qualification into the bargain
  • You will work with tutors who are not only friendly and accessible, but also experts in their fields
  • Law at Derby is all about flexibility so you can fit studying around your other commitments. You can choose to study full time or part time and some modules are available online.
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Course code: MM1AE

Start date: September and January

Course length: Full time: one year. Part time: two years

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

About this course

The LLM (Legal Practice) builds upon the Legal Practice course (LPC) you will already have completed.

It offers you the ultimate in flexibility - the chance to undertake a dissertation in a subject of your choosing.

You will start by studying either the Legal Scholarship double module or the Applied Research in Criminal Justice Systems and Comparative Jurisprudence modules. These will build upon the practical legal research skills you have learnt on the LPC. Life in legal practice involves using research skills on an almost daily basis, and the chance to develop these skills in both a practical and academic context is invaluable. These modules will also fully prepare you for your final masters-stage independent study.

You will be allocated a supervisor for your independent study who will offer support, guidance and reflection at mutually convenient times. Our focus is on developing your research skills so that you can, in due course, submit your independent study. Relevant guided reading will be recommended and you will be expected to review and reflect on the process, as well as the end result of the research activity, as part of your professional development.

What you will cover

You will build on the qualifications you already hold and study two stages - Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.

Postgraduate Diploma in Law

You will study one of these modules:

  • Legal Scholarship‌
  • Applied Research in Criminal Justice Systems‌
  • Comparative Jurisprudence‌
  • LLM (Legal Practice)

You will study this module:

  • Independent Studies‌

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a good honours degree or relevant experience
  • if your first language is not English you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 7)

How to apply

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for a postgraduate degree

Fees and finance

2015/16 fees

UK/EU students

  • £550 per module (you usually take the equivalent of 9 single modules)

International students

  • Full time: £11,440

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

You will learn in our fantastic law facilities, which include two full-size courtrooms.

You'll learn with your peers, giving you the chance to collaborate with other talented people with a passion for the same kinds of legal issues.

The course will support you to acquire the independent research and writing skills that will enable you to put together strong legal arguments in your work submissions.

Your lectures will provide a solid foundation in the areas for study. Emphasis is placed on aiding research and guiding you in a way that will stimulate your desire and interest to further explore the module area and specific topics.

The opportunity is provided, through tutorials and discussion, for you to explore topic areas and issues. Also, on an ongoing basis, you will be able to identify and pursue study areas which are of particular interest to you.

Your tutors will highlight the value of studying a particular module in isolation to develop your knowledge and understanding in this area. The provision of the module in the context of the LLM pathway as a whole will be acknowledged and account taken of the link and relationship with other modules you are studying.

As an alternative you can study this course at a distance by elearning while still enjoying real time interaction employing the latest Web 2.0 technology.

How you're assessed

Types of assessment are wide ranging and include assignments, portfolio preparation, reports, case studies and online preparation of material. In several modules you can relate your assessment to different jurisdictions, so that your national law can be the focus of your award.

Assessment is integrated into learning and teaching for modules. The loading and scheduling of work is consistent, balanced and inclusive, in line with your progressive development.

The final masters stage is assessed through the submission of your Independent Study or masters thesis on a specialist topic of your own choosing. You will be supported in preparing this by your tutors here at Derby.

Careers and employability

On completion of this top-up LLM you will be ready to progress to secure a training contract to qualify as a solicitor. 

Alternatively, you will be ideally prepared to become a paralegal or legal executive.

You may wish to continue your studies, focusing on your area of interest through an MPhil or PhD Law.

What our students say

“Through my LLM experience I've gained a broad knowledge not only in law, but also in other fields, which has been very beneficial for my work. I've absolutely got what I wanted from the course and it has made me more motivated to pursue a higher level of education.”
Katerina Georgiadou