LLM Legal Practice*
Why choose this course?
- This course is an LPC and free LLM award in one (leading to a qualification as a solicitor and giving you an LLM through the same course)
- Postgraduate loan funding available, plus if you’re a Derby graduate you’ll receive an a 10% alumni discount
- Unlike most other institutions, this course is taught 100% face to face and over 90% of our tutors are current practitioners
- Flexible study options mean if you decide to change direction you’ll receive an interim PG Diploma and have the option to transfer to our academic LLM after your first semester
- Benefit from professional mentoring and employment networking opportunities throughout your studies.
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Course code: MM1AF
Start date: September
Course length: Full time: 1 year; Part time: 2 years; Day realease: 2 years
Campus: One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
This course is available to international students
About this course
Our LLM Legal Practice is designed for the individual thinking lawyer. It bucks the trend of large-scale corporatized Legal Practice Courses with lots of pre-recorded online delivery, focusing on learning critical lawyer’s skills from current practitioners in a specialist face to face environment.
The course is designed to stretch your practical skills, while preparing you to meet the Day One Outcomes for a newly-qualified solicitor. At the same time, it provides the intellectual headroom to further pursue areas of passion and interest in law or to become deeply embedded through practice-based research into an area of career specialism.
The full range of expert support offered by Derby Law School is open to you, with the additional support of the resources of the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice.
LLM Legal Practice keeps you engaged with local practice and practitioners through mentoring and networking events, but also provides you with the support you need to succeed as an individual in the competitive world of law.
The course is designed to give you the flexibility to succeed. With its concentrated pattern of delivery, you can work, gaining qualifying hours towards your solicitor’s qualification. The Legal Practice Course is in very many ways different from undergraduate law study, you can transfer across to a standard Masters programme should you decide it is not for you.
Our approach is personalised and informed by current practice. Our academic team’s excellent teaching skills are evidenced in student feedback, in the high marks obtained by students and their successful career outcomes.
What you will cover
To complete the LLM Legal Practice, you’ll study modules such as:
Stage One: Foundation Knowledge and Skills in Legal Practice (60 Credits).
This introduces core skills and knowledge, allowing you to apply them to specific areas of law, alongside their conceptual introduction. This is a holistic integrated phase, amounting to 60 credits (one semester for full time students or one year for part time students). This includes the acquisition of research skills, as specified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The completion of this phase leads to the award of the PG Certificate in the Study of Legal Practice. Any professional recognition of this award is subject to the Training Regulations of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The title is to disambiguate this from a professionally qualifying award. The content of this phase is tightly regulated by the SRA and subject to separate validation and approval requirements.
Stage Two: Expert Knowledge and Skills in Legal Practice (60 Credits)
This develops the core skills and knowledge and allows you to apply learning to specialist and advanced fields of legal practice, largely through the study of elective courses. This includes the application of advanced research skills, specific to specialist areas of activity as specified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The completion of this phase leads to the award of the PG Diploma in Legal Practice. Any professional recognition of this award is subject to the Training Regulations of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The title is now the standard title held by those who have completed the professional qualifying course, leading to qualification as a solicitor. The content of this phase is tightly regulated by the SRA and subject to separate validation and approval requirements.
During this stage, you will have the opportunity to be taught popular elective subjects, such as:
- Advanced Criminal Litigation
- Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
- Commercial LawCommercial Litigation
- Commercial Property
- Employment Law
- Family Law and Practice
- Private Client (Estate Planning)
The above list is subject to change, according to relevance and student demand.
Stage Three: Independent Studies (60 Credits) Research opportunities in expert areas of law (including medical law, international trade law, human rights law and many others) and advanced areas of Legal Practice. This is the Independent Study element of the Masters degree.
Areas of current student research have included:
- Alcohol and Licensing law
- Alternative dispute resolution
- Banking law
- Business law (or commercial law); commercial litigation
- IT, Communication or Computer law
- Construction law
- Criminal law
- Cyber law and High Tech Crime
- Employment law
- Entertainment and Media law
- Environmental law
- Family law
- Immigration law
- Medical law and ethics
- Military law
- Product liability litigation
- Public International Law & Human Rights
- Road Traffic Law
- Sports law
The course is designed to accommodate the complex professionally-prescribed content of the Legal Practice Course, while enabling you to have some flexibility in progression and the potential for stage awards and credit transfer.
Home students will need a 2:2 or higher in a UK Qualifying Law Degree or Graduate Diploma in Law
International students will also need a 2:2 or higher in a UK Qualifying Law Degree or Graduate Diploma in Law as well as minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in all areas
How to apply
- Full-time students should apply via the Central Applications Board
- Part-time student should apply directly to the University
- International students should apply via the Central Applications Board
Information for international applicants
Fees and finance
2017/18 Fees (August 2017 - July 2018)
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,500 for the full programme
£9,500 for the full programme
£10,500 for the full programme (£9,500 for LPC, plus £1,000 LLM top-up)
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
Scholarships and bursaries
How you will learn
Teaching focuses on developing your practical skills in face-to-face workshop environments.
You’ll learn by going through real practice problems with experienced practitioners, having undertaken preparation independently. In this way, it is the most realistic and effective form of professional legal education.
Sessions focus on small group explanatory activity. You’ll be able to deal with a whole range of different legal problems, from the High Street challenges to large commercial deals.
Legal Practice Study is intensive and demanding, reflecting the realities of practice. Each stage consists of groups of sub-units, called Study Units. Central to each Study Unit is a 2.5 hour workshop; preceded by preparatory work and followed by consolidation tasks. Each Study Unit and its component preparatory work/workshop/consolidation exercises require students to undertake 11 Notional Learning Hours. Preparatory tasks for each Study Unit may be undertaken by students either as individuals or working in groups.
You’ll have a dedicated Supervising Principal, a tutor who will be your first port of call when seeking support in relation to your studies and careers advice. In addition, further practical help will be provided by our dedicated programme support. The pastoral support services provided for students are complemented by the University.
You’ll also study a selection of taught electives which provide examples of how general principles of practice can apply in specific fields. The learning and teaching strategy is similar, but there is more emphasis placed on the autonomous learner, allowing for greater intellectual flexibility and self-reliance in the use of practice skills.
Finally, you move onto specialist independent research in an area of your choice. The supervisory team are there to support the implementation of differing research methodologies including:
- Classic normative research: which considers what the law is and how it should evolve using formal techniques of legal analysis and reasoning
- Practice-based research: which considers the problems and approaches of current practice from a professional and experiential point of view
- Evidence-based practice: which uses evidence-based techniques to consider legal issues and problems;
- Social-science-based research: which uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques to investigate law as a social phenomenon.
- In support of the development of research capabilities, you can access free online University training in research methods, as well as benefiting from one-to-one support by academic team members.
You’ll be assessed through essays, exams, case studies, project work, group work presentations and online discussions - a broad range of methods allowing you to demonstrate your individual strengths and abilities.
The overall assessment strategy for this programme is subject to overriding requirements concerning the nature and format of the assessments, set out in the Training Regulations 2014.
Assessment in the core and elective subjects is by way of three-hour open book unseen written assessments, comprising a range of MCQs/SAQ and long form problem questions.
Assessments in skills subjects will either be by way of 1.5 hour open book unseen written assessment (Drafting & Writing) take home exercise (Practical Legal Research) or oral skills assessments (Advocacy and Interviewing) - assessments in pervading matters of conduct and regulation are by way of a two-hour closed book assessment (Solicitors Accounts) and a two-hour open book MCQ assessment (Professional Conduct & Regulation).
There is extensive use of formative assessments to (i) develop students’ skills to undertake assessments on the Legal Practice element and (ii) encourage them to reflect on their learning and identify the learning needs. Many formative assessment exercises are undertaken in exam conditions, students receive feedback and the majority are marked by tutors.
You’ll be assessed on the academic quality of their Independent Study as a piece of original written research.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
This programme is specifically aimed towards those with an interest in Legal Practice as a solicitor and services related to that, such as recruitment, professional support, legal education and training.
Graduates have progressed into successful legal careers both locally and nationally in private practice and in-house.