Legal Practice - Blended Learning Part-Time LLM

Law student studying in class
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 2 Years
Fee

2017/18 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £6,150 per year of study
  • International students: £6,150 per year of study
Course start October
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Stoke-on-Trent CampusPart-time2017/18 Academic YearApply Direct

Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator

Course outline

Part Time Blended Learning Mode 

  • This 2 year part time course combines on-line learning sessions and face to face teaching. Attendance at Staffordshire University will be required for the Foundation course (3 days) and two additional Face to Face teaching courses (2 days each) each year for 2 years (dates to be confirmed shortly).
  • The part-time course requires a commitment of approximately 16 hours each week over two years.

The LLM LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice.  Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). 

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

 

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:

Core Practice Areas:

  • Property Law and Practice - Study all elements of a property transaction including the searches and enquiries, exchange of contracts, pre and post completion as well as leasehold and new developments.
     
  • Litigation - Study Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law and Practice, including detailed case analysis, varied and appropriate courses of action and appropriate funding and detailed procedure.
     
  • Business Law and Practice - Learn how to draft and interpret business accounts. Consider tax issues and advise on appropriate business organisations and common transactions.

Five Specified legal skills:

  1. Writing Skills - Study the appropriate use of media, writing style and content
  2. Drafting Skills - Learn how to draft, amend and edit documents, and explain documents to clients and other parties.
  3. Advocacy - Study case analysis, preparation and develop excellent oral presentations in a litigation context.
  4. Interviewing Skills - Learn how to conduct client interviews to obtain instructions, advise on the law and write to confirm your advice.
  5. Practical Legal Research - Identifying the legal and practical considerations and advising on the law using up to date online legal resources used by legal practitioners.

Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation - Study the Code of Conduct dealing with realistic scenarios based on real issues which arise.

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include:

Choose three electives from the following:

  • Corporate and Commercial Client
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Private Client

This award combines the taught elements of the Legal Practice Course (120 credits) with a tutor guided research project (60 credits). Alongside the LPC core and elective modules, students will undertake a Blended Learning module in Legal Research Methods where they will engage with differing research methodologies and practices and produce an assessed final project/dissertation proposal.

Students will have two primary options for their final research project/dissertation in that they can opt to align their research to their work within a legal field or if not currently employed in the legal sector can choose from a prescribed list of academic research topics.

Upon successful completion students will have attained a full Master of Laws degree in Legal Practice which will enhance their employability. From September 2016, the revised award attracts the new Postgraduate Student Loans which will assist students in funding their studies.

Entry requirements

To study the LPC, you must have completed the academic stage of training as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Students need to have achieved a qualifying law degree or passed the CPE/GDL conversion course and therefore have studied the Foundations of Legal Knowledge; or have a CILEX qualification.

For enquiries in relation to your qualifications and their ability to satisfy the academic stage, contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority, telephone 0870 606 2555

To apply: please use the application link(s) at the top of the page.

Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator

Assessment

All LPC assessments are designed around legal practice and client-based case scenarios in order to emulate legal practice as far as possible. Most assessments are 'open book' to reflect legal practice rather than a memory test.

The final research project or dissertation will comprise an assessed project or dissertation proposal as well as the project or dissertation itself.

Employment opportunities

In the current market, we provide ongoing careers advice to enable you to make the most of the opportunities available.

We have longstanding links with both national and local practices which enable us to advise you on a range of options. You may start your LPC with a training contract, or find one during the year you are with us. Students also find that the skills and experience gained during the LPC enables them to work as paralegals until the start of their training contract.

Our dedicated careers tutor for LPC students, well supported careers department and fantastic on line resources continue to be available to you with careers advice, support and guidance  even after you have left us.

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Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 2DE
United Kingdom
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