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  1. LLM Legal Practice
    1. 2016
    2. 2017

Legal Practice

LLM |
Strengthen your knowledge and skills in legal practice through in depth research on a topic of your choice.

Key Information

Start date

July 2016

Duration

The course can be completed on either a full-time basis (submission within 6 months of registration) or part-time basis (submission within 12 or 18 months of registration).

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: The fee for the LLM in Legal Practice is now included in the fee for the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Non-EU

Full-time: The fee for the LLM in Legal Practice is now included in the fee for the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Who is it for?

This course is for students who have completed their LPC at The City Law School, are looking to enhance their CVs, and demonstrate commitment to legal practice.

Objectives

Students studying for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at City can convert their LPC into an LLM in Legal Practice. Our LPC is delivered at Master's level rather than degree level, allowing you to gain an LLM by completing an additional dissertation during or after your LPC.

This LLM satisfies all the requirements of a traditional LLM, but has a primary focus on professional practice. In addition to the taught classes on the LPC, the programme gives you the opportunity to choose, focus on and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of a specific area of professional legal practice.

By undertaking this LLM you can therefore underline your commitment to a particular area of practice, as well as strengthening your CV and improving your employability prospects.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applications for this LLM conversion course may only be made by students who registered on the full LPC with The City Law School within the last five years. It is not possible to apply for the LLM conversion before registering for your LPC, but we provide places for all students who put forward dissertation proposals of a sufficient quality.

Please note that the LLM in Legal practice will be included in the LPC programme fee from September 2015 for all new students. Students will not be permitted to register on the LLM if they have 3 or more required LPC resits at the time of registration.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Please note that the LLM in Legal practice will be included in the LPC programme fee from September 2015 for all new students.

To apply, please download, complete and return the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by email to lpc@city.ac.uk

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Teaching and learning

The sessions that you have completed on the LPC provide the taught element of the course. To complete your dissertation you will be expected to apply and analyse law and practice at an advanced level, demonstrating an awareness of current practice issues, and to work independently, for example using practitioner resources.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will provide you with one-to-one guidance throughout the dissertation process. The supervision meetings are flexible to meet your needs and can be undertaken remotely via email or telephone.

In support of your work on the dissertation, we provide:

  • One-to-one structured supervisions
  • Face-to-face and web-based guidance on research, planning and writing a dissertation, including induction session materials
  • Support for small-scale empirical research
  • Research classes run by the Library
  • Continued full access to all The City Law School and City University London facilities, including library services, IT support and careers advice services.

Assessment

You will need to research, write and submit a dissertation of 15-20,000 words. This is a highly flexible course. You can apply for the LLM and register as you complete your LPC.

Modules

Students are asked to make a written proposal for their dissertation. This is an opportunity to undertake research in an area of choice related to legal practice, procedure or skills. The proposal is required to demonstrate originality

Dissertation

The choice is wide but your proposal could include:

  • A critical consideration of an aspect of practice in a specialist area, such as the use of alternative dispute resolution options in commercial cases, or the validity of pre-nuptial agreements
  • An analysis of how a particular skill is developed and applied in legal practice, such as techniques in questioning a client or a witness
  • A topic linked to work experience or pro bono work

Previous students have worked on a broad range of topics including the implications of European free movement, cultural attitudes to domestic violence and the practice implications of company directors’ duties.

Career prospects

The course has been developed to enhance the employability of its graduates. Students who have a training contract can use the dissertation to demonstrate commitment to an area of practice. Students seeking a training contract or pursuing an alternative legal career can use the qualification to strengthen their CV.


Please note that the LLM in Legal practice will be included in the LPC programme fee from September 2015 for all new students.

To apply, please download, complete and return the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by email to lpc@city.ac.uk

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