The University of Wolverhampton

LLMLegal Practice Course

Why choose this course?

The LLM Legal Practice Course learning outcomes aim to: prepare students for work-based learning; provide a general foundation for practice; and demonstrate academic legal research skills and enhanced knowledge through independent study and production of a Masters level dissertation

What happens on the course?

At Wolverhampton Law School the LPC is structured to cater for students who wish to enter either general or commercial practice.

During Stage 1, which runs from September to February, you will study the core practice areas whilst developing key legal skills you will need in practice. You will then choose three of a range of elective subjects, either linked to your chosen career path or to keep your options open, during Stage 2 from March to June.

Stage 1 Compulsory Modules:

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation and Advocacy
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts)

Legal Skills:

  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Drafting and Legal Writing

Stage 2 Electives (3 from the following choices):

  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Housing Law
  • Immigration and Welfare Law
  • Insolvency Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation

*Dissertation submitted in September, after end of Stage 2.

FULL TIME - Stage 1 Timetable – September 2016 - February 2017

Monday

10.00 – 13.00

Business Law and Practice (7LW054)

Weeks 2 – 20

14.00 – 16.00

Solicitors’ Accounts (7LW053)

Weeks 2 - 9

Tuesday

10.00 – 13.00

Property Law and Practice (7LW059)

Weeks 2 – 20

14.00 – 16.00

Skills Session

Weeks 2 – 8, 11 – 13 and 17

Wednesday

10.00 – 11.30

Probate (7LW061)

Weeks 2 – 7

13.00 – 16.00

Litigation (7LW060)

Weeks 2 – 20

PART TIME - Year 1 Stage 1 Timetable - September 2016 - February 2017

Monday

18.00 – 21.00

Property Law and Practice (7LW059)

Weeks 2 – 20

Wednesday

18.00 – 21.00

Litigation (7LW060)

Weeks 2 – 20

Saturday

9.00 – 13.00

Skills tutorials

Weeks 5, 7 and 15

* There will be five Skills Assessments and the Solicitors’ Accounts Exam during Stage 1. These, together with a mock assessment opportunity are usually held on Fridays.

(Please note that the timetable is subject to change).

Why Wolverhampton?

The course is delivered through a mixture of large group sessions (where the whole student cohort is taught together), small group sessions (typically comprising 15-20 students), online video presentations and exercises, in-class role-playing and directed independent study.

The LPC is designed to give students a strong foundation for general legal practice. Therefore, equal weight is given to the core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation.

Vocational Electives are provided at Stage 2 of the course. The choice of electives offered provides a balance between 'High Street' private client and “Commercial” areas of practice.

The course can be studied full-time in the day or part-time day or evening basis (with occasional Saturday attendance) to meet students’ individual needs.

Students are provided with textbooks and practice-based materials for each element of the course.

LPC students have a specially designated resources room with access to practitioner texts and reference materials. You will also have access to on-line practitioner reference materials and resources, such as precedents, statutes and legal databases.

Students are supported in their search for employment with a dedicated Careers Tutor and a number of initiatives throughout the academic year. We have strong links with both local and national firms and are engaged with the local legal community. LPC students will have the opportunity to participate in Mentoring Schemes, to attend the University’s Law Careers Fair and to attend practitioner presentations and workshops.

You can apply and develop your legal knowledge and skills by volunteering as a student legal adviser in the University's acclaimed Legal Advice Centre, assisting members of the public with legal queries.

Our LPC has excellent academic staff and course teams who will make every effort to ensure that each student gets the support they need.

The addition of a Masters’ level dissertation will give students the opportunity to obtain a higher level, Masters’ degree, qualification and gain specialised knowledge and insight into an area of law relevant to their intended legal practice.

Career path

The LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. You will normally need to complete it prior to commencement of a training contract.

What skills will you gain?

The Learning Outcomes of the Legal Practice Course are stipulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) in the Legal Practice Course Outcomes 2011, available on the SRA website.

At the end of the course, successful students should be able, under appropriate supervision, to:

  1. Research and apply knowledge of the law and legal practice accurately and effectively;
  1. Identify the client's objectives and different means of achieving those objectives and be aware of the financial, commercial and personal priorities and constraints to be taken into account the costs, benefits and risks involved in transactions or courses of action;
  1. Perform the tasks required to advance transactions or matters;
  1. Understand the key ethical requirements contained in the SRA Principles of Regulation and Code of Conduct, understand where these may impact and be able to apply them in context;
  1. Demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of:
    1. Professional Conduct and Regulation;
    2. The core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice, Litigation and the areas of wills and administration of estates and taxation; and
    3. The course skills of Practical Legal Research, Writing, Drafting, Interviewing and Advising, and Advocacy.

Students should also be able to transfer skills learnt in one context to another;

  1. Demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the three areas covered by their choice of electives, and
  1. Reflect on their learning and identify their learning needs

In addition, by completing the Masters’ level dissertation, students will:

8a. Demonstrate knowledge and the ability to critically analyse a range of essential legal topics to enhance their understanding of contemporary legal issues and the inter relationship between law and social co-existence;

8b. Demonstrate critical awareness of current problems and developments in highly relevant areas of national or international legal interest;

8c. Demonstrate self-direction, independent learning, and originality in tackling, solving and furthering their autonomy in the study of complex legal themes;

8d. Use a range of specialist and transferable skills enabling them to maximise employment opportunities in circumstances requiring sound judgement and personal responsibility; and

8e. Undertake research based on an understanding of research methodologies and advanced scholarship.

Who accredits this course?

The professional elements of this course (all elements save for the Masters’ level dissertation) are accredited by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA has a statutory duty to ensure that those admitted as solicitors in England and Wales have the knowledge and skills necessary for practice. The requirements for training to become a solicitor in England and Wales are set out in the SRA Training Regulations 2014 - Qualification and Provider Regulations.

Students should familiarise themselves with the SRA Training Regulations 2014 and the Student information pack (both available on the SRA website).

Entry requirements

Under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (as amended) the Law Society (now Solicitors’ Regulation Authority) and Bar Council are responsible for laying down the qualification regulations in respect of those seeking to qualify as solicitors and barristers. The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and Bar Council have agreed to act jointly in respect of the first or academic stage of training where that stage is satisfied by the completion of a qualifying law degree or approved Common Professional Examination course. The conditions are set out within the amended 1995 Joint Announcement issued by the Law Society and the Council of Legal Education relating to Qualifying Law Degree and Common Professional Examinations and require requisite understanding of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge.

No student will be admitted to the Legal Practice Course unless the University is satisfied that he or she has satisfied the academic stage of training.

Whilst the SRA no longer requires students to register as Student Members of the SRA prior to commencement of the Legal Practice Course, students are advised that the SRA will assess the character and suitability of all individuals before they start a period of recognised training. The details of this Suitability Test are available on the SRA website. Students may wish to have an early assessment if there is a risk that they may not later qualify for admission on the grounds of an issue of character and suitability. This must be sought at least six months before a period of recognised training commences and there is a fee (£100 in March 2015) for doing so.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,800 £12,200

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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