LLM/LPC LLM in Legal Practice (Full Award)

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Overview

This course combines the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and further LLM elements of study, giving you the opportunity to gain the professional qualification needed to practice as a solicitor, whilst achieving advanced Master’s level legal research skills.  

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) element of this course follows the same path as our traditional LPC, and is designed to prepare you for life as a solicitor.  

The LPC element of this course adheres to the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). If you intend to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you need to look at the SRA website www.sra.org.uk/home for the requirements to enter the profession. If you intend to practise in another jurisdiction you will need to find out the requirements to do so.

The LLM element of this course includes research methods study and an assessed research proposal leading to a supervised, assessed dissertation or research project of 15,000 words. You will be supervised by an experienced member of the teaching team. This provides you with the opportunity to gain specialist legal knowledge and advanced research skills, and to achieve a Master’s qualification.

"The best reasons to study at Manchester Law School are the facilities, the amazing personal tutors, and the connections they have with local law firms."

Anjali Patel | LPC and LLB Graduate

Features and Benefits

Funding available

This combined LPC and LLM course is eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme from the UK government, and may be offered to residents of the UK and EU. Check your eligibility: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/postgraduate-loan-scheme/

Specialist LPC facilities

Recognising the challenging nature of solicitor training, the Law School offers a number of specialist facilities for the use of students on the LPC programme. Students benefit from specialist postgraduate study areas, LPC study suite and legal libraries. There is also a mock courtroom in the Law School. 

Practitioner Mentor Scheme

Specifically for LPC students at Manchester Law School, this scheme helps you to establish a direct link with someone in practice who you can approach for advice and questions.

Pro Bono

Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with many organisations. Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your links at our many events including external speakers and local and national firms.

Award-winning Faculty environment

At Manchester Law School you will have access to an outstanding Faculty building, housing spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi.  You will benefit from highly modern facilities on our thriving campus too, at the heart of the UK’s second city.

Career Prospects

This course allows you gain the professional qualification required to practice as a solicitor, and the opportunity to study at Masters-level and gain specialist legal knowledge through supervised research study.  Alongside this, the specialist knowledge you will gain will prepare you for the various roles within the legal profession or related fields.  Alternatively, you could follow a career in public administration, the civil service, voluntary and community sectors, teaching or academia. 

You will have support from highly experienced tutors and our dedicated Careers and Employability Service, as well as the opportunity to take part in Pro Bono activities and apply for competitive placements.

Further information on the study of law

Professional regulators in the legal sector are currently conducting an extensive review of legal education and training. This includes reviewing the current routes and qualifications to become a barrister or solicitor. The current route of an LLB or the GDL and the BPTC, to become a barrister, will remain in place until autumn 2019, when the new training routes are likely to commence. The current route of an LLB or GDL and the LPC, to become a solicitor, will remain in place until autumn 2019; the target launch date for the new Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE) is no earlier than in 2020.

For the latest information about how the Legal Education and Training Review affects your chosen course, you can visit the following pages.

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Entry requirements

You will have a qualifying law degree or GDL, or exemption granted by the Solicitors Regulations Authority (SRA). 

If you intend to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you need to look at the SRA website www.sra.org.uk/home for the requirements to enter the profession. If you intend to practise in another jurisdiction you will need to find out the requirements to do so.

Course details

This combined course is designed to reflect the reality of life in practice, with the opportunity to develop specialist skills and knowledge in an area of the law that interests you and could benefit your career. 

In the LPC element of the course, you will learn from interactive workshops that are built around transactional case studies. Your teaching team include qualified solicitors and many have continued links with practice, which informs the content and delivery of workshops. 

The full-time course comprises of 180 credits in 1 year. 

The part-time course comprises the following credits over 2 years:

YEAR 1

Stage 1: Core Units

All compulsory core units will enable successful students to meet the learning outcomes specified from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Stage 2: Elective Units

There are a number of units available to choose from so you can tailor your learning to reflect your career ambitions and legal interests. You will need to study three elective units. The content of each elective unit is  designed to ensure practical relevance.

PLEASE NOTE: The delivery of each elective is subject to the requirement that there must be sufficient students choosing to study it

LLM element:

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Core Units

Property Law and Practice

Property Law and Practice workshops will be based primarily on a 3-link chain of residential conveyances. Students will hold files for the 2 joint sellers/buyers in the middle of the chain. You will progress these files from taking initial instructions to completion and post-completion formalities. In this way you will appreciate the nature of a property transaction and be able to identify and perform the critical steps in a transaction. 

Business Law and Practice

On completion of this unit, you will gain an understanding of the nature and structure of the different business media. You will be able to select an appropriate medium and structure to meet the client's commercial requirements and to advise on the legal and taxation implications. You will also be able to progress basic business transactions arising during the life and development of a business, and gain an understanding of the interests of different parties involved in the business including directors, shareholders and creditors.

Civil and Criminal Litigation

In the civil litigation workshops you will deal with civil disputes looking at case studies about breach of contract and negligence from receipt of initial instructions through to trial and enforcement of judgments. Along the way you will learn about the Civil Procedure Rules so that you understand their objective and application in litigation cases.

In the criminal litigation workshops you will advise on a range of offences at different stages of the criminal litigation process from detention by the police to the procedures leading to magistrates and crown court trial, evidence and sentencing. This will equip you to identify the steps and strategies that need to undertaken in the preparation and conduct of criminal litigation. 

Professional Conduct and Regulation

This provides an introduction to the regulation of solicitors and the outcomes focus approach to regulation adopted by the SRA. The workshops, on line activities and directed reading will cover the following areas:

  • Professional Conduct incorporating the relevant parts of the Solicitors Code of Conduct. The Profession incorporating its organisation, regulation and ethics
  • Financial Services incorporating relevant legislation and regulations
  • Money Laundering incorporating The Money Laundering Regulations.
Solicitor's Accounts

You will learn about the Solicitors Accounts Rules, how to deal with office and client money and the requirements in respect of trust monies. You will progressively develop your ability to draw up and interpret accounts and to identify and apply the relevant parts of the Solicitors Accounts Rules to ensure compliance with your professional responsibilities.

Wills and Administration of Estates

This unit will give you n a general overview of the content, format and validity of wills, obtaining grants of representation and administration of an estate by way of a combination of face-to-face teaching as well as by supported study including directed reading and on-line teaching. Your learning experience has a strong practical element and you are encouraged to consider issues such as client care and the rules of professional conduct where relevant. 

Practical Legal Research

You will be introduced to the principles and criteria that underpin effective practical legal research, together with a range of general research skills  Teaching will revolve around case-studies in which students will be required to undertake different research problems in a range of legal contexts, using appropriate paper and electronic resources and tools. In this way you will understand that effective Practical Legal Research skills and knowledge are necessary in all legal practice areas. 

Interviewing and Advising

There will be  interviewing and advising teaching in workshops across all the core subjects in terms of "real life" case studies and documents so that you will learn the skills necessary to conduct a legal interview and give legal advice as you would do in all areas of legal practice.  

Advocacy

You will gain an understanding of the principles that underpin effective legal advocacy and good practice. Teaching will be primarily in the context of Civil and Criminal litigation, however, advocacy skills also can be transferred to in any area of legal practice where presentation skills are used. 

Drafting

You will be introduced to the skills of drafting technical legal documents to be used at different stages of the legal proceedings. You will develop your general drafting skills, your understanding of style and terminology, remedies, including whether a range of remedies should be pursued and applicable time limits, contract and tort.

Writing

Writing is a skill developed in workshops in core subject areas using case studies and to acquire the skills necessary to communicate effectively in the context of solicitors practice. You will be required to research legal problems and then write using the appropriate medium tailored to suit the purpose of the communication and the needs of the recipient.

Taxation

Taxation impacts on many areas of solicitors practice and in this unit you will acquire a sufficient grasp of tax law concerning Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, Corporation Tax, Vat and Capital Allowances to be able to use your knowledge to give initial advice in context of the core of the course. The unit integrates the workplace into the curriculum using case studies to develop your skills in a practical context. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

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Placements options

Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance with cultivating links to the legal profession and other legally related employers. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to connect with practising staff.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £10,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

In addition to tuition fees, a registration fee of £15 is payable in year 1.

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Up to £10,609 available to students who live in England

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

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How to apply

Full-time applications are via the Central Applications Board from the 1st October in the academic year prior to enrolment.

Part-time applications download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

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