LLM

Legal Practice

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: January 2018; April 2018; September 2018; January 2019; April 2019
  • Course duration: From 4 - 24 months

Nottingham Law School is introducing an LLM (Masters in Law) award for those with professional legal qualifications. Professional legal qualifications (for example, BPTC or LPC or their precursors) will provide evidence of appropriate prior learning and achievement, equivalent to two-thirds of the LLM award. Students will then 'top up' these credit points with a dissertation or publishable article, studied and completed by distance learning, to gain the LLM degree.

Why choose this course?

In the increasingly competitive legal employment market practitioners may find that having an additional qualification, a masters degree, will make them stand out from the competition. The LLM Legal Practice (DL) qualification will not only provide additional evidence of your academic ability but also showcase your knowledge of more specialised aspects of legal practice.

The LLM Legal Practice (DL) provides 60 Masters level credits which, when combined with the evidence of academic achievement from the successful completion of the BPTC or LPC (or equivalent), will lead to the award of an LLM.

What you'll study

This course is equivalent to 600 hours of study and includes a manageable assessment task of either a traditional dissertation or the production of an article of publishable quality.

This course is designed to allow completion of the top-up element over a 4-24 month time period. This would allow students to undertake study immediately following the completion of the LPC or BPTC and complete the course quickly, but also offers more flexible time frames for completing the self-study module.

The course is not just for current LPC and BPTC students. Those who have successfully completed the LPC and BPTC (or their equivalent) at any time are eligible for admission. The course will be extremely attractive to practitioners as it also satisfies CPD requirements.

  • Course structure

    Introductory programme

    The introductory programme includes guidance on research methods, and legal writing. All students will undertake the introductory programme by distance learning.

    Dissertation

    In line with our existing LLM courses, students have a wide discretion in the selection of their dissertation topic, subject to the capacity of the Law School to provide expert academic supervision. The Law School has academic staff with wide-ranging expertise across diverse areas of law. However, students are encouraged to consider areas of law that are particularly pertinent to their anticipated or actual area of practice when selecting their chosen topic. The dissertation is 18,000 – 20,000 words in length.

    Publishable article

    As an alternative to the dissertation, students can, with guidance from an experienced academic, produce an article of publishable quality. This is likely to be of shorter length than the dissertation, focussing on a particular point of practice or law.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Personalised guidance on research methods and legal writing is provided as part of the supervision process. Support is also available by way of online learning opportunities. In line with our existing LLM courses, students have a wide discretion in the selection of their dissertation topic, subject to the capacity of the Law School to provide expert academic supervision.

The dissertation is 18,000-20,000 words in length. As an alternative to the dissertation, students can produce an article of publishable quality. This is likely to be of shorter length, focusing on a particular point of practice or law.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

This course is studied by distance learning.

Careers and employability

This course will demonstrate your academic ability and showcase your knowledge of more specialised aspects of legal practice.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • Applicants should have successfully completed either the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
  • Applications from members of other legal professions will also be considered, for example, Patent Attorneys or Trade Mark Attorneys.
  • Legal professionals from other jurisdictions are also eligible to apply.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • Applicants should have successfully completed either the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
  • Applications from members of other legal professions will also be considered, for example, Patent Attorneys or Trade Mark Attorneys.
  • Legal professionals from other jurisdictions are also eligible to apply.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

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