Northumbria University Newcastle - LLM in Legal Practice

Northumbria University Newcastle

LLM in Legal Practice

There is still time to take the traditional route to solicitor training with Northumbria University’s Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Northumbria’s Legal Practice LLM helps you make the transition from the classroom to the courtroom.

Acting as a bridge between the academic study of law and the practice of law, you will get the opportunity to apply the legal knowledge you gain on the programme in a practical way. Approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a training route, this LLM offers you the chance to gain an internationally recognised LLM qualification in addition to your LPC.

Our LLM in Legal Practice allows you to choose a specialism and to study the areas of law you are most interested in, whilst preparing you for a training contract and life as a solicitor. The LLM is also eligible for a Government Postgraduate Loan unlike a standalone LPC. As an LPC LLM student you will get tailored careers support which will help give your career an edge.

Northumbria University works in partnership with Citizens Advice Newcastle and Support Through Court, legal charities providing advice, assistance and/or support to individuals and promoting access to justice. You will have the opportunity, subject to successful application, to volunteer with these organisations to develop your legal skills, enhance your employability and assist individuals with advice, assistance and/or support. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A Qualifying Law Degree awarded at a minimum of a 2:2 honours, or a GDL qualification, both awarded less than 7 years ago. Relevant professional qualifications or suitable experience will also be considered.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

We run an excellent careers programme with law specific careers events held throughout the year, including employer presentations and workshops. Specialist career professionals from our Graduate Futures team provide 1-2-1 careers information, advice and guidance to support you at each stage of your career planning. This quality support includes assistance with developing your networking skills, enhancing your job search skills and providing feedback on your CV and job applications. The programme teaching staff have previous practice experience in a range of practice areas and are happy to speak with you/share their experiences of working in local and national law firms.

We also offer a Law School Practice Interview Scheme - every student can make an appointment with a member of staff to do a practice interview and receive feedback prior to a graduate interview. Our central careers support provides a dedicated student employability hub that provides law students with access to job vacancies, automated CV checking software, interview simulator experience, a psychometric testing platform and a variety of additional resources to help you plan and manage your legal career.

Course Details

The LLM in Legal Practice is a vocational course and teaching and learning reflect the focus on preparation for legal practice.

On this full-time programme you will attend two days per week, each Tuesday and Wednesday. Please note that assessments can be timetabled on other days. The LPC element of the programme is taught in two blocks which you will focus on from September to May:

Stage 1- the three core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation are taught and assessed, along with Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors' Accounts and Professional Conduct. The skills of Legal Writing, Interviewing and Advising, Drafting, Research and Advocacy, are taught and assessed in the context of the core subjects.

Stage 2- you will choose three elective modules which you will decide on in consultation with your tutors, ensuring your LPC is tailored according to your interests and career goals. There are a wide range of electives modules available at Northumbria, which should suit all career aspirations. These usually include: Employment Law, Family Law, Child Care Law, Law & the Elderly Client, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Finance, Mental Health Law, Sales & Acquisitions and Student Law Office.

Year One

Criminal Litigation - General Practice Route (0 Credits)
Professional Conduct [LPC] (1 Credits)
Legal Writing [LPC] (1 Credits)
Drafting [LPC] (1 Credits)
Advocacy [LPC] (1 Credits)
Practical Legal Research 1 (Coursework) (1 Credits)
Interviewing [LPC] (1 Credits)
Litigation [LPC General] (1 Credits)
CHILD CARE (1 Credits)
FAMILY LAW (1 Credits
Law and the Elderly Client (1 Credits)
Student Law Office [LPC Elective] (1 Credits)
Mental Health (1 Credits)
Commercial Law (1 Credits)
Corporate Finance (1 Credits)
Project (Core,60 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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