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PMLEGPRT - LLM Legal Practice (Top-up)

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Laws Level Masters
Possible interim awards Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, Advanced Diploma in Professional Development
Total credits for course 180
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Law
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time 1 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

Applicants must have successfully completed the Legal Practice Course.

Module 1: Students will attend a weekly one-evening, three hour lecture on Research Methodology consisting of Lectures, small group workshops and practical IT based learning.
Attendance: Autumn semester: One evening per week.
[See module specification for Legal Research Methodology: LL7003].

Module 2: Supervised dissertation writing.
Attendance: Spring/Summer semesters: No lectures/seminars. Contact with supervisor by regular appointments.

Course aims

1. To stimulate and develop an awareness and understanding of current/critical developments within a chosen area of legal practice;
2. To develop in students an awareness of research methodologies and an ability to develop research strategies appropriate to the academic and professional requirements of the area of study;
3. To enable students to apply academic understanding and research techniques to the analysis of policy and practice with the chosen legal field leading to the production of a dissertation.
4. To develop the skills necessary to enable the student to produce a well-written, well-referenced discursive, critical and evaluative dissertation.

Course learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On completing the course the student will be able to:

1. Identify the main intellectual influences shaping the traditional and current directions of academic and professional research in a chosen area of study;
2. Analyse and evaluate through research a developing or critical area of legal practice.

Cognitive/intellectual skills
On completing the course the student will be able to:

1. Assess at least one generic approach to research as employed in legal study and in related socio-economic and literary areas of study.
2. Analyse and evaluate the results of research into a critical or developing area of legal practice in a clear and structured way, identifying its relevance to legal practice.

Practical Skills
On completing the course the student will be able to:

1. Retrieve, interact with and document a range of primary and secondary legal documentation.
2. Produce a research proposal to reflect upon a specific issue of legal practice and assess the
viability of such research.
3. Demonstrate an ability to communicate complex, up to date legal information through producing a well-written dissertation with clarity, accuracy and structure.

Key Transferable skills including employability and professional practice

Personal responsibility
Library and IT research skills
Written communication skills

Assessment strategy

Legal Research Methodology LL7003
1. The production of an essay of 1,500 words maximum. 40%.
2. Provisional proposal for research project (2,500 words maximum). 60%

Dissertation LL7P017
The production of a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. 100%.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad


Modules required for interim awards


Career opportunities

Passing the LLM Legal Practice will enhance your LPC qualification, enabling you to enter into work-based learning role within a firm of solicitors or an in-house legal department. It will also help you if you wish to enter practice as a paralegal, in local or health authorities, in local or central government and in commerce, either in company secretarial/governance/regulatory areas or if you aspire to being on a board of directors.

There are many regulatory roles open to you other than just in the commercial and financial services. For example, you could work in the environmental field or use your knowledge of housing and employment law to enter local government or the voluntary sectors.

Organisations our legal graduates have gone on to work for include the BBC, John Lewis PLC, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Citizens Advice Bureau, numerous local councils and many different solicitors firms.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have completed an English or Welsh LPC.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 02 Sep 2013 Last validation date 02 Sep 2013  
JACS codes M250 (Legal Practice): 100%
Route code LEGPRT

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL7003 Legal Research Methodology Core 20        
LL7P17 Legal Practice Dissertation Core 60        

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL7003 Legal Research Methodology Core 20        
LL7P17 Legal Practice Dissertation Core 60