The course will develop research skills acquired on the Legal Practice Course through a specially designed LLM module on research methods. As a part-time course providing students with flexibility in designing and managing their research, it will be of interest to those in practice as well as LPC graduates seeking to enhance their qualifications prior to, or alongside, starting work.
Applicants would normally have passed the LPC. If you do not have the LPC you must demonstrate equivalent qualifications and practical experience to achieve credits required for admission. If you have passed The Law Society Finals or Bar Vocational Course and can demonstrate evidence of recent practice together with CPD, you may be considered for admission. If you follow Pathway One you will need to demonstrate that you have given some consideration to your intended dissertation. If you follow Pathway Two you should demonstrate your interest in a particular LLM course. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. The university offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.
This course enables you to make further use of your Legal Practice Postgraduate Diploma (LPC). It will interest LPC graduates who want to enhance their qualifications, and practitioners wishing to gain a more in-depth understanding of the principles underlying their daily work. There are two pathways available, allowing you to utilise credits gained through the LPC and obtain 60 additional credits towards achieving a Masters qualification. You can tailor the course to particular interests, choosing to focus either on producing a dissertation or incorporate some element of teaching. The course also enables you to obtain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for your study.
The University of Westminster has been delivering the LPC since 1993, and we have a well-established reputation for delivering this course. Supervision of LLM students is usually carried out by LPC teaching staff who are professionally qualified and who have a special interest or expertise in the dissertation topic.
Pathway One – Dissertation only
You begin with classes in research methods. The dissertation allows extended study in an area of your choice, provided it is linked to legal practice or is relevant to legal practitioners. Following the submission of your final research outline, you will have regular meetings with your dissertation supervisor, who will provide guidance on your direction of study, and discuss your methods and approach, the content of the developing work, and the final dissertation. You then build on your research to develop knowledge, concepts and theories which you will explore in a 15,000 word dissertation. This pathway is entirely assessed on the basis of the dissertation.
Pathway Two – Dissertation and taught module
You begin with classes in research methods, before choosing one 20 credit module from our LLM modules and attending LLM classes. Formal lectures develop a framework of essential knowledge within each module, while tutorial sessions might include small group work, problem-based tutorials, review sessions, workshops or debates, as well as student presentations. You will be assessed in your chosen module. In the second semester you plan, research, write up and submit an 8,000 word dissertation worth 40 credits. You will be expected to choose a topic for your research dissertation linked to the areas covered in your option module, and to ensure that your topic is relevant to legal practice. You must pass the dissertation and the option module to be awarded the LLM.
LPC graduates will conclude their studies with enhanced qualifications and advanced research skills. Pathway Two will provide specialist knowledge of an area of legal practice, but both pathways will enhance your employability. The experience of advanced research may offer alternative careers outside legal practice. Practitioners will be able to gain a more in-depth understanding of the principles underlying their daily work.
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