The LLM Legal Practice incorporates BPP University Law School’s highly regarded Legal Practice Course giving you the essential training you need to become a qualified solicitor. In addition, you can select from a range of modules designed to help you gain additional knowledge and develop new skills highly sought after by the profession to enhance your employability.
The LLM Legal Practice qualifies for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 from the Student Loans Company.
Our LLM Legal Practice will equip you with more than just legal knowledge and skills – we focus on the all-around professional skills employers are seeking.
It is your bridge between the academic world and professional life in a law firm, giving you the necessary legal knowledge, skills, and commercial understanding to thrive in today’s market. By choosing to study your LLM Legal Practice with BPP University Law School, you’ll have the best possible start to your legal career.
Our LLM Legal Practice incorporates BPP University Law School's highly regarded LPC. It is no coincidence that our LPC is the first choice of many leading law firms, who exclusively send their trainee solicitors to study with us. We are selected by these firms above other law schools because of the professional relevance of our education and the enviably high standard of our teaching, facilities, and materials.
By choosing to study your LLM Legal Practice with us, you'll have the best possible start to your legal career:
- An innovative and challenging programme designed to develop the key skills and attributes required by the legal profession
- Scholarships and funding options available, including the Students Loans Company postgraduate loan funding
- Flexible study to suit your schedule: full-time or part-time available in seven city center locations
- Learn from qualified solicitors, barristers, and judges who can help develop your legal career - many of our tutors still practice and have
links to chambers, law firms and in-house teams at every level
- Take advantage of our strong links with the legal profession through our annual programme of networking events and career mentoring
- Get involved in practical legal work with our award-winning Pro Bono Centre
- Add value and focus on your LLM Legal Practice by attending free additional workshops run in conjunction with leading law firms to ensure you are practice-ready, culminating in our highly successful Employability Week
The LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors) is awarded by BPP University and is authorized by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA).
To apply for the LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors):
- Full-time applications must be made online through the Central Applications Board (CAB)
- Part-time applications must be made directly to BPP University
Preparing you for practice
The LLM Legal Practice integrates BPP University Law School's market-leading LPC with the professional skills that trainees need to succeed in the modern world of law. Created in conjunction with leading law firms and legal academics, our LLM Legal Practice is rigorous and stimulating and practice-focused.
On the LLM Legal Practice, you learn by doing, applying the law to simulated realistic case studies. To ensure you get the most from your LLM Legal Practice, we teach in small groups delivered by experienced tutors who are qualified lawyers. We believe in offering a high level of tutor-student interaction and, throughout your studies, you will have the support of a dedicated personal tutor and can sign up for one-to-one mentoring.
Stand out from the crowd
The LLM Legal Practice offers you the opportunity to develop the advanced skills, commercial awareness and specialist knowledge that firms demand. You will study all of the core areas on the standard LPC and can choose from a wide range of electives depending on the type of law you want to specialize in. You will also choose one of three bespoke Practice Ready modules: Negotiation and Case Analysis; Clinical Legal Education; or Business Management & Strategy to further enhance your practical and commercial skills.
Additionally, by studying the compulsory Law Review and Reform module you will conduct original research into an area of the law that needs reform and learn to see the law operating from a user's perspective rather than an academic one.
Enhance your employability
From the moment you accept your place, you'll have access to our careers service, which offers:
- Application reviews for recognized periods of training or placements in law firms, companies, and the not-for-profit sector
- Support for researching firms
- Advice on CVs and covering letters
- Help with preparing for interviews and assessment center advice
- Mock interviews
- Advice on alternative careers
You will never leave an advice session empty-handed. Together, we'll draw up a career action plan which details the steps you should take to achieve your career goals.
You’ll also be allocated a tutor who can advise you prior to your course commencing. Their professional experience can benefit you if you are looking to apply for your period of recognized training before starting on the LLM Legal Practice programme.
We also provide you with our timetabled Employability Week which is a great opportunity for you to develop your professional skills and to improve your personal brand to prepare you for your legal career. All LLM Legal Practice students will be timetabled to attend three compulsory workshops which offer essential tips on how to handle the first week in a law firm and develop your commercial awareness.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend a wide range of optional workshops designed and delivered in conjunction with leading law firms.
Flexible options to fit your lifestyle
You can choose to study full-time or part-time. If you study full-time you would normally complete the LLM Legal Practice in 12 months but there is an option to complete in 9 months. If you study part-time, you would normally complete the LLM Legal practice in 24 months but there is an option to complete in 21 months. The provisional term dates documents for the part-time and full-time modes provide more detail of the structure of the programme and anticipated completion dates. All of our centers offer a full time and part time start in September. You can also study full-time from January in London, Leeds, and Manchester.
Our full-time and part-time programmes are designed to fit around your lifestyle. Depending on which center you choose and your start date, you can select from various modes and timetable options.
At some centers our full-time programme allows you to study over two, three or four days a week and our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family, with the day, evening, and weekend options and all lectures delivered online for maximum flexibility.
Please note, timetables are subject to availability and vary between center and mode.
Small group sessions (SGS) – starting your professional practice
The majority of your teaching for the Core Practice Areas (Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation), Skills and other Core Modules, and the Vocational Elective modules will be in SGSs (which are typically 2 hours), supplemented by your own independent private study. SGSs involve a wide range of different learning and teaching techniques, combining individual and teamwork, and involving:
The majority of your teaching for the Practice Ready Module and the Law Review and Reform module will by way of synchronous (live) or asynchronous (recorded) online tutorials or lectures supplemented by your own independent private study. Your tutors will also be there to offer constructive advice and guidance whilst you nurture and develop your critical thinking and self-reliance when undertaking these modules.
Independent private study
You will be required to undertake independent private study for all modules on the LLM Legal Practice. From the start of the LLM Legal Practice, we will support you in cultivating the ability to study autonomously and to reflect on areas of learning and/or practice to improve your performance over time.
You will be taught your Core Practice Areas in the context of three particular ‘clients’. By considering three clients’ businesses in this way, you will appreciate how their businesses operate as a whole and how decisions made in the context of a property or business transaction might impact upon ongoing litigation. Using client portfolios also illustrates how clients are often represented by different departments within a firm, which closely replicates real life.
When you select your Vocational Elective modules and Practice Ready Module, you will act for a broad range of clients reflecting the diversity of experience in practice. This will continue to develop not only your legal acumen but also your commercial awareness.
For the majority of the modules that you will study on the LLM Legal Practice, you will be provided with a (hard copy) materials pack before you begin your studies. This will generally contain:
Each Chapter handout is accompanied by a recorded (asynchronous) online lecture. Lectures typically last 1 hour.
Classroom materials are drafted by our tutors who have worked in practice as qualified lawyers. This ensures that the practical activities undertaken in your SGSs, tutorials or independent study are all in the context of realistic case studies which thoroughly prepare you for working in practice.
Online learning materials
All of our full-time and part-time students have access to high-quality online lectures in a variety of formats for you to watch as many times as you wish for both preparation and revision. A version of every SGS is available online and our synchronous online tutorials are also recorded and made available online, so you can consolidate and revise whenever and wherever you choose.
Character and suitability
You are required to disclose issues relating to character and suitability before you commence your recognized period of training and again on admission as a solicitor by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. If you are concerned that you may have a character and suitability issue you should follow the early assessment procedure as training cannot commence until the assessment has taken place.
Visiting BPP University Law School
If you are interested in applying to BPP University Law School to study the GDL you can visit us by attending one of our Open Evenings or by requesting a building tour and tutor one-to-one at your preferred center.
September 2018 start, full-time and part-time programmes:
- Birmingham: £12,740
- Bristol: £12,740
- Cambridge: £12,740
- Leeds: £11,930
- Liverpool: £11,930
- London Holborn: £16,200
- Manchester: £11,930
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