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What makes the LLM in Legal Practice at the University of Worcester special?

You will be guided through your studies by dedicated experts who are committed to your learning and will provide you with support throughout your studies. Designed to cover the Solicitors Qualifying Examination 1 and 2 curriculum, the LLM in Legal Practice is intended to prepare you to sit the examination upon completion of the course.

You will develop close working relationships with your lecturers in lectures and workshops, when role-playing court procedures in our realistic facilities or through working in our Legal Advice Centre.

Wherever you study law, it can be a challenging and rewarding subject. At Worcester, the big difference is the personal level of support we give you throughout your time here. In fact, we build our teaching around it.

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Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Designed in light of the changes to qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales and the Solicitors Qualifying Examination 1 and 2, this course will cover the curriculum of this examination and prepare you fully for it
  • Attractive, professionally focused course
  • Flexible delivery including part-time study
  • Superb Court Room facilities
  • An experienced and dedicated teaching team
  • Excellent links with legal professionals, so you can learn about the law in context and gain excellent work experience opportunities
  • Legal Advice Centre where you can volunteer to work with practising solicitors, gathering details from real clients on real cases and learning from the advice they receive
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Typical requirement for entry onto the course would be a 2.2 Undergraduate Degree.

International Students should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Modules

You will study these mandatory modules during the course of your studies on the LLM in Legal Practice:

  • English and Welsh Legal System

  • Public Law and Human Rights

  • Criminal Law and Practice

  • Obligations and Dispute Resolution

  • Property Law and Practice

  • Business Law and Practice

  • Wills and Estates

  • Applied Legal Assessment

  • Legal Research Methods

  • Dissertation

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of face-to-face and online interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Interactive workshops take a variety of forms and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and practical exercises such as court applications are focused on developing subject specific skills and applying them in a professional context.

You have an opportunity to engage fully with the employability programme in the School of Law including volunteering in the School’s Legal Advice Centre. You will also have the option to attend the School of Law’s research seminar series and will be encouraged towards the end of the academic year to present a research seminar based on your dissertation research.

At the beginning of your studies, you will be assigned a personal academic tutor, and meetings with your personal academic tutor are scheduled on at least four occasions during your course.

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. In addition to the personal academic tutoring system, a mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful in your career beyond university.

Location of teaching

University of Worcester

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 8 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 8 hours of workshops

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 21 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

  • 12 months full-time
  • 24 months part-time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week, and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and legal practitioners with professional experience.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and all course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Assessment

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding and to learn informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, drafting tasks, individual and group presentations and a dissertation.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will be set by the mandatory modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for the course is:

  • 7 letters of advice, coursework, or particulars of claim
  • 8 individual or group presentations
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 research proposal
  • 2 multiple-choice tests

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available to you upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support your learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

School of Law

The teaching team is made up of barristers, solicitors and legal academics with a range of research interests and professional experience. All the team are highly experienced lecturers and active researchers in their areas.

Students in the School of Law will be taught by lecturers who are not only experienced and highly motivated teachers but also legal academic experts in their fields.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability is at the heart of Law at the University of Worcester, and we offer a wide range of opportunities for you to gain work experience through volunteering and mentoring schemes. We work closely with a variety of local, regional and national employers and use their expertise to input into the academic curriculum. In this way, we ensure that your LLM in Legal Practice degree is attractive to potential employers and that you have the opportunity to explore many different career options, both in the legal profession and in other areas, such as business and management.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-tm

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2022/23 is £7,440 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2022/23 is £14,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply