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What makes the Legal Practice LLM (Top-up) at Worcester special?

This course is designed for practising legal professionals. Allowing you to top-up your existing legal qualifications to a full Master’s degree.

At Worcester we'll support you to deepen your legal knowledge within your current specialism, or you can choose to branch out into a new area of the law. You’ll learn about research methods, then apply this to plan and write a dissertation.

All of which will help you stand out from the competition in your legal career.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • You'll receive expert guidance on a legal research topic of your choice from experienced legal academics and professionals
  • Top-up your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to a full Master’s degree
  • Flexibly delivered part-time over 12 months, through a combination of face-to-face sessions and online learning
  • The opportunity to engage fully in the life of the School of Law including attending and participating in research seminars and conferences
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Typical students entering onto the LLM in Legal Practice (Top-Up) will have passed either the:

  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) or
  • Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Or equivalent post graduate diploma legal practice qualifications.

"This course is perfect for those looking to convert a LPC to full Master's while still working full-time"

Bill Davies, Head of Law

Course content

What will you study?

Modules

  • Legal Research Methods
  • Dissertation
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops designed to develop skills of legal research and supervisory tutorials. These are delivered both on campus and on line through the University Virtual Learning Environment.  

Teaching will typically take place on Wednesday evenings. Supervision times are flexible.

In addition to the formal scheduled delivery of the Course you will have the opportunity to engage fully in the life of the School of Law including attending and participating in research seminars and conferences.

Contact time

The total amount of study time on this course is calculated with reference to the module credit, meaning that 60 Credits equates to 600 hours of study time in total.  By the very nature of this course, the majority of this time is taken up with independent self-study. 

There are the following taught sessions:

  • The Legal Research Methods Course includes 4 three hour interactive workshops at the start of the module and 4 one hour supervisory sessions.
  • The Dissertation module includes 4 three hour workshop at the start of the module and 12 hours of scheduled supervisory sessions. These can be delivered face to face or at a distance.
  • You are appointed a supervisor at the beginning of your studies who will support you through both modules.

Teaching will typically take place on Wednesday evenings. Supervision times are flexible.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you will undertake 560 hours of personal self-study over the year.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, 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 part-time

Timetables

Teaching will typically take place on Wednesday evenings. Supervision times are flexible.

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 a range of private and public law specialisms.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and currently 85% of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Assessment

The assessment on the LLM Legal Practice (Top-Up) is in the form of one research proposal assignment and a dissertation. The research proposal is designed as an introductory step to writing the dissertation and therefore feedback given on the research methods assessment is designed to feed forward into your dissertation.

There will be formative assessment opportunities in both modules and supervisors will give feedback on planes for both the research proposal and the Dissertation. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with module tutor and supervisor as appropriate.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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?

This course could be your stepping stone into a new area of law, or enhance your career options by gaining more in-depth knowledge in your current specialism.

It’s also an opportunity to explore an academic career route - allowing you to move from practice to research. It will prepare you for PhD research and could lead to roles in academia.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees

The tuition fee for students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £2,297.

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.

How to apply