Legal Practice LLM
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You will need a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours Qualifying Law degree or non-law degree followed by Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 qualification.
If you have previously studied the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within last five years, you may be eligible for exemptions. For further details please contact LPC Administrator Miles Macleod on email@example.com or call +44 (0) 20 7911 5017.
Due to recent changes to Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) regulations it is important that you have met SRA education and training requirements for the purpose of the LPC before you enrol on the course.
If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm.
For 2016/17, we are offering the LPC as part of a Masters' degree – an LLM in Legal Practice which incorporates both Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC.
Students enrolling onto this course have the option either to:
- Complete the LPC on its own at a cost of £12,000 (see below) without the addition of the LLM. (Students who exit with the LPC by itself are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.)
- Complete the LPC and enrol subsequently onto additional research and dissertation modules with a view to the award of an LLM in Legal Practice. (Progression to the research and dissertation modules is only in accordance with the Course Regulations and is subject to payment of the 'top-up' fee for 2016/17 of £2000.)
Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training and our LLM in Legal Practice (incorporating the LPC) equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer.
Distinctive features of the course include:
- Highly experienced and approachable lecturers who are all qualified solicitors or barristers.
- Small, interactive group work, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help.
- All sessions are set within a balanced timetable to replicate the tasks undertaken in practice.
- A broad range of Stage 2 electives, reflecting areas of practice from high-street to city firms.
- The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. Currently students can choose to specialise in one of three streams of work: judicial review, family or property. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning.
- A mentoring scheme which pairs you with mentors working in an area you are interested in. Our mentors are predominantly ex. LPC Westminster students.
The course is taught at Westminster Law School's newly refurbished state-of-the-art premises in the heart of London's West End and within the vicinity of many law firms.
LPC Stage 1
- Core Practice Areas of Business Law and Practice, Criminal and Civil Litigation and Property Law and Practice
- Professional Conduct and Regulation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors Accounts and Taxation
- Skills – Practical Legal Research, Interviewing and Advising, Writing, Drafting and Advocacy
LPC Stage 2: electives subjects
Private client electives
- Family Law
- International Family Law
- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
- Immigration Law
- Housing Law
- Employment Law
- Clinical Elective (via the Student Law Centre)
- Commercial Litigation
- Private Acquisitions
- Entertainment and Media
- Commercial Property
- Commercial Law
- Internet and Social Media
Westminster's LPC assessments meet SRA expectations. They are designed to be realistic and constructive by genuinely testing you and enabling you to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills through a mixture of written examinations and practical exercises. Assessment takes place throughout Stage 1 of the LPC and at the end of Stage 2 electives. Generally the assessments are 'open book' and you are allowed to use both textbooks and your own written notes. You are timetabled to allow sufficient revision and preparation time for examinations and assessments.
LLM in Legal Practice: Dissertation and Research Modules
- Social Research Methods
- 8000 word Legal Practice dissertation
- Martin Skirrow, Course leader
We offer a 15% fee discount to students who hold an undergraduate degree from the University of Westminster and who commence their postgraduate studies within three years of graduation.
We offer a 1.5% discount for early payment of fees.
Payment of fees
Interest-free instalment payment arrangements are available for the LLM in Legal Practice (incorporating the LPC). Instalments are only for students not eligible for a fee loan.
The University's current instalment plan is as follows:
- 50% of the first years course fee is due at enrolment
- a further 25% by 1 December
- the balance by 31 January
Please contact Miles Macleod (LPC Administration) on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 911 5017.
NB. The Legal Practice Course is awarded by the University of Westminster and is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. All providers of the Legal Practice Course are governed by the rules and regulations as set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). For further information visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
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Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
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Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Annabel completed the Graduate Diploma in Law part-time at Middlesex University and then the LPC at Westminster University before qualifying as a solicitor at Fisher Meredith LLP in 2008.
Annabel is a solicitor at the Mary Ward Legal Centre specialising in housing. She represents people facing eviction and people who are homeless. Annabel specialises in working with clients who are particularly vulnerable including those with mental health issues, disabilities, drug and alcohol issues and survivors of violence and abuse. Before becoming a solicitor, Annabel worked in the voluntary sector with homeless families, asylum seekers and women made homeless by domestic violence.
Anne studied for her LLB, and then her LPC, part-time in the evening at the University of Westminster, whilst working full-time at the Terrence Higgins Trust as a Housing Adviser.
She then worked as a housing paralegal at Anthony Gold solicitors, before being employed by the same firm as a solicitor after qualification.
Anne recently joined Birnberg Peirce and Partners, a long-established legal practice upholding civil rights and liberties. Anne specialises in Public Law/Judicial Review cases. She worked at Public Law Solicitors in Birmingham specialising in judicial review, predominantly in the social welfare and community care context.
After returning to study following work as an adviser in the public sector, Stefano completed his LPC at the University of Westminster before qualifying as a solicitor in 1997.
Stefano is a partner at Hickman and Rose specialising in civil claims against the state on behalf of individuals, together with related applications for judicial review. He also advises on police cautions and enhanced criminal record certificate disclosures, with a number of successful challenges to date. His practice includes advice on police complaints as well as challenges to IPCC decisions. His work encompasses actions on behalf of vulnerable witnesses whose identities may have been wrongly disclosed to third parties or where any risk to them has been mismanaged by the police. He also undertakes public inquiry work and is currently instructed by a number of core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
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