Advanced Legal Practice LLM

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About this course

This innovative Masters programme is designed especially for those who are qualified lawyers (solicitors, barristers or other internationally recognised equivalent). The programme provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialist area of law. Candidates undertake in-depth study of an agreed legal topic under individual tutor supervision.

The programme starts in October each year and is taught through distance learning. The programme lasts for up to 2 years, a timescale designed to allow students flexibility to complete the LLM in keeping with their needs.

The programme focuses on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. Students begin by completing a Legal Research and Study Skills unit which is not assessed but is designed to update their writing and research skills. For the remainder of the programme, students complete a project of between 15,000 – 17,000 words. The project is the sole assessed element of the programme. It must concentrate on the law in England and Wales but, providing there is an appropriate tutor available to supervise it, its topic can be of the students choosing and it can include a comparative study of international legal jurisdictions. Since the project requires in-depth research it may be closely related to the student’s intended or current area of practice. Apart from the personal satisfaction of gaining a Masters, the programme provides career benefits through focus on skills that are directly relevant to the needs of modern legal practice, including:

• The development of existing expertise and knowledge

• The opportunity to gain experience in a new area

• Enhancement of skills in research, analysis and practical application or problem solving

• Enhanced understanding of the wider context in which the law is developed and is implemented

Entry and qualification requirements

Applicants must successfully have completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or their equivalent.

Course info

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years, distance learning

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start October