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Northumbria’s LPC provides vocational training across a range of subjects and practical skills, which enables you to apply your legal knowledge in a practical context. This highly successful course offers flexible learning options to allow you to choose a specialism that is right for you.

The course has a high staff/student ratio meaning you will have regular contact with highly qualified and experienced practitioners.

The course is taught in two blocks: in stage 1, the skills of legal writing, interviewing and advising, drafting, research and advocacy and solicitor accounts and professional conduct and regulation are taught and assessed.

In stage 2, you will choose three elective modules which you will decide on in consultation with your tutors, ensuring your LPC is tailored according to your interests and career plans.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Induction will commence on 21st September 2020.

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law? Or thinking of studying law?

Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

Book a Virtual Open Day / Experience Legal Practice

Visit an Open Day to find out about life in Newcastle, tour our facilities, discover your funding options and chat to staff and students.

You will study alongside a diverse cohort of LLM Law framework students, and have the flexibility to choose modules which inspire you and support your career aspirations.

In the first semester you will study one general module (Introduction to Legal Research) and two specialist modules (Criminal Justice, and Theories of Punishment). In the second semester you will study three specialist modules: Law of Evidence, Youth Justice and Transnational Criminal Law.

All specialist modules will be led by academics with an international reputation for research in Criminal Justice. You will learn through lectures, seminars and group work, all supported by advanced TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning).

You will have access to our e-Learning platform Blackboard, where you can re-watch all Panopto-recorded lectures and read workshop presentation slides at your own pace. Your assessment throughout will be coursework-based, with no exams.

Please note that to graduate with your specialist bracketed award you must undertake at least six taught modules within that specialism, and base your final research project (dissertation) on a topic in that area. Alternatively, you can do research during the third semester on policy issues informing and shaping future policy and law reform. This will be in collaboration with the Policy Clinic which is the latest addition to our multi-award-winning and world leading law clinic.

It will be possible to switch specialism after the first semester if your contextual module was relevant to your new choice. If you don’t meet these conditions, you will graduate with an LLM Law.

The teaching staff at Northumbria Law School have a remarkable international reputation. They are carrying out cutting-edge research in established and emerging areas of law, and many are respected practitioners as well as theorists.

Lecturers on this course have expertise and experience in the areas of international treaties, human rights law and policy; knowledge that you can draw on for your LLM project.

Northumbria Law School is home to the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies and the award winning Student Law Office. You will be able to write your dissertation under the supervision of a large number of specialists and leading experts on issues around Criminal Justice.

You will also profit from the research environment at Northumbria University, with regular talks given by internal and external speakers, organised by the Centre for Evidence or one of the various Research Interest Groups (e.g. RIG Science and Justice). You will also be able to work on and contribute towards policies by working at the Policy Clinic at the Student Law Office.

Northumbria Law School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. You will be based in our award-winning City Campus East building, which houses our mock courtroom and Student Law Office as well as an array of lecture theatres, classrooms and a dedicated postgraduate study area.

It is also home to our specialist Law Practice Library,which contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals, databases, and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK, and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

 

You will be immersed in research-rich learning from the outset of your studies. The lecturers who lead each specialism are at the forefront of research in that area, and will take every opportunity to engage you in their ongoing work.

You will also develop your own skills as a researcher. You will learn to critically reflect on your own and others’ work, challenge your own thinking, and justify your own work in the context of wider theories and practice.

As the programme is fundamentally underpinned by the research of staff in the Law School, you will be immersed in research-rich learning from the outset of your studies. The programme, as well as allowing research active staff to produce modules which will showcase their internationally recognised research, also has the advantage of providing flexibility in provision, and increased choice for you.

LLM Law (Criminal Justice) introduces the requirement of oral presentations but has a firm emphasis on students producing written research. All branch specialisms have the requirement that you are assessed in workshops for Research for Advanced Legal Study. This is to help promote a diverse and inclusive approach to assessment, providing tutor-led diagnostics and helping you succeed no matter what your background.

The Legal Research Project in semester three is your opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of legal research on a topic that you are truly passionate about, guided by a tutor with relevant expertise. It may take the form of a dissertation but may equally be work-based or practical in nature, and will allow you to contribute to the creation of new knowledge within Criminal Justice.

The programme will be attractive, irrespective of whether you are from the UK, Europe or an International student. You will benefit from the experience of staff who have taught International students for many years and the multicultural learning environment within the Faculty and the University.

The Legal Research Project in semester three is your opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of legal research on a topic you’re truly passionate about, guided by a tutor with relevant expertise. It may take the form of a dissertation but may equally be work-based or practical in nature and will allow you to contribute to the creation of new knowledge within International Criminal Justice.

You will graduate from this course with independence of thought, boundless curiosity and a talent for collaboration – traits valued by every employer.

If you already have a qualifying UK law degree, this course will help you to enhance your CV with a specialism so that you stand out when competing for training contracts.

An LLM (Criminal Justice) will provide students with a thorough structural analysis of the essential aspects of the criminal justice system. Analytical skills and understanding of the complexity of criminal justice will be crucial across a range of different career paths, particularly the fact-finding skills and understanding of the various issues around forensic sciences in the context of criminal justice.

This LLM Criminal Justice MA is an excellent specialism for;

  • Existing barristers, solicitors and forensic practitioners
  • The fields of rehabilitation
  • the police service
  • private investigation across the public, private and volunteer sectors
  • PhD study

Studying a branch specialism in a cutting-edge area of law will provide you with the currency of academic knowledge and skills that employers and businesses crave. You will be taught by world leading experts, you will be engaging with the latest thinking and you will be developing the Northumbria graduate attributes that will give you a significant advantage in your chosen field.

If you are joining us from another legal jurisdiction you will be able to apply your specialist skills and knowledge in your home country, contributing to local priorities for growth in relevant areas. For students from countries that follow the Bologna Process and require two year of postgraduate study, it will be possible to study the LLM framework twice,choosing a different specialism each time. You will qualify for an alumni discount on the second year.

Alumni;

The Law LLM criminal justice is new this year, but you can meet one of our Law LLM graduates, Christine Doris Enakele here.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should normally have:

A Qualifying Law Degree awarded at a minimum of a 2:2 honours, or a GDL qualification, both awarded less than 7 years ago. Relevant professional qualifications or suitable experience will also be considered.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: TBC

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and discounts

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Application for most courses is direct to the University via our online application form. Simply click on the 'Apply Online' button you will see on each of our course entries.

However, there are some courses where the application method is not directly to the University. These are:

 

Postgraduate Research
If you wish to apply for postgraduate research then please submit a research enquiry.

Application Deadlines 

Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding. Overseas students should submit applications to us by no later than 31 July for courses starting in early September or 1 December for courses that commence in January. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.

Graduate Teacher Training Courses
Equal consideration is given to all applications received by UCAS Teacher Training by the main application deadline, details of all deadlines can be found on the UTT website.

Law professional courses
For details about the selection and allocation process for the full-time Law Professional courses please see the relevant website. For the Legal Practice Course (LPC)/Common Professional Examination and the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) courses www.lawcabs.ac.uk, and for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC and BPTC LLM) https://www.barsas.com

 Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Master of Fine Art (MFA) We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.

 

Decision Making Process

Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.

We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.

  • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer. 
  • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course 
  • Reject your application 

You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

Fairness and Transparency
The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process 

Interviews
Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled 'Criminal Convictions'. You must disclose any criminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet 'How to Apply'. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism
The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

 

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

 

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK

Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information
The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LA0700 -

Criminal Litigation - General Practice Route (0 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to family and child matters.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of family practice, with particular emphasis on the breakdown of relationships and dealing with the consequences.. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0701 -

CIVIL LITIGATION (0 Credits)

This module will be delivered on the General Practice Stage 1 route of the Legal Practice Course and is designed to reflect the nature of legal and commercial property issues encountered and dealt with by general practice.

The module aims to facilitate the study of civil litigation and dispute resolution in the context of realistic “case study” scenarios and, where possible simulated clinical and experiential learning, to provide students with exposure to problem based learning and to develop students’ oral communication, advocacy, fact management and problem solving skills. The module will be structured to follow the chronological steps involved in acting for a client on a contentious matter and will be designed to ensure that each student appreciates the options at various stages and acquires the skills necessary to achieve the client’s objectives. Issues of professional practice will be dealt with throughout the module.

Following completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of civil litigation and dispute resolution in the context of given factual scenarios, identifying both legal and professional conduct issues when they arise.

This module will also be the lead subject for the teaching and assessment of advocacy. The teaching of advocacy will be built in to the main subject and delivered in the context of the same case studies sometimes by way of discreet advocacy session and sometime as part of a broader session covering other aspects of procedure.

The module is delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, and directed and independent learning.

The civil litigation and dispute resolution content will be assessed by examination. The skill of advocacy will be assessed separately.

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LA0706 -

Professional Conduct [LPC] (1 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

LA0707 -

Legal Writing [LPC] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0709 -

Advocacy [LPC] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0714 -

Probate and administration of estates - LPC part time (1 Credits)

LA0715 -

SOLICITORS ACCOUNTS - PART TIME (1 Credits)

This module will be delivered on the part time Stage 1 route of the Legal Practice Course and is designed to reflect the type of accounting issues encountered and dealt with in practice.

The aim of the module is to teach students the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules in the context of the systems and procedures they will encounter in practice. Issues of professional practice will be dealt with throughout the module.

Following completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules in the context of given factual scenarios, identifying both accounting and professional conduct issues when they arise.

The module is delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, and directed and independent learning.

The module will be assessed by examination.

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LA0717 -

Interviewing [LPC] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0718 -

Litigation [LPC General] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor. The Module is linked to LA0700 Criminal Litigation and LA0701 Civil Litigation.

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LA0834 -

CHILD CARE (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice route elective group.

The module covers a wide spectrum of issues which are relevant in the practice of public child care law. It looks in detail at the ways in which the state can interfere in private and family life and how disagreements between individuals and the State are resolved.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of not just how the law works in this field but how it is applied by the Courts, social workers and lawyers. Students will consider the approaches taken when advising anyone involved in the process, local authorities, parents and children.

The module is delivered by a combination of group sessions, workshops and independent study. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0836 -

EMPLOYMENT LAW (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group. The aim of the module is to introduce Legal Practice Course students to four essential areas of employment law:

1.The employment relationship, the contract of employment and the statutory rights that arise during the course of employment
2.The main statutory and common law rights that arise when the employment relationship is terminated
3.Unlawful discrimination legislation
4.The practice and procedure of the Employment Tribunal

On completion of the General Employment Law module students should have a sound understanding of the principal areas of individual employment law, practice and procedure.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0837 -

FAMILY LAW (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to family and child matters.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of family practice, with particular emphasis on the breakdown of relationships and dealing with the consequences.. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0839 -

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of both the Commercial Route and General Practice Route elective groups. This module will be of interest to any student entering commercial practice or a niche intellectual property practice.

The law in this area is concerned with the protection of ideas and is growing in importance as individuals and businesses seek to identify and protect their intellectual property .On completion of the Intellectual Property vocational elective, students should have a general understanding of the law and practice involved in the identification, acquisition, protection, and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights.
The legal skills of drafting and practical legal research are also further developed in preparation for and during workshop sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0842 -

Law and the Elderly Client (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to advising the elderly client and will be of interest to any students entering high street practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with a general understanding of the law and practice involved in advising the elderly client, with particular emphasis on dealing with property and affairs. The legal skills of drafting and practical research are also further developed in a private client context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0843 -

Student Law Office [LPC Elective] (1 Credits)

The Student Law Office (SLO) elective comprises a semester of work on real cases under the supervision of practitioner members of staff and solicitors from a local legal aid law firm, Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

The elective takes the form of a triage-style outreach programme where clients are offered one-off appointments. Students conduct 30 minute interviews with the client, discuss the advice with their supervising solicitor or barrister, and then provide the client with advice in the last 15 minutes of the interview.

This is followed up in writing with an advice letter and a proof of evidence setting out the facts of the client’s case.

Background:

The Student Law Office is an in-house law centre within the University. It has been running for over 20 years. All of the work done within the Student Law Office is free of charge. In 2014-2015 students dealt with 853 enquiries from the general public, with 21 supervisors working with the students.

The SLO and the LPC:

This module descriptor covers the LPC Elective. The SLO is also offered as an elective on the BPTC (including the MLaw (BPTC Exempting) Degree) and on the MLaw (LPC Exempting) Law Degree.

On the Legal Practice Course, students will work with one supervisor throughout the year, generally specialising in a particular area of work (such as employment or housing). This supervisor will normally be responsible for all marking, for the delivery of firm meetings, and may also supervise students’ work on live client cases. However, solicitors from Ben Hoare Bell will also be responsible for the supervision of cases and for providing feedback to the student. This enables the student to see a wide variety of areas of law and to work with a range of solicitors with varying degrees of experience.

Due to the short nature of the elective (10 weeks) it is not possible for students to undertake all the work on their clients’ cases. Experience has shown that the most students can do is to conduct an initial interview, carry out research and perhaps provide advice. As such, the elective has been designed to maximise the experience students will have. Over the course of the 10 week elective they will see approximately 2-4 clients, conduct interviews with them and then advise in writing. The introduction of the proof of evidence as a means of recording the client’s instructions also introduces formal drafting skills.

In addition to developing the full range of lawyering skills, developing effective workplace skills and enhancing their own interpersonal skills, students work with their supervisors to reflect on their learning. This reflection is at the heart of the clinical experience, enabling them not only to learn from their learning but also to fit their individual experiences into a wider context including issues of personal and professional ethics, and the social and economic contexts of law.

Legal Practice Course Outcomes

This module is designed to meet part of Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course.

The SLO has a particular role in developing:

1. Legal and general intellectual skills
2. Law in practice and professionalism
3. Commercial and business awareness

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LA0844 -

Mental Health (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The aim of the module is to provide students with both an understanding of the law of relevance to the detention and treatment of those believed to be suffering from a mental disorder, and an appreciation of the application of the range of legal provisions in practice.

Throughout the course the diverse legal provisions will be illustrated by practical scenarios. Students will be encouraged to develop practical skills of interviewing, researching, drafting and advocacy.

The module will be delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module will be assessed by examination.

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LA0845 -

Commercial Law (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the Commercial Route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to conducting business successfully in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of commercial practice, with particular emphasis on commercial sales and marketing arrangements. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a commercial context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0850 -

SALES AND ACQUISITIONS (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the Commercial Route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to the successful sale and purchase of businesses in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

This module develops the following vertical pervasive themes:

1. Business and commercial awareness
2. Law in practice and professionalism

The overall aim of the module is to provide students with a sound overview of the practical, legal and taxation aspects of the sale and purchase of a business of company. At the end of the module students should be able to understand the structure of a sale and purchase and the implications for all parties on the choice of structure. They should have developed skills of analysis and be able to apply the knowledge learned in a commercial context to best meet clients’ needs.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0899 -

Corporate Finance (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to conducting business successfully in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial / corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues:
• arising when a company seeks debt financing; and
• arising when seeking to raise equity finance.

The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a commercial context.

This module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0702 -

PROPERTY LAW AND PRACTICE (1 Credits)

This module will be delivered on the General Practice Stage 1 route of the Legal Practice Course and is designed to reflect the type of conveyancing work dealt with by general practice.

The aim of this module is to facilitate the study of property law and practice in the context of realistic “case study” scenarios and, where possible, simulated clinical and experiential learning, to provide students with exposure to problem based learning and to develop students’ drafting, fact management and problem solving skills. The module will be structured to follow the chronological steps involved in residential and commercial freehold and leasehold conveyancing transactions with students acting for both buyer and seller in mock transactions designed to ensure that each student appreciates the next step in the procedure and acquires the skills necessary to achieve it, including understanding and completion of forms; corresponding with the other side; negotiating with the other side and the lender. Issues of professional practice will be dealt with throughout the module.

Following completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of property law and practice in the context of given factual scenarios, identifying both legal and professional conduct issues when they arise.

This module will also be the lead subject for the teaching and assessment of drafting. The teaching of drafting will be built into the main subject and delivered in the context of the same case studies both by way of discrete drafting sessions and as part of broader property law and practice sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, and directed and independent learning.

The module will be assessed by examination. The skill of drafting will be assessed separately.

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LA0703 -

BUSINESS LAW AND PRACTICE (1 Credits)

This module will be delivered on the General Practice Stage 1 route of the Legal Practice Course and is designed to reflect the nature of legal and commercial business law issues encountered and dealt with by general practice.

The module aims to facilitate the study of business law and practice in the context of realistic “case study” scenarios and, where possible simulated clinical and experiential learning, to provide students with exposure to problem based learning and to develop students’ oral communication, advice giving, commercial drafting, fact management and problem solving skills. The module will be structured to follow the common steps involved in acting for a client in a company and commercial department on transactions and will be designed to ensure that each student appreciates the options at various stages and acquires the skills necessary to achieve the client’s objectives. It will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of the legal, practical and taxation implications of setting up and running a business. Issues of professional practice will be dealt with throughout the module.

Following completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of business law and practice in the context of given factual scenarios, identifying both legal and professional conduct issues when they arise.

This module will also be the lead subject for the teaching and assessment of practical legal research. The teaching of practical legal research will be built in to the main subject and delivered in the context of discrete skills sessions and as part of broader business law and practice sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, and directed and independent learning.

The business law and practice content will be assessed by examination. The skill of practical legal research will be assessed separately.

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LA0706 -

Professional Conduct [LPC] (1 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

LA0708 -

Drafting [LPC] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0716 -

Practical Legal Research 1 (Coursework) (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0834 -

CHILD CARE (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice route elective group.

The module covers a wide spectrum of issues which are relevant in the practice of public child care law. It looks in detail at the ways in which the state can interfere in private and family life and how disagreements between individuals and the State are resolved.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of not just how the law works in this field but how it is applied by the Courts, social workers and lawyers. Students will consider the approaches taken when advising anyone involved in the process, local authorities, parents and children.

The module is delivered by a combination of group sessions, workshops and independent study. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0836 -

EMPLOYMENT LAW (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group. The aim of the module is to introduce Legal Practice Course students to four essential areas of employment law:

1.The employment relationship, the contract of employment and the statutory rights that arise during the course of employment
2.The main statutory and common law rights that arise when the employment relationship is terminated
3.Unlawful discrimination legislation
4.The practice and procedure of the Employment Tribunal

On completion of the General Employment Law module students should have a sound understanding of the principal areas of individual employment law, practice and procedure.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0837 -

FAMILY LAW (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to family and child matters.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of family practice, with particular emphasis on the breakdown of relationships and dealing with the consequences.. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0839 -

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of both the Commercial Route and General Practice Route elective groups. This module will be of interest to any student entering commercial practice or a niche intellectual property practice.

The law in this area is concerned with the protection of ideas and is growing in importance as individuals and businesses seek to identify and protect their intellectual property .On completion of the Intellectual Property vocational elective, students should have a general understanding of the law and practice involved in the identification, acquisition, protection, and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights.
The legal skills of drafting and practical legal research are also further developed in preparation for and during workshop sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0842 -

Law and the Elderly Client (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to advising the elderly client and will be of interest to any students entering high street practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with a general understanding of the law and practice involved in advising the elderly client, with particular emphasis on dealing with property and affairs. The legal skills of drafting and practical research are also further developed in a private client context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0843 -

Student Law Office [LPC Elective] (1 Credits)

The Student Law Office (SLO) elective comprises a semester of work on real cases under the supervision of practitioner members of staff and solicitors from a local legal aid law firm, Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

The elective takes the form of a triage-style outreach programme where clients are offered one-off appointments. Students conduct 30 minute interviews with the client, discuss the advice with their supervising solicitor or barrister, and then provide the client with advice in the last 15 minutes of the interview.

This is followed up in writing with an advice letter and a proof of evidence setting out the facts of the client’s case.

Background:

The Student Law Office is an in-house law centre within the University. It has been running for over 20 years. All of the work done within the Student Law Office is free of charge. In 2014-2015 students dealt with 853 enquiries from the general public, with 21 supervisors working with the students.

The SLO and the LPC:

This module descriptor covers the LPC Elective. The SLO is also offered as an elective on the BPTC (including the MLaw (BPTC Exempting) Degree) and on the MLaw (LPC Exempting) Law Degree.

On the Legal Practice Course, students will work with one supervisor throughout the year, generally specialising in a particular area of work (such as employment or housing). This supervisor will normally be responsible for all marking, for the delivery of firm meetings, and may also supervise students’ work on live client cases. However, solicitors from Ben Hoare Bell will also be responsible for the supervision of cases and for providing feedback to the student. This enables the student to see a wide variety of areas of law and to work with a range of solicitors with varying degrees of experience.

Due to the short nature of the elective (10 weeks) it is not possible for students to undertake all the work on their clients’ cases. Experience has shown that the most students can do is to conduct an initial interview, carry out research and perhaps provide advice. As such, the elective has been designed to maximise the experience students will have. Over the course of the 10 week elective they will see approximately 2-4 clients, conduct interviews with them and then advise in writing. The introduction of the proof of evidence as a means of recording the client’s instructions also introduces formal drafting skills.

In addition to developing the full range of lawyering skills, developing effective workplace skills and enhancing their own interpersonal skills, students work with their supervisors to reflect on their learning. This reflection is at the heart of the clinical experience, enabling them not only to learn from their learning but also to fit their individual experiences into a wider context including issues of personal and professional ethics, and the social and economic contexts of law.

Legal Practice Course Outcomes

This module is designed to meet part of Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course.

The SLO has a particular role in developing:

1. Legal and general intellectual skills
2. Law in practice and professionalism
3. Commercial and business awareness

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LA0844 -

Mental Health (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The aim of the module is to provide students with both an understanding of the law of relevance to the detention and treatment of those believed to be suffering from a mental disorder, and an appreciation of the application of the range of legal provisions in practice.

Throughout the course the diverse legal provisions will be illustrated by practical scenarios. Students will be encouraged to develop practical skills of interviewing, researching, drafting and advocacy.

The module will be delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module will be assessed by examination.

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LA0845 -

Commercial Law (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the Commercial Route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to conducting business successfully in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of commercial practice, with particular emphasis on commercial sales and marketing arrangements. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a commercial context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0850 -

SALES AND ACQUISITIONS (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the Commercial Route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to the successful sale and purchase of businesses in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

This module develops the following vertical pervasive themes:

1. Business and commercial awareness
2. Law in practice and professionalism

The overall aim of the module is to provide students with a sound overview of the practical, legal and taxation aspects of the sale and purchase of a business of company. At the end of the module students should be able to understand the structure of a sale and purchase and the implications for all parties on the choice of structure. They should have developed skills of analysis and be able to apply the knowledge learned in a commercial context to best meet clients’ needs.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0899 -

Corporate Finance (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to conducting business successfully in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial / corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues:
• arising when a company seeks debt financing; and
• arising when seeking to raise equity finance.

The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a commercial context.

This module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LA0700 -

Criminal Litigation - General Practice Route (0 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to family and child matters.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of family practice, with particular emphasis on the breakdown of relationships and dealing with the consequences.. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0701 -

CIVIL LITIGATION (0 Credits)

This module will be delivered on the General Practice Stage 1 route of the Legal Practice Course and is designed to reflect the nature of legal and commercial property issues encountered and dealt with by general practice.

The module aims to facilitate the study of civil litigation and dispute resolution in the context of realistic “case study” scenarios and, where possible simulated clinical and experiential learning, to provide students with exposure to problem based learning and to develop students’ oral communication, advocacy, fact management and problem solving skills. The module will be structured to follow the chronological steps involved in acting for a client on a contentious matter and will be designed to ensure that each student appreciates the options at various stages and acquires the skills necessary to achieve the client’s objectives. Issues of professional practice will be dealt with throughout the module.

Following completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of civil litigation and dispute resolution in the context of given factual scenarios, identifying both legal and professional conduct issues when they arise.

This module will also be the lead subject for the teaching and assessment of advocacy. The teaching of advocacy will be built in to the main subject and delivered in the context of the same case studies sometimes by way of discreet advocacy session and sometime as part of a broader session covering other aspects of procedure.

The module is delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, and directed and independent learning.

The civil litigation and dispute resolution content will be assessed by examination. The skill of advocacy will be assessed separately.

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LA0706 -

Professional Conduct [LPC] (1 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

LA0707 -

Legal Writing [LPC] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0709 -

Advocacy [LPC] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0714 -

Probate and administration of estates - LPC part time (1 Credits)

LA0715 -

SOLICITORS ACCOUNTS - PART TIME (1 Credits)

This module will be delivered on the part time Stage 1 route of the Legal Practice Course and is designed to reflect the type of accounting issues encountered and dealt with in practice.

The aim of the module is to teach students the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules in the context of the systems and procedures they will encounter in practice. Issues of professional practice will be dealt with throughout the module.

Following completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules in the context of given factual scenarios, identifying both accounting and professional conduct issues when they arise.

The module is delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, and directed and independent learning.

The module will be assessed by examination.

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LA0717 -

Interviewing [LPC] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0718 -

Litigation [LPC General] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor. The Module is linked to LA0700 Criminal Litigation and LA0701 Civil Litigation.

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LA0834 -

CHILD CARE (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice route elective group.

The module covers a wide spectrum of issues which are relevant in the practice of public child care law. It looks in detail at the ways in which the state can interfere in private and family life and how disagreements between individuals and the State are resolved.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of not just how the law works in this field but how it is applied by the Courts, social workers and lawyers. Students will consider the approaches taken when advising anyone involved in the process, local authorities, parents and children.

The module is delivered by a combination of group sessions, workshops and independent study. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0836 -

EMPLOYMENT LAW (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group. The aim of the module is to introduce Legal Practice Course students to four essential areas of employment law:

1.The employment relationship, the contract of employment and the statutory rights that arise during the course of employment
2.The main statutory and common law rights that arise when the employment relationship is terminated
3.Unlawful discrimination legislation
4.The practice and procedure of the Employment Tribunal

On completion of the General Employment Law module students should have a sound understanding of the principal areas of individual employment law, practice and procedure.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0837 -

FAMILY LAW (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to family and child matters.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of family practice, with particular emphasis on the breakdown of relationships and dealing with the consequences.. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0839 -

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of both the Commercial Route and General Practice Route elective groups. This module will be of interest to any student entering commercial practice or a niche intellectual property practice.

The law in this area is concerned with the protection of ideas and is growing in importance as individuals and businesses seek to identify and protect their intellectual property .On completion of the Intellectual Property vocational elective, students should have a general understanding of the law and practice involved in the identification, acquisition, protection, and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights.
The legal skills of drafting and practical legal research are also further developed in preparation for and during workshop sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0842 -

Law and the Elderly Client (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to advising the elderly client and will be of interest to any students entering high street practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with a general understanding of the law and practice involved in advising the elderly client, with particular emphasis on dealing with property and affairs. The legal skills of drafting and practical research are also further developed in a private client context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0843 -

Student Law Office [LPC Elective] (1 Credits)

The Student Law Office (SLO) elective comprises a semester of work on real cases under the supervision of practitioner members of staff and solicitors from a local legal aid law firm, Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

The elective takes the form of a triage-style outreach programme where clients are offered one-off appointments. Students conduct 30 minute interviews with the client, discuss the advice with their supervising solicitor or barrister, and then provide the client with advice in the last 15 minutes of the interview.

This is followed up in writing with an advice letter and a proof of evidence setting out the facts of the client’s case.

Background:

The Student Law Office is an in-house law centre within the University. It has been running for over 20 years. All of the work done within the Student Law Office is free of charge. In 2014-2015 students dealt with 853 enquiries from the general public, with 21 supervisors working with the students.

The SLO and the LPC:

This module descriptor covers the LPC Elective. The SLO is also offered as an elective on the BPTC (including the MLaw (BPTC Exempting) Degree) and on the MLaw (LPC Exempting) Law Degree.

On the Legal Practice Course, students will work with one supervisor throughout the year, generally specialising in a particular area of work (such as employment or housing). This supervisor will normally be responsible for all marking, for the delivery of firm meetings, and may also supervise students’ work on live client cases. However, solicitors from Ben Hoare Bell will also be responsible for the supervision of cases and for providing feedback to the student. This enables the student to see a wide variety of areas of law and to work with a range of solicitors with varying degrees of experience.

Due to the short nature of the elective (10 weeks) it is not possible for students to undertake all the work on their clients’ cases. Experience has shown that the most students can do is to conduct an initial interview, carry out research and perhaps provide advice. As such, the elective has been designed to maximise the experience students will have. Over the course of the 10 week elective they will see approximately 2-4 clients, conduct interviews with them and then advise in writing. The introduction of the proof of evidence as a means of recording the client’s instructions also introduces formal drafting skills.

In addition to developing the full range of lawyering skills, developing effective workplace skills and enhancing their own interpersonal skills, students work with their supervisors to reflect on their learning. This reflection is at the heart of the clinical experience, enabling them not only to learn from their learning but also to fit their individual experiences into a wider context including issues of personal and professional ethics, and the social and economic contexts of law.

Legal Practice Course Outcomes

This module is designed to meet part of Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course.

The SLO has a particular role in developing:

1. Legal and general intellectual skills
2. Law in practice and professionalism
3. Commercial and business awareness

More information

LA0844 -

Mental Health (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The aim of the module is to provide students with both an understanding of the law of relevance to the detention and treatment of those believed to be suffering from a mental disorder, and an appreciation of the application of the range of legal provisions in practice.

Throughout the course the diverse legal provisions will be illustrated by practical scenarios. Students will be encouraged to develop practical skills of interviewing, researching, drafting and advocacy.

The module will be delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module will be assessed by examination.

More information

LA0845 -

Commercial Law (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the Commercial Route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to conducting business successfully in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of commercial practice, with particular emphasis on commercial sales and marketing arrangements. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a commercial context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0850 -

SALES AND ACQUISITIONS (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the Commercial Route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to the successful sale and purchase of businesses in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

This module develops the following vertical pervasive themes:

1. Business and commercial awareness
2. Law in practice and professionalism

The overall aim of the module is to provide students with a sound overview of the practical, legal and taxation aspects of the sale and purchase of a business of company. At the end of the module students should be able to understand the structure of a sale and purchase and the implications for all parties on the choice of structure. They should have developed skills of analysis and be able to apply the knowledge learned in a commercial context to best meet clients’ needs.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0899 -

Corporate Finance (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to conducting business successfully in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial / corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues:
• arising when a company seeks debt financing; and
• arising when seeking to raise equity finance.

The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a commercial context.

This module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0702 -

PROPERTY LAW AND PRACTICE (1 Credits)

This module will be delivered on the General Practice Stage 1 route of the Legal Practice Course and is designed to reflect the type of conveyancing work dealt with by general practice.

The aim of this module is to facilitate the study of property law and practice in the context of realistic “case study” scenarios and, where possible, simulated clinical and experiential learning, to provide students with exposure to problem based learning and to develop students’ drafting, fact management and problem solving skills. The module will be structured to follow the chronological steps involved in residential and commercial freehold and leasehold conveyancing transactions with students acting for both buyer and seller in mock transactions designed to ensure that each student appreciates the next step in the procedure and acquires the skills necessary to achieve it, including understanding and completion of forms; corresponding with the other side; negotiating with the other side and the lender. Issues of professional practice will be dealt with throughout the module.

Following completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of property law and practice in the context of given factual scenarios, identifying both legal and professional conduct issues when they arise.

This module will also be the lead subject for the teaching and assessment of drafting. The teaching of drafting will be built into the main subject and delivered in the context of the same case studies both by way of discrete drafting sessions and as part of broader property law and practice sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, and directed and independent learning.

The module will be assessed by examination. The skill of drafting will be assessed separately.

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LA0703 -

BUSINESS LAW AND PRACTICE (1 Credits)

This module will be delivered on the General Practice Stage 1 route of the Legal Practice Course and is designed to reflect the nature of legal and commercial business law issues encountered and dealt with by general practice.

The module aims to facilitate the study of business law and practice in the context of realistic “case study” scenarios and, where possible simulated clinical and experiential learning, to provide students with exposure to problem based learning and to develop students’ oral communication, advice giving, commercial drafting, fact management and problem solving skills. The module will be structured to follow the common steps involved in acting for a client in a company and commercial department on transactions and will be designed to ensure that each student appreciates the options at various stages and acquires the skills necessary to achieve the client’s objectives. It will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of the legal, practical and taxation implications of setting up and running a business. Issues of professional practice will be dealt with throughout the module.

Following completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of business law and practice in the context of given factual scenarios, identifying both legal and professional conduct issues when they arise.

This module will also be the lead subject for the teaching and assessment of practical legal research. The teaching of practical legal research will be built in to the main subject and delivered in the context of discrete skills sessions and as part of broader business law and practice sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, and directed and independent learning.

The business law and practice content will be assessed by examination. The skill of practical legal research will be assessed separately.

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LA0706 -

Professional Conduct [LPC] (1 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

LA0708 -

Drafting [LPC] (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

More information

LA0716 -

Practical Legal Research 1 (Coursework) (1 Credits)

This Module has been set up for assessment purposes only and therefore does not have a Module Descriptor.

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LA0834 -

CHILD CARE (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice route elective group.

The module covers a wide spectrum of issues which are relevant in the practice of public child care law. It looks in detail at the ways in which the state can interfere in private and family life and how disagreements between individuals and the State are resolved.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of not just how the law works in this field but how it is applied by the Courts, social workers and lawyers. Students will consider the approaches taken when advising anyone involved in the process, local authorities, parents and children.

The module is delivered by a combination of group sessions, workshops and independent study. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0836 -

EMPLOYMENT LAW (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group. The aim of the module is to introduce Legal Practice Course students to four essential areas of employment law:

1.The employment relationship, the contract of employment and the statutory rights that arise during the course of employment
2.The main statutory and common law rights that arise when the employment relationship is terminated
3.Unlawful discrimination legislation
4.The practice and procedure of the Employment Tribunal

On completion of the General Employment Law module students should have a sound understanding of the principal areas of individual employment law, practice and procedure.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0837 -

FAMILY LAW (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to family and child matters.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of family practice, with particular emphasis on the breakdown of relationships and dealing with the consequences.. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0839 -

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of both the Commercial Route and General Practice Route elective groups. This module will be of interest to any student entering commercial practice or a niche intellectual property practice.

The law in this area is concerned with the protection of ideas and is growing in importance as individuals and businesses seek to identify and protect their intellectual property .On completion of the Intellectual Property vocational elective, students should have a general understanding of the law and practice involved in the identification, acquisition, protection, and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights.
The legal skills of drafting and practical legal research are also further developed in preparation for and during workshop sessions.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

More information

LA0842 -

Law and the Elderly Client (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to advising the elderly client and will be of interest to any students entering high street practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with a general understanding of the law and practice involved in advising the elderly client, with particular emphasis on dealing with property and affairs. The legal skills of drafting and practical research are also further developed in a private client context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0843 -

Student Law Office [LPC Elective] (1 Credits)

The Student Law Office (SLO) elective comprises a semester of work on real cases under the supervision of practitioner members of staff and solicitors from a local legal aid law firm, Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

The elective takes the form of a triage-style outreach programme where clients are offered one-off appointments. Students conduct 30 minute interviews with the client, discuss the advice with their supervising solicitor or barrister, and then provide the client with advice in the last 15 minutes of the interview.

This is followed up in writing with an advice letter and a proof of evidence setting out the facts of the client’s case.

Background:

The Student Law Office is an in-house law centre within the University. It has been running for over 20 years. All of the work done within the Student Law Office is free of charge. In 2014-2015 students dealt with 853 enquiries from the general public, with 21 supervisors working with the students.

The SLO and the LPC:

This module descriptor covers the LPC Elective. The SLO is also offered as an elective on the BPTC (including the MLaw (BPTC Exempting) Degree) and on the MLaw (LPC Exempting) Law Degree.

On the Legal Practice Course, students will work with one supervisor throughout the year, generally specialising in a particular area of work (such as employment or housing). This supervisor will normally be responsible for all marking, for the delivery of firm meetings, and may also supervise students’ work on live client cases. However, solicitors from Ben Hoare Bell will also be responsible for the supervision of cases and for providing feedback to the student. This enables the student to see a wide variety of areas of law and to work with a range of solicitors with varying degrees of experience.

Due to the short nature of the elective (10 weeks) it is not possible for students to undertake all the work on their clients’ cases. Experience has shown that the most students can do is to conduct an initial interview, carry out research and perhaps provide advice. As such, the elective has been designed to maximise the experience students will have. Over the course of the 10 week elective they will see approximately 2-4 clients, conduct interviews with them and then advise in writing. The introduction of the proof of evidence as a means of recording the client’s instructions also introduces formal drafting skills.

In addition to developing the full range of lawyering skills, developing effective workplace skills and enhancing their own interpersonal skills, students work with their supervisors to reflect on their learning. This reflection is at the heart of the clinical experience, enabling them not only to learn from their learning but also to fit their individual experiences into a wider context including issues of personal and professional ethics, and the social and economic contexts of law.

Legal Practice Course Outcomes

This module is designed to meet part of Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course.

The SLO has a particular role in developing:

1. Legal and general intellectual skills
2. Law in practice and professionalism
3. Commercial and business awareness

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LA0844 -

Mental Health (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the General Practice Route elective group.

The aim of the module is to provide students with both an understanding of the law of relevance to the detention and treatment of those believed to be suffering from a mental disorder, and an appreciation of the application of the range of legal provisions in practice.

Throughout the course the diverse legal provisions will be illustrated by practical scenarios. Students will be encouraged to develop practical skills of interviewing, researching, drafting and advocacy.

The module will be delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module will be assessed by examination.

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LA0845 -

Commercial Law (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the Commercial Route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to conducting business successfully in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of commercial practice, with particular emphasis on commercial sales and marketing arrangements. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a commercial context.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0850 -

SALES AND ACQUISITIONS (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course and forms part of the Commercial Route elective group.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to the successful sale and purchase of businesses in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

This module develops the following vertical pervasive themes:

1. Business and commercial awareness
2. Law in practice and professionalism

The overall aim of the module is to provide students with a sound overview of the practical, legal and taxation aspects of the sale and purchase of a business of company. At the end of the module students should be able to understand the structure of a sale and purchase and the implications for all parties on the choice of structure. They should have developed skills of analysis and be able to apply the knowledge learned in a commercial context to best meet clients’ needs.

The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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LA0899 -

Corporate Finance (1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues relevant to conducting business successfully in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial / corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues:
• arising when a company seeks debt financing; and
• arising when seeking to raise equity finance.

The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are also further developed in a commercial context.

This module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and directed and independent learning. The module is assessed by examination.

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