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Are you ready to make the transition from the classroom to the courtroom?

Designed to act as a bridge between the academic study of law and the practice of law, the LLM in Legal Practice will enhance your legal knowledge and enable you to develop the skills and values necessary to become an effective and successful legal professional.

This Master’s degree course offers you the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised LLM qualification in addition to your LPC. Completing an LLM project or reflective portfolio will help you to develop the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice, expanding on your legal knowledge, legal application and ability to critically analyse law, practice and policy.

The programme will equip you for the demands of the legal profession and prepare you for a training contract and life as a solicitor.

This LLM is also eligible for the Government’s £10,000 postgraduate loan, unlike a standalone LPC. Visit our finance pages for more details, and to apply.

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

Are you ready to make the transition from the classroom to the courtroom?

Designed to act as a bridge between the academic study of law and the practice of law, the LLM in Legal Practice will enhance your legal knowledge and enable you to develop the skills and values necessary to become an effective and successful legal professional.

This Master’s degree course offers you the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised LLM qualification in addition to your LPC. Completing an LLM project or reflective portfolio will help you to develop the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice, expanding on your legal knowledge, legal application and ability to critically analyse law, practice and policy.

The programme will equip you for the demands of the legal profession and prepare you for a training contract and life as a solicitor.

This LLM is also eligible for the Government’s £10,000 postgraduate loan, unlike a standalone LPC. Visit our finance pages for more details, and to apply.

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
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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The LLM in Legal Practice is a vocational course and teaching and learning reflect the focus on preparation for legal practice.

On this part-time programme you will attend on a Wednesday in Year 1 and a Tuesday in Year 2 (the course is also available on a full-time basis). Please note that assessments can be timetabled on other days.

From September to May you will focus on the LPC component of the course. Teaching will take the form of workshops and larger group sessions. We deliver workshops in small groups, enabling strong staff-student contact and individually tailored feedback. Larger group sessions will introduce you to new areas of law.

You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, with a focus on the development of professional attitudes and abilities, alongside the development of ethical responses to legal practice.  All students study legal research as a pervasive subject; this skill is practised throughout the course, and assessed as part of the LLM.

LPC modules are assessed by examination or in context throughout the course.

After completion of your LPC assessments in May you will move on to complete your project or portfolio. You will learn through a combination of tutor-directed and independent learning, and through reflective practice. The module will contain enhanced taught elements of research skills to support you in your learning. Additionally, you will be allocated a project supervisor for your project, who will provide formative feedback on your project research and writing. Your summative assessment for the module is your 15,000 to 17,000-word research project or 8,000 to 10,000-word reflective portfolio, which will be linked to an area of study under your LPC.

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You will benefit from the highest quality of practice-informed teaching, taught by staff who are professionally qualified as either barristers or solicitors and with considerable experience of legal practice. We have expertise in a range of areas, including an international reputation in the fields of evidence and criminal justice studies.

Northumbria has built up an enviable reputation for practical, innovative LLM courses. The combination of teaching excellence and practical relevance ensures that standards remain consistently high. We are committed to postgraduate studies that will enhance your professional career.

The LLM in Legal Practice has been designed with input from the sector and shaped by internationally excellent research, to ensure the course is up-to-date and relevant.

The course is delivered by Northumbria Law School, three times winner of the prestigious “Best Law School” accolade, at the Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards.

Teaching Staff / Profiles

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You will have access to the very best facilities including Northumbria’s mock courtroom, extensive IT provision and dedicated Legal Practice Library. Close links with the North East legal profession, as well the option to study in our award-winning Student Law Office, mean that there are excellent opportunities to gain real life legal work experience.

We use technology to enhance your learning experience. Underpinning each module is an e-Learning Portal, which offers detailed learning materials including power point slides and self-evaluative tasks. All lectures are Panopto-recorded. This enables you to review lectures at your own pace and catch up on any you may have missed.

The skill of interviewing is taught in the context of criminal litigation as a police station interview, with actors playing the role of the suspect during the assessment.

Our specialist Law Practice Library contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region. 

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Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. As a postgraduate student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level.

Our academics are at the cutting edge of current legal issues, which will enhance your learning experience. They will discuss their own research as it relates to the topics you will study, and make use of opportunities to involve you in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Our research interests include employment law, information rights, international human rights, gender and sexuality, law and development, and sport law. Northumbria University is particularly known for our work in criminal justice.

Research / Northumbria Law School

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The addition of an LLM qualification to the core LPC programme further develops key learning outcomes such as your knowledge and understanding of legal principles, ability to critically analyse legal problems and reflect on the development of your legal skills.

The project or portfolio component of the LLM gives you the opportunity to further research an area of study from your LPC, enhancing your LPC qualification and therefore your employability.

All students enrolled on the LLM Legal Practice are guaranteed either a mentor or a work placement. A work placement will provide valuable work experience to enhance your CV. A mentor is a trainee solicitor or newly qualified solicitor who can give you an insight into life in practice, help with your CV and advice about interviews.

Book an Open Day / Experience LLM in Legal Practice

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The LLM in Legal Practice at Northumbria is designed to give you the best possible training for life as a solicitor. On successfully completing the course you will be able to proceed directly onto a training contract and be well equipped with the skills and attributes required for a highly successful career across the legal profession, business or politics.

The programme is designed to be practical and directly applicable to students seeking a career as a legal professional; it is intended that you will be able to use the skills, knowledge, understanding and research from this programme on a daily basis within your working life.

Current Students / Profiles

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Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

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 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

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 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £10,495

Full EU Fee: £10,495

Full International Fee: £12,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £12,000

Full EU Fee: £12,000

Full International Fee: £12,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Students will be required to pay a registration fee to the Solicitor's Regulation Authority upon enrolment, the cost is approximately £15. Whilst the core textbooks for the LPC element of the programme are included in the programme fee, books for the LLM element of the LPC are not included in the programme fees. Students may wish to purchase text books relevant to their chosen area of research and / or use the University Library service

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

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 (NC, 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 (NC, 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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LA0707 -

Legal Writing [LPC] (NC, 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] (NC, 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 (NC, 1 Credits)

LA0715 -

SOLICITORS ACCOUNTS - PART TIME (NC, 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] (NC, 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] (NC, 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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LA0832 -

ADVANCED ADVOCACY (Optional, 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

The module covers a variety of advanced areas of civil and criminal practice and is of relevance to any student entering general practice.

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the matters of law, principle and practice involved in advanced areas of oral advocacy including opposed and unopposed applications, legal submissions and witness handling and also written advocacy in the form of skeleton arguments. The key skills of effective planning and fact management are also further developed.

The module is delivered by large group sessions, workshops and directed and independent learning. The emphasis is on workshops. The module is assessed by oral assessment based on advance documents.

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LA0834 -

CHILD CARE (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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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LA0841 -

Planning and Environmental Law (Optional, 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 elective groups.

The module covers the key areas of both environmental and planning law as they relate to commercial property development. The module is based around a fictional development consisting of industrial, leisure and housing uses. To place the development in context and to make it as practical and realistic as possible the case study is located on an actual development site to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne (Newburn Riverside Park).

The aim of the module is to provide students with a focused knowledge and understanding of the main areas of planning and environmental law relevant to the development and use of land for a variety of purposes. 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 way of examination.

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LA0842 -

Law and the Elderly Client (Optional, 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] (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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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LA0846 -

Commercial Leases (Optional, 1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the LPC

The overall aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth and technical understanding of commercial leases. The module will be of interest to anyone entering into commercial/corporate practice particularly those who intend to specialise in property. The module is practical and applicable. The syllabus takes students through the process and analysis of drafting and interpreting leases. Students work with material designed to simulate live work.

This module is delivered by a combination of lectures and practical workshops. Directed learning and self-study independent learning.

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LA0850 -

SALES AND ACQUISITIONS (Optional, 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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LA0862 -

Corporate Debt and Restructuring (Optional, 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:
• arising when a company seeks debt financing;
• relevant to corporate rescue procedures; and
• with both personal and corporate insolvency in a business environment.

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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LW7070 -

Project (Core, 60 Credits)

This module is an opportunity for you to devise, develop and complete a substantial piece of independent research at Master’s level, in dissertation form, in an area of your choice linked to your study on the LPC.

You will work under the guidance of a project supervisor, utilising the knowledge and understanding you have gained on your Qualifying Law Degree and on the LLM in Legal Practice.

The LLM Project module focuses on the development of skills in three key areas: problem identification and analysis, research and information gathering and the written presentation of results. You will develop your ability to undertake legal research, addressing complex and current issues in your subject area. You will also engage critically with research material and analyse your current skills and practice. The LLM Project module will also develop your skill in effectively formulating, communicating and presenting written argument to both a specialist and non-specialist audience.

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LA0702 -

PROPERTY LAW AND PRACTICE (NC, 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 (NC, 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] (NC, 1 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

LA0708 -

Drafting [LPC] (NC, 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) (NC, 1 Credits)

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

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LA0832 -

ADVANCED ADVOCACY (Optional, 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

The module covers a variety of advanced areas of civil and criminal practice and is of relevance to any student entering general practice.

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the matters of law, principle and practice involved in advanced areas of oral advocacy including opposed and unopposed applications, legal submissions and witness handling and also written advocacy in the form of skeleton arguments. The key skills of effective planning and fact management are also further developed.

The module is delivered by large group sessions, workshops and directed and independent learning. The emphasis is on workshops. The module is assessed by oral assessment based on advance documents.

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LA0834 -

CHILD CARE (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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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LA0841 -

Planning and Environmental Law (Optional, 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 elective groups.

The module covers the key areas of both environmental and planning law as they relate to commercial property development. The module is based around a fictional development consisting of industrial, leisure and housing uses. To place the development in context and to make it as practical and realistic as possible the case study is located on an actual development site to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne (Newburn Riverside Park).

The aim of the module is to provide students with a focused knowledge and understanding of the main areas of planning and environmental law relevant to the development and use of land for a variety of purposes. 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 way of examination.

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LA0842 -

Law and the Elderly Client (Optional, 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] (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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 (Optional, 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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LA0846 -

Commercial Leases (Optional, 1 Credits)

This module is one of the electives available to students during Stage 2 of the LPC

The overall aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth and technical understanding of commercial leases. The module will be of interest to anyone entering into commercial/corporate practice particularly those who intend to specialise in property. The module is practical and applicable. The syllabus takes students through the process and analysis of drafting and interpreting leases. Students work with material designed to simulate live work.

This module is delivered by a combination of lectures and practical workshops. Directed learning and self-study independent learning.

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LA0850 -

SALES AND ACQUISITIONS (Optional, 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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LA0862 -

Corporate Debt and Restructuring (Optional, 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:
• arising when a company seeks debt financing;
• relevant to corporate rescue procedures; and
• with both personal and corporate insolvency in a business environment.

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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LW7070 -

Project (Core, 60 Credits)

This module is an opportunity for you to devise, develop and complete a substantial piece of independent research at Master’s level, in dissertation form, in an area of your choice linked to your study on the LPC.

You will work under the guidance of a project supervisor, utilising the knowledge and understanding you have gained on your Qualifying Law Degree and on the LLM in Legal Practice.

The LLM Project module focuses on the development of skills in three key areas: problem identification and analysis, research and information gathering and the written presentation of results. You will develop your ability to undertake legal research, addressing complex and current issues in your subject area. You will also engage critically with research material and analyse your current skills and practice. The LLM Project module will also develop your skill in effectively formulating, communicating and presenting written argument to both a specialist and non-specialist audience.

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