LLM in Legal Practice (LLM)
n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 1 year (distance / e-Learning)
The LLM in Legal Practice is open only to students who have successfully completed either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or its predecessor course, the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), whether at Cardiff or another recognised institution. The programme is designed for students who wish to further develop their legal knowledge and skills beyond the requirements of their LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications. For those pursuing the LLM after experience of legal practice, the programme will provide an opportunity to extend their knowledge, reflect upon professional practice and fulfil professional development requirements.
Students will have the opportunity of building upon the legal research skills and knowledge acquired on the LPC, BPTC or BVC by undertaking in-depth independent research culminating in preparation of a dissertation. With the support and guidance of a dissertation supervisor, students will be encouraged to develop an independent, critical and thorough treatment of their chosen topic. Assessment will take the form of an independently researched dissertation of no more than 15,000 words in length.
The LLM in Legal Practice is intended to:
- enable students to undertake self-directed research and demonstrate advanced knowledge within an area of law related to professional practice
- enable students to further develop their legal knowledge beyond the requirements of their professional courses
stimulate a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivate independent and original thought
- promote independent learning through research
- promote the further development of research skills
- enable students to develop their writing skills and to present the results of their research as a coherent and logical argument, adequately and accurately supported by citation of source materials
The LLM in Legal Practice is a 60 credit dissertation-only distance learning programme. The programme starts with online introductory sessions covering research skills and guidance on preparing a dissertation.
There is no attendance requirement. The programme proceeds by way of self-directed learning with support from a dissertation supervisor. Students are expected to agree a schedule of meetings with their dissertation supervisor (either face to face or equivalent levels of contact via electronic communication) up to a maximum of four hours spread over the year. The dissertation must be submitted within 52 weeks from the time of enrolment.
Upon completion of the LLM in Legal Practice, in addition to intellectual and knowledge specific skills, a typical student will be able to:
- engage in independent research
- use, interpret and analyse research sources
- structure written material in a clear and effective way
- communicate complex ideas accurately, effectively and lucidly in written prose at a standard appropriate for academic purposes with a legal focus
- work independently, demonstrating organisational skills and an ability to manage their time effectively
- demonstrate the ability to develop professionally by developing the skills acquired so as to keep abreast of new developments and techniques.
The programme will enable students, through research, to acquire in-depth knowledge of an area of law which has direct relevance to practice thereby enhancing their employability and future career prospects in the legal profession.
- Academic Criteria: An Honours degree (normally Class 2:2 or above), and
- Successful completion of the LPC, BPTC (or its predecessor the BVC) at a recognised institution within 3 years prior to entry.
Applicants whose LPC, BPTC or BVC qualifications were completed outside the three year period set out above may also be admitted to the programme provided the applicant is able to provide evidence of recent experience in the practice of law which demonstrates their suitability for the programme.
English Language Criteria: Students whose first language is not English or Welsh will also need to obtain an IELTS score of at least 6.5 for direct entry to the programme with a minimum of 6.5 in the skill of writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all of the sub-skills. Alternatively, successful completion of the LPC or BPTC within 3 years of entry to the programme will satisfy the English Language requirements.
How To Apply
Applications should be made online via the How to Apply section of our website.
Applicants should provide a brief outline (no more than 200 words) indicating their preferred area of research as part of the personal statement section on the application form.
Applicants must meet the Academic Requirements set out above and Cardiff University’s general entrance requirements. Subject to those, the following criteria will be taken into account:
- academic record
- the applicant’s personal statement
- degree of commitment to the legal profession (shown for example by placements with solicitors’ firms, mini pupillages or experience of working in legal practice)
- one academic reference
- reasons for wanting to study at Cardiff
- any special personal reasons affecting freedom to study elsewhere.
Application Deadline: Applications for January 2017 should be received no later than 21 October 2016.
Tuition Fees for LLM Legal Practice 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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|Notes||Please note that the tuition fee does not include the cost of binding your dissertation, which you will need to pay separately.|
Next intake: January
Name: Shani Hughes (LLM)
Telephone: +44 (0)2920 876106