LLM Legal Practice - LLM

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2020
Campus:
Fees:
£10,600 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2020 entry (view all fees)

Please note

This course and the information on this page is indicative based on the 2019/20 academic year. The final details for this course starting in 2020/21 may be subject to change and will be confirmed by the end of September 2019.

Want to study an LPC in Birmingham? Our Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the final academic stage of qualification before becoming a solicitor. Our course is fully accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. You will cover elements required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority including Property Law, Business Law and Practice and Litigation (including Civil and Criminal Litigation) and choose from a list of Electives available.

The LPC is taught by an outstanding team of professional staff with extensive practice experience and a friendly, open door policy giving you all the support you need. We place our students at the centre of everything we do.

Legal Practice Course (LPC)

The Legal Practice Course is also available as a standalone course, if you do not wish to complete the full Masters course.

What's covered in the course?

The LLM Legal Practice masters qualification incorporates the Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements of the Legal Practice Course as well.

In order to obtain a Masters, students are also required to complete either a dissertation, a live project or a placement. Following successful completion of the course, you will then need to undertake a two year vocational training contract to be able to practice as a solicitor.

Our first-class facilities include two mock courtrooms and a comprehensive law library (with many resources accessible online), and there are extensive opportunities available with a variety of agencies throughout Birmingham.

The Course also offers a unique learning experience in the shape of a virtual solicitor's office in the University's virtual town, Shareville.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our outstanding facilities include two mock courtrooms and an e-learning suite that can be used to bring study to life
  • The School of Law has an established record of providing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and its predecessors since the 1960s.
  • All members of the teaching team are qualified solicitors with many years practice experience.
  • We provide opportunities for all students on the course to participate in pro-bono activities. Pro-bono will usually involve work for a charity or similar organisation in an advisory capacity which will be invaluable in terms of enhancing your career prospects.
  • We have a long running mentoring scheme, supported by the Birmingham Law Society, the Birmingham Trainee Solicitor Society and leading firms in the region. As part of the scheme, you will be assigned a local lawyer who will help with any questions or concerns you may have about your future career development.
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.

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Our next Open Day for this course will take place on 29 June 2019. Visit us to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements
Typical Offers (UK Students)

Students will require either a Qualifying Law Degree (e.g. an LLB from a University in England or Wales) or a Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination.

Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) are entitled to apply for direct entry to the course.

The SRA require disclosure of issues relating to character and suitability before a trainee commences a period of recognised training, and again on admission as a solicitor. If an individual does have character and suitability issues to assess, they should apply to the SRA at least six months before they start training, to avoid any delays. Training cannot commence until the assessment has taken place.

Students who have character and suitability issues may want an early assessment, before they embark on the CPE or LPC, and the SRA have retained the power to undertake these early assessments.

SRA Training Regulations 2014 - Qualification and Provider Regulations replaced the SRA Training Regulations 2011 Parts 1 and 2.

Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

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International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLM Sep 2020 FT 1 year £10,600 per year Register your interest
PT 2 years £5,050 per year Register your interest

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLM Sep 2020 FT 1 year £12,800 per year Register your interest

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Modules

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 156 credits):

Business Law and Practice
8 credits

Students will be required to research and apply their knowledge of Business Law and Practice case studies in context. This will be done via a series of transactional exercises, utilising the Course skills and subject knowledge as appropriate to analyse, plan and progress these transactions in order to achieve the client’s objectives whilst applying the rules of professional conduct in context.

Property Law and Practice
8 credits

It is intended that the student will begin to prepare for work based learning by focussing upon matters which he or she will be likely to encounter during the initial stages of training in a property / real estate department within a generalist practice.

Litigation
8 credits

It is intended that the student will begin to prepare for work based learning by focussing upon matters which he or she will be likely to encounter during the initial stages of training in both a Criminal and Civil Litigation department within a generalist practice.

Professional Conduct and Regulation
8 credits

This element of Stage 1 of the Course contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the student with and understanding and appreciation of all aspects of professional conduct and regulation, including professional conduct, the profession, money laundering, financial service and solicitors’ accounts.

Taxation
8 credits

It is intended that the student will begin to prepare for work based learning by focusing upon the foundational principles in the five taxation areas identified and which he or she will be likely to encounter during the initial stages of training or as a newly qualified solicitor within a generalist practice.

Wills and Administration of Estates
8 credits

The compulsory area of Stage 1 contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills and knowledge for practice in Wills and Administration of estates.

Drafting
8 credits

The Course skill contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills and knowledge in Drafting.

Advocacy
8 credits

The Course Skill of Advocacy contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring Student Solicitors to participate in realistic practice based advocacy exercises to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the Student Solicitor with foundation skills and knowledge for practical engagement in advocacy.

Interviewing and Advising
8 credits

The Course skill contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills in Interviewing and Advising.

Writing
8 credits

The Course skill contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills and knowledge in Writing.

Practical Legal Research
8 credits

The Course skill module contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the course’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for workbased learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills in legal research and knowledge for practice in high street, generalist or commercial practices.

Solicitors Accounts LPC3
8 credits

This element of Stage 1 of the course contributes to the delivery of the LPC outcomes and the course’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice-based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping them with an understanding and appreciation of solicitors’ accounts.

Advanced Legal Research Methods
20 credits

This module enables you to gain enhanced knowledge and understanding of the techniques needed for advanced legal research. It serves a double purpose. As a foundation to other Level 7 modules in law, it supports you in acquiring the knowledge of research methods and skills in applying those methods required to succeed in postgraduate legal research – both in scholarship and for practitioners.

Dissertation
40 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a framework for you to undertake a piece of disciplinary relevant research at Masters level the output of which may be either a placement, integrated project or dissertation. This is founded upon Birmingham City University’s teaching and learning philosophy which integrates theory into practice.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete three modules (totalling 24 credits) from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

Commercial Law and Practice LPC3
8 credits

This Vocational elective module aims to broaden and deepen the basic knowledge of commercial law which the student has already acquired in their study of the Business Law and Practice Outcomes and also to enable the student to apply some of the skills that he or she developed during Stage 1 of the LPC.

Private Client
8 credits

This Vocational elective module aims to broaden and deepen the basic knowledge of the Wills and Administration of Estates that the student has already acquired in their study of the Wills and Administration of Estates Outcomes and also to enable the student to apply some of the skills that he or she developed during Stage 1 of the LPC.

Commercial Property
8 credits

The aims of this elective module are:

  1. To give students an introduction to commercial property work, with the emphasis on business leases
  2. To make students aware of matters of general concern to the commercial property lawyer, such as VAT, planning and contaminated land.
Immigration Law
8 credits

The Vocational elective contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills and knowledge for practice in Immigration.

It is intended that the student will begin to prepare for work based learning by focussing upon matters which he or she will be likely to encounter during the initial stages of training in an Immigration department.

Employment Law
8 credits

The Vocational elective contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for workbased learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills and knowledge for practice in employment law.

It is intended that the student will begin to prepare for work based learning by focussing upon matters which he or she will be likely to encounter during the initial stages of training in an employment law department.

Family Law
8 credits

The Vocational elective contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills and knowledge for practice in family law litigation.

It is intended that the student will begin to prepare for work based learning by focussing upon matters which he or she will be likely to encounter during the initial stages of training in a family law department.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
8 credits

The Vocational elective contributes to the delivery of the LPC Outcomes and the programme’s aims by requiring students to participate in realistic practice based exercises in order to prepare them for work-based learning and by equipping the student with foundation skills and knowledge for practice in personal injury litigation.

It is intended that the student will begin to prepare for work based learning by focussing upon matters which he or she will be likely to encounter during the initial stages of training in a personal injury department.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Course Structure

The LLM Legal Practice is a demanding course and is a leap forward from your undergraduate study. The emphasis of the LPC element of the course is much more on the practical aspects of law and the aim of the course is to ensure you can enter practice with the skills and knowledge required to hit the ground running. You will be expected to keep up with background reading and class preparation and should expect to treat the course as if you were already handling a client’s case.

The Masters element of the course allows students undertake a piece of disciplinary relevant research at Masters level, which will take the form of either a dissertation, a live project or a placement.

How you learn

The LPC elements of the course are taught face to face. Classes on the full-time course run from Mondays to Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm. Classes on the part-time course run on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm over two years.

The compulsory subjects and skills taught on the LPC section are prescribed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Each subject is introduced with a summary lecture providing guidance on difficult topics relating law to practice. The focus of learning is on small group teaching sessions, in the form of interactive workshops that enable you to explore key areas of law and practice in detail.

Small group sessions are also used to involve you in typical transactions encountered in practice. You can expect to carry through tasks as if you were in practice, working in teams, using electronic and other information sources.

The Masters element requires completion of an online Advanced Legal Research module followed by self-directed research. The self directed research is supported by face to face meetings with an individually allocated supervisor. 

Student stories

Daniel O'Leary

Daniel studied for his undergraduate Law degree (LLB) at Nottingham Trent University but chose Birmingham City University for his LPC due to our reputation and because we provide options relating to the area of law in which he wants to practice. Between completing his LLB and starting his LPC, Daniel worked for a year at a law firm. During this period he realised he wanted to be a solicitor and would need to complete the LPC as a step towards this goal.

Gerard Grey

Before coming to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Birmingham City University I studied for a degree in Sociology and then for a postgraduate qualification in International Relations in my home country of Trinidad and Tobago.

“I chose to study the LPC at Birmingham City University because I found it good value for money and also because the Law School has a good reputation. I conducted some online research and found that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) gave the School a commendable rating which influenced my decision.

“The LPC is an intense course so you have to be prepared to work very hard. I feel the course has met my expectations in that I am receiving a good standard of teaching and I am gaining an in-depth knowledge of law. The facilities within the Law School such as the courtrooms have been really useful in developing advocacy skills and overall I am very impressed.”

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will normally proceed to a training contract to complete their qualification as a solicitor. The vast majority of LPC graduates go on to become qualified solicitors in a range of organisations across many specialist areas. Some overseas professional bodies accept the LPC as satisfying their admission requirements to practise as a lawyer.

Qualifying as a lawyer

Solicitor of England and Wales

Solicitors provide clients with legal advice often during times of extreme stress such as arrest, divorce, moving house or bereavement. They also represent clients in corporate or commercial transactions. As a solicitor, you may work in a firm with other solicitors or set up your own practice, or you might work in central or local government, an in-house legal department, the Crown Prosecution Service or the magistrates’ courts.

To qualify as either a solicitor of England and Wales, you must first of all complete either an LLB or CPE/GDL from a university in England and Wales.

If you wish to qualify as a solicitor, after completing the LLB or CPE/GDL you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Once you have completed the LPC, you must complete a two-year training contract with a firm of solicitors. You will be qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales upon completion of the two-year training contract.

LLB (Hons) or GDL/CPE
Legal Practice Course Bar Professional Training Course (previously the Bar Vocational Course)
Two year training contract within a solicitors’ legal practice Qualified as a Barrister of England and Wales
Qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales One year pupillage within a Barristers’ Chambers
Qualified as a practising Barrister of England and Wales

Figure: Routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister within England and Wales

Qualification as an Overseas Lawyer

Many of our international students join the School of Law with the intention of practising law, normally in their home country.

Our LPC is recognised by some overseas legal professional bodies, particularly in Commonwealth countries. If you intend to practise in your home country, you should contact your local Law Society or Bar Council to ensure the LPC is recognised. You may be required to undertake additional training before being authorised to practise law.

Some overseas Law Societies and Bar Councils will offer exemptions from all or part of their own training requirements if you qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales. For example, the Malaysian Bar recognises both solicitors and barristers of England and Wales – to be authorised as a solicitor and advocate of Malaysia you would have to complete a pupillage in Malaysia.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Graduates will normally proceed to a training contract to complete their qualification as a solicitor. The vast majority of LPC graduates go on to become qualified solicitors in a range of organisations across many specialist areas. Some overseas professional bodies accept the LPC as satisfying their admission requirements to practise as a lawyer.

Graduate stories - Daniel O'Leary

Daniel O'Leary chose Birmingham City University for his LPC due to our reputation and because we provide options relating to the area of law in which he wants to practice. Between completing his LLB and starting his LPC, Daniel worked for a year at a law firm. During this period he realised he wanted to be a solicitor and would need to complete the LPC as a step towards this goal.

Daniel has found that staff at the Law School are always willing to try to find a solution to any problem and will point him in the right direction. The administrative staff have been particularly helpful and he has taken advantage of the University’s excellent facilities, including mock magistrates’ and crown courts.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our legal practice course is most popular with international students from:

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.

On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the Parkside Building and Millennium Point

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