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To apply you should meet one of the following criteria:
- a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), with 120 credit modules completed, within the last five years
- a graduate of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) (formerly the Bar Vocational Course), with 120 credit modules completed, within the last five years
- a practising solicitor who has undertaken the former Law Society's Solicitors’ Final Examinations and has at least six months practice experience within the last two years - a practising barrister who has undertaken the former Bar Final examinations and has at least six months practice experience within the last two years
- a foreign qualified lawyer admitted to practice in England or Wales with at least six months practice experience within the last two years.
Months of entry
Whether you are a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) or a practising solicitor looking to specialise further, this course will enable you to top-up your education to a Masters degree.
Offering substantive, practice-relevant study on aspects of law or legal practice, our course complements the compulsory vocational stage of learning required to embark on a career in law. Potential employers include private practice, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Government Legal Service, charities and in-house solicitors.
Our research and methodology module is more detailed and provides more teaching hours than similar courses from other providers. It supports you as you develop the analytical and research skills necessary to research and write a detailed dissertation relevant to the practice of law, and provides a much-needed bridge between most LLM and MPhil/PhD research methods.
The module is divided into four parts:
- Undertaking Postgraduate Research
- Process and Demographics of Research
- Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination Methods
- The Writing Up and Dissemination of Research.
Taking place over one semester, the Research Methodology module is delivered through a blend of taught and online lectures, practical case studies and seminars. Assessment is by a 2,000-word research proposal.
The dissertation is an original piece of research into legal practice of between 13,000 and 15,000 words. Although your research must be self-managed, you will be assigned a dissertation supervisor with similar research interests either from university staff or from within the legal profession.
- Research Methodology
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Fees and funding
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Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
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