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If you want to be a solicitor and work in the legal profession, the full-time one-year LLM in Legal Practice offered by the University of Hertfordshire is the course you need! Our course not only offers the primary route into the legal profession but also enables you to obtain a prestigious LLM.

You will study Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC, both of which are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Stage 1 includes modules on Professional Conduct and Regulation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Taxation, Solicitors’ Accounts, and the three Core Practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Litigation, and Property Law and Practice. Stage 2 modules include Commercial Property Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Housing Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Immigration Law.

In addition, you will study two modules on marketing for lawyers, and complete an extended project over the summer. You will leave us with the knowledge and skills required to be a practising solicitor, skills that are highly valued by potential employers, to bring in new business and also to better serve your firm’s existing clients.

Why choose this course?

The University of Hertfordshire is well known for its great links with industry and the professions, its first-class teaching, high-quality facilities and dedicated staff. Naturally, this course is no different. Taught by practising specialist solicitors and barristers, it will equip you with all the up-to-date, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills you will need for your career in the legal profession.

Our innovative teaching methods utilise experiential learning to prepare you for practice, including our state-of-the-art courtroom where you will develop advocacy skills – a core component of the LLM in Legal Practice. You will also have many opportunities to undertake co-curricular activities to strengthen your skills in client interviewing and negotiation, trial advocacy and mediation.

We limit class sizes to ensure that you receive the best teaching and pastoral support. This also enables the teaching to be flexible and focused on the needs of the individual students, setting them on their chosen pathways into highly successful legal careers. 

You may be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England, so you can focus entirely on your studies to maximise your potential, and then fly into your chosen specialism!

Professional Accreditations

The course meets the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is the primary pathway into a career as a solicitor.

Course details

Careers

You will leave with a prestigious academic and practical qualification, which will open many doors into your future. The qualification is well respected and will equip you to work as a solicitor in private practice, in government legal services, or as in-house counsel in a large company.

Teaching methods

This one-year intensive full-time course consists of two face-to-face teaching days per week (Wednesdays and Thursdays), and in addition you will be required to complete guided study and formative assessments on the non-teaching days.

Teaching includes group sessions, interactive workshops, and smaller group work. Assessment is carried out via a range of methods, including ongoing assessment and open book examinations. Small class sizes and dedicated support from tutors will encourage you to give your best to your studies, and your commitment and hard work is sure to be rewarded!

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Practical Legal Research LPC - 0 Credits
  • Evidence-Based Marketing for Legal Services Professionals - 15 Credits
  • Marketing for Legal Services Professional Research Project - 45 Credits
  • Business Law and Practice (LPC) - 30 Credits
  • Litigation (LPC) - 30 Credits
  • Property Law and Practice (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Wills and Administration of Estates (LPC) - 0 Credits
  • Solicitors Accounts (LPC) - 0 Credits
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (LPC) - 0 Credits
  • Interviewing and Advising LPC - 0 Credits
  • Legal Writing LPC - 0 Credits
  • Advocacy LPC - 0 Credits
  • Drafting LPC - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Commercial Law LPC - 15 Credits
  • Commercial Property (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Personal Injury (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Private Client and Estate Planning (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Family Law (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution LPC - 15 Credits
  • Housing Law - 15 Credits
  • Immigration Law - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £12500 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12500 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

You should have either a Qualifying law degree, with a minimum 2:2 classification or have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a subject other than law and have successfully completed the GDL qualification.

Please contact our Admissions Tutor at lawadmissions@herts.ac.uk to discuss entry requirements further.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
09/09/201931/08/2020Apply online (Full Time)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
07/09/202031/08/2021Apply online (Full Time)