2020 marks the 40th Anniversary of Hertfordshire Law School at the University of Hertfordshire. Our approach to teaching, and the experience we offer students has evolved significantly since 1980 and we are proud of our reputation for being forward thinking, innovative, and responsive to the world around us.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
About the course
If you wish to apply for LLM Legal Practice, please apply through the LLM Masters of Law course page.
If you want to be a solicitor and work in the legal profession, the full-time one-year LLM 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.
In Semesters A and B, you will study Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC, both of which are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Stage 1 includes compulsory 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 elective modules include Commercial Law, Commercial Property Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, Personal Injury, Private Client and Corporate Acquisitions.
Finally, in Semester C, you will complete an extended research 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 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!
What will I study?
This one-year intensive full-time course consists of two face-to-face teaching days per week (either Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday and Friday), 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.
The course meets the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is the primary pathway into a career as a solicitor.
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.
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