Our reputation is second to none and many employers are aware that students from The University of Law are trained to standards that make you best prepared for a career as a solicitor. We are now also able to offer this to you via our online distance learning i-LLM LPC.
Your award depends on your choice of specialist electives – chosen from our list of 14 options:
Pick the path that’s right for you and tailor your study areas to suit your chosen field. We offer an unparalleled choice of 14 professional electives – see the ‘Course content’ tab on this page. Decide which option is right for you, and our i-LLM LPC will support your ambition.
Improve your career prospects by focusing on the critical skills law firms are looking for. You’ll benefit from our online learning resources and personal feedback from our tutors, who are available in person, by phone or via e-mail.
Our successful blend of learning methods encourages you to develop autonomy in the skills of research and analysis. It’s something we take right through to our open book exams, where you are required to behave like lawyers, not simply to pass memory tests.
Successfully complete your LPC course, and a Professional Practice Dissertation, with The University of Law and you will also receive an LLM.
Some support and guidance around the dissertation will be built into the course structure, and in most cases you won’t need to start actually writing your dissertation until Stage 2 of the course, once you have selected and commenced your electives.
The dissertation is not compulsory. If you choose not to complete the Professional Practice Dissertation once your course has started, you can still complete the LPC, but without the Masters award. You will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma and will still have completed the vocational stage of training requirements.
See the FAQs tab on this page for more information on our i-LLM LPC and the Professional Practice Dissertation.
The University of Law has an impressive track record of preparing future solicitors for successful careers in practice – in fact, 97% of our full-time LPC students who graduated in summer 2014 had secured employment within nine months of graduation. And it’s reassuring to know that you get access to our award-winning Careers and Employability Service as soon as you accept your place.
Our i-LLM LPC allows you to complete your training within two years via supported online learning, with occasional attendance at our London Bloomsbury centre. This extremely flexible option means you can fit your study around existing work or other commitments.
If you’re looking for a truly flexible route to your career as a lawyer, our i-LLM LPC is the perfect solution. With supported online study, you can study when and where you want and receive regular online support and personalised feedback on your work from a University of Law tutor.
Thanks to a wide range of online learning tools, there’s no need to attend a University of Law centre on a regular weekly basis. However, you will need to submit work to your supervisors every 10 days. Some attendance is also required so that you can get to know your colleagues and some of the tutors before the online support begins – and also for assessments. Please select the ‘Course structure’ tab on this page for more information on the attendance required.
Use the tabs on this page to find out more about course content, structure, assessments, dates, locations and FAQs.
You’ll follow three areas of integrated study – core practice areas, skills and additional areas - plus a choice of three professional electives. The precise content of your course and your choice of professional electives will vary according to whether you wish to study the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC, or the LLM in Legal Practice, and your chosen study option.
The course is made up of two stages as follows – follow the links to find out more:
Students can choose to focus on international corporate practice, or general commercial/legal aid practice through their choice of electives in Stage 2. However, the core practice areas are the same for all students.
This subject covers the law and practice of conveyancing and includes:
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Advocacy primarily forms part of the civil litigation unit, in the context of interim applications. Advocacy exercises also form part of criminal law and practice.
You'll receive training in the objectives of a solicitor/client interview and how to structure and manage the meeting. These skills are developed largely through role play and are integral to all elements of the course.
This covers problem solving in a solicitor's practice, using electronic databases, primary sources and library skills to research issues and provide detailed, practical advice to a client.
The skills of analysing facts, locating relevant law and applying it to solve client problems.
You'll cover the preparation of legal letters, reports, memoranda and the drafting of legal documents. This is reinforced across all parts of the course.
You'll be introduced to the general principles of professional conduct and client care early in the course. You'll develop your knowledge further in the context of the individual subjects. Similarly, the impact of financial services and money laundering regulation on solicitors and their practice is also introduced early in the course, and then developed further in the core practice areas and elective subjects.
Solicitors' accounts are taught as part of professional conduct and client care and with particular reference to property and conveyancing.
The general principles behind the main taxes are covered early in the course. Taxation and tax planning are then covered in more depth under the relevant subjects.
In this part of the course, you’ll learn how to decide who gets the property of someone who has died, either with or without a will. You will cover the procedure for obtaining a Grant of Representation and the practical steps necessary to collect and manage the deceased’s assets until they can be distributed to the beneficiaries and the estate wound up.
In Stage 2 of our LLM LPC, you will study three professional electives, chosen from the below list of 14 options. Once you’ve started your course, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your options with course tutors.
All LLM LPC electives for international corporate practice, general commercial practice and legal aid practice are available through our supported online i-LLM LPC option*:
* this will be subject to visa restrictions for international students
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i-LLM LPC Programme Demands (PDF)
The course is assessed by a variety of assessment methods including open book examinations, course work, which includes a Professional Practice Dissertation, and oral skills role plays.
A dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks, advancing your own knowledge and understanding, and the independent learning required for continuing professional development.
For the final part of your LLM LPC you will need to complete a Professional Practice Dissertation. You will need to select a suitable practice-focused subject, which could include a topical legal subject, or an area of law and practice which you would like to explore in more depth. You will need to submit a title and plan of your proposed dissertation for approval by the University.
Support and guidance around the dissertation will be built into the course structure, and in most cases you won’t need to start actually writing your dissertation until Stage 2 of the course, once you have selected and commenced your electives.
18 - 21 March 2017September 2017
iLLM LPC Course Dates
There is a compulsory induction which takes place over four days at the start of the course (you must attend all four days) and you are required to attend two study skills weekends in Bloomsbury during the course. Your examinations will take place in either our Bloomsbury or Moorgate centres.
More information on our London Bloomsbury centre
Please read these detailed FAQs for more information on our i-LLM LPC.
General International context Professional Practice Dissertation
What is the i-LLM LPC? The i-LLM LPC is The University of Law's supported online Legal Practice Course with a Masters qualification.
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to receive an internationally recognised LLM (Masters of Law) degree as well as completing the vocational stage of training (the LPC) necessary to commence a career as a trainee solicitor in England and Wales.
The LLM LPC qualification also offers students the scope to specialise in international or national legal practice.
Is there any additional work required to gain the LLM award that is over and above what you would normally complete on an LPC? Yes. Students wishing to be awarded an LLM will need to complete an additional Professional Practice Dissertation. There is more information about this below.
Do I have to do the Professional Practice Dissertation? No, but if you decide not to you will not qualify for the LLM. In this situation, provided you have successfully completed all of the other modules, you will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma and you will still have completed your LPC. This means we will able to advise the Solicitors Regulation Authority that you have completed the vocational stage of training and you will be able to start your training contract.
When do I have to decide if I want to study for the LLM or just opt for the standard LPC? Don’t worry, as you don’t have to decide this until your course has started. You will be given a deadline for deciding which will not be before the end of your course.
Is there any additional cost if I decide to opt for the full LLM? No. There is no additional cost, provided that you notify us that you have decided to complete the LLM before the deadline (which will not be before the end of your course).
I am currently studying a University of Law LPC or have successfully completed a University of Law LPC. Am I able to ‘upgrade’ my LPC to an LLM LPC? As has always been the case, it is possible for you to use some of the credits that you earned during your LPC towards the award of LLM degree. To do this you will need to complete three additional LLM modules and a dissertation.
Is the LLM LPC harder than a ‘normal’ LPC? Our standard LPC is delivered at Masters level, so the i-LLM LPC is not harder. However, because you will need to submit a dissertation, you will need to do additional research and writing up.
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You are promoting the i-LLM LPC as having an increased international focus. What do you mean by this? At The University of Law we understand the modern world of law better than anyone else so, as ever, we are keen to make sure that we continue to deliver the best prepared trainees to the profession. This means that we aim to ensure that all of our students have a thorough appreciation of how the law can be applied in an international and global context.
Of course if you plan to work in corporate practice, understanding the law in an international context is essential. But even if you plan to work for a regional or High Street firm, it is likely that some of your clients will be trading internationally either in the EU or further afield. And legal aid practitioners could for example have to deal with immigration issues that are ‘international’ by their very nature.
So to varying extents, much of what you learn on the i-LLM LPC will be ‘international’ anyway. However, to further emphasise this, we have changed the structure of our course to enable you specifically to choose an international ‘route’.
How can I tailor the i-LLM LPC to my chosen career route? Your award depends on your choice from our 14 specialist electives (see the ‘Course content’ tab on this page).
If you choose three of our international electives, you will be awarded the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC (or a Postgraduate Diploma in International Legal Practice if you decide not to complete the dissertation). This will demonstrate your specialism in international corporate practice.
If you study any other combination of electives, you will be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice LPC (or a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice if you decide not to complete the dissertation). This will demonstrate your specialism in general commercial practice or legal aid practice.
Will choosing the LLM in Legal Practice LPC affect my chances of working in a corporate firm? No. If you are a good applicant, it is very unlikely that any firm will discriminate against you if you don’t choose to study the International LLM LPC. However, if you want to work in a corporate firm which carries out large amounts of international work, it may be sensible to pick at least one international elective. This means that when it comes to an interview you will be able to demonstrate an interest in that firm’s core areas of work.
Will the international electives be harder? No. The international electives have a different focus to the ‘domestic’ electives, but will not be any harder.
What is the Professional Practice Dissertation? A dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks, advancing your own knowledge and understanding, and the independent learning required for continuing professional development. For the final part of your i-LLM LPC, you will need to complete a Professional Practice Dissertation. You will need to select a suitable practice-focused subject, which could include a topical legal subject, or an area of law and practice which you would like to explore in more depth – for example, a topic that you are covering in one of your electives. You will need to submit a title and plan of your proposed dissertation for approval by the University.
How many words must the Professional Practice Dissertation be? Your Professional Practice Dissertation will be around 7,500 words.
How long do I have to complete the i-LLM LPC and the dissertation? Depending on your mode of LPC programme:
How soon can I start working on the dissertation? Some support and guidance around the dissertation will be built into the course structure, so whilst you may choose to start preparing and planning your work, it is unlikely that you would actually start writing the dissertation until Stage 2 of the course, once you have selected and commenced your electives.
Will I need to submit a title and plan of my proposed dissertation? Yes.
How do I submit my dissertation and in what format? You will be advised of how to submit your dissertation by your tutors. The format should be electronic – for example, a Word document.
What is the pass mark for the dissertation? The pass mark for the dissertation is 50%.
Will I need a Tier 4 Visa to complete the dissertation?No, you do not have to be in the UK to complete the practice based dissertation. Therefore The University of Law will not sponsor students under the Tier 4 Visa for the dissertation part of the programme. You can submit the dissertation electronically.
Further information about course fees and instalment options.
Applications for our March and September 2017 i-LLM LPC are open.
Current students looking to apply to ONLY The University of Law for their LPCIf you are a current University of Law student looking to apply solely to us for the LPC you will not need to provide a personal statement or reference with your application.
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