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MLaw (Solicitors' Practice) - four year Integrated Master's

Already know you want to be a solicitor? Our MLaw is designed for you.

Take the most direct route to qualify as a solicitor with our Integrated Master’s. Over four years you’ll study our practically focused LLB Law content alongside our professional SQE1 and SQE2 preparation modules. During Year 4, you’ll sit the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and will only need to fulfil the Qualifying Work Experience requirement on graduation to qualify as a solicitor.

The MLaw - Solicitors’ Practice course is designed to cover a comprehensive legal curriculum over four years. Taught predominantly by qualified lawyers, we focus on the skills that solicitors are seeking, so that you’ll be prepared for the realities of life in legal practice.

 

 

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Level: ABB

GCSE: English Language Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualification.

 

 

Full requirements

Next start date

September 2022

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HOW TO APPLY

 

Learn more about the process for applying to us and where to get started.

 

Ranked first amongst universities in England for teaching in the 2021 National Student Survey and in the Top Five for the last three years.

We are one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education and have trained more practising lawyers in the UK than anyone else.

We have SQE covered. Be ready to progress your legal training and take the SQE exams with a course that covers all you need to succeed in the SQE assessments.

Course Details

MLaw (Solicitors' Practice) - Four year Integrated Master's

UCAS code: M199

For aspiring solicitors, the four year Integrated Master's is the programme to choose. It has a practical focus and employability is embedded in the course. Over 90% of our LLB tutors are qualified lawyers, bringing their extensive practical experience to enhance your development. But don’t just take our word for it. Our students voted us first amongst universities in England for the 'teaching on my course' category in the 2021 National Student Survey.

The first three years of this programme involve study of our LLB modules which cover the necessary foundation subjects and the syllabus areas for the SQE1 examination. Over years three and four, you will gain all the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake SQE1 and SQE2 examinations to prepare you for a career as a solicitor.

Why choose this MLaw course?

  • This course is eligible for undergraduate loans from the Student Loans Company. If you’re eligible, you will receive funding to gain all the academic knowledge you need to prepare for the SQE assessments.
  • Gain access to ULaw’s bespoke SQE revision app. Find out what it’ll really be like to sit the SQE1 assessments, and improve your success, using our app. With this intelligent revision tool, you can draw on an extensive bank of questions mapped to the SQE syllabus. You’ll get user friendly feedback on your answers, helping you to excel in your course.
  • Optional modules are available to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in different practice areas. These include Human Rights, Immigration Law and International Trade, to name just a few. Explore all the options below.

When you study with us you also benefit from:

  • Access to a large specialist Employability and Careers Service and pro bono clinics
  • The highest standard of teaching from experienced professionals
  • Small class sizes and a high level of face-to-face tuition
  • A choice of campuses across the UK.

Course Structure

Semester 1

  • Common Law Method and Ethics
  • Academic and Digital Skills
  • Contract Law

Semester 2

  • Law of Tort
  • Public Law
  • Criminal Law

Semester 1

  • Business Law 1
  • Critical Approaches in Current Legal Issues
  • Land Law

Semester 2

Compulsory modules include:

  • Access to Justice and Legal Services
  • Real Estate

Choose one*:

  • Employment Law
  • Extended Essay
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Practice in the 21st Century
  • Legal Technology and Innovation

 

*All options are indicative and subject to availability. Please note that some modules are available in Years 2 and 3; please select only once.

Semester 1

  • Business Law 2
  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Equity and Trusts

Semester 2

Compulsory modules include:

  • SQE1 & 2 Preparation

Choose two*:

  • Criminal Litigation and Evidence
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Graduate and Employability Skills
  • Human Rights
  • International Commercial Law
  • Legal Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Legal Technology
  • Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law
  • Research Project (double module)
  • Wills and Succession

*All options are indicative and subject to availability. Please note that some modules are available in Years 2 and 3; please select only once.

Semester 1

  • SQE1 Preparation (60 credits)

Semester 2

Compulsory modules include:

  • SQE 2 Preparation (20 credits)

Choose four from below (10 credits each)* or Practice Area Research Report (40 credits):

  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Innovation Technology and Legal Project Management
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Law Firms and their Clients
  • Private Wealth 
  • Professional Effectiveness

*All options are indicative and subject to availability.

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Want to boost your leadership skills?

In the summer after Year 2 of this course you have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School.

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Course Start Dates

  • MLaw (Solicitors’ Practice)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury and Manchester
  • MLaw (Solicitors’ Practice)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury and Manchester
SQE

What about the SQE?

The SQE is being phased in to become the new centralised way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales

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Course Information

 

Specific course date breakdowns for September 2022 entry will be released soon.

Calendar

 

At the end of each semester you’ll get a week for revision before two weeks of assessments.

Exams: Two hours, ten multiple choice questions and two long-form questions

Coursework: Essay, project report or portfolio

Oral presentation

We run mock assessments to allow you to practise before too.

 

Solicitors Qualifying Examinations

SQE1 and SQE2 will be assessed by centralised assessments introduced by the SRA, which will be an essential requirement to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

You will sit your SQE assessments at Pearson VUE test centres in the UK and internationally. For details on how to book and pay for your SQE assessments, as well as request any reasonable adjustments, please visit the SRA website on https://sqe.sra.org.uk.

SQE1

  • There are two multiple choice assessments over two days – one for FLK1 and one for FLK2.
    • FLK1 covers: Business Law and Practice; Dispute Resolution; Contract; Tort; Legal System of England and Wales; Constitutional and Administrative Law; and Legal Services
    • FLK2 covers: Property Practice; Wills and the Administration of Estates; Solicitors Accounts; Land Law; Trusts; Criminal Law; and Criminal Practice
  • On each day the assessment is likely to take five hours, with a break in the middle.
  • Each assessment contains 180 single best answer questions.

SQE2

SQE2 involves approximately 14 hours of skills assessments over five half days. There are 16 written and oral tasks covering the six legal skills:

  • client interviewing including a linked attendance note/legal analysis
  • advocacy
  • case and matter analysis, including negotiation planning
  • legal research
  • legal writing
  • legal drafting

The assessments are set in the practice areas of:

  • criminal practice (including advising clients at the police station)
  • dispute resolution
  • property practice
  • wills and intestacy, probate administration and practice
  • business organisations, rules and procedures (including money laundering and financial services)
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Our course has an innovatively flexible structure, with specific assessments that are conducive to effective learning.

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Employability We Set You Up For Success

We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.

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Fees and Applying

 

Applications for this will be made via UCAS.

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Sept 2022 fees:

UK students per year: £9,250
International students per year: £14,750 (London) or £13,750 (non-London)

If you need to fund your studies with a student loan you can apply via Student Finance.

In addition to tuition fees, students will pay exam fees directly to the SRA. The total cost for taking both SQE assessments will be £3,980 (correct as of Oct 2021):

  • SQE1: £1,558 for the two examinations, consisting of 180 questions each, testing functioning legal knowledge.
  • SQE2: £2,422 for the written and oral tasks, testing both practical legal knowledge and skills, including advocacy, client interviewing (with written attendance note/legal analysis), legal research, legal writing, legal drafting, and case and matter analysis.
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We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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