The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of an area of chosen legal interest. It will encourage you to challenge current intellectual thinking whilst developing an advanced knowledge and ability to analyse your selected specialist area of law directly. The degree is suitable for qualified solicitors and barristers who are looking to enhance their career prospects. It is also suitable for students who have completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course (formerly the Bar Vocational Course) but have not yet secured a training contract or pupillage.
The topic of legal research may be one arising from academic interest or a legal issue pertinent to your current expertise in legal practice. On this masters course you will be given the opportunity to design a bespoke qualification where you will critically analyse and understand complexities that can arise as well as challenging and informing global and comparative perspectives. The course is underpinned in many areas by internationally recognised research in addition to emerging research and advanced scholarship. It will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in the further specialist study of law.
The Masters in Law degree is awarded after the successful completion of the dissertation module incorporating advanced research methods. You will be supported by a supervisor and personal tutor during your studies on the course.
It may be possible to complete your Master of Laws top-up in 9 months.
7LW007 – Advanced research methods and postgraduate dissertation
Upon joining the LLM Professional Practice you will join a thriving postgraduate student body. Upon completion of the course, graduates will possess highly valued academic and research skills as well as a range of transferable skills designed to enhance employability in a law related career; as well as in future research and academia. In addition, we have experienced academic staff with internationally recognised research and publications in a variety of legal areas. We have excellent research facilities both for academic and practitioner lawyers that can be accessed on line. We have a strong framework to support our students throughout the duration of study including providing you with a personal tutor, academic guidance and support and postgraduate study skills to enhance your learning experience.
The LLM top-up will enhance the career prospects of those already working in legal practice as well as those who have not yet secured a training contract
Upon completion of the course you could also consider further study at MPhil/PhD level.
What skills will you gain?
This programme of study is designed to enhance the employability and promotion prospects of persons in the legal profession wishing to develop specialist knowledge in a bespoke area of law, it will provide you with a set of intellectual and practical skills that will aid your career development.
Holders of this award may also find positions in the field of education and research including continuing their study for a PhD.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Wolverhampton City Campus
Applicants must have completed the Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws in Hong Kong (PCLL) or equivalent Professional Legal Qualification. Alternatively, legal professionals who undertook the former Law Society Final Examinations or Bar Vocational Course are also eligible for the course.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.