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This course provides an opportunity for students who have completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course to "top-up" their qualification to an LLM in Legal Practice. Current practising solicitors who undertook the former Law Society Final Examinations are also eligible for the course, and overseas qualified lawyers may be eligible, subject to having taken the Qualified Lawyers' Transfer Test (QLTT) and/or gaining University accreditation of prior learning and experience.
You will have the opportunity to explore, in depth, a particular aspect of legal professional practice. This may reflect your current professional practice context or relate to your career development plans and/or academic interest.
The award of LLM is available to those students who attend research seminars, delivered over four days, and satisfactorily complete a dissertation of 22,000 words (maximum) on an area of legal practice of your choice (subject to approval and appropriate supervisory capacity within Anglia Law School). We currently employ a number of full-time academic staff with legal practice experience and accordingly are able to offer supervision in a variety of research fields for those wishing to undertake the LLM Legal Practice.
The taught element of the LLM (the research seminars) is delivered on our Chelmsford campus which is located a short walk from the bus and train stations, a 35-minute train journey from London Liverpool Street and with easy access from East Anglia and the Midlands. Supervision is available on our Chelmsford campus and may also be available on our Cambridge campus.
In the research seminars, you will develop your research skills across a range of appropriate techniques, such as bibliographical and electronic legal research skills, empirical techniques, including surveys, questionnaires and interviews, how to critically read research, how to formulate research questions, qualitative and quantitative approaches to research, and writing and presenting research findings. In addition to these sessions, you may also seek guidance as part of the normal supervision process.
You will allocated a supervisor to assist in developing your research proposal/hypothesis, discuss your methodology (including the possible need for ethics clearance) and act as a mentor throughout. You will be expected to make regular reports to your supervisor on the progress of your work. The supervisory process will take place through a combination of face-to-face, telephone and email discussion.
The course contributes particularly to research, analytical and critical thinking skills, which are transferable skills highly valued by employers. It is highly relevant to related careers in the legal profession. The Dissertation provides a medium for members of the legal profession to apply theory to practice and to contribute to best practice in their professional sphere.
Additional course information
This LLM will enable you to demonstrate the following skills, each of which is associated with academic Mastery:
* The ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to your area of specialism.
* A depth of knowledge that may involve working at the current limits of understanding.
* Critical understanding of method and its relationship to knowledge.
* Awareness of, and ability to develop solutions to, ethical issues and dilemmas likely to arise in your research and/or your professional practice.
* The ability to draw insightful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory.
* The capacity to expand, refine or redefine existing knowledge; to develop new approaches and contribute to the development of best practice in your professional sphere.
* The ability to communicate, in writing, in a clear and cogent manner, consistent with the requirements of academic writing.
* The ability to undertake wide-ranging, independent research using those methodologies appropriate to the chosen project.
* The capacity to evaluate your work from the perspective of an autonomous, reflective learner.
You will complete a 22,000-word Dissertation, which you will normally submit by the end of March following your enrolment. Your Dissertation provides a medium for you to apply theory to practice and to contribute to best practice in your professional sphere.
Entry is admission with 120 credits at Level 4. The credits may be obtained by: a pass in the LPC from a UK University or other authorised provider; a pass in the Law Society Final Examination and completion of a minimum of one year of a training contract; or a recent pass in the BVC from a UK University or other authorised provider. Applicants must also provide a satisfactory research proposal.
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