Advanced Legal Practice
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Bristol Law School
- 2 years full-time, 3 year part-time
- Full-time and part-time block or day release, starts September
- Programme leader:
- Full-time course: Jane Waddell; part-time Suzaan Rowley
- Key fact:
- Our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice equips you with an LLM qualification and includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) needed for professional practice as a Solicitor. Our LPC is the longest established in Bristol, with strong links with the legal community and training contract opportunities.
Whether you are intending to practice in the City, in a commercial firm, in a small high-street practice or in a niche area of law, our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice will give you the broad and rigorous foundation you need.
The course includes the interim award of the PG Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), which is the programme of vocational training required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for students wishing to qualify as solicitors.
There are different options to complete your LLM in Advanced Legal Practice, which allow you to focus on your continuing professional development as a reflective practitioner, with responsibility for your own development and learning. This reflects the SRA's new Continuing Professional Development regime.
The LPC at UWE Bristol is highly rated by the Law Society and received a rating of 'commendable practice' in every area of the course under the SRA's grading scheme.
"Whilst my Law degree gave me theoretical legal knowledge, the LPC at UWE Bristol has been invaluable in putting that knowledge into practice." Katie Amos LPC graduate
Tuition is provided by a small, dedicated team of solicitors, who ensure the course is relevant, up to date and, above all, prepares you fully for practice. You will gain critical awareness of how legal practice works, and develop the foundations of the legal skills you will need to excel in your role as a solicitor.
Extensive careers support
You will have access to employment-enhancing activities (such as our placement scheme and accredited mediation training) and focused careers support, including help with applying for training contracts and links to potential employment through our extensive network of local firms.
You can also come along to one of our law events and taster sessions.
Our broad-based LPC provides a solid foundation for your legal career. You will study the core practice areas, course skills and additional areas as prescribed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
We place great emphasis on developing your key legal skills, which are taught in an integrated manner, ensuring you are well equipped for entering your chosen field.
- Business Law and Practice
- Civil and Criminal Litigation
- Property Law and Practice
- Interviewing and Advising
- Practical Legal Research
- Writing, Drafting and Advocacy
- Solicitor's Accounts
- Professional Conduct and Regulation
- Wills and Administration of Estates
In addition to the core modules, you will study three optional subjects. We offer you a wide selection, allowing you to pursue a specialist career path or keep your options open. However, there must be sufficient demand for each module to enable us to run it.
- Commercial Law
- Employment Law
- Family Law and Practice
- Private Client (Estate Planning)
- Public Company Finance
- Intellectual Property and Competition Law
- Advanced Criminal Litigation
- Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Commercial Property
- Media and Entertainment Law
- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
- Public Childcare and Housing Law Practice
Following the taught part of the course, you have a choice of 15/45/60 credit M level modules to complete your Masters, detailed below. All modules focus on continuing your professional development as a reflective practitioner with responsibility for your own development and learning.
Professional Development (Law)
You will produce a project report reflecting on your development as a trainee lawyer, whether through legal employment; work experience (through our collaborative scheme with Bristol Law Society); one of our Pro bono activities; participation in our legal simulation project; undertaking accredited mediation training; or participating in a range of mediation/mooting competitions.
Professional Conduct and Regulation in Practice
Having completed the PSC, you will compile a portfolio reflecting on how the knowledge you acquired during the PSC has informed your work and development as a trainee solicitor/solicitor in practice, and how it impacts on the law firm or business in which you work.
Continuing Professional Competence
Your report will be based on your knowledge of one or more particular practice areas. You will also need to reflect on key attributes of the SRA's Competency Statement, demonstrating your own development as a reflective practitioner responsible for your own continuing professional competence.
Research and Practice Portfolio
You will produce a portfolio report based on your experiences in a legal or other workplace context. This will demonstrate your expertise in one or more practice areas, drawing on your own practical and professional experience, some of which may connect with work you undertake for your clients.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
We are solicitors ourselves, teaching in our own practice areas. We know how much practitioners value the development of skills required to be an effective trainee lawyer and this lies at the heart of our teaching. Our enthusiastic and experienced team come with a wide range of experiences, and our pastoral and academic support is provided by our tutors themselves.
Most LPC teaching takes place in practice-based workshops (where you will be in a group of approximately 12-16 students), allowing you to gain an understanding of many common legal transactions and procedures.
You will have lots of opportunities, through role play, to practice legal skills, such as interviewing, advocacy and negotiation. Additionally, we run virtual case studies and filmed skills sessions to help you develop your client-facing skills.
For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.
The taught part of the course is delivered over one year. You will have four workshops timetabled over two consecutive days during each week of the Core Stage 1 of the course, plus optional lectures. You can choose which two days you want to attend, making it possible to study the LPC around your other commitments.
For those wishing to study part time, the taught part of the course is delivered over two years.
There are two possible options to undertake the taught part of the course:
- One is a block-learning option. This means you will attend a two day study session each month (with a three day session in year one). These are held on Friday and Saturday.
- We also run a day release part-time Masters course. In this case, you attend two workshops on one day a week over two years alongside full-time students.On the part time course, the core modules will be split across the two years. Certain optional modules are only available during the second year, due to requiring the foundation knowledge of some of the core modules delivered in year one.
As well as the study days on both part-time routes, you will need to attend skills assessments and examinations at various points throughout the course.
When you accept an offer with us, you'll have access to a pre-course contact tutor to support you with careers or any other issues. Once on the course, you will then be allocated a supervising principal. They will meet you regularly to discuss your progress and help with applying for training contracts. We operate an open door policy, so you can contact your supervising principal and tutors at any time.
The content and methods of assessment for all Legal Practice Courses are largely determined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. All but one of our written examinations are open book. There are also a number of assessed written and oral skills exercises. These are held at different points during the course. You will also benefit from practice assessments in core skills, which will be sat in assessment conditions and marked by your tutors.
For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.
You will study in our modern, dedicated LPC teaching and common rooms, an ideal learning environment not just for your scheduled workshops but for private study as well. You will also have access to:
- three mock courtrooms where you can develop your advocacy skills
- dedicated study rooms for independent or group work
- an online interactive learning environment for practising case working skills, using technology that feels exactly like that of a modern professional law office.
A £50m project is also underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
Careers / Further study
The LLM in Advanced Legal Practice prepares you for a successful career as a solicitor. Many of our graduates have gone on to practice in the City, or in commercial firms, small high-street legal practices or niche areas of law. UWE Bristol alumni can be found in almost every local firm.
You will have access to our extensive careers development programme, including one-to-one pastoral support from your supervising principal (who will help with applying for a training contract); support from specialist careers tutors (who can help with applications aimed at specific sectors) and access to a dedicated legal careers advisor from the University's careers service.
We run regular careers sessions with local practitioners. Many firms advertise training contracts and paralegal vacancies through us so they can tap into the high quality recruitment pool our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice offers them. We also offer a work placement scheme in partnership with more than 20 member firms of Bristol Law Society during the summer holidays. Another CV enhancing activity is "Catch the Wave" which gives you the chance to act as a solicitor in a simulated case study supervised by tutors and practising solicitors.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity. It also offers support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
Completion of the Academic stage
You will need to have completed a:
- qualifying law degree (second class lower division or above); or
- Graduate Diploma in Law
English Language Requirement
If English is not your first language you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components although it is preferable that you have an overall 7.5 and at least 7 in all components. See further details of our English Language requirements.
How to apply
Applications for the full-time course must be made online via the Central Applications Board.Please contact our Admissions team regarding applications for the part-time course.
You are required to pay £350 deposit within 30 days of your offer, to secure your place. If you are an Overseas student we will send you more specific details about the deposit needed as a part of your VISA application. You can make arrangements to pay your deposit and/or fees.
For further information
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- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 82108