Professional Legal Practice LLM University of Westminster
Post graduate Open Evening
Wednesday 7th June 2023 - On campus - 5:30-7PM (BST)
The Professional Legal Practice LLM is designed for non-law graduates who are seeking to transition to a career in law. You'll learn both the law and its practical application to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations. The course will provide you with a solid foundation to qualify either as a solicitor or a barrister, whichever profession you decide upon.
The knowledge gained on this course will allow you to progress to further study for the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination (SQE) or for a Bar Standards Board-authorised barristers’ training course. The course also provides the opportunity to gain an academic qualification at the Master’s level with the option of either taking our Legal Practice Project module, which combines professional legal skills with academic research, or a dissertation module on a chosen topic within the broad field covered by the course.
You'll practise the relevant skills in your tutorials, looking at writing, drafting, interviewing and advising, research, case and matter analysis and advocacy. You'll be assessed by a variety of authentic assessments which include advocacy, a case study report, analysis of a legal case and a legal practice blog. These will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate that you have acquired a range of essential professional legal skills in addition to substantive law.
Top reasons to study with us
- Small, interactive group sessions allow you to benefit from individual guidance and help. These sessions mimic a live legal workplace, thereby providing you with an opportunity to put your theory into practice
- The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning
- Highly experienced and approachable lecturers, many of whom are qualified solicitors or barristers
- The course is taught at Westminster Law School in the heart of London's West End, with many law firms nearby
Why study this course?
- Greater student focus
Lectures are taught in small, interactive group sessions, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help.
- Taught by experts
You'll be taught by academics and practitioners, experts in the field, and with a passion for supporting students from diverse backgrounds.
- Industry insight
Attend workshops addressed by industry leaders, which in the past have included Accutrainee Limited, Bristows LLP, Devonshires Solicitors LLP, and Government Legal Profession, to name a few.
The University's Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.
- Learn from our graduates
Many of our alumni become student mentors, regularly contributing to the Legal Skills Academy and helping current students achieve their goals and prepare for legal careers.
- Specialist workshops and events
We run specialist careers and subject events designed to support the curriculum benefit students, and provide networking opportunities.
- Practise in a real-world environment
You’ll have the opportunity to develop your legal skills at the Westminster Law School Legal Advice Clinic, giving you valuable experience for your career.
Westminster Law School and its student law societies provide a series of career and subject-specialist workshops and events throughout the academic year. These are designed to support your academic knowledge by giving insight into the expectations of employers during interviews and in the workplace. Alumni panels provide the opportunity to network with industry professionals.
Recent guests and organisations include:
- Goldsmiths Chambers
- Government Legal Profession
- Jo Sidhu QC
- Kingsley Napley LLP
- Sir Richard Arnold
- SEO London
- Tuckers Solicitors
This course will prepare you for roles in a variety of areas, including:
- Commercial or family law mediator
- Asset manager
- Banking and finance lawyer
Westminster Law School is committed to developing employable graduates by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in this course. Previous graduates from Westminster Law School have gone on to work for employers, including:
- Teacher Stern LLP
- Connect Managed Services (UK)
- UCFB College of Football Business Ltd.
- Watson Thomas Solicitors
- Russell-Cooke Solicitors
Westminster Employability Award
Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.
The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities.
Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.
To be awarded the LLM in Professional Legal Practice, you’ll take six core modules and choose one between the Legal Practice Project and the Postgraduate Research and Dissertation module.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
- Criminal Liability and Procedure
- Legal Systems and Public Law
- Obligations in Context
- Company Law and Business Practice
- Equity, Trusts and Wills
- Land Law
- Legal Practice Project
- Postgraduate Research and Dissertation
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.
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