USW is proud to be a Top 50 Law School (Guardian League Tables), and the LLM offers you the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised LLM qualification in addition to your Legal Practice Course (LPC).
The LLM incorporates a programme of study and assessment approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which you must complete if you want to qualify as a solicitor.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of business and property law, litigation and court procedure, and enhance your ability to engage in critical academic study and research by way of a research project, helping you to develop the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice.
The full-time and part-time LLM Legal Practice is eligible for the Government’s postgraduate loan, unlike a standalone LPC. The LLM is also available as a 60-credit top-up course for LPC graduates from any institution in England and Wales to convert your LPC to the LLM Legal Practice.
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Full-time students will typically be expected to attend university two days a week and part-time students one day per week. Note that assessments and the module electives may be held on different days throughout the week.
There will be an additional seven days of teaching dedicated to research methods on a monthly basis throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. You will then be expected to submit a research proposal at Easter following which you will be allocated a supervisor for the Summer term to complete your research project, with submission at the end of August.
Otherwise, the LPC subjects are taught in two stages: Stage One begins in September and finishes in February. Stage Two begins in February and ends in May.
You will undertake a research project based on LPC subjects or a reflection based upon your legal practice experience. We may be able to offer you a placement in our Legal Advice Clinic for the purposes of completing this element of the LLM course.
You will complete core subject and skills modules and three optional electives. On successful completion of the taught stage of the programme, you will submit a legal practice research project or reflective portfolio.
The taught element of the Legal Practice Research Project requires student to attend for one day per month (6 hours per day, a total of 42 hours) for seven months between September and March. Each day will entail a series of lectures and seminars which will outline the various legal research methodologies available to you for your Legal Practice Research Project, how to develop a research proposal and research project, and will also look to develop your research, critical thinking, referencing and academic writing skills.
Stage One and Two is taught through briefing sessions and practice sessions, completing practical law file exercises and replicating real-life legal scenarios. If you study full-time, you will attend approximately 16 hours of classes each week. LLM part-time students have approximately eight hours of classes delivered on one day per week.
Outside these formal sessions, all LLM students are expected to carry out preparatory work and research for file exercises. In order to maximise the time devoted to practical exercises and provide optimum flexibility for personal study, the majority of lectures and briefing sessions are delivered online using Panopto software.
The Law Research Group at the University of South Wales comprises staff with a wide range of academic and practice experience. Their research interests span diverse subject areas, including: constitutional law; criminal law; employment law; equality law; family law; intellectual property law; international human rights; legal education and media law. These interests are showcased in our monthly blog.
For the Legal Practice Research Project, you are expected to produce a research proposal and a dissertation or reflective portfolio.
For Stage One and Stage Two, you will be assessed by written examinations and practical skills assessments, which will include recorded role play in our moot courtroom and client interviewing room.
The LPC elements of the LLM Legal Practice programme of study and assessment has been approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Your learning will be supported by state-of-the-art study facilities, including a courtroom fully equipped with the latest digital video facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practise rooms. All activities are based on authentic scenarios, and research and preparation is assisted by the facilities in our modern technology suites.
There will also be opportunities for you to put your knowledge into practice through our Legal Advice Clinic by providing advice, delivering client care and engaging with legal professionals.
A qualified solicitor, Dr Rob Wilks specialises in equality law, employment law and discrimination law. His research interests include sign language recognition and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. His PhD explored Making equality law work for Deaf people.
Rob is a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) user and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate law at USW through the medium of BSL. He is also responsible for the Deaf Law website which aims to provide accessible information about the law to d/Deaf people.
Dr Wilks has published his research into sign language recognition in Scotland and has contributed a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Sign Language Translation and Interpreting, which focuses on the framing of Deaf people as disabled and the impact this has on their recognition as a language minority, and conversely on interpreters and translators.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
Please note that whilst this course does not require a DBS Check for entry, some professions will not consider candidates who have certain types of criminal convictions. Therefore, if you have a criminal conviction and you are considering a particular career path we would recommend that you check with the relevant professional body or refer to their recruitment policy to make sure that your conviction will not disadvantage you.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.
There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.
The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.
The LLM Legal Practice, and in particular, the LPC element of this course, is a requirement for qualification as a solicitor and develops the skills you will need on entering the profession.