LLM Professional Practice (SQE)

The LLM Professional Practice with a Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE) pathway offers you the opportunity to prepare for SQE1, obtain an introduction to SQE2 legal skills and acquire some Qualifying Work Experience (QWE).  In the process, you will gain an internationally recognised LLM qualification.

We are currently the only SQE preparation course that covers the FLK1 subjects, FLK2 subjects, an introduction to SQE2 and some QWE for both law and non-law graduate students.

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Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the relevant Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) required for SQE1, as follows:

  • FLK1: Business Law and Practice; Dispute Resolution; Contract; Tort; Legal System of England and Wales; Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law and Legal Services.
  • FLK2: Property Practice; Wills and the Administration of Estates; Solicitors Accounts; Land Law; Trusts; Criminal Law and Practice.
    Contract, Tort, Legal System of England and Wales, Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law, Land Law, Trusts and Criminal Law are all taught as part of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge module. The remainder are taught within distinct modules dedicated to those subject areas.

You will have the option to be introduced to, learn about and develop your SQE2 legal skills such as client interviewing, legal research, writing, drafting and advocacy skills.

USW is offering students the opportunity to obtain QWE of four hours per week over a period of 20 weeks, which equates to 0.10 FTE, in our award-winning Legal Advice Clinic.  This will provide students with the option of a fully immersive experience in to allow them to develop and hone their legal practice skills which will prepare them for practice.

You will also enhance your ability to engage in critical academic study and research by way of a research project.

Modules for full-time LLM students with a Law degree

Specified modules

  • Foundations of Legal Practice – 20 credits
  • Business Law in Practice and Taxation - 20 credits
  • Property Law in Practice - 20 credits
  • Dispute Resolution & Advocacy - 20 credits
  • Criminal Law in Practice - 20 credits
  • Legal Practice Research Project - 40 credits

Plus 3 optional modules from the following modules (*the modules listed below are subject to change and just an example of delivery this academic year):

  • Child Protection and Youth Justice
  • Employment Law in Practice
  • Family Law in Practice
  • Legal Advice Clinic (QWE)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in Practice
  • Private Client in Practice
  • Professional Practice (SQE2)

Modules for full-time LLM students with a non-law degree

Specified modules

  • Foundations of Legal Knowledge – 60 credits
  • Foundations of Legal Practice – 20 credits
  • Business Law in Practice - 20 credits
  • Property Law in Practice - 20 credits
  • Dispute Resolution & Advocacy - 20 credits
  • Criminal Law in Practice - 20 credits

Plus 40 credits of optional modules from the following modules (*the modules listed below are subject to change and just an example of delivery this academic year):

  • Legal Practice Research Project (40 credits)
  • Child Protection and Youth Justice – 20 credits for all other modules below
  • Employment Law in Practice
  • Family Law in Practice
  • Legal Advice Clinic (QWE)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in Practice
  • Private Client in Practice
  • Professional Practice (SQE2)
  • Independent Legal Study (Legal Practice)

Teaching

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 elective modules may be held on different days throughout the week.

The taught element of the course requires students to attend for two days a week. Teaching utilises a blended learning approach comprising of online lectures and on campus workshops.  During the workshops students will be 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. 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.

Assessment

For the Legal Practice Research Project, you are expected to produce a research proposal and a dissertation or reflective portfolio.

For FLK1 and 2, you will be assessed by way of formative assessments which can include Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and written examinations and practical skills assessments, which will include recorded role plays in our moot courtroom and client interviewing rooms.  The optional modules are assessed by way of a variety of open and closed book examinations, time-constrained assessments and advocacy assessments.

Following USW tuition students may opt to sit the SQE1 external examination (sittings in July and November each year).  Upon successfully passing the SQE1 external examination, students’ external results can be recorded on USW’s system for the purposes of achieving the prerequisite credits towards the relevant award.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.

Facilities

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.

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Students must achieve an undergraduate degree of class 2:2 or above and will then be placed into either the law graduate or non-law graduate stream.

·         For the law graduate stream, students must have a LLB (Hons) degree, a Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law, or a combined studies degree including the foundation law subjects.  Students who have reached the appropriate level of qualification with the Institute of Legal Executives are also eligible for consideration for admission to the law graduate stream.

·         For the non-law graduate stream, students must achieve an undergraduate degree with a classification of 2:2 or above in any subject.

 

All applications for the full-time LLM Legal Practice (SQE) must be made online via the Central Applications Board at www.lawcabs.ac.uk.

Applications for the part-time LLM Legal Practice (SQE) can be made using our online application form.

International Entry Requirements

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.

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.

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

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Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

All applications for the full-time LLM Professional Practice (SQE) must be made online via the Central Applications Board at www.lawcabs.ac.uk.

Applications for the part-time LLM Professional Practice (SQE) can be made using our online application form.

The LLM Legal Practice (SQE) will assist you in achieving qualification as a solicitor and develops the skills you will need on entering the profession.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.