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Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM

Overview

The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers you the opportunity to gain a recognised legal professional qualification as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and build valuable professional experience working as a volunteer in our Legal Advice Clinic.

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You'll study the law, procedure and theory of civil litigation and related dispute resolution processes while also gaining practical legal experience and developing your professional skills.   All students will take part in face to face, drop-in advice giving sessions at our Legal Advice Clinic and may have an opportunity to volunteer at our Lambeth County Court Help Desk.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Legal Advice Clinic

    Legal Advice Clinic

    The University’s on-campus Legal Advice Clinic (LAC) is a free legal advice service that’s open to the community and staffed by law students working under the supervision of practicing solicitors.

  • LSBU Student Law Society

    LSBU Student Law Society

    The very active LSBU Student Law Society runs a range of talks and activities that enhance our students' experience.

Modules

All taught modules are assessed by a mix of examinations, written coursework, oral presentations, live client assessment and reflective practice logs. Each module with the exception of the dissertation is worth 20 CAT points. The dissertation is worth 60 CAT points.  You take a mixture of compulsory and optional modules enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. You must take modules totalling 180 credits.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module or an appropriate member of staff is not available to teach it, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

  • Civil Justice
    Access to Justice, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Theory.
  • Civil Litigation Practice (CILEx) 
    The law, procedure and practice of civil litigation. One of two CILEx exempting modules required to become a Graduate Member of CILEx. The module examines key areas in the civil litigation process, from pre-action steps and issue of claim, through to trial and appeal, including: the ethos of modern civil litigation, human rights issues, civil litigation funding, the central role of the Civil Procedure Rules, the rules of client care and professional conduct in civil litigation cases, case management by the court, offers to settle, civil evidence and civil advocacy, orders, judgments and their enforcement, an overview of the civil costs regime.
  • Legal Advice (Clinical) 
    This module involves students working with live clients giving face to face advice at LSBU’s in-house Legal Advice Clinic. Under the supervision of university-employed solicitors, students interview drop-in clients and: provide basic information on any legal topic; give generalist advice in social welfare law matters including housing, family, employment, welfare benefits and debt; signpost and refer to appropriate local advice agencies and legal services; or refer to the Clinic’s own evening sessions where students shadow volunteer solicitors from large local law firms who provide specialist legal advice in family, housing & employment.
    This module will intensively develop: Students’ practical legal knowledge of civil litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in relation to social welfare law matters, students’ understanding of the principles of client care and legal professional ethics as they apply to social welfare law and other civil matters, students’ legal professional skills, such as interviewing, research and drafting.
  • Dissertation
    It is a requirement that students should complete the Civil Justice module to prepare for the dissertation. The module requires the completion of a 16,000 word Master’s level dissertation in an area consistent with and appropriate to the LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Plus three of the following optional modules:

  • Advocacy (Clinical)
    This clinical practice module examines the interaction between decision makers in the criminal and civil litigation process and advocates who appear before them. The Module explores the principles of advocacy throughout the litigation process, including: the role and professional conduct of advocates, the skills of communication and persuasion, out of court advocacy, trial preparation, written advocacy (including drafting skeleton arguments), oral advocacy, technology in the court room and disposals advocacy, appellate advocacy.
  • Mediation & Negotiation
    This module explores negotiation processes and theories and strategies of negotiation.  The emphasis of the module is on the development of practical professional skills set in the context of dispute resolution theory. Students are given the opportunity to role play and practice the different skills involved in negotiation and mediation. Communication skills are taught and developed to enhance negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Employment Law Practice (CILEx) 
    The law, procedure and practice of Employment Law. One of two CILEx exempting modules required to become a Graduate Member of CILEx. You must have studied Employment Law as part of your degree studies to take    Employment Law Practice (CILEx). This module will cover the statutory principles and rapidly developing case law within domestic and European law that underpin this dynamic yet practical area of specialism, alongside an understanding of the social, economical and political principles that form the backdrop of this topic. Students are given an opportunity to explore the depths of this subject in theory and in practice. The aims of this module are to: examine the regulation of the employment relationship and termination thereof in practice, to evaluate critically the law governing discrimination within the workplace and the concept of equality of opportunity, to provide knowledge and understanding of UK and European Union case law, and to examine the social, economical and political forces that impact the employment relationship and the development of collective bargaining.
  • Family Law Practice (CILEx)
    The law, procedure and practice of Family Law. One of two CILEx exempting modules required to become a Graduate Member of CILEx. You must have studied Family Law as part of their degree studies to take Family Law    Practice (CILEx). This Module introduces learners to the structure and process of the family justice system in England and Wales and provides an opportunity to analyse and evaluate socio-political issues arising from the functioning of family law in practice. It offers a critical overview of the relevant law, procedure and practice and the key procedural decisions that are made within the family justice system. It analyses and evaluates current and recent reform proposals and their effect. The aims of this module are: To provide a critical overview to the structure and principle components of the family justice process; to analyse and evaluate the law, procedure and practice governing family law proceedings relating to children, separation & divorce, financial matters and domestic violence; to analyse and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of those engaged in family litigation; To analyse and evaluate the state’s on-going reform and regulation of the family justice system; To develop students’ professional skills in the context of children and family law proceedings.
  • Criminal Litigation Practice (CILEx)
    The law, procedure and practice of Criminal Litigation. One of two CILEx exempting modules required to become  a Graduate Member of CILEx. The module examines key areas in the criminal litigation process, from arrest and charge, through to trial, appeal and sentencing, including: the roles of key personnel and organisations in the criminal justice system; the funding of criminal litigation; human rights issues; the rules of client care & professional conduct in criminal cases; an introduction to criminal evidence; and the law and practice of criminal advocacy.
  • Comparative Law
    Students study key concepts of two or more major legal systems of the world – Arabic, Chinese, Civil Law and Common Law. They study the basic underlying philosophies and methods of each legal system and a selection of current topics of debate such as Law making & judicial decision making, Contract Law, crime and punishment, Human Rights & the relationship between the individual & society and Medical Law. Students also take part in an intensive study visit abroad. This allows them to analyse and evaluate the similarities and differences of approach between the different legal systems. Students then choose one of these topics as the subject for a written coursework researching, analysing and evaluating the law and proposals for reform in the light of different approaches between two or more of these major world legal systems.

Employability

You'll develop your professional skills,experience and confidence alongside local legal professional practitioners. The LLM Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution offers clinical legal experience and an embedded professional qualification (Graduate Member of CILEx), offering you the opportunity to start work as a qualified legal professional without further study on graduation. 

Graduate Members of CILEx are entitled to become Fellows of CILEx after 3 years of legal practice. Fellows of CILEx are fully qualified legal professionals with the same professional privileges and responsibilities as Solicitors, but who are qualified to work within one specified legal practice area only. In the modern profession, most Solicitors are also specialists concentrating on one legal practice area only. The cost of the LLM is considerably less than the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course. Qualification with CILEx does not require a Pupillage or Training Contract, just the three years qualifying legal employment.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

All students will work in the LSBU Legal Advice  Clinic giving supervised legal advice to local clients at the clinic's weekly drop-in sessions. Students taking the Advocacy (Clinical) module will also take part in clinical activities based in the local courts. 

The clinic was recently highly commended for "Best Contribution by a Law School" in the prestigious LawWorks and Attorney General's Student Pro Bono Awards.

Working at the clinic has been a great experience. It gives me the chance to put the legal skills I've learned into practice whilst giving something back to the community I live in. Most importantly, it provides me with the legal experience I need to be better prepared for my future legal career. I  really believe that volunteering at the Legal Advice Clinic sets me apart from my peers.

Akim Tejan-Cole, LLB (Hons) Law, 2012

Staff

Lionel Blackman

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Sessional Lecturer

Lionel Blackman is a solicitor-advocate, the first to win a case in the House of Lords.  He is Director of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group. He lectures frequently at LSBU and overseas.


Dr Michael Rodney

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Michael Rodney is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Social Sciences.


Katherine Stylianou

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Katherine Stylianou specialises in the following subjects: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation Skills and the Law and Analysis of Evidence (mainly Criminal).


Facilities

Teaching and learning

All modules are supported by weekly online learning activities, resources and practical work, particularly in the Legal Advice Clinic, is supported by one to one feedback and support from experienced legal practitioners.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 Honours degree in Law or related subject (such as Sociology, Criminology and Forensic Science) or a Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division; or
  • Graduate Diploma in Law; or
  • (Post)Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and Continuing Professional Education.
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
To be eligible for the CILEx qualification:

You must hold either a UK qualifying law degree or a UK Graduate Diploma in Law.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
4305
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
4306
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UCAS Postgraduate. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £7500International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4305Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3333.33International fee: £5833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 4306Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7500
International £13125

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Legal Advice Clinic

    Legal Advice Clinic

    The University’s on-campus Legal Advice Clinic (LAC) is a free legal advice service that’s open to the community and staffed by law students working under the supervision of practicing solicitors.

  • LSBU Student Law Society

    LSBU Student Law Society

    The very active LSBU Student Law Society runs a range of talks and activities that enhance our students' experience.

  • LSBU students become the face of Lambeth County Court

    An LSBU Legal Advice Clinic initiative has seen LLB (Hons) Law students becoming the public face of Lambeth County Court.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Suggested reading

  • Hazel Genn, Judging Civil Justice (Hamlyn Lectures) (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

You can also gain a lot of useful information from the following websites:

  • www.justice.gov.uk: The Ministry of Justice, for the Civil Procedure Rules and pre-action protocols, civil court forms and explanatory guidance, Legal Aid and the Legal Aid Agency.
  • www.judiciary.gov.uk The Civil Justice Council; information on the civil justice system.

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