The LLM Legal Practice is a unique and exciting course that prepares our students for the SQE as well as prepares them as critical and reflective practitioners. Each module is designed to impart legal knowledge, legal skills, professionalism, and readiness for the Solicitors Qualification Examination Parts 1 and 2 (SQE 1 and 2). Each module is designed to fit into a scheme of learning that is underpinned by experiential learning.
LSBU partners with Barbri, the international online legal education experts, in providing students with online-test enhanced learning resources for SQE 1. This unique blending of face-to-face teaching provided by LSBU, and Barbri’s online learning resources equips students through innovative experiential learning and practice readiness.
The legal practice journey of students starts at the heart of LSBU through innovation and working experience at the Legal Advice Clinic. Students are offered four weeks work experience at LSBU’s award-winning, prestigious Legal Advice Clinic. Students employed as legal trainees may use their current work position as an alternative to working in the Clinic.
The structure and design of the course enables students to plan their sitting of the SQE exam with completion of a dissertation which builds and enhances critical faculties and leads to the award of LLM Legal Practice.
Please note: Fees for LLM Legal Practice do not cover the costs and fees of the SQE 1 and 2 exams. To qualify as solicitors, students must pay an additional fee to sit the SQE 1 and 2 and pass these examinations as well as to complete 2-years of qualifying work experience. You can find more information about costs and fees associated with the SQE here.
The course prepares students for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) but does not require approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. See here for the SRA’s web information about the SQE.
Why Law at LSBU?
Ranked 12th overall in the UK for Teaching Quality in Law (Sunday Times 2022)
Expert academics – our teachers are qualified solicitors and barristers, passing on their insights, real-world case expertise and passion for law.
Outstanding facilities – with complete online support and access to a personal law e-library worth £6000.
The School of Law enjoys strong links with the South London Law Society, and cooperates with them to provide a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for local practitioners and members of the Society.
In order to be considered for entry to the course(s) applicants will normally be required to have the following qualifications:
Honours Degree in Law or related subject: Class 2:1 minimum, or
(Post) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies + CPE
Exceptionally, other suitable candidates may be accepted on to the course subject to interview + IELTS 6.5 for students whose first language is not English.
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If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.
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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 the How to apply tab for this course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
Preparatory Reading List
Steiner, H.J. et al (2008): International human rights in context: law, politics, morals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The Legal Advice Clinic Under the supervision of university employed solicitors and practitioners, students work with live clients giving face-to-face advice at LSBU’s in-house Legal Advice Clinic.
Reflective Legal Practice Through reflecting on directed research, advising live client, and simulated legal practice, students will analyse and evaluate current law reform and access to justice debates.
Legal Skills Development Students will be taught key legal professional skills and practise them through engagement with a series of simulated legal cases and their live client work in the Legal Advice Clinic.
Law and Technology Students will gain understanding of the impact of technology on access to justice and the delivery of legal services through practical workshops, supplemented by prominent guest speakers from practice.
Legal Ethics and Justice Reflecting on directed research and their live client and simulated legal practice, students will analyse and evaluate legal ethics, justice and current law reform debates.
Advanced Legal Skills: Oral Students will practise and develop key oral legal professional skills and practise them through engagement with a series of simulated legal cases and their live client work in the Legal Advice Clinic. The focus will be on enabling students to hone the key oral skills required for the SQE 2 exam.
Advanced Legal Skills: Written Students will practise and develop key written legal professional skills and practise them through engagement with a series of simulated legal cases and their live client work in the Legal Advice Clinic. The focus will be on enabling students to hone the key written skills required for the SQE 2 exam.
Dissertation Students will engage in an extended piece of independent critical research based on their research proposal submitted for Legal Ethics & Justice
Modules are all 100% coursework assessed
The unique partnership provided by LSBU and Barbri instils students’ ability, confidence and experience as legal professional practitioners.
Students can qualify as solicitors after passing SQE 1 and 2 and 2-years of qualifying work experience of which a part can be secured while completing this course. Successful completion of the SQE exams and enrolment as a solicitor will help students foray into different career avenues in law-firms, as in-house counsels in private and public sector, work in civil services to name a few. The course will also prepare students to forge a career in legal research by equipping them with relevant legal research skills.
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.
Teaching and Assessment
The teaching team consists of both experienced lecturers and legal practitioners. The course design has been based on extensive engagement with the development and implementation of the SQE. Staff on the course have written SQE prep materials, SQE type questions or have experience of the SQE exam or a similar exam format. The course is supported by extensive online learning resources (Moodle, OUP Law Trove, Barbri SQE 1 Prep).
The course uses innovative legal tech with use of a client management system to aid the delivery of realistic scenarios and case management features.