LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting

Course Overview

The LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting combines the Swansea Legal Practice Course, a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales, with an independent learning module which facilitates the completion of a drafting project by a student which may then be used to evidence enhanced important legal skills to a potential or existing employer for career starts or progression.

Key Features

  • An LLM is an internationally recognised qualification that will enhance your CV.
  • This Programme is an extension to the LPC.
  • Consistently rated as excellent by both students and external organisations in support of students the Swansea Legal Practice Course represents the best of innovation in professional legal education.
  • A key feature of the module is flexibility; the ability to work at your own pace combined with choice of topic in consultation with your supervisor.
  • In addition to usual study on the Legal Practice Course a student is required to produce a project of around 15,000 words on a drafting topic of your choice.
  • You would complete the project in your own time during Stage 2 of the LPC (March to June). It would not increase class contact time as there are no additional classes
  • You can either apply at the outset or during the LPC to upgrade but must do so before Stage 2 commences in March of each year, so if you are unsure you can enrol on the LPC and see how this goes before deciding to upgrade.
  • The LPC will commence enrolment in September 2017.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

LLM 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 180 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LA-M10Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)60Advanced Drafting
LAPM01AStage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)25Business Law and Practice
LAPM02Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)25Litigation
LAPM04Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)20Property Law and Practice
LAPM17AStage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Wills and Administration of Estates
LAPM18AStage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)5Professional Conduct and Regulation
LAPM19Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)0Course Skills
LAPM33Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)5Solicitors Accounts
Optional Modules

Description

The LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting combines the Swansea Legal Practice Course, a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales, with an independent learning module which facilitates the completion of a drafting project by the student which can then be used to evidence enhanced important legal skills to a potential or existing employer for career starts or progression.

The project may be a prenuptial agreement in Family Law as merely one example; with three meetings with your supervisor you would be expected to critically consider the rationale for the agreement and comment and analyse on the drafting of a precedent agreement and critically assess its impact. We emphasise this is only an example for illustration.

Entry Requirements

Enrolment on the Swansea Legal Practice Course.

English requirement:

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification such as the IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.

How To Apply

As per applications for the Swansea Legal Practice Course, with the option of upgrade from the LPC to an LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting during the Legal Practice Course prior to March in the academic year of LPC study.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £12,700 £17,150
LLM Part-time £6,350 £8,600

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees include all manuals and course materials and the LPC levy payable to the SRA (this is different to the SRA student membership fee). We do not charge an additional amount for examinations or resit examinations.

College Bursaries

Students who apply for the LLM are eligible for the same bursaries against the headline fee for the LPC element as a student studying the LPC alone – please see the list of scholarship bursaries available on the Discounted Fees Page: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/taught/. If you claim a discounted fee scholarship bursary you are not then eligible for a standard University LLM bursary.

Teaching Methods

As per the Swansea Legal Practice Course.

There is no additional teaching linked to the independent learning module. You would complete the project in your own time during Stage 2 of the LPC (March to June). It would not increase class contact time as there are no additional classes.

Stage 2 of the LPC only comprises 3 ten credit optional modules at a most delivered over 3 days per week – you will have 2 days a week to devote to your project plus week ends and the Easter break – should you wish to refine over the Summer you can do so and submit on the Universal submission date in September rather than in June (end of Stage 2) if you wish –the LLM would be awarded in July if you submit in June and in October if your submit in September should the project be a pass against the learning outcomes.

Careers and Employability

Law future careers

In addition to the benefits of the Swansea Legal Practice Course the successful completion of a drafting project may be used to evidence enhanced important legal skills to a potential or existing employer for career starts or progression. An LLM is also an internationally recognised qualification that will enhance your CV. Further information on the College of Law and Criminology Employability initiatives can be found here.

Contact Details

For further general information contact:

lpc@swansea.ac.uk

Tel: 01792 295913

Meet our Students

Barbara-Jane Davies, GDL, LPC and LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting

Barbara-Jane Davies

Barbara-Jane Davies commenced the GDL at Swansea University in 2014 as a mature student. Prior to embarking on the course she had worked for over fifteen years in child care and as an Outreach Family Support Worker for Sure Start and Family Centres in Carmarthenshire.

She completed the LPC and LLM in Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting in 2016. Following extensive work experience with Carmarthenshire County Council’s Child Care Legal Team she was offered a position with Hains and Lewis Solicitors in Haverfordwest in their specialist child care department representing children and the Children’s Guardians in care cases.