What is an LPC LLM?
The LPC LLM programme combines a masters-level qualification with an enhanced Legal Practice course.
Alone, the LPC stands as a vocational postgraduate course, but is not classed as a masters qualification. Completion of this course enables one to progress to the final stage of solicitor training: the training contract.
On the other hand, an LLM requires in-depth academic study of an area of law. It is not compulsory to have studied an LLM to apply for a training contract.
In effect, the LPC LLM unites these two qualifications into one period of study. This is achieved by its unique programme structure, which requires you to select modules to transform your resulting qualification into either the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC or the LLM in Legal Practice LPC.
Producing a dissertation in legal practice is also standard practice. This is to satisfy all the requirements of the masters part of the course. This means more research, and ultimately in-depth knowledge of a subject – handy if you want to start developing your specialisms early.
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Who Should do an LPC LLM?
If you are considering work outside of the UK or shifting away from legal practice in the future, the LPC LLM might be best suited to you. An LLM is seen as a more transferrable qualification.
In the same breadth, the harsh reality of finding work abroad is that most organisations outside the UK do not recognise or know what the LPC qualification is. In contrast the LLM is globally recognised as a masters degree.
The postgraduate loan option is also a big reason for why self-funded aspiring solicitors opt for the LPC LLM instead of the traditional LPC route.
Where to do an LPC LLM
Below is a selection of institutions where you can study an LPC LLM.
|University||Entry Requirements||Start Date||Fees
|BPP University||2:2||September 2020 (full time and part time)||London Holborn: £16,690
Birmingham, Bristol and Cambridge: £13,130
Leeds and Manchester: £12,290
|University of Law||2:2||September 202 (full time and part time)||London (Bloomsbury and Morrgate): £16,765
Birmingham and Guilford: £13,165
Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham: £12,315
|City University of London||2:2||September 2020 (full time and part time)||£14,750
|London Metropolitan University||2:2||September 2020 (full time)||£17,510
|Nottingham Trent University||2:2||September 2020 (full time and part time)||£11,700
|Oxford Brookes University||2:2||September 2020 (distance learning, part time 13 months only) ||£3,310
Note that LPC LLM fees are usually inclusive of:
- Course deposit
- Core textbooks and course materials.
- First attempt assessments.
- The Solicitors Regulation Authority registration fee (a £15 fee payable by all students commencing the LPC which is paid to the SRA on your behalf)
Since the LPC LLM is a masters qualification, the course qualifies for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906.
There are also other funding options available. Most law schools offer scholarships that they publicise on their website, and they urge individuals to investigate whether they are eligible. Some universities also work with loan companies to help provide students financial aid or discounts upon early payment of fees. Future Finance has a relationship with BPP Law School, offering BPP students loans to cover tuition fees and living expenses. Alternatively, the University of Law offers a 5% discount for students able to make an early payment.