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LLM Legal Practice (SQE Pathway)

Learn to become a solicitor of England and Wales in a diverse and international law faculty whilst also gaining a master's qualification
Code
PGM250
Start
September 2024
Duration
1 year full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£15,000 (UK) *
£19,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Bethany Shiner

The LLM Legal Practice (SQE Pathway) programme aims to provide you the opportunity to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales, enabling you to prepare for the mandatory Solicitors’ Qualifying Examinations (SQE).

Why choose LLM Legal Practice (SQE Pathway) at Middlesex?

Combining global academic practice and online learning, our expert teaching staff will help you qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales and gain academic and legal practice research skills. This unique course will provide you with an international perspective on the field of law.

The course is best suited to you if you are one of the following:

  • A recent UK LLB graduate
  • A Law graduate from a different jurisdiction
  • A current paralegal or working another role in the legal industry
  • An internationally qualified lawyer looking to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales.

The LLM Legal Practice (SQE Pathway) offers you the opportunity to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, enabling you to prepare for the mandatory Solicitors’ Qualifying Examinations (SQE).

You'll have the chance to address complex issues systematically and creatively, showing originality in tackling and solving legal problems through the use of complex multiple-choice question self-assessments throughout the course.

This course is delivered in collaboration with The College of Legal Practice, a fully accredited higher education provider, and wholly-owned UK subsidiary of The College of Law in Australia.

What you will gain

Some of the many benefits of joining us on this course include the opportunity to:

  • Qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales
  • Earn a master’s qualification and study for the SQE simultaneously
  • Gain a unique perspective on legal practice from a world-leading law faculty
  • Boost your legal research skills, so that you'll be ready for the workplace.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Law
    Our Law School is ranked #2 for law in the UK and in the Top 100 globally – Times Higher Education Young Universities Ranking, 2022
  • Postgraduate success
    95% of our postgraduate students go on to work or further study – Graduate Outcomes 2022
  • Excellent reputation
    Top 2 university in the UK – Times Higher Education – Young Universities, 2022.

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The LLM Legal Practice (SQE Pathway) will ensure that you are equipped with outstanding knowledge and skills—in line with a postgraduate degree in law, as well as what is required in legal practice.

One of the main objectives of this course is to prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations in order to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales. To do this, we've partnered with The College of Legal Practice, who have expertise in guiding you through the specific modules preparing you for this examination. Visit the College of Legal Practice site.

You'll study a blend of compulsory academic modules covering essential legal expertise and skills, such as dispute resolution, business, property and criminal law, and wills and administration of estates.

You'll also study modules that will boost your legal research skills in preparation for the SQE, as well as modules focused on applying your academic knowledge to a professional legal environment.

  • Core modules

    • Solicitors Legal Knowledge (40 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your competency in the skills required for the second Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE2). The module focuses specifically on the skills of advocacy, interviewing, attendance note taking, case and matter analysis, drafting, research and writing, in the specific areas of criminal litigation, dispute resolution, property practice, wills and intestacy, probate administration and practice, business law and practice.

      The module focuses on developing technical and practical proficiency in the skills, in the context of specified practice areas, through innovative learning methods.

    • Solicitors Legal Skills (40 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips you with the essential research skills necessary to complete modules successfully, including the technical and conventional systems governing academic writing and the principles and practice followed in legal reasoning.

      This module is assessed through three elements: a citation assignment; a written case note/discussion; and a literature review.

    • Legal Practice Research Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your Functioning Legal Knowledge in the context of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE1).

      The module specifically aims to develop your competency in the law and rules of ethics across the areas of Business Law & Practice, Dispute Resolution (with contract and tort), Public & EU Law, Legal Services & Legal Systems, Property Practice (with land law), Criminal Law & Practice, and Wills and Administration of Estates (with trusts and solicitors accounts).

    • Legal Research Skills (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your Functioning Legal Knowledge in the context of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE1).

      The module specifically aims to develop your competency in the law and rules of ethics across the areas of Business Law & Practice, Dispute Resolution (with contract and tort), Public & EU Law, Legal Services & Legal Systems, Property Practice (with land law), Criminal Law & Practice, and Wills and Administration of Estates (with trusts and solicitors accounts).

  • Optional modules

    • International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (20 credits) - Optional

      Gain the knowledge necessary to deal with contemporary and emerging challenges in the practise and management of transnational commercial disputes with a focus on the increasing use of arbitration for expediency and cost savings by medium and large-scale enterprises operating in multiple jurisdictions.

    • Comparative Corporate Governance (20 credits) - Optional

      This module equips you with critical understanding of the major theories concerning the nature of corporations, their role and function in society, the concerns surrounding corporate governance and corporate responsibility, and the laws and practices governing directorial conduct and company operation in selected countries.

To find out more about this course, please download the LLM Legal Practice (SQE Pathway) specification and handbook (PDF).

How we'll teach you

This course is taught via blended teaching and learning methods, meaning that some of the modules will be delivered on campus. This is to ensure you get the most out of face-to-face learning, access to campus facilities and support to strengthen the sense of belonging and community at the heart of learning.

Other modules are taught online through the College of Legal Practice’s virtual learning platform, Canvas. Canvas is one of the most highly regarded and widely used learning management systems in the world, providing a high-quality, interactive learning experience. Canvas also facilitates frequent personal interaction between you and your supervisors.

You'll be taught by an experienced teaching team with a wide range of expertise and professional experience.

Where will I study?

You'll be based at our Hendon campus, north London.

Teaching vs independent study

In a typical year, you’ll spend about 1200 hours on your course.

Outside of teaching hours, you’ll learn independently through reading articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework and presentations.

Timetable

Whether you are studying full or part-time – your course timetable will balance your study commitments on campus with time for work, life commitments and independent study.

We aim to make timetables available to students at least 2 weeks before the start of term. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on-campus sessions.

Academic support

We have a strong support network online and on campus to help you develop your academic skills.  We offer one-to-one and group sessions to develop your learning skills together with academic support from our library, IT teams and learning experts.

Coursework and assessments

The course will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework, including either a legal practice research project or a work-based learning project.

Each module will have its own formative and summative assessments.

What you need to keep in mind is that although this LLM is preparing you to sit and pass the SQE 1 & SQE 2, the assessments for the relevant modules (Solicitors Legal Knowledge and Solicitors Legal Skills) will train you up for those exams but are not the SQE qualifying exams. In other words, if you pass these assessments, 50% or above, that is an indication that you will pass the external SQE assessments.

During each of these two compulsory modules, you will be formatively assessed on a regular basis online using MCQs. For clarity, the Solicitors Legal Knowledge module is preparing you for the SQE 1. The LLM summative assessment takes place around mid-December. If you pass that and it is advised by your tutors, you may then sit the SQE 1 exam in January and be on your way to qualifying as a solicitor. Or you may wait until the Summer, or even wait for a few more years before sitting the SQE. If you fail the summative assessment in mid-December, you can resit it in mid-June the following year.

Solicitors Legal Skills is preparing you for the SQE 2. The LLM summative is on the week commencing in late-March or early-April. If you pass that and it is advised by your tutors, you may then sit the SQE 2 exams at the end of April and start of May. Or you can wait to sit the SQE 2 at the next assessment period in July.

For the other compulsory module, Legal Research Skills, there will be three formative assessments to prepare you for the three summative assessments which are: an OSCOLA (referencing) assessment in the last week in October, a case note the week commencingat the beginning of December, and finally, a literature review the week commencing in January.

As mentioned above, for the other optional modules, you should consult the module handbooks for each of these modules.

Feedback

You'll evaluate your work, skills and knowledge and identify areas for improvement. Sometimes you'll work in groups and assess each other's progress. Each term, you'll get regular feedback on your learning.

Facilities

The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.

Wellness

Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the LLM Legal Practice (SQE Pathway) support your career?

The LLM Legal Practice (SQE Pathway) has been specifically developed to support you in employability and career progression. The specific SQE-focused modules are tailored to support you to be ready to undertake the SQE exams, required for anyone to be employed in law firms and work as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Both the knowledge and skills developed through these two modules prepare you for practice and make you more attractive to employers.

This LLM also supports career progression for those already in legal practice, as there is great demand from international law firms for qualified solicitors. The ‘dual’ degree – in terms of SQE preparation and a postgraduate level degree – will make you more employable, considering the established benefits of an LLM degree.

By joining the course, you'll have the opportunity to arrange to sit the external SQE1 exam in January (while the degree is still ongoing), to place yourself in a position of strength to approach law firms to secure qualifying work experience, an additional requirement to the SQE examinations to qualify.

Our postgraduate courses have been recognised for their ability to support your career.

95% of our postgraduate students go on to work or further study – Graduate Outcomes, 2022.

MDXworks

Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has been recognized with the following awards:

  • The top 20 UK universities for business leaders and entrepreneurs – Business Money, 2023
  • A top 10 university for producing CEOs – Novuana, 2023.

The Law Employability advisor is Lisa Rajapaksa.

Global network

Our London location helps us connect with over 1,000 industry partners to develop our students’ future employment prospects.

And we have unique work and study opportunities at our campuses in Dubai and Mauritius.

At Middlesex, you’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. After you graduate, we'll support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

Work placements

Placements and internships can greatly improve your future job prospects after you graduate. They usually boost your confidence and academic results by giving you the opportunity to practice what have learned in a professional setting.

Our specialist employability service will help you find placement opportunities.

As part of the course, in the summer term, there is an option to gain credits in the Work Integrated Learning module (60 credits) which is available to eligible students only.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year:

UK students1

Full-time students: £15,000

International students2

Full-time students: £19,500

EU students

EU students resident in the EU or elsewhere outside the UK who start in January 2023 will still be charged the same fee as UK students, which will stay in place for the course duration. You will also be able to access the same financial support as UK students.

Middlesex prides itself on being a diverse and supportive international community, and we will continue to warmly welcome EU students and those across the globe to learn at Middlesex. We’re reviewing financial support for all our students for 2023 entry to help support you and will provide further information on this in the Autumn.

EU students with settled or pre-settled status resident in the UK will continue to be charged UK fees and be eligible for tuition fees and maintenance loans.

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Please note: the course does not cover the cost of the external SQE qualifying exams. The SRA set these fees. Visit the SRA website.

Financial support

We offer lots of support to help you with fees and living costs. Find out more about postgraduate funding. And check out our guide to student life on a budget.

Postgraduate scholarships

You may be eligible for one of our scholarships including:

  • The Alumni Postgraduate Award – for all UK/EU Middlesex alumni a 20% fee reduction
  • The Commonwealth Scholarship – full course fees, airfares and a living allowance
  • The Chevening Scholarship – full course fees
  • The European Academic Awards – £1000 to £7000 for students showing academic excellence
  • Regional or International Merit Award –up to £2,000 towards course fees.

For international students, we also have a limited number of other awards specific to certain regions, and work in partnership with funding providers in your country to help support you financially with your study.

Find out more about our postgraduate scholarships.

Help from your employer

Your employer can contribute towards the cost of your postgraduate study as part of their staff development programme.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase postgraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Bethany Shiner
Senior Lecturer in Law

Bethany is a senior lecture in law at Middlesex University and a qualified non-practising solicitor-advocate who before joining Middlesex was a judicial review lawyer at Public Interest Lawyers. She is completing her PhD at the University of Oxford on the right to freedom of thought under Article 9 ECHR.

Lughaidh Kerin
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Legal Education - Practice

Lughaidh Kerin join us from the National University of Ireland Galway, where he had held the position of Lecturer in Law since 2009. He graduated with an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 and an honours Bachelor of Laws degree in 1999 from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He spent the academic year 1997/1998 as an Erasmus student studying at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He then went on to successfully complete his Masters in Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000, where he read Commercial Law, European Union Law and Arbitration Law.

Dr Mariette Jones
Senior Lecturer in Law

Mariette Jones joined Middlesex University in August 2008 as a senior lecturer in law, after having headed the Department of Practical Business Law at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mariette holds the following qualifications from the University of Johannesburg (formerly the Rand Afrikaans University): BA (Law); BA Honours (Political Studies) (cum laude); and the LLB. She holds a Certificate in Legal Practice obtained from the University of Cape Town in 1999 as well as an LLM in International Economic Law from the University of South Africa.  In May 2020 she obtained a PhD from Middlesex University.

Dr Sara Hourani
Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Sara Hourani is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University London. She also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the School of Law, Aix-Marseille University (France). Sara teaches International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation, and Commercial Law.

Her research focuses on the interface between international commercial arbitration and new technologies, which spans digital dispute resolution and ODR.

Alessandra De Tommaso
Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Alessandra M. De Tommaso joined Middlesex University in 2021 as a Lecturer in Law. She holds a 5-year Law degree (Laurea Magistrale in Diritto) from the University of RomaTre, Italy, and a LLM in International Crime and Justice from the UNICRI – United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute jointly with the University of Turin, Italy.

In 2022, she successfully completed her PhD at Middlesex University on Corporate Criminal Liability and International Criminal Law.

She also has working experience as a Lecturer in Sports Law and Sports Business. She is a qualified lawyer and a member of the Italian Bar Association. As a lawyer, she has three-year working experience in civil, corporate, and commercial litigation.

Thomas McDonagh
Senior Lecturer in Law

Thomas Mc Donagh is a Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, Middlesex University, London. He was previously a Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University, Dubai.

Prior to that he tutored and lectured at National University of Ireland, Galway; before which he worked in business and industry and taught at second level. He has particular experience of the London reinsurance market having worked for a number of years within a specialized unit of a leading Lloyd’s broker.

Tommy’s research interests are in the area of Public Law with a particular focus on comparative education rights.


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