City, University of London

City, University of London

Professional Advocacy

This specialist degree should interest and benefit a broad range of students, if you are already professionally qualified having taken the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) it will develop your understanding of practice and enhance your career. If you have legal qualifications in another jurisdiction it will provide understanding of legal process in England. You can join the course straight after a law degree, but some experience of legal practice is an advantage. The course offers you a skills-based and practice-focused approach to the subject of advocacy in a legal professional setting. You will have the opportunity to study how inquiry and dispute resolution procedures in the civil and criminal justice systems are best managed to produce the best outcome for stakeholders.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English.

We expect applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.

Course modules

You must complete at least 90 credits of taught modules in the specialist pathway as well as a dissertation (of either 30 or 60 credits) in the same area of specialisation.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training) -
10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits), or
20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits).

Specialism modules -
Choose from the following 30-credit modules:
Mediation and Negotiation;
Advocacy: Trial Stories;
Advocacy in the Criminal Trial;
Professional Ethics for Commercial Legal Practice;
Criminal Trials: Evidence and Proof;
Forensic Psychology for the Legal Practitioner.

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Assessment methods

The majority of modules will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.

The 30-credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to offer the 60-credit dissertation instead, you are required to submit a dissertation of 20,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.

Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.

You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected.

Sponsorship information

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time January 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
LLM Full-time January 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
LLM Full-time January 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
LLM Full-time January 2017 GBP 17,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
LLM Full-time January 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
LLM Part-time January 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
LLM Part-time January 2017 GBP 8,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
LLM Part-time January 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
LLM Part-time January 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
LLM Part-time January 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
LLM Part-time September 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
LLM Part-time September 2017 GBP 8,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
LLM Part-time September 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
LLM Part-time September 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
LLM Part-time September 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

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The City Law School
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020 7404 5787