Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Bar Practice

This full-time programme offers students the opportunity to work towards an LLM qualification and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training over two years. The aim of the programme is to enhance the knowledge and skills students will attain from the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) by simultaneously developing their knowledge and understanding of a specific area of law through their study under an LLM programme. The LLM programme requires students to undertake a project of 15,000 - 17,000 words in a subject linked to an area of study under the BPTC, thus enhancing their Bar qualification, knowledge, research skills and employability. The programme offers a different pathway to students who would like to attain an award under the Bar Professional Training Course but would, at the same time, like to enhance their legal research skills through the completion of a project. Programme content During the programme student develop a range of essential skills, which include: Advocacy Drafting Opinion Writing Conference Skills Resolution of Disputes Out of Court Evidence, criminal litigation and civil litigation are also taught as discrete subjects, as well as being integrated with the main skill areas. All students choose two specialist options. Current options include: Civil Practice Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Chancery Practice Commercial Practice Criminal Practice Employment Practice Family Practice Landlord and Tenant Student Law Office - students will work in Northumbria's Student Law Office, which is the largest student law clinic in the country, working on real legal problems for members of the public, subject to maximum numbers. The programme focuses on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. Students will complete a legal research and study skills module designed to enable them to improve their writing and research skills in preparation for a project of 15,000 - 17,000 words. The project title is chosen by the student in an area related to their BPTC studies.

Course modules

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Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2017 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus NE1 8ST North East

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