LLM in Advocacy

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The LLM in Advocacy is the first Masters course of its kind in the UK and will be going into its third year in September 2014.

The LLM course in Advocacy was developed by Dame Elish Angiolini QC, former Lord Advocate and one of the most respected figures in the British legal establishment.

Students will study major aspects of the discipline from forensic advocacy in criminal and civil law, mediation, as well as the fundamentals of persuasion and negotiation.  The course aims to look at advocacy from a range of angles including the construction and presentation of an argument and the psychology of persuasion.

The effects of rhetoric, voice, mechanisms for presentation of evidence and the ability of the listener to absorb and be influenced in a number of different contexts will be examined.

Who is the course for?

Advocacy is a core skill for many professionals and this masters course will take a holistic approach to its study. Much of the theory and many of the techniques are as applicable in the business world and boardrooms as in the courts.

The LLM in Advocacy is of direct practical assistance to lawyers and Advocates, while enhancing more widely the understanding of what aspects of advocacy actually work in influencing the outcome before a tribunal, be it a jury, a judge or specialist tribunal. Employers of lawyers and Advocates are very interested in examining these issues and enhancing the professionalism and quality of what they practice.

Newly qualified lawyers, as well as seasoned practitioners, can benefit by learning how their own skills can be improved while engaging in research and analysis of the wide range of issues inherent in the discipline.

Those who participate in disciplinary tribunals in the commercial/ business setting can benefit from the opportunity to study the substantial range of issues that affect decision making in these wider contexts.

Newly qualified Law graduates are likely to enhance their employability at a later stage by studying for a Masters, and the course may also lead on to PhD study in the field.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Typically an applicant must hold the equivalent of a first or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university or college in a related discipline. However where an applicant has the equivalent of a lower second-class Honours degree from a UK university or college in a related discipline, entry may still be possible when this is taken together with other relevant professional qualifications, especially where the applicant can show significant work experience relevant to the course.

For those candidates without a formal law background the programme leader may at his or her discretion admit such individuals in the first instance to the PGDIP or CERT with a view to conversion to LLM upon satisfactory performance.

Applications are normally accepted up until August each year for entry in September.

Please note overseas students will not be granted a Tier 4 Visa for part-time study.  

There may also be via implications for overseas full-time appliants. Applicants should contact the University’s Advice Centre for more information on immigration options by emailing: tier4@strath.ac.uk

Course Structure

The new LLM in Advocacy will be offered to both full and part-time students. The vast majority of the teaching will be done on a face to face basis.

Classes will be taught by intensive weekend sessions to maximize flexibility for practitioner students. This is also likely to suit many full-time students who work substantial hours.

The LLM will consist of six 20 credit classes plus a Dissertation.

Duration

The course would consist of 12 months full time study (two semesters plus a dissertation period) and 24 months part time.

Full time study requires students to undertake 6 classes over the year in addition to the Dissertation.

Students are required to attend the University on the following dates only for each subject, however, each subject will run for one semester and reading, tasks, assessments and essays will be required throughout the duration of each.   Course material will be available online.  Students must be able to commit to all days of each weekend.

Dates for LLM Advocacy 2014 entry

Attendance at University on these days will be required (Fridays half day from 12noon and full days Saturday and Sunday as below).   Students must attend the full weekend.  Students are required to organise their own travel and accommodation expenses.

 

M9833 Case Analysis and Communication: Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014

M9836 Written Advocacy: Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 December 2014

M9837 Pre-Trial Advocacy: Friday 30, Saturday 31 Jan and Sunday 01 February 2015

M9834 Trial Advocacy: Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2015

M9832 Appellate Advocacy: Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2015

M9930 Legal Research:   Online study over both semesters - attendance at University not required.

M9835 Dissertation:  normally May/June - August/September of completing year - attendance at University not required.

Funding and Scholarships

For up-to-date information about scholarships for full-time postgraduate study at Strathclyde, including details on eligibility and the application process please see our funding and scholarships pages.

The Carnegie Trust is offering 14 awards for students wishing to undertake a one-year taught postgraduate course.  Alternatively, it is permissible that the one-year course be taken on a half-time basis over two consecutive years.  The award will cover the standard home tuition fee only (up to £3750 full-time or £1875 part-time) and does not pay a maintenance stipend. Applicants must be Scottish by birth, descent (at least one parent born in Scotland) or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of at least three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.  Bursaries are intended to enhance a students’ employability in their chosen field, develop their specialist skills or supplement existing ones.  The bursaries should not be considered as a stepping stone for further study at PhD level.  Preference will be given to candidates with a clear career plan outside academia.   Further details and an application form for this award can be downloaded from the link below:

http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

 

Lord Hope Scholarship for LLM/MSc Law School Programmes (New for 2014 entry)

Application can be made here: Lord Hope Scholarship Application Form Lord Hope Scholarship Application Form

The Law School is delighted to announce the launch of the Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.  Under this initiative, up to twelve partial scholarships of £1,000 each shall be available for applicants across our range of LLM/MSc programmes in the academic year 2014/15 (all courses above).   The awards shall be granted on a competitive footing offered on the basis of financial need and academic merit.   In addition to the financial award, the successful applicants shall also be invited to attend a celebratory dinner hosted by patron of the scheme and Emeritus Professor of the Law School, the Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead KT, PC, FRSE, former Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session, Second Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and most recently Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 

GREAT Scholarships

As part of the GREAT Scholarship programme -India and British Council Initiative awards to students of outstanding academic calibre from India are available.  More information can be found here:http://www.strath.ac.uk/rio/postgraduatescholarships/award_771767_en.htm

Important Information for non-EU applications

Important Notice for non-EU applicants

Because of the structure of this course, the University is not able to issue documentation in support of a Tier 4 visa application. Students who are already in the UK or will be arriving under a different immigration category may be able to take up a place on the course. Students may also be able to come to the UK as a Student Visitor for short term periods of study. Applicants should contact the University’s Advice Centre for more information on immigration options by emailing tier4@strath.ac.uk

It would be beneficial if non-EU applicants could upload a copy of their current passport at the time of application.

Student Testimonials

The LLM in Advocacy is a unique course, which offers students the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of legal communication. The program focuses on the fundamental skills of adversarial pleading whilst allowing students the freedom to build on particular specialisms and areas of interest.

It has opened up new opportunities for me, has made me a more able and effective communicator and has given me a distinct career advantage.

The course is broad enough to offer a variety approaches and provides the opportunity to test newly acquired skills in a forgiving environment. Though learning is based largely on practice, the course also offers students the freedom and opportunity to analyse particular topics in depth. The teaching program is intense, varied and highly rewarding – the modules are challenging and the pace is rapid, but the advantages offered by the course in terms of both career and personal development are inestimable.

It attracts highly motivated students from all corners of the legal field and from a diverse range of backgrounds. On any given day you might find yourself working alongside an Irish academic, a Swiss commercial arbitrator and a Hong Kong barrister, all of them keen to try out new skills and approaches.

The teaching staff and guest lecturers are world-class experts and practitioners from a variety of jurisdictions who can draw upon a wealth of practical experience. Without exception I found them friendly, supportive and happy to go that extra mile in order to tailor their tutoring to the student’s particular needs and interests.

I would highly recommend the LLM in Advocacy.

Gordon Richmond former LLB and previous LLM student (now PhD study)

for Sep 2014 entry to full-time LLM advocacy (Admission Code : LLM4)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to full-time PG Diploma advocacy (Admission Code : LLPGD1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to part-time LLM advocacy (Admission Code : LLM5)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to part-time PG Certificate advocacy (Admission Code : LLPGC2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

 

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today. 

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time PG Certificate advocacy (Admission Code : LLPGC2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time LLM advocacy (Admission Code : LLM5)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time PG Diploma advocacy (Admission Code : LLPGD2)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time LLM advocacy (Admission Code : LLM4)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time PG Diploma advocacy (Admission Code : LLPGD1)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

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Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Pauline McKay
E:  pauline.mckay@strath.ac.uk

 

More Information

Click here to view the Advocacy course leaflet