- Start date: September
- Application deadline: August
- Study mode and duration: 12 months by online learning
Study with us
- research based ‘top up’ to allow Diploma of Professional Legal Practice graduates to upgrade to an LLM
- eligible graduates will be able to focus on a particular area of law and legal practice by way of an extended, 20,000-word dissertation
- programme is offered by online learning allowing flexibility for students
Why this course?
This course is designed specifically for graduates with both a qualifying law degree and a Diploma in Legal Practice/Professional Legal Practice. It operates as a research based ‘top-up’ for Diploma graduates. It allows graduates of the Diploma to build on their previous study and focus on a particular area of law and legal practice by way of an extended, 20,000 word dissertation.
The aim of this course is to offer suitably qualified graduates the opportunity to gain enhanced legal research skills as well as to engage in in-depth study of your chosen area of interest. Whether you have already commenced your legal career and want to undertake a research project on something relevant to your professional practice, or you are just starting out in your career and want to undertake research in a particular area with a view to developing your understanding and enhancing your employment prospects, this course will provide you with the skills and relevant supervision to write a Masters’ level dissertation. This will allow you to demonstrate distinctiveness over others by enhancing your skill-set and knowledge of your chosen area of study.
What you'll study
The course is available on a flexible, online learning basis and is usually taken over 12 months.
Subject to an assessment of your qualifications, you’ll normally receive credit for approved prior learning (from your Diploma studies) which will count towards the LLM.
You’ll complete a compulsory Research Methods module and a 20,000 word dissertation on your chosen area of law or legal practice.
Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs.
You’ll also have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.
This class is compulsory for LLM/PgDip students. It's offered by online distance learning across both semesters.
The aim of the module is to help you enhance your research abilities and skills with a view to improving your performance in course.
You'll undertake a 20,000 word dissertation on a particular area of law and/or legal practice.
Learning & teaching
The Research Methods module is offered entirely online. You'll also benefit from two (optional) Saturday expert classes in Research Methods where you'll have the opportunity to meet with research staff at Strathclyde as well as other students on your programme.
You'll be allocated a dedicated supervisor, who will be a member of Strathclyde staff, to support you through your studies. You'll have the option of face to face interaction with your supervisor on campus or can undertake the LLM remotely to suit your particular needs and circumstances. Supervision is provided by highly experienced core staff with significant expertise in a wide range of legal practice issues.
Assessment is made on the basis of completion of;
- Research Methods module
- 20,000 word dissertation
First- or upper second-class LLB Honours degree and a qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice/Professional Legal Practice from a Scottish university. Your Diploma will normally have been obtained in the last five years. Older qualifications are not a bar to entry but will instead be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Where demand for places exceeds availability, performance of applicants during their studies (i.e. generally the relative performance of applicants in specified LLB classes and over the duration of their Diploma studies) will be taken into consideration.