The College of Law is to enhance its existing Legal Practice Course (LPC) with a new LL.M LPC from 2013, which will award students not only with an LPC qualification but also with an internationally-recognised Master of Laws.
The new qualification is exclusive to the College and will be the same price and duration as its current LPC. Students can specialise in either international or national legal practice and choose between the award of LL.M in International Legal Practice LPC or an LL.M in Legal Practice LPC.
It is already being endorsed by leading law firms, including CMS Cameron McKenna, which has appointed the College as its exclusive provider of the LL.M in International Legal Practice LPC for its future trainees.
With 18 professional electives, including eight international electives, the LL.M LPC offers more electives and a greater international focus than any other LPC course in the UK, thereby allowing students greater levels of specialisation and enhancing their employment prospects.
The international electives will examine the legal principles, structure and mechanics underpinning cross-border transactions, using cross-border case studies, and will help students to gain a comparative knowledge of different legal systems.
Students undertaking three international electives will be awarded the LL.M in International Legal Practice LPC while those choosing any other combination will receive the LL.M in Legal Practice LPC, demonstrating their specialism in general commercial practice or legal aid practice.
In addition to successfully undertaking the Stage 1 core practice areas and Stage 2 professional electives students must complete an extended assignment in order to qualify with an LL.M.
Sarah Hutchinson, Board Member for Business Development at The College of Law, said: “The College of Law LL.M LPC will provide students with excellent preparation for modern legal services and boost their employability both in the UK and internationally, as an LL.M is recognised globally as the leading qualification in legal services. Increasingly, many employers are expecting their graduate intake to be educated to Masters level and our graduates will have a recognised and transferable qualification beyond the LPC.
“We understand that our future trainees must be technically expert in the core practice areas and we will continue to focus on these important areas of knowledge and skills. The ability to additionally focus on international practice will equip them with essential knowledge about other legal systems. Whether they are transactional lawyers or litigators, trainees are increasingly working with clients, lawyers and other professionals from multiple jurisdictions. We are preparing our trainees with an overview of global legal practice which will give them the edge in securing and succeeding in practice.”
The LPC is a professional post-graduate course, which all those intending to become solicitors must pass before they can proceed to the next stage of practice. The College of Law is the preferred LPC training provider for 30 major law firms, including three of the six biggest in the world – Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters.
When the training partnership with CMS Cameron McKenna was first announced, Simon Pilcher, the firm’s Graduate Recruitment Partner, said: “In addition to meeting our quality standards, the College additionally focuses on international issues. This will really make a difference to our trainees as it will give them the necessary European context for the work that we do with our European colleagues on behalf of our clients.”
All College courses are delivered by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience and combine face-to-face teaching in small group workshops with cutting edge e-learning methods, including i-Tutorials and online demonstrations.
The LL.M LPC, which is subject to validation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, can be studied via a wide range of flexible study modes: full-time – 10-month or accelerated 7-month programmes; part-time -18 or 22 months; or the i-LL.M LPC, which offers supported online learning with occasional College attendance.
The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York.