The LLM Professional Legal Practice has been specifically designed to align with the requirements of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE1&2), combining core knowledge and practical legal skills to provide essential preparation for law graduates looking to qualify as Solicitors in England & Wales via the SQE examinations.
It offers you the opportunity to gain a master’s award, attain legal knowledge and skills, and prepare for life in legal practice.
The programme is delivered over the course of one academic year (full time) or two years (part time) and is taught in two stages – stage 1 focuses on the core practice areas, with stage 2 focusing on developing your professional legal skills within the context of those core practice areas.
The programme culminates with an opportunity for you to undertake directed independent learning, authentic to the legal profession, which focuses on practical legal research and drafting.
This programme will provide you with comprehensive preparation for the SQE1 and SQE2 assessments together with a solid foundation for your career as a solicitor.
Why Professional Legal Practice at Swansea?
As a postgraduate student at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, you will be part of a globally recognised law school, with a thriving academic environment, that offers an exceptional student experience.
Swansea University achieved a gold rating, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), cementing its position as a top UK university.
The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law is recognised as a source of expertise, and as having an impact in a diverse range of fields of practice. The School is wholly committed to continuous improvement in learning and teaching, and to putting students at the centre of its activities. You will be supervised by academics and qualified practitioners with a wealth of real-world experience, who are ideally placed to provide ongoing guidance and support.
The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)
The introduction of the SQE from September 2021 marked a significant change in the route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales.
The SQE, which involves two stages of centrally assessed examinations (SQE1 and SQE2) and a period of qualifying work experience, aims to provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates.
The SQE will eventually replace the current routes into practice. If you have already begun or accepted a place on a GDL or LLB on 1 September 2021, there are transitional arrangements for you to qualify via the Legal Practice Course route until 2032*.
*Applicants need to have accepted their offer of a place on a GDL by 31/8/21, or for an LLB by 30/9/21 to retain the ability to qualify via the LPC.
Please consult the Solicitors Regulation Authority for full details on routes to becoming a solicitor.
The SQE assessments do not form part of the programme itself and the cost of undertaking the SQE assessments is not included in the programme fee.
Your Professional Legal Practice Experience
We offer an inclusive, student-focussed learning environment and community, centred around your success.
You will gain excellent oral and written skills, learning to present your ideas in a range of formats. We provide our students with the means to become critically agile, analytical thinkers, adept at legal research and with a strong problem-solving skillset essential to life in legal practice.
The programme will include various forms of assessment, and you will be encouraged to develop team-working and communication skills through seminars and workshops, as well as project management and independent research skills as part of the independent learning module. These skills will ensure that you can compete successfully in the employment market.
You will also have access to guest lectures from prestigious practitioners and academics, and will benefit from our established networks to support your learning.
Professional Legal Practice Employment Opportunities
This programme responds to the needs of employers and focuses not only on preparing you for the SQE1 and SQE2 assessments, but also on ensuring that you have a solid foundational knowledge of the law and core practice areas, together with the practical legal skills that are essential to qualification.
Students intending to qualify as solicitors need to sit and pass the SQE1 and SQE2 assessment and complete two years of qualifying work experience in order to achieve that aim. However, students who do not wish to qualify will gain transferrable skills on this programme which will assist them in alternative careers. Examples include:
- Academic lawyers
- Commerce and business
- Corporate governance
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Finance industry and banking
- Government Legal Service
- Legal publishing
- Ombudsman departments