The Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP) has introduced an LLM in Legal Practice to enable students to “bridge the gap” between academic study and legal work.
The new course enables students to conduct research into an area of legal practice of their choosing, which together with their Legal Practice Course (LPC) will qualify them for the award of an LLM.
Candidates will be required to undertake a two-week course on advanced legal research methods straight after completing their LPC. They will then have until September to submit a research proposal and a further year to complete a 12,000-word dissertation.
LLM director Michael Holdsworth said: “With hundreds of people not being able to secure training contracts, many are looking for something that will make their CV stand out from the crowd. This LLM really bridges the gap between academia and putting law into practice.”
The new LLM programme, which is being run in collaboration with the law department at Oxford Brookes, is also available to external candidates if they have an LPC equivalent to 120 M-Level credits or have studied either the Bar Professional Training Course, Law Society Finals or the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test.
A pilot of the LLM started in September 2009 with nine students taking part but the programme will be officially launched at the end of August 2010.