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UK’s BPP Law School offers two new master’s degrees for aspiring solicitors, barristers

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The new programmes are designed around flexibility, choice and transparency. Source: @bpplawschool.

The BPP University Law School is now offering two new Master of Laws (LLM) programmes to cater for future practising solicitors and barristers.

According to Legal Cheek, students taking the LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors) and LLM Legal Practice (Barristers) will focus on the area of law they wish to specialise in.

“This LLM is designed around flexibility, choice and transparency. With stakes as high as they are, it would be very wrong to push all students onto a single-speed option,” BPP’s Bar Professional Training Course programmes joint director James Welsh said.

The new programmes let students tailor it to the area of law they aim to practise in, by choosing three modules from a “wide range” of elective modules and a “Practice Ready” module, which focuses on business and work skills.

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BPP joins The University of Law (ULaw) in offering postgraduate courses to prepare students for pupillage and the workplace. Last December, ULaw unveiled its new Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) LLM that fuses a traditional BPTC with an internationally-recognised master’s degree.

“There are a number of choices in how to complete the LLM, and, importantly, we have a route that includes business strategy and negotiation, giving candidates a chance to develop skills valued by employers,” Welsh said.

“This is an integrated, practice-focused programme which has employability at its heart,” BPP’s joint director of Legal Practice Course programmes Jo-Anne Pugh said.

Full-time and part-time study options will be available from this September at BPP’s outposts in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester. For the solicitor option, it will also be taught at BPP’s Cambridge and Liverpool branches.

The new LLM degrees will likely cost around GBP11,500 (US$14,362.80), judging by price for similar LLMs offered by BPP. Both courses are also eligible for government student loans.

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