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Solicitors Qualifying Exam Preparation (for Non-Law Graduates) LLM

This programme will prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) 1 which you will have to pass in order to become a solicitor practising in England and Wales.

As a non-law graduate, it will enable you to study the main areas of law before you are taught to practically apply this theoretical legal knowledge.

Overview

This programme effectively combines DMU’s long running Legal Practice (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) Courses, preparing you for the SQE assessments which will be taken externally at a central provider appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Students commencing UG legal studies after 2020 will have no option but to undertake the SQE if they wish to qualify as solicitors. The GDL will not be recognised as a route into becoming a solicitor after 2021. 

The programme enables you as a non-law graduate to study the main areas of law (which law graduates would have covered during their UG degree and which previously a GDL would have covered) before you are taught to practically apply this theoretical legal knowledge.

Assessments will consist of two hour closed book examinations containing SQE type questions.

The programme will be offered on a FT (one year) and PT (two years) basis with an exit point at PG Dip level.

Key features

  • As this is an LLM, it will attract Government postgraduate loan funding if you are eligible.
  • Support from a friendly and approachable staff team with practical experience and close links to legal practice 
  • A blended learning delivery method to enable you to both work and study 
  • Preparation for SQE 1 assessments

  

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
Full-time - M25072
Part-time - M25074

Duration: One year full-time. Two years part-time.

Start dates: October 2021

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 entry tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £7,000.

These fees include electronic copies of all course materials.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for International students

Institution code: D26

Programme code:
Full-time - M25072
Part-time - M25074

Duration: One year full-time. Two years part-time.

Start dates: October 2021

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 entry tuition fees for International students are £7,000.

These fees include electronic copies of all course materials.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above. 

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

 

Introduction/Welcome programme including the English Legal System at the start of the course.

Block A

  • Contract Law 
  • Tort Law 
  • Public Law 
  • Land Law 
  • Trusts Law 
  • Criminal Law

 

 

Block B

  • Business Law & Practice
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Property Law & Practice
  • Legal Services
  • Wills & the Administration of Estates
  • Criminal Litigation

Teaching and assessment

The programme aims to go beyond the traditional focus on subject specific knowledge and technical competence in using the tools, techniques and methodologies of the various subjects examined, to ensure the development of self-critical, reflective practice and value-creating skills to augment theoretical and practical competence. 

Full Time

After an Introductory / Welcome programme which includes the English Legal System, Block A will run from October – January, followed by Block B running from February until July. 

The July finish enables you to sit the SRA SQE 1 in the autumn of that year. 

Block A 

Each week you will receive face to face tuition (as well as online lectures / blended learning materials) for each of your modules in Block A (except for the English Legal System module, an introductory module completed ​during the Introductory/Welcome Programme).

Block B  

You will receive face to face tuition (as well as online lectures / blended learning materials) for each of your modules in Block B

Part Time

After an optional face to face Introductory / Welcome programme, the part time LLM will run​ online over two years.​The optional face to face Introductory/Welcome programme will enable you to meet your fellow students and us, making personal connections, developing a sense of community, and building up support networks. This will enrich your student experience and support your learning.   

Assessments will consist of two hour closed book examinations containing short answer questions requiring critical analysis of complex case studies as well as Multiple Choice Questions.

Teaching hours

The programme will use a block teaching timetable, operating over two weekdays for the Full Time mode and online for the Part Time mode (including some interactive sessions). You can choose which mode best suits your personal circumstances.

Teaching hours

The programme will use a block teaching timetable, operating over two weekdays for the Full Time mode and online for the Part Time mode (including some interactive sessions). You can choose which mode best suits your personal circumstances.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software. 

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor overlooking our beautiful campus. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Students will also benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.


 

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Graduate careers

This programme will prepare students for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) 1 which you will have to pass in order to become a solicitor practising in England and Wales.

Postgraduate events

The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open evenings or events. Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

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Order a prospectus

Our prospectus will give you a clearer idea of what it's like to live and study at DMU and a snapshot of the courses we offer.

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How to apply

You must apply for the SQE LLM via the Central Applications Board (CAB). This must be done online at lawcabs.ac.uk.

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More about your DMU

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Up to 30% off selected PG courses

If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree at DMU, then you can benefit from a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent on our postgraduate courses. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic season, with the first intake in September 2021. 

The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU  and international students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past five years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.

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Open Evenings

The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate events. You can also check out our postgraduate live stream schedule for programme-specific talks to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, as well as fees and funding opportunities such as scholarships. They're also an opportunity to speak with current students and academics to really get a feel for studying your course. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.

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Research at DMU

At DMU, we have an ambitious Research Strategy which aims to make research central to our mission as a university. As a university committed to the public good, we have a track record of research that impacts society and makes a real difference to people’s lives through improvements to health and well-being, infrastructure, creativity, economic growth, business and civil society. Find out more about our Research Centres and Institutes.

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.