Law (Exempting) Master of Law and Practice (MLP) incorporating LLB(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

It’s not too late to apply for September 2017. Find out more.

 

About the course

This professionally focused course is your route to a successful career in law. As you would expect, the course is rigorous and engaging, for outcomes that are highly rewarding. You enter the course on the four year Master of Law and Practice (MLP) professional route. The four year MLP route gives you exemption from the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the second vocational stage of training required for qualification as a solicitor. This route satisfies all your academic requirements and entitles you to proceed directly to a training contract with a legal firm. This route of study allows you access to tuition fee loans and other financial support, saving the need to personally fund a separate LPC course on top of your LLB(Hons) – a massive benefit and saving when setting yourself up for a career in the law. However, you may move to the three year LLB(Hons) route after Year 2 if you choose to. If you take the LLB(Hons) route, you'll have a qualifying law degree for the purposes of training to be a solicitor or barrister, subject to completion of a separate professional practice course and training contract or pupillage. Our pioneering Partners in Law scheme provides you with networking, mentoring and training opportunities via regional and internationally renowned legal firms. Firms involved in the partnership include Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper, Walker Morris, Eversheds, Hammonds, Chadwick Lawrence, Armitage Sykes, Ramsdens Solicitors, Eaton Smith, Ridley and Hall, Switalskis, Wilkinson Woodward and Kirklees Council Legal Services.

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UCAS code:
M100

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

3-4 years full-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following::

•  AAB at A Level

•  DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

•  136 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 Qualifications

•  Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at merit

•  Pass International Baccalaureate with an overall score of 32 points

If you're wishing to transfer on to the course you may do so providing the Law Society and Bar Council Credit Transfer Rules are adhered to, as well as usual University regulations. You may only transfer on to the three year LLB(Hons) route, not the four year MLP exempting route.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements at http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/howtoapply/entryrequirements/

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.

Contact:

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Email: sbuscourseadmin@hud.ac.uk

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Places available:

120 full-time

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

The course provides a comprehensive foundation in the study of law, with specialist options in Years 2 and 3, subject to the route you choose. Following Year 2 you may choose to follow the LLB(Hons) route or the Master of Law and Practice (MLP) route (subject to satisfactory performance).

Year 1

Core modules:

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Study of the law relating to the United Kingdom constitution, and the legal framework in which the Government and Parliament operates, and the relationship of Her Majesty’s subjects to Governmental and regulatory actions and decisions. The module will examine different types of constitutional framework, the sources of constitutional law, the supremacy of Parliament and its relationship to the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights, the legislative process, the role of MPs and the nature and scope of executive powers under the Royal Prerogative and statute. Also examined will be the nature of legal powers exercised by Government and how they are obtained, the principles of judicial challenge, and, in particular, judicial review and the availability of alternative remedies through such as ombudsmen, tribunals and inquiries. The operation of the domestic system of rights protection will also be examined together with the rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. Change within the Constitution will also be considered, including limited devolution in Wales and Scotland, and aspects of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.


Principles of Law of Contract

This module provides a detailed evaluation and practice of application of the legal principles governing the formation, enforceability and content of contracts, as well as breach, misrepresentation, remedies and an introduction to restitution in the contractual context. These principles and their application underpin modules taught in the second and final years of the law degree. This module encourages you to understand the different contexts in which contractual principles are applied and the applicable policy issues.  


Law of the European Union

This module examines the structure of the European Union, following which there is an exploration of the competencies (powers and duties) of the institutions of the European Union and the various ways of enforcing EU law.


Professional Skills and Legal Method

This module provides an introduction to the English Legal System, statutory interpretation and precedent. You’ll attend a two hour workshop every week which comprises practical exercises and team building skills development. The module also helps to develop your skills in legal drafting, negotiation, advocacy and presentation techniques.

Year 2

Core modules:

Tort

Liability in tort can be imposed for a diverse range of conduct extending from careless behaviour to defaming a person’s character or interfering with their person or property. Thus tort deals with the consequences of harm arising from a range of activities. Its central task is to decide when a loss remains with a victim and when it is shifted to the perpetrator of the harm.


Principles of Criminal Liability

This module will give you the opportunity to acquire a thorough understanding of the principles of criminal liability, and how these principles are applied to specific offences. You will also have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the basis of a defendant’s liability and have the opportunity to gain the skills to apply your knowledge in problem situations.


Option modules: Choose three from a list which may include:

Company Law

This module explores the fundamentals of operating a business by means of a limited company. Topics studied include corporate personality, share ownership, company constitutions, corporate manslaughter, and corporate governance requirements. The course is not just useful for aspiring lawyers but is also highly relevant for any students who may wish to work in other professions or in any other part of the private sector.


Commercial Law

This module examines how principals use agents to buy goods or services. It examines how transactions to buy these are financed and the rights and responsibilities of the buyer and sellers. It examines why goods are insured and how commercial disputes are settled.


Evidence

This module covers a broad range of points of evidence arising in both criminal and civil litigation. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of the rules of evidence and apply those rules in practical court scenarios. The lectures and tutorials helps you to build your knowledge and understanding of evidence whilst applying the rules in a practical context.


Mooting: Principles and Practices of Advocacy

Advocacy skills are essential in legal practice, both to solicitors and barristers. Whilst it is recognised that these skills are developed and assessed at the professional level of legal education (Legal Practice Course, Masters in Law and Practice, and Bar Professional Training Course), the skills for successful mooting are highly desirable at undergraduate level as they enhance the ability to analyse and debate legal problems. In recognition of this, a mooting module is offered to allow you to have the opportunity to acquire and develop the skills involved. The module draws upon material from core modules of the undergraduate law courses for academic content. As a result, the module also offers you the opportunity to use learning outcomes from other modules in a more integrated manner.


Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Creativity, innovation and enterprise are essential features of a vibrant market economy. The authorities in both the EU and the UK therefore strive to pursue policies and pass laws that encourage such activity. This module explores the extent to which Intellectual Property Law provides adequate and appropriate protection. It also explores the control of potential anti-competitive practices and abuses of intellectual property ownership, by public and private law.


Administration of Justice and Human Rights

This module focuses on the mechanics of justice system. It considers the stages of criminal and civil procedure, and the web of statute and common law, regulations, guidance and policy which govern the way the justice system works. It also focuses on the rights in the European Convention of Human Rights and the growing body of case law from domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights.


Please note that it is a barred combination to take Honours module

Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Creativity, innovation and enterprise are essential features of a vibrant market economy. The authorities in both the EU and the UK therefore strive to pursue policies and pass laws that encourage such activity. This module explores the extent to which Intellectual Property Law provides adequate and appropriate protection. It also explores the control of potential anti-competitive practices and abuses of intellectual property ownership, by public and private law.

- if you study the module above

Legal Advice Clinic

In this module you’ll work within the Legal Advice Clinic in the Pack Horse Shopping Centre advising members of the local community with legal problems who would otherwise have no other access to legal advice. This module will have a strong focus on professionalism, values and ethics in the law, through an integrated approach to reflective practice. This is a practical module with a client focused application of theory to practice and the empowerment of clients through the provision of legal advice. Through participation in the Legal Advice Clinic, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your professional skills including interviewing, researching, problem solving, reflective practice, drafting and advising.

Following Year 2 you may choose to follow the academic route to graduate at the end of Year 3 or the professional route (subject to satisfactory performance).

Year 3 (Academic Route)

Core modules:

Principles of Land Law

The module introduces the principles governing land ownership. It covers the nature of estates and interests in land, the creation and effect of legal and equitable rights, and the systems developed to regulate ownership. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how the law operates in practice, and develop a critical understanding of arguments for reform.


Principles of Equity and Trusts

Equity is a pervasive body of rules that has been developed over the centuries by the courts when attempting to relieve perceived injustices that have resulted from the application of the common law. This module will explore the principles or ‘maxims’ of equity and how this branch of the law is applied in a multitude of circumstances. The module will also focus upon and consider the equitable concept of the trust.


Option modules: Choose four from a list which may include:

Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Creativity, innovation and enterprise are essential features of a vibrant market economy. The authorities in both the EU and the UK therefore strive to pursue policies and pass laws that encourage such activity. This module explores the extent to which Intellectual Property Law provides adequate and appropriate protection. It also explores the control of potential anti-competitive practices and abuses of intellectual property ownership, by public and private law.


Please note that it is a barred combination to take the module above if you have previously studied Intermediate module

Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Creativity, innovation and enterprise are essential features of a vibrant market economy. The authorities in both the EU and the UK therefore strive to pursue policies and pass laws that encourage such activity. This module explores the extent to which Intellectual Property Law provides adequate and appropriate protection. It also explores the control of potential anti-competitive practices and abuses of intellectual property ownership, by public and private law.


Immigration and Asylum Law

This module helps give you an insight into both legal and illegal immigration. Subjects covered include entry to the UK to work and join families, the law governing deportation and removal from the UK and the legal recognition of international protection from persecution.


Employment Law

The first part of this module deals with the general principles of employment law by considering the formation, sources and variation of obligations under a contract of employment, implied terms in contracts of employment and termination of the relationship between employer and worker at common law and under statute. The second part of the module considers the issues of equality and the problems of discrimination in employment in Britain.


Medical Law and Ethics

This module will examine different ethical theories and how they apply to medical issues. It will also focus on the legal principles which apply to medical negligence, consent to treatment, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, abortion, organ donation and euthanasia.


Family Law

Family law governs the relationships between members of a family and between the state and the family. This module looks at the law applicable to the breakdown of marriage/civil partnership or cohabitation and the legal powers available to social service departments of local authorities in their function of protecting children.

Year 3 (Professional Route)

Core modules:

Principles of Land Law

The module introduces the principles governing land ownership. It covers the nature of estates and interests in land, the creation and effect of legal and equitable rights, and the systems developed to regulate ownership. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how the law operates in practice, and develop a critical understanding of arguments for reform.


Principles of Equity and Trusts

Equity is a pervasive body of rules that has been developed over the centuries by the courts when attempting to relieve perceived injustices that have resulted from the application of the common law. This module will explore the principles or ‘maxims’ of equity and how this branch of the law is applied in a multitude of circumstances. The module will also focus upon and consider the equitable concept of the trust.


Civil and Criminal Litigation Practice (MLP)

This practice based module takes you through the procedure in both Civil and Criminal Litigation from prior to issue of proceedings through to commencement of proceedings in court, pre-trial steps, the trial process and post-trial steps. The main stages are explored through practical exercises and client files which you’ll progress to conclusion.


Wills Probate and Private Client

This practice based module introduces you to the main areas of Wills, Probate and Private Client work and explores them in a practical context through exercises which reflect real-life situations. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to draft a Will and how to deal with an estate once a person dies as well as looking at tax planning, powers of attorney, deputyship and the funding of residential care.

Year 4 (Professional Route)

Core modules:

Property Law and Practice (MLP)

This module covers residential and commercial property transactions in all their contexts: freehold and leasehold, registered and unregistered, new builds and existing. The core transactional steps will be taught in association with residential property, practical workshops will help develop competence as will commercial property with specialised emphasis particularly in commercial leases. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop a workable understanding of solicitors’ accounting procedures in the context of property transactions. Skills development is woven throughout the whole of this module: the delivery will enhance skills in letter writing, drafting, researching and most importantly, interviewing and advising.


Business Law and Practice (MLP)

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to marketing theory and practice, as well as a range of market research techniques. You’ll learn how organizations identify and understand their customers and how they use these insights to develop marketing strategies to compete in their markets.


Option modules: Choose three from a list which may include:

Immigration Law and Practice (MLP)

This module teaches the legal principles and practical application of immigration and asylum law. Subjects covered include the right of abode, entry clearance for employment and investment, family reunion, asylum law and deportation and removal. You’ll learn how to interview clients and make applications for entry to the UK, how to appeal against negative decisions and how to draft court documentation.


Commercial Law and Practice (MLP)

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the needs of the business client and to give a broad overview of some of the main areas of work undertaken by solicitors' in commercial practice. The main areas covered are commercial contracting, intellectual property, competition law, commercial dispute resolution and payment mechanisms in commercial transactions.


Family Law and Practice (MLP)

In this module students will have the opportunity to consider the nature of family law in practice at the breakdown of a marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation. This should enable students to identify the steps necessary to achieve a legal separation and gain experience through practice of the key stages of litigation in divorce, family finances, children law and domestic abuse.


Employment Law and Practice (MLP)

This practice based module introduces you to the main areas of employment law and explores them in a practical context through exercises and two client files which you’ll progress through the employment tribunal. You’ll study areas including the contract of employment, who is an employee, equality issues, redundancy and the transfer of undertakings regulations.


Insolvency Law and Practice (MLP)

This module surveys the key insolvency law procedures. You’ll explore both personal insolvency (bankruptcy, individual voluntary arrangements and debt relief orders) and corporate insolvency (liquidation, administration, receivership and company voluntary arrangements). Practical skills are emphasised throughout. Insolvency law pervades all practice areas, making the module useful for all students, regardless of their ultimate career aspirations.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

90% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.*

Previous graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as barristers and solicitors, as well as careers in personnel, industrial relations, finance, banking, insurance, and general business management.

*Source: DLHE survey

Professional links and accreditations

Graduates obtain a Master's of Law and Practice degree in addition to an LLB(Hons) Qualifying Law Degree plus exemption from part of the vocational stage of training for qualification as a solicitor i.e, the Legal Practice Course. This enables students to move to a training contract, which is the final stage of training.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Assessment will include exams, multiple choice questions, seen and open book examinations, research exams, projects, reports essays and presentations. From the outset your learning is enhanced with practical skills essential to become a successful solicitor.

22.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Facilities

The Business School was opened in 2010 at a cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop. Located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

We have a realistic mock court room where you can hone your debating skills and take part in mock legal hearings all good practice in developing your legal skills.

Excellent teaching rooms combine with fully-equipped computer labs to provide access to technology and learning resources alongside 'The Street' cafe which offers space for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks.

We believe that law is about real life people with real life problems. This is why the University is investing in a unique and innovative student led Legal Advice Clinic, situated in a shopping centre in Huddersfield. Its primary purpose is to serve the community of Huddersfield and will be the first Legal Advice Clinic of its kind in the UK situated permanently off campus and in the community. Our students will provide real advice to real people and through this process, develop their own practical, reflective and autonomous skills.*

*Available from Year 2 and subject to successfully completing a competency assessment.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

Our pioneering Partners in Law scheme provides you with networking, mentoring and training opportunities via regional and internationally renowned legal firms. Firms involved in the partnership include Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper, Walker Morris, Eversheds, Hammonds, Chadwick Lawrence, Armitage Sykes, Ramsdens Solicitors, Eaton Smith, Ridley and Hall, Switalskis, Wilkinson Woodward and Kirklees Council Legal Services.

International

If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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