Legal Practice / Professional Masters in Legal Practice

Legal Practice / Professional Masters in Legal Practice LLB (Hons) / MProf

Degree Apprenticeship

Solicitor - Level 7

The Professional Masters in Legal Practice is a non-integrated Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) pathway designed to deliver a ‘gateway’ academic qualification which will support students in preparation for meeting the competences set out in the SRA’s Statement of Solicitor Competence.

Designed to consolidate and build on those with a pre-existing legal education to degree level (or equivalent) and who possess relevant legal knowledge and legal skills. For those who are competent explaining and applying these to legal problems and issues, minimally, in the domain areas covered by the Foundations of Legal Knowledge, as listed in the Joint Statement of the Law Society and General Bar Council.

The degree facilitates the acquisition of legal knowledge, commercial judgement, skills, role attributes and behaviours necessary for preparing students to meet the requirements of the SRA’s Statements of Solicitor Competences and Legal Knowledge to the minimum Threshold Standard to be able to practise as a solicitor.

Students develop personal and interpersonal skills, knowledge, and behaviour to enhance employability, add value in your role, and support further career progression.

The course is designed to further develop and apply critical perspectives on law, policy, and behaviour by using appropriate research techniques and methods to plan and implement a research project that produces effective outcomes for work-based practice.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification/accreditation alongside the degree.
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professionals

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Industry led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

Read more information for employers

What does the programme lead to

The role of a solicitor has responsibility for providing legal advice to clients through:

  • acting ethically, with professionalism and judgement;
  • progressing legal matters and transactions;
  • applying legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce solutions which meet clients' needs and address their commercial or personal circumstances;
  • deploying the full range of legal skills - research, interviewing and advising, advocacy,
  • negotiation, drafting, communicating orally and in writing;
  • establishing and maintaining effective and professional relationships with clients and other people; and
  • managing themselves and their own work effectively.

Job Roles

Solicitor

Professional qualifications

The standard is based on the SRA's Statement of Solicitor Competence. Achievement of the standard and the associated apprenticeship assessment plan will satisfy the SRA's regulatory framework for qualification as a solicitor, subject to the SRA's usual tests of character and suitability.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

AWARD TYPE: LLB (Hons) / MProf
LEVEL: Level 7
START DATE: September
LOCATION/CAMPUS: Preston
DURATION: 60 months

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk.

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk for support.

Entry Requirements

A precondition for entry onto this programme is that applicants are employed as solicitor apprentices with public or private organisations.

Apprentices must reach a minimum level of competency in their ‘off’ programme work-based learning before they are permitted to sit the SQE part 2.

As training provider for the ‘on-programme’ learning activities, the School of Law and Social Science will consult with the employer, and interview potential candidates put forward by the employer, to ensure they meet the School’s minimum entry requirements for degree-level higher apprenticeship study, which are:

5 GCSEs, including Mathematics and English at Grade 4 (previously Grade C) or above (or equivalent); and 3 A2 Levels (or equivalent) whose minimum aggregate total must be 112 points (BBC) or more and/or relevant employer led work-based experience which may exempt an apprentice from some training (e.g., Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in a relevant occupation; Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in a relevant occupation); or Higher legal qualifications which may exempt an apprentice from some training (e.g., a ‘qualifying’ Law Degree; Graduate Diploma in Law; post-graduate diploma or Masters Degree in Legal Practice)

In addition, where applicants do not possess a grade C or above in GCSE English they will need to present an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, or their equivalent, before they can start their degree.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.

Vacancies

You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships.

Course Content

Level 6

  • Professional Examination 1: Review and Preparation Block
  • Professional Examination 2: Review and Preparation Block
  • Advanced Professional Practice: Commercial Property

*Exit Award LLB (Hons) Legal Practice

View 2019 course handbook

Level 7

  • Property Law and Practice
  • Business Law and Practice
  • Litigation
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Wills, Probate and the Administration of Estates
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Taxation, Ethics & Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Legal Writing
  • Advocacy
  • Professional Skills: Project
  • Professional Skills: Synoptic Portfolio

Delivery

All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

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Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: LLB (Hons) / MProf
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Solicitor - Read more
LEVEL: Level 7
FUNDING BAND: up to £27,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email: uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Law and Social Science
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email uclanapprenticeships@uclan.ac.uk

Standard

The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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