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I am looking to do the a dissertation to bump my LPC diploma up to a Masters. I've had my first dissertation proposal rejected because it was too much of an "academic" dissertation. The feedback that I got was that I need much more of a practice focus. Apparently the purpose of the dissertation is a report to fellow lawyers rather than an academic discussion of something.

I'm having trouble getting my head round the practice thing. Is it just always making sure you refer back to what you would advise a client?

The other thing I'm worried about is being too descriptive. I'm aware that you don't get marks for just describing the law but surely you have to describe the law in order to explain how you would advise a client?

Any help from anyone who's already done one of these would be really appreciated. I feel like there's not really much guidance from my uni (I'm doing the distance learning course) and I'm really stuck! Thanks very much
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(Original post by LawTofu)
Hi there

I am looking to do the a dissertation to bump my LPC diploma up to a Masters. I've had my first dissertation proposal rejected because it was too much of an "academic" dissertation. The feedback that I got was that I need much more of a practice focus. Apparently the purpose of the dissertation is a report to fellow lawyers rather than an academic discussion of something.

I'm having trouble getting my head round the practice thing. Is it just always making sure you refer back to what you would advise a client?

The other thing I'm worried about is being too descriptive. I'm aware that you don't get marks for just describing the law but surely you have to describe the law in order to explain how you would advise a client?

Any help from anyone who's already done one of these would be really appreciated. I feel like there's not really much guidance from my uni (I'm doing the distance learning course) and I'm really stuck! Thanks very much
If you have done the LPC then you will notice the difference in that it is more vocational knowledge. Less judgments and more how it will take effect in real life. It is a different type of knowledge.

You are concerned with law, but you are always looking at how it works in practice, procedures, deadlines and what is effective. No idea what your title is, but you should just appreciate if its meant to be of interest to a practitioner, then they need to be shown why its relevant and how they can take advantage of it. It is a change of emphasis.
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Hi - I am in exactly the same position as LawTofu above in respect of the dissertation, can you please help? I'm stuck and have apparently exhausted all my chances of getting feedback on my proposals!
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Hi - I am in exactly the same position as LawTofu above in respect of the dissertation, can you please help? I'm stuck and have apparently exhausted all my chances of getting feedback on my proposals!
Hi there, OP here

I finished my dissertation in the end and passed it etc. What a weight off.

The way I got my head round it was to frame my advice as if it were to a law firm. So I picked a topic...let's call it X (don't know how much I can say without getting in trouble?) and then used the question "How will X affect law firms". Then in the report I described what X would need to do and how X would affect advising their clients and stuff.

I can't remember exactly why I decided to do it that way. I think it was because talking about what the law firm had to do and what it would do in relation to its clients reinforced or doubled-down on the PRACTICE element. I think, sorry, it's been a year since I did it.

But I hope that helps? Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.
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Hi there, OP here

I finished my dissertation in the end and passed it etc. What a weight off.

The way I got my head round it was to frame my advice as if it were to a law firm. So I picked a topic...let's call it X (don't know how much I can say without getting in trouble?) and then used the question "How will X affect law firms". Then in the report I described what X would need to do and how X would affect advising their clients and stuff.

I can't remember exactly why I decided to do it that way. I think it was because talking about what the law firm had to do and what it would do in relation to its clients reinforced or doubled-down on the PRACTICE element. I think, sorry, it's been a year since I did it.

But I hope that helps? Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.
Hi -

Congratulations! That must be such a relief.

That is actually really helpful.

Thanks so much!! Really really appreciate your response
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