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Hi,

I am looking to do my masters of law at the university of Birmingham. I took my undergraduate at Birmingham city university and was looking to graduate with a masters from a more prestigious university; however i have also looked into the university of law and bcu who offer a one year combined lpc and masters.
I guess my question is whether it is worth an extra year to graduate from uob with a masters?

Any advice
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I looked at the University of Law but the advice I received from several quarters (employment colleagues and academics) was that I would better off going to an 'established' Uni - which seems to point to RG or other well rated Universities. I can't really comment on your other points.
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I looked at the University of Law but the advice I received from several quarters (employment colleagues and academics) was that I would better off going to an 'established' Uni - which seems to point to RG or other well rated Universities. I can't really comment on your other points.
Thank you for the reply! I have decided it would be wiser to do my masters at UOB and then progress on to the LPC.
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(Original post by Ghost8642)
Hi,

I am looking to do my masters of law at the university of Birmingham. I took my undergraduate at Birmingham city university and was looking to graduate with a masters from a more prestigious university; however i have also looked into the university of law and bcu who offer a one year combined lpc and masters.
I guess my question is whether it is worth an extra year to graduate from uob with a masters?

Any advice
(Original post by Ghost8642)
Thank you for the reply! I have decided it would be wiser to do my masters at UOB and then progress on to the LPC.

Hello,

I was exactly in your shoe last year and decided to do exactly like you to pursue an LLM and then progress to an LPC. Progression onto a research-based/taught subject specific LLM from LLB is quite normal in that both are very academic courses whereas LPC is solely practice-focused. Although in the end, I chose to embark on the LPC and defer my taught LLM in Human Rights and Public International Law which I hope to start coming Sep22.

What I am trying to express is that it really doesn't matter whether a subject-specific taught/research LLM is done before or after the LPC.

Having said that now that I am completing my LPC, I definitely feel much more confident about future trainee tasks since LPC seminar tasks basically mimic future trainee tasks as opposed to my LLB seminar task at Exeter which was purely academic.

You probably know that LPC comes with a free LLM top-up which allows students to complete two independent research assignments (5000 and 3000 each) under a supervisor. To give an anecdote, as I am passionate about human rights in the Public Law context, I got to choose my LPC LLM 5000 assignment/Professional Project on Public Law whereas the 3000 words assignment will be on Disability Rights (female health issues namely menopause in the Employment Law context, since I am passionate about employment law too.

All the best of luck with your current LLM and upcoming LPC.
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Hello,

I was exactly in your shoe last year and decided to do exactly like you to pursue an LLM and then progress to an LPC. Progression onto a research-based/taught subject specific LLM from LLB is quite normal in that both are very academic courses whereas LPC is solely practice-focused. Although in the end, I chose to embark on the LPC and defer my taught LLM in Human Rights and Public International Law which I hope to start coming Sep22.

What I am trying to express is that it really doesn't matter whether a subject-specific taught/research LLM is done before or after the LPC.

Having said that now that I am completing my LPC, I definitely feel much more confident about future trainee tasks since LPC seminar tasks basically mimic future trainee tasks as opposed to my LLB seminar task at Exeter which was purely academic.

You probably know that LPC comes with a free LLM top-up which allows students to complete two independent research assignments (5000 and 3000 each) under a supervisor. To give an anecdote, as I am passionate about human rights in the Public Law context, I got to choose my LPC LLM 5000 assignment/Professional Project on Public Law whereas the 3000 words assignment will be on Disability Rights (female health issues namely menopause in the Employment Law context, since I am passionate about employment law too.

All the best of luck with your current LLM and upcoming LPC.
Farzana
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Hi,

Thank you for that detailed response which has given me a good outlook.

Do you regret doing the LPC before the LLM as you said it was more career focused?
Also what do you mean by the LPC comes with a free LLM top up?

Thank you for reaching Out.
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Hi,

Thank you for that detailed response which has given me a good outlook.

Do you regret doing the LPC before the LLM as you said it was more career focused?
Also what do you mean by the LPC comes with a free LLM top up?

Thank you for reaching Out.
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I feel rather fortunate (call it a divine decree) to be able to do the LPC before the academic/specialist LLM since LLB has been purely academic where I had published articles e.g. in the Exeter Law Review and likewise an LLM would have been a similar step in the next direction i.e. academia. On the contrary, as I want to be a lawyer end of the day as opposed to a lecturer, LPC is preparing me for daily tasks that a junior lawyer does day in and day out, sth missing from all LLB in all universities, in general, hence there is this ongoing discussion to change LLB to be more practice focused in the future by the SRA.

What LPC is doing for me is giving me the confidence to hit the floor running as soon as I graduate to start legal work (paid) (fingers crossed), the (practice focused) confidence as well as expertise that LLB or LLM, unfortunately, do not provide due to the emphasis on academia. I do still want to complete my LLM in Human Rights & public international Law to gain expertise in detail in Public International Law hopefully coming semester which I didn't gain from my LLB (final year specialism/optional module e.g.).

Now as I am pursuing my LPC at BPP, all students are offered to top up their LPC with a free LLM given that they complete those two additional assignments that I mentioned earlier. I opted for that free LLM since choosing to pursue an LLM LPC makes home students eligible for a postgraduate loan from Studnet Finance England. Besides, it (LLM) will add value to my CV, (I believe), next to my LLB to show I have gone on to complete an LLM subsequently. Although having said that I have met law firms who could not care less as one of them (Weli partner at Exeter presentation) said candidates can do LLM if they feel they want to but we do not require it.

Good luck with your LLM and LPC.
Farzana
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Thank you for your advice i have actually decided to postpone my LLM at Uob and do my lpc this year. Hopefully i will progress on to a masters next year.

All the best in your future Endeavours.

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Hi,
I feel rather fortunate (call it a divine decree) to be able to do the LPC before the academic/specialist LLM since LLB has been purely academic where I had published articles e.g. in the Exeter Law Review and likewise an LLM would have been a similar step in the next direction i.e. academia. On the contrary, as I want to be a lawyer end of the day as opposed to a lecturer, LPC is preparing me for daily tasks that a junior lawyer does day in and day out, sth missing from all LLB in all universities, in general, hence there is this ongoing discussion to change LLB to be more practice focused in the future by the SRA.

What LPC is doing for me is giving me the confidence to hit the floor running as soon as I graduate to start legal work (paid) (fingers crossed), the (practice focused) confidence as well as expertise that LLB or LLM, unfortunately, do not provide due to the emphasis on academia. I do still want to complete my LLM in Human Rights & public international Law to gain expertise in detail in Public International Law hopefully coming semester which I didn't gain from my LLB (final year specialism/optional module e.g.).

Now as I am pursuing my LPC at BPP, all students are offered to top up their LPC with a free LLM given that they complete those two additional assignments that I mentioned earlier. I opted for that free LLM since choosing to pursue an LLM LPC makes home students eligible for a postgraduate loan from Studnet Finance England. Besides, it (LLM) will add value to my CV, (I believe), next to my LLB to show I have gone on to complete an LLM subsequently. Although having said that I have met law firms who could not care less as one of them (Weli partner at Exeter presentation) said candidates can do LLM if they feel they want to but we do not require it.

Good luck with your LLM and LPC.
Farzana
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Thank you for your advice i have actually decided to postpone my LLM at Uob and do my lpc this year. Hopefully i will progress on to a masters next year.

All the best in your future Endeavours.
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