BPP unveils two new LLM programmes tailored to practice as a solicitor or barrister

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And both are eligible for government student loans

BPP Law School (Holborn)

BPP Law School has unveiled two new postgraduate programmes tailored specifically to wannabe solicitors and barristers.

The new masters degrees, LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors) and LLM Legal Practice (Barristers), will allow students to focus on the area of law they wish to practise. BPP has confirmed that both courses qualify for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 from the government’s Student Loans Company. There is still no word on what BPP’s new offerings will cost, however similar LLMs available at the university will set students back around £11,500.

Welcoming its first round of postgrad wannabe lawyers this September, BPP — which recently froze the cost of its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) — has confirmed that full-time and part-time study options are available. The new LLMs will be operated out of BPP’s London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester centres. However, unlike the barrister programme, the solicitor option will also be available at the law school’s Cambridge and Liverpool outposts.

James Welsh, joint director of BPTC programmes at BPP, said:

This LLM is designed around flexibility, choice and transparency. With stakes as high as they are, it would be very wrong to push all students onto a single-speed option. There are a number of choices in how to complete the LLM, and, importantly, we have a route which includes business strategy and negotiation, giving candidates a chance to develop skills valued by employers.

The introduction of new course options follows a similar move by legal education rival The University of Law (ULaw).

In December the law school giant launched a brand new BPTC LLM which has been specially “designed to boost students’ chances of securing pupillage.” ULaw’s BPTC LLM students are also eligible for government funding of up to £10,000.

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