Manchester Law School’s next generation professional legal training

The College of Legal Practice 200By Legal Futures Associate The College of Legal Practice

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Law School will launch two new masters programmes, designed to deliver professionally-relevant postgraduate legal training for both law and non-law graduates from September 2023. The programmes will support students’ preparation for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and ensure that they are able to hit the ground running in graduate-level legal services roles.

The Manchester Met LLM Legal Practice (replacing the LPC) will offer SQE1 & 2 preparatory units, as well as core and other optional units that will support future career success for students. The LLM Graduate Legal Studies (replacing the GDL), offers a postgraduate route for non-law graduates, ensuring that they have the disciplinary foundation to continue their route into the profession.

The Law School is combining its decades of experience in delivering professional legal education with a new partnership with The College of Legal Practice which will support students in their preparation for the new, centralised SQE assessments as part of Manchester Met’s distinctive LLM programmes.

CEO of The College of Legal Practice, Dr Giles Proctor said:

“We are delighted to be working with Manchester Law School and align our commitment to supporting students and widening access to the profession through this unique partnership. The College’s SQE expertise combined with Manchester Law School’s future career focused modules will give these students a fantastic start to their legal career”

The new masters programmes will reflect the evolving legal landscape. Core units will address business, technology and professional skills. Students can also undertake projects directly relevant to practice roles, supported by Manchester Law School’s research-active academics and experienced practitioner colleagues.

There will also be opportunities for students to explore additional units that draw down on the specific expertise of Manchester Law School academics in legal technology, corporate practice, family and employment law.

Professor Andrew Francis, Dean of the Manchester Law School at Manchester Metropolitan University, commented:

“At Manchester Law School, student support is at the very heart of all our programmes and these two new masters courses are no exception. We are a Law School with strong professional connections – many of which we are able to offer as part of pro bono activities which can contribute towards QWE – and world-leading research that will feed into students’ projects. Being able to offer a SQE pathway for our students through The College of Legal Practice’s proven preparation courses is an exciting  development for us.”

The programmes will be delivered from Manchester Law School’s modern facilities, with a brand-new moot court room, a pro bono hub hosting our partnership with ‘Support Through Court’ and a student social/study space – just five minutes’ walk from the largest legal and professional centre outside London.

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